November 18th 2022


Ballyhoo... your local calendar of events



Boca Grande Disaster Fund ...

This fund is led by Lighthouse Methodist Church of Boca Grande, and its purpose is to assist businesses, nonprofits and churches in Boca Grande. 

Contact Larry Hannah at (941) 286-2241 or Mary O’Bannon at   


Boca Grande Woman’s Club:

This fund has been established to assist individuals and businesses of the Boca Grande community in providing financial support due to hardships incurred with Hurricane Ian.

Donors may contribute online at or mail checks made out to Boca Grande Woman’s Club, P. O. Box 65, Boca Grande, FL 33921. (Please note Hurricane Ian Recovery Fund or “HIRF” in the memo line of your check.)


Balance & stability fitness class w/John Mannion ...

Get stronger and increase your mobility. Classes held each Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Boca Grande Community Center. The cost is $10 per class.


The Wildcards ...

Powerhouse vocalist Ashley Gearing and ferocious fiddler & singer Andrea Young join forces with some of the world’s finest musicians to put on a show filled with unforgettable original country music & cover song favorites.

On Friday, Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. in the Friends Pavilion. $40 general admin. or visit for ticket info.

Englewood Water Fest ...

Will be held at various locations throughout Englewood on Nov. 19 and 20. Free admission to the event for SWFL residents. See for details.


Christmas Bazaar ...

Stock up on affordable handmade crafts at the Englewood United Methodist Church’s annual Christmas Bazaar, Saturday, Nov. 19, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The gymnasium-sized Fellowship Hall at 700 E. Dearborn will be full of hand-crafted items by the creative workshop, including Christmas decorations and a large variety of other special gifts: wall hangings, afghans and quilts, kitchen and dining accessories, hand-painted glass and other wares, jewelry, knitted baby items, other children’s gifts, sewn sports team-themed treasures, and baked goods. The proceeds particularly benefit local charitable programs, as well as some missions abroad. 

For information, call the Church office Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., (941) 474-5588. See for directions. 


2nd annual Grilled Cheese Festival ...

The Grilled Cheese Festival is back at CoolToday Park! Saturday, Nov. 19, from11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Food trucks, beer garden, live music, kids’ activities and more! $5 parking.


27th Annual GIFT 

Tournament ...

The Gasparilla Island Fly-fishing Tournament presented by Gasparilla Outfitters to benefit the Boca Grande Historical Society, will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 22. $150 charitable donation. For more information, call (941) 964-0907.


A celebration of life ...

A memorial service to celebrate Mary Tucker’s life will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Lighthouse United Methodist Church, 300 Gilchrist Avenue followed by a reception in the Church Fellowship Hall.


Thanksgiving eve service ...

The churches of Boca Grande – Baptist, Catholic, Episcopal and Methodist – will jointly offer a Thanksgiving eve service at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23, in the Methodist Church on Gilchrist. 

The traditional theme of giving thanks will take on additional meaning in light of the impact of Hurricane Ian on our community. A children’s service for kindergarten through fifth-grade youngsters, as well as nursery attendants, also will be available. All are welcome.


Free Thanksgiving dinner at Gulf Cove UMC ...

On Thursday, Nov. 24 from noon until 3 p.m., Gulf Cove United Methodist Church will serve a free Thanksgiving dinner for the community, with turkey and all the traditional fixings. Because of Hurricane Ian, this year’s dinner will be drive-thru only; there will be no seating inside the church. Just pull up in the drive-thru lane and request the number of dinners you need!  They will miss speaking with you over the dinner table, but their blessings will be with you wherever you go. If you are homebound and live within 10 miles of the church, you can call the church at (941) 697-1747 by noon on Tuesday, Nov. 22, to request delivery. GCUMC is located at 1100 S. McCall Road (Route 776), in the Gulf Cove area of Port Charlotte.


Post-hurricane guided 

walk ...

Lemon Bay Conservancy is offering a special opportunity on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 9 to 10:30 a.m. to join a guided nature walk to explore the Preserve and witness the ecological impact of a Category 4 hurricane on our subtropical environment. Trail conditions are rough. Long pants and close-toed shoes are required. 3120 Gasparilla Pines Blvd.


Free guided walk ...

Join Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center for a guided walk through Tippecanoe II Mitigation Preserve in Port Charlotte on Saturday, Nov. 26, from 9 to 10 a.m.  Email or call (941) 475-0769 to register.


Christmas Walk ...

On Saturday, Nov. 26 at 5:30 p.m., all are invited to have a merry stroll in downtown Boca Grande. The Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the annual Christmas Walk. Enjoy live music, wonderful people ... and don’t forget Santa rolling into town on the firetruck at 6 p.m. Local businesses stay open till 8 p.m. Get a head start on your Christmas shopping. More details to come next week.

Venice holiday parade ...

Pre-parade entertainment begins at 5:30 p.m. at Harbor Dr. & Venice Ave., and at Nokomis & Venice avenues, with the parade stepping off at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 26.


Great art on the screen ...

Napoleon: In the Name of Art will be shown in the auditorium at the Boca Grande Community Center, Thursday, Dec. 1 at  5 p.m. Tickets $20


Great art on the screen ...

National Theatre Live is broadcasting world-class theater. View 42nd Street - The Musical and get the best seat in the house!  Friday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. Tickets $20


The Island School Shootout canceled

After much discussion and review, The Island School Foundation board members, along with dedicated members of The Island School Board of Directors, elected to cancel The Island School Shootout scheduled for February 9, 2023.  With the uncertainty following Hurricane Ian, coupled with a golf course closure, we feel the need to allow everyone time to recover.

The Shootout is a major fundraising opportunity for the School. As you might expect in this extraordinary period, The Island School has incurred many unforeseen expenses. At this time, we will continue to accept donations attributed to the Shootout. We do hope you consider contributing your event fees as a donation to the School, and we look forward to hosting the event again in 2024.  



If you have updated information for this list, please email:, call our office at (941) 964-2995 or visit us in person at 431 Park Avenue. 

*Please note that your favorite establishments may require cash only, due to intermittent internet connectivity.


Restaurants, Grocery & Grab-n-go

Bella Vida ... Open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Located in the Railroad Plaza. 

(941) 855-9534.


George & Cindy’s Food Trailer at Whidden’s... Open Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Located at Whidden’s Marina.


Hudson’s Grocery ... Open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Subject to change. Located at 441 Park Ave. (941) 964-2621.


Kappy’s Island Shoppe/Market  ... Open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  5800 Gasparilla Rd. (941) 964-2506.


Keylime Bistro Boca Grande/The Loose CabooseIce Cream... Keylime Bistro is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Serving Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch and Dinner. Call for Thanksgiving Day Buffet reservations. Loose Caboose Ice Cream Shoppe hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 4th St. & Park Ave.


Millers Dockside/Eagle Grille ... Open Sunday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Buffet only. $15.95 Adults, $11.95 Kids 10 and under. Eagle Grille is accepting reservations for Thanksgiving, Christmas Holiday and Events. 220 Harbor Dr. 

(941) 964-8000.


Outlet at The Innlet ... Open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. serving breakfast and lunch. 11th Street & E. Railroad Ave. (941) 964- 4610.


Pink Pony... Open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free popcorn and water.  471 Park Ave. (941) 964-0109.


Scarpa’s Coastal ... Open Tuesday through Saturday. Serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. with a limited menu. Located at 321 Park Ave. (941) 964-0806.


Sinclair’s Food Truck... Open Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. until the food is gone. Located next door to Hudson’s in downtown Boca Grande. 

Sister’s Restaurant... Open Tuesday through Saturday from noon until 8 p.m. with a full menu. Railroad Plaza. (941) 964-2002


South Beach Bar & Grille ... Closed while they work on a new interim location as they hope to start rebuilding soon. More information forthcoming. 


The Pink Elephant ... Open Thursday through Sunday for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dinner nightly from 5 to 9 p.m. 491 Bayou Ave. (941) 964-4540.


The Temptation Restaurant ... Bar is open with limited menu. Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight. Restaurant will be opening soon. 350 Park Ave. (941) 964-2610.


Tortuga ... Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. *offering an island worker discount. 471 Park Ave.  (941) 964-0109.


Retail Establishments & Marinas

Ariel Ltd. ... Hoping to open early December. Located at 444 4th St. (941) 964-0480.


Aqua Boutique... Post Thanksgiving and Black Friday pop-up sidewalk sales. Opening at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. Check out their Instagram account at aquaboutiquebg for online shopping. Located at 421 Park Ave.  (941) 964-2209.


Barbara Anne’s Jewelry & Repair... Opening Monday, Nov. 21. Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 443 4th St. 

(941) 964-1776. 


Barnichol Hardware... Open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 380 E. Railroad Ave. (941) 964-2570.


Boca Blooms... Open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located at 411 Palm Ave. (941) 964-1111.


Boca Grande Trading Company ... Open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 480 E. Railroad Avenue, Ste 2.  (941) 964-0284.


Boo Gemes... Open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Railroad Plaza.


Fugate’s/The Patio Shop ... Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

(941) 964-2323.


Gasparilla Adventures ... Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 321 Park Ave. (941) 964-0711.

Gasparilla Inn Marina ... Open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (941) 964-2777. 


Gasparilla Outfitters/Special Effects ... Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Opening early at 9 a.m. for Black Friday shoppers. 431 Park Ave. (941) 964-0907.


J.McLaughlin ... Black Friday starts early. On Tuesday Nov. 22 stop in for Black Friday specials. Open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 360 Park Ave. (941) 855-9163. 


Kappy’s Island Shoppe  ... Open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  5800 Gasparilla Rd. (941) 964-2506.


Made to Inspire ... Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located in the Old Theatre building. (239) 250-2094.


Park Avenue Wine & Spirits ... Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 350 Park Ave. (941) 964-2327.


Smart Studio ... Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. 370 Park Ave. 

(207) 664-4907. 


Sunsets of Boca Grande ... Open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 443 4th St. 

(941) 855-9834.


The Palm on Park... Hoping to open early December. Located at 444 4th Street. 

(941) 964-4448. 


The Sun Porch... Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. New items arriving daily. Located in the Railroad Plaza. (941) 964-2567.


Uncle Henry’s Marina ... Working hard to re-open. (941) 964-0154.


Whidden’s Marina ... Lots of work going on. Hoping to open soon. 190 E. 1st Street 

(941) 964-2878.


Salons, Massage & Exercise

Banyan Tree Pilates & Yoga ... Open daily for privates and classes. Visit for class schedule. 320 E. Railroad Ave. (941) 964-4404.


Courtyard Hair Etc....Open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 5800 Gasparilla Rd. (941) 964-2243.


James Griffith Salon at The Gasparilla Inn & Club... Hoping to be open on island soon. Boca Grande clients being served at Venice location. (941) 202-1136. 


Additional Information

Boca Grande Health Clinic ...Located at 320 Park Ave.(941) 964-2276. 


Englewood Bank ... Open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. until  5 p.m. 301 Park Ave. (941) 964-9096.


Johann Fust Community Library ... Open Tuesday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

1040 W. 10th St. (941) 964-2488.


Lee County Community Center... Open with full facilities except playground. Wheeler Rd. facilities closed until further notice. (941) 964-2564. 


Port Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum & Gift Shop ... All activities are postponed, and the office is closed until further notice. Visit


The Gasparilla Inn & Club and its 

remaining outlets ... Closed until 

Dec. 15. (941) 964-4500.

Food donations needed! 

 Please continue to support The Englewood Helping Hand blue barrel campaign. This off island mission  supports and helps those in need right in our backyard!

There are blue barrel locations around Boca Grande in front of the Barnichol, at the registration building at the Boca Grande Club, at Parsley-Baldwin Real Estate, at Englewood Bank & Trust, at the Post Office and two more barrels at the Lighthouse United Methodist Church.

Here are some suggestions:

Tuna Fish, Spaghetti Sauce, Canned Meats, Ramen Noodles, Cereal/Pancake Mix, Canned Veggies, Rice/Snacks, Canned Fruit, Pasta/Mac & Cheese, Soups/Chili, Canned/Dried Beans, Evaporated Milk, Peanut  Butter/Jelly, Canned Sloppy Joe, Deodorant/Razors, Bar Soap, Feminine Products, Condiments, i.e., Ketchup, Mustard, etc.                          

Interested in volunteering, or have questions, call Jane at (941) 223-2367 for further information.

Boca Grande Church Service Schedule

• Lighthouse United Methodist Church - 300 Gilchrist Avenue. 

Worship service held at 10 a.m. (in-person & live-streamed on Facebook).

• First Baptist Church - 421 4th St. W. In-person worship is at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Adult Sunday School is at 9 a.m. on Sunday. 

(941) 964-2386

• Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church - 240 Park Avenue. 

Weekday mass at 8 a.m., Saturday Vigil mass is at 5 p.m., Sunday 

masses at 9 & 10:30 a.m. Confessions: Saturdays 11:30 a.m. to noon. 

(941) 964-2254 

• St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church- 390 Gilchrist Ave. Sunday worship is at 9:30 a.m. in-person & live-streamed on YouTube. Pastoral care is always available by calling (941) 964-2257, ext. 1.