Mary Anne Hastings, whose good childhood friend’s parents were killed on Staten Island in Hurricane Sandy, was headed back up to the forlorn and devastated area this week.
Mary Anne reported that while her personal campaign total has only reached $350 so far, some island residents have been donating to hurricane victims through UMCOR, The United Methodist Committee on Relief.
One sure sign that the holiday season is here on Gasparilla Island is the lighting of the lighthouse in early December.
For Amanda Pearsall, executive assistant to Sharon McKenzie, the executive director of Barrier Island Parks Society, it is the first big event of the social season. BIPS runs and maintains the lighthouse museum and raises funds to help our local state parks,
“This year, we’re going to be even bigger and better,” said Amanda, during a short break from preparations for the event.
Seating is limited for the “Local Captains’ Forum” scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 13 at The Temptation.
It is being sponsored by Gasparilla Outfitters, and will feature Capt. Sandy Melvin, Capt. Tommy Locke and Capt. Eddie Potter.
Any questions about fishing, no matter how amateur or professional, will be answered by the three local captains.
So. . . WhoDunit? The Boca Grande Art Alliance is calling all artists, as they are holding another, even bigger, mystery “art-grab” fundraiser called “WhoDunit?” on February 16.
This show is for all collectors, art enthusiasts, regional and local artists, students, the art community and the Art Alliance.
Lemon Bay Conservancy will host a free open house at Wildflower Preserve from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8.
Trail guides will offer short trail walks throughout the day on new trails, leading to the varied habitats within the preserve.
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