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Annual tropical fruit festival next weekend at German American Club

July 3, 2010

The MangoMania Tropical Fruit Festival will be held next weekend, July 10 and 11, at the German American Club on Pine Island Road in Cape Coral.

No festival would be complete without music and MangoMania will be certain to provide listeners with the widest scope of genres found at any local event. Over the course of the two-day event, performers will take the stage to provide every thing from island-style music to the best in bluegrass the area has to offer.

Kicking things off will be Pine Island's Vytas Vybes, who will perform during the opening ceremony of Saturday, from 10 a.m. until noon. Musicians from Vytas describe their music as "Matlacha Style" or, in other words, funky, laid back and creative.

Next on the Saturday line-up will be area favorite Jim Morris, who will contribute his Jimmy Buffet-style with cover and original songs.

Joining Morris will be steel drum performer, John Patti. This duo is well known nationwide and have a tremendous following of fans who refer to themselves at "Boconuts" and are often found signing and dancing along to the lyrics and melodies they have adopted as their own.

Morris has released several CDs, which are available at many local businesses, and Patti is well known in Southwest Florida for his steel drum performances. In addition to accompanying Morris, he will also do a few solo numbers at MangoMania. Morris and Patti will take the stage from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Fact Box

To go

What: MangoMania Tropical

Fruit Festival

When: July 10, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and July 11, 10 a.m.

to 5 p.m.

Where: German-American Club

Who: Greater Pine Island

Chamber of Commerce

Immediately following Morris and Patti will be the senior dance troupe, Hot Flashz. Kicking up their heels, these ladies prove you are never to old to dance.

Rounding up the lineup on Saturday, will be Deb and the Dynamics. Well known from its weekly performances at Bert's Bar and Matlacha, this group is guaranteed to bring the house down on the MangoMania stage from 4 to 7 p.m.

Headed by vocalists and bassist, Deb Salyer, other members of the group include Newt Cole, Ruck Russell, Don Hugas, Nick Longobardi and Dan Keady. Together they perform versions of music associated with the greats like James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin.

Musical groups will strike up the tunes again on Sunday at MangoMania with the Fiddler and I. With bluegrass in their blood, Becky Cole and Pat Olkowski will strum to tunes old and new.

Olkowski will bring his instrumental repertoire which includes guitar, banjo and mandolin, while Becky will sing and play the guitar in her down-home style. Performing a range from Irish jigs to bluegrass, the Fiddler and I will perform from 10 a.m. until noon.

Next up will be Molly Brown, Jeff Walker and Dawn Metzner, better known as Soapbox. Performing a variety of classic rock ballads, the high energy group will provide entertainment sure to please from 12 to 1:30 p.m.

Following Soapbox will be the final performance of MangoMania 2010 - Sunday's headline group, Grupo Batey. This Latin jazz band will entertain festival attendees from 2 to 5 p.m.

Grupo Batey has been performing before audiences throughout Southwest Florida since 2005 and has been touted as one of the best of its genre.

This group also has brought its music to stages in New York and Puerto Rico and recently released a new CD, "Batey Latin Jazz Live in Cape Coral" featuring a collection of familiar songs.

Another big draw to this well attended event are the many vendors. Among the biggest draw are the food vendors and this year, visitors to MangoMania will have 21 booths to select from.

Food vendors include South Beach Italian Ice; Great Licks Ice Cream; Cast Iron Kettle Corn; Joe's Lemonade and More; Anita's Guacamole; Shamrock Johnson Italian Ice; Victoria's Flavors Unlimited, which will offer ice cream and smoothies; Bert's Bar and Grill, which will serve burgers, wraps and grilled chicken, City Smoke Barbecue with ribs and pulled pork; BJ Events with Greek dishes; Born Grill with Thai dishes; Palaska with Spanish food; Miceli's Italian Restaurant with Ba-da-Bing shrimp, pizza and Mike's special; Hamilton's Vender, which will serve lemonade, pretzels and hot dogs; Crazy Steve's Hot Wings with wings, chicken tenders and fries,; Hot Dogs U Relish with Italian sausage, brats and knockwurst; Sabor Latino, which will offer Puerto Rican dishes; Whaling City Seafood with New England seafood; Loving Hut with vegan rolls and portabello burgers; Mobile Foods serving chocolate-dipped bananas and energy drinks; and Xocai Chocolate Dreams offering healthy chocolate and Xe energy drinks.

Another must for shoppers will be the plant and agriculture vendors, and attendees can pay a visit to representatives from the Mango Factory, Crowley Nursery, JP Creations, Magic Nursery, Hopkins Nursery,, A-niks Outdoor Comfort Solutions, exotic Hibiscus and B&D Organics.

This year's list of art and craft vendors is seemingly endless and includes Paradise Gardens, Ms. Chile Pepper, Karen's Kreations, Hey Mon Caribbean Cooking Magic, Seasons in the Sun, Pine Island Spice Company, Gourmet Garlic Plate, A Tattoo 4 U, John King and ROb Rhoton, Danmar Sales, Desinz by Ali, Kadollu, Mike's Designs Crushable Hats, Creative Gifts by Marsha, Creative Crafts-n-More, Sha-Maris Treasures, Susan and Ray Boroughs, Classic Unique Designs, Handmade Pottery Fragrance Oils, Robert E. Miller artist, Earth and Spirit Garden Gallery, Traders Hitching Post, Fire Rocks by Steve, Night Hawk Ventures, Pam Shepherd and Jay Jameson, Klein Design, Tastefully Simple, Ear Art, Zadic's Fashion Magic Jewelry, Amazonia Eco Jewelry, The Hippie Hut, Daredevil Du-rags, Lake Sumter Health and Nutrition and Island Shades.

Also on hand for the two-day event will be representatives from several area businesses. Annie's Boat Yard, CityBiz Directory, The Window Pros, Costco Wholesale, Coconut Bay Construction, Lewis Music Studio, American Travel Partners, Lampe Family Chiropractic, Dr. Marshall Webb and Associates, The Bath Fitter, Protech Coating Services, Advanced Solar and Spa, Foundation for Wellness Professionals, Solar Solutions, McCormick Signs and Printing, Tiki Turtle Taxi, World Venture Travel and Middleton's Heating and Cooling.

This admission, which covers parking and entertainment, is $6 for adults and children 10 and under will be admitted free. Advanced tickets are on sale at the Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center in Matlacha for $5.

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