CELEBRATING TREASURE COAST HISTORY


Our busy week was capped with the Treasure Coast History Fair in Fort Pierce on Jan. 12, where we participated for the second year in a row.  Our thanks to the sponsor, Indian River Magazine.

We met lots of nice people and were able to share lots of tales of the days before the city became the largest on the Treasure Coast -- in fact, when it was mostly undeveloped Florida scrub. But even then it had history.

Part of that reminiscing was with the operator of the next door booth, Indian River Hauntings (tour shown below), operated by Larry Lawson, who was a PSL Police detective in the 1980s.


BACK AT RIVER NIGHTS


We again had our booth at the City of Port St. Lucie River Nights on Jan.10 on the shores of the North Fork. The band was Solid Gold, a trio of which our board member Jack Kelly, right, is a member.

HOLIDAY GATHERING A FESTIVE EVENING

New friends and old helped us celebrate the end of another year of the Port St. Lucie Historical Society during its holiday gathering on December 12 at the Santa Lucia River Club in Ballantrae. An open bar, buffet table and lots of prizes added to the evening festivities. 

The room was decorated lavishly for the holiday and before it turned dark a wide view of the river was available. Lots of laughs and memories shared, plus some ideas for next year.


PSL HISTORICAL ON SITE AT RIVER NIGHTS

Members of the PSL Historical Society were back on the shores of the North Fork of the St. Lucie River on December 13 to enjoy the music of For Now and some Bahamian conch during the monthly River Nights. The site on Westmoreland, next to the Botanical Gardens, has some interesting history, which members are happy to share. The city holds these outdoor events monthly on the second Thursday during the fall and winter season. The Solid Gold Band, which includes society director Jack Kelly, will be at the Jan. 10 event.




JOIN US FOR HOLIDAY GATHERING

Put on your Holly Jolly and join us for our Port St. Lucie Historical Society 2018 Member Holiday Gathering on Wednesday, December 12, 2018.

Social begins at 5:30 PM, dinner at 6:15 PM. Come join us for some holiday cheer. Bring a guest or two. Buffet dinner and cash bar. Surprises, raffles and prizes.

$20 donation per person, Santa Lucia River Club, 3325 Ballantrae Blvd., Port St Lucie. You must RSVP by 12-9-17 to get into the gate. RSVP to pcchristensen@summit21.biz

TALES OF OLD PORT ST. LUCIE

Growing up in Port St. Lucie in the early years had its challenges. Tracey Steele amused and informed PSL Historical Society members on what it was really like at the Oct. 17, 2018, gathering at Linda's Too cafe, next to Shell Bazaar. The sit-down dinner, served by Andy and his mother Linda, was a first for the group. One more gathering, a holiday event at the Santa Lucia River Club at Ballantrae, will top off the 2018 season on December 12.

HISTORIC HOUSES ON WESTMORELAND SITE

How exciting to see the two historic Peacock Ranch houses on site at the developing recreational site on Westmoreland Boulevard. Lots of work left to be done before they can be used to welcome and educate residents and visitors alike, but we're excited to see them in such good shape. Hat's off to the movers!

Watch a YouTube of this amazing move Click here 


SANDPIPER BAY COMMUNITY LEARNS OF ITS PAST

Native American hunting grounds, the riverside community of Spruce Bluff and the fables and foibles of fishing guide Burt Pruitt were among the bits of history that we shared with Sandpiper Bay Community members recently. The community contains some of the most historic spots in the city.

It was the maiden voyage of our new slide projector. Mary Dodge and Patricia Christen made the presentation. Dennis Grabhorn and Christine Williams manned the table selling books and DVDs. Most of the members were relatively new residents, post-2000, and seemed to enjoy the look into the past.

OLD FRIENDS AND NEW ONES AT WINE & CHEESE

Tales were swapped, wine was sipped and cheeses were nibbled at the "meet and greet" social for Nina Baranski (right), author of the city's history book, PORT ST. LUCIE AT 50: A City for All People. Many were friends from her days as PSL Mirror reporter and editor, and as the architect of city's Communications Department.

More than 30 guests joined her and her husband Bill at Rick's Diner, for the event. Those attending not only shared food and drink but were able to save on the book and have it signed by Nina. Several new members joined during the event.












PSL'S FIRST RADIO STATION SUBJECT OF APRIL GATHERING


Carol and Gregg Wyatt kept us entertained and informed Wednesday night, April 18, 2018, with tales of the early days of WPSL, the first radio station licensed to Port St. Lucie. Coming from the heady media world of California, they purchased the station in 1993 from Fox News chief and GOP powerhouse Roger Ailes, who owned the station for two years. It was founded by stunt pilot Ray Sherwood, who got the FCC license in 1983 and went on the air in 1987.

The Wyatts said, because of streaming, they now have listeners around the world and have heard from many of them. The company includes three AM stations: WPSL 1590/WSTU 1450/La Gigante 1330