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The Sidney & Berne Davis Art
Center’s Jazzy Nights Series will
feature renowned musicians during
a lively evening of drinks and dancing
this Friday, January 27. It begins with
cocktails at 7 p.m . and performances by
jazz vocalist Veronica Swift with the Dan
Miller-Lew Del Gatto Jazz Quintet at 8
Swift, who recently won a top prize
at the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz
Competition: a concert at the Tribeca
Performing Arts Center in New York City,
is recognized around the country as one of
the top young jazz singers on the scene.
Visit www.veronicaswift.com to learn
Miller is a jazz trumpeter who built
his reputation touring and recording with
Harry Connick Jr., Wynton Marsalis,
Maynard Ferguson and Woody Herman.
His group of hard swinging acoustic
jazz music will include performances by
legendary tenor saxophonist Lew Del
Gatto, a member of the Saturday Night
Live band from 1975 to 2005 and
who played with Frank Sinatra, pianist
Joe Delaney, bassist Don Mopsick and
drummer Tony Vigilante. Visit www.
danmillerjazz.com/news.html to learn
Tickets cost $29 in advance or $35
at the door. Tables of four cost $125 and
tables of eight cost $250. Visit www.sbdac.
com for information and tickets.
The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
is located at 2301 First Street in the
historic downtown Fort Myers River
The Caloosahatchee Celtic Festival
returns for its 14th season this Friday,
January 27 and Saturday, January 28
along the riverfront in Fort Myers.
The festival opens with a kick-off party
at 5 p.m . Friday at Harborside Event
Center, located at 1375 Monroe Street.
Entertainment includes pipe and drum
band Albannach, all-sister Irish pop band
The Screaming Orphans and Floridian
Celtic rock band Rathkeltair. Admission
to the kick-off party is $5, and the party
entrance is located at the Harborside
loading dock at the corner of Bay and
The festival continues at Centennial
Park on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m .
with more than 10 hours of non-stop
Celtic music, highlighted by performances
from Albannach, The Screaming Orphans,
Rathkeltair, West of Galway, Marcille
Wallis & Friends and the Kellyn Celtic Arts
Irish Dancers. Celtic fare and traditional
American Festival food will be available
for purchase. Domestic and imported
beer will be available. More than a dozen
merchandise vendors will sell Celtic wares
including jewelry, clothing, music and
Admission is $12 (kids under 12 are
free). Festival-goers are encouraged to
bring blankets or lawn chairs. No coolers
will be allowed.
For more information, call the City of
Fort Myers Parks, Recreation & Special
Events at 321-7524 or Celtic Heritage
Productions at 941-625 -8544
The 9th annual Calusa Bug Chase
5K run and BUG Crawl will take place
at the Calusa Nature Center, 3450
Ortiz Avenue in Fort Myers, this Saturday,
January 28. The race, sponsored and
run by the Fort Myers Metro-McGregor
Kiwanis, will benefit the Kiwanis’ BUG
(Bring Up Grades) program and other club
sponsored community service projects.
Participants can register online at www.
The course, supervised by the Fort
Myers Track Club, travels the trails at the
nature center and a portion of the asphalt
bike path on Ortiz Avenue. Packets can
be picked up the day of race from 6:30
to 7:15 a.m . Race day registration begins
at 6:30 a.m . and race time is 7:30 a.m .
Adult race day registration is $35. Youth
(age 17 and under) race day registration
is $25. There will also be a no-charge
BUG Crawl, a short run/walk guided by
race volunteers, for children age 5 and
younger. Registration includes a long-sleeve
commemorative T-shirt, complimentary
race day admission to the Calusa Nature
Center and refreshments. Overall and
age group awards for the 5K run will be
For more information or to become
a sponsor, contact Heather Chouinard at
Audubon of Southwest Florida will
present a program, entitled Birds,
Butterflies and Manatees, this
Saturday, January 28 at Manatee Park,
located at 10901 State Road 80 (Palm
Beach Boulevard) in Fort Myers. The
gathering will begin at 9 a.m .
Weather permitting, attendees are
invited to kayak the upper Orange River
and walk Manatee Park at their leisure.
Guests must pay the $5 parking fee.
Kayaks will be available for rent; singles are
$15 per hour; tandems are $25 per hour.
To rent a kayak, contact Calusa Blueway
Outfitters at 481-4600.
To RSVP for the event, send an email
The Gulf Coast Harmonizers are
preparing for their 25th anniversary
annual performance this Saturday,
January 28 at New Hope Presbyterian
Church, located at 10051 Plantation Road
in Fort Myers. Two shows have been
planned, a 2 p.m. matinee and a 7 p.m.
Members of the Gulf Coast
Harmonizers have been working
for months on new music to bring
to audiences. For this special silver
anniversary show, they have invited
the 2015 International Sweet Adeline
Champions to perform.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $23
at the door; reserved seats are $25.
Ticket information can be found online at
www.gulfcoastharmonizers.org under the
heading of “store,” or contact your favorite
Call show chairman John Pennington
at 633-8197 with any questions or visit
www.gulfcoastharmonizers.org for more
The 13th annual Ballpark Festival
of Beers is returning to Hammond
Stadium at the CenturyLink Sports
Complex this Saturday, January 28 from 6
to 9 p.m.
Brought to you by the Fort Myers
Miracle, the festival will feature more than
100 craft beer selections from around
the world. The first 1,000 patrons will
receive a commemorative sampling glass
compliments of Michael F. Hornung, PA,
and food will be available for purchase
from Sidelines Sports Grill, Nathan’s,
Jersey Mikes, Fine Folk Pizza, Lobster
Lady Seafood Market and Bistro and the
Philly Pretzel Factory.
Admission is just $30 in advance, $35
on the day of the event, and includes the
opportunity to sample all of the available
beers for three hours. Fans that buy pairs
of tickets in advance will receive a $15
discount per two tickets; two tickets for
$55. You must be 21 or older to attend.
Children, strollers or anyone under the age
of 21 will not be permitted to enter the
Tickets are on sale online now for the
13th annual Ballpark Festival of Beers at
www.miraclebaseball.com. Tickets can
also be purchased in-person at the Miracle
offices on the fourth floor at Hammond
Stadium. Designated driver tickets will
be available for $10 at the gate. Tickets
can be purchased by visiting www.
miraclebaseball.com, calling 768-4210
or in person at the CenturyLink Sports
Complex at 14400 Six Mile Cypress
Parkway in Fort Myers.
THE RIVER - JANUARY 27, 2017
Runners take off at the Calusa Bug Chase 5K run in 2016
photo courtesy Fort Myers Metro-McGreggor Kiwanis Club
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