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Dia Del Muertos - Oct 31

Cultural Halloween at Shangri La

Experience Día de los Muertos traditions at Shangri-La Springs' Cultural Halloween event on October 31st.

Free family-friendly event offers live music, food and more 

Shangri-La Springs
 invites the community to enjoy experiences inspired by the holiday Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, during its Cultural Halloween event on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 6-9 pm. 

During the free family-friendly event, guests are transported to Oaxaca, Mexico to experience the traditional celebration in which families and friends gather to honor those who have passed away. Guests are encouraged to join in on the celebration by attending in Día de los Muertos-inspired costumes and makeup, or a Halloween costume. The event features hourly piñata celebrations, live music including a mariachi band and drum circle, watercolor crafts and art installations. 

Cultural Halloween will also feature Paper Grotto Theatre by Lily Hatchett, an interactive mix-media art installation that uses video and dance to bring paper sculptures to life. Authentic Mexican food will be available for purchase from Maria's, a locally-owned restaurant in Bonita Springs, and guests can also enjoy beer and organic wine at the bar in the Great House. A portion of the food and drink proceeds will benefit the Bonita Springs Historical Society. 

For more information about Cultural Halloween visit or call 239-949-0749.


Visit Downtown!


All along Old 41 merchants will have booths set up. Food, art, entertainment. Artists Cabins in Riverside Park will be open and guest artists working (Upriver Ceramics). 

There will be a paddle craft race on the river sponsored by the Imperial River Conservancy, 
Everglades Wonder Gardens Birds and Brews. Visit tents along the way for the new developments planned along Old 41. Informational tables, learn about services and things to do in Bonita Springs. Shy Wolf Sanctuary, Turtle Time, Inc., Saving Sea Turtles, and The Imperial River Conservancy will have booths set up. 

Learn about Bonita Springs History at the Liles Hotel 
Bonita Springs Historical Society Walk the grounds of Shangri-La Springs visit the Mosaic tent and learn about the new development. Walk, bike or hike and shop the shops along Old 41. 

Most venues are free admittance
Nov 3rd, Riverside Park, 27300 Old 41 Rd 
Bonita Springs Florida Race registration starts at 8am, Race starts at 9am, Expo starts at 10am - 2pm. 


USS Indianapolis - Nov 16

Special Program in honor of Veteran's Day
USS Indianapolis: The Legacy

Please join us for a special showing of the highly acclaimed documentary
USS Indianapolis: The Legacy on November 16, 2018 at 7 PM at the Community Room, Bonita Springs Fire & Rescue, 27701 Bonita Grande Dr. This presentation is free to Historical Society members and students, with $5 donation suggested for non-members.
USS Indianapolis, director and writer Sara Vladic recounts the story of the worst sea disaster in U.S. Naval History, of the heroic survivors of the cruiser that carried parts of the Hiroshima Atom Bomb to Tinian, and the tragedy that followed the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in shark infested waters.
The Historical Society has also created a video history project in honor our area's World War II veterans and to insure their stories live on for future generations. All of these stories, whether of valor on the battle field or of serving their country in places out of the limelight are a vital part of American history. 
One of the Historical Society profiles features Victor Buckett an Indianapolis survivor. This video project Bonita Springs' Greatest Generation is available for viewing our website.
            Bonita Springs Greatest Generation, In their own words - Vic Bucett.    20 minute

            Bonita Springs Greatest Generation, In their own words - Vic Buckett.   1 hour

Membership Meeting - Nov 17

Election for 2019

All are welcome for meeting starting at 6pm at the Liles Hotel in Riverside Park.

Get caught up on all the summer
happenings and 
vote for 2019 Officers and Directors.shapeimage_10

The Gulf of Mexico - Dec 13 

Speaker Series
The season's Speaker Series Begins with Pulitzer Prize winning Author of The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea.

The Bonita Springs Historical Society Armchair History Series gets underway on Thursday, December 13, 2018, at 7:30 PM with Jack E. Davis, University of Florida Professor of Environmental History and Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea. Acclaimed by the Washington Post, NPR, and the New York Times.

Davis's colorful, untold stories span the ages from the Calusa and conquistadors to tarpon sport fishing and the nation's first offshore oil wells, documenting the economic and political history of the Gulf. The Gulf of Mexico, the earth's 10
th largest body of water, is one of the earth's most diverse marine ecosystems.

This presentation is open to the public. Free to members and students. $5 donation suggested from others. The first of the 2018-19 presentations 
will take place the Bonita Springs High School, 25592 Imperial Parkway at Shangri-La Road.