10 Sure Ways to Kick-Off Season in Boca Grande

web site 202 copy-BocaGrande_DaleAnnWith the beginning of season upon us, Boca Grande residents know how to celebrate their surroundings in style. Here is a list of the upcoming must-do moments: Sunday Shrimp-day: Visit Whidden’s Marina and purchase shrimp right off the boat! You can enjoy a fresh helping of the crustaceans on most Sundays. Annual Blessing of the Animals: On November 9th, the general public is invited to an ecumenical Blessing of the Animals in celebration of the Feast of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals and the environment. Bring your pets at 4:00pm to the croquet courts of the Gasparilla Inn & Club. Royal Palm Players: Get your season tickets for the Royal Palm Players, the favorite island theater now celebrating their 25th anniversary! The season opens with “12 Angry Jurors” November 13 – 16. A Friday Farmer’s Market: Boca Grande now has its own Farmer’s Market! Every Friday through April 24th, enjoy fresh produce and finds from over forty food and small business vendors. Find the Farmer’s Market at 305 Wheeler’s Road Ball Field. And check out their website.

Photo by SRQ Locations.

Photo by SRQ Locations.

A Pink Brunch: Enjoy a leisurely lunch on the patio of the Pink Elephant, one of the island’s premier eating establishments. Choose from a menu of imaginative regional cuisine, seafood and steaks like the Slow Smoked Beef Brisket Sandwich or the Warm Turkey Ciabatta with smoked Gouda cheese, apples, arugula, and molasses mayo. Yum!DSC_2573_BocaGrande_Premier Fall Art Exhibit: The Boca Grande Art Alliance’s opening show of the season will be November 20th – 23rd from 10am – 4pm. Enjoy work by local artists, many inspired by Boca Grande’s charming beauty. Annual Christmas Walk: The holidays will never feel more festive then at the annual Christmas Walk on Saturday, November 29th from 5pm – 8pm. Residents are welcomed back to town with holiday lights on full display, shops staying open late, and Santa Claus coming to town on a fire truck. Look for the action on Park Avenue between 3rd and 4th Street. Dine at the Inn: The Gasparilla Inn has been an island mainstay since 1913. Kick off season with a special meal in the Main Dining Room. Delight your palate with tantalizingly fresh and natural ingredients prepared by the Inn’s culinary team. Make sure to call ahead for dinner reservations and then return for dinner after December 20th so you can hear the Inn’s talented pianist, David Ohrenstein, tickle the ivories! Going to the Dog’s Park: Walking your four-legged friend in Boca Grande is as much a social visit as it is a physical activity. Though not an officially-designated dog park, locals walk their dogs at the Inn’s soccer field at 7th Avenue. It’s an “affectionately unwritten island law” that smaller dogs go at 3pm while larger dogs go at 4pm. Just be sure to make use of the baggies and trash cans provided for you! Get out your Golf Cart: Start living the island pace by hopping on your golf cart for a trip into town or a visit to your neighbors. Residents enjoy use of a bike/golf cart path which was once an old railroad track.web site 421 copy-BocaGrande_DaleAnn Thank you to Carol Kyre and Realtors Carol Stewart and Kevin Hyde in our Boca Grande office at 420 E Railroad Ave for their contributions to this list. Want to learn more about Boca Grande? Check out these posts from MSCBlog:

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