The Mandarin Museum & Historical Society's Third Thursday Lecture in November will open your eyes to all of the wonderful parks, interesting points and activities along the length of the St. Johns River.
The St. Johns River Alliance's (SJRA) mission is to "preserve, protect, promote, restore and celebrate the St. Johns River as an American Heritage River." One activity that helps fulfill that mission is that SJRA is responsible for promoting the St. Johns River as an official state paddling trail.
Speakers Andrea Conover, SJRA Program Manager, and Gus Bianchi, retired Navy and teacher, recently completed kayaking the entire river. Their presentation shows how the 310-mile north-flowing river changes from its headwaters in the marshes west of Vero Beach through the lakes and springs of the middle basin to the wide, developed and busy lower basin. Along the way, one finds old Florida fish camps, towns, restaurants, parks and springs. Their presentation includes photographs, maps and a list of access points to enjoy the river. Their photos are fascinating as well as breath - taking.
The Mandarin Museum & Historical Society presents Third Thursday Lectures quarterly in partnership with the Mandarin Community Club to educate the public about historical figures, general history and events in and around Mandarin, including the St. Johns. This event will be presented on Thursday, November 19 at the Mandarin Community Club, which is located at 12447 Mandarin Road. Refreshments are at 6:30 pm with the presentation at 7:00 pm. It is free and all are invited and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 268-0784.
Learn about Mandarin Museum activities at www.mandarinmuseum.net. Also visit the Mandarin Community Club website at www.mandarincommunityclub.org and the St. Johns River Alliance at www.stjohnsriveralliance.com.
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