Hello to everyone. I hope you all are doing great! The weather has been warm here and we have had lots of rain, which we desperately needed. The fishing has been great!!!!! Everyone have I have spoken to are catching lots and lots of fish. YEAH!!!!!
I have a really fun place to go to that I have written about before and you can go there on the week days or weekends and enjoy the fun, food and drink. The Place I am talking about is Bert’s Bar on the water. You can drive there by car or by boat. Going by boat is way more fun. Below I am attaching a schedule of events there.
Berts: Aug 20th – Aug 27th, 2009
THURSDAY: Aug 20th
Crazy Uncle 7pm
About Crazy Uncle:
“It all started when my niece, Jaimie moved to Cape Coral, Florida to California. She had always been an incredible singer and had traveled around trying her luck with american Idol. I decided to blow the cobwebs off my guitar and see how we sounded together. A little while later we started looking for additional band members.”
Crazy Uncle Myspace
FRIDAY: Aug 21st
A.U.C.E. Fish Fry, 5pm-9pm
7:30pm – Scotty Bryan
Scotty Bryan is an entertainer with a Key West flare. The crowd is always as much a part of the show as the music is. From Jimmy Buffett to Kenny Chesney, Elton John to John Cougar, Eric Clapton to The Eagle, and yes, he writes his own songs as well.
Soapbox w/Molly Brown 7:30pm
SUNDAY: Aug 23rd
1 lb of peel and eat shrimp $9.99!!
AND… Special Bar Menu!
REGGAE w/Judah, 2pm
Enjoy and afternoon of rhythmic tropical music overlooking Matlacha Pass with the Reggae group “Judah”
$9.99 large 3 toppings
or try our personal pizza, 2 toppings $4.99
Eat-in OR To-go!
TUESDAY: Aug 25th
.35 cent Wing Night
WEDNESDAY Aug 26th:
Open Jam w/Gary Harvey, 7:30pm
“Gary Ray Harvey, born and raised in Amarillo, Texas has played guitar with a variety of artists including Jim Morris and the Big Bamboo Band, The Platters, The Coasters, Jimmy Collins and he has performed at Farm Aid with Willie Nelson.”
THURSDAY: Aug 27th – BLUES NIGHT!
Deb & The Dynamics , 7:30pm
Remember… we have additional parking across the street at Pine Bay Gallery!
4271 Pine Island Rd, Matlacha FL
Bert’s Gallery at Pine Bay
4332 Pine Island Rd, Matlacha FL
(Across the street from Bert’s)
HOURS: Sunday thru Tuesday, 10am-5pm
Wednesday thru Saturday, 10am-7pm
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ABOUT BERTS BAR:
Most of Florida’s tiny fishing towns are disappearing and giving way to McDonald’s, high rises and hotel chains. But not Matlacha. Here you still find cozy cottages, bed & breakfasts, fishermen tending their nets, bait shops and shrimp boats.
Matlacha housing started in the 20’s. The bridge to Pine island was completed in 1927. Fishing shanties and squatter shacks appeared on the Island. Many of them have survived to present day. The area around the Matlacha Bridge was made famous
by Ft. Myers author, Richard Powell, in his book, Pioneer Go Home. This book was made into an Elvis Presley movie called “Follow that Dream”.
Bert’s Bar is composed of two buildings. The original building was the bar near the road. It was built in the 30’s as a “sweet shoppe”. Then in 1941 the “hotel” building was built. It consisted of eight sleeping rooms.
During WWII, army bases were set up at Page Field and many of the soldiers would come out for a weekend to Matlacha to go fishing off the “fishingest bridge in Florida” at Matlacha Pass. They became regular customers of the hotel and bar.
Stories abound that the hotel had the reputation of “ill repute” and ladies of the night. Imagine that.
Some time after WWII the bar became known as “Mother’s”
In the seventies, the bar became known as the Tri Dilly Inn and then Harry’s Barge Inn. The hotel continued to operate up to the 70’s.
It was the home to many a local fisherman. Shrimp boats were parked out back of the Inn. We still have deep water at the end of the dock as a result of that.
Later the place was purchased by Bert Clubb, a famous Lee County bar operator. Hence the name Bert’s. Bert’s became the bar of choice for many people from all over Lee & Charlotte County.
It has even been said that there were “Dancers” in the back room (formerly the hotel). Bert operated the establishment for many years and then sold it to a long time employee.
In 2000 the establishment was sold again, the name stayed and the legend lives on. Over Sixty years. Bert’s has had a colorful sixty years of history and is the home of many stories of its past. If the walls could only talk.
Here are some photos to enjoy
You have got to go to Bert’s Bar, it is a blast. You just have to experience it yourself, oh and go by boat. You will see all kinds of cool wild life, birds, fish, Dolphins, you name it you will see it, well almost.
Please enjoy and make time for your friends and family. Life goes by much too fast.
Til next time.
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