Dr. David Hayes and his wife, Patty, were the winners of a sunset cruise aboard the Hilarium, a vessel owned by Peter and Ginny Nicholas, and they took advantage of that cruise on March 14 with 16 other couples.
The trip was originally won during an auction at the Boca Grande Woman’s Club Black and White Ball. As a result of events like the Black and White Ball, the Woman’s Club was able to offer 25 scholarships this year, and was also able to support numerous other not-for-profit organizations on the island.
The Hayes’, the Nicholas’ and their 32 generous guests were treated to a Greek-themed gourmet dinner in a setting that included plenty of libations, Greek music and a fabulous sunset.
Left ro right are Pat and Maribeth Cunningham, Lee and Lindsay Major, Bob and Barb Ryan, Sally Allgyer, Bill and Tina Colehower, Denny and Melanie Sullivan, Chuck and Sandy Hemm, Chrys and Doug Hyde, Carolyn and Ray Castelluccio, Brian and Sig Corcoran, Esther Jensen and Connie Schwartzendruber, Sabrina and Ed Wotitzky, Bob Allgyer, Diane and Bill Johnson, Cookie and Bruce Creger, James and Almeda Wallbridge. Patty and David are seated, H and Gail Wetzel were the photographers who also were on the trip.
The Boca Grande Garden Club held its annual garden tour on Wednesday, and visited three gardens designed by Mary Ellen Flanagan as well as two other incredibly different gardens in Boca Grande.
The gardens by Mary Ellen were the Hamilton Garden and the Chapman Garden, which are both located in the historic district, and the Walbridge Garden on Shore Lane. They all featured many native plants and included a number of flowering plants. In addition, they all had interesting and unique places to sit and relax among the plantings. All were low maintenance, especially the Walbridge garden on the Gulf, which had artificial turf that was so realistic members had to keep touching it to make sure it was not real grass!
BY LIZA STROUT - Dept. Dave Kardys spent his childhood looking up to his police officer father, so no one was surprised when he attended police academy and became an officer himself.
The new Lee County Deputy spent 25 years as an officer in the Hartford, Conn. police force before retiring in 2007 and moving to Florida.
In our time-honored April Fool's tradition, the Bogus Beacon has made its annual appearance in this week's edition. Check the cover of the B section, and remember ... everyone's fair game on April Fool's Day.
The public opinion surveys sent out by the Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority are in the mail, and residents are asked to turn them in no later than April 15.
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