As we embark on the milestone of our 40th Anniversary, the Sanibel Historical Museum & Village is thrilled to invite you to a spectacular Gala Celebration and the premiere of a captivating documentary. Join us on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at the iconic Sanibel Community House, located at 2173 Periwinkle Way, for an unforgettable evening steeped in island history and resilience.
Documentary Premiere: “Wreckage, Resilience & Recovery: The History of Hurricanes on Sanibel & Captiva”
We are honored to present a brand-new documentary by the award-winning journalist, Ken Sneeden. “Wreckage, Resilience & Recovery” delves into the captivating history of hurricanes that have shaped the narrative of Sanibel and Captiva islands. Sneeden’s storytelling prowess promises an engaging exploration of the challenges and triumphs our community has faced.
Insights from Local Weather Experts
Our event will feature presentations by esteemed local weather experts:
- Robert Van Winkle: With 14 years on the air with NBC2, Van Winkle has covered hurricanes such as Charley in 2004, Wilma in 2005, and Irma in 2017. His extensive experience in broadcast journalism and community engagement adds depth to our celebration.
- Rob Duns: Recognized with numerous awards, Duns joined NBC2 in 2014, providing valuable insights through hurricanes Irma and Ian. His accolades include eight Florida Association of Broadcast Journalist awards and three Suncoast Regional Emmy awards.
- Greg Rule: The self-proclaimed “weather nerd” joined the WINK News Weather team in January 2020 from previous stints at WeatherNation and in Grand Junction, CO. His time in Southwest Florida and his experience forecasting Hurricane Ian will add a fresh dimension to the discussions.
Historical Significance: Gladiolus and Rubies
Adding a touch of history to the celebration, gladiolus and rubies, symbolic of a 40th Anniversary, will take center stage. Fort Myers, once known as the gladiolus capital of the world, had gladiolus farms in the Iona district, contributing significantly to the region’s agricultural heritage.
Gala Highlights: Cocktails & Heavy Hors d’oeuvres
Indulge in an evening of culinary delights, featuring a specially crafted Bubbly Bee Hurricane Cocktail with catering by Leslie Adams. The dress code for the night is Island Festive, creating an atmosphere of celebration and joy.
- Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2024
- Time: 5-8 pm
- Location: Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way
- $150 per person
- Island Festive
Secure your spot for this extraordinary event by purchasing tickets online at Sanibelmuseum.org or calling the museum at 239-472-4648.
Join us in celebrating four decades of preserving Sanibel’s rich history and anticipate a future filled with resilience and community spirit. We look forward to sharing this momentous occasion with you.
For further details and media inquiries, please contact: Mark Harmon, Executive Director: firstname.lastname@example.org