Bluegrass, Brew & BBQ to Benefit Operation Open Arms


    Matanzas on the Bay will host its third annual Bluegrass, Brew and BBQ on Saturday, May 28th from 11am-10pm to benefit Operation Open Arms, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the care and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder in military personnel and veterans.

    The event will feature live music from the Bugtussle Ramblers from 1-4pm and the Cooter Creek Bluegrass Band from 5-8pm. They will also have craft beer from Fort Myers Brewing Company, face-painting for children, a 50/50 raffle and a $15 barbecue buffet featuring ribs, smoked pork shanks, potato salad and corn on the cob, offered from noon to 8pm. Free car parking and boat dockage available.

    Last year’s Bluegrass, Brew and BBQ event raised more than $7,500 for Operation Open Arms, more than doubling the proceeds from its inaugural event in 2014. This year, 50% of proceeds from the barbecue buffet, 10% of all restaurant proceeds and 50% of the 50/50 raffle will benefit Operation Open Arms.

    “More than 900 people joined us last year in supporting a great cause, and we look forward to another day of great food, phenomenal entertainment and spectacular waterfront views, all while honoring members of our military and supporting a great cause,” said Glen Petrarca, general manager of Matanzas on the Bay. “We invite the community to join us in supporting Operation Open Arms’ invaluable contribution to our U.S. military and veterans, and to learn more about what this organization has to offer the many men and women who have and continue to serve our country.”

    For the past 11 years, Operation Open Arms has continued to make a difference in the lives of military personnel and veterans, facilitating $12.2 million in direct tangible benefits for more than 3,000 U.S. troops. For more information about the organization and its cause, visit

    Matanzas on the Bay is located on the waterfront on Estero Bay at 416 Crescent Street on Fort Myers Beach. They serve lunch and dinner daily and are committed to serving as many locally-sourced products as possible, offering fresh produce from Oakes Farm, run from Wicked Dolphin Run Distillery and draft beer from Fort Myers Brewery.