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

By Staff | Apr 29, 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 begins 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the Southwest Florida Historical Society which is dedicated to preserving the history of our area by archiving donated historical documents, photos and maps and stimulating public interest and appreciation for local history.