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VHI Donation Jar
VHI's donation jar was originally donated to us by Loewe's. We lovingly call it our begging jar. It is present at all our public and member events.
It attended our recent celebration of the City's 90th Anniversary at the Lord Higel House and collected $270.00 to help restore and enhance the house. Folks attending sponta-neously emptied their pocket of loose change and currency.
The two-hour event was blessed with glorious weather and was attended by more than 250 people. A Navel orange tree was planted during the event and is doing well. Many thanks to all those who worked to make this event a success.
Another time, we'll tell you how much the jar has collected over the year. Next time you see us and the jar, remember to lighten your pockets. It's all for history, a very good cause.
Save the Dates
As the summer rains begin, the VHI Events Committee is preparing for the 2017-18 season.
The Annual Holiday Tea will be on Sunday, January 7, 2018. Besides enjoying the lovely Holiday decorations at Jean Trammell's house, this is great opportunity to meet fellow like-minded history and preservation individuals.
The 7th Annual Venice Book Fair and Writers Festival will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24, 2018. Visit the revised website at for updates on speakers and participants. A great opportunity to meet local authors!
The Annual Heritage Dinner at the Venice Yacht Club is scheduled for Thursday, May 24, 2018. An opportunity to review events of the winter season.
Proceeds from these events benefit VHI projects, principally the Lord-Higel House restoration project.
Watch for more information about these events as details are worked out.
A Local School Song, circa 1950
I want to wake up in the morning
where the orange blossoms grow,
where the sun comes peepin in where I'm sleepin
and songbirds say hello.
I want to wander in the orange grove
where children like to play,
so I'll make my home in Florida
where the orange blossoms grow.

Did You Know?
The Florida State Flower is the Orange blossom (citrus sinensis). The orange blossom, like most citruses, is native to subtropical Southeast Asia.
The orange blossom was designated the state flower on Nov.15, 1909.
The orange blossom is one of the most fragrant flowers in Florida.
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