BUZZ FROM THE SWAMP
Free food and activities all day in Everglades City! Start your Saturday (April 28) at the Everglades Airpark for the last Pancake FlyIn for the season starting at 10:00 AM. A free pancake and sausage breakfast will be served courtesy of Chuck Gretzke and Wings 10,000 Islands Aero Tours. For pilots wishing to earn credit for “Basic Knowledge Topic 3”, a FAA Safety Seminar will be offered.
The class will be held at noon and again at 1:00 PM to allow participants and companions to divide their time between the seminar and trekking/exploring the area. The 2,400 foot strip at the historic Everglades City Airpark (X01) was used early on by the Civil Air Patrol and the US Army Air Forces (USAAF) in addition to private aircraft. President Harry Truman was on hand to dedicate the adjacent Everglades National Park at the airport in December of 1947. The class will cover appropriate Survival Strategies for flights over water and vast uninhabited terrain, and recommendations and rules for overflying National Parks. Everyone welcome – by air, sea, or land. For more information about the seminar, contact H. Matthew Simpson, Lead Representative at 239-643-4554. For the pancake breakfast, call 239-695-3296.
On the same day, the Museum of the Everglades will celebrate its 14th birthday, as well as the 84th anniversary of the opening of the Tamiami Trail in 1928. Antique cars from the Naples-Marco Island Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America will be arriving around 10:00 AM. Visitors will be able to view the impressive photography exhibit by Brian Call in the Pauline Reeves Gallery at the Museum. The program begins at 10:30 AM with music by “Red Dirt Mojo”. There will be a living history exhibit of a Gladezmen camp and storytelling. The Friends of the Museum will be offering complimentary hotdogs, lemonade and a birthday cake. All donations will benefit the Carol Moseman Art Scholarship Fund which is presented each year to a graduating senior of Everglades City School. Everyone is invited so come join the party!
Patricia Huff has lived in Everglades City for the past 17 years and is the Publisher of the local newspaper The Mullet Rapper.