On Monday, May 30, Bert’s Bar & Grill will host the 12th Annual Pine Island All American Memorial Day Deck Party and Canned Food Drive with entertainment from Yard Dog Charlie from 2-5 p.m.
For 10 years (2002-2012), Charlie was a founding member of the legendary band Yard Dogs and helped develop what is now known as Florida Swamp Music. Bert’s Bar is well known throughout Southwest Florida as a mecca for live music and is the musical home of the Yard Dogs and Yard Dog Charlie.
On Memorial Day, Yard Dog Charlie will play outside on the deck overlooking what locals call “The Million Dollar View” from the Matlacha pass. In case of bad weather, the entertainment will take place in the back room of Bert’s.
Event organizers will also collect canned food, toothpaste, soap, etc., to donate to the Pine Island Food Pantry. There will be raffles and a 50/50 draw to benefit the pantry. And there is always the chance of having special surprise guests.
Memorial Day is a federal holiday celebrated annually in the United States on the last Monday in May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate Union soldiers who died in the Civil War (southern women’s organizations and southern schoolchildren had decorated Confederate graves in Richmond and in other cities during the Civil War, but each region had its own date (most dates were in May).
By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who died in all wars. Memorial Day is a day to remember the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. As a marker, it usually marks the start of the summer holiday season, while Labor Day marks its end.
Come help us remember those who gave their lives in service to our country. It is the ultimate sacrifice.
Memorial Day celebration organizers are looking for two volunteers to help sell raffle tickets, and donated items are needed for door prizes.
Bert’s Bar is at 4271 Pine Island Road, Matlacha. Call 239-282-3232 for more information.
To learn more about Yard DogCharlie Kuchler, please visit www.yarddogcharlie.com.