FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sept. 15, 2014
The Pumpkins are coming to Fleamasters Fleamarket. It’s the best of the hometown fall festivals you remember: a pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorating, face painting and wagon rides. The three-day event features family-friendly activities, shopping and free entertainment. The Great Pumpkin Festival rolls into Fleamasters Fleamarket, 4135 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Oct. 10, 11, and 12. Parking and admission are free.
“Live music is a big part of the fun,” says Linda Steele, Fleamasters’ Marketing Director. “From oom-pah bands to today’s top country hits, you’ll enjoy it here. These live shows will get your toes tapping, maybe even your feet dancing. They capture the essence of a fall celebration.” Musicians will stroll the main market, others will perform on the Music Hall Stage. Among the performers: Cape Coral’s Hafenkapelle Band, The Austin James Band, The Dixielanders and Dixie Strollers. The Pumpkin Festival also welcomes local dance teams, The Hot Flashz Dancers, The Calendar Girls, and Lariats and Lace.
Adopt a pumpkin at the Pumpkin Patch ($5 to $15 per pumpkin) to personalize and take home. And you can create a special Pumpkin Festival memory at the “Pumpkin Farmer’s Family Photo Spot.” Look up, and you’ll see one very tall scarecrow. The amazing Way Too Tall Torrie will navigate Fleamasters’ aisles on stilts, and the talented face-painter, Giggles the Clown, will entertain Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy a wagon ride from the Whispering Pines Clydesdales Sunday afternoon.
Fleamasters Fleamarket is open for shopping 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine. The market offers food and craft vendors and hundreds of unique, owner-operated stores. If you have something to sell (especially if you’re an artist or crafter, or have holiday gifts) Fleamasters’ Pumpkin Festival is a great place to display your wares. Get information about the market and the Great Pumpkin Festival at fleamall.com.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sept. 15, 2014
Costume Contest for Dogs (and their humans) Sunday, October 26, 2014, 2:00 pm at Fleamasters Fleamarket Music Hall Stage.
“Dress up and enter your dog!” invites Linda Steele, Fleamasters’ Marketing Director. “You don’t have to have a hound, or a purebred. Any dog can be a winner. Whether spooky, funny, or a mix of styles, this contest is your pup's chance to strut their stuff.” Earn bonus points: Dog owners can add to the fun by dressing themselves up, as well.
“Many stores in our market sell clothes, hats and other accessories for dogs. They’re extremely popular.” Steele said. “And Halloween seems the perfect time to dress up your best friend. The contest should be a lot of fun to participate in, or watch.”
If you plan to enter your dog, be sure their vaccinations are current. All dogs must be on a leash or carried or otherwise in control of owner at all times, and dog owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pet. Prizes will be awarded for the funniest, scariest and best overall, plus best human/dog costume combo. All registered dogs will receive a free dog bandana. The grand prize winner will be awarded a rosette ribbon and prize basket,including a $100 Fleamasters shopping spree. Other winners will also receive prize baskets and ribbons.
Most importantly, proceeds from Howl-o-ween Hounds will benefit the Gulf Coast Humane Society, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, no-kill, animal welfare organization.
Howl-o-ween Hounds is part of a Halloween celebration weekend at Fleamasters Oct. 25-26. Saturday and Sunday, boys and girls 14 and under may receive a free trick-or-treat bag (with a treat inside), while supplies last.
Fleamasters Fleamarket is open for shopping 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The market offers over 500, unique, owner-operated stores, 20 snack bars, and more. Get more information about Fleamasters Fleamarket and October events on the market’s website, fleamall.com.
2014 Howl-o-ween Hounds Details
When: Saturday, October 26, 2014. Registration will take place from 12:30 to 1:45 pm; contest begins at 2:00 pm.
Where: Fleamasters’ Music Hall, 4135 Dr. M.L. King Jr. Blvd., Ft. Myers Entry Fee: $10 fee to enter your dog, supports the Gulf Coast Humane Society Website/Information: fleamall.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 15, 2014
Celebrate National Dance Day by getting out and dancing! In Fort Myers, Fleamasters and Dance Every Rhythm Dance Club will co-host a community dance event, Saturday, July 26, from 11 am to 2 pm. The event will take place in Fleamasters’ Music Hall, 4135 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Ft. Myers.
On the half hours, Cultured Cabaret, a volunteer dance troupe, will teach this year's “Everybody Dance” routine. “It's fun, easy and almost everybody can dance it,” says Charlotte Capitano, of Dance Every Rhythm. “At the end of the dance event, we’d like everyone to join in as we create a video of the whole crowd dancing. The video will be sent to the Fox television show, ’So You Think You Can Dance.’”
Throughout the day, Cultured Cabaret will share dance favorites from every decade: from the 50’s Hand Jive to today’s popular Cha Cha Slide. The audience will enjoy demonstrations, get dance tips and join in the crowd dances. All activities are free, family-friendly and open to the public.
National Dance Day is an annual celebration that takes place on the last Saturday in July. Launched in 2010 by “So You Think You Can Dance” co-creator Nigel Lythgoe, this grassroots campaign encourages Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and combat obesity. There’s no doubt dancing can be very good for you. Mayo Clinic researchers reported that social dancing helps to reduce stress, increase energy, improve strength and increase muscle tone and coordination.
Open in 1986, Fleamasters Fleamarket is a long-time favorite shopping destination for S.W. Florida visitors and local residents. Shop at Fleamasters before and after the event, the market is open 9 am to 5 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Parking and admission are free. Click on fleamall.com for more event and market information.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 30, 2014
Fleamasters Fleamarket will host a book signing with Lt. Col. Oliver North, author of the anticipated new thriller, Counterfeit Lies (co-written with Bob Hamer), Friday, June 20, from 11 am to 2 pm. The event will take place in Fleamasters’ Music Hall, 4135 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Ft. Myers.
Due to be released June 10, Counterfeit Lies is described as a gripping, non-stop tale that could only be written by someone who has "been there, done that." Copies of Oliver North’s novels will be available for purchase at the event.
Oliver North is a combat decorated marine, a #1 best-selling author, the founder of a small business, an inventor with three U.S. patents, a syndicated columnist, and the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel.
North graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and served 22 years as a Marine. His awards for service in combat include the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for valor, and two Purple Hearts for wounds in combat.
His earlier novel, New York Times bestseller Heroes Proved was praised by Sean Hannity as "a heart-thumping ‘must-read’ for every American" and as "inspiring truth in the form of a novel" by U.S. Army Lieutenant General William "Jerry" Boykin, a founding member of Delta Force.
Just in time for the summer reading season, book-lovers can pick up paperbacks and vintage books at Fleamasters Fleamarket. Shop at Fleamasters before and after the event, the market is open 9 am to 5 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Parking and admission are free. See fleamall.com for more event and market information.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MAY 10, 2014
The Music Hall at Fleamasters Fleamarket will come alive with the bright sounds and delicious tastes of Latin Salsa at the Friday Night Dance Party, May 16, from 7 to 10 pm.
Guests will enjoy live music from the 8-piece band, El Sonido Tropical, playing a rich mix of salsa, merengue, cumbia, songo, chacha, and Latin jazz. All musicians are originally from Havana and are professional graduates from the widely acclaimed Cuban music school, "La Ena" (Cuba's National School of Arts).
“We thought we’d spice up our yearly Watermelon Festival with a splash of salsa,” said Linda Steele, Fleamasters’ Marketing Director. “Salsa dancing and salsa tasting.” The Salsa Dance Party is part of the Watermelon Festival Weekend, May 16-18, at Fleamasters Fleamarket, 4135 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Ft. Myers.
“The 300-seat Music Hall is a great venue for an evening performance, with a full-size stage and dance floor,” Steele added. “And, it’s all for a great cause.” Proceeds from Salsa Party will benefit the children's programs of The Nations Association, a 501-c(3) charity.
The Elegant Rumba Dance Company will present a sampling of Salsa Dance. Elegant Rumba is recognized as the premier salsa dance company in Southwest Florida, and is the home of international Salsa stars, Nery Garcia and Giana Montoya, winners of 2011’s “Southwest Florida’s Got Talent” Competition.
May is National Salsa Month! Antojos Boricua will cater a variety of fresh salsas and savory empanadas (tasting included in the Salsa Party ticket price). Beer, wine and soda will be on sale at food stands.
Salsa Dance Party tickets are $15 general admission, and may be purchased on fleamall.com, at the door, or by phone at 239-334-7001ext. 200.
Other entertainers appearing during the Watermelon Festival weekend include Just Country, Banyan Bluegrass, The Dixielanders, Austin James, and the Blue Dirt Dixie Band. Both the Calendar Girls and Hot Flashz Dancers will perform on stage. Children are welcome at the Kid’s Craft Area, and will be entertained with free face painting, balloon animals, and the extraordinarily tall stilt walker Way Too Tall Torrie.
Fleamasters Fleamarket is open for shopping, food and fun 9 am to 5 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Visit fleamall.com for the complete event schedule and market information.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 15, 2014
Fleamasters’ Watermelon Festival celebrates the local crop of watermelons with watermelon-themed activities, music and plenty of old-fashioned, family friendly entertainment. A big bash with a homegrown backyard flavor, the 3-day Festival rolls into Fleamasters Fleamarket, 4135 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Ft. Myers, May 16, 16 and 18.
This year's event kicks off with a hot Watermelon Salsa Dance Party, 7 to 10 pm, Friday, May 16, in the Music Hall. Immerse yourself in the bright sounds and delicious tastes of Latin salsa. Enjoy live music from the 8-piece band, El Sonido Tropical, playing a rich mix of salsa, merengue, cumbia, songo, chacha, and latin jazz. All musicians are originally from Havana and are professional graduates from one of the best Cuban music schools, "La Ena" (Cuba's National School of Arts). Get tickets, $15, on the web at fleamall.com, or at the market. Proceeds will benefit the children's programs of The Nations Association, a 501-c(3) charity.
Other entertainers performing over the 3-day weekend include Just Country, Banyan Bluegrass, The Dixielanders, Austin James, and the Blue Dirt Dixie Band. Both the Calendar Girls and Hot Flashz Dancers will perform on stage. Children are welcome at the Kid’s Craft Area, and will be entertained with free face painting, balloon animals, and the extraordinarily tall stilt walker Way Too Tall Torrie.
“We’re challenging folks to come out for the watermelon contests,” invites Linda Steele, Fleamasters’ Marketing Director. There will be many chances to win. For Seed Spitting and Speed Eating, medals, prizes and bragging rights will be awarded for each of three age groups: 10 and under, 11 - 16, 16 and over. If anyone breaks the seed-spitting world record (68-feet, nine and ⅛-inches) they’ll win $500 cash from Fleamasters Fleamarket. Fleamasters’ seed spitting record, a whopping 50-feet, six inches, was set by Ft. Myers resident Brent Ray in 2011.
Artists, Crafters and Non-profits are invited to display and sell their wares at the Watermelon Festival Community Showcase. No white tent needed! 12x10-ft covered booths available for artists, crafters and photographers for about $25 per day. Non-profits receive great exposure and free display space.
Fleamasters Fleamarket is open for shopping, food and fun 9 am to 5 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday. See the Watermelon Festival schedule and get more information on Fleamasters’ website, fleamall.com.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, APRIL 4, 2014
On Sunday, May 4, Fleamasters’ Music Hall will serve as center stage for tiny pets and their owners in the 2nd Best Dressed Chihuahua Contest. The event starts at 1:30 pm with registration beginning at 11 am at Fleamasters Fleamarket, 4135 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Ft. Myers. Enjoy a special performance by the Calendar Girls Dance Team at 12 noon.
“The event serves a dual purpose: to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, and one of our favorite spunky little dogs. Dress up and enter your pint-sized pup!” invites Linda Steele, Fleamasters’ Marketing Director. “Whether fancy, wild, funky, or a mix of styles, this contest is your Chihuahua’s chance to strut their stuff. It’s a guaranteed good time for spectators and contestants.”
According to the American Kennel Club, “The Chihuahua's history is shrouded in mystery, but some believe he originated from the Fennec Fox, a very small animal with big eyes and ears. The breed derives its name from the Mexican State of Chihuahua.” A Chihuahua does not need to be AKC registered or even a purebred to enter Fleamasters’ Best-Dressed Chihuahua Contest. But the dog must look like a Chihuahua to win.
Sponsors of the family-friendly event include AB’s Perfume Boutique and Jewelry and Treasures Unlimited. Fleamasters has teamed up with the Calendar Girls, (30 divas over 50 who dance to raise money for charity) to support Southeastern Guide Dogs and Paws for Patriots program. The charity will receive all proceeds from the event.
Registration is $10 per dog. All contestants can receive freebies and t-shirt (for dog owner). Dogs and their costumes will be judged on originality, creativity and overall appearance. Earn bonus points: Chihuahua owners can add to the fun by dressing themselves up, as well. The Grand Champion, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will take home rosette ribbons and prize baskets loaded with dog treats and gift certificates for market stores. Visit Fleamasters’ website, fleamall.com, for more contest info.
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