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Doc Anna: Swamp Doctor of Florida

Event Date:

March 22 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Manatee Village Historical Park



Kathryn Rohlwing
(941) 749-7165

Program Description:

Carrie Sue Ayvar is a third generation storyteller dedicated to preserving and promoting the art of storytelling. She is the recipient of the National Storytelling Network’s Oracle Award winner for Service and Leadership, as well as a Chautauqua scholar and Kennedy Center trained Artist in Education. Her performances blend entertainment and education.

At this event, visitors will meet Dr. Anna Darrow (portrayed by Ayvar) who, in 1909, became the 2nd woman doctor licensed in Florida. Darrow braved swampland, alligators, snakes, and outlaw gangs to heal the sick, nurse the wounded, and deliver babies.

Reception with light refreshments to follow.

Free admission and parking. No RSVP required. Seating on a first come, first served basis. Open to the public. Ages 13 & up recommended.