2024 Manatee Heritage Days Event Schedule

2024 Manatee Heritage Days Participating Organizations:

  • Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • De Soto National Memorial
  • Florida Maritime Museum
  • Gamble Plantation Historic State Park
  • Manatee County Agricultural Museum
  • Manatee County Historical Records Library
  • Manatee County Natural Resources Department
  • Manatee County Public Library
  • Manatee Genealogical Society
  • Manatee Village Historical Park
  • Palma Sola Botanical Park
  • Palmetto Historical Park
  • Parrish Civic Association
  • Realize Bradenton
  • Reflections of Manatee
  • The Powel Crosley Estate Foundation

  

Month Long Events

 

Living History - De Soto National Memorial
Dates:
Every Thursday – Sunday, February 24 – March 31
Hours: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: De Soto National Memorial, 8300 De Soto National Memorial Hwy., Bradenton, FL 34209
Website: www.nps.gov/deso
Contact: 941-792-0458 or hollis_hatfield@nps.gov
Cost: FREE
Pre-registration required: No
Event description: Programs and demonstrations will occur at 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 2:00 PM at Camp Uzita – our living history camp. Replica artifacts and activities will be on display for visitors to interact with, including 16th century armor, Spanish games, and Native American tools. Programs will include stories from the expedition, and historic weapons demonstrations.

 

Wednesday, February 28

 

Folk School Class: Pasta Making
Date:
Wednesday, February 28
Hours: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, FL 34215
Website: https://FloridaMaritimeMuseum.org
Contact: 941-708-6120 or fmminfo@manateeclerk.com
Cost: $45.00/ticket
Pre-registration required: Yes
Event description: Pasta is a staple food of traditional Italian cuisine, with the first reference dating back to 1154 in Sicily. In this class, students will learn how to make 3 different types of pasta from scratch – ravioli (a stuffed pasta), gnocchi (a potato pasta), and noodles that can be dried and later cooked.

 

Saturday March 2

 

Archaeo Paddle
Date: Saturday, March 2
Hours: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Robinson Preserve North Entrance - Kayak Launch, 1704 99th St NW, Bradenton, FL 34209
Website: https://manateenrd.ticketleap.com/archaeopaddle/
Contact: 941-742-5923 ext. 6044 or sara.alvarezcollazo@mymanatee.org
Cost: FREE
Pre-registration required: Yes
Event description: Journey through the mangrove forests of Robinson Preserve with an archaeologist of the Florida Public Archaeology Network and discover the historical uses of the land, ecological restoration, and how to spot the evidence of indigenous people’s past. Program suitable for ages 16 and older who can meet the County's minimum eligibility requirements. Single and tandem kayaks, paddles, and life jackets are available to borrow free of charge on a first come-first served basis. All participants must wear a life jacket and bring a whistle. Program sponsored by Florida Public Archaeology Network. Please register at: https://manateenrd.ticketleap.com/archaeopaddle/

 

Sunday March 3

 

Gamble Plantation Historic State Park 62nd Annual Spring Open House
Date: Sunday, March 3
Hours: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Gamble Plantation Historic State Park, 3708 Patten Avenue, Ellenton FL 34222
Website: www.FloridaStateParks.org/gambleplantation
Contact: (941) 723-4536
Cost: FREE
Pre-registration required: No
Event description: Once again you can travel back to the Old South through many lifestyle demonstrations of that time period. The ladies of the United Daughters of the Confederacy will be wearing costumes from the era of the 1840's through 1870's to add that special touch of authenticity to the day. The Gamble Mansion will be open to the public with free tours. There will be a Confederate encampment, music, and more that await attendees. Admission and parking will be free. Gamble Plantation Historic State Park is located on U.S. 301 in Ellenton, one mile west of I-75 off exit #224.

 

Tuesday March 5

 

Powel Crosley Estate Open House
Date: Tuesday, March 5
Hours: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Powel Crosley Estate, 8374 N. Tamami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243
Website: www.PowelCrosleyEstate.com
Contact: 941-722-3244 x0 or sales@BACVB.com
Cost: FREE
Pre-registration required: No
Event description: Open to the public. Strolling tour throughout the estate with access to the grounds. A variety of Crosley radios and memorabilia will be on display throughout the estate. Free admission. No reservations needed.

 

Manatee Genealogical Society Monthly Membership Meeting and Program (Hybrid)
Date: Tuesday, March 5
Hours: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM EST
Location: Manatee Central Library Auditorium 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. West, Bradenton, FL (For in-person attendees.) Virtual attendance available also via Zoom. Zoom link is provided to guests requesting at least one day in advance. See details below.
Website: https://mgsfl.org/
Contact: info@mgsfl.org
Pre-registration required: Yes
Event description: Our program speaker, Donna M. Moughty will present in person on “Preparing for a Research Trip – Here or Abroad”.
Hopefully the time will come when you have enough information to begin planning a trip to your ancestral homeland. Knowing the exact place is key to your success as borders and state lines may have changed since your ancestor’s emigration/migration. This lecture will look at what you should do to prepare for your trip.

Donna, a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, is a researcher, lecturer, and blogger on topics including Methodology, Internet, Irish research, and Technology. She is the author of the Quick Reference Guides for Irish Research. Her genealogy blog can be found at www.irishfamilyroots.com.

Members of the public are welcome to attend. The virtual meeting will be conducted via Zoom technology. Zoom guests must register at least one day in advance by emailing info@mgsfl.org. For more information, visit our website: https://mgsfl.org/.

 

Folk School Class: Sea Salt Scrub
Date: Tuesday, March 5
Hours: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, FL 34215
Website: https://FloridaMaritimeMuseum.org
Contact: 941-708-6120 or fmminfo@manateeclerk.com
Cost: $45.00/ticket
Pre-registration required: Yes
Event description: A process known as thalassotherapy means “the use of seawater in cosmetic or health treatments.” In this class, you will make an exfoliating scrub for your body, a soothing bath salt for the tub, and a sea salt hair spray that gives your hair body, texture, and enhances your natural curl.

 

Wednesday, March 6

 

Powel Crosley Estate Open House
Date: Wednesday, March 6
Hours: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Powel Crosley Estate, 8374 N. Tamami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243
Website: www.PowelCrosleyEstate.com
Contact: 941-722-3244 x0 or sales@BACVB.com
Cost: FREE
Pre-registration required: No
Event description: Open to the public. Strolling tour throughout the estate with access to the grounds. A variety of Crosley radios and memorabilia will be on display throughout the estate. Free admission. No reservations needed.

 

Polish Special Interest Group by Manatee Genealogical Society (Virtual)
Date: Wednesday, March 6
Hours: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
Location: online presentation via ZOOM
Website: https://mgsfl.org/
Contact: info@mgsfl.org
Cost: FREE
Pre-registration required: Yes
Event description: Researching in a foreign country can be a little intimidating, especially if you are researching alone. If your ancestors are from Poland or Eastern Europe, this group may be for you.

Join us for a monthly discussion and research session designed to encourage and inspire everyone. The meeting format is very flexible, and the discussions go where the group takes it.
Meetings are usually held the 1st Wednesday of the month via Zoom.

Zoom Link is provided to guests requesting at least one day in advance at info@mgsfl.org/. Please put in your email Subject Line: Request POLISH SIG Link. For more information, visit our website: https://mgsfl.org/. Email questions: info@mgsfl.org

 

Clay Day
Date: Wednesday, March 6
Hours: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Pavilion beside Robinson Preserve Nest, 804 99th St. N.W., Bradenton, FL 34209
Website:https://parks.mymanatee.org/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/iteminfo.html?module=AR&FMID=72736475
Contact: 941-748-4501 ext. 6034 or coral.bass@mymanatee.org
Cost: $20.00
Pre-registration required: Yes
Event description: Come play in the clay! Slip into an afternoon of clay creations using the coil pot, pinch, and slab technique to create bowls. Explore different pottery styles, he history of ceramics, and create your very own, on-of-a-kind art. Participants must be 10 years and older.

 

Thursday, March 7

 

Native American Heritage Tour
Date: Thursday, March 7
Hours: 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: Neal Preserve, 12301 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34209
Website: https://manateenrd.ticketleap.com/indigenousheritagetour/
Contact: 941-742-5923 ext. 6044 or sara.alvarezcollazo@mymanatee.org
Cost: FREE
Pre-registration required: Yes
Event description: Join us for a guided walk through Neal Preserve as we explore the history of the Native American tribes in the area. We'll take a closer look at the reconstructed burial mounds and climb the observation tower for a scenic view of this coastal preserve. Program Suitable for teens and adults. Reservation required. Register at: https://manateenrd.ticketleap.com/indigenousheritagetour/

 

Friday, March 8

 

Cuban Ranchos heritage Tour
Date: Friday, March 8
Hours: 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: Perico Preserve, 11700 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34209
Website: https://manateenrd.ticketleap.com/ranchosheritagetour
Contact: 941-742-5923 ext. 6044 or sara.alvarezcollazo@mymanatee.org
Cost: FREE
Pre-registration required: Yes
Event description: In the late 1600s, Florida’s shores hosted thriving communities of Cuban fishermen known as Ranchos. Join us as we tour the coastal habitat of Perico Preserve and discuss the history, obstacles and namesake Rancho owner Perico Pompon. Program recommended for teens and adults. Reservations required. Registration: https://manateenrd.ticketleap.com/ranchosheritagetour

 

Saturday, March 9

 

Cemetery Tour: 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds Guided tour
Date: Saturday, March 9
Hours: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton, FL 34208
Website: https://www.manateevillage.org/cemetery-tours-1
Contact: 941-749-7165 or manatee.village@manateeclerk.com
Cost: FREE
Pre-registration required: No
Event description: Join Manatee Village Historical Park staff for a free hour-long tour of the 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds. Discover some of the different facets of life during Manatee's Founding Period (1840-1918) as well as stories of those buried in the burying grounds.

Space is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. All members of your party must be present to receive a wristband. Check in at the Wiggins General Store at Manatee Village Historical Park on the morning of the tour to receive your free wrist band.

Please note that this is an outdoor event. Participants will traverse over curbs and uneven terrain. There will be no seating during the tour. Tours may be canceled due to inclement weather and rain dates will not be given. For the most up to date information, please follow us on social media or call 941-749-7165.

 

Parrish Heritage Festival & Chili Cook Off
Date: Saturday, March 9
Hours: Parade 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Chili Cook Off 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 12210 83rd St. E., Parrish, FL 34219
Website: https://www.parrishcivicassociation.com
Contact: 941-932-6217 or president@parrishcivicassociation.com
Cost: Parade is FREE, Chili Cook Off $10.00 per person (12 and under are FREE)
Pre-registration required: No
Event description: Come join the Parrish Civic Association for the annual Parrish Heritage Festival & Chili Cook Off. The festivities kick off at 10 a.m. with a local parade down 121st Street (check out the website for parade route map). After the parade, head on over to the Florida Railroad Museum to enjoy samplings of local businesses fighting it out for the title of best chili!

Chili not your thing? No problem, we’ve got you covered as we will have plenty of other food trucks there for purchasing food and drinks. The Divebombers will be lighting up the stage so bring a chair, grab a beer and listen to some great live music. The kids will LOVE the kids’ zone complete with bouncy houses, trampoline jumps, rock climbing and much more.

The railroad museum will also have the train running and tickets can be purchased to ride the train. There will also be tons of local vendors selling various different products of all types and sizes! There is truly something for everyone, so come check out this family friendly event and join the PCA for the day!!

 

Palmetto’s Heritage Festival
Date: Saturday, March 9
Hours: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Palmetto Historical Park & Manatee County Agricultural Museum, 515 10th Ave W. Palmetto, FL 34221
Website: https://manateecountyagmuseum.com
Contact: 941-721-2034/ agriculturalmuseum@manateeclerk.com
Cost: FREE
Pre-registration required: No
Event description: Local history will be celebrated during Palmetto’s Heritage Festival. This FREE event will have a park open house and activities for the whole family. The 1880 Heritage Station Post Office will be operational with a one-day-only cancellation designed by Kaylee Schauer, a local middle school student. Bring your stamped mail! Word of Mouth BBQ will be on site with delicious food available for purchase.

A special feature of this year’s Heritage Festival is The Original Florida Highwaymen Art Show & Sale. Artists scheduled to be on-site include: Curtis Arnett, R.L. Lewis, Doretha Hair Truesdell, and Roderick Hair. In addition, Mary Ann Carroll’s daughter, Kandie Ingram, will be showing the work of her mother, and Charles Walker’s and Livingston Roberts’ work will be shown by Gertrude Walker. Original artwork and prints will be for sale. Vintage paintings by deceased artists Alfred Hair, Harold Newton, Rodney Demps, and James Gibson will also be available for purchase along with some works by Roy McLendon and Sam Newton.

The Florida Highwaymen are a small group of African American landscape artists who began painting in the late 1950s. The paintings were then sold out of the trunk of their cars, as the artists went from door to door at homes and business offices or set up shop on a busy corner at the side of the road. Their bright and sultry images of Florida’s tropical beauty were sold for as little as twenty or thirty dollars. Today, their paintings are widely sought-after collectibles.

The Highwaymen originated from the Fort Pierce, Florida area when a white artist, Albert Ernest “Bean” Backus began to tutor a young African American teen named Alfred Hair. “Bean” not only taught Hair, but he influenced other young artists interested in exploring their creativity and developing a similar, yet unique style of their own, as well as making a living outside of the back-breaking labor in citrus groves and tomato fields. In 1995 the term “Highwaymen” was coined by Jim Fitch, a Florida museum curator, who wrote an article about the artists for the magazine “Antiques and Art Around Florida.”

 

Monday, March 11

 

Technology Special Interest Group by Manatee Genealogical Society (Virtual)
Date: Monday, March 11
Hours: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST
Location: online presentation via ZOOM
Website: https://mgsfl.org/
Contact: info@mgsfl.org
Cost: FREE
Pre-registration required: Yes
Event description: The TECHNOLOGY SIG helps users of all abilities to effectively use technology in support of Family History research. We will also have breakout groups for the users of the different Family History software.

Our March topic is: “News from RootsTech.” At the end of February, the largest genealogy conference and exhibition in the world is held. At the show, many of the genealogy providers launch new offerings. During our March meeting, we will share the latest news from RootsTech and items of interest to help in your family history research.

Zoom Link is provided to guests requesting at least 24 hours in advance at info@mgsfl.org . Please put in your email Subject Line: Request Technology SIG Link. For more information, visit our website: https://mgsfl.org/. Email questions: info@mgsfl.org.

 

Tuesday, March 12

 

Irish Special Interest Group by Manatee Genealogical Society (Virtual)
Date: Tuesday, March 12
Hours: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Location: online presentation via ZOOM
Website: https://mgsfl.org/
Contact: info@mgsfl.org
Cost: FREE
Pre-registration required: Yes
Event description: It’s estimated that about 10% of the US population has Irish ancestry… That’s about 31 million people! Ireland is not the easiest places to research due to political strife, as well as the destruction of the Public Records Office in 1922. However, research is possible if you know the place where your ancestors lived and the timeframe of their emigration. In the Irish SIG, we’ll answer basic questions about how to do Irish research, and what records are available to search both online and off. Join us for the first monthly Irish SIG meeting led by Donna Moughty. Donna has worked as a professional genealogist and has been conducting Irish research for over 30 years. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Zoom Link is provided to guests requesting at least 24 hours in advance at info@mgsfl.org . Please put in your email Subject Line: Request Irish SIG Link. For more information, visit our website: https://mgsfl.org/. Email questions: info@mgsfl.org.

 

Wednesday, March 13

 

German Special Interest Group by Manatee Genealogical Society (Virtual)
Date: Wednesday, March 13
Hours: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EST
Location: online presentation via ZOOM
Website: https://mgsfl.org/
Contact: info@mgsfl.org
Cost: FREE
Pre-registration required: Yes
Event description: Do you have German ancestors, or are you interested in this part of Eurpoe, or were your ancestors located in some of the popular German settlements in the USA? Maybe you should join our German Special Interest Group (SIG) and converse with other researchers with the same interests. The meeting format is very flexible, and the discussions go where the group takes it. Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 10:00 AM via Zoom. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Zoom Link is provided to guests requesting at least 24 hours in advance at info@mgsfl.org . Please put in your email Subject Line: Request German SIG Link. For more information, visit our website: https://mgsfl.org/. Email questions: info@mgsfl.org

 

Saturday, March 16

 

Guided Historic Walking Tour of the Town of Manatee
Date: Saturday, March 16
Hours: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Manatee Mineral Springs Park, 1312 2nd Ave. E., Bradenton, FL 34208
Website: https://reflectionsofmanatee.org
Contact: 941-201-5435 or reflectionsofmanatee@msn.com / crystal.d.kopp-1@ou.edu
Cost: FREE
Pre-registration required: No
Event description: Reflections of Manatee will take you on a guided walking tour through the oak and pine shaded streets of East Bradenton (Old Manatee). You will see where the pioneer homesites were or still stand. You will learn the history of several of Manatee County’s founding families from circa 1840 through the end of the 19th century. Admission is free, donations are greatly appreciated.

 

Tuesday, March 19

 

DNA Special Interest Group by Manatee Genealogical Society (Virtual)
Date: Tuesday, March 19
Hours: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM EST
Location: online presentation via ZOOM
Website: https://mgsfl.org/
Contact: info@mgsfl.org
Cost: FREE
Pre-registration required: Yes
Event description: Join us for a dialogue on the use of DNA in your genealogical research. News regarding the industry and different tools to use are provided, along with the participants sharing their knowledge, which leads to helping each other tie DNA into genealogy research!

Our March topic is: “News from RootsTech.” At the end of February, the largest genealogy conference and exhibition in the world is held. At the show, many of the genealogy providers launch new offerings. During our March meeting, we will share the latest DNA news from RootsTech and items of interest to help in your genetic genealogy research.

Zoom Link is provided to guests requesting at least 24 hours in advance at info@mgsfl.org . Please put in your email Subject Line: Request DNA SIG Link. For more information, visit our website: https://mgsfl.org/. Email questions: info@mgsfl.org

 

Wednesday, March 20

 

Mid-Atlantic Pre-Civil War Special Interest Group by Manatee Genealogical Society (Virtual)
Date: Thursday, March 20
Hours: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
Location: online presentation via ZOOM
Website: https://mgsfl.org/
Contact: info@mgsfl.org
Cost: FREE
Pre-registration required: Yes
Event description: Do you have ancestors who arrived in the United States before the Civil War? Did they begin their U.S. experience in the Mid-Atlantic states and then move westward? Then this SIG is for you! Sometimes the key to finding your ancestor’s home across the ocean is researching the places they lived before they migrated west. This was often in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, or the surrounding states. This SIG is designed to help people with just that experience.

The focus is on those who arrived in the U.S. before the Civil War and back to Colonial times. Migration routes, record sources, and more will be discussed.

Members of the public are welcome Zoom Link is provided to guests requesting at least 24 hours in advance at info@mgsfl.org . Please put in your email Subject Line: Request Mid-Atlantic SIG Link. For more information, visit our website: https://mgsfl.org/. Email questions: info@mgsfl.org.

 

Saturday, March 23

 

Nautical Flea Market
Date: Saturday, March 23
Hours: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, FL 34215
Website: https://FloridaMaritimeMuseum.org
Contact: 941-708-6120 or fmminfo@manateeclerk.com
Cost: FREE
Pre-registration required: No
Event description: Come reel in some deals at the annual Cortez Nautical Flea Market – now held in March! Browse new and used fishing gear, marine equipment, coastal arts & crafts, and so much more! Visit our family-friendly outreach booths and drop by “Tips & Ticks with an Old Seaman” to learn more about life at sea with Captain Gary! Food will be available for purchase.
FREE parking is available at the F.I.S.H. Preserve located on Cortez Road.

 

Old Main Street Self-Guided Heritage Walk
Date: Saturday, March 23
Hours: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Old Main Street (12th St. W.) and 4th Ave. W., Downtown Bradenton, FL 34205
Website: https://RealizeBradenton.com
Contact: 941-301-8445 or andrea@realizebradenton.com
Cost: FREE
Pre-registration required: No
Event description: Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of historic Old Main Street during the weekly Bradenton Market. Pick up your tour map a the Realize Bradenton information booth at the corner of Old Main Street and 4th Avenue West.

 

History Talk: Rough and Tumble Women of Manatee County
Date: Saturday, March 23
Hours: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: Rocky Bluff Branch Library, 6750 US-301, Ellenton, FL 34222
Website: https://manateelibrary.libcal.com/event/11535517
Contact: 941-748-5555 x6381 or jessica.franklin@mymanatee.org
Cost: FREE
Pre-registration required: Yes
Event description: Step back in time with librarian Katie Fleck to meet the fearless and determined women who shaped the rugged landscape of Manatee County. In this hour-long program, we will delve into the lives of the women who were instrumental in the region’s agriculture, cattle ranching, and rode traditions.

This program is part of the Rocky Bluff Library’s History Talk series.

 

Historical Lecture: “Mayhem in Manatee”
Date: Saturday, March 23
Hours: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton, FL 34208
Website: https://ManateeVillage.org/lecture-series
Contact: 941-749-7165 or manatee.village@manateeclerk.com
Cost: FREE
Pre-registration required: No
Event description: Back by popular demand! January’s turnout for this lecture exceeded capacity. So, we’re presenting it again! From murders to prison escapes, the Sarasota Vigilance Committee left the nation in awe when a group of men in Sarasota (then part of Manatee County) came together in 1884 to form a group with the sole purpose of eliminating “obnoxious” people. By summer, they would have committed their first murder and gotten away with it. In December, they murdered postmaster Charles Abbe in broad daylight, but they wouldn’t be so lucky this time.

Lectures will be held in the Wiggins Store Conference Room starting at 10:00 AM. Seating is limited to 30 and filled on a first come basis. 

 

Historical Lecture: “Medicines and Maladies”
Date: Saturday, March 23
Hours: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Manatee Village Historical Park, 1404 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton, FL 34208
Website: https://ManateeVillage.org/lecture-series
Contact: 941-749-7165 or manatee.village@manateeclerk.com
Cost: FREE
Pre-registration required: No
Event description: Frontier life was full of dangers for the early US pioneers, and small injuries like a cut could turn deadly. Yet, they were also living in a time of revolutionary advances in medicine and the understanding of diseases. Come explore how pioneers made the best of their circumstances and overcame (or succumbed) in the wilderness of pioneer Florida.

Lectures will be held in the Wiggins Store Conference Room starting at 2:00 PM. Seating is limited to 30 and filled on a first come basis. 

 

Sunday, March 24

 

Reasoner Heritage Day
Date: Sunday, March 24
Hours: 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: Palme Sola Botanical Park, 9800 17th Ave. N.W., Bradenton FL 34209
Website: https://plamasolbp.org
Contact: bevzollerburdette@gmail.com or palmasolabp@aol.com
Cost: FREE
Pre-registration required: No
Event description: Learn about the almost 150 years of Reasoner’s horticultural contributions to Manatee County and internationally. Among many, they are credited with introducing the world’s first pink grapefruit and the iconic Royal Palm, as well as being the first inductees into the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame. Come hear Andy Reasoner tell stories of his family’s pioneering nursery business, as well as connections to Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and the notorious Sarasota Vigilante Committee, among others. There will also be old photos and antique items on display, tour of the old Reasoner Tropical Nursery, located nearby at Robinson Preserve, as well as a variety of unique hibiscus plants and local history books for sale. Light refreshments. Free admission.

 

Tuesday, March 26

 

Palmetto’s Guided Historic Walking Tour
Date: Tuesday, March 26
Hours: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Palmetto Historical Park & Manatee County Agricultural Museum, 515 10th Ave W. Palmetto, FL 34221
Website: https://manateecountyagmuseum.com
Contact: 941-721-2034 or agriculturalmuseum@manateeclerk.com
Cost: FREE
Pre-registration required: Yes
Event description: This walk, about 2 hours, will highlight some of the historic buildings in the downtown and riverfront areas. Included is a tour of the Palmetto Riverside Bed & Breakfast, a historic Sears and Roebuck home, built by town founder's son, J. A. Lamb. Wear comfortable shoes. This is a free tour, but a ticket is REQUIRED as there are only 20 spaces available. AN HOUR PRIOR to the walking tour, the Palmetto Historical Park and Agricultural Museum will be open for those who wish to explore. If the tour is full, you are welcome to sign up on the waiting list and we will contact you if a space opens up. To register for the walking tour, visit https://manateecountyagmuseum.com starting March 1st.

 

Saturday, March 30

 

Reflections of Manatee Open Houses
Date: Saturday, March 30
Hours: 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM, Guided tours at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM
Location: Reflections of Manatee, 1302 4th Ave. E., Bradenton, FL 34208
Website: https://reflectionsofmanatee.org
Contact: 941-201-5435 or reflectionsofmanatee@msn.com / crystal.d.kopp-1@ou.edu
Cost: FREE
Pre-registration required: No
Event description: Come visit the museum, Reflections of Manatee, situated in the Curry Houses Historic District. See our new exhibition, The Civil War in Manatee County, and revamped exhibits. Discover Angola and the archaeology involved in surfacing this community of free African Americans. Learn about the Currys and their involvement as one of the early families in the Town of Manatee. Self-guided walkthroughs available, with guided tours at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Admission is free, donations are greatly appreciated.

 

Tuesday, April 2

 

Folk School Class: Weaving
Date: Tuesday, April 2
Hours: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez, FL 34215
Website: https://FloridaMaritimeMuseum.org
Contact: 941-708-6120 or fmminfo@manateeclerk.com
Cost: $45.00/ticket
Pre-registration required: Yes
Event description: Weaving is one of the oldest surviving crafts in the world. Tap into both the history of hand-made cloth and the Florida Maritime Museum’s building in this beginners-friendly weaving class. Our building served as the home and weaving studio of master weaver Robert Sailors from 1974 to 1995. Get a behind-the-scenes look at some of Sailors’ pieces that were woven here, learn how to make a loom, warp (thread) it, and weave some fun designs for a beautiful wall hanging. Students will leave with a loom and the skills needed to compete their weaving at home.