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Introducing…. Shelly Temple!
I was so honored to be asked to be a celebrity waitress for the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum fundraiser, I figured if I was going to get folks to shell out lots of clams for the Shell Museum, I’m not a “celebrity”, but I can be a Shellebrity! So I pulled out boxes of shells and a hot glue gun then embellished a “little girl” dress (from the costume store) and curly top wig with STARFISH, SCALLOPS and ARK shells.
I was so tickle that the event was hosted at my fave Sanibel restaurant Traders, so we showed up early to hang out with the other waiters to get some advice of how the night should go. It was fun to see Krista Fogelsong and Clay Miller from NBC-2 there too. I’ve run into Krista shelling Sanibel and Captiva (with her shell bag filled to the top!) a few times so it was fun to catch up and grab a yummy bite to eat together. Here’s Shelly with Krista and Alison Dry of Cips (photo courtesy of the Shell Museum)…
Then we got to “work” waiting tables and asking for donation tips. Thank you Ron for starting off the night with my first tip! For big tips, I gave out Shellollipops…hahaha
Okay, I really don’t believe I did this… but I sang and tap danced for tips. Ack! I wouldn’t do this for many people or organizations … but for the Shell Museum? I love that place! I had to! LOL (Dont worry, I had on a pair of shorts with that dress- yikes! it was sooo short)
For Shelly’s singing and dancing, Melissa and Scot Congress of Sealife By Congress, were very generous and donated big. Thank you so much!
Of course Super Sheller Clark (he came up with the idea of Shelly Temple!) helped every step of the way to make it such a fun and successful night… plus he gave a nice tip from Berkshire Hathaway Realty. Yahoo!
Omigosh, are you really ready to see me (ahem… Shelly) sing and tap dance? But first I have to admit…. I DONT KNOW HOW TO TAP DANCE! But what would Shelly Temple be without tap dancing??? I had to learn a few steps so Susan Scott of The Enchanted Ballroom on Sanibel was kind enough to give me a lesson and made it very easy for me. Thank you Susan- you are a life saver!
This is my dress rehearsal (LOL) in my shell-station/art-studio/garage called the Shellaboratory (as my friend Tiia named it). Get ready for some silliness, folks. I’m sure you can guess the song I sang, right?
Here’s Shelly Temple singing and dancing to… “On The Good Beach Sanibel”…
It was a shelltastic night that raised lots of money for the most educational shell museum in the world. If you want to donate to the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum too, CLICK HERE and tell them Shelly sent you!
Anybody who loves shells, loves the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum. I know I do! That’s why Clark and I attended this Celebrity Servers Island Dinner event at Traders to raise funds for the museum. Pictured above is Mike Valiquette (PURRE), Kathleen Hoover (Public Relations Manager BMSM), Anne Joffe (Vice President BMSM), Darlene Grossman (Development Officer BMSM), and Jose H. Leal (Director/Curator BMSM).
Anne Joffe made sure every table was happy with their dinner and drinks. She is not only the Vice President of the Shell Museum, she is also the owner of She Sells Sea Shellson Sanibel.
We all “shelled” out a few bucks to have an excellent meal for a fantastic cause.
Cheri couldn’t identify this shell so she sent me this photo to try to get some help on naming it. Well? At first look, I thought it might be a bleached out land snail but she said she found it at low tide in April on Sanibel……doesn’t sound like a land snail would have been there. I did a little research and this is what I came up with- JANTHINA (?) . I didn’t find it on the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum site so I’m still not sure. Hopefully, MurexKen or another expert will comment so we can feed the curiosity.
May 15, 2010 UPDATE: We have identification on this shell. It is a land snail. Please see MurexKen’s comment for more identification. Thank you, Lori at http://snailsrock.org/snailblog/ as well. Both of you “rock”!
The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum should be very happy with the turnout for the First Annual Edible Mullosk Festival at Timbers Restaurant & Fish Market . It was so much fun! There was an oyster eating contest, mullet tossing contest, dunk tank, face painting and shell crafting for the kids, shell displays and lots of oysters to eat and drink. Yep- I had one of those oyster shooters too and it really was mmmm good!
Ps- Didn’t find many shells on Captiva or off West Gulf Drive today. The best were off Middle Gulf around Fulgur Street access….nothing fantastic but still fun shelling. We didn’t make it to the lighthouse.