The 8th Annual Marco Island Seafood and Music was a resounding success, if the plates of seafood, happy shoppers and hips swaying to music were an indication! Thousands of people attended the three-day music festival. “Our attendance was even to what we have seen in the past. Considering the downpours all around us from Naples to Bonita, we feel fortunate we didn’t miss a beat due to rain,” said Stan Niemczyk, founder of the festival.
Three charitable organizations work together to host the Marco IslandSeafood and Music Festival. It is the single biggest volunteer driven event on Marco Island, a massive undertaking logistically, with over 200 volunteers from the Sunrise Rotary Club, the Noontime Rotary Club and the Marco Island Kiwanis Club. The festival has grown into a signature event for the City of Marco Island. Proceeds from the annual festival benefit these organizations, accounting for much of their annual giving. The Marco Island Sunrise Rotary, Noontime Rotary and the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island provide support to numerous organizations with the assistance of the Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival, such as the American Cancer Society, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Habitat for Humanity, Lely High School, Manatee Elementary School, Marco Island Academy, Marco Island Charter Middle School, Marco Island Historical Society, Meals of Hope, St. Matthews House, Tommie Barfield Elementary School, Youth Haven, and many more.
A great entertainment line-up included Jim Long, the Manipulators, and a Santana/Doobie Brothers tribute band, “Supernatural.” On Saturday, “The Boss Project,” a tribute to Bruce Springsteen headlined, there was Smokin’ Joe and Konnie, and on Sunday, it was the Ben Allen Band and Joe Marino and All the King’s Men. Over 60 vendors were present with everything fromjewelry cleaners and fine cutting knives, to paintings and photography, jewelry, clothing, hammocks, signs and much more. A Kid’s Zone kept the kids busy with bounce houses, rock climbing walls and face painting.
To top it off, there was a huge variety of seafood dishes as well as traditional favorites…and lots of ice cold beer. A selection of beer and wine that accommodated every palate.
It started with clapping, foot tapping, hips moving and grew into full-fledged ‘let it all out’ dancing. Special thanks to sponsors: Fresh from Florida, Winn Dixie, Mutual of Omaha Bank, Condee Cooling and Electric and Seminole Casino. Watch www.marcoislandseafoodandmusicfestival.com for the announcement of the 2017 festival dates.