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Lunch & Learn: Doc Anna: Swamp Doctor of Florida

Event Date:

February 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
300 Tower Road
Naples, FL 34113
(239) 530-5975


Sarah Falkowski
(239) 530-5975

Program Description:

Hear from expert speakers, and enjoy a meal during the Lunch & Learn Lecture at the Rookery Bay Research Reserve Environmental Learning Center. Registration fee is $15 (includes lunch). Friends of Rookery Bay members receive a 10% discount (Please login to website to receive your discounted rate). Pre-registration is required, as space is limited.

Given By: Carrie Sue Ayvar, Storyteller & Chautauqua Scholar with the Florida Humanities Council

Lecture Description: “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. Chautauqua Scholar, Carrie Sue Ayvar, tells the story, in the first person, of this fearless wife, mother, doctor, pharmacist, artist and even veterinarian when needed. The Q & A allows the audience to interact and learn more.

Brief Bio: A nationally acclaimed, award winning bilingual storyteller, Carrie Sue Ayvar is dedicated to preserving and promoting the art of storytelling. A Chautauqua scholar and Master Teaching Artist, her performances blend entertainment and education. Carrie Sue loves to share some of Florida’s unique history with audiences throughout the state.