History

Santa and Silas – A Winning Combination

Children everywhere get caught up in the excitement and fun of the Christmas season celebrations. Starting with school vacation to helping with decorations, baking special cookies and of course, Santa. In the 1930’s and 40’s in Pass-a-Grille, this time of the year had a very special meaning for the community youngsters. Silas Dent, the “Cabbage Key Hermit,” known for his white beard along with his isolated lifestyle, would dress in a Santa suit, pack a huge sack with candy and presents, and row his boat over Boca Ciega Bay. [Click the picture to read more]

Halloween on 8th Avenue ………A Picture Perfect Time!

In the late 1940’s, the Pass-a-Grille (PAG) Association had a very active member by the name of Maude Fleming. Maude and her family lived on the north-west corner of 22nd Avenue and Pass-a-Grille Way. She and husband had two children, Zana who now lives in the Inverness area and Frederick,Jr. who is retired in St. Petersburg. Maude was a very active person belonging to the Pass-a-Grille Woman’s Club along with other civic groups. But the island youth were her passion.[Click the picture to read more]

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