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Spaghetti dinner this Sunday means only one thing: Spaghetti dog!

■ STAFF REPORT This Sunday, April 3 heralds the first – and last – spaghetti dinner of the season, to be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Crowninshield House. $10 for adults, $5 for kids. All are welcome.

Sign up ends soon for Whidden’s Back Bay Tournament

■ STAFF REPORT If you’re interested in signing up for one of the island’s most unique fishing tournaments, you’re in luck. Whidden’s Back Bay Tournament is right around the corner on Sunday, April 10. For $400 you and three other anglers can compete in the snook/redfish/trout competition from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The captain’s […]

Last day for Boca Bargains to be April 20

■ STAFF REPORT Better get your running shoes on and your armor buffed, for the final day of the Boca Bargains season has been announced. The final day, or “Bag Day,” as we call it, will be Wednesday, April 20. Donations will be accepted through Wednesday, April 6. After the 6th, please hold your donations […]

The Health Clinic balls will be dropping on April 7, tee off on April 8

■ STAFF REPORT Staff at the Boca Grande Health Clinic is tight-lipped about what some of the amazing auction items are for the annual Hank Wright Åuction, which will be held on Thursday, April 7. The only they would say is that there are, in fact, some “presidential” items on the block. The Clinic’s annual […]

Help keep the light shining on Boca Grande

■ BY SUE ERWIN The lease is here. Gasparilla Island Light Committee Jim Grant announced that Barrier Island Parks Society has received a lease dated as of April 1 to restore the Gasparilla Island Range Light. “This will enable BIPS to get the key and start fixing it up,” he said. Grant gave a presentation […]

A designer of rare and unique treasure

■ BY SUSAN ERWIN Meredith Haws Bolasco spends many of her days creating beautiful, exotic pieces of wearable art. Her jewelry designs often include rare treasures found in an exotic locale, such as ancient Greek and Roman coins, Byzantine bronze crosses and French medallions. She will be the featured artist at Island Art Days this […]

We waste … and yet we want

■  BY MARCY SHORTUSE I’m I’m wrapping up my second season as the Boca Grande Chamber of Commerce president, and let me tell you something, it isn’t an easy volunteer position to have … unless ceaseless flagellation is your thing, and then you’d love it. So let’s talk about bathrooms, because … why not? My […]

When is the time to write a check? For the Gasparilla Light project, that time is right now

■ STAFF REPORT      Sharon McKenzie, Executive Director for the Barrier Island Parks Society, has announced that the signing of the final license to acquire the Gasparilla Island Light is on track for April 1. McKenzie said her contacts at the Coast Guard told her this week that they were confident there would be […]

Island Art Days back for its 11th year on April 2 and 3

■ BY JULIE SALVETTI      Another year, another amazing art event for Boca Grande! Island Art Days is a lovely little art show on our beautiful little island. This is the 11th year for this happening, and we are pleased to have such a diverse group of accomplished artists joining us this year.

Take a photo with Snappy next Tuesday … but watch those fingers!

■ BY SUE ERWIN Guests of all ages are invited to come and meet “Snappy,” a 60-year-old turtle weighing more than 90 pounds, when the popular “Reptile Man,” John Storms, visits the island this weekend. Everyone is welcome at the free event, which will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 29 at the […]