"My 92 Years on Sanibel," Francis Bailey's long-awaited memoir and homage to the island he loves, will be officially launched at a celebration from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, at the old Bailey Homestead on Periwinkle Way at the intersection with Donax Street.
"Francis worked very hard on this book, and he did it primarily for his children," said Emilie Alfino. "He wanted them to know his story, and Sanibel's story."
The book is written "as told to" Emilie Alfino, formerly a reporter for the various Sanibel newspapers and now the manager of the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village.
Looking out from the porch of the old Bailey Homestead before SCCF purchased the property.
"Francis and I spent a lot of time together over the past 2 1/2 years," Alfino said. "Honestly, every minute of it was a pleasure. I say now what brother Sam often said of their father Frank: Francis is one of the finest men I have ever known."
The format of the June 18 event is an open house so people can arrive at any time. Hors d'oeuvres, wine and refreshments will be served. Parking will be available at the Homestead, along with golf carts to assist anyone who needs it.
Books will be for sale at the event for $17.95 plus tax. Credit cards are accepted. Only books purchased that day will be marked "Launch Edition." Francis will not be signing books. Books will be available beginning the following day, June 19, at the Sanibel Historical Museum & Village Gift Shop, The Sanibel Bookshop, The Book Nook, MacIntosh Books, Gene's Books and Bailey's General Store.
Everyone is invited to come speak with Francis, mingle with members of the Bailey family, and celebrate Francis' 92 years on Sanibel.