Bert’s Pine Bay Gallery invites mermaids and art lovers to enjoy a glass of juice or wine, and a few snacks, compliments of Bert’s Bar, as they register for the Parade of Mermaids. Each “Daughter of the Sea” will be asked to donate anywhere from $5 to $20 of human currency in exchange for the currency of the sea: a Mermaid Sand Dollar. Mermaids will also receive instructions for an authentic “Mermaid Spell”, and a sprig of rosemary.
The parade will depart at 7:00 p.m. to the top of the Matlacha Bridge, where respects will be paid and offerings made of “land-loving-memory-inducing rosemary” to the mermaids of the deep. At Bert’s Bar on the deck, two winners will be announced and crowned with glittering tiaras. Mermaids will compete in two groups: adult mermaid (over 18), and child mermaid (under 18).
The Parade of Mermaids is part of Island Pirate Fest Weekend, a breast cancer fundraiser on Matalcha. Organizer From Our Hearts has raised to date more than $500,000.00 to provide much needed help to community members with nowhere else to turn. The event runs from February 8-10 and includes the 3rd Annual Pirate's Ball on Saturday, February 9, and live auction at Bert's Bar & Grill on Sunday, February 10. Sponsors include Sandbar Productions, Falling Tide Charters, Charlotte Maugans - Coldwell Banker, Hollywood Bicycle Center Inc, Bubba's Roadhouse & Saloon, Berts Bar, and Lee Memorial Health System Foundation.
For more information on the Island Pirate Fest, please visit http://www.islandpiratefest.com/ or telephone 412-468-8245. For more information about the Parade of Mermaids, please visit www.bertsgallery.com or telephone Deb Cole at 239-283-1335.