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THE RIVER - DECEMBER 18, 2015
At Pine Island
Rather than facing leftover turkey
and mounds of wrapping paper
the day after Christmas, how about
a nature walk in a beautiful preserve? A
Lee County volunteer naturalist will lead
a free mile-long nature walk at Pine Island
Flatwoods Preser ve beginning at 9 a.m .
on Saturday, December 26. The Preserve
is located at 6351 Stringfellow Road in St.
The 90-minute walk takes participants through a longleaf pine flat woods that is
home to gopher tortoises and bright orange pine lilies. This is one of the few loca-
tions in Lee County with naturalized longleaf pines. No reservations are required and
participants should dress for the weather and wear sturdy walking shoes.
Call 707-8251 for more information.
A pine lily in bloom at Pine Island Flatwoods
Registration Now Open For Regatta
The Notice of Race for the 7th annual Charlotte Harbor Regatta, set for February
4 to 7, has been posted. The regatta will feature 10 classes, including the F18,
F16, Hobie 16, Wave, WindRider 17, Weta, 2.4mR, Precision 15, Harbor 20
and Flying Scot.
The 2016 Charlotte Harbor Regatta will feature the Will White Cup. Named in
honor of Sunfish racing legend and The Sunfish Book author Will White, the cup will
be awarded to the Boat of the Week.
Sailors from around the country will compete on three race circles. Free beach,
ramp and lift launching facilities, free or low-cost storage, affordable hotels and low
registration fees make the Charlotte Harbor Regatta “the fun, affordable regatta.” Find
out why SAIL magazine designated Charlotte Harbor as “one of the top 10 greatest
places to sail in the United States.”
The 7th annual Charlotte Harbor Regatta will once again feature a wildly popular
Pusser’s Rum Beach Party at Port Charlotte Beach Park. Limited on-site tent camping
will be available.
The 2016 Charlotte Harbor Regatta NOR and online registration is available at
Magic Under The Mangroves
Gala Fundraiser Returns March 3
The Conservancy of Southwest Florida will host the 12th annual Magic Under
The Mangroves gala dinner and auction fundraiser on Thursday, March 3 at
5:30 p.m . at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center. Presented
by Northern Trust, the Magic Under The Mangroves fundraiser is a recognition of
the continuing importance of protecting the natural environment and quality of life in
Southwest Florida, and is a key source of revenue for the Conservancy of Southwest
Florida. All proceeds from the fundraiser support the Conservancy’s mission to protect
our water, land, wildlife and future.
“Magic Under the Mangroves has become one of the top charitable events in
Southwest Florida, and is our largest fundraising event here at the Conservancy,” said
Rob Moher, president and CEO of Conservancy of Southwest Florida. “This annual
fundraising event does so much to support our programs that protect our water, land,
wildlife and future for generations to come, and we are honored to receive the support
from the Southwest Florida community.”
One of the largest fundraisers in Southwest Florida, Magic Under the Mangroves
attracts hundreds of guests each year. The event will begin with cocktails, hors
d’oeuvres and a silent auction and fund a need. Windows Catering, an award-winning
green caterer, will provide a three-course dinner, which will be followed by a live auc-
The Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s commitment to sustainable and green
practices is incorporated into the event. For the third year, the eco-chic gala will utilize
renewable resources and sustainable practices through the use of fabrics and materi-
als, such as bamboo, sisal and potato starch. Additionally, energy-efficient lighting will
be used, all possible materials recycled and use of paper promotional materials will be
limited. The paper that is used is Forest Stewardship Council-certified, a designation
indicating that the forest products used are from responsibly harvested and verified
sources, that the paper is at least 30 percent recycled content and that non-toxic soy
inks are used.
William Boyajian of Port Royal Jewelers will serve as chairman for the upcom-
ing event. “Magic Under the Mangroves is about protecting the things we love about
Southwest Florida. When you love something it is your responsibility to protect it,” said
Boyajian. “Growing up in Naples, I truly appreciate this incredible home we all share.
This is why I am so deeply committed to the Conservancy and Magic’s mission.”
In addition to the Presenting Sponsor, Northern Trust, the Magic Under the
Mangroves Supporting Sponsors include AVMedia, Gulfshore Life, Florida Weekly,
NBC-2 and the Naples Daily News. Patron-level supporters are invited to the Patron
Party from 1 to 4 p.m . on Sunday, February 7 at the Keewaydin Club on Keewaydin
For more information on Magic Under the Mangroves or to become a patron spon-
sor, call 403-4218 or visit www.conservancy.org/events/magic-under-the-mangroves.
Photo from last year’s Magic Under The Mangroves
Island Hopper Songwriter Fest
Will Return For Third Season
The Island Hopper Songwriter Fest brings music back to the beach in 2016. The
third annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest returns Sept. 23-Oct. 2, 2016
The free festival will take place over 10 days on Southwest Florida’s most
beautiful barrier islands and offers a range of star-studded performances. The festival
kicks off on Captiva Island, from September 23 to 25 and wraps up from September
30 ti October 2 on Fort Myers Beach. Historic downtown Fort Myers will also feature
mid-week performances again.
“Each year, the Island Hopper Songwriter Fest gets better and better in terms of
audience experience,” said Tamara Pigott, executive director of the Lee County Visitor
& Convention Bureau. “This festival gives the audience a unique opportunity to hear
the stories behind the songs in small, intimate venues. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event for
The last festival offered more than 70 artists who gave 136 performances at 23
“The caliber of talent that we’ve attracted to our festival in our first two years sur-
passed our dreams, and year three is already shaping up to be even better,” said Sherri
Griswold-Holladay, iHeartMedia, market president and regional market manager.
Attendees will hear some of their favorite songs while getting a taste of the destina-
tion at live music venues including The Crow’s Nest at ‘Tween Waters Inn, Key Lime
Bistro and Doc Ford’s at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island; The Twisted
Vine and The French Connection in downtown Fort Myers; as well as Matanzas on
the Bay and Cabanas Beach Bar at DiamondHead Beach Resort and Pink Shell Beach
Resort & Marina on Fort Myers Beach.
Island Hopper is presented by Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau, iHeartMe-
dia, Cat Country 107.1 and BMI, the largest music rights organization in the U.S . For
more information, visit www.islandhopper fest.com.
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