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"Floating History Lesson" sets sail Nov. 3rd

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Sea air, stories and sunshine: It’s Time for the Historical Sarasota Bay Cruise!

The Historical Society of Sarasota County is hosting its 22nd Historical Cruise and Tour of Sarasota Bay on the LeBarge tour boat on Sunday, November 3, 2013 from 11 am to 1 pm. The cruise will feature narration by popular local historian John McCarthy. Guests can expect a complimentary continental breakfast and a cash bar at noon.

This specialty cruise tour has been a favorite with residents and tourists alike who want to learn more about the bygone people and places that have impacted the development of Sarasota County. Guests cruise along the shoreline of Sarasota Bay and enjoy the sunshine and refreshments while John McCarthy paints a picture of the formative years in Sarasota’s growth.

Tickets are $40 per person. A VIP pass is available for $50 which provides early boarding and a complimentary beverage from the bar (limited to beer, wine and soda).

Fabled local musician Sal Garcia (left) chats with John McCarthy on an earlier cruise. Click for John's 2-minute History of Sarasota... but you'll get the Deluxe Edition on the Cruise!

Proceeds benefit preservation projects and community outreach programs at the Historical Society of Sarasota County.

Reservations are REQUIRED. For more information, contact Linda Garcia at HSOSC Monday-Friday from 10am to 2pm at 941-364-9076 or by email

Historical Cruise Guests should be at the LeBarge slip, south of Marina Jack in Sarasota’s Bayfront Park by 10:1 5am, rain or shine.