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Peace, Love & Music: First Beachstock at The Cottage Saturday

May 30, 2012
Melissa Schneider - Editor ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

For the first time on island sands, Beachstock will be taking over The Cottage and Gulfshore Grill, 1250 Estero Blvd., Saturday, June 2, from 1 to 8 p.m., offering an intense line-up of live music throughout the day, along with tons of games, contests, prizes and more, all kid-friendly and family-oriented.

"We decided to start Beachstock as a way to kick off the summer for Southwest Florida families," said Roxanne Jakaitis, bar manager of The Cottage. "Live music and the beautiful beaches are what makes this area so special and so unique. Most of the music, however, happens at night, and the kids don't get to see it. Beach Stock is a great way to spread the love of music across the generations of the community, and celebrate the end of another school year."

Live music will reign from The Cottage stage from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. Soul Funk Unity will kick off the family fun, followed by the Steve Farst Trio, the New Vinyls and Underground, all from 1 to 6:30. Then A200 will take the stage, from 7 to 8 p.m., followed by the Clanton Gang rounding off the evening, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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Underground will rock Beachstock 2012 at The Cottage around 6 p.m. Photo by MELISSA SCHNEIDER.

There will be a fun bouncy house for the kids set up on the beach behind the island establishment until 8 p.m., and Beachstock guests will have the opportunity to test out their arm with a dunk tank that will feature your favorite islanders and more.

"We'll have musicians, bartenders and servers in the dunk tank throughout the day," Roxanne eagerly said.

In the courtyard of the beach bar, enjoy more fun and games, a crafts station and temporary tattoo table, also until 8 p.m.

Fact Box

Beachstock 2012


What: Live music all day, with raffles, games,

contests, prizes and much, much more

When: Saturday, June 2, from 1 to 8 p.m.

Where: The Cottage and Gulfshore Grill,

1250 Estero Blvd., FMB

Music:?Underground, Steve Farst Trio, The New

Vinyls, the Clanton Gang and more!


1 to 2 p.m.: Flycake

2:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Soul Funk Unity

4 to 5 p.m.: The New Vinyls

5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Underground

7 to 8 p.m.: A200

9 p.m. to 1 a.m.: The Clanton Gang

And, don't forget to stretch before heading over the the all-day party, as the limbo and hula-hoop contests held that day are sure to get your low and have you movin'!

"Our limbo and hula-hoop contests will take place in-between each musical performance, with plenty of cool kid-friendly prizes to give away!" Roxanne said. "To top it all off, all of the fun stuff for the kids is free!"

Keeping you cool in the hot summer air, sip on tasty and wallet-friendly $4 Island Breezes for the adults, and free ice pops for the kids.

There will also be tasty BBQ?platters and other food specials available that day, including hot dogs, hamburgers and pulled pork sandwiches.

"The $4 Island Breezes are definitely thirst-quenching," Roxanne said. "And, the kids will love the free ice pops."

There is no charge to enter the all-day party, so pack up the kids and head to The Cottage and Gulfshore Grill Saturday, June 2 for Beachstock 2012.

"It's sure to be a day you and your family won't want to miss! If all goes well, we will make it a another one of our awesome yearly events!" Roxanne said.

For more information on the first of a hopefully annual event, call The Cottage at 765-5440.



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