Profile: Joshua Gold

■ BY SUE ERWIN New York City Broadway Director Joshua Gold will be directing the Royal Palm Players’ musical “Nunsense” this upcoming spring. Several performances are planned for March. Originally from New York City, Josh’s parents moved to the Tampa Bay area, where he spent his formative years and completed high school. He earned his bachelor […]

Profile: John Mannion

■ BY SUE ERWIN John Mannion is a fitness trainer whose goal is to help people in Boca Grande gain strength and stability to avoid the risk of injury. He currently teaches a “Sit and Get Fit” class three days per week at the Boca Grande Community Center. The courses are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and […]

Profile: Rebecca DeRosa

■ BY SUE ERWIN Rebecca DeRosa has been keeping busy helping out with charity events this holiday season. She recently led a fundraiser for Boca Grande’s Lighthouse United Methodist Church. More than 100 boxes of school supplies, holiday goodies and other surprises were collected at the church and transported by Becca to Kids’ Needs in Englewood, […]

Profile: Candy Sasser

■ BY SUE ERWIN Boca Grande Woman’s Club member Candy Sasser understands that Boca Bargains is truly a treasure hunt for shoppers. If you’re looking for a last-minute Christmas gift, you still have tomorrow, Dec. 21 and Monday, Dec. 23 to find something special on the island without having to combat the crowds in area stores. […]

Profile: E. Kay Gibson

■ BY SUE ERWIN When Elizabeth “Kay” Gibson recently spent some time in Boca Grande, she recalled when she and her husband Charles “Dana” Gibson were two of the first tenants on the second floor in the railroad depot building. At the time, 1979, they owned Jekyll Towing & Marine Services. While the company’s tugboat Jekyll […]

Profile: Dr. Kathryn Sullivan

■ BY SUE ERWIN Kathryn (Kathy) Sullivan, retired NASA astronaut and former Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is coming to Boca Grande as part of the Boca Grande Historical Society’s 25th anniversary lecture series. Kathy recently published a book, “Handprints on Hubble,” explaining in vivid […]

Profile: Anna Boney

■ BY SUE ERWIN Anna Boney is the new Director of Children’s Ministry at Boca Grande Lighthouse United Methodist Church, and it appears to be an ideal match. She has years of background experience with Young Life, a global religious organization started in 1941 by Presbyterian minister Jim Rayburn. The organization’s mission is to introduce adolescents […]

Profile: Kate Ingram

■ BY SUE ERWIN Royal Palm Players has gained another new talented member who has been busy planning and rehearsing for productions starting this fall. Kate Ingram, wife of well-known RPP director Tad Ingram, formally joined the organization when the couple made the decision to move to the area over the summer. Tad has been directing musicals […]

Profile: Boo Thayer Gemes

■ BY SUE ERWIN After 27 years of working in the fashion industry on 7th Avenue in New York City, Boo Thayer Gemes perceived a void in the market for stylish and affordable separates, so she created a collection of clothing that appeals to women of all ages. “I design clothes for real people, clothes that […]

Profile: Ann Fletcher — RPP president planning for an outstanding season

■ BY SUE ERWIN Ann Fletcher, the new president of Royal Palm Players, has been involved with the organization for the past 18 years and she’s been working diligently since June 1 on planning for an exciting upcoming season. Her mentor, Roger Lewis, previously president of the Friend’s of Boca Grande Board on which Ann also […]