Doc Anna: Swamp Doctor of Florida

Presented By Carrie-Sue Ayvar

“If you’ve never heard the roar of a bull alligator and some night bird answer, you haven’t lived.” So said Dr. Anna Darrow (1876-1959) who, in 1909, became only the 2nd woman doctor licensed in Florida. She often braved swampland, alligators, venomous snakes, and some of the most dangerous outlaw gangs this state has ever seen, in order to heal the sick, nurse the wounded and deliver babies. Chautauqua Scholar, Carrie Sue Ayvar, introduces you to this fearless wife, mother, doctor, pharmacist, artist and even veterinarian when needed. The Q & A allows the audience to interact and learn more.

Required Equipment:

  • Microphone (for larger venues)

Scholar/Presenter Information:

Carrie Sue Ayvar

How is it that an Arabic surnamed, Eastern European Jewish girl from Pittsburgh, PA tells multicultural stories in Spanish and English? Perhaps it is because she is a 3rd generation award-winning storyteller who came of age in Mexico. Blending traditional, international & personal tales, bilingual storyteller Carrie Sue Ayvar (EYE-BAR) takes her listeners on a journey into the imagination connecting people, languages and cultures through her stories that flow effortlessly between Spanish and English. Her dramatic programs range from one-woman historical presentations to interactive folktales and stories in Spanish and English.

Recipient of the National Storytelling Network’s Oracle Award winner for Service and Leadership, she is a nationally acclaimed bilingual storyteller dedicated to preserving and promoting the art of storytelling. A Chautauqua scholar and Kennedy Center trained Artist in Education, her performances blend entertainment and education. Carrie Sue loves to share some of Florida’s unique history with audiences throughout the state.