2012-03-29 / Arts & Entertainment News

Sand Bash brings sculptures, film to two counties

The second annual Fort Myers Beach Sand Bash will take place at the Holiday Inn April 20-29 and its sister event at Tin City in Naples will run from April 27-May 6. The Fort Myers Beach event will have a movie theme, featuring sculptures from movies from the 1930s to today while the Tin City event is themed “Wines from Around the World.” Both events will be entirely protected from the elements via a massive tent on the beach and under the covered parking area at Tin City. Event coordinators have added a wine tasting festival component to both events and will be coordinating with the sixth annual Fort Myers Beach Film Festival.

New this year, Sand Bash is coordinating with the sixth annual Fort Myers Beach Film Festival (www.fmbfilmfest.com). An oversized inflatable movie screen will be set up at the Holiday Inn to show films on Friday night, April 27.

“Sand Bash has successfully brought so much attention to Fort Myers Beach, we are honored to partner with this fun event by bringing films to the beach,” said Mark List, chairman of the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival. “Park yourself on a beach chair or blanket and settle in for a free entertaining evening,” he said.

The Fort Myers Beach Sand Bash takes place daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Watch world-renowned sand sculptor John Gowdy create a painting on a spinning canvas to music known as “Flying Colors.” Once complete, Mr. Gowdy’s paintings will be auctioned with a portion of the sale going to a local charity. World-renowned Canadian artist Craig Mutch will conduct chainsaw art demonstrations. The Sand Lovers will conduct sand sculpting demonstrations. A kids’ activities area will include bounce houses, water slides and more.

Tickets to the Fort Myers Beach event are $5 and admission is free for children 5 and under. For a family of four, tickets are $18 and tickets to the wine tasting tent are $20. For more information, visit www.sandbash.com. The Tin City viewing and wine tasting event are $15. For more information, visit www.tin-city.com. ¦

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