Staff Sandy Nering, Jan MaGirl, Kathy Choquette, and Magen Roberts

March 3, 2022 — The Sanibel Historical Village recently held its Gala Movie Premiere featuring the new documentary, “Secrets and Stories of the Sanibel Lighthouse,” to rave reviews.

More than 250 people attended the unique event — a film premiere preceded by cocktails and casual food. Most of the food, including sliders, nachos, little hot dogs, popcorn, and frozen custard, as well as beer, wine, and frozen margaritias, was donated, by Bailey’s, Blue Giraffe, and The Shack.

Ed and event co-chair Annette Hendrick

The money raised at the gala will go toward preserving museum exhibits and bringing them up to today’s standards. “Together with the city of Sanibel, our role is to continue to protect and preserve the irreplaceable historical resources of Sanibel,” said gala co-chair Sherry Halleran at the event. “The city and the village have a long history as partners in the preservation and maintenance of our island’s history.”

“The village is embarking on our next big challenge. Many of our exhibits haven’t changed in years and are deteriorating with the ravages of time,” said Annette Hendrick, event co-chair. “Those exhibits have served us well for many years. Today, for museum restoration, there are so many more tools available to preserve and display artifacts to better tell the story of Sanibel. This restoration and display enhancement will be an enormous job.”

The event’s grand sponsor was the Sanibel Captiva Trust Company. Halleran said, “Our island is a better place because of their steadfast civic engagement. As soon as we sent out a call for gala sponsors, the Trust Company signed on.”

Sherry and Neal Halleran

Attendees commented on the special and creative event:

“One of the most unique events I have gone to in at least 10 years,” said Dorothy Donaldson. “We were fed, educated, and entertained. Thank you for the creativity, determination, and presentation you brought to the event.”

“You hit a home run,” said Linda Adams. “The event was a breath of fresh air, and the documentary super-informative. We enjoyed the casual dinner atmosphere and clever idea.”

Co-chairs Halleran and Hendrick closed their presentation by quoting the close of the movie, when Vice Mayor Richard Johnson said, “When I return to the island from overseas and I see the lighthouse flashing, I know that all is well on Sanibel.”

Copies of the documentary, “Secrets and Stories of the Sanibel Lighthouse,” will not be readily available, as additional showings are planned for later in the season.

The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Full guided tours take place at 10:30 and 1:30 depending on docent availability, and advance reservations are not required. There is no additional fee for these tours. The Village is located at 950 Dunlop Road (next to BIG ARTS) and there is handicap access. Admission is $10 for adults over 18. Members and children are free. The village has handicap access to all but one building, the tiny Post Office. For more information, call (239) 472-4648 during museum hours or visit www.sanibelmuseum.org.