Organizers of the popular weekly music and dancing event are now seeking musicians to form a new Shell Factory Band.
Many, mostly local retired residents, come every Friday morning to the Shell Factory's Dolphin Room to listen to live music, dance and enjoy a social get together.
Several members of the current musical group that has played there for the last few years have moved to a different location, but North Fort Myers residents said they like a band that is close to home, in the same place it has been based for the last three years, at the Dolphin Room.
Anniversary couple Frank and Julie Trobaugh are the organizers of a weekly music and dancing event, and are seeking new band members.
"Wanted: old-time musicians to perform with an old-time Shell Factory Band," said the Shell Factory's Richard Dunmire. You can call him, or just show up ready to play Friday mornings over the next few weeks, said fellow organizer Frank Trobaugh.
"My wife Julie and I have managed the band here for the last three years," he said. They are looking for musicians that play accordions, keyboards, guitar, all different type of horns and more.
"And any others who want to come to the event are welcome - including those who sing and like to dance. Musicians can just come ready to play."
The gathering happens each Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Admission is $4 which includes a continental breakfast, coffee and tax.
And congratulations to Frank and Julie Trobaugh, who just celebrated their 56 year anniversary last Friday at the event, with a special Hawaiian theme. Dancers that day dressed in festive garb t mark the occasion, with solo artist "Jerry Bee" performing.
The Shell Factory is at 2787 N. Tamiami Trl. in North Fort Myers. The general information number is 995-2141. For information on the band, call 292-0360.