6th Annual Book Fair & Writer's Festival

Friday, March 24

This year's Venice Writers Festival promises to be the best yet, beginning at 3:00pm, when mystery writer David Bishop presents ideas for beginning novelists. Thriller author David Hagberg continues his writing series at 4:30pm, followed by a wine and cheese reception at 6:00pm, ending with forensic expert and mystery writer Lisa Black at 6:30pm.

Tickets are $20. Due to limited seating, reservations are required. To reserve your seat, email venicewritersfestival@gmail.com
Please pay with cash at the door on the day of the event.

Saturday, March 25 (Events are free of charge)

Authors selling & signing their books in Centennial Park in downtown Venice 9:00am - 3:00pm!

The Writers Festival continues Saturday at 10:30am when Diane Gilbert Madsen talks about writing mysteries; Frye Gaillard reads from his "Go South to Freedom," at 1:00pm; followed by area elementary students reading their creative writing at 1:30 pm.

All proceeds from the Venice Book Fair and Writers Festival go to Venice Heritage Inc., the 501c3 fundraising arm of two historic sites in Venice, the Lord-Higel House, currently under restoration, and the Venice Museum and Archives expansion project.

A major grant to VHI to complete restoration of the Lord-Higel House

The Ehrhart Family Foundation has donated $30,000 toward restoration of the Lord-Higel House, increasing the total amount raised thus far to more than half the $200K needed to complete the project.

”The foundation has been a staunch supporter of this undertaking from the very beginning, and this generous gift certainly helps with the building’s restoration at a critical time,” said Judith Keeler, president of Venice Heritage, the 501 (c)(3) organization responsible for the restoration. “We’re very close to completing this project, and a gift of this magnitude gives us the momentum needed to finish in time for the City of Venice’s 90th anniversary celebration on May 9th of next year.”

Constructed in 1896 by entrepreneur and businessman Joseph Lord, it is the second oldest building in Sarasota County. The house also served as the residence of George Higel, who managed Lord’s orange grove and also wrote a weekly column for the Sarasota newspaper. The house was acquired in 2005 by the City of Venice and moved to its present location behind City Hall. Once completed, the first floor of the Lord-Higel House will serve as an early settler museum and welcome center for visitors to the historic city.

Established in 2008, the Ehrhart Family Foundation is a locally-based entity that provides financial support for numerous community initiatives.

“We believe this building will serve not only as an educational tool for teaching our area’s history, but also a place for welcoming residents and visitors alike to our community,” said Jean Trammel, who serves on the foundation’s board and also is a member of VHI’s board of directors. “We are pleased to be able to support this project that we believe highlights Venice’s unique heritage.”



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