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Yard Dog Charlie to host annual Memorial Day BBQ and canned food drive

By Staff | May 22, 2019

Yard Dog Charlie will host his 11th annual Pine Island All American Memorial Day BBQ picnic and canned food drive at Woody’s Waterside on Memorial Day, Monday May 27. Yard Dog Charlie will be the featured entertainer from 2- 5 p.m.

“I hope everyone comes out and helps us remember those who have given their lives in the service of our country,” Charlie said. “We will also be collecting canned foods, toothpaste, soap, etc., to be donated to the Pine Island Food Pantry. There will be raffles and a 50/50 drawing all to benefit the pantry.”

Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed annually in the United States on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War.

Yard Dog Charlie Kuchler has been an entertainment fixture on Pine Island for many years.

“I spent 10 years, from 2002-2012, as a founding member of the Yard Dogs developing an entirely new style of music now known as Florida Swamp Music,” Charlie said. “I have come to love this area and think of it as my home — especially Matlacha, St. James City and Pine Island. Much of my music is like a travelogue of this area.”

There will be Woody’s “world famous” pig roast, house smoked ribs, beef and chicken along with drink and food specials. And there’s always the chance of some surprise special guests.

Woody’s Waterside is at 3051 Stringfellow Road, St. James City. Call 239-283-5555 for information about the restaurant.