ST. LUCIE COUNTY – History buffs and comedy fans alike will have plenty to look forward to this weekend in St. Lucie County. Starting on Thursday Jan. 9, Indian River State College will present its production of Neil Simon’s play Barefoot in the Park at the McAlpin Fine Arts Center in Fort Pierce. The romantic comedy first premiered on Broadway in 1963 and was later made into a film starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. The story follows Paul and Corie Bratter, two newlyweds fresh from their honeymoon. When Corie’s mother drops in unexpectedly, the couple decide to play matchmaker with disastrous and hilarious results. Barefoot in the Park is certain to amuse and entertain, and the play “captures true love, anxiety and the hilarious perils of being alive,” noted on the IRSC site.

Barefoot in the Park will run from Thursday Jan. 9 through Saturday Jan. 11. Performances will take place each evening at 7 p.m., with an additional 2 p.m. performance on Saturday. Tickets are $15 each and may be purchased online or at the IRSC box office, open Monday through Friday from 11 am until 3 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit irsc.edu or call (772) 462-4750.

On Friday Jan. 10, the St. Lucie County Aquarium in Fort Pierce will hold its popular event, Aquarium After Dark. The St. Lucie County Aquarium holds the Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit which features models of six different Florida marine ecosystems, including coral reefs. Attendees to this event will be able to enjoy a pizza dinner and a short presentation by aquarium staff before using flashlights to explore the exhibit and discover the nocturnal activity of its inhabitants. It is a unique opportunity to discover marine life and behavior which may otherwise be missed during normal daytime operations.

Aquarium After Dark will begin at 5:45 p.m., with a pizza dinner served at 6 p.m. The price of admission for non-members is $12 for adults and $10 for children. Members will pay $10 for adults and $8 for children. Advanced registration is required and may be done by calling (772) 465-3271.

On Saturday Jan. 11, the 4th Annual Treasure Coast History Festival will return to downtown Fort Pierce. Running from 9 am until 12 pm, the festival is free to the public and will feature historical reenactors, trolley tours of the city’s prominent historical sites, paranormal tours, educational lectures, and a fish fry.

The fish fry will begin at 11 am, and plates may be purchased for $12 each. Reservations for the trolley tours are required and may be made by calling (772) 466-3880. Reservations for the ghost tours may be done on the day of the event. For more information, please visit the Treasure Coast History Festival Facebook event page or contact Main Street Fort Pierce at the number above.

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