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Calendar of Events for 2021-2022

  • Saturday, Dec. 9.  Annual Holiday Party at Bird Key Yacht Club.  Reservations required in advance.
  • Kice Island - Sunday, December 5, 2021. Kice is part of the 10,000 islands and has become a very popular shelling destination as a rare undeveloped privately owned location. It is remarkable as a place to see live murexes and to collect spinyjewel boxes, wentletraps, and other species in excellent condition. SEE PAGE 11—INFORMATION in the December 2021 issue of The Beauii
  • Carefree Learner Trip - Monday, December 6, 2021 8:00 am
  • Keewaydin Island - Tuesday, January 4, 2022. Keewaydin, accessible only by boat, has become Sarasota Shell Club’s premier destination. We have had incredible luck finding pear whelks, paper figs, true tulips, all manner of cockles and even the elusive golden olives and junonia shells. This trip is definitely not to be missed!
  • Carefree Learner Trip - Friday, January 21, 2022 8:00 am
  • Cayo Costa State Park - Tuesday, February 1, 2022. Cayo Costa is an excellent beach-combing location accessible by boat out of Bokeelia. Baby ears, golden olives, and many other species may be found here. It is also great for sand dollars. There is the opportunity to snorkel on the bay side. The more intrepid sheller may rent a cabin or tent site on January 31 for the early morning negative tide on February 1. Calusa shell middens may be viewed both inBokeelia and on Cayo Costa.
  • Carefree Learner Trip - Tuesday, February 1, 2022 7:00 am
  • Peanut Island - Sunday, March 20, 2022. Peanut Island is a unique location on Florida’s Atlantic Coast. The island is operated as a city park by Palm Beach and is accessible by ferry. Many species found here are uncommon on the Gulf Coast, or anywhere else in Florida for that matter, including Caribbean Fighting Conchs, Partridge Tuns, and Distorsios. Wading and snorkeling increase your chances of locating rare finds. The negative tide is at 4:33 pm, so you may want to bring your tent and reserve a camping spot, allowing you to take advantage of the 5:05 am negative tide on Monday. Don’t miss the nearby Flagler Museum if you have the chance.
  • Fossil Trip - Silent Auction at the Schmelz’s. In leu of a fossil pit exploration this trip offers a chance to acquire choice fossil specimens from the collection of paleontologist, Gary Schmelz (Naples, Fl). We will meet at a predetermined place and move onto Gary’s home where the silent auction will be held. After that we will have chance to move on to the new Marco Island Museum and then for a neat lunch at the Little Bar restaurant in Goodland. There is no cost to the trip (except the fuel). Since we need to know how many are going a sign-up is necessary. If you would like to attend let the Editor know at [email protected] . Contact Ron soon as only 20 spots are available!
  • Friday, Feb. 11 and Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022. Annual Shell Show, Potter Building at Sarasota Fair Grounds.