3 To Do: Music and mermaids

Marco Eagle

1. Florida Songwriter Showcase starts Monday with Raiford Starke

The J.Robert Florida Songwriter Showcase is on stage every Monday, from 7 until 10 p.m., June 5 through Aug. 28 at the Marco Players Theater, Marco Town Center Mall, 1089 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island.

Songwriter/picker/singer Raiford Starke.

Each show includes a performance, intermission, Q & A with the musician, and jam session. During the shows, the musicians will share personal stories about Florida heritage that inspired their songwriting and their musical talents.

Performers are Raiford Starke (June 5), Austin Church (June 12), Bob Williams (June 19), Mitch Peters (June 27), Rita Youngman (July 3), Roy Schneider (July 10), Nate Martin (July 17), Ray Cerbone (July 24), Captn Jac (July 31), Pete Gallagher and Pat Barmore (Aug. 7), Andy Wahlberg (Aug. 14), “Sawgrass” Cindy Hackney (Aug. 21) and Joerey Ortiz (Aug. 28).

Advance tickets are $30 each for reserved seating and $35 at the door. Buy individual tickets or a package at TheMarcoPlayers.com or call the box office at 239-642-7270.

2. Saturday: Annual Artist of the Year and Scholarship Luncheon

Marco Island Foundation for the Arts invites the public to their annual luncheon to honor 2017 Artist of the Year, Austin Bell, curator and artistic director at the Marco Island Historical Museum and our five scholarship winners, 11:30 a.m., Saturday, June 3.

The luncheon is held at the Wesley United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 350 S. Barfield Dr., Marco Island. To make reservations, send your check to MIFA, Annual Luncheon, P.O. Box 1091, Marco Island, FL 34146 including names of guests, email address and phone no. Cost is $20 per person. Information: Clara at 239-404-0657.

3. Tuesday: Weeki Wachee presentation

The Marco Island Historical Society presents Lu Vickers “Weeki Wachee: City of Mermaids” at 7 p.m., June 6, at Rose History Auditorium.

In the late ‘40s, long before the Magic Kingdom, stunt swimmer and attraction promoter Newt Perry spearheaded the development of one of Florida’s oldest and most beloved roadside attractions: Weeki Wachee Springs, the city of mermaids.

The program is free to members of the Society and $10 for non-members. The presentation will cover the history of Weeki Wachee from its very beginnings and will show how Newt Perry developed his dream of underwater performances at Silver Springs and Wakulla before heading to the east coast of Florida to found his own attraction.

Visit theMIHS.com.