The Museum of the Islands (MOTI) has a jam-packed calendar of events planned for the coming season. Mark your calendar so you will be sure to reserve time to attend those that are of interest to you.
The Speaker Series opens Monday, Dec. 2, with local author and adventurer Bob Macomber. How his newest book about the Civil War and Key West came to be will provide the audience with a solid look at how he collects his research and history for the popular Honor series. Fortifications, monuments, and naval headquarters still existing on that island will be featured.
On Jan. 4, Harold Bruner, president of the Calusa Land Trust, will share an overview of the trust, its history, and its acquisition process.
Then on Feb. 3, John Kiseda, who is the coordinator of Lee County Parks and Recreation, will give a presentation is titled "As Time Goes By."
The 2013-14 Speaker Series ends March 3 with Roy Kibbe, owner of Jug Creek Seafood Farm Raised Clams. He will share with us the culture that is deeply embedded in Pine Island.
These programs are held at the Fishers of Men Lutheran Church at the Center beginning at 7 p.m.
The MOTI Holiday Open House is Dec. 7 on the museum grounds. Talented vendors will have a variety of work available for sale, just in time for the holiday season.
The MOTI Rhythm and Rummage Sale will be held in February, date to be determined.
As a new activity for this season, the museum is sponsoring A Stroll Through Pine Island History. Tim Knox is offering a program about special history of communities of Pine Island. The first tour will be about Early St. James City, as seen through the eyes of a young socialite spending the winter there. Future strolls are being planned.
Special displays at the museum will be featured each month during season, starting in January with photos and information about Matlacha's squatter shacks. Next comes a display about the San Carlos Hotel during the late 1800s. Pineland, Bokeelia and perhaps the adjoining islands will be represented in the remaining displays.
This lively season looks to be interesting, fun, and full of activities that are sure to appeal to both local residents and snowbirds. If you join MOTI during the month of October, you get three free months of membership!
Contact Tim Knox at 239-265-2475 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to join.
- Lynn Sarda is the publicist for MOTI.