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Barge Party VII this weekend at Two Pines Sandbar

April 24, 2013
By ROBIN LEAHY - Special to The Eagle , Pine Island Eagle

The tide will be high April 27 and 28 and Barge Party VII will be happening at Two Pines Sandbar in Matlacha Pass.

Jim Frock of Sandbar Productions LLC is the host of the philanthropic barge party. What started as friends having fun with a pontoon boat on the water doing what they love has turned into an excellent weekend of fun and sound for all who attend this unique aquatic concert. From kayaks to canoes and boats, concert-goers will be enjoying themselves, treated to some sound candy.

Greyson Rodgers Band and Rex Bongo and the Damn Outlaws will go on Saturday. The Sunday line-up will be Corkey and the Troublestarters followed by Byran Lee and Blues Power, the latter is a 2011 Grammy nominee and Blues Music Awards winner. Bands go on Saturday and Sunday, at 12-6 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., respectfully. Sound is provided by Joe Basak of Valentine Sight and Sound, who says this will be his fifth barge party. So look forward to an amazing event: "We have had a blast every time we go out and it has crystal clear sound," said Basak.

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Barge Party VII will take place on April 27 and April 28 at Two Pines Sandbar in Matlacha Pass.

The state area where this barge party will be happening had a prior issue with beach grass being disturbed by watercraft. To alleviate this issue, a map of the area will be released the week of the event that designates areas for mooring and movement of watercraft.

"Go in between the sandbar and the barge," Frock said. "The area is a marked line and boaters are to idle down at that spot. You can paddle or pull your boat into position from there. There are to be no motors outside the marked area. Please do not go over that line or motor through the area. This is for safety as there will be a lot of people in the water and we do not want to disturb the sea grasses."

Frock wants for everyone out to enjoy the weekend Barge Party to be advised that "stingrays are around so you may want to do the stingray shuffle and make sure that you don't step on one."

It is a winning situation for all with proceeds raised from Barge Party VII going to benefit the Pine Island Little League. The donations will be collected from Little Leaguers in kayaks. They will come over to your boat and after you donate you will be given a colored flag to hang from your boat with a zip tie. The donation is $5 per person and $20 per boat.

Organizers are urging people to come on down for a good time, good sounds and good company, and remember, for the good of the eco-community, what you carry into the event you carry out.



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