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Have You Noticed? IT’S GETTING COOLER.

So along come October and November, and with them, the prospect of cooler temperatures and less humidity. For many (this writer included), it’s one of my favorite times of year.

there’s an attitude to Lee County today that’s a lot like electricity. You can’t see it but, watch out, you sure can feel it. We may not be big city yet (which we may never be nor want to be), but we’re in no way a ghost town anymore. We’re growing up, hip and cool in so many ways — making us an even cooler place to live, work and play, as individuals or families or yes, even companies — as this month’s articles on the amazing Marcus Jansen, the awesome downtown “Walks” and the interactive, evolving Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge all demonstrate. Can flip flops, shorts and t-shirts coexist in peace and harmony with designer fashions, stretch limos and buzzworthy nights out? I say yes — and how cool would that be?

But I’m not talking meteorologically with that headline — I’m talking lifestyle and quality of life here in Southwest Florida. Certainly over the past five years and with greater momentum as

“Beyond the pristine beaches and natural

beauty...there’s an attitude to Lee County today that’s a lot like electricity.”

the economy has turned, Southwest Florida—from downtown revitalization to suburban shopping malls, performing arts companies to higher profile artists and acts who tour here, exciting clubs and craft breweries to hot, crazy fun and entertaining dining — is smack in the middle of a rolling wake of cool.

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At least, that’s my take. Beyond the pristine beaches and natural beauty that surround us,


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INTERNATIONAL By John Sprecher | Photography Milissa Sprecher Meet Marcus Jansen of Fort Myers. He’s quietly become the art world’s next



When you hear Marcus Jansen speak, you’re immediately struck by his calm, almost peaceful and genuinely friendly tone. The more you listen to him, the more you sense a man who wears words like warmth, grace and humility quite comfortably. Nowhere in his language, or attitude, or demeanor

Editione of Milan — the most renowned publisher of fine art books in the world — will be releasing for worldwide distribution “Marcus Jansen Decade,” a collection of his inspired art over the past 10 years. At the same time, a documentary by Naples director John Scoular will premiere with

would you detect an artist of considerable celebrity already, one who — come December — is about to truly stand at center stage of the international art world.

“Marcus Jansen: Examine and Report.” Finally and perhaps most importantly, Jansen will begin a two- year journey of solo exhibitions of his work in Beijing (April of 2016), followed by Rome and New York City (dates to be determined).

After almost 20 years as a professional artist, with paintings that sell for up to $100,000, Marcus Jansen has arrived.

At 47 years old, after almost 20 years as a

professional artist, with paintings that currently sell for up to $100,000, Marcus Jansen has arrived. “What’s happening now is really the height of my career,” he quietly states.

“You labor all these years to get your work seen and discussed, and suddenly you’re on a huge, huge platform,” he says. “These Jansen solo shows are my first, and for any painter that’s a highlight — most don’t get solo shows in museums until they’re dead. Yes, I’m pretty excited about this.”

The “now” Jansen speaks of is something of a perfect artistic storm. This December, SKIRA

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Jansen’s artistic career began at the age of six, when his painting of a lion was selected from a student competition to appear in an exhibit at the Lever House in Manhattan. Something of a world traveler with a German father and West Indies mother, Jansen returned to New York in his teens and was immediately drawn to the graffiti art movement of the 80s when he met celebrated graffiti artist WEST ONE. He served in the first Gulf War in the Airborne Units in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, before it was back to Europe — then back to the U.S. permanently in 1999 where, in New York City, he sold his art on the streets.

who were living here. “We loved the area, we loved the beaches and we were attracted to it all immediately,” he recalls. He works out of Unit A Studio in downtown Fort Myers, and is a regular stop on the monthly Art Walk event (read more about Art Walk later in this issue). According to Jansen, things really began “happening” for him in 2007, when his work appeared at the Art Basel Festival in Miami, one of the world’s top modern and contemporary art showswhere approximately 300 artists and galleries from around the world exhibit. “That’s when I was launched if you will on the international scene,” he says, “when I started doing my very large works” that often exceed 10 feet in height or width.

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But what really sets Marcus Jansen apart is not the size of his art, but the style. Some have called it urban expressionism, others neo-expressionism, but if you ask Jansen, he tries “to shy away from labeling my work. Labels are interpreted differently by different people. I just like the fact that people are insecure in where to place me. That must mean I’m doing something interesting; it’s good not to fit.” And although you may not be able to typecast Jansen’s art, he’s clearly got things to say with it. “My message, if there is one, is more commentary on the global climate we’re in — politically, socially, economically — and the impact is has on our global environment. There’s no dictating in my paintings. I like to challenge people on what “I like to challenge people on what they believe or might not believe. That’s what being an artist is all about, communicating with the audience.”

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Bud Nocera is a Florida tourism professional with a resume that few can rival. Following a three- year stint as Director of Sales for the Greater Jacksonville Convention & Visitors Bureau to launch his career, Nocera was chosen in 1983 to be the first Executive Director of the Lee County Tourism Development Council and the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau. Some 13 years later, Nocera became part of an executive team of travel and tourism marketing leaders who created VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s official destination marketing organization, where he served as both Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer for the next 11 years. Today, Bud Nocera is Executive Director of the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce, a position he’s held since 2012 and one that he obviously enjoys greatly. Each issue, “Take Five” poses five questions to a community leader or personality that have not been shared in advance. Here, Bud Nocera discusses the joys of travel, tourism and hospitality marketing in the State of Florida — on a macro scale, and one-on-one with visitors.


1 How’s business? Fort Myers Beach has had a remarkable two years — peak season, summer season, shoulder seasons have all been very strong. Lots of smiles, but the trick now is to keep it going. 2 3 4 You were part of a group that helped create VISIT FLORIDA, arguably the most respected destination marketing organization in America. What were those early days like? Back at the time we were building VISIT FLORIDA, I had an analogy that worked well: We were designing and building a jumbo jet while at the same time we were navigating it at 30,000 feet with 400 passengers in the back who needed to get to their destination. You also led the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau. You must be proud of the contributions you’ve made to both organizations. I’m very proud of both organizations and it’s much like being a parent. It’s wonderful to be able to sit back and watch what your kids accomplish now that they’re grown. And now you’re the champion for Fort Myers Beach. How is that? This is perhaps the most fun job of my career. It is absolutely wonderful to be part of a small community and to be able to make a difference with an organization like this Chamber of Commerce. It’s one-on-one with business owners who are truly owner- operators. It’s being able to be in a position where I can sit in the information trailer and talk to visitors and provide them with good information on the destination. It’s the ability to be hands on, rather than pushing paper; it’s nowhere near the stress of running a corporation with an $80 million budget and 120 employees. It’s actually very fun and I enjoy it immensely. Pitch me on vacationing on Fort Myers Beach. You’re gonna love it a lot. First of all, it’s an absolutely gorgeous beach, nice and wide with sugar-fine sand. There are accommodations to suit all budgets from large resorts to bed and breakfasts. We offer a wide variety of great dining experiences, from fine dining to pubs right on the beach. At sunset it’s pretty easy to find an outdoor restaurant with live music and great margaritas. And did I mention the dolphin cruises and fishing? We are lucky to have Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel-Captiva to offer visitors a wide variety of both things to do and rest and relaxation. You’re going to have a great vacation here. 5


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For downtown Fort Myers, the term “T.G.I.F.” has taken on a whole new meaning thanks to Friday’s fun-tastic walks. As you enjoy an evening walking the streets of downtown Fort Myers today, there’s an energy in the air that’s almost palpable. Restaurants are buzzing, watering holes are hopping, shops are cha-chinging and people from all walks — young or old, couples or large groups — are loving it. It may be hard to believe, but less than 10 years ago, downtown Fort Myers was almost a ghost town after hours. The amazing renaissance has been led by the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency and Don Paight, Executive Director, points to three decisions that mark today’s success: the downtown street scape project; partnership with the River District Alliance; and the creation of a calendar-year full of special events, most notably Art Walk and Music Walk — each held on a specific Friday night of the month. “Collectively, the estimated attendance for the 50 events the River District Alliance markets annually is 175,000,” he notes. “The Walks have been a huge success, generating crowds and revenue on a year- round basis. Since we began, we’ve had over 65 new businesses move into downtown — retailers, restaurants, entertainment. What’s also unique is that with the exception of three chains, all of our


downtown businesses are locally owned and often owner operated. People love it, and keep coming back, and that generates more growth.”

with your choice of food, drink, music, shopping — plus ready places to sit and take five, should your dogs be barking.

So mark your calendar, ‘cause there’s a Friday night headed your way soon.

Following the success of Art Walk, Music Walk was established in 2010 and has proven to be another huge hit for the River District Alliance. Patsy French, Chairman of the Committee for Music Walk, explains that the third Friday of every month is filled with the sounds of “almost 40 musicians, and my goal is more — more musicians, more genres, and more younger children involved, too. I want music everywhere!” The fact is, there’s already a lot of music to enjoy — amped electric guitarists, a tight band covering classic rock and doing it well, two young girls on violin, a 50s-era

Now in its eighth season, Art Walk was the first walk created by the River District Alliance. Claudia Goode, Curator for Arts for ACT and RDA member, believes it was the “catalyst that launched the rebirth of downtown.” Art Walk consists of 13 studios to visit by foot or free trolley (6 PM–10 PM) and attracts an estimated 3,000 fans each month. Goode explains that what makes this Walk so popular is that “you have the unique opportunity to meet the actual artists whose work hangs on the walls. It’s the only time really you can talk with them in one night.”

rockabilly band, a dude with an accordion plus a lot more. Note to fans: with a couple exceptions,

She’s right; the galleries are packed and abuzz with conversations on vision, process and method, with artists eager to discuss their featured works on display. As you walk the streets and tour gallery after gallery, you’ll also encounter artists creating new pieces before your eyes, performance artists, plus original art for sale along the sidewalks. With all this walking, be sure to visit Patio De Leon, a charming, brick-lined historic walkway replete


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Patsy French moves the musicians’ locations each month “so you have to walk the Walk to find them.” As for the more music part, French encourages all who want to participate to apply online. There’s no audition and no fee; you play for passion and tips. “The more that River District Alliance stays active, the more downtown will grow, develop and prosper. I think we’re well on our way to becoming a true destination.”

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His name was Jay Norwood Darling. Born more than 130 years ago, the man who signed his high

Federal Duck Stamp program); and the founding of the National Wildlife Federation, as well as

school yearbook with the abbreviated last name “D’ing” began his cartoonist career at his first job at an Iowa newspaper — but only when the subject of an article refused to be photographed. What followed was literally the stuff of legend: syndication in more than 125 newspapers across the U.S.; recognition for his art, political satire and environmental advocacy by two Pulitzer prizes; appointment by

what was to become the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Oh, and did we mention that J.N. “Ding” Darling loved Sanibel and Captiva Islands, and was a frequent vacationer here in the 1930s and 40s? In fact, thanks in part to his advocacy, more than 6,400 acres of Sanibel mangroves, bay and estuary became U.S. government property in 1945 — and 20 years later were renamed in

Thanks to his advocacy, more than 6,400 acres of Sanibel mangroves, bay and estuary became U.S. government property in 1945 — and 20 years later were renamed the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge .

President Franklin Roosevelt to lead a variety of conservation efforts (including creation of the

his honor as the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, part of the largest undeveloped



mangrove ecosystem in the United States.

everyone out into nature, to enjoy our nature.

But that was then, and this is now at the Wildlife Refuge: more than 800,000 visitors annually, one of TripAdvisor’s most popular Sanibel attractions, the very first “discover nature” downloadable,

“We have 245 species of birds, another 50-some reptiles and amphibians, plus more than 30 types of mammals. For $5 per vehicle, you can visit as many times as you like during a day. This is definitely the best value on the islands!”

interactive app created by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, live video feeds of wildlife via internet, a new and improving Visitor Center, a mascot

“We have 245 species of birds, another 50-some reptiles and amphibians,

Toni Westland has worked at “Ding” Darling for 14 years, and is amazed at the evolution of the Refuge from simply a welcome center and five mile

plus more than 30 types of mammals.”

named “Blue Goose,” 18,000-plus social media followers and — in high season — more than 30 events, exhibits and other fun things to do each week. “‘Ding’ Darling is exciting!” says Toni Westland, Supervisory Refuge Ranger. “People come to Sanibel for our beaches, but we want to get

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Birgie Miller, Executive Director of the Wildlife Society, feels much the same. “It truly is an amazing place doing amazing things to preserve and protect our wildlife, educating nearly a million people a year through our free education center, programs, classes, lectures and tours alongWildlife Drive,” she notes. “Participation in outdoor and educational activities has been shown to have a direct and positive impact on conservation and wildlife protection, teaching people to love and respect wildlife everywhere. As Federal funding continues to fall short, gifts to the ‘Ding’ Darling

a different theme and events, films, clinics, demonstrations and more that reflect each theme. Of special note is the possible appearance of Heather Henson (Sesame Street’s Jim Henson’s daughter) with her life-sized Wild Puppets, plus appearances by the adult and junior winners of the U.S. and Florida Duck Stamp annual competition.

It’s Sanibel gone wild. Imagine that.

“It’s technology that’s making

nature come to life like never before.”

Wildlife Society help ensure that we can continue to protect our native and migratory wildlife for generations to come.” And at no time during the year is the excitement greater than the annual “Ding” Darling Days which occur October 18-24 this year. It starts on Sunday with Free Family Fun Day (a $75 value for a family of four) — highlighted by native butterflies, animals and snakes; face painting; photo presentations; narrated Wildlife Drive tram tours; hands-on nature crafts; archery demonstrations; booth; shuttle service and more freebies.

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SUNSET CELEBRATION AT TIMES SQUARE Oct 3-Nov 28 Come and enjoy live music, food, and fun at Times Square at Fort Myers beach every Friday

and Saturday from 5 PM-8 PM.

Oct 3

50th ANNUAL SUNSET SUMMERSET REGATTA Oct 9-Oct 11 An event benefitting Youth Sailing in Southwest Florida, offering activities such as offshore sailing school buoy races, and a west marine coastal race. A crew meeting and party will also be included as well as a Saturday cocktail party. Participants have the chance to win fantastic prizes and awards! SALTY SAM’S 10TH ANNUAL PIRATE FESTIVAL Thru Oct 11 Welcome to the 10th Annual Pirate Fest on Fort Myers Beach! Guests are invited to a great time as a slew of pirates, wenches, corsairs and beauties are hosted at the historic Seaport of Fort Myers Beach. Attendees can enjoy pirate melodies, shows, dancing, or even participate in the Pub and Grub crawl. The fun begins on Friday, October 9 at 6 PM. Bootlegger’s Waterfront BBQ . The Pirate Ball serves as the official kick-off event for the 10th Annual Salty Sam’s Fort Myers Beach Pirate Festival. Partake in pirate games of chance, a costume contest, silent auction, and all “All U Can Eat” BBQ buffet and live music by The Ricky Howard Blues Band, with special guest Jo List. Tickets for admission or sponsorships are all available for purchase on the official Pirate Ball website, as well as by telephone. “THE PRESIDENT AND THE DEVILFISH” Oct 15 Come aboard for an amusing tale featuring one of the coast’s most unusual visiting fishermen and conservationists: Theodore Roosevelt. Learn about his expedition to these islands in search of a world record “devilfish,” which is what giant manta rays used to be called. The adventure awaits on Thursday, October 15 at Pineland Marina on Island Girl 1, a custom built 45-foot Corinthian Catamaran. PIRATE BALL Oct 3 Enjoy an evening of swashbuckling entertainment, auctions, contests, games and grub at Oct 15

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Oct 17

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“DING” DARLING DAYS Oct 18 - 24 “Ding” Darling Days’ Family Fun Day on Sunday, October 20, kicks off a week of eco-activities with all-free refuge tram tours, live wildlife presentations, hot dogs, kid crafts and more. The Endangered Species & Wildlife life-size puppets presentation will highlight the day, featuring the work of Heather Henson, daughter of the late Muppets creator Jim Henson. Birding, boating, tram, paddleboarding and kayaking are activities that fill the week with fun.

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WORKING WATERFRONT WALKING TOUR Every Wednesday The Working Waterfront Walking Tour is held every Wednesday, and costs $15 for adults and $10 for youths. The tour starts at 9 AM and is a three-hour guided tour held every Wednesday that educates the public about the Marine Science Center and the commercial fishing industry. Guests can learn about and experience shrimp boats, net shops, the seafood market and much more! Reservations are required. product or idea. Fifty Semi-Finalists will be selected to compete in Fort Myers at the Crowne Plaza on Saturday, October 24, 2015. Fifteen Preliminary Judges will critique and grade the presentations and five presenters will be selected to make their pitch on stage in front of a live audience to five distinguished and highly successful business people for the chance to receive funding. American Dream Seekers runs Sunday-Saturday. Wed nes days IMAGES OF NATURE AT LOVERS KEY STATE PARK Nov 2-8 Join The Friends of Lovers Key where the Gulf of Mexico meets the pristine sands of Lovers Key State Park for a week of nature photography education and appreciation. Noted local photographers will offer on-site, two-hour workshops at the park. The week culminates on Sunday, with the Images of Nature Dinner and Silent auction, and presentation by National Geographic photographer Carlton Ward, Jr. Each weekday session is limited to 20 participants. Individual session tickets are $50, or tickets for all five sessions are $200. Park entry fees included with class session and specific additional equipment is required for some sessions. All participants will need to bring their own cameras. AMERICAN DREAM SEEKERS Thru Oct 24 Submissions are now open for the Entrepreneurial Competition, American Dream Seekers 2015 where applicants will have the opportunity to compete for funding for their business, WELCOME ABOARD! Nov 5 Don’t miss an opportunity to come sailing with Award-winning author and Maritime Historian, Robert N. Macomber. Attendees can learn about “Theodore Roosevelt: The Right Man At The Right Time,” aboard the lovely 47-foot ketch, Alondra, while voyaging through many magical islands, along the Southwest Florida coast. Be surprised by tales of Theodore Roosevelt’s incredible accomplishments and life. You’ll also see some of the islands he sailed through on his visit to this coast in search of a world record devilfish. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn history, gaze at unspoiled nature, and experience first-hand what it is like to sail through our tranquil paradise. Nov 2-8

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WINES IN THE WILD Nov 14 Come and stroll through the SCCF boardwalk and taste a variety of wines and hors-d’oeuvres while under the stars! Join the fun on Tuesday, November 14 at 6 PM.

Nov 20- 29

29th ANNUAL SAND SCULPTING CHAMPIONSHIP Nov 20-29 Come join us on Fort Myers Beach for the 29th Annual American Sand Sculpting Championship and Beach Festival! This will be a fun-filled event that will include World Class Master Sand Sculptors, a State Championship contest, Amateur contest, Quick Sand Speed Sculpting, Sand Sculpting Demonstrations and Lessons, Chain Saw Art, Flying Colors, a kids activity area with bounce houses and slides, and more than 60 vendors, You don’t want to miss this exciting event!

Nov 21

MASTERWORKS I: CARMINA BURANA Nov 21 The season’s theme is “A Symphonic Storybook” beginning with “Carmine Burana,” a 20th century scenic cantata, composed by Carl Orff, based on 24 medieval poems. Conducted by Maestro Nar Kabaretti, featuring soloists: Jenna Black, Soprano; Ben Brecher, Tenor; Eugene Brancoveanu, Baritone and special guests: The Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida. 16TH BIANNUAL ESTERO FINE ART SHOW Nov 21-22 HotWorks.Org presents the 16th biannual Estero Fine Art Show™ hosted Saturday-Sunday, November 21-22. All artwork is original and personally handmade by the professional artists who are in attendance at the show. All artwork is for sale; including paintings, clay, glass, sculpture, jewelry, photography, wood, fiber, and more. There is something for everyone, not to mention complimentary free parking and admission! Nov 21- 22

THANKSGIVING SUNSET DOLPHIN AND WILDLIFE CRUISE Nov 26 Gather your friends and family for the Sunset Dolphin Cruise! Attendees can watch dolphins at play as we cruise and sightsee along the coastline of Sanibel, and possibly see a manatee or even two! Learn about the mangrove islands and estuaries where Calusa Indians once lived. Narrated by knowledgeable captains and first mates, the cruise departs 4.30 PM and returns 6 PM.

Nov 26


Dining Guide


15951 Captiva Dr. | 239.472.5161 | Park your flip flops at the one and only Crow’s Nest Beach Bar & Grille at the legendary ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa, where you’ll find great food, great fun, great times and great entertainment served up nightly. A TripAdvisor top-rated Captiva Island restaurant.


630 Tarpon Bay Road | 239.472.2625 | Over Easy Café is a highly popular gathering place for breakfast and lunch. Enjoy a hearty, home cooked menu of classic comfort foods — from pancakes to scrambled eggs, sandwiches to salads, tasty soups to terrific desserts. Breakfast is served all day, the outdoor seating is awesome, and gentle pets are welcome.


Aptly titled “slow-cooked fast food” and “comfort food for the soul,” The Pecking Order is a new dining delight that embraces its role to perpetuate fine Southern cookin’ — from secret-recipe broasted chicken (always fresh) — by the piece or bucket — to collard greens, black beans and rice, home-made mac and cheese, and more!

SWEET MELISSA’S CAFÉ | SANIBEL LUNCH MON-FRI 11.30 AM – 2.30 PM | DINNER MON-SAT 5 PM – CLOSE 1625 Periwinkle Way | 239.472.1956 | Consistently hailed as among the top restaurants in Southwest Florida by local, regional and national reviews and awards, Sweet Melissa’s Café is truly Sanibel’s destination dining experience. Serving both lunch and dinner, Executive Chef Melissa Talmage has fashioned an innovative cuisine, spirits and wine menu betting the praise “Best Food in Lee County.”


Thurs days

FAMILY CRAFT AND STORY Thru Nov 28 Located at the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refugee Education Center, Family Craft and Story allows families to join a naturalist for story-time at the refuge. Bring your family to hear an exciting wildlife themed story and make a craft about an animal in our estuarine ecosystem. Story-time is appropriate for pre-k through 6th graders, although everyone is welcome to enjoy 30 minutes inside the Education Center. lively green market offers a variety of local produce, seafood, baked goods, honey, nuts, flowers, plants and much more for the discerning shopper. The Farmers’ Market has been a fixture of the downtown Fort Myers River District since 1995, and is popular with both tourists in season, and locals during the summer months. Nov 28 RIVER DISTRICT FARMERS’ MARKET Thursdays Year Round The River District Farmers’ Market is open every Thursday between 7 AM-1 PM and is located in the Centennial Park parking lot, under the U.S. 41 Caloosahatchee Bridge. This

Mon days

SHELL CRAFTING Oct + Nov Come and join us at the Sanibel Community House, on selected Mondays throughout

October and November, and create flowers, jewelry, animals and much more from your beautiful beach findings. No experience is necessary, and instruction and assistance are available! The Sanibel Shell Crafters have been meeting weekly since the late 1920s, so come out and see what the fuss and tradition is all about!

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Oct 1-Nov 21 This thrilling musical brings you inside the October + November — In Concert Oct 1- Nov 21

recording studio with rock n’ roll icons such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, who come together as a red-hot rock n’ roll band for one unforgettable night!

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Oct 7


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Long considered a “songwriter’s songwriter,” John Prine is a rare talent who has written a long list of songs for several famous artists. Fans of classic rock do not want to miss seeing this true talent, at the Barbara B. Mann Center on Saturday, October 17 at 8 PM.

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Nov 23

RED HOT CHILI PIPERS Nov 23 In the past ten years, The Red Hot Chili Pipers have become the biggest bagpipe band on the planet! Attendees will experience bagpipes with attitude, drums with a Scottish accent, and a show so hot it carries its own health warning.

Oct 13


At age 78, he’s a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to that city’s halcyon days of electric blues. Buddy Guy has received multiple awards for his musical achievements, including six Grammys and 34 blues music awards. Come see this living legend at the Barbara B. Mann Tuesday, October 13 at 8 PM.

Oct 17+ Nov 21

MUSIC WALK Oct 17 + Nov 21 Downtown Fort Myers rocks every third Friday of the month as Music Walk fills the air with rock, blues, classical, bands, soloists and lots more to hear and enjoy. Be sure to bring the entire family — there are even child musicians under the age of 10 performing!

Oct 3 October - November — On Stage

JOHN CLEESE AND ERIC IDLE — TOGETHER AGAIN AT LAST…FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME Oct 3 These British comedic legends are a must-see at the Barbara B. Mann Center on Saturday, October 3 at 7.30 PM. As founding members of Monty Python, Cleese and Idle are unarguably among the godfathers of modern comedy, and are sure to put on a remarkable and hilarious performance that fans of comedy will want to catch.

Nov 26- Dec 26

A WONDERFUL LIFE Nov 26-Dec 26 Come out and witness as Broadway Palm, Southwest Florida’s premier dinner theater, brings Frank Capra’s classic holiday film to vibrant theatrical life in an uplifting musical that is perfect for the entire family!



October + November — Arts

Oct 2+ Nov 6

ART WALK Oct 2 + Nov 6 On the first Friday of each month, from 6 PM-10 PM, take part in an evening filled with gallery openings, visual arts and more! Over eleven different art galleries

invite both locals and visitors to a self-guided walking tour throughout the Downtown Fort Myers River District core and the Gardener’s Park area. Art enthusiasts even have the opportunity to meet the artists at most of the art galleries and enjoy live demonstrations throughout the River District!

Nov 2- 8

6TH ANNUAL “PAINT THE BEACH” FESTIVAL Nov 2 - 8 Come and enjoy art on display, and for sale, at the Festival Tent in Santini Marina Plaza 9 AM-6 PM. A quick drawing and painting competition will also take place. Other entertainment will include steel drum players. Raffle winners will be drawn on Sunday, November 8 at 2 PM.

Nov 21

FORT MYERS DOWNTOWN SATURDAY ART FAIR Nov 21 The Fort Myers Downtown Saturday Art Fair features local handmade art and crafts on downtown sidewalks. Over three dozen Southwest Florida artists will setup their tables the day after Art Walk to show their goods. Fans of local art are sure to not want to miss out on this art-filled event!


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