Captain Hooks is the location of the upcoming party. Two of the highlights are the Misery Loves Company performance and a story-telling contest.

Capt. Wayne Crosby dreamed up a locals’ party to benefit the Marathon Alumni Athletic Club. It’s planned for Saturday, Sept. 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Captain Hooks in Marathon.

“Well, it’s slow in September, and I needed something to do,” he said with a laugh.

He enlisted the help of the Rotary Club, Captain Hooks and Tarpon Creek. He’s booked Misery Loves Company to perform on the bow of a boat docked in the center of the marina. Pirate Radio will also be on hand. He said he plans on $1 beers and $1 drinks and a free pig roast dinner. And many, many raffle items.

“It’s going to be huge. We have all sorts of certificates for watersports activities – paddleboard rentals, Jet Ski rides and snorkel dive trips,” Crosby said. (That part was easy to arrange; Crosby runs the watersports concession at Tarpon Creek behind the Holiday Inn Express.) “Plus I have a free block and pressure wash from a local marina, biplane rides and gift certificates from a lot of restaurants.”

In addition to helping Crosby pass the time, the event also serves another purpose. It’s a fundraiser for the Marathon Alumni Athletic Club. A cause, Crosby said, that everyone can get behind. But also look for opportunities to support hyperbaric chamber services in the Keys.

Marathon High School’s volleyball and football players will volunteer and, in turn, earn community service hours needed to graduate.

It’s billed as “Story Time at Captain Hooks, tell the old ones and learn some new ones.”  So, of course, there will be a storytelling contest, too.

Come on out.


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