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.
Are you ready to play tennis? The annual Boca Beacon Gasparilla Island Tennis Classic is accepting applications for all ages and levels of tennis enthusiasts.
The Classic is open to all island residents, as well as the members of the three clubs where the matches will be held: Boca Bay Pass Club, Gasparilla Inn Tennis Club and the Boca Grande Club.
The first week of competition will be January 27 through February 2, and will feature the 70-and-above Mixed Doubles, Mixed Doubles, Men’s Singles and Ladies’ Singles. The next week, February 3 through 9, will feature the Men’s Doubles, 70-and-above Men’s Doubles, Ladies’ Doubles and 70-and-above Ladies’ Doubles.
Pick a partner or go it alone, applications are available at the host clubs and the Beacon office. There is a $25 entry fee. Call the Beacon at 964-2995 for more information.
Everyone is welcome. Don’t be left out, sign up today!
Two Boca Grande Kemp’s ridleys — the most endangered sea turtle species on Earth — were returned to the wild on Thursday following rehabilitation by Mote Marine Laboratory. The two turtles will be tagged with special tracking devices, and their case histories are contributing to a major research study by Mote and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.
Learn first-hand the cooking techniques of leading chefs, taste wines from the world’s most famous regions, and experience exquisite cuisine at The Seventh Annual Food & Wine Weekend, hosted by The Gasparilla Inn & Club. Accompany Certified Master Chef Peter Timmins and guest chefs as they prepare and share incredible dishes throughout the weekend of January 11 through 13.
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