Home' The River Weekly News : RWN 012916 Contents THE RIVER - JANUARY 29, 2016
Along The River
On the first weekend in February, ArtFest enlivens the Fort Myers waterfront
with exceptional art, entertainment and children’s art activities. Attendees
will discover high-quality, Made-in-the-USA original art by more than 200
artists. Whether you’re a new or experienced art lover, you’ll find something won-
derful to add to your personal collection.
Watching your budget? You’ll find beautiful art in a wide range of prices – truly
something for everyone. Avid collector on the hunt for unusual treasures? They have
you covered. This is a highly selective juried show. You’ll get to meet the artists, face
to face. Refresh yourself with delightful food and music. And have fun with the whole
ArtFest Fort Myers opens with a VIP reception on Friday, February 5 from 6 to
9 p.m . On Saturday and Sunday, it is open from 10 a.m . to 5 p.m . Downtown Fort
Myers is easy to get to and there’s plenty of parking – or you may choose to bike,
kayak or boat to the festival. The GPS address is 1375 Monroe Street, Fort Myers.
Another “must do” in the River District social scene is the monthly Art Walk. Held
on the first Friday of each month from 6 to 10 p.m ., more than 11 art galleries invite
locals and visitors to a self-guided walking tour throughout the historic downtown Fort
Myers River District core and the Gardner’s Park area. Art enthusiasts can meet the
artists at most of the galleries and enjoy live art demonstrations. Free to the public,
many venues feature additional attractions and specials.
For more infor mation, go to www.fortmyersartwalk.com or call Claudia Goode at
the Arts for ACT Gallery at 337-5050.
On Saturday, February 6 from 10 a.m . to 2 p.m ., the Edison & Ford Winter
Estates continue the celebration of Thomas Edison’s birthday by hosting the Edison
Ford Antique Car Show. Over 170 antique cars will be on exhibit from local car
clubs and other classic car owners who will showcase their cars on the Ford lawn, in
a fitting tribute to the legacy of Henry Ford, pioneer of the automobile industry and
a winter resident of Fort Myers. Classic cars will be showcased on the Ford property.
Owners will be on hand to visit with guests and answer questions.
In addition to the car show, other special programs during the day include:
• Model T Tour and Lecture with Edison Ford staff and car owners.
• Live music.
• Henry and Clara Ford characters leading informal tours throughout the event.
• Food vendors available on the Ford lawn.
A portion of the proceeds from the Edison Ford Antique Car Show will benefit the
restoration of the antique car collection of the Estates.
The Edison & Ford Winter Estates is located at 2350 McGregor Boulevard in Fort
Myers. Call 334-7419 or visit www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.
On the first Sunday of every month, the non-profit organization called The Florida
Native Butterfly Society opens its doors to the public with free admission to the
Butterfly Estates. The purpose of the monthly event is to expose residents and visi-
tors to the importance of Florida’s incredible butterflies. The organization hopes to
inspire guests to plant butterfly gardens to support and increase natural populations.
Enjoy many new vendors every month, kids projects and activities.
The Butterfly Estate’s educational facility, complete with a 3,600 square foot glass
butterfly conservatory, is providing the appropriate educational programs and involved
research projects that are helping butter fly populations flourish throughout the state.
The small facility is home of The Florida Native Butterfly Society and is located in
Gardner’s Park in the downtown Fort Myers River District. The inspiration for the
venue is the Southwest Florida natural environment.
The Butterfly Estates is located at 1815 Fowler Street, Fort Myers. It is open
Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m . to 5 p.m . For more information, call 690-
2359 or go to www.thebutterflyestates.com.
If you prefer to listen to live music with a sandy backdrop, why not head to Fort
Myers Beach this weekend?
The Sunset Celebration takes place every Friday and Saturday evening from 5
to 10 p.m . Times Square is the location for the free concert series. On Fridays, High
Tide plays their special blend of rock, reggae, and R&B. Saturday features a perfor-
mances from one of the area’s most popular bands.
For more infor mation about Sunset Celebration, call 463-5900.
Did you know that the Fort Myers Beach Shrimping fleet is the largest commercial
fishing fleet in the Gulf of Mexico? Shrimping, known as Pink Gold, contributes mil-
lions of dollars to the local economy.
On Wednesdays, the Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center offers
a three-hour guided tour. The cost is $15 per adult and $10 for children over six years
of age. Reservations are required.
Learn where the shrimp that is served at Shrimp Fest comes from and how the
boats are unloaded, the trawl doors are built, the shrimp nets are hand-sewn, the sea-
food is processed, and other important factors used in this unique industry.
Ostego Bay Foundation is located at 718 Fisherman’s Wharf on Fort Myers Beach.
Call 765-8101 or visit www.ostegobay.org.
The annual Edison & Ford Winter Estates Antique Car Show is this Saturday
Sunday is Funday at the Butterfly Estates. The monthly event is free for the entire family.
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