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CRUISE CONTROL with Captiva Cruises MISSION POSSIBLE Shining a Light in Haiti

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: Lucas Century THANKS TO A SQUEEGEE • A Room With A View • Welcome Home • Take Five With Tom Uhler

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It’s time again. Time to whip out that all-too-oft- uttered holiday season phrase: “It’s that special time of year.”

We’ll also profile a highly talented Sanibel artist who first made his name by engraving 58,000 names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Special is one fine way to describe our “Take Five” subject, a man who’s been named “person of the year” (quite a number of years) for how he gives back to our communities. Then, we’ll wrap it all up in a special bow and enjoy a delightful dolphin and wildlife Captiva cruise. From all of us at COASTE, to all of you celebrating the holidays (or just life), we wish you a warm and happy season, and a healthy, prosperous and most awesome new year.

We wish you a warm and happy season, and a healthy, prosperous and most awesome new year.

And while I’ll give you that luminaries along walkways, twinkling- light-wrapped palms, fireworks booming and children caroling all make for a wonderful time of year, I’d also

argue back that what makes Southwest Florida special — any time of the year — is also found in our remarkable people and places.

And that’s the spirit in which we’ve crafted this issue.

You’ll read a story about a courageous couple who live the holiday spirit by their annual trek to Haiti, where they generously (and freely) give of their time and talents to help needing young children.

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VOLUME II | Number 6

For All Things Beautiful!

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By John Sprecher | Photography Milissa Sprecher thanks to a HOW ONE SANIBEL ARTIST ACHIEVED NATIONAL ACCLAIM ALL

It’s a moment forever etched in Lucas Century’s mind, a moment that led to a life-long career in

a squeegee across a window — I saw my reflection in the glass. I thought how cool it would be to put

the artistry of glass etching that’s brought him national fame, financial reward and great personal satisfaction. And it all began with a squeegee. “It was my last summer of college,” he recalls. “I had two courses left to complete my Bachelor of Science

graphic imagery on glass, and I was so excited I couldn’t put the thought down.” Fortunately, Century put the squeegee down instead and began his self-taught journey to create what was then an entirely new art form: photo stencil sandblasting. With samples in hand, he

“One day, I had an epiphany while pulling a squeegee across a window — I saw my reflection in the glass. I thought how cool it would be to put graphic imagery on glass, and I was so excited I couldn’t put the thought down.”

degree, and I was washing windows to make money. One day, I had an epiphany while pulling

began knocking on doors of architects and designers in Cleveland, who found his technique — one that





COASTE | ARTIST IN RESIDENCE employed etching onto building materials — novel, interesting and attractive. Ultimately, he landed an assignment and off his career took.

Over his career, Century has applied his creative talents to a variety of materials in a variety of sizes — large stone murals (10 feet by 30 feet, such as Florida Gulf Coast University), elevator

To hear Century describe the processes he uses to create his art sounds much more like science. “Basically, I’m creating a mask that protects the surface of the glass, stone or tile. It’s created photo- mechanically, utilizing an elastomeric substance affixed to the substrates. One might be liquid coated

“I had achieved probably the ultimate in an engraver’s career and I was just in my mid-20s. I knew it was my opportunity to create this as my life’s work.”

shafts, paper weights, vases, even drinking glasses. The work can be commissioned (like public art or donor walls) or self-produced (such as his line of wildlife artwork found in gift stores). His art sells for as little as $50, or up to $150,000. “I

directly, or a prefabricated stencil that can bond to a vertical surface. Essentially, it’s a transfer and the etching or engraving happens after.”

like the idea of decorating the world,” he says, “and to do that, I need to make some of it affordable for everyone to enjoy.”



Being affordable also led to his most famous work of art, one that got him the nickname “the guy who did the wall.” It was the early 1980s, and discussion of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall put the timeline to complete the 58,000-names project at three years and the cost in the millions of dollars. But Century had a different idea — his photo stencil grit blast technology — and when he met with the director of the project, showed him prototypes and promised it would take only months and hundreds of thousands of dollars to do the job, “He about fell out of his chair. They really felt like I was a Godsend and for me, it was a Godsend to work on that project. I had achieved probably the ultimate in an engraver’s career and I was just in my mid-20s. I knew it was my opportunity to create this as my life’s work.” His full time relocation to Sanibel occurred in 1985. Two years earlier, on a brief hiatus to Captiva Island, Lucas was enjoying some live music at the Crow’s Nest at ‘Tween Waters Inn

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when he met a woman named Dee on the dance floor — and it was love at first shimmy. “We bought our cottage that year, and we’re still in it today. It’s provided the space for my work and for Dee’s garden, as well as our short trips to the beach. It’s just been marvelous.”

Reflecting (pun intended) on his art, Century explains he works mostly in glass “because I love the transparency and reflective quality. Clear glass captures the light in a brilliant manner, and allows the rest of the environment to work around it. I hope my art gives everyone a sense of clarity.”

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“I am wired such that I choose


Tom Uhler is a founder and principal of Uhler & Vertich Financial Planners, a concierge “white glove” financial planning team that comprehensively integrates the portfolios and assets of its select client base for intergenerational, long-term success. Yet as successful as Uhler has been in business, he’s likely more renowned and respected for the work he does outside his office — for Tom Uhler is a man passionately dedicated to contributing his time and talents to multiple organizations that improve our quality of life in Southwest Florida. He’s been acclaimed Person of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and even Hero of the Year. He sits on many boards, chairs big events and has for many years served as narrator of The Nutcracker by Gulfshore Ballet. His energy seems boundless. Each issue, “Take Five” poses five questions to a community leader or personality that have not been shared in advance. Here, we catch up with dynamo that is Tom Uhler and learn what drives his passion to make lives better.



to make every day a good day.” By: John Sprecher

1 You’ve earned a variety of significant awards and accolades for your service to the community; where does that giving come from? As our lives have unfolded, my wife Linda and I have always had the luxury to focus on each other, our community and our work. I think both of us have charitable intent in our blood. I’m also an Eagle Scout and I think that’s a core tenet of Scouting, giving back to the community. 2 What are you involved with this year, and do you have an idea how many volunteer hours you log in a year? I don’t think I want to go there (editor’s note: said with laughter)! I’m very fortunate, I have a business partner who’s very organized, and we’ve developed an office system that runs very smoothly. It frees me up to spend a lot of time on the things I care about. This year, my involvement includes Southwest Florida Symphony, United Way and a board position with Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation. When did you begin narrating The Nutcracker , and has that been your most visible role? I think it’s visible certainly having done it for almost 10 years, but I think you’re also visible anytime you’re doing something big, such as the year I chaired the United Way Campaign, or when Linda and I chaired the American Heart Association Heart Ball. Whenever you’re proclaimed this or receive that award, you get your 15 minutes of fame. Is there one moment or instance that’s been most rewarding to you? If I had to pick one, it was when Jim Nathan of Lee Memorial Health System and I were chosen to be Junior Achievement Laureates of Lee County. Anytime you’re selected with Jim Nathan is pretty special. He’s obviously one of the best known people in the community for doing good. You deal with a physical challenge and don’t let it slow you down; what would you tell others on the sidelines about getting involved? I think you wake up every morning and decide if you’re gonna make it a good day or not. I am wired such that I choose to make every day a good day. I am very thankful I’m here. About the time I was diagnosed with cancer, a couple of pretty good friends of mine were diagnosed, too. One has since died and another is struggling, and as of two weeks ago, I am three and a half years cancer free. I’m not Superman. I just think you make a choice how you want to treat life. 3 4 5


Venturing into an intimidating, sometimes hostile environment and working in often- primitive conditions, this Sanibel couple nonetheless puts their time and talents each year to improving life in the mountains of Haiti. Here’s how and why they do it.

The inspiration for Dan Budd’s annual expedition to Haiti began some eight years ago, all thanks to an iPhone. It was Christmas, and his two sons were complaining about the fact that every other kid in the world had or was getting an iPhone — except them. “So I thought, well, it’s time to take these kids on a mission trip,” he recalls. “With the help of the Sanibel Community Church, we got 15 kids together and off we went. When we arrived in Haiti, the kids saw the living conditions, there was a lot of crying, everybody got sick and it was a rough trip — but that at least stopped the new iPhone talk.”

DanBudd is proprietor ofWildseedConstruction, a residential and commercial construction company located in Sanibel specializing in new, remodel, repair and renovation projects. This past October marked the eighth journey he’s made to St. Marc, a small village in the mountains of Haiti. It was also the second trip he’s made with only spouse Bridgit Stone-Budd at his side, who in her other life owns Sanibel’s The Pecking Order restaurant. “My brother is a missionary in China, so I guess this is my calling, my purpose, my way of being a missionary — at least for a week,” he explains. “You take the skills you’ve been given and give back as best you can.”




After their first Haiti project (adding a second story to a school), the focus of the Budd team’s energy has been the Mary Austin School in St. Marc. Here, he and his various workers (from a group of men from his church to one year, to his entire family including four children and his father another) have focused on construction and completion of the school — from the ground up. Over the annual seven-day trips (taken the first week in October, which is the first week of school in Haiti), they’ve framed out classrooms, built bathrooms, roofed the structure, stuccoed inside and outside, wired lights and fans, installed a 5,000 watt generator, built out an irrigation system, dug a well, connected with city water and even remodeled a kindergarten building across the street. Recent years have seen the crews become more Haitian, as Dan and Bridgit try to assume more advisory roles. In addition, the Budds have helped the school acquire access to land, upon which rice and other vegetables are grown to assist the school’s self- sufficiency. Recently, Bridgit has concentrated

on negotiating the best purchase price (and safe weekly delivery) of enough food supplies from a preferred Port au Prince vendor to feed the 300- some students at the school daily for the entire year (with enough money left over to pay teacher salaries). “For many of the students,” she says, “it’s their only meal of the day.”

The money comes from the Sanibel Community Church, Sanibel Rotary, International Rotary and

private donors. “We’ve worked with budgets from $30,000 to $120,000,” Dan notes. “However, it’s zero overhead work. Anybody who travels, including us, pays his or her own airfare, lodging and food. Every dollar donated goes to the project’s many needs, and projects generally take three years.”

“It was like two steps forward, three steps back because of the vandalism. But now, I see progress and when I see one educated child, lifted up from the mess down there, that’s enough for me.”

It’s hard work, in tough conditions that at times can be dangerous. Everything they work on and complete has to be locked, because if it isn’t (including handles and door knobs) it’ll be stolen and sold at market. When the Budds travel, it’s typically to Port au Prince — at times with a translator-bodyguard- guide. “It’s a little scary when you’re sitting in



traffic with people banging on your door, and all you’re thinking about is how long will it be until we get to our destination,” Bridgit recalls. “But in hindsight, when you get back and hear about fatalities, it’s really scary. The more impoverished the area, the more you get hit up.” Dan Budd also notes that sometimes, their timing could be better. “Elections in Haiti are held in October,” he says. “You don’t want to be in Haiti on election day because of the riots. We know from experience.” Yet despite the primitive conditions, the underlying danger, the annual illness they acquire (which they fondly call the Haitian flu), Dan Budd and Bridgit-Stone Budd wouldn’t think of not coming back for more. “It was frustrating for me in the beginning,” Bridgit says. “I didn’t see anything good coming of it. It was like two steps forward, three steps back because of the vandalism. But now, I see progress and when I see one educated child, lifted up from the mess down there, that’s enough for me.” Her husband agrees. “I wouldn’t want it any other way, and I’m thankful we have the privilege to do this.”

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Captiva Cruises has been making Southwest Florida vacations — and the holidays — special for 30 years.

It’s a gorgeous late Sunday afternoon in November as this writer and his family board the Lady Chadwick at McCarthy’s Marine, a two- deck cruise ship that’s the de facto flagship of Captiva Cruises. Along with perhaps another 100 passengers, we’re excited to experience theDolphin

it didn’t take McCarthy long to realize that the boating season in the Midwest is quite abbreviated due to weather, and that a warm weather locale could be far more profitable. And fun. “I never tire of going on the water here — morning, afternoon or evening,” he says. “It’s really the ultimate tropical

Watch and Wildlife Adventure Cruise — and get up close and personal with some of Southwest Florida’s favorite creatures. Thecruise isbut oneof 12 unique adventures that Captiva Cruises offers both locals and visitors to experience

“I never tire of going on the water here. It’s really the ultimate tropical island experience, to see and appreciate the pristine beauty and nature we have here.”

island experience, to see and appreciate the pristine beauty and nature we have here.” That’s a fact, because McCarthy is often a passenger on his many cruises, serving

— and they’re all the brainchild of Paul McCarthy, native Bostonian and former Chicago big-firm attorney, who launched the Chicago Architectural River Cruise in the early 80s. While successful,

to narrate the island lifestyle he loves.

The year 2016 will mark 30 years since McCarthy decided to throw lawyering overboard to pursue


his passion and become a full time cruise owner. Having vacationed in the early 80s on Captiva, McCarthy knewwhere he wanted tomake hismove — so he cruised a new excursion boat he had built in 1985 down the Mississippi River to Southwest Florida, and set up shop so to speak originally at South Seas Island Resort.

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“The only way to really enjoy the islands is to get out on the water. From dolphins and birds to sunset on the Gulf — maybe catching a green flash — those are amazing memories that last a lifetime.”

Captiva Cruises’ daily cruises depart from McCarthy’s Marina located at the intersection of Captiva Drive and Andy Rosse Lane as well as South Seas Island Resort Marina. Captiva Cruises also offers charter cruises

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McCarthy has also been instrumental in the creationofCaptiva Holiday Village, an island celebration that presides over five weekends — from

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Thanksgiving to Christmas — and includes Arias on the Beach, a tricked-out Golf Cart Parade, a Decorated Boat Parade along Roosevelt Channel and a lot more craziness. Now in its sixth year, the event (co-founded by local realtor Denice Beggs) is “pretty much what you’d expect out of Captiva. A little quirky, a little creative, a lot of fun.”

Among the 12 adventures that Captiva Cruises embarks upon include sojourns to the islands of

Sure enough, 30 minutes into our Dolphin and Wildlife Cruise, we’re joined by guests first off the bow, thenoff the stern—ahost of dolphins

one boat to a fleet of seven — perhaps because to Paul McCarthy, it’s never really been work. “The only way to really enjoy the islands is to get out

jumping in Lady Chadwick’s wake for pretty much the next 45 minutes, much to the great delight of all on board. Mike Ortwein and his family — spouse Jennifer, along with Peter (six), Jack (four) and Charlie (two) — are long- time visitors to Sanibel and Captiva, but first-time cruisers. “We have three little guys who were eager to see some dolphins, that’s why we’re here today,” he says. “They sure haven’t been disappointed!”

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December + January — Community Events

Week ends

SUNSET CELEBRATION AT TIMES SQUARE Weekends Come and enjoy live music, food, and fun at Times Square at Fort Myers beach every Friday and Saturday from 5 PM-8 PM.

Dec 3

“DING” DARLING HAPPY HOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING Dec 3 Forget Black Friday. Think instead Happy Thursday, the date of the Refugee Nature Store’s third annual Happy Hour Holiday Shopping event in “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center. The event will take place from 4:30 PM - 6 PM; shoppers who spend more than $20 receive a free gift. Come out and enjoy wine, cheese, and holiday gift shopping!

Thurs days

JOIN THE MOB – CASH MOB THURSDAYS Every Thursday Bring your wallet and prepare to dine, shop, and show your support to our local restaurants and shops by “Mobbing” specific beach businesses every Thursday beginning December 3, 11 AM - 7 PM.

Dec 4+5

SANIBEL-CAPTIVA LUMINARY FESTIVAL Dec 4 & 5 It’s the 31st Annual Luminary Festival on Sanibel and Captiva Islands; Sanibel is Friday December 4 and Captiva is Saturday, December 5. The Luminary Festival is a community-wide holiday event that brings together residents, visitors, businesses and organizations, promoting goodwill and community spirit. WORKING WATERFRONT WALKING TOUR Every Wednesday The cost of the Working Waterfront Walking tour is $15 for adults and $10 for youth. The tour starts at 9 AM, and is a three-hour guided tour that educates the public about the Marine Science Center and the commercial fishing industry. Experience shrimp boats, packinghouses, net shop, ships, a seafood market and much more. Reservations are required. Wed nes days

Dec 5


Enjoy some Christmas spirit at the 27th Annual Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade! The parade will pass by such establishments as Bootleggers Waterfront Barbeque, Parrot Key Caribbean Grill, Matanzas on the Bay, Nervous Nellies, Doc Fords, and Bonita Bills where you can kick back and enjoy the holiday fun. Come on out for this festive event 6 PM - 8 PM.



Thru Dec 26

CAPTIVA HOLIDAY VILLAGE Thru Dec 26 Now celebrating six years of holiday fun (and some craziness), Captiva Holiday Village is a four-weekend celebration of the season. December 4 features Sunset Arias on the beach at ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa. December 12 brings Captiva Cruises Lighted Boat Parade along Roosevelt Channel. December 19 is the crazy Decorated Golf Cart Parade. And December 11-12, 18-19 and 25-26, you can enjoy the South Seas Holiday Stroll.

Satur days

SANTA’S DOLPHIN AND WILDLIFE CRUISE TO PICNIC ISLAND Dec 24 Bring the family and join us while we cruise out among the dolphins to visit with Santa where he’ll be waiting with gifts for all the kids on Saturday, December 24, from 10 AM - 11:45 AM. Photos of your little ones on Santa’s lap will be provided! Reservations are required for this event. Saturday for an exclusive selection of locally grown, caught and cultivated foods, as well as a number of other products available for purchase. Live entertainment, fun activities for kids, gardening classes, and live cooking provided by local chefs are other fun features of this event. Dec 24 17TH BIANNUAL ESTERO FINE ART SHOW Jan 2 & 3 Both nationally and internationally acclaimed artists are invited to display exclusive one-of-a- kind hand-made creations representing all disciplines at the 17th Biannual Estero Fine Art Show. Over $1,500 in artist awards will be offered, with an emphasis on originality, technique, execution, overall professionalism, and booth appearance. A youth art competition for grades K-8 is also integrated into the art fair. See art, love art, and buy art! GREENMARKET Every Saturday Beginning on December fifth, from 9 AM - 1 PM, join us at the Alliance of the Arts every OLD FORT MYERS CEMETERY TOUR Every Tuesday Stroll through the historic (and haunted?) Old Fort Myers Cemetery, stopping at the graves of some of the city’s most famous and infamous pioneers to marvel at their colorful histories. And along the way, discover how the culture of a bygone era shaped this sprawling city. Take note: on this 60-minute tour, people may accompany us only your camera will see! Tours are held on Tuesdays from 10:30 AM - 11:30 PM. INTELLECTUAL WELLNESS: EXERCISE YOUR BRAIN Jan 11 Join Toni King, Health & Wellness Strategies Specialist from SalusCare Florida, as she provides you with tips and tools to expand your knowledge and skills, and helps you recognize your creative abilities. The public is invited to this Sanibel Library Program. There is no registration required and no additional cost to participate. 2 to 3PM on January 11. Jan 11 Jan 2+3

Tues days



Thur Jan 3

EDISON & FORD HOLIDAY NIGHTS Thru Jan 3 The Edison & Fort Winter Estates will be open from 9 AM - 9 PM through Holiday Nights, recently named a Top 100 Event in North America for 2016 by the American Bus Association. Thousands of colorful Christmas lights adorn Edison Ford throughout the holidays! It is a “Must Do” event for the entire family!

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KATHLEEN MADIGAN Dec 3 Come out and have Dec 3 December - January — On Stage

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GULFSHORE BALLET “THE NUTCRACKER” Dec 13 Southwest Florida’s premier not-for-profit school of classic ballet performs a must-see for the holidays in two performances at Bishop Verot High School’s Andersen Theater, 2 PM and 7 PM.

Thru Dec 12

MR BURNS, A POST ELECTRIC PLAY BY ANNE WASHBURN Select Dates Thru Dec 12 Theater fans won’t want to miss a show that has been hailed as one of the Top Ten Plays of 2013 by the New York Times. The play takes place in a post-apocalyptic Northern California, where a group of strangers bond by recreating the infamous “Cape Feare” episode of The Simpsons. Alliance of the Arts through December 12.

Dec 15

A CHRISTMAS STORY Dec 15 A Christmas Story is a hilarious and

touching coming-of-age holiday story! Join us at the Florida Repertory Theater to catch a classic laugh-fest that is perfect for the whole family!

Dec 1- 13


The Seafarer is a chilling black comedy about the sea, Ireland, and the power of myth. It’s Christmas Eve, and Sharky has returned to Dublin to look after his aging brother who’s recently gone blind. Old drinking buddies, Ivan and Nicky, are holed up at the house too, hoping to play some cards. But with the arrival of a mysterious stranger from the distant past, the stakes are raised ever higher. As the liquor flows and the tales pour out, Sharky finds that he may be playing for his very soul.

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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.”


Dec 18

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! A MUSICAL CELEBRATION Dec 18 This family-friendly holiday musical features favorite standards that will take you through a musical winter wonderland. A fresh, spectacular holiday revue that will cheer and excite the

whole family!

Dec 29

MOSCOW BALLET’S GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER Dec 29 Described by the New York Times as being “a Christmas tale from a faraway Land of Snow and Ice, with real beauty and precise dancing.” Shows at 3 PM and 7:30 PM.

Jan 5

RAGTIME Jan 5 Ragtime returns to the road with all new touring production directed and choreographed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge and produced by the team that most recently brought you The Addams Family, Spamalot, Rock of Ages and The Color Purple. Winning Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Musical Score, this 13 time Tony Award nominated musical is a timeless celebration of life – what it could and should be! THE COCKTAIL HOUR Jan 5-27 Join us on January 16 at the Florida Repertory Theater for a play that will have you shaken and stirred with laughter! Both hysterically funny and heartbreakingly poignant, The Cocktail Hour is a comedy about how far one family can stretch the ties that bind them.

Jan 5- 27

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Jan 17


SHOWBOAT Thru Feb 14 With show times beginning December 20, come aboard for an original Broadway masterpiece that combines unforgettable songs, dazzling choreography, and a story that moves us with its humanity. Opening January 12, The Sound of Music has been in our ears for decades, as it deserves to be, but this production is no longer “your mother’s” familiar Sound of Music. Don’t miss out on this fresh new take on the American classic!

Feb 14

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December - January — In Concert

Dec 2

KENNY G. HOLIDAY AND HITS SHOW Dec 2 Coming to the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall for the one and only Kenny G like you have never seen him before! www.

Dec 4

GINO VANNELLI Dec 4 Grammy-nominated, singer-songwriter Gino Vannelli is renowned for his sensuous and soaring vocal performances. This is a special event with Gino taking the stage with a seven-piece band

performing his most memorable songs.

SPIRIT AND THE GULF Dec 6 Spirit of the Gulf is an award-winning women’s a cappella chorus, dedicated to musical excellence, education and the promotion of harmony singing throughout Florida. Do not miss this talented group of ladies when they perform at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall on Sunday, December 6 at 3 PM.

Dec 6

Dec 17


C aptiva C ruises Island Hopping • Shelling • Dolphin Watching Sunset and Sailing Cruises • Private Charters

International music sensation Celtic Woman returns to North America in 2015 with a concert tour celebrating the group’s 10th anniversary together. The 10th Anniversary Celebration showcases four gifted Irish women – three world-class vocalists and a brilliant Celtic violinist – whose talent and charisma bring centuries of musical and cultural tradition to vibrant life.

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Useppa Island picturesque island retreat

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Come out to beautiful Captiva Island. Explore our amazing “out islands” and watch dolphins in the wild. First class tours and expeditions. Customized private charters. Captiva Cruises will be your vacation highlight.




SWFL SYMPHONY THE HOLIDAYS IN PARADISE Dec 19 This much-anticipated holiday concert celebrates the joyous holidays of December. Maestro Nir Kabaretti conducts the symphony’s Holidays in Paradise, featuring sing along tunes such as “Here Comes Santa Claus,” “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” and other traditional holiday favorites. Dec 19

Dec 20

SWFL SYMPHONY AT BIG ARTS: HOLIDAY POPS Dec 20 The Southwest Florida Symphony returns with their popular holiday pops concert! With conductor Nir Kabaretti and soloist Laura Woyasz.

Jan 2

SALUTE TO VIENNA Jan 2 Celebrate the ageless beauty of uplifting Viennese music at Fort Myers’ 19th annual New Year’s Concert on Saturday, January 2 at 8 PM.

Jan 3

THE BRONX WANDERERS WITH THE MOTORTOWN ALL-STARS Jan 3 The music of Motown lives on! You can hear it in the movies, see it on Broadway and watch it on TV. Now you can experience the best of the Motown sound in a new holiday show when it comes to the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall on Sunday at 7 PM.

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Jan 20

STAR TREK: THE ULTIMATE VOYAGE Jan 20 Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage brings five decades of Star Trek to concert halls for the first time in this galaxy, or any other! The concert will feature some of the greatest music written from the franchise. This never-before-seen concert event is perfect for music-lovers, filmgoers, science- fiction fans, and anyone looking for an exciting and unique concert experience! PAUL ANKA Jan 18 The legendary songwriter and singer Paul Anka visits Fort Myers and takes the stage January 18 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in a special, one-night performance you won’t want to miss. Jan 18

Jan 19

ARLO GUTHRIE: ALICE’S RESTAURANT 50th ANNIVERSARY Jan 19 Arlo Guthrie has launched an 18-month North American tour to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of “Alice’s Restaurant” and will be making a stop at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall.

Jan 24

GULF COAST SYMPHONY: OH! WHAT A NIGHT: A JERSEY BOYS EVENING Jan 24 Guests will be dancing in their seats while celebrating the musical hits of the Jersey Boys (The Four Seasons), and other favorites from the 60s and 70s at this upbeat show! Join the fun at 7 PM. COMMUNITY CONCERTS: POLISH BALTIC ORCHESTRA Jan 25 The Polish Baltic Philharmonic is the largest music institution in northern Poland! Don’t miss hearing the beautiful and timeless music of this legendary Polish group at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at 7:30 PM. Jan 25 42ND STREET Thru Jan 31 42nd Street is the song and dance fable of Broadway, featuring an American Dream-style story and some of the greatest songs ever written, including “We’re In The Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo,” “Dames,” “I Only Have Eyes For You” and of course “42nd Street.” Jan 31

December - January — Arts

Dec 8

BIG ARTS COMMUNITY CHORUS: HOLIDAY CONCERT Dec 8 This festive holiday affair will feature everything from traditional carols, to freshly written “Sanibel Songs,” to audience sing-alongs. Steve Cramer and the Community Chorus deliver a holiday concert that’s sure to be a highlight of your holiday season!



Dec 28- 31

BIG ARTS EXHIBIT: BUY IT OFF THE WALL – MEMBERS WORKS Dec 3 - Jan 2 Just in time for the holidays! Art lovers and buyers alike will appreciate this juried exhibit of art created by BIG ARTS members. Starting Wednesday, December 2 from 9 AM to 4 PM. WINTER ARTS CAMP Thru Dec 28-31 Florida Rep and the Alliance of the Arts team up to engage your children in the arts during winter break! Held on the Alliance of the Arts campus, this three-day camp is all about acting, movement, the visual arts and having a blast! The camp session features classes in music, dance, drama, and visual art and will leave your camper with a true sense of ownership and pride in their work! Dec 3- Jan 2

Dec 4 + Jan 1

DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS ART WALK Dec 4 & Jan 1 On the first Friday of each month from 6 PM - 10 PM, art fans can enjoy an evening of visual arts, art gallery openings, and more! Over 11 art galleries invite locals and visitors to a self-guided tour throughout the Downtown Fort Myers River District core and Gardener’s Park area. Art enthusiasts can even meet the artists at most of the galleries and enjoy live art demonstrations!

Dec 18 + Jan 22


Dec 18 & Jan 22 On the third Friday of every month from 6 PM - 10 PM, the River District comes alive with local music! Numerous participating venues feature live music by local and regional talent. Restaurants, bars, art galleries, and shops also showcase a wide range of music during the monthly Music Walk. Featuring jazz, blues, rock, drum circles, and piano, guests can expect to hear a wide variety of musical genres. Many venues will also feature additional attractions such as wine and food tastings.

Dec 11 + Jan 15

FORT MYERS MYSTERY WALK Dec 11 & Jan 15 Mystery Walk is a festival that combines culture and different mediums of art to bring our community together in an educational Mystery Walk experience! Elements of performance art, street art, digital art, community interactive art, visual art and music all form as one to create Mystery Walk. The Mystery is that guests will never know what to expect!

*All community events listed are for informational purposes. Please see venue websites for more details.


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