LABELLE, FL. -- LaBelle Heritage Museum's 22nd Annual Old Timers Dinner is set for Thursday, February 23, at the LaBelle Civic Center behind LaBelle City Hall at 481 W. Hickpochee Ave. (SR-80 West) with the doors open at 5 o'clock and the dinner, catered by Cassie's Cracker Cookin' & Catering, at 6 o'clock. This event has become the "unofficial" kick-off to LaBelle's Swamp Cabbage Festival Weekend and draws not only LaBelle residents and former residents returning for Swamp Cabbage Festival, along with seasonal residents but also from surrounding communities including the Seminole Big Cypress Reservation.
Well-known area Florida Cracker raconteur Billy Murphy will be joined by Woody Hanson, direct descendant of Fort Myers first civilian resident Manuel A. Gonzalez and grandson of the "White Medicine Man" W. Stanley Hanson --mentor and advisor to the Miccosukees in the Big Cypress, to emcee the evening's events including the live and fabulous dessert auctions. Some items worthy of being included in the live auction will be made available at the silent auction. Local artist Tracey Langford is donating a new painting of a Seminole village for the live auction, and Terrence McCourt, retired LaBelle Middle School Shop Teacher, has already donated a 40" handmade wooden semi tractor with lowboy trailer and earthmover and a game set with board and four different games for the live auction, and the Seminole Tribe usually donates several items for the live auction. There will also be a 50/50 drawing. The auctions and 50/50 drawing are fundraisers to benefit LaBelle Heritage Museum's programs and operating expenses. Meal ticket sales cover the expenses involved in putting on the dinner itself.
Ticket cost $25 per person and are available online at www.labelleheritagemuseum.org for credit and debit card sales. Pat Johnson will be at the museum, located at 360 North Bridge St. (SR-29), on Friday and Saturday through February 18 for cash and check ticket sales.