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‘Ding’ Darling film series shares ‘Untold’ Sanibel stories

By Staff | Jan 14, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED “Untold Stories: Sanibel I” features historic black-and-white photographs of the Woodring family by their late neighbor Charlie McCullough.

The seventh annual “Ding” Darling Wednesday Film Series continues its biweekly showings on Jan. 23 with a showing of the WGCU Public Media documentary “Untold Stories: Sanibel I.”

It will take place at 1 p.m. in the Visitor & Education Center at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, at 1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel.

Discover the history of Sanibel from local historians, family members of original settlers, and other islanders. The film covers topics such as the island’s involvement in the Civil War, its hurricane hardships, life before the causeway, and the rich culture that continues to make up the island today.

The film is part of the public unveiling of the Woodring 100th Anniversary Exhibition that day. Ralph Woodring speaks in the WGCU documentary about his family’s island roots and islander camaraderie back in the pioneering era. The exhibition opens at 9 a.m. and other sit-down presentations, including talks by Woodring and Teddy Roosevelt reprisor Joe Wiegand, will take place at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

“Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge hosts the free film showings with sponsorship from Sanibel-Captiva Beach Resorts. Seating is limited and on a first-come basis.

The season’s remaining films are:

– Feb. 6: “A Plastic Ocean”

– Feb. 20: “Saving Sea Turtles: Preventing Extinction”

– March 6: “Jane”

– March 20: “Invasion of the Giant Pythons”

– April 3: “Saving Atlantis”

A short discussion will follow each film to allow visitors to gain more from their documentary-viewing experience by listening to other people’s points of view and analyzing what they just watched.

For full film descriptions, visit dingdarlingsociety.org/articles/lecture-and-film-series.