Governor Rick Scott has declared Saturday, April 20, 2013, to be Florida Lighthouse Day. The Historic Port Boca Grande Lighthouse and Museum will be celebrating the event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with arts, crafts and activities for kids, gifts, cake and drinks for everyone.
The Coast Guard will be at the lighthouse to help celebrate the day, and a rare opportunity for a lamp room tour can be had. Tours will be $5 per person, children 10 and under free. A child must be at least six years old to climb the stairs and ladder to the lamp room.
Port Boca Grande Lighthouse is located inside of Gasparilla Island State Park, which has a $3 per vehicle admission fee. Lighthouse admission is by donation.
Saturday also signals the start of a celebration of Civil War Week. While many of the discussions sponsored by the Friends of the Boca Grande Community Center are sold out, there are still skirmishes to be had and time capsules to bury.
The Friends of Boca Grande Community Center will be hosting a Civil War encampment on Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21 to kick off their weeklong Civil War Symposium.
There will be a consortium of Civil War re-enactors living on the Community Center grounds for the weekend. They will be living as they would have during the time of the Civil War including doing all their cooking and daily life out of doors. There will be free firing demonstrations for the public to view on Saturday and Sunday around noon.
The Civil War Symposium will be held on Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call the Friends of Boca Grande Community Center office at 964-2564 for more information, 964-0827, and see the shaded box on the left for more details.
For most of the lectures, anyone who comes will be able to get in, as the lectures will be simulcast into the Woman’s Club Room. Last-minute seating will be available. See the Friday, April 19 hard copy or online edition of the Boca Beacon for a complete schedule.
The Friends steering committee also made a recent decision to hold a free public encore presentation of “The Rivalry,” a staged theatrical reading of the Lincoln/Douglas debates. It will be held on Saturday, April 27, at 5 p.m. in the Boca Grande Community Center Auditorium. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Island residents will hold the three roles. Roger Lewis will play Abraham Lincoln, Jim Sullivan will play Stephen Douglas. Anne Fletcher will play Adele Douglas, wife of Stephen, who narrates the story in between debates. Tad Ingram directs.
Based on the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858 and using excerpts of original dialogue, The Rivalry tracks the fierce competition for senator between the future President Lincoln and incumbent Douglas. Over the course of seven debates, the men verbally spar over states’ rights, slavery, the Supreme Court, and the Constitution.
Don’t forget, time is running out to find some items for the Loose Caboose time capsule. They will be putting it in the ground on Saturday, April 27 and everyone is invited to include their items. There will also be live music that evening at the restaurant.
Call them at 964-0440 for more information.
The last day for Boca Bargains to be open this season is also on Saturday, April 20. Get there early, as lines can be long for this special event.
Beginning at 9 a.m., for just $5 you can fill up a shopping bag with goods from the store. You have until 12 p.m. to clean them out.
On Sunday, April 21, the 2013 Whidden’s Back Bay Tournament will be held from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. Cost for a four-angler team is $350 and includes a catered lunch at Whidden’s Marina.
There will be cash and prizes awarded and a maritime art show and sale. The tournament benefits the Gasparilla Island Maritime Museum. Call 964-2878 or 964-0222 to register, get a referral and for additional information.
As part of the tournament, local artists will be exhibiting their wares at Whidden’s Marina from noon to 3 p.m. at the Whidden’s Back Bay Tournament on Sunday, April 21.
Come out and see some beautiful jewelry, photos, sculptures, paintings, scarves and furniture, all with a maritime flair. A percentage of the artists’ proceeds will benefit the Gasparilla Island Maritime Museum. Also on Sunday, The Hudson’s Grocery Relay for Life team will hold a fish fry from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the park next to Hudson’s. Come on down!
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