Our Sunday Afternoon Socials at 2 pm are casual, cafe-style events complete with wine and refreshments, and feature some of the most interesting people around. This month we welcome two historical writers who have turned their research into fish ranchos and early development into a fascinating tale of the 1840s-1900 Manatee and Sarasota areas.
Peggy Donoho and Ron Prouty will be telling the true tale of everyday settlers who populated our area.
They are the authors of Miguel’s Bay, about the people who lived in the Terra Ceia Bay area (that area you are in when you cross the Sunshine Skyway Bridge), the Manatee River towns Bradenton and Palmetto, and the Sarasota Bay area.
Miguel was a fisherman from Menorca who fished the waters from the bay now named after him all the way to Sarasota. He courted a Bavarian immigant who worked on the Manatee River and married her, despite
their not having a language in common.
Follow Miguel as he fights in the Seminole Wars and the Civil War. Stand by as he sails the waters of this whole area and makes friends with folks like the Whitakers.
The authors will have the book available for purchase at the event. Learning about our forerunners while enjoying cafe seating with complimentary wine and refreshments, is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Come time travel at our Sunday Afternoon Social on Sunday April 24 at 2 p.m. Members, $5, not-yet-members, $10.