This month we have a very special episode for you. Two Grande Dames of the Farms, Kathryn Fleming and Sandra Mellen-Wakefield. They share memories from the 60’s, 70’s and early 80’s of the Farms; what it was like living here, and how they helped shape the place we know and love today. From the Burt Reynolds Ranch, to the shopping center and I95 fights, secret buried treasure (still somewhere waiting to be fully excavated) to nudist firefighters – come join us for a revealing discussion of what it used to be like here.
00:48 – What brought them to the Farms?
04:38 – They compare the Jupiter Farms of today to that of yesteryear
06:16 – How Burt Reynolds coming to the Farms changed everything (Kathryn’s husband managed the Ranch for several years)
08:08 – Okay… let’s talk about the Nudist Colony that was here since the 60’s where the campground is today.
11:19 – How some of the roads were named were often literally family affairs (Do we settle the Alexander Run controversy?)
12:58 – What it was like to be in some of Burt’s movies that were filmed here
13:53 – The Shopping Center was supposed to be 3 times the size it is today – didn’t happen because of people like Sandra
15:37 – Kathryn was part of the fight that prevented I95 from cutting the Farms in half
17:22 – Talk about wild animals – the Farms used to be a regular snake pit
20:06 – The origins of the Jupiter Farmer (Hint: Sandra founded it)
23:25 – They share their fondest memories (one including hidden buried Treasure!)
28:44 – Some of the development made life in the Farms better and more community-oriented
30:31 – The Nudist Colony was a pillar of the community
31:35 – The Farms was a very free and open place to grow up in
33:16 – What was it like when someone moved into town? Good or bad thing?
34:10 – THE COMMUNITY CALENDAR
- SPECIAL SUNDAY, MAY 5TH EDITION OF ‘TALKING TRASH’ 8AM
- TUESDAY, MAY 14TH JFR MEETING AT 7PM
- THURSDAY, MAY 16TH SIRWCD BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING – 7PM
Don’t forget, you can still nominate yourself to for one of the four open slots on the JFR Board of Directors!