Archive for Parades
Wouldn’t you like to wake up to see this shell filled beach view for 5 nights on Sanibel?
To help shellebrate our iLoveShelling 5 year Shellaversary last week, Island Inn Sanibel was gracious enough to give away 5 nights stay for two people at their beautiful beachfront resort to drink in this view and experience this amazing place. By computer random pick, the shellucky winner has been chosen!
Drum Roll please….
The winner is …. Cynthia S. From Nahunta, Georgia! Congratshellations Cynthia, You will have a blast!
Seriously, Thank you Island Inn for your continued support to our fab shelling community.
Ooooo ya, and that’s not all… I have other fun news too. On Saturday December 6, I get to pick a different kind of winner because I have been selected to be a judge for the 2014 Captiva Holiday Village Golf Cart Parade. It’s the cutest little holiday parade you’ve ever seen- I’m so excited! For the last several years Clark and I have participated in our own golf cart, the Junonia Jalopy.
So Yes, I get to be a judge this year… but hold on… You get to be a judge too! This year the committee has invited YOU to judge this year’s parade with awarding one cart with a People’s Choice Award. A photo of each cart will be taken at check-in and posted to Facebook.com/CaptivaGolfCartParade so you can choose your fave decorated golf cart through Friday, Dec. 12 then a winner will be chosen from your votes. Fun, huh?
Come join us for a really fun day for the parade, awards and then that same evening we celebrate Captiva Luminary. The whole island of Captiva is lit up with the holiday spirit with restaurants, retailers and all business open their doors serving holiday cheer and sounds of carolers on every corner.
Want more holiday cheer? The holiday festivities actually start on Friday night with Sanibel’s luminary with Periwinkle Way lined with glowing candles. If you’ve never seen Sanibel and Captiva during December, it warms the heart.
Wanna stay for a few days? Come on, join the festivities! Here are my hotel recommendations along with some condos and cottages as well… CLICK HERE
One more thing… if you didn’t win the Island Inn‘s 5 night GiveAway, I have another GiveAway in the works to shellebrate iLoveShelling’s 5 year Shellaversary. Just in time for the Shelladays! Keep your eyes peeled for my next GiveAway coming soon.
Would you call us dressing up our golf cart with a 5 foot JUNONIA along with nine 3 foot shells to make it a Junonia Jalopy … a little Xtreme for Christmas? I’d say it was Xtremely fun! How about that South Seas Resort dressed up like elves to drive their Elf Mobile around in Captiva Village? I’d say they are Xtremely adorable!
Do you think a convoy of YOLO Watersports scoot coupes in Santa hats running the streets of Captiva would be Xtremely cool?
This is the sweetest replica of the Chapel By The Sea sitting on top of a golf cart… soooo un-Xtreme. On second thought- it’s kinda an Xtremely perfect little mini Chapel By The Sea.
There’s nothing wrong whatsoever that Doc Fords’ golf cart has Christmas trees growing out of its top.
Errrrr…. Well, riding “Rudolphin” down Captiva Drive might just be a tiny bit Xtreme but Kingfisher Vacations lets that crazy red nosed DOLPHIN join in any sincere games.
Oh Okay. Maybe Captiva is Xtremely nuts. We had six Mixed Nuts nut crackers running around all afternoon! heehee
Now I know why the Travel Channel filmed this crazy little Captiva Holiday Village Golf Cart Parade and called it “Xtreme Xmas“! That’s right. The Travel Channel filmed our wacky golf cart parade last year and will include our “Xtreme” Captiva Golf Cart Parade when it airs next Sunday December 15, 2013 at 7:00pm. Yahooo! So exciting!
This little parade is so much fun, even the crowd puts on a show with their own judging stand. Hmmmm… We only got a 7.5 from the Russian judge. He’s tough.
After the parade this year, Clark and I parked the Junonia Jalopy at YOLO (where Clark gets his shelling scoops) to join their holiday drum circle for the Captiva Luminary events. There were more than 8 drums, rattles, tom toms, a cow bell and Clark and I brought our own instruments…. saws. LOL
We learned how to “play” a saw with a screwdriver when we went on our shelling vacation to Cat Island in the Bahamas so we thought we’d tune up our own saws and give it a whirl. So much fun! I think the saw is the perfect addition to any island drum circle, don’t you? LOL
Just one more photo to get you back to your shelling mood. I’ve been hearing that just about every beach in Southwest Florida still has some great shells rolling in so I made a quick stop to Tarpon Beach today at low tide and found these gems. The WHELKS, MUREXES and some of the CONCHS were at the water’s edge half buried in the sand. I found all of the others in the lowest tide wrack line on the beach still wet by the wash. The OLIVES were incredibly colorful and so shiny. I could have picked up gashellions of CERITHS but I never seem to give them the proper respect they deserve. I’m going to dedicate a day soon to CERITHS to make up for that.
Dont forget to watch the Travel Channel on Sunday December 15, 2013 at 7pm to see all of this Xtreme fun!
UPDATE: The show aired TWO times… check out the photos… http://www.iloveshelling.com/blog/travel-channel-interviews-iloveshelling-blogger-pam-rambo/
Happy 4th Of July! It was a beautiful day for the Junonia Jalopy to make an appearance in the Sanibel parade. And even more exciting was that our friends Susan (soul sister), Berringer, Jacob and Daron wanted to walk along side Clark and me in the Junonia Jalopy to show off their love for shelling too!
So Susan and I had a blast making seashell costumes…
We started by painting seashell designs on foam core board then cutting them out…
We made these to fit as a sandwich board type costume so we needed to make signs for the back side attached with ribbon (we found aqua ribbon with white stitching!) … so we made iLoveShelling signs and embellished them with a few shells of course…
We even found aqua buckets to hold our shells that we handed out to the crowd. How cute are they!!
Since the theme was “Sanibel #1 Vacation Destination” from the Frommer’s rating in this year, we decided to remind everybody that Sanibel is #1 Shelling Destination too!
Here are some other fantastic floats in the Sanibel parade like the Captiva Island Yacht Club float…
I loooove this float by Tammie’s Total Care!
Take a look at this huge castle on Congress Jewelers float…
Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum had their float sporting their Great Cowrie Roundup…
Here’s Doc Ford’s float…
I wish I could have seen all of the floats because I heard there were so many creative ideas and lots of fun. Thank you Sharon from Cottages to Castles for sending me this photo of Susan walking the parade in her SAND DOLLAR costume… So cute!
We think we handed out around 700 shells this year. Now you know what we do with all of those shells we collect! Okay, did you notice something about the ALPHABET CONE Daron had on? Do you see letters?
Thanks Captain Brian for sending this last photo! Happy 4th!