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In case you missed it last weekend, Oktoberfest returns for a second and final
weekend. The 30th annual celebration is presented by the German-American
Social Club of Cape Coral and is held again this weekend from Friday to
Oktoberfest offers an extensive selection of homemade German specialties, large
tent and outside biergarten, three stages and two dance floors with non-stop live
music, hand-made crafts, vendors and exhibitors, and a carnival area for kids featuring
rides and games.
Advance tickets are $5 per person or $6 at the gate. Admission for children under
12 is free. There is plenty of free parking. All event dates are rain or shine.
The German American Social Club is located at 2101 SW Pine Island Road, Cape
Coral. For more information, call 283-1400 or go to www.capecoraloktoberfest.com.
What better place to enjoy live music than on the beach? Every Friday and Saturday
night, music lovers gather at Times Square on Fort Myers Beach for the free Sunset
Celebration series of concerts.
Sunset Celebration provides a great opportunity to hear local bands in a spectacular
setting. It is held every Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m., weather permitting.
The concerts are free to the public.
Friday, October 23 features music by popular local band High Tide. High Tide
plays an unusual but refreshing collection of popular music covers: reggae, classic rock,
alternative rock, R&B and funk.
On Saturday, it’s the Manipulators, a band that has been rocking Southwest
Florida for six years.
For more information about Sunset Celebration, call 463-5900.
On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Edison & Ford Winter Estates and
the Southwest Florida Quilter’s Guild will be “airing quilts” on the traditional clothes-
lines. There will be dozens of quilts on display on clotheslines alongside Orchid Lane
and the Edison home. Antique quilts belonging to Guild members will also be on dis-
To add to the nostalgia of the outdoor quilt show, there will be antique cars dis-
played. The Edisons and the Fords, the living history characters, will be on hand to
An airing or display of the quilts was an ordinary part of life a century ago when
blankets and textiles were moved out of doors to air and freshen up before the cold
winter months ensued. Edison Ford has been fortunate to not only assemble a small
collection of historic quilts but also to engage the members of the Southwest Florida
Quilter’s Guild, who will join in by airing and exhibiting their collection of handmade
contemporary, traditional and historical quilts. Members of the Guild as well as curato-
rial staff will be on hand to discuss techniques and care.
The basis for the quilt exhibit at the Edison Ford follows the interest of the Ford
family in the early 1900s as they collected quilts and other historical objects. Their
interest grew so large in collecting Americana they created Greenfield Village in
Dearborn, Michigan, a museum complex established in 1929. The collecting extended
from household objects and crafts to many important American buildings, among them
the original Edison Research Laboratory from the grounds of the Edison Estate in Fort
Admission to the Edison Ford Clothesline Quilt Show is free for members and
$5 for non-members. In the event of rain, the one-day exhibit will be cancelled.
Also on Saturday from 9:30 a.m . to 2 p.m. at the Edison Caretaker’s House, the
Estates is offering Scarf Painting with Artist Marie Dyer.
Join Dyer and create your own hand-painted, one-of-a-kind silk scarf. Class includes
materials and scarf. The cost is $75 for members and $80 for non-members $80.
Registration is required by contacting Edison Ford Registrar Leeanne Criswell at
firstname.lastname@example.org or at 334-7419.
Edison & Ford Winter Estates is located at 2350 McGregor Boulevard in Fort
Myers. Call 334-7419 or go to www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.
On Saturday night, all classic cars are welcome to participate in downtown Fort
Myers’ monthly Car Cruise-In. The free event is held on the fourth Saturday of each
From 4 to 8 p.m., the historic River District comes alive with classic rock and cool
cars: antiques, customs and exotics. Stroll along the brick-paved streets with friends or
family and enjoy good food, music and drinks.
For more information about downtown’s Car Cruise-In, call 855-732-3836.
On Sunday, Rotary Club of Fort Myers presents the 7th annual Italian Fest at
Alliance for the Arts. The family-friendly event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Area restaurants are dishing up a great menu of Italian foods at affordable prices.
Fun family activities are plentiful and include a coloring contest, spaghetti eating con-
test, bounce houses and slides.
One of the highlights of the day is the Marinara Sauce contest. Marinara recipes
will be judged on-site by a panel of celebrity judges, with more than $100 in cash and
prizes being awarded to the winners. To obtain a contest entry form, go to www.fort-
myersitalianfest.org or call 332-8158.
Proceeds from Italian Fest benefit the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, a
non-profit, charitable education foundation which enhances and enriches the quality of
public education in Lee County for students and educators.
Alliance for the Arts is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers, near
Colonial Boulevard. For more information about Italian Fest, call the Rotary Club of
Fort Myers at 332-8158 or go to www.fortmyersitalianfest.org.
Photo of a spectacular sunset at Times Square on Fort Myers Beach taken by Scott
Novello, bassist and vocalist for High Tide. The popular local band performs there on
Fridays as part of the free Sunset Celebration concert series.
Cool cars and classic rock rule at the River District Car Cruise-In on Saturday
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