People & Places: Dinner on the Back Porch

Over 40 guests attended Dinner on the Back Porch, our event that welcomed people to the Historical Society for one-on-one tours of the Bidwell-Wood House and the Crocker Memorial Church and on our incomparable Back Porch, a wonderful buffet dinner  provided by Broadway Bar. This event was part of the John Hamilton Gillespie week celebration. For more information and lots more events, visit the Gillespie celebration web site.

(The following photos can be clicked to appear larger.)
Dinner on the Back Porch
A warm welcome extended to our guests at Dinner on the Back Porch. Pete and Diane Esthus and Site Manager Linda Garcia join John Hamilton Gillespie in the flesh...err, Foamcore
Historical Society of Sarasota County docent, Bidwell-Wood House
Kathy, a volunteer docent, tells the story of the oldest house in Sarasota County, the Bidwell-Wood House
Dinner on the Back Porch awaits
A wonderful buffet: garden salad, Alfredo w/ homemade meatballs, sausage & penne, and fresh vegetables with pesto sauce made from our own garden, made for us by the Broadway Bar
Dinner on the Back Porch, October 25 2011
The glorious view of Pioneer Park, wonderful food, and old & new friends on a late October afternoon. What could be better?
More old friends and new at Dinner on the Back Porch
As the Florida sun waned, more laughter and conversation...
In honor of W. Hamilton Gillespie
... and some saw men in kilts. Was it their imagination or the ghost of the Ormison Colony? No, just a modern-day Sarasotan honoring the legacy of John Hamilton Gillespie, our first mayor, avid golfer, and, naturally, a Scotsman.

Watch for our next social event… the setting of our buildings is just too pretty to pass up!

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