One of our most charming beach traditions continued this week as the Estero Island Historic Society (EIHS) hosted the students of Beach Elementary for a visit to “Holiday House.” Students took the short walk from school, one class at a time, to the Historic Cottages located just behind Beach Elementary School at the entrance to Matanzas Pass Preserve. Once there, local historian and retired teacher AJ Bassett spoke to them about the history of Estero Island along with some tidbits about the wildlife that call our Island home.
Students were then treated to a special holiday magic performance by Mike Wyzard, who taught them a new magic word, “Ho, Ho, Hocus-Pocus!” They enthusiastically assisted Wyzard, who with his lighted palm hat and rabbit told them a Christmas story with plenty of magic.
Members of the EIHS assisting at the Holiday House included Peg McCloskey and Linda Meeder. The EIHS Historic Cottage is open every Wednesday and Saturday from 10am-noon. Entry is free. EIHS hosts guest speakers on topics of
local historic interest on the 2nd Monday of the month during season at the Beach Library. They have also developed an historic walking tour, “Footprints in Time.” A tour brochure is available at the Historic Cottage, Beach Library and Sand Paper office.