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Cocktails Can Make History Fun

A study in Fort Lauderdale's past isn't limited to charting the evolution of the body shot or innovations in beachside kegger etiquette. This city has enough artifacts and legends to appeal to most any history nerd. Explore one of those relics of bygone days at this weekend's Pineapple Jam, hosted in the Historic Stranahan House Museum. The building, constructed in 1901, has been used for everything from a trading post to a private residence, and it comes complete with a scandalous backstory: The builder and namesake, Frank Stranahan, drowned himself in the New River in front of the house in 1929 after battling with poor health. This isn't to say the Pineapple Jam is a macabre affair. The high-end event includes live music, cocktails, and gourmet food, plus a live auction. The party is Friday night at the Historic Stranahan House Museum, located at 335 SE Sixth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Cocktails will be served at 6 p.m., and dinner and the live auction begin at 7:30. Tickets cost $125 per person. Reservations are requested, and guests are encouraged to wear "Florida tropical wear" (think: white linen pants versus booty shorts). Call 954-524-4736, or visit
Fri., April 12, 6 p.m., 2013
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Tricia Woolfenden

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