Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Around the Bend; Historical Society Plans a Busy Month

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Around the Bend; Historical Society Plans a Busy Month

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Byline: DAN SCANLAN

It's an historically busy month for the Mandarin Museum and Historical Society, beginning with its fundraiser and ending with a trip back in time.

First up is the nonprofit group's fifth annual Wine Tasting, hosted by Fresh Market and set for 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the Mandarin Fresh Market at 10950 San Jose Blvd. The supermarket and Southern Wine and Spirits hosts the event, which includes hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction, said society president Beth Meyer.

"This has been a tremendous partnership to raise money for our education programs," she said. "We have people calling in midsummer to ask when it will be."

The event is open to the public for $25 per person, and tickets can be purchased at the Mandarin Museum at Walter Jones Historical Park, 11964 Mandarin Road, or Fresh Market.

Last year's event raised more than $7,000.

Next up is "Stowe, Steamboats and Stories," a nighttime lantern tour through the Walter Jones Historical Park from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29. This is the second time the free event has been held, and it will feature costumed storytellers who present the history of the area and 1875 farmstead that makes up the core of the park, said society board member Karen Roumillat.

New characters are scheduled for some of the candlelit stops along the nature trail at the park, along with Harriett Beecher Stowe and a riverboat captain. Children are invited to wear costumes to the event, and punch and cookies will be served.

Finally, the society is already preparing to host its seventh annual Winter Celebration in Mandarin from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the historical park. More than 1,000 people attended last winter's event, enjoying hayrides, train rides, old-fashioned games and crafts, musical entertainment, and Santa. The event is free.

The Mandarin Museum is open from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays; and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. For information, call the museum at 268-0784.

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