Friday, January 13, 10 a.m. Coconut Cabaret with Bob Milne Boca Grande’s Crowninshield Community House Join us for an absolutely memorable evening of boogiewoogie and ragtime tunes at the Coconut Cabaret. You will be swept away on a musical journey from the soft and gentle 1800s through the incredibly fast and swingin’ ragtime era. Milne has been called a “one-man orchestra,” referring to his exuberant and complex interpretations. His fans say he can make the piano sound like six instruments! As a recording artist, Bob Milne has produced ten collections of solo piano rags, blues, boogies and folk/traditional tunes. Guests will enjoy the intimate atmosphere of the Crowninshield Community House. Table snacks, napkins and cups will be provided; you supply your own beverages and, yes, alcoholic beverages are permitted. Dress is nightclub casual. Seating is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Please let us know in advance if you wish to be seated with your friends. For cancelations, please allow 72 hours notice.Call (941) 964-0827 or go to bocagrandehappenings.org to purchase the $25 tickets. Saturday, January 14, 2 p.m. One Big Grande Boca Book Club Returns: Michael Ruhlman Boca Grande Community Center’s auditorium OBGBBC (One Big Grande Boca Book Club), modeled after a nation-wide concept held in many cities across America, will be held in Boca Grande for the third year. This program serves the mission of bringing together an entire community with a common read. There is nothing else quite like it on this island and you will not want to miss it! Michael Ruhlman, nationally known author, chef, and TV celebrity, will be our guest with his book, The Soul of A Chef, as the featured book. His topic embraces the culture of food and chefs in America today. Anthony Bourdain, writing for the New York Times, describes the book as “a hold-yourbreath while-you-turn-the-page thriller that’s also an anthropological study of the culture of cooking.” Cost to attend: $150 Sponsor, $50 Reserved Seating, Free general admission after January 1. General admission seating will be available in the auditorium or for simulcast viewing in the Woman’s Club room, depending on your arrival time and seat availability. Saturday, January 21, 9 to11a.m. Youth Fishing Tournament Boca Grande Fishing Pier – North end of the Island Grab your fishing pole and tackle box and come join the family fun at our youth fishing tournaments sponsored by the Boca Beacon and Boca Grande marina. Tournaments are for boys and girls ages 15 and under. Bait will be provided (no lures allowed). All children must be super-vised by a parent/guardian for this event. This is a catch and release tournament. Registration is not necessary – just be at the pier ready to fish by 9 a.m. Refreshments are not provided so please bring what you need to drink and eat. Tuesday, January 24, 4:30 p.m. Great Adventures & Explorations: Gary Knell, President & CEO National Geographic Society Boca Grande Community Center’s auditorium “We Are All Explorers” We can all bring our passion and commitment to engage and inspire others. National Geographic strives to be one of the best examples in the world of how people can join together to make change. Change, however, requires the spark of one committed individual– of one person whose journey is so compelling that we all want to be a part of it. We are all explorers, and we can all inspire change. Come to hear how others have done it and to ask yourself: what will your journey be? To purchase your tickets call (941) 964-0827. General admission: $35, reserved: $60 and sponsor: $150. Wednesday, January 25, 2 p.m. Boca Grande Railroad History presented by Theodore Cover Boca Grande Community Center’s auditorium Theodore Cover, Member of the Suncoast Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society and RealRail, Sarasota Model Railroad Club presents a multi-media show about the contribution railroads made to Gasparilla Island (1881-1979) and the key role the original CH&N Boca Grande route played in bringing about the Boca Grande we know today. Free to attend. For more information contact the Boca Grande Historical Society at (941) 964-1600. Saturday, January 28, 8 p.m. Royal Palm Players – Those Were The Days Songs from the 50s & 60s Starring Jimmy Mazz & Marcy Downey Boca Grande’s Crowninshield Community House Join Royal Palm Players for THOSE WERE THE DAYS, my friends. You will remember every one of these tunes and sing along with all your friends. This evening performance will be cabaret style so we can really party like the old days. To purchase the $20 tickets, call Royal Palm Players at (941) 964-2670.
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