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Return to the Gilded Age at Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival

Reaching back to the late 19th Century, Minnesota native Julie Koehnen saw a time where wide disparities in income were people like railroad tycoon James J. Hill to accumulate massive fortunes, build giant mansions as part of a lifestyle far removed from most ordinary people. In her movie ...

Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival marches online

Stocked with more than 100 films, the 14th annual Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival will be streamed online beginning Tuesday. Janeen Paulauskis, executive director of the festival, said there has been strong interest for the festival this year. “We're up a few films from last ...

The art must go on

Like many aspects of life, the Fort Myers Beach Art Association's plans were sidelined this past spring when the coronavirus pandemic hit. The association had to shutter its doors to the public and cancel its annual scholarship contest. Following some deep cleaning, interior work and painting, ...

Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival to be streamed

This year's Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival will be virtual. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 14th annual event will be streamed online from Sept. 22 – 26, according to the festival's executive director Janeen Paulauskis. “While we are disappointed not to see our ...

Sand artist John Boyd will be making Arches in the sand this week

The Arches may not have returned to Fort Myers Beach, but the sand is still here for sand artist John Boyd to use his magical rake to work on recreating visions of the arches.Boyd will be on the beach all week recreating the Arches through his sand art as part of an effort to bring attention to ...

Chicago concert rescheduled to May 13

The Chicago tribute concert featuring former Chicago singer Jeff Coffey and the Chicago cover band Back to Chicago scheduled for March 19 at Fish-Tale Marina on Fort Myers Beach has been postponed to May 13.All purchased tickets will be honored at the show, said event organizer Janeen ...

Local art teacher drew from FMBAA student scholarship show

When Alison Rice entered her photograph of a scene at Naples Beach featuring a pelican and the pier at the Fort Myers Beach Art Association student scholarship show, little did she know her first serious entry into the art world was the start of her career.The Estero native's career involves ...

Music legend Charlie McCoy lifts Lover’s Key

Charlie McCoy is in the Country Music Hall of Fame in large part for his harmonica but as his performance at Lover's Key State Park Feb. 6 showed, his voice and guitar are not exactly second-fiddles.At 78, the Fort Myers Beach resident showed he still has his chops while performing with Kim ...

Community Foundation ends first decade with trip back to Woodstock

With the group Jo List and Friends playing 1960s songs from groups like The Doors, dozens of Community Foundation members and supporters clad in tie-dye shirts celebrated the nonprofit organization's 10th year with a Woodstock-themed fundraising event at the Diamondhead Beach Resort Jan. ...

Art Association Paint Around raises money for student scholarships

It's been a month of showcasing for the Fort Myers Beach Art Association from its "Art Divine" show to its current "Not the Status Quo" winter show and most recently a "Paint Around" which raised funds for student scholarships at its gallery.The "Paint Around" featured four of the association's ...