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Hometown spirit

January 16, 2015
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Rotary Club of Cape Coral again kicked off the city's yearly major events schedule this past weekend with Festival of the Arts.

An estimated 100,000-plus visitors filled Cape Coral Parkway Saturday and Sunday for what has been named one of the top 100 such festivals nationwide.

Thank you to Rotary and the innumerable volunteers who make this event possible. For each of its 30 years the festival has grown and now is one of the Cape's biggest and best - and one of our personal favorites.

Also in the queue for the first month of 2015 are the city's annual Tour de Cape this weekend and the Best South Cape Martini Competition to be held at the end of the month.

The Tour de Cape, a three-day event to open today with a pre-event celebration, features a 5K run and bike rides of various lengths from 15 to 100 miles.

For the second year, the city also is featuring a family component - a kids-and-parents "Mini Tour de Cape" 5-K ride, which is set for Saturday, Jan.17, and includes a T-shirt and a hot dog lunch.

Activities are all held or start at Cape Harbour Resort, the "host" of the city-organized event.

The ninth annual Best South Cape Martini Competition, hosted and organized by the South Cape Hospitality and Entertainment Associations, is set for Jan. 31.

South Cape venues take part in a effort to win the honor of producing the "Best South Cape Martini."

Tickets are required and participants take trolleys from venue to venue to sample a martini and appetizer at each stop. Participants are also given a "passport" that allows them to cast their vote for their favorite martini and treat.

It's always a sell-out and the competition is friendly and fierce as the venues bring out their creative best.

As always, these events are a great start to the new year.

And they - like numerous other events such as Cape Harbour's recent New Year's ball drop and party, the Harney Point Kiwanis annual KidsFest, the various downtown Bike Nights, and of course the July 4th Red White & Boom!, Oktoberfest, Coconut Festival, and the Holiday Festival of Lights - are a primary reason the Cape is such a great place to live and visit.

The crowded community calendar gives thousands of families from throughout Lee County a chance to come to Cape Coral to enjoy a day, an afternoon, or an evening of free or bargain-priced fun.

Our thanks again to all of the organizations, businesses and volunteers who make such things possible.

The new year is again shaping up with another round of hometown spirit.

Mark your calendars for good times to come.

- Breeze editorial



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