LABELLE, FL. -- LaBelle Heritage Museum's "Caloosahatchee Excursion" river tours were so successful at last year's 50th Anniversary Swamp Cabbage Festival that the museum enlisted Riverside Real Estate, Inc., as a corporate sponsor and booked Captain John C. Cookman's M/V River Queen for both Saturday, February 25, and Sunday, February 26, for a total of eight approximately two hour tours of the Caloosahatchee from the LaBelle Wharf at Barron Park to the Fort Denaud Bridge and back. The 40-passenger River Queen now boasts a restroom facility.
Guides for the tours are Hendry County Science Educator and "river rat" Scott Cooper for both 8:30 a.m. tours, LaBelle's own Scott Perry, founder and director of the popular Summer Children's Fossil Camps, for 11 a.m. both days, News-Press columnist and author of "Along the Caloosahatchee" Amy Bennett Williams for the 1:30 p.m. cruise on Saturday, with Joe Thomas, local historian and sometimes professor of Florida History at FSW State College, covering the 1:30 p.m. cruise on Sunday. Margaret England, award-winning president of the Hendry-Glades Audubon Society rounds out this year's guides for the 4 o'clock cruise on both days. Members of FSW State College's Hendry-Glades Center Phi Theta Kappa, International Honorary Society are volunteering to help both days.
Advance tickets are available online at www.labelleheritagemuseum.org for $30