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Smithsonian Exhibit Water/Ways coming to “Ding”

The Water/Ways exhibit coming to Ding examines the monumental significance of water in the human experience.

The Water/Ways exhibit coming to Ding examines the monumental significance of water in the human experience.

Mark your calendars for October 29 through December 9, 2016, for a first-of-its-kind Water/Ways traveling exhibit in partnership with the Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program supported by The Smithsonian and Florida Humanities Council.

Water is a critical resource.  An essential component of life on our planet, water powers the environment’s engine, impacting climate and helping to shape and sculpt the landscape.  The impact water has on humans is not just biological and environmental; it serves as a source of peace and contemplation. 

Water also plays a practical role in American society.  The availability of water affected settlement and migration patterns.  Access to water and control of water resources have long been a central part of political and economic planning.  Human creativity and resourcefulness provide new ways of protecting water resources and renewing respect for the natural environment.

With that understanding, the Water Matters initiative came to fruition.  Water Matters, a water initiative from the Smithsonian, debuted in May 2016.  The initiative includes two exhibitions: Water/Ways and H2O TodayWater/Ways is designed for small and rural museums and will focus on the relationships between people and water.  H2O Today will reach museums in larger cities and will explore global water issues and water science.

The Water/Ways exhibit coming to Ding examines the monumental significance of water in the human experience from a wide variety of perspectives: historic, environmental, economic, political, artistic and more.  In collaboration with other local nature and art organizations, it will also assess the issues and context facing our liquid assets here at home.

“Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS), host of the exhibit, will be showing a film series, sponsored by LCEC and focused on water issues.  Other special family programs, giveaways, an interactive water table, and other activities are in the planning stages. On November 26, a Kids Fishing Derby will take place on the causeway in conjunction with the exhibit.

The Southwest Florida Fine Craft Guild is planning an artful water and nature exhibition titled “Engulfed” during the event.  Partners along Sanibel’s “Wild Mile” Sanibel-Captiva Road corridor will be participating with programs and discounts, including Tarpon Bay Explorers, the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, CROW, and Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation.

Through a highly competitive bidding process, ‘Ding’ Darling was chosen as only one of only six Florida locations to host Water/Ways.  Representatives from the refuge and DDWS traveled to North Florida recently for instruction on how to set up and interpret the exhibit.

“It’s an amazing exhibit,” said supervisory refuge range Toni Westland, one of the representatives.  “We love how it brings to light the growing problem of water scarcity worldwide and the overall high Smithsonian-level quality.  It certainly lives up to the Smithsonian name and promises to inspire all who experience it.”

As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, DDWS works to support J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s mission of conservation, wildlife and habitat protection, research, and public education through charitable donations and Refuge Nature Shop proceeds.

– Water/Ways will be on display at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge from October 29 through December 9, 2016.  The refuge is located on Sanibel Island, FL.  For more information visit


The Naked Magic Show

The Naked Magic Show hits the Barbara B. Mann stage on July 29.

The Naked Magic Show hits the Barbara B. Mann stage on July 29.

Following sold out shows and rave reviews in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the USA the world’s boldest and cheekiest magic show “The Naked Magic Show” is coming to Fort Myers on Friday, July 29 at 8 pm.

The Naked Magic Show features magic, mirth and more than a touch of mayhem as these two hot and hilarious magicians say abracadabra and take magic to a whole new level.  This boisterous R-rated magic show strips away the top hats and capes, promising full frontal illusions.  Left without sleeves or pockets, The Naked Magic Show’s saucy magic is both baffling and entertaining, bringing a new meaning to “now you see it”.

With over 200 international shows a year, Christopher Wayne is best known as the magician on Channel 10’s Toasted TV, and has appeared on many other TV shows including Sunrise, Totally Wild, The 7pm Project and was even a guest contestant on Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader.  He has worked his magic alongside names such as Gordon Ramsay, Pink and comedy legend Jerry Lewis, and is the first magician in Australian TV history to have his own TV show, More Than Magic, which has successful runs in New Zealand, the UK and US.  

Mike Tyler is an outstanding magician, mentalist and comedy hypnotist, who combines insane sleight of hand with unbelievable mind trickery.  Tyler is considered one of Australia’s premiere corporate entertainers, having performed for companies such as Qantas, Channel Seven, Commonwealth Bank, Hyundai, and Network Ten.  He added comedy hypnosis to his arsenal in 2011, after two years studying stage hypnosis from USA.  While stage shows take up most of Tyler’s time, he also hosts a regular magic segment on Network Ten’s Toasted TV and performs magic as a volunteer in the specialist clinic at Mater Children’s Hospital.

– The Naked Magic Show hits the Barbara B. Mann stage on July 29.  Tickets are on sale at the Box Office, by calling (239) 481-4849 or visiting at