Thank you to everyone making our final season of Spirit Voices such a success! We are now SOLD OUT of every cemetery show. We do still have tickets available for the seated performance in our 1887 Church on Sunday, October 22. Call (941) 749-7165 to reserve tickets for Sunday night.
The Manatee County Historical Commission, Inc. celebrates their 7th and final season as creator and producer of Spirit Voices from Old Manatee. This outdoor drama and cemetery tour premiered in 2011 as an original living history production. It features costumed actors who portray the early settlers interred in the 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds with riveting graveside stories based on archives, descendants, diaries, military logs, books and legend. Viewers learn more about the development of the area from 1840 to the turn of the century. The program is an experience like no other, unfolding at the 1887 Meeting House Church at Manatee Village Historical Park with a Victorian wake and continuing by torch-light “on the other side,” at the 1850 Manatee Burying Grounds as the sun sets. The audience leaves with a new appreciation for the contributions made by pioneers to the Manatee lands through tales of their triumphs, tragedies and amusing escapades.
2017 PERFORMANCE DATES AND TIMES:
Ten performances are offered the first three weekends of October, starting at 7:00pm. Week I: October 6 and 7; Week II: 12, 13, 14, and 15; and Week III: 19, 20, 21 and 22*. (*The show on October 22nd will take place entirely in the 1887 Old Meeting House Church for those who have mobility difficulties, or prefer not to view the performance in the cemetery.) Gates open at 6:30 pm and Act I begins promptly at 7:00 pm. Due to the interactive nature of this event, all attendees will be required to sign a waiver at the gate, prior to admission. Please allow ample time for this process.
TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets on sale starting September 5. Advance ticket purchase is recommended; Audience space is limited. Tickets are $20 per person. Not recommended for viewers under 10 years old. Everyone is required to have a ticket, including children - regardless of age. Terms: cash, check, money order, ATM/Debit, and most major credit cards. You may call in your ticket order: (941) 749-7165 or visit Manatee Village Historical Park Monday through Friday and the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 9 am – 4 pm.
WHO PRODUCES THE SHOW AND WHY: The show is produced by the Manatee County Historical Commission, Inc. with assistance from the Historical Resources Division of the Manatee County Clerk of Court & Comptroller. This fundraising event enables Manatee County Historical Commission to broaden their mission “to preserve and share the heritage of Manatee County’s founding period (1840-1918)”. It has become a success for the Manatee County Historical Commission, Inc. due to: Committed volunteer actors, behind the scenes community volunteers, generous corporate sponsors, private donors and an avid audience (some who return to see the show yearly). The outcome of this joint community endeavor is that the proceeds derived each Season, make it possible to continue future community programming and sustain preservation activities at Manatee Village Historical Park.
Thank you to our generous donors and sponsors who have made this show possible: Manatee County Historical Society, Hickory Hollow, Republican Party of Manatee County, the Great Great Granddaughter of John Curry and Mary Ward Kemp, Shannon Funeral Homes, P.A., A.P. Bell Fish Co., Inc., and P.J's Sandwich Shop.