Woody's Waterside: Dec. 31
Why not an "Early Bird" New Year's Eve Party? That's what is happening at Woody's Waterside on Dec. 31 from 6-9 p.m., featuring Yard Dog Charlie playing his own brand of Florida swamp music. Charlie is well known as a founding member of the legendary Yard Dogs who have since disbanded, but Charlie is still entertaining audiences with his energetic and humorous solo show. There will be hats and horns, and a big "midnight" champagne toast and celebration at 9 p.m.
The menu will feature: jumbo lump crab imperial stuffed grouper, seafood scampi with shrimp, seafood and lobster and a smoked prime rib. Reservations will be accepted and admission is free. Call 239-283-5555. Woody's is located at 3051 Stringfellow Rd. St. James, FL 33956.
The Real Estate Caf: Jan. 3
Dream Home Associates is proud to announce the grand opening of their new office.
Owners, Carl Jervis and Lynn Berreitter have been island residents since 2000 and up until 2009, had a real estate office in St. James City. They have been looking for the perfect place close to the center to launch a concept they often talked about a Real Estate Caf. The concept for the caf is to have a place where customers could come in and have a cup of coffee while pursuing listings on a large screen TV at their leisure with or without an agent. Painted a beautiful peaceful green, with Berreitter's "Funky Florida Fotos" art work hanging on the walls, it's a great place to hang out and get your up to the minute real estate information. A record player sits on a table within the caf, where you can choose from a large LP collection and listen to some great music.
Come join them for the grand opening, Jan. 3 from 4-7 p.m. at The Real Estate Caf, 5459 Pine Island Rd. There will be champagne, wine, cheese and music by Annie Wenz. The Caf is located on the south side of Pine Island Road, just east of the 4-way stop sign, adjacent to The Beacon of Hope. Extra parking is available behind the buildings.
Pine Island Writers: Jan. 5
Did you know the first invasion of privacy lawsuit in Florida involved Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' book "Cross Creek?" Do you know it's possible to defame a person in both fiction and non-fiction work?
Bob Dylan didn't know! Anne Dalton does!
Pine Island Writers invites you to attend Anne Dalton's Workshop: "Invasion of Privacy and Defamation Issues," Jan. 5, 10 a.m. until noon at St. John's Episcopal Church on Stringfellow Road in St. James City. This workshop is designed for concerns specific to writers. Event fee: members $5/non-members $10.
Dalton's 35-year career includes stints as senior attorney for Radio City Music Hall and legal and business affairs counsel for ABC network news "20/20." Her legal practice offers a particular emphasis on creative arts and entertainment law. Visit her website at: www.daltonlegal.com.
Museum of the Islands: Jan 7
The Museum of the Islands (MOTI) will present the program "The Cushing Expedition-1896" on Monday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m., at the Fishers of Men Lutheran Church, 10360 Stringfellow Rd., Saint James City. The featured speaker will be Dr. Robin C. Brown.
Dr. Brown will share the history of the Calusa Indians on Marco Island and the discovery of remarkably preserved artifacts that have provided details of Calusa customs and lifestyle rarely obtainable for an archeological site.
Dr. Brown grew up in Tampa and received his bachelor and M.D. degrees from Tulane University. He has practiced medicine in Fort Myers for over thirty years. A lifelong interest in the early history of the state prompted his first book in 1988, "Florida's Fossils- Guide to Location, Identification and Enjoyment," followed by "Florida's First People-12,000 Years of Human History," and "The Craft's of Florida's First People."
The program is free and open to the public. Please contact Sharon Traylor, 283-9155, for additional information.
Flamingo Bay: Jan. 12
Julie's egg benedict (city ham, pouched egg and Julie's cheese sauce), hash browns, and grilled pineapple is our first breakfast of the new year on Jan. 12 between 8 and 9:30 a.m. by the Flamingo Bay Residents' Association.
For $6 you'll get this egg benedict breakfast or if you don't want egg benedict you'll get city ham, eggs, hash browns, grilled pineapple and a banana or bran muffin.
Tickets will be sold at the door on the morning of the breakfast.