We hear it every season: “what are some fun and interesting things to do?” Most of the time, you can’t go wrong with most of the great attractions at Ft. Myers Beach, but Friends of Lovers Key (FOLKS) have come up with some fun activities that are different from the “same ol’ same ol’”.
One event that has already been a great success with its first installment is the Songwriters at Sunset concert series. FOLKS joined forces with the Americana Community Music Association (ACMA) to bring a series of monthly FREE acoustic concerts of all original music to Lovers Key State Park. As stated, the first concert was huge success and drew a crowd of 130 people who got to enjoy some great original music from local artists while watching an amazing sunset at Lovers Key. This month’s scheduled concert will feature three very entertaining local musicians; David Hintz, Kip Lawrence and Mike McMillan.
David Hintz, a singer-songwriter from North Fort Myers, has been writing songs and playing small gigs for many years. He currently works as a solo performer and has 2 CD’s: “Rode Hard and Put Away Wet”(2013) and “Out With a Bang”(2015). Hintz’s songs follow in the tradition of John Prine, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and many other folk music legends.
Kip Lawrence is a singer-songwriter living in Matlacha who formerly performed with the nationally touring act, the Yard Dogs. The band released 11 CD’s in 10 years, performing original “Florida Swamp” music for their fans all over the world. Lawrence founded both the SW Florida Songwriters Fest with Drew Reid and the SW Florida Blues Fest. As a solo performer, Kip brings the infectious humor that was associated with his band. His ballads also bring a self-penned fingerstyle only found when Lawrence plays on the six-string guitar or banjo.
Finally, the third musician lives right here on Ft. Myers Beach. Mike McMillan retired to the beach after working and playing in bands in Michigan. Mike spends his mornings walking the beach but his afternoons are spent working on his craft as a “student” blues guitarist. McMillan brings out his inner storyteller, not only in his music but also before he plays a note, taking the time to give the background on his original songs and explain the stories behind the old blues classics.
The Songwriters at Sunset Concert takes place on the beach at Lovers Key State Park in the large gazebo on Tuesday, January 26th, from 4pm-6pm. Be sure to arrive early as seating is available for the first 80 people. Even if you can’t get there in time for the gazebo seating be sure to bring your own lawn chairs for additional seating. The concert is free with paid park entry. The parking fees are $8 for vehicles (2-8 people), $4 for single people in vehicles, and $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists.
7th Annual Valentine’s Day Vow Renewal Ceremony
Valentine’s Day is less than a month away, and love is of course always in the air at Ft. Myers Beach. Couples are encouraged to join the festivities at Lovers Key for their 7th Annual Valentine’s Day Vow Renewal Ceremony, and what a beautiful setting for the ceremony. Take a look around when you attend the Songwriters at Sunset concert and you will understand. Couples will have the opportunity to choose either a 10am or 3pm ceremony at the gazebo. Both ceremonies include a champagne toast, full brunch or lunch, coffee, cake and desserts, dancing, socializing, door prizes and a special gift. Bring your camera to capture the magic moment. For the professional touch, photo stations will be set up for your convenience.
Of course the ceremonies take play on February 14th 2016. The fee for the event is $75 per couple (non-refundable donation to FOLKS) and pre-registration for this event is required as space is limited and the event is expected to sell out fast. To register, please contact the Event Chair, Judy Greenwood at (708) 359-0466 or email at email@example.com.
Lovers Key Nautical Flea Market and Boat Show
March also brings some great activities to Lovers Key State Park. The granddaddy of them all is the Lovers Key Nautical Flea Market and Boat Show. Brought to your by FOLKS and the Rotary Club of Bonita Springs this event will feature nautical exhibitors selling arts, crafts, clothing, fishing and cruising equipment and supplies, and many other items for the nautical lifestyle. Of course many local boat dealers will be there as well. Food will be served by Fitzgerald’s and there will be a beer garden.
Vendors are encouraged to secure their spaces early. The rates for vendors are $150 for 12×12 spaces, $275 for 20×20, and boat dealer spaces start at $1500.
The event takes place on Saturday, March 19th, from 9am to 5pm at 8700 Estero Blvd, Lovers Key State Park. A suggested donation of $5 is encouraged to enter the event and all proceeds will benefit Lovers Key State Park and the Bonita Springs Rotary Club. For additional information on this event or to register for an exhibitor space they request you visit www.loverskeynauticalmarket.com