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Entertainment legends to be highlighted at 2018 Cracker Dinner

January 30, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Entertainment legends who performed in Fort Myers will be the focus of the Southwest Florida Historical Society's annual Cracker Dinner Monday, Feb. 19, at the Broadway Palm, 1380 Colonial Blvd.

Liberace, Red Skelton, Debbie Reynolds, Carol Burnett, Minnie Pearl, Rudy Vallee, Yvonne DeCarlo and others performed in Lee County venues in the past. Local performers will re-enact these legends on the Broadway Palm stage. The re-enactors include Cathy Pcolar, Beverly Cox, John Goulet and Bonnie Chappelle.

Lee County Commissioner Frank Mann will serve as master of ceremonies.

Buffet dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $35 and must be purchased by Feb. 14. Tickets are available at Barbee & Sons, 1936 Grace Avenue in Fort Myers, Sam Galloway Ford, 1800 Boy Scout Drive in Fort Myers, and the Southwest Florida Historical Society, at 10091 McGregor Blvd. , which is on the campus of the Lee County Alliance for the Arts. The Southwest Florida Historical Society hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

Checks may also be mailed to the Southwest Florida Historical Society, P. O. Box 1381, Fort Myers, Fl., 33902. Tickets can be picked up at the door on Feb. 19.

The annual Cracker Dinner is sponsored by Barbee & Sons, Sam Galloway Ford, and Susan Bennett Marketing & Media, L.C.

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About the Southwest Florida Historical Society

The Southwest Florida Historical Society (SWFLHS) 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 information, visit or call 239-939-4044.


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.



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