by SC Publisher Shannen Hayes
The Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce’s announcement of the return of the Luminary Stroll came in as the fourth most-read story of the year. It was highly attended in its 34th year of bringing holiday cheer to the island.
After reinventing the tradition last year for pandemic safety, pathways on Sanibel and Captiva were again aglow with candlelight and festivities brought live music, decorations, sidewalk sales and complimentary refreshments.
Fresh ideas introduced in 2020, such as the tagline “Eat. Shop. Stay. Play,” were kept this year while the cherished Captiva Golf Cart parade returned to the streets and Point Ybel Brewing Company once again created the limited-edition Luminary Lager.
“(Luminary) has been a celebrated occasion for so long that last year, despite all the efforts to maintain merry momentum, traditional Luminary was sorely missed,” said Chamber President and CEO John Lai in August after Sanibel City Council approved the event application.
SC Associate Publisher Chuck Larsen captured some of this year’s Luminary jubilee through the lens of his camera – check out his photo spread if you missed it.