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Jan. 5-6 Hot Works Es­tero Fine Art Show Artists from as far away as Ari­zona and Ver­mont bring their work to Southwest Florida to present at the Hot Works Es­tero Fine Art Show. A great venue, JetBlue Park in Fort My­ers eas­ily ac­com­mo­dates the 175 artist booths brim­ming with paint­ings, jew­elry, sculp­ture, clay cre­ations and glass art. Mu­si­cal per­for­mances com­ple­ment the show, with com­pe­ti­tion drum­mer Ken Mazur blend­ing elec­tronic per­cus­sion with drum and bu­gle corps tech­niques and Valdimir Gorod­kin in­tro­duc­ing the au­di­ence to the tsim­baly, an in­stru­ment from Be­larus. hot­


Jan. 10-Feb. 23 Mid-Life 2!, Fort My­ers Since you can’t stop the ag­ing process, the next best thing is to hu­mor your­self, and at­tend­ing the pro­duc­tion, Mid-Life2! at the Broad­way Palm Din­ner The­atre, is one way to get your laughs. A fol­low-up to the hi­lar­i­ous Mid-Life the Cri­sis Mu­si­cal, this witty re­vue tune­fully trav­els through the twi­light years with all the aches, pains, doc­tor vis­its and se­nior dis­counts along the way. Baby boomers es­pe­cially will get a kick out of this show. broad­way­


Jan. 12 Yachts of Hope, Fort My­ers Here’s a fundraiser for the yachts­man in you. Held at the Gulf Har­bour Yacht & Coun­try Club in Fort My­ers, the Yachts of Hope event starts with dock­side cock­tails and tours of im­pres­sive lux­ury ves­sels, com­plete with en­ter­tain­ment on board. Guests en­joy din­ner be­fore the ex­cite­ment of a live auc­tion, with bid­ding on travel pack­ages rang­ing from five nights at a San­torini villa to the U.S. Open at Peb­ble Beach, as well as ex­quis­ite jew­elry by lo­cal de­signer Mark Loren. The evening wraps up with mu­sic by the Brass Evo­lu­tion Band and danc­ing till your feet hurt. Pro­ceeds go to Hope Hos­pice. Tick­ets are $500. hope­


Jan. 12-13 Cape Coral Arts & Mu­sic Fes­ti­val Be­sides view­ing qual­ity art­work and high-end crafts on dis­play at this

ju­ried event, fes­ti­val­go­ers are treated to live mu­sic. The Cape Coral Arts & Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, held on Cape Coral Park­way in the heart of South Cape, is a fam­ily-friendly event. Artists are of­ten on hand to talk about their cre­ations, and you can me­an­der from booth to booth to look at and ad­mire paint­ings, sculp­ture, pho­tog­ra­phy and more—or get se­ri­ous and buy a piece. A sep­a­rate in­door venue houses mu­si­cians and bands that per­form through­out the evening. The Mu­sic Walk, de­signed so you can ex­pe­ri­ence a va­ri­ety of gen­res, is a great way to en­joy the mu­sic part of the fes­ti­val. capec­o­ralfes­ti­


Jan. 17 Cher, Here We Go Again Tour, Es­tero An icon of pop mu­sic, movies and cul­ture, Cher goes cross-coun­try at age 72 to en­ter­tain her fans. On Jan. 17 she kicks off her 2019 Here We Go Again Tour at the Hertz Arena in Es­tero. Back in the spot­light af­ter her 2018 ap­pear­ance in the move Mama Mia! Here We Go Again and her re­cently re­leased ABBA tribute al­bum “Danc­ing Queen,” the vet­eran per­former once again joins the cir­cuit. Niles Rodger and Chic, an Amer­i­can rhythm and blues band, are part of her mu­si­cal tour.


Jan. 23-March 25 Woodring 100th An­niver­sary, Sani­bel The his­toric Woodring Home is the fo­cus of a spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion at the J.N. “Ding” Dar­ling Na­tional Wildlife Refuge on Sani­bel Is­land. Woodring 100th

An­niver­sary fea­tures ar­ti­facts and vin­tage black-and-white pho­tos of the home, chron­i­cling the land­mark and the Woodring fam­ily’s life­style as it was more than a cen­tury ago. At the 9 a.m. un­veil­ing of the ex­hi­bi­tion on Jan. 23, Teddy Roo­sevelt reprisor Joe Wie­gand makes a guest ap­pear­ance, and Ralph Woodring re­counts sto­ries about grow­ing up on the is­land in the two-story frame house.


Jan. 25 Off the Walls!, Bonita Springs The sig­na­ture fundraiser for the Cen­ters for the Arts Bonita Springs is aptly named Off the Walls! Don’t ex­pect any silent auc­tions and bois­ter­ous bid­ding. In­stead guests’ tick­ets are en­tered into ran­dom draw­ings for art­work and col­lectibles val­ued from $275-$6,000. And sur­pris­ingly ev­ery­one goes home with an art­ful prize. Held in the cen­ters’ Hin­man Au­di­to­rium, the event is de­signed for brows­ing art dis­plays while en­joy­ing food and re­fresh­ments. Tick­ets are $150. art­cen­ter­


Jan. 25 1927 Gala Imag­ine, Sani­bel The Sani­bel Com­mu­nity House rolls out the red car­pet for the 1927 Gala Imag­ine, A Night to Re­mem­ber, fundraiser. Since 1927, the his­toric gath­er­ing spot has been the place where is­lan­ders found ca­ma­raderie and cel­e­brated life’s mile­stones to­gether with fam­ily, friends and neigh­bors. The evening event of fine din­ing and danc­ing is­land-style is an op­por­tu­nity to show your sup­port for the Com­mu­nity House and the vi­tal role it plays in life on Sani­bel—and have a good time do­ing so! Tick­ets are $150. sani­bel­com­mu­ni­ty­


Jan. 26 Blue­grass Jam­boree, Cape Coral Come out to the Cape Coral His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum for a day of blue­grass and bar­be­cue. The 4th An­nual Blue­grass Jam­boree fea­tures both na­tional and

lo­cal tal­ent. The Nu-Blu band from North Carolina, a hus­band-and-wife duo teamed up with a banjo player and fid­dler, are the head­liner. Ex­pect heart­warm­ing bal­lads along with se­ri­ous pick work. Lo­cal vo­cal­ist Linda Fazi­oli sings Patsy Cline fa­vorites in a tribute to the le­gendary coun­try mu­sic star, and Southwest Florida bands Swing­ing Bridge and Blu-Ridg rock the stage. Bring your lawn chair. capec­o­ral­his­tor­i­cal­mu­


Feb. 8-10 Ever­glades Seafood Fes­ti­val, Ever­glades City If you’ve never been to Ever­glades City, a rus­tic town south of Naples, here’s your chance. Check out the Ever­glades Seafood Fes­ti­val, an out­door event that cel­e­brates fresh seafood with ev­ery­thing from heap­ing plat­ters of fried fish to bas­kets of jumbo shrimp. A stage for mu­si­cal per­for­mances, with coun­try tunes top­ping the list, and a fun fair, with rides for the young­sters, make this an ideal fes­ti­val for the fam­ily. ev­er­gladesseafood­fes­ti­


Feb. 9, 10, 15-18 Edi­son Fes­ti­val of Light, Fort My­ers Although the idea may have started with Thomas Edi­son’s in­ven­tion of the

light bulb, the Edi­son Fes­ti­val of Light cel­e­brates way more than the man, who was a win­ter res­i­dent in Fort My­ers, and his con­tri­bu­tions to so­ci­ety. It’s one of the big­gest and most suc­cess­ful com­mu­nity events; folks have looked for­ward to it for 80-plus years. Pa­rades in­clude the dog lovers’ Mutt Strut and the Ju­nior Pa­rade, hon­or­ing Southwest Florida’s youth. The coro­na­tion of a king and queen, the Crafts of the River out­door fair, a 5K run and a clas­sic car show are all on the sched­ule. How­ever, the most an­tic­i­pated event is Satur­day night’s Grand Pa­rade through down­town Fort My­ers. The night­time ex­trav­a­ganza fea­tures march­ing bands, clowns, floats and much more. Spec­ta­tors line the streets early to se­cure a good view­ing spot, but you can also buy VIP (in­clud­ing food and bev­er­ages) and re­served-seat­ing tick­ets in ad­vance. edis­on­fes­ti­


Feb. 13 Call of the Os­prey, Sani­bel Jan­uary to March is one of the best times of the year for bird­ing at J.N. “Ding” Dar­ling Na­tional Wildlife Refuge, and the sea­son’s chilly morn­ings bring al­li­ga­tors to the sunny shore for warmth. Be­sides great wildlife sight­ings, the refuge, along with the Friends of the Refuge, holds the an­nual Go Wild for “Ding,” Call of the Os­prey fundraiser. In a bird-themed set­ting at the Sani­bel Com­mu­nity House, guests en­joy a ca­sual evening, com­plete with live mu­sic, food, drink and auc­tions. Tick­ets are $125. ding­dar­ling­so­ci­


Feb. 19 Joe Bona­massa, Es­tero A mod­ern-day master of the blues-rock genre, Joe Bona­massa is a gui­tarist and singer who pushes the bound­aries. And we can only ex­pect him to do ex­actly that when he takes the stage at the Hertz Arena. Af­ter all this is a guy who at age 12 opened for B.B. King. Soul­ful

back­ground singers and a team of dy­namic horn play­ers add more en­ergy to his show. Bona­massa per­forms songs from his lat­est al­bum “Re­demp­tion,” along with old fa­vorites.


Feb. 19-24, Les Misérables, Fort My­ers A new pro­duc­tion of the Tony Award­win­ning mu­si­cal Les Misérables comes to Bar­bara B. Mann Per­form­ing Arts Hall in Fort My­ers. Part of the Broad­way series, this pow­er­ful show de­liv­ers with glo­ri­ously new stag­ing and daz­zling reimag­ined scenery in­spired by the paint­ings of Vic­tor Hugo and 19th­cen­tury France. The story re­volves around the French peas­ant Jean Val­jean who af­ter 19 years is re­leased from jail. De­spite his ef­forts to start his life anew, Val­jean is re­lent­lessly tracked by in­spec­tor Javert. Along the way he and a group of young ide­al­ists are swept up by France’s rev­o­lu­tion. bb­man­


Feb. 22-28 Bos­ton Red Sox Spring Train­ing, Fort My­ers No doubt win­ning the World Series in 2018 has put the spot­light on the Bos­ton Red Sox—and a higher de­mand on tick­ets to their games. And lucky us, the team holds spring train­ing in Fort My­ers at JetBlue Park at Fen­way South. The Red Sox open the ex­hi­bi­tion sea­son on Feb. 22 with a game against the North­east­ern Univer­sity Huskies. Their Grape­fruit League sched­ule launches the fol­low­ing day (Feb. 23) with ac­tion against their Amer­i­can League East ri­val, the New York Yan­kees. Train­ing con­tin­ues with the Red Sox tak­ing on the Min­nesota Twins on Feb. 24, the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles on Feb. 27 and the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als on Feb. 28. Visit the web­site to see the March lineup.­sox TOTI Me­dia, Inc. does its best to en­sure that in­for­ma­tion in this cal­en­dar is up to date. How­ever, we still en­cour­age our read­ers to call ahead for de­tailed in­for­ma­tion be­fore at­tend­ing these lo­cal events.

Gui­tarist and singer Joe Bona­massa,known for blend­ing blues and rock, per­forms at the Hertz Arena F eb. 19.

At the 2018 Hot Works Es­tero Fine Art Show , win­ning fiber artist K evin Kichar cel­e­brates with Mar­i­anne Mege la, artist judge (left), and P atty Narozny, the event’s ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer .

Vin­tage pho­tos of the his­toric Woodring Home are part of the Woodring100thAn­niver­sary ex­hi­bi­tion at the J.N. “Ding” Dar­ling Na­tional Wildlife Refuge, Jan. 23-March 25.

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