Holly Days and Mangrove Lights 2017

ALERT: Holly Day and Mangroves Lights CANCELED for December 8, 2017

Due to inclement weather predicted for Friday, December 8, we will be cancelling the scheduled Holly Days and Mangrove Lights for this night only. Please come see us next week instead!

Experience the beauty of our historic museum and grounds decorated for the holiday season. Miniature white lights on our trees and in our mangroves lends a magical holiday ambiance. On Thursday and Friday nights in December, Historic Spanish Point will remain open until 8 p.m. so that visitors may enjoy lighted pathways and festive music. Regular admission prices apply to this event.

Mark your calendars for our annual Holly Holiday Party on Thursday, December 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. We’ll have light refreshments, holiday music and plenty of good cheer to go around. Free for members, just present your membership card. Guests of members are $5 each. All others are welcome to attend for regular admission prices.

Plus, don’t miss out on our Starlight and Fire Family Party on New Year’s Eve! The party will take place at White Cottage, Sunday, December 31 from 6 to 10 p.m. Enjoy bonfires, marshmallow roasting, crafts, popcorn, hot cider, and more! The weather forecast also shows a 100% chance of SNOW at the White Cottage. This is a fun, family-friendly event that kids will love!

Event Admission:  $10 per adult/teen or $5 per child (ages 5-12).

Member Event Admission: $8 per adult or $4 per child (ages 5-12).

Dates for the 2017 Event:
November 24
November 30 and December 1
December 7 and 8
December 14 and 15
December 21 and 22
December 29

Upcoming Performers:

November 24  – Dean Miller
November 30 – Vermont’s “Easy Street Duo”
December 1 – Hess Events and Entertainment
December 7 – Holly Holiday Party – Harry Wright
December 8 – Vermont’s “Easy Street Duo”; Karen’s Violins
December 14 – Hess Events and Entertainment
December 15 – Vermont’s “Easy Street Duo” ; Dean Miller
December 21 – Hess Events and Entertainment
December 22 – Vermont’s “East Street Duo”; Karen’s Violins
December 29 – Karen’s Violins
December 31 – Starlight and Fire Party – Hess Events and Entertainment



Dean Miller’s command of the guitar and versatile vocal ability combine for a truly unique style. He performs classical, spanish, popular, fingerstyle, jazz and latin styles, original arrangements, improvised renditions and an interesting mix of hand-picked songs. He is amazing to watch and a treat to hear. His ability to reach most any listener is a trademark that surprises fans and peers alike. In today’s music scene, Dean Miller is definitely a departure from the standard fare.


Vermont’s Easy Street duo is Mark Trichka  and Lisa Brande, from Putney, Vermont and Nokomis, FL.  This long-time touring husband and wife duet brings you a lively and well-executed holiday program: classic popular holiday songs from Bing to Burl; favorite carols; and instrumental renditions of seasonal music on the fiddle and mandolin, including even some lesser known songs from traditions around the world.

Lisa and Mark, both professional full-time musicians for 30 years, have delighted audiences for many years in such diverse places as California, the Virgin Islands, and even India!  Their show will enliven and inspire you with beautiful singing, fine instrumental playing on the fiddle, mandolin, and guitar, and lots of Vermont style!  


Karen regularly performs as a solo musician for weddings, receptions, and other private and corporate events. Some of her favorite accomplishments as a musician include performing on violin with the Celtic Women, performing as a featured soloist on violin for the Star Spangled Banner during pre-game for the Bradenton Marauders minor-league baseball team, serving as a contracted as a recording artist for Carl Fischer educational music publishing company, being chosen to play viola on the Florida-leg of the 2011 Barry Manilow concert tour and being selected as Concertmaster for the North Port Symphony. Karen is a very determined instrumentalist and has been perfecting her talent on both the violin and viola since the age of seven. Karen is a current and founding member of the Venice Symphony and sat as Principal 2nd violin and Principal violist for several years. 


Originally from Chicago Illinois, Harry Wright has been entertaining groups of all ages in Sarasota county for nearly 20 years!

You can typically find him DJing at weddings, birthdays, anniversary parties, corporate parties, clubs, reunions, proms, fairs, or fundraisers!


Hess Events and Entertainment is a husband and wife team who share a love of music and have a passion to make sure your event is fun, memorable, and most importantly – a success.  They have over 20 years experience and are certified wedding/event planners who provide DJ/Emcee, photo booth, up lighting and so much more.  Call 941-244-3456, to see what they can do for you!