Get ready for a Miracle on 34th Street: WRPP to host radio adaptation of Christmas classic at three venues

BY BOOTS TOLSDORF – The Royal Palm Players are always looking for new and exciting ways to entertain audiences, and this holiday season we are performing the enchanting, delightful, heartwarming musical version of “Miracle on 34th Street” at three different venues!  The Miracle on 34th Street cast and crew are traveling off island to Lemon […]

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Englewood Invitational Thanksgiving Art Festival back again in new location

The Annual Englewood Invitational Thanksgiving Art Festival, organized by local artist Carroll Swayze, is slated for Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 27 and 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in a new location – on the grounds of the Englewood Elks Club at 401 N. Indiana Ave. in Englewood.   “I am so excited to […]

RPP’s ‘Inherit the Wind’ is a star-studded tempest

You will be seeing stars and lots of them too, when you see Royal Palm Player’s “Inherit the Wind,” a knockout courtroom battle reenactment based on the famous Scopes “Monkey” Trial in this outdoor, staged reading. In order to deal with the challenges brought on by COVID, the play was moved to the Boca Grande […]

First performance of ‘Friends’ season to be Castalian Quartet November 6

The first performance of the 2021-22 Friends of the Boca Grande Community Center will be held on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. when the Castalian Quartet takes the state. General admission tickets are $45, reserved tickets are $75 and sponsor-level tickets are $250. The show will take place in the Boca Grande Community Center […]

The Venice Symphony: Open for business!

The Venice Symphony is excited to announce that it is open for business. It was one year ago, September 2020 when The Venice Symphony made a most difficult announcement. After 47 years of sharing the power, inspiration, and joy of live symphonic music with the community, due to COVID-19, they were postponing the 2020-2021 concert […]

Rest easy, Mike Weddle: 1954-2021 … A local legend as a friend, as a musician

BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Back in the day when Gasparilla Island was more about community and less about being an exclusive second-home or vacation destination, there was a guy named Mike Weddle and his buddies who made up this little group called the Boca Bande. They may not have made worldwide headlines, but when the […]

Staging an outdoor production vs. COVID and Mother Nature

BY ELAINE SKYPALA – Once upon a time in February 2020 the world was fairly normal. Ann Fletcher, President of Royal Palm Players, looked at the well planned, excellent assortment of plays and shows for the following season and was really pleased with the entertainment lineup for Boca Grande. Sadly, just a few months later, […]

Southern Grand Slam Country Music Festival starts tonight

■ BY SUE ERWIN Grab your hat and boots and get ready to dance. The Southern Grand Slam Concert is coming to Charlotte Sports Park on Saturday, July 6. Artists scheduled to perform include Darryl Worley, Billy Dean, the Tobacco Road Band and Jim Brown. And there’ll be a fireworks display, too. Feature musician Jim […]

‘RESCUE ME!’ – A musical review of love songs to Boca Grande’s pets.

■ STAFF REPORT On Thursday, Dec 6 at 5 and 7:30 p.m. performances, the Crowninshield Community House is going to rock with music, laughter and dance as over 20 of Boca Grande’s favorite performers sing love songs to their pets in “Rescue Me!” Created and directed by Erica Ress Martin for the Suncoast Humane Society’s […]

For those in search of some ‘different’ yet beneficial entertainment

To the Editor: The fabulous Bambusa Babes from the Naples area will be performing at Suncoast Humane Society’s 2nd Annual Guys As Dolls at The End Zone in Englewood on Saturday July 27. Proceeds from the event will benefit the homeless animals in our community. The Bambusa Babes – Alyssa Lemay, Meagan Towers and Lisa […]