The “Ghosts of Fort Pierce Past” Historic Walking Tour will be held on Wednesday, October 29, 2014. This event only happens once a year so you don’t want to miss your chance to hear the many secrets of Downtown Fort Pierce and the stories of the people who made our town great. You will encounter live characters at every stop! Actors will reveal the history of buildings and the evidence of a “ghostly presence.”
The “Ghosts of Fort Pierce Past” Historic Walking Tour is sold out every year. Main Street Fort Pierce holds three different tours; North, South and Edgartown. The first tours leaves at 5:30 pm with tours leaving every 15 minutes after that. The last tour leaves at 7:30 pm. Each tour includes 9 historic stops. Tours will last approximately 1 to 1-1/2 hours.
Highlights for the North Tour include: a stop at Fee’s Hardware & Mortuary where the notorious Ashley Gang’s bodies were laid on the sidewalk like prey displayed after a big hunt. Throughout the evening you will hear the explosion of cannons detonated by a squadron of soldiers reenacting former war time at the Old Fort Pierce. Other stops include pioneer rancher, Frank Raulerson; Henry Flagler and the “Night Train”; Zora Neale Hurston, former folklorist and author; Annie Hogg, owner of the PP Cobb General Store; and Ms. Elizabeth Palmer who still haunts her cottage on 2nd Street.
The South Tour is also rich with history and paranormal activities. Stroll through the Sunrise Theatre with Mom & Pop Kobelgard. Here you may encounter one of the many ghostly ushers who hang around the theatre. Next, wander through the haunted Sun Trust building; where the harmless spirits move to greet you. Continuing with the tour you will encounter an authentic blacksmith reenacting his early profession. Other stops include Mr. Miley, reporter and editor for the Fort Pierce News; Mr. Klopp, the courthouse architect who was crushed by a 5-ton safe, the historic Fort Pierce Hotel and Boston House.
Edgartown is an important part of the history of Fort Pierce’s history. Once a fishing village it was founded in the mid 1800’s. The community is located to the north of Tickle Tummy Hill. Alford Lagow was the founder of Edgartown and named the new town after his grandson, Edgar Bowman.
The Edgartown Tour will feature Lucinda Lagow, wife of the founder of Edgartown. She shares the gossip of the early settlers in in her town and how she lived back in the 1890’s. Moving on you will encounter a rugged old fisherman mending his fishing nets reminiscing about his life on the river. The Coral and Yellow houses, sit side-by-side, boast of ghostly souls who wrap on windows and slam doors. Mr. Hill, a beekeeper and photographer shows his ghostly presence on the darkest of nights. Other stops include Mrs. McCarty, grandmother of Dan McCarty, whose husband was gunned down in the streets over a land deal.
Walk with us on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 for the Main Street Fort Pierce Ghosts of Fort Pierce Past Historic Walking Tour. There is a $5. per person donation for the tour; children under 5 are free. The North & South Tours leave from the City Hall Plaza (between the new parking garage & City Hall building) on Orange Avenue in Downtown Fort Pierce. The Edgartown Tour leaves from the Platts/Backus House. Parking for this tour is at North Indian River Drive and AE Backus Avenue (Avenue C.) Space is limited. Reservations are required. Please call Main Street Fort Pierce at 466-3880 to set up your time of departure and your choice of tours. We suggest you arrive 15 minutes before your Tour. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Tour size is limited to ensure a high quality experience. The Ghosts of Fort Pierce Past Historic Walking Tour is fun for the entire family.
Volunteer Opportunity: Would you like to be a tour guide or an actor? No experience necessary. For more information or to volunteer contact Sue Dannahower at (772) 618-0155 or Sue_Dannahower@Bellsouth.net.
Budweiser, Ocean Chiropractic & Health Center, and Waste Management of FL, Inc. would like to invite you to the sixth annual Halloween Golf Tournament to benefit Main Street Fort Pierce. The ghosts and goblins are diligently raking the sand traps, cutting the grass and manicuring the greens in preparation for a haunting good time on Saturday, October 25th, at Gator Trace Golf Club.
Our ghastly golf committee is looking for brave golfers and spooky sponsors ready to enjoy a great event while supporting a great cause … Main Street Fort Pierce. The cost is $75.00 per player or $300.00 per team. Your entry fee will include a continental breakfast, a round of golf, lunch and raffle prizes. Every golfer will walk away with a goody bag and a gift from one of our sponsors.
Every year Main Street holds a putting contest to see who is the best putter at the tournament – sponsored by CenterState Bank and the Law Firm of Hoskins, Turco, Lloyd & Lloyd. For a small donation you will get 3 chances to putt your ball through a special layout for a great prize and for more games there is a lottery tree and par 3 poker.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available and tombstones will be set up around the course ready to add your business name as a tee or green sponsor.
Call the Main Street Fort Pierce office at 466-3880 to sign up your team, get a tombstone sign or be a sponsor for the Halloween Golf Tournament.
The Riverdawgs are a classic rock trio that has been playing music on the Treasure Coast for the last 16 years. Local musicians Wayne Leonard (Bassist and song writer), Jim Smith (Guitarist), and Jeff Hart (Drummer) play a musical selection of cover songs from ZZ Top, The Rolling Stones, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and blues covers such as Stevie Ray Vaughn, Cream and Wilson Pickett. The band also enjoys some good ole’ southern rock; playing songs from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet and The Allman Brothers while throwing in a few of their own music that is mostly upbeat rhythm & blues and rock & roll.
Join the Riverdawgs at Friday Fest on Friday, October 3, 2014 at 5:30 pm at the north end of Marina Square
Jeff Brown, from iHeartMedia’s WAVW 92.7 and OLDIES 103.7, will also be at the October Friday Fest entertaining the crowd with Top 40 music.
All in Fun. Inc, has teamed up with Main Street Fort Pierce to provide children’s activities during Friday Fest. The children’s activities include a Giant Slide and a bounce house. Have your face painted by Masquerade Expressions.
Arts & crafts vendors will line up in front of the Indian River in Marina Square.
Make sure you bring your appetite when you come to Friday Fest. The food variety includes Greek, Caribbean, barbeque ribs & chicken, seafood, Americana, and various snack items.
Admission is always FREE at Friday Fest and there is always plenty of food, music, and activities for all ages! Parking Garage is open and free for your parking convenience!
DINE, SHOP, AND ENJOY BEAUTIFUL, HISTORIC, DOWNTOWN FORT PIERCE
FRIDAY FEST – OCTOBER 3, 2014 – 5:30 to 9:00 PM
Fort Pierce City Marina Square
Melody Lane and Avenue A, Fort Pierce, FL 34950
Yearly Sponsors of Friday Fest includes:
All in Fun, Budweiser, iHeartMedia’s WAVW 92.7 and OLDIES 103.7, Coca-Cola, DYER Chevrolet of Fort Pierce, Ocean Chiropractic & Health Center, Park’s Rental, Reliable Poly Johns, and St. Lucie News Tribune
COFFEE WITH THE MAYOR
September 19, 2014 – 8:00 AM
Join Main Street Fort Pierce and Mayor Linda Hudson for Coffee with the Mayor. Coffee with the Mayor is held every third Friday of the month at our NEW LOCATION the Fort Pierce Yacht at 700 N. Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce, FL. The event begins at 8:00 AM and is a positive networking experience for those that attend. Businesses, community organizations, and newcomers to the area are welcome to share information about upcoming events or activities occurring in the Treasure Coast region.
MEET OUR SPONSOR:
CENTER STATE BANK
Fort Pierce’s CenterState Bank Now Open for Business
As of September 8, CenterState Bank has officially moved into their new 2,500 sq. ft. full service banking center, following a two year stint at their temporary branch location at the Orange Blossom Business Center, 4150 Okeechobee Rd., in Fort Pierce, The new building is located at 5001 Okeechobee Rd., one mile west from their previous location and across the street from Wal-Mart.
The new building was built by Mike Jacquin of Jacquin & Sons Construction of Fort Pierce and Paul Dritenbas of Edlund, Dritenbas, Binkley Architects & Associates of Vero Beach was the Architect. The single floor, state-of-the-art building offers the community the addition of safe deposit boxes, a coffee bar, three drive-through lanes and a drive-up ATM for customer convenience.
CenterState Bank, an independent Florida-based bank, is rated five stars, by BauerFinancial, an independent bank rating and research firm in Coral Gables. There are currently 55 branches throughout 18 Florida counties with combined assets of nearly $4 billion.
Vice President/Branch Manager of the Fort Pierce branch is Lori Wuchte, known to area residents and businesses for her over 27 years of local banking experience. In addition to Wuchte is John Tranter- Chief Banking Officer, Tammy Roncaglione- Community President – St. Lucie County, Cheryl Howe-Assistant Branch Manager, Jarrod Trefelner, Commercial Lender, Jim Morris-Residential Lender, Louis Capezza-Investment Advisor and Lucy Fulknier-Head Teller. Also new to the team are Cecilia Jamies -Teller, and Natalie Desmangles-Customeer Service.
Customers can expect local decision-making and easy accessibility while receiving the services of free personal and business checking accounts, as well as personal, residential and commercial loans. Additionally, they will continue their community involvements and working with local businesses. According to Wuchte “Our existing customers are so excited to see that we are now in our permanent branch and we hope to meet more of the community now they we are settled in.”
CenterState Bank is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. Drive thru hours are from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday and on Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, call 772-460-2242.
Also this Month is the Golden Hammer Awards. These awards are given to homes and businesses that have made improvements to their property for the betterment of the community. East Coast Lumber/Ace Hardware is the proud sponsor of the Golden Hammer Awards.
Main Street Fort Pierce and Orchid Island Juice Company provide breakfast treats, coffee, and fresh squeeze orange juice for attendees.
Come experience Fort Pierce hospitality at Coffee with the Mayor on Friday, September 19, 2014.