by Patricia Huff
Lots of excitement, live music, fresh seafood and fun will be coming to Everglades City during the February 4-6 weekend. The annual Seafood Festival will be starting with “Family” night on Friday. There will be no alcohol served during this evening when the carnival starts for the kids at 5 pm. However, we will have live music throughout the evening with great artists (Jesse Thompson Project, “Let’s Hang On” and The Gruv Monstrz) beginning at 6 pm. Then at 10 am on Saturday, February 5, the opening ceremony will be followed by singers Casey Weston, the “Weathered Souls”, Marco Island’s “The Gladezmen”, “Big Bottom”, “Wild Eyed Southern Boys, and Josh Gracin throughout the day. Sunday’s music begins at 11:30 am after an opening ceremony at 11 am with some of Saturday’s performers as well as “Joey & Rory” and the “Lo-Cash Cowboys”.
In addition to great music, this year’s festival includes more local seafood and original arts and crafts. The event organizers have worked hard to assure that this will be one of the best Seafood Festivals ever in Everglades City. The beer mugs with the Seafood Festival logo are back (you can even purchase mugs from the past few years that were not offered before). There will be no coolers or pets allowed on the festival grounds which will take place all around the City center. There is limited free parking along the streets and various charitable organizations will have clearly marked parking lots available for a small fee. For a complete schedule and more information, visit website www.evergladesseafoodfestival.com.
The Friends of the Museum of the Everglades have a special raffle with the drawing taking place on Sunday, February 6. A quilt has been designed especially for this event. T-shirts from previous festivals were donated and the Friends had them professionally made into a beautiful quilt which is now on display in the Museum at 105 W. Broadway. The tickets are available for $10 each or 3 for $25. Stop by the booth at the Museum to buy a ticket or come inside to hear Tom & Tina and the US Express from 1 to 3 pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
The 4th Annual Jammin’ in the Hammock Bluegrass Festival will be held the weekend of February 12th and 13th at Collier-Seminole State Park (hours 10 am til 6 pm on Saturday and 9:30 am til 6 pm on Sunday). The entry fee is $15 per person or both days for $25 (children 13 and under free with adult). There will be many featured performers for the music entertainment in addition to good food, craft booths and free parking. With a covered concert area, the festival will be held rain or shine but be sure to bring chairs (no pets, alcohol, smoking or coolers allowed in festival area). For more information visit website www.floridastateparks.org or call 239-394-3397.
Should be two great weekends of music and fun!