Get your tickets now for the Boca Bande New Year’s Eve gala

December 23, 2016
By Marcy Shortuse

Get your tickets now for the first Boca Bande New Year’s Eve Grande Gala.
The party will take place at the Community House on New Year’s Eve. Boca Bande, a five-member group that’s been entertaining at island venues for two decades, will be providing live music.
Mike Weddle, an organizer of the event and lead singer and rhythm guitar player for the band, said the group has performed every New Year’s Eve for many years, but they didn’t get the opportunity to play last year.
“People were really disappointed. So we thought that this year we’d put something together ourselves. There have been a lot of people involved in the planning. It should be a really good time,” Weddle said. He said the band will start playing dance music at 9:30 p.m. and continue throughout the evening.
“We’ll be playing a variety of songs, including music from the 1950s right up to recent songs,” he said.
Smitty will be preparing the tasty light fare for the gathering, and party favors as well as premium adult beverages will be available. Weddle said Nat Italiano was also very instrumental in helping organize the event.
“Mike and I wanted to keep the Boca Bande on the island and to have a party that locals would come to and would feel comfortable attending. So I asked the county about a permit, and it all worked out,” Italiano said.
Doors will open at 8 p.m. and the party will continue until 1 a.m. Tickets for this all-inclusive event are $60 per person or $100 per couple. And they make great Christmas gifts for those “hard to buy for” family members and friends.
There are 200 tickets available for purchase, so get them as soon as possible. The party will be a true community-style New Year’s Eve celebration, organizers said.
The Crowninshield Community House is located at 131 Banyan Street on the island. For tickets, call 964-2439 or send an email to For more information, contact Mike Weddle at (941) 286-5647 or via email at