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Annual Cracker Dinner May 10 to feature memories of Lee County’s early days

By Staff | Apr 15, 2021

The Pleasure Pier in 1925. PHOTO PROVIDED

Did you know that Fort Myers once had a dance hall in the middle of the Caloosahatchee River?  Or, did you know that 75 students formed a singing Christmas tree for years that performed for former President Dwight Eisenhower?

These and other little known memories about the early days of Lee County will be revealed at the Annual Cracker Dinner Monday, May 10, at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre at 1380 Colonial Blvd.

Long-time resident Genevieve Bowen researched some of the area’s oldest residents to obtain memoirs for the annual dinner, hosted by the Southwest Florida Historical Society.

Mike Pcolar and Bonnie Chappelle will be the storytellers for the evening, which brings together pioneers of Lee County along with newcomers who are curious about the area’s past.

The presentation will be accompanied by music performed by Barbara Peterson at the piano with vocals by Roger Peterson, John Goulet and Beverly Cox.

Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. and the program be-gins at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $35 and are available at the Broadway Palm. Food will be served by the wait staff of the Broadway Palm.  There also will be music, door prizes and a silent auction.  Masks and social distancing will be observed.

Funds raised at the annual dinner will be used to support the mission of the Southwest Florida Historical Society which is dedicated to preserving the history of our area by archiving donated historical documents, photos and maps and stimulating public interest and appreciation for local history.

 

About the Southwest Florida Historical Society

The Southwest Florida Historical Society was established in 1960 by a group of citizens to “preserve the history of our area.”  In 1983 the SWFLHS received as a gift a building that was destined to be demolished for a new parking lot. Harper Brothers Construction donated the building and Flint and Doyle was contracted to move the building to the campus of the Lee County Alliance of the Arts. In 1984 the SWFLHS received its Articles of Incorporation with the following purpose: “The mission of the society is to discover, collect and preserve original and source documents, maps and photographs pertaining to the history of SW Florida; to bring together those interested in the history of this area; to promote and stimulate public interest and appreciation of the history of this area; and to further the preservation and knowledge of Southwest Florida’s past.”  For more, visit www.facebook.com/SWFLHS/ or call 239-939-4044.