2017-05-18 / Arts & Entertainment News

Professional storyteller to share Florida tales at Marco museum


Caron Neile is a 2005 National Storytelling Network Oracle Award winner. Caron Neile is a 2005 National Storytelling Network Oracle Award winner. Florida’s long and colorful history is filled with interesting folktales and legends of days gone by — some of them factual, others filled with hyperbole. The Marco Island Historical Society welcomes professional storyteller Caron Neile, Ph.D., to the Marco Island Historical Museum to shed light on some of the most memorable of those tales at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 18.

Take, for example, the folklore legend of Morgan Bonaparte “Bone” Mizell, who lived in the late 1800s when Florida’s cattle industry reigned supreme. Bone has been touted as a prairie philosopher, cowboy humorist, prankster and congenial drunk, a condition he was in most of the time. Known as Arcadia’s favorite cowboy as well as an infamous rustler, he was immortalized in Frederick Remington’s “A Cracker Cowboy” painting. Some also say he served as inspiration for the drunken gun fighter played by Lee Marvin in the movie “Cat Baloo.”

Then there is the story of Key West resident Carl von Cosel, who was so in love with a young Cuban girl that upon her death he stole her corpse, relocating her to a shack at the end of Flagler Avenue, dressed her in a wedding dress, “fixed” her appearance and slept with her for seven years before being discovered.

Ms. Neile, an affiliate professor of communications and multimedia studies at Florida Atlantic University, performs, teaches and produces storytelling events throughout the United States and abroad and cohosts “The Public Storyteller,” a weekly program on public radio. Her numerous publications include two books, “The Great American Story” and “Hidden: A Sister and Brother in Nazi Poland,” and she is currently working on a book about Florida folktales and legends. She is a 2005 National Storytelling Network Oracle Award winner.

Ms. Neile’s performance is free to MIHS members and $10 for others. The museum is at 180 S. Heathwood Drive, across from the library. For more information, call 389-6447 or visit www.the- MIHS.org. ¦

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