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60-year Reunion
August 31 2003

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Dick Pope, Jr.

with Betty Bonifay


"Banana" George Blair

Rick Dantzler
former Senator and supporter
for saving the original

Cypress Gardens

Burma Posey
president of the
Friends of
Cypress Gardens

"Save Cypress Gardens"

Glen Johnson

Dave Dershimer and friends

Mike Markowitz

Corky the Clown

News from the Winter Haven News Chief

Monday, August 18, 2003
Former Gardens employees plan 60-year reunion
Former employees of Cypress Gardens
will gather for a final ski show this Labor Day weekend.
A 60-year reunion has been organized to celebrate
the shuttered theme park's past.
The highlight of the weekend will be a water ski show
performed by the last cast of Cypress Gardens skiers
Lake Silver and is free and open to the public. Yahoo! Map
Former ski show director
Lynn Novaofski
said she has been planning the event for more than a year.
Reunion activities will include a casual gathering on Aug. 30
Aug. 31 will begin with a display of photographs and memorabilia
the Ski Show Spectacular at 2 p.m.
Friday, August 29, 2003
Former employees plan Cypress Gardens reunion
The fraternity of employees that has evolved
since the beginning of the Gardens
is invited to celebrate 60 years of water skiing.
The reunion, scheduled for this weekend, is for everyone -
belles, lawn and garden crews, E boat drivers, ticket sales,
ticket takers, office staff, announcers
and anyone else who worked at the gardens.

Friday, August 29, 2003
Cypress Gardens Reunion turns into celebration
Numerous activities planned for reunion

Friday, August 29, 2003
Sunday's ski show to be full of surprises
According to show director
Nancy Daley,
20 men and 13 women from the last ski cast
at Cypress Gardens will take to the water
to perform their last ski show together.
Since the cast is larger the recent shows,
which averaged 9 men and six women,
the show alone will be a spectacular event for everyone.

Friday, August 29, 2003
Schedule of events
Friday Event Schedule
4 to 6 p.m. - Registration at Admiral's Inn,
Saturday Event Schedule
1 to 4 p.m. - Casual meet and greet at the Admiral's Inn
5 p.m. - Open house at Water Ski Hall of Fame Museum
Sunday Event Schedule
All day picnic at the Lake Silver Amphitheater and MLK Park
Noon to 1 p.m. - Cypress Gardens Memories
1 to 1:30 p.m. - Glenn Johnson, former singer at Cypress Gardens, will perform
1:30 to 1:40 p.m. - Banana George Blair barefoot demonstration on Lake Silver
1:40 to 1:50 p.m. - Cypress Gardens Singers will perform a variety of patriotic songs
1:50 to 1:55 p.m. - Mayoral Proclamation by Winter Haven Mayor Mike Easterling
1:55 p.m. - National anthem performed by Cypress Gardens Singers
2 p.m. - Water Ski Show Spectacular
performed by Last Cast of Cypress Gardens Skiers.
The ski show is free and open to the public.

Monday, September 22, 2003
More reunions for ex-Gardens workers planned
Former Cypress Gardens employees
will have a shot at a "family" reunion every three years.

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