Linda Shockley wins three top awards at Marco Shell Club Show
Nearly 3,000 people were shell shocked by Saturday after viewing the many displays and purchasing shell-created pieces featured in the three-day Marco Island Shell Club Show.
Linda Shockey’s time on the beach paid off with three awards for her Bivalves of Marco Area. A club member, she won the Concologist of America Award for her exhibit with particular excellence which best advances interest in shells and shell collecting. The Scribner’s Award for the best self-collected shells, with over 100 species and a new category, the Natural History Photographic Award for the best display of mollusks taken by an exhibitor, in the Scientific Division.
“It was a PhD in Malacology,” show chairperson Jae Kellogg said of the 18-foot display.
Kellogg won the best shell floral arrangement in the Professional Class.
Marhsa Prunetti, club president, spoke of a special award, The Mary Ciaramallo Trophy, presented for the best single flower or single stem blossom — shells and/or sea life in the Hobbyist Class.
“This is a special award that we hope will continue,” she said. “It was equally nice for (member) Mary Ciaramello (92-year-old) to win the first trophy.”
Her family surprised Mary with a Christmas gift of naming and award after her.
“She is an active club member and everyone was pleased when she won as it was among others judged anonymously,” Prunetti said.
Club member Georgia Lohmeyer’s offering, Shells and Sea Life, won Lohmeyer her third straight trophy for Best of Show in the Hobbyist Division.
Bob and Pat Linn of Dunedin won the Dr. William O. Reid Award in the Scientific Division for Tibias from Afar. The items came from such locations as Ethiopia, India, Philippines and Thailand. Pat also won the Bill and Edna Schwartz Trophy for the best exhibit in the Hobbyist Class.
Other Marco winners included, Connie Miller, The Show Committee Trophy for best exhibit in the professional non-floral category and Best Single Sailor’s Valentine, professional category; Amy Tripp, best non-floral arrangement in Hobbyist Class and Judges Merit, Nancy Maney-Meer and Jane Mitchell.
Alice and Robert Pace won the Dupont Award. Rose Pryor won the Joyce Fitzpatrick Trophy for best exhibit in Novice Class.
The major winner is the club itself as the funds raised go to supporting marine and environmental science.
Carolyn Ginther, scholarship and grants chairman, said the club was able to award three scholarships this year to Florida Gulf Coast students. A $2,000 graduate research scholarship went to Jeff Devine, a $1,200 tuition scholarship to Kelley Ussia and a $500 senior research scholarship to Katie Broomfield.
They also supported a coloring book project for the fourth grade class at Tommie Barfield Elementary and the National Estuary Day at Rookery Bay.