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Game show event returns to island

By Staff | Feb 26, 2019

Tom Libonate

For those who missed out last season, the island’s own version of historical “Jeopardy” is back.

The Captiva Island Historical Society will host “What Do You Know II” on March 18 at 6 p.m. at the Captiva Civic Center. Returning for a second year, the Captiva history game show will feature new questions, surprising facts and loads of laughs as teams and the audience compete for different prizes.

Complimentary refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres will be offered from 5:30 to 6 p.m.

There will also be a cash bar available.

“It is really back by popular demand,” CIHS President Tom Libonate said.

Last year, six teams answered questions about the island in a format similar to the long-running television game show, complete with screens, a point tabulation system and captivating host.

“It’s theatrical – it’s lots of laughs, it’s lots of fun,” he said.

“And it reveals pieces of Captiva and island history,” Libonate added.

Like the first season, there will be six teams and two rounds, with three teams playing in each round. However, this year’s teams will be organized in advance rather than being picked from the crowd.

“One of the things we’re going to be doing is various groups within the community,” he said, explaining that the Captiva Civic Association or island realty agency may make up a team.

Still, there may be opportunities for audience participation.

“People could be asked to come up and fill in for team members,” Libonate said.

While the subject area remains the same, all of this year’s questions are new.

“It’s a general range of Captiva and island area history,” Libonate said.

He explained that the CIHS came up with the event as a way to showcase Captiva’s history in a fun colorful light as compared to a documentary screening or a lecture or guest speaker on a specific topic.

“It really is a fun way to learn,” Libonate said, adding that the interactive game-style format draws attendees in. “And this has a wider variety of historical nuggets.”

The event lasts for about an hour, with a brief intermission between the two rounds.

Islander Bob Binson will serve as the host again.

“He’s got a really big personality and presence,” he said.

Surprise prizes await the winning teams.

“These are things that we’ve come up with,” Libonate hinted.

Admission is free, but reservations are required due to limited seating.

As of Feb. 21, about half of the seats were reserved.

“Last year we had a good crowd,” he said. “We’re expecting an even better one this year.”

People are encouraged to reserve their seats quickly.

“It really is a departure from what you would think of as an historical society event,” Libonate said. “That’s the notation of this idea, to make something a little interactive, interesting and engaging.”

To make a reservation, call 239-472-2323 or visit www.captivaislandhistoricalsociety.org.

The Captiva Civic Center is at 11550 Chapin Lane.