Times of the Islands - - Calendar - 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.

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 GOOD OLD-FASH­IONED FUN 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 CEL­E­BRAT­ING THE LIGHT BULB 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

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.