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  • A Visit From Bertha Palmer
    2:00 PM-3:00 PM

    416 W Green St, Englewood, FL 34223, USA

    416 W Green St, Englewood, FL 34223, USA

    Saturday, June 3rd at 2pm at the
    Historic Green Street Church in Englewood.

    A Visit from the One-and-Only Bertha Palmer,

    Sarasota socialite, developer and innovator!

    Mrs. Potter Palmer
    by Anders Leonard Zorn, 1893

    Portrayed by the one-and-only Kate Holmes!

    This is a FUNdraiser to help the Lemon Bay Historical Society move & save the Historic Green Street Church building. $10 donation at the door.  Come enjoy a fun event with a 50/50 Raffle, Gift Baskets and raffles for Gift Certificates from local Businesses!

    Bertha Palmer Touring Her Sarasota County Lands

    Bertha Palmer was a Chicago millionaire and visionary. Her interest in the Gulf Coast of Florida on her arrival in Sarasota in 1910 set the stage for the growth and prosperity of Sarasota County. She bought over 80,000 acres in the Sarasota area and became involved in agriculture, livestock, real estate, banking and tourism. Her social standing helped put the community of 840 people on the map, and once she put down roots, Sarasota County would never be the same!
    For more information 941-208-5942 or

    Presented by the Englewood Area Historical Museum

  • Hello Elvis!
    6:30 PM-8:00 PM

    416 W Green St, Englewood, FL 34223, USA

    416 W Green St, Englewood, FL 34223, USA

    Auditions will be held at the Historic Green Street Church, 416 West Green Street in Englewood from 6:30 to 8 pm. on Monday June 12.

    We are looking for young singers  & actors to play high-school students in the premier production of an original teen musical called “Hello Elvis”.
    We also need adults to play teachers and a strong male singer to portray the ghost of Elvis Presley.  
    This will be an all-volunteer production with 7 pm. performances on October 2,3,5, 6, and 7th.  
    Proceeds will help move the Historic Green Street Church Museum to its new location beside the Historic Lemon Bay Cemetery.
    Therefore, Community service hours will be available to students who participate.
    Ron Walton is the author and composer of this upbeat musical lesson in being cool. 
    Ten musical numbers- all original and written in the style of Elvis – are woven into a two-act play with a positive spin.
    Linda Lou Lewis is co-directing with Walton. She worked for years with the late Jean Airey on various productions at the Historic Green Street Church Museum.
    “We are excited about showcasing the talent and energy of young performers in our community ,” said Lewis. 
    “The bonus is they’ll be helping to preserve one of Englewood’s historic places and keeping it alive as a cultural asset to the community.” 
     If you have questions, contact Lewis at

On behalf of the Society, many thanks to all of you who donated to Charlie Hicks’ run to be “Mayor for a Day.” The grand total is $2784 which will be added to the amount raised to move our historic building. Thanks again to all who contributed and congratulations to Charlie!!

Elect Charlie Hicks for PIONEER DAYS Mayor of the Day!
Voting will be available on the website as well as several polling places covering all areas of Englewood. (Check back here for more information as it becomes available.)


Charlie’s charity of choice is the Lemon Bay Historical Society, Inc. whose current project is to move the Historic Green Street Church Museum to a forever home adjacent to Lemon Bay Cemetery at an estimated cost of $187,000. This move will insure the 1928 building remains a community asset.


Charles W. Hicks was born in Lakeland, Florida in 1940. In Kathleen, a nearby town, he attended one of the many “strawberry schools” in the area that closed for vacation the months of January, February and March so that students were available to pick strawberries without missing school.
The Hicks family, dad, mom and three boys moved to Englewood in 1947 and dad, Wiley, became a commercial fisherman who went on to develop Hicks’ Marina in the mid 50s. The family enlarged the facility in the 1960s. Today, it is known as Stump Pass Marina.
Charlie graduated from Venice High School, enduring long daily bus rides, in the days before Englewood was blessed with Lemon Bay High School. In 1958 following graduation, he joined the Army, mustering out in 1961 and going on to a distinguished 31-year career with Delta Airlines.
He and his wife, Kathy, were drawn back to the area by his Englewood roots in 1999 and immediately got involved in the community. He is a long-time member and President of the Lemon Bay Historical Society. As a member of the Englewood United Methodist Church, Charlie is best known for coordinating the volunteers who make the $6 Wednesday night dinners so successful. He is also a member of the Secret Society of Smoked Mullets that recognizes individuals who contribute to the community.



From the Pioneer Days website:
The “Mayor for a Day” will be officially announced at the Cardboard Boat Race on Saturday September 2, 2017 and receive the “Mayor sash” prior to the start of the first race. Duties will include selecting the “Mayors Choice Award” at the Cardboard Boat Race, riding in a vehicle for the Parade on Labor Day (vehicle provided by the EPD Committee), selecting the “Mayors Choice” for the Open Car Show on Sunday September 3, 2017 and “Mayors Choice” for the Corvette Car Show on Monday, Labor Day September 4, 2017. The duties don’t stop there, the “Mayor” will proudly wear the sash and be the “Mayor For A Day” until next Labor Day weekend in 2018. Public appearances could also be part of the yearlong bragging rights and helping YOUR charity for more than a day.