Sanibel & Captiva Island Celebrity Dinner

The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum announced that the 3rd annual Celebrity Island Dinner will be held on Wednesday, October 3 from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

The event, hosted by and in collaboration with Traders Store & Cafe on Sanibel, brings local celebrities to your table to deliver VIP service to you during the evening events.

This annual event guarantees to put the “fun” into fundraiser. Raffle prizes will be awarded throughout the evening and Chris Workman will perform island music favorites.

The list of prominent local celebrity servers includes Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce President Ric Base, restaurateur Matt Asen, Sanibel Fire & Rescue District Chief Danny Duncan, entreprenuer Anne Joffe, restaurateur Sandy Stilwell, island jeweler Dan Schuyler, and realtor John Naumann. (Rumor has it that October 3 is Anne Joffe’s birthday, so guests are welcome to show their appreciation accordingly.)

Event host Joe Archambault has designed a special menu including: soup or salad (fresh seafood gumbo, feta and raspberry mixed green salad, or a classic Caesar salad); entrée (shrimp linguini, Parmesan-encrusted chicken, tropicalflavored grouper or peppercorn encrusted ribeye steak); and dessert (Keylime or peanut butter pie).

The evening begins with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:00pm

Tickets are $55 per person, and all proceeds benefit The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum.

Sanibel Island Beach

Sanibel Island beach draws an Array of Seashells and Their Hunters

Hundreds take to the beach near the lighthouse on this hammock-shaped island, hunching over the sand as they dig, lift, inspect and move on. The position is so common it has a name: the Sanibel Stoop.

“We take our shelling very seriously,” said Clark Rambo, who is known as Super Sheller Clark, a moniker used, sometimes admiringly, sometimes grudgingly, by his wife, Pam. “Every day on the beach is a treasure hunt, and that’s what makes it so competitive.”

Stretched out as far as the eye can see, on Sanibel Island beach, are shells – large, tiny, cone-shaped, scalloped, spiraled, white, orange, pink. Sanibel Island, and its neighbor, Captiva Island, just off the state’s southwest coast, are where hunters come for a seashell bonanza. There is no other place like it in the country, and very few places like it in the world. On some days, depending on the wind, shells pour onto the beach in piles, seducing even the most jaded beach-goers.

“There are days on Sanibel Island beacg when you have layers of shells four feet thick,” said José H. Leal, the director of the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum here. “It’s one of the best places in the world for shelling, for sure.”

If you are interested in taking a vacation to Sanibel Island contact us at 321-777-1707