There is something so magical when the sun glints just so on the soft breaking waves. Sandpipers look like they are dancing on diamonds. Follow the seabirds as you travel along the Gulf of Mexico while on Marco Island. They want you to come visit them out on Tigertail Beach. From parking ($8 per day) to the Gulf side, be prepared for a short 10 minute walk. Check the local tide charts for low tide and you will be dazzled by the endless array of shells beneath your feet. This stretch of beach is as pristine as it is regal. While you dig your toes into the white sand, it’s easy to imagine yourself inside of a watercolored, tropical dream fantasy. While strolling along the beach, look carefully at that sand castle up ahead, it’s quite possible it was built by the mermaids who live in the Tigertail lagoon.
For the young and the young at heart, here’s your chance to whisper your wishes into Santa’s ear. He’s arriving on Marco Island to enjoy cookies and milk with you and yours! After the last little one sits on Santa’s lap, that’s when the jolly one makes his list and checks it twice.
The cost and the memories are free on December 8, 2013 from 10am – 12pm at Mackle Park, 1361 Andalusia Terrace, Marco Island.
Marco Islanders..what can we say? They know what they are doing in oh, so many ways. One of their most stunning achievements is the Annual Marco Island Christmas Island Style Boat Parade. This is truly a must-see, don’t miss, get there however you can type of event. You won’t want to miss this hearty dose of joyful gala. Countless lights and garland grace vessels large and small. You are left to stand by in awe, amazement and wonder. Marvel at the bedecked boat decks and their trim as they turn out their nautical holiday finest just for you! Among the recommended viewing spots are The Esplanade and The Snook Inn, but you are welcome to find your perfect view where the boats shall sail, which is down the Marco River and around Collier Bay. December 7, 2013 from 6pm to 8pm.
There is nothing like a picnic, is there?
Fried chicken, coleslaw, potato salad, baked beans, sandwiches and watermelon, all consumed in the open air. It’s the height family fun.
If you are staying in one of Marco Escapes’ luxurious vacation rental properties, you may want to stray from the pool or the canal dock to have an old-fashioned family picnic in the park. You can make your own fixin’s or stop by a carry-out to purchase your edibles.
But a picnic in the park requires a “park”. Where and how to find the right one for your family?
The City of Marco Island thoughtfully provides a map of city parks. So pack it up or pick it up and head out for your “excellent picnic adventure”.
Marco Island’s joyous holiday season is in full swing! This is the perfect destination to make merry, to frolic
among the other lucky Marco Islanders as jollification abounds. From one end of this magnificent piece of this
heavenly blissful paradise of an island to the other there’s no shortage of festivity and cheer! One of the most captive highlights of the season is the phenomenal Marco Island Christmas Island Style Boat Parade, a don’t miss experience that takes place on December 7 at 6pm. Don’t miss this bedazzled, breathtaking vision taking place along the Marco River and Collier Bay
Enter into an ethereal state and become one with the beginnings of the earth. The edges and the sharpness of lifes is a tad blurred as you sail about the magnificent 10,000 islands. Don’t try and count them all. Rather, take the time to get in touch with your inner ancient ancestors while filling your senses with the ever mystical elements of the sand, sea and sky. As you plan your Ten Thousand Islands experience, don’t miss the National Wildlife Refuge. Here is where roughly 200 species of fish and 190 birds call home at different
points over the course of a year. It’s a great place to spot bottlenose dolphins and river otters.
Ten Thousand Islands NWR is located between Marco Island and Everglades City, Florida. The refuge is best accessed by boat. The two prominent boating access points are found in Goodland and Port-of-the-Islands. Take U.S. 41 south out of Naples and drive 12 miles to Hwy 92, turn right and drive 5 miles to Goodland, or continue on U.S. 41 for 5 miles to Port-of-the-Islands. The headquarters for the refuge is located at 3860 Tollgate Blvd,. Naples, FL, within the Comfort Inn at exit 101 on I-75.
Before the big Thanksgiving weekend sales, this weekend has a big “Sail” – The Avow Hospice Regatta 2013.
The annual event will be held on Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17 off the shore of Marco Island. There is something special about a regatta, (a nautical name for a boat race). The graceful competitors glide on the wind like low-flying birds. Movements are carefully choreographed to give each boat the advantage of the next turn or change in wind. Yet, it is fiercely competitive as captains vie for position to cover another boat’s wind and keep their own sails full.
Here’s what’s in it for spectators:
There will be a memorial ring ceremony at 10 AM followed by the start of the race at 10:30 AM. Non-sailors can participate and observe from the official spectator boat. The passage is $30 per person and includes lunch. The spectator boat is a great way to watch from a safe distance and avoid interfering with the racing boats. If you take your own boat out to the racing grounds, please observe the same rules and courtesies. Alternatively, you can join a beach party from 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday, sponsored on Resident’s beach by the Marco Island Civic Association. The party is free and will include games and race commentary.
On Sunday, there is a shore party at the Marco Island Yacht Club, beginning at 5 PM. Admission is $75 per person and features the awards ceremony, cocktails, games, musical entertainment and a silent auction followed by a buffet seaside dinner, all to benefit Avow Hospice in Collier County. The winning skipper and crew will represent Avow Hospice in the 2013 Hospice Regatta’s National Championship in April.
If you are spending this weekend in a Marco Escapes vacation rental property, and looking for an excellent way to spend this weekend outdoors while helping a great cause, contact, please visit the Avow website for more information and to purchase tickets.
The Marco Players presents, “Absalom”, a play by Zoe Kazan.
There are many interesting aspects to this work. Among them is the author’s background. Zoe Kazan is the granddaughter of the renowned Elia Kazan, who directed such memorable films as “On the Water Front.” Ms. Kazan’s father also is a screenwriter. Her mother is a screenwriter and director. Her grandfather won three Academy Awards and was a founder of the Actors Studio in New York.
This web of authors’ egos and competition apparently was fodder for Ms. Kazan’s play, the title of which was taken from the name of King David’s rebellious third son. It takes place when a celebrated writer beckons his family to the Berkshires to toast the publication of his memoirs. The rivalry and intrigue between his son and daughter, both novelists, another son and the writer’s protege, who shows up uninvited, make for riveting dialogue and complex relationships.
Ms. Kazan denies that her story is autobiographical. But it is difficult to imagine that her upbringing did not profoundly influence her vision and her behavioral analysis of these creative personalities. To the degree it does, vacation renters in Marco Escapes properties, who attend Absalom, will have both a captivating evening of live theater and some insight into the lives Ms. Kazan’s family of artists.
The play was started by Ms. Kazan as school project when she was a student at Yale and was completed as full-length play script when she was 25.
The director is R. E. Joyce, a long-time participant in the organization and presentations of the Marco Players. Performances run from November 6th through 24th at the group’s theatrical venue. Tickets are $23 or $25 and may be purchased through the The Marco Players website.
Sidenote: The dialogue contains adult themes and language.
If you were vacationing near the Grand Canyon, you surely would make a side trip to see it.
You have a similar opportunity while staying in a Marco Escapes property here on Marco Island. To the east and north a few miles, lies the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation and the Ah-Tah-Thi-ki Museum; a storehouse of Seminole Indian history and culture with over 30,000 artifacts.
The weekend of November 1st and 2nd, the Seminole Tribe of Florida is hosting an American Indian Arts Celebration featuring dance, live music, arts and culture from 9am – 5pm. There is also a film festival Saturday evening from 5 – 8pm.
Admission is $9 for adults and $6 for seniors, students and members of the US military. Tribal members are free.
For more information, call 877-902-1113 or visit the tribal website.
Photo courtesy the Collier County Museum website
Clyde Butcher is an American treasure of a stature close to, if not equal to, the reputation of Ansel Adams. Adams was the photographer that recorded and popularized the natural wonder of the American West in black and white.
Butcher has been doing the same for Florida’s Everglades. He is also a “local” boy with a studio in Ochopee. His status was reinforced when the United Nations invited him to photograph the rain forests, cliffs, waterfalls and natural beauty of Cuba’s Sierra Maestra Mountains as part of the International Year of the Mountains (2002).
Those large format photographs are now on display in exhibition at the Collier County Museum. The exhibition, “Cuba, the Natural Beauty Expedition”, will continue through January 15, 2014. This is an excellent opportunity for guests vacationing in a Marco Escapes property this winter to immerse themselves in the world and imagery of Clyde Butcher. The museum is located off of Tamiami Trail (Rte 41) adjacent to the Collier County Government Campus. For more information, please call (239) 252-8476.