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CIHS presents film on life of Fort Myers resident

By CIHS - | Feb 16, 2021

NANCY RILEY/TOM LIBONATE The Captiva Island Historical Society presented a cart-in/walk-in movie night on Feb. 8 at McCarthy’s Marina, featuring Florida filmmaker John Biffar's documentary “Queen of Swing.”

The Captiva Island Historical Society reported that an audience of some 85 people enjoyed a beautiful night on Feb. 8 in the open-air environment of McCarthy’s Marina to watch the acclaimed documentary “Queen of Swing,” by Florida filmmaker John Biffar.

The second of its “Open Air History” programs this season, the CIHS event was a cart-in/walk-in movie night that in many ways resembled an old-style drive-in. Many viewed the film from the comfort of their golf cart, while others sat safely distanced in the chairs, officials reported.

The 2006 full-length film highlighted the astounding life of Norma Miller, the youngest original member of Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, and the role she and her fellow artists played in the globalization of racial integration. CIHS officials noted that Miller, a Fort Myers resident, passed away in 2019 just shy of her 100th birthday.

Following welcoming remarks by CIHS Board Member Mike Boris, Biffar introduced the film.

“It’s wonderful to be able to present acclaimed documentaries in a unique and socially comfortable setting,” CIHS Board President Tom Libonate said. “There’s no better ‘theater’ than one surrounded by the pleasant weather and natural beauty of our barrier island.”

NANCY RILEY/TOM LIBONATE The Captiva Island Historical Society presented a cart-in/walk-in movie night on Feb. 8 at McCarthy’s Marina, featuring Florida filmmaker John Biffar's documentary “Queen of Swing.”

The program was sponsored and hosted by Captiva Cruises and McCarthy’s Marina, a property that is historically designated by the CIHS. The CIHS also recognized its season presenting sponsor, The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company, for its continued support in helping defray the costs of the programs.

The CIHS will present another cart-in/drive-in movie night on March 8 at McCarthy’s Marina, featuring the WGCU documentary film “Mullet: A Tale of Two Fish.” Admission is free.

For information or to register, call 239-472-2323 or visit www.captivaislandhistoricalsociety.org.

McCarthy’s Marina is at 11401 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva.

NANCY RILEY/TOM LIBONATE The Captiva Island Historical Society presented a cart-in/walk-in movie night on Feb. 8 at McCarthy’s Marina, featuring Florida filmmaker John Biffar's documentary “Queen of Swing.”

PHOTO PROVIDED The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company is the CIHS's season presenting sponsor. From left, Jeff Muddell, Tony Lapi, Nancy Riley, Al Hanser, Tom Libonate, Robin Cook, Jewel Jensen and Mike Boris.