Englewood History With Zest!



Call 941-861-5000 for information on programs at the Elsie Quirk Library. Call 941-681-3736 for information on the Englewood Charlotte Library programs. Library programs made possible by generous donations from the Friends of the Elsie Quirk Library and the Friends of the Englewood Charlotte Library.

10% off lunch Mango Bistro

The Mango Bistro at 301 W Dearborn Street is offering a discount coupon – get your coupon by attending a Lemon Bay Fest program at either library.

FREE PASS Englewood Sports Complex

 Attend a Lemon Bay Fest program at either library location and get a pass for one free fitness visit at the Englewood Sports Complex at 1300 S River Road in Englewood. For more information about the ESC and services, call 941-861-1980.

Theater Program: The Case of the Baffled Bride

February 6 -12

Hillary Dean is getting married. However, in Englewood of 1959 what does marriage mean to an independent woman? Join us for original music, laughter and a mystery. By Jean Airey and Linda Lou Lewis

 Tickets: $5 (Benefiting the Lemon Bay Historical Society)

7 PM Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday,, Friday;

2:30 PM Sunday Reservations – 941-474-3764

Historic Green Street Church

416 W. Green Street, Englewood

Photo Contest – Sponsored by the Englewood Camera Club

Winners announced 12 noon at the Cracker Fair. Submit contest photos January 3 through January 30, 2016


12:00 pm – 4:00 pm Historic Lampp House

SHORE will guide Open House tours of the 1928 Historic Lampp Home. Call Betty at 941-475-2696. 604 Perry Street.

The Highwaymen: Florida’s African- American Landscape Painters

Author Gary Monroe discusses the history of the artists who taught themselves to paint idyllic versions of the Florida landscape.
am-11:30 am
Englewood Ch
arlotte Library
0 pm-3:00 pm
lsie Quirk Library

10:30 am Author Richard Peck

Richard Peck, a beloved and award winning writer for children and young adults discusses his works.
Elsie Quirk Library


9:00 am-1:00 pm OPEN HOUSE

An open house at the historic Lemon Bay Womans Club with refreshments, quilting & craft demonstrations.
ut & Maple Streets

10:30 am History of the Venice Train Depot

Jim Middleton speaks about the history of the Venice Train Depot.
Elsie Quirk Library

2:00 pm Historic Spanish Point

Kara Pallin discusses the history of Spanish Point. Elsie Quirk Library

5:00 pm Patrick Smith’s Florida: A Sense of Place

This film includes fascinating stories of Patrick Smith's life and adventures; experiences that he had to have in order to write his books the way he did. It provides great insight no only into Florida’s past, but also into the mind of one of her favorite writers.
Elsie Quirk Library


10:00 am -12:00 pm Pickleball 101
The ESC “
Pickleballers will introduce this fun and easy-to-learn game that is taking Florida by storm. 1300 S River Road Englewood Sports Complex

10:30 am What to do with your Shells
Learn how to identify and clean your shells, the best times to go shelling, and what to do with the shells you find on our Florida beaches. Presented by the Englewood Shell Club.
Elsie Quirk Library

10:30 am History of Turtles in Englewood Carol Leonard of the Coastal Wildlife Club discusses the history of turtles and our efforts to protect them in the Englewood area. Englewood Charlotte Library

2:00 pm Early Englewood

Jim Clubb from Discover Sarasota discusses the history of early Englewood before 1920 with pictures.
Elsie Quirk Library


10:30 am Celebrate the Wild Side of Florida Author Bill Bellville gives a compelling presentation on identifying our natural landscapes in Florida, and understanding how they have inspired other writers and artists over time.
Englewood Charlotte Library

10:30 am Ladies of Early Englewood
Betty Nugent from SHORE speaks about some of the women who lived in early Englewood.

Elsie Quirk Library

2:00 pm Sarasota’s Man of Mystery: John D. MacDonald

Calvin Branche, a John D. MacDonald historian, speaks about a prolific author who had a major impact on Florida’s literary history.

Elsie Quirk Library


9:00 am – 12:00 pm Cookie House Tours Take a rare historic tour of the Cookie House, formerly known as the Bass Biological Laboratory. The scientific exploration of this facility grew into today’s world-renowned Mote Marine Laboratory. Sponsored by the Charlotte County Historical Center. 629.7278. Cedar Point Environmental Park
2300 Placida Rd

10:00 am – 2:00 pm Antique Appraisal Day

A SHORE fundraiser. Volunteers appraise antiques at the Old Hardware Store on Dearborn. For more information contact Betty Nugent at 941-475-2696.

Englewood Hardware Store Dearborn Street

10:30 am Movie – Cracker: The Last Cowboys of Florida For over 250 years, Cowboys have ridden the plains of central Florida. This film captures the beauty of the old ways with the drama of encroaching civilization. Elsie Quirk Library

10:30-11:00 am History of Valentine’s Day Beach Story Time – holiday themed craft & story for kids and parents at pavilion #3 on Englewood Beach.

2:00-3:00 pm Chef Warren Cooking Program

Chef Warren gives a cooking

demonstration and includes information about the history of food in southwest Florida.
Englewood Charlotte Library


10:30 am11:30 am History of Little Salt Springs

Steve Koski discusses the history of Little Salt Springs in North Port and its significance as an archaeological site.
Elsie Quirk Library

St. Augustine and Florida’s History
Author Michael Francis discusses his work ‘St. Augustine: America’s First City’.
10:30 am-11:30 am
Englewood Charlotte Library
2:00 pm-3:00 pm
Elsie Quirk Library


10:00 am – 4:00 pm CRACKER FAIR

Festivities for the whole family: kids’ games, crafts, food vendors, artists, music, and more. Located in Pioneer Plaza .
10:00 am – 11:00 am Lemon Dessert contest entries accepted
12:00 pm Lemon Dessert Contest winners announced on stage
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm Entertainment on stage

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Open Studio Open House – 5 Year Anniversary Event
Help us celebrate our 5-year anniversary. There will be music, activities, entertainment and healthy food and drink. There is also an art raffle and teacup auction to raise funds for our newest project of developing a space for emerging artisan fairs and classes.

380 Old Englewood Rd 941-681-2782


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