Thursday, May 7, 2009

Want to see a real mermaid? Only three more chances to catch Marina the Mermaid!

Nothing brings back the feel of 1960s roadside attractions, especially 1960s Florida, like a live mermaid show. For the past few years one of the best remaining mermaid shows could be found every Friday night in Ft. Lauderdale's Wreck Bar, located in the Yankee Clipper Hotel.

The Yankee Clipper, which has a wonderful history of live mermaids dating back to 1956, is slated to close for extensive renovations on June 1st. The fate of the Wreck Bar and the mermaid shows is uncertain at this point. What is known is that there are only three more chances to see Marina & friends perform in this historic setting.

The remaining dates for the mermaid shows are May 15th, 22nd, and 29th. Each show begins at 5:30 pm. We hope you'll take the opportunity (and your camera) to experience a true piece of roadside history before it's gone.

The Yankee Clipper and Wreck Bar is located at 1140 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


You can read more about Marina, including her work as a fire dancer & fire eater, a belly dancer, and more at her website here.

Photos courtesy of Medusirena.

Jeff & Kelly
Vintage Roadside

7 comments:

Rick said...

hmmmm, might have to make a road trip....

Vintage Roadside said...

Rick - Please do! I really wish we could make it to one of the shows. The Wreck Bar looks amazing and it's a shame they might be "modernizing" it. Sadly, another piece of classic Florida possibly lost.

Rick said...

Don't get me started!

Brian Butko said...

Rick, you need to go for all of us who can't!

Vintage Roadside said...

Rick - I completely agree with Brian! I'll even chip in for cocktails.

Pfeiffer Photos said...

Is the bar affiliated with this place?

http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2068

This is on my list of want-to-visits next time we're in Florida!! :)

Vintage Roadside said...

Tina - The Wreck Bar isn't connected with Weeki Wachee except that they both have mermaid shows. They both are great parts of Florida history though! Although at Weeki Wachee you'll need to mix your own cocktail:-)