Enjoy Lunch & Learn with Rick Kilby, author of Finding the Fountain of Youth: Ponce de León and Florida’s Magical Waters, Wednesday, March 19, at the Heritage Museum
TARPON SPRINGS - On Wednesday, March 19, enjoy Lunch & Learn with Rick Kilby, author of Finding the Fountain of Youth: Ponce de León and Florida’s Magical Waters, at the Heritage Museum, 100 Beekman Lane, Tarpon Springs. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., talk starts at noon. Tickets are $17, $15 for members and students. Tickets include talk, gourmet boxed lunch and soft drink.
Ponce de León reached the shores of Florida in 1513. Although the myth of the conquistador’s quest for the fountain of youth was debunked long ago, his fabled search remains inextricably tied to the image of the Sunshine State.
Florida has been transformed into a veritable fountain of youth, a paradisiacal playground, a utopia of rejuvenating springs and supple mermaids. Author Rick Kilby discusses his book, Finding the Fountain of Youth: Ponce de León and Florida’s Magical Waters, and how “magical” waters and their restorative powers have been used to promote the state.
Moving beyond advertising and kitsch, Kilby carries the story into the present day, addressing the very real problem of protecting Florida’s fragile springs and aquifers. Once celebrated by writers such as William Bartram and Harriet Beecher Stowe, these pristine waters were rechristened with new names such as Espiritu Santo Springs meant to extol their sacred nature to visitors in polka-dotted bathing suits and Panama hats.