3 To Do: A Marco pioneer, Oz and 'Wonder'

Marco Eagle

1. Presentation: Captain John Horr, Marco Pioneer

The Southwest Florida Archaeological Society (SWFAS) will have a presentation on Captain John Horr, Marco Pioneer, 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Collier County Museum 3331 Tamiami Trail East, Naples.

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Union Civil War veteran and successful businessman, John F. Horr purchased a "shell mound island" near Caxambas in 1877 to grow pineapples for his wholesale grocery business. A residence was built for him on the island, along with a school for the children of island workers, a packing house and a wharf. All that remains today of that small community is the crumbling tabby ruins of Captain Horr's two story house.

Captain John Horr

The speaker, David Southall, is a graduate of Paul Smiths College of Forestry and the State University of New York at Buffalo with degrees in Science and Education. Following a tour of duty in Vietnam, he obtained his MS in Plant Biology from Cornell University. In his early career Southall was founder/CEO of a nursery, landscape, greenhouse operation and a natural areas management company specializing in wetlands restoration and mitigation, wildlife management, and invasive species control. He retired after 14 years with the Collier County Museums where he was responsible for museum programs and living history events.

This is a free public program. 

2. Friday: Movie in the Park

Mackle Park, on the football field. Each Friday through March. Nov. 16, the movie “Wonder” will be presented. Dec. 14: “The Man Who Invented Christmas.” Bring your chairs and blankets for seating. Information: 239-642-0575.

3. Island Players visit ‘Oz’

The Island Theater Company's kicks off 2018-2019 season by celebrating the upcoming 80th anniversary of the iconic film “The Wizard of Oz.”

Wizard of Oz

The young performers edition by L. Frank Baum, music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg opens Nov. 16 with four performances at 7:30 p.m., Friday through Sunday (with 2:30 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday) at the Marco Lutheran Church great room, 525 N. Collier Blvd., Marco.

Doors open half-hour prior to performances. Tickets for The Wizard of Oz are $15 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased in person at the Centennial Bank, 615 E. Elkcam Circle, Monday through Friday. Tickets can also be purchased online at  ww.theateronmarco.com, by calling the ticket office at 239-394-0080, or at the door 30 minutes prior to each performance.