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Shell museum set to hold 1st Annual Martinis and Mollusks March 26

By Staff | Mar 25, 2021

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is looking forward to hosting its 1st annual Martinis and Mollusks celebration, which will be held March 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the facility, officials reported.

The museum has planned an evening of cocktails, individually-packaged appetizers, socially-distanced fellowship and a raffle. The raffle tickets are available now through April 17 for $20 at the front desk.

Over $5,000 in prizes are on display in the front lobby and include $100 gift certificates to island restaurants, a Dolphin & Wildlife Adventure Cruise for four from Captiva Cruises, 18 holes of golf for two at the Dunes Golf and Tennis Club, a handmade bangle bracelet from Congress Jewelers, $300 gift certificate from The Cedar Chest Fine Jewelry, and private trip for eight aboard the Stars & Stripes from the Sanibel Island Marina.

During the celebration, attendees can tour the museum, view the giant Pacific octopus, see record-breaking shells in the Great Hall and enjoy the H2O Art Exhibition, which will be on display now until April 30. There will also be an opportunity to meet and greet the museum’s new executive director.

“Our team is looking forward to welcoming Sam Ankerson,” interim Director and Curator José Leal previously stated. “The Martinis and Mollusks event will give us the opportunity to officially introduce Sam to our island community and hear him speak about his vision for the museum’s bright future.”

The museum continues to follow CDC protocols to help ensure visitors stay healthy and safe during their visit. To this end, there will be limited outdoor seating available at the celebration upon request, as well as a take-out option for those who prefer to support the museum from a distance. The commitment form for event tickets and sponsorship packages can be found at ShellMuseum.org.

For those unable to take part in the celebration, donations are always welcome. All donations help support the museum’s work of caring for its animals, improving on its collection and inspiring the next wave of ocean leaders with educational programming. For details, visit ShellMuseum.org/donate.

For more about the event, contact Laura Shaffer at info@shellmuseum.org or 239-395-2233.