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Museum Holds Nostalgic Celebration

There are plenty of special events on Marco Island. But the Historical Society’s recent “Party Like It’s 1965” Shindig was a celebration with a difference. To set the mood, Rose History Auditorium was transformed by decor of the 60s and 70s—lava lamps, flowers, mirror balls and other glisten and gleam.

Guests came dressed in garb of the period—brightly colored floral and geometric prints, polyester, bell-bottoms, miniskirts, high vinyl boots and platform shoes. There were plenty of wigs in evidence, some on heads that hadn’t seen hair in years.

The buffet was provided by Stonewalls, and the music by the Exit 101 Band (named after the I-75 exit leading to Naples and Marco). The highlight of the evening was a Twist contest, and the first-place winner was a Marco Island Academy student, a volunteer for the evening, proving that nothing can beat youth and flexibility.

A silent auction was held, with all the usual suspects: overflowing gift baskets, artwork, restaurant and vacation packages, generously donated by Island businesses and residents. Proceeds from the event will go to the Society’s Endowment Fund and its CATapult Campaign, which was established earlier this year to raise the funds needed for the return of the Key Marco Cat and other artifacts to the Museum.

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