November 8, 2018 – The Sanibel Historical Village’s free Luminary event on December 7, from 3:30 to 5:30 will celebrate “A Sanibel ’70s Christmas: Change Comes Riding In.”


“We look forward to sharing some of the things that were taking place on the island during the 1970s, a very important decade in our history,” said executive director Emilie Alfino. “This event gives visitors a chance to see the museum at no cost. Visitors can see how residents and snowbirds decorated for the holidays and view memorabilia from that exciting decade.”

Emphasis will be on the historic vote to incorporate Sanibel as a city, and on the shared-use paths that started in the 1970s. “Also celebrated will be the accomplishments of the Sanibel women of the era, and just some fun Christmas stuff,” said event co-chair Bonnie Frankel.


The Sanibel Community Chorus will perform at 4:00, followed by the BIG ARTS Brass Ensemble at 4:30.


“There will be a drawing for prizes using the ‘ballots’ attendees fill out and, of course, homemade cookies,” Frankel added.


Event co-chair and board member Judy Addison said, “This is something we love to do for the community. Luminary gives us the perfect chance to say ‘thank you’ to all our friends and neighbors who offer us so much support throughout the year.”


The Historical Village is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The village is located at 950 Dunlop Road (next to BIG ARTS). Admission is $10 for adults 18 and older; those under 18 and members are free. Docent-guided tours are available at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at no extra charge, based upon docent availability. There is handicap access at the village. For information, call 472-4648 during business hours or visit www.sanibelmuseum.org.

Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Summer Hours: May 1- July 31, Tues-Sat, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. We will be closed entirely beginning August 1st and will reopen October 15th). The Sanibel Historical Village is located at 950 Dunlop Road (next to BIG ARTS) and there is handicap access to eight of the nine buildings. Admission is FREE for SHMV members and non-members (adults ages 18 years and up). Donations are greatly appreciated to assist in our Hurricane Ian recovery efforts.  For more information, call 472-4648 during museum hours or visit www.sanibelmuseum.org.

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