Blanche and Jacques Boudreau, who own and manage the Loose Caboose, plan to place a time capsule under the floor of the restaurant. So far there have been several donations for the capsule, including a letter written to the future residents of Boca Grande by the ladies of the 97th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, describing their warm reception during the recent Civil War encampment on the island.
There will also be some very unique raffle prizes available, and photographer John Bass will be on hand to photograph pets. The 5 X 7 photos will cost only $10 each.
“I’ve always been proud of our history,” said Blanche. “I like to tell our customers about the history of the place. There is a feeling of community in the building. There are a lot of different businesses here, but it’s like a big family. The entire island is like that, no matter where you go you know people by name.”
The Boudreaus are also raising money for six different animal rescue organizations during the festival: EARS, Suncoast Humane Society, Abby’s Little Friends, the Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida, Puffy Paws and Charlotte County Animal Control.
Bev Furtado at the Palmetto Inn has a few plans of her own.
“It looks like it’s going to be a fun time,” said Bev. “We’re hoping that a lot of people come out.”
On Saturday, there will be an open house at the Inn, with the Redfish and Tarpon suites open for viewing. There will also be aerial posters showing the Inn and surrounding area in the 1980s, a short written history of the Inn along with Buddy Smith on the keyboard and refreshments. On Sunday, the open house will continue.
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