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    To all interested paddlers: 4th Annual Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival Blueway or Bust: Come paddle with us! Oct. 23 – Nov. 1, 2009 Whether you have 10
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      To all interested paddlers:

      4th Annual Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival
      Blueway or Bust: Come paddle with us!

      Oct. 23 – Nov. 1, 2009

      Whether you have 10 minutes or 10 years of canoeing and kayaking experience, this festival has something for you, your family and friends. Celebrate Southwest Florida's 190-mile marked paddling – the Calusa Blueway -- trail with 10 days of eco-event festivities happening throughout Fort Myers-Sanibel area in Southwest Florida. Embark on a guided tour of archaeological wonder, test your speed in a paddling race, or kick back in your kayak for the fishing tournament.

      The Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival offers:

      Time-trail and regatta-style races
      Catch-and-release kayak fishing tournament
      Guided paddling trips with outfitters
      Club-led paddles for the BYOB crowd (Bring Your Own Boat)
      Speakers – the first Florida circumnavigation kayaker and others
      Hospitality nights with refreshments, learning sessions and socializing
      Waterway cleanups
      Archeological activities & cultural sites:
      -Mound House, Fort Myers Beach
      -Randell Research Center, Pine Island
      Waterway cleanups
      Archeological activities & cultural sites
      Family fun days
      Clinics

      If you are interested please contact Betsy Calyton at bclayton@... or visit our website www.CalusaBluewayPaddlingFestival.com for more information. Some events require advance registration or the purchase of tickets. Visit the Blueway website www.GreatCalusaBlueway.com for more information on the 190-mile trail.

      Highlighted events:

      Paddlers Pig Roast Picnic w/ Live Bluegrass Music
      Hosted at: San Carlos RV Resort on Fort Myers Beach, FL.
      3:00 - 6:00 pm - Live Bluegrass music by "The Tamiami Trail Blazers."
      4:00 pm - Doug Alderson presentation: Paddling from Orlando to Lake Okeechobee through the Kissimmee Valley, highlighting the restoration of the Kissimmee River.
      5:00 - 6:00 pm - Pig Roast Picnic: $19 per person - advance reservation only by calling 800-525-7275.
      Raffle throughout the event.


      Calusa Costume Ball - Sponsored by Calusa Ghost Tours and RTM Kayak.
      Hosted at: Tarpon Lodge on Pine Island. 7:30 - 11:00 pm.
      The Calusa Costume Ball is a one-of-a-kind event for those who want to get festive and dress in period costumes from the 1500's through the 1700's. We're talking conquistadors and queens, dukes and duchesses, Calusa Indians and pirates. Even sea wenches are welcome. The Calusa Costume Ball is held in Pineland, the site of the historic Calusa Indian mounds and the Randell Research Center.

      A $35 ticket to the Calusa Costume Ball includes:
      -drink and appetizers at the Tarpon Lodge
      -story telling and re-enactments courtesy of Calusa Ghost Tours
      -music provided by live minstrels
      -door prizes throughout the evening (grand drawing for an RTM kayak)
      -crowning of king and queen of the ball
      -guided moonlight walk onto a Calusa mound at the Randell Research Center

      To reserve your tickets today, contact John Kiseda at 239.432.2163 or kisedajb@....
      A portion of the ticket sales will go to the Randell Research Center.


      We really hope you join us and take part in our Festival!
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