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Deadliest Catch: Life as an Alaska crab fisherman

Hannah Healey and Dr. John Andrews will be the featured presenters in March and April at the Cedar Key Historical Society Coffee. Both programs start at 10 a.m. in the Community Center.

The March 16 program features Hannah Healey, who will be presenting on the commercial crab fishery in Alaska, as seen on the Discovery Channel TV series "Deadliest Catch." 

She will explain a day in the life of a commercial crab fisherman and an observer working during the red king crab season. She will also relay the fishing techniques and efforts utilized in the fishery. 

More information is available from Hannah Healey by calling 616-304-4562 or via email to Hannah.healey@myfwc.com. Healey is an education specialist and biological scientist at Florida Fish & Wildlife. 

On April 20, Dr. Andrews will demonstrate making brushes from cabbage palm fiber. Dr. Andrews was born in Cedar Key and spent his professional life as a medical doctor in Gainesville, then retired and donates a great deal of his time to the museum, which is housed in the family home and the Lutterloh building on Second and D streets in Cedar Key.

Dr. Andrews’ father started the Donax Brush company in partnership with St. Clair Whitman. Together. they patented many machines which provided for removal of palm fibers and fashioning the fibers into hat brushes and whisk brooms. 

Today, Dr. Andrews patiently makes each brush by hand and they are for sale at the Cedar Key Historical Museum. The museum is open 1 - 4 p.m. Sunday through Friday and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

For more information about the museum, please call Amy Gernhardt at 352-543-5549.