Another ‘Damfi’ party is in the books

No one in Boca Grande will ever say that Terry Seitz doesn’t know how to throw a party. The “Damfi” parties have been going down in history as some of the biggest and best shindigs to be had on the island, and the one held on Saturday, April 23 was no exception.      Photos […]

Royal Palm Players ‘Encore! Encore!’ celebrates 32 years

The many wonderful voices of RPP were on offer, among them those of Julia Pierce, Alice Court, Kimberly Whipple, Jeff Lehrian and Peter Powell, as was the delightfully dramatic crooning of James Martin and comic bemoaning of Elaine Skypala. Jim Grant tweeted like a bluebird singing out “that it’s always darkest just before they turn on the lights.” Posturing humor was richly delivered as always by Jim Grace, Lynda Grant, Sally B Johnson, Cori Palmere, Erica Ress Martin, Priscilla Masselink, Sarah McDonald, Linda Rollyson, Nancy Ryan and Boots Tolsdorf. Kris Doubles brought down the house with his hysterical rendition as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh from Anything Goes! Four routines by Tappers Patty Brink, Carol Forrester, Robbin Gilligan, Mary Hancur and Ned Lehrian were highlighted, to the great delight of the audience, and accentuated following each routine by the deadpan delivery of “that’s a hard act to follow” by David Jenkins, who got laughs every time. 



BGWC announces community grants and scholarship awards

At its annual meeting on April 4, the Woman’s Club announced that 20 area organizations will receive funding through the BGWC’s community grant program, for a total of $210,584. Grants were awarded this year to the following organizations: Barrier Island Parks Society); Boca Grande Art Center; Boca Grande Charities; Boca Grande Historical Society; Boca Grande Preschool; Boca Grande Sea Turtle Association; Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association; GasparilAla Island Maritime Museum; Lee County Parks and Recreation; Mote Marine Laboratory; Royal Palm Players; and The Island School. Grants will also be given to L.A. Ainger Middle School Band; Lemon Bay High School Band Boosters; LBHS Chorus; LBHS Project Graduation; LBHS Theater Guild; and Lemon Bay booster organizations for the school’s football, girls basketball, and softball teams. In addition to awarding community grants, the Club voted to provide post-secondary education (university, college, trade or vocational) scholarships for 39 local students for a total of $ 234,000 for the 2022-2023 school year.

2022 Gasparilla Island Bike Parade and Spring Fair: Let the good times roll!

Check out the complete photo coverage of the 2022 Gasparilla Island Bike Parade & Spring Fair!


Carlton Ward to talk about Florida’s ‘big cats’ at presentation on March 29

Ward is a conservation photographer and National Geographic Explorer who is on a mission to inspire appreciation of, and protection for, Florida’s original nature and culture. This has been a driving force in his life for years, but it has become his primary focus since 2016, supported by grants from the National Geographic Society and other partners. He has personally traversed the path of the panther on foot, by boat, by kayak and by various other means of transportation to see and photograph first-hand the panther’s wide-ranging habitat. 

A new season soon to begin for Royal Palm Players: Are you going to audition?

Auditions for next season take place this coming Monday and Tuesday, March 28 and 29. If you have ever considered dusting off your vocal cords, your acting skills or your tap shoes, come out next week and join this merry group of thespians. They don’t take themselves too seriously, but they put on some great productions and have a lot of fun doing them.