Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. No, Goodland isn’t getting hitched, but the fishing village does offer a little bit of everything as it kicks off yet another season of important dates.
First up, the annual Goodland Christmas Bazaar. This year’s bazaar will take place on Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8 at the Goodland Boat Park. From 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM local artists and crafters, along with some out of the area vendors, will set up shop in a fun and family friendly environment. Find something new and unique for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Artwork, jewelry, home goods, handmade crafts and more await.
And now for something old. The Mullet Festival is back for its 29th year! Hosted by Stan’s Idle Hour, the weekend event will be held on January 26 and 27. Mark your calendars and come out to Goodland to witness mullet filleting at its finest along with the crowning of the Buzzard Queen. Women travel from near and far to dress up like a bird and dance to the famous, “Buzzard Lope” all in hopes of having their name etched on Stan’s wall for all eternity. Yours truly won the title of Buzzard Queen in 2009.
Before heading over to the Mullet Festival, stop by the Goodland Community Center at 417 E. Mango Avenue for the Goodland Civic Association’s first Pancake Breakfast of the new year. Grab your fill of pancakes, sausage and coffee, all served with a smile by Goodland residents. Purchase a GCA t-shirt to show community support as well as raffle tickets for a chance to win gift certificates from local companies.
Up next is the annual Goodland Boat Parade. In its 17th year, the parade will be held on Saturday, February 16 at 2:00 PM. Borrowed from an article I wrote last year about the Boat Parade, here’s what you need to know: “All proceeds from the day will go to the Marco Island Chapter of Avow Hospice. The local restaurants in town often engage in 50/50 raffles and other types of fundraising to help benefit Hospice. You may visit www.mardigrasgoodland.com to learn more. Last year (2010), over $18,000 was raised for Avow Hospice on this single day.”
On March 2 and 3, it’s all about turning something old into something new at the annual Goodland Garage Sale event. Cruise around town in your golf cart as you pick up your own piece of “Goodland Gold.” Make room in your home and your heart as you bring home formerly cherished items and rekindle their glory days.
The Goodland Arts Alliance – something completely new – will hold its first Art in the Park show at MarGood Harbor Park the weekend of March 10. Local and out of area artists, craftsman, musicians, historians and more will be welcome to participate. Dedicated to “preserve, promote and advance the cultural heritage of the village of Goodland through art, history and education,” the Goodland Arts Alliance has many new events to come.
And for that something blue? It’s all around you. Don’t forget to look up at the sky or out at the surf every now and then; it’s always a beautiful blue this time of year. You’re in paradise, remember!
Natalie Strom has lived in Goodland for 4 years and worked for more than 7 years. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa and is also a former Buzzard Queen of Stan’s Idle Hour in Goodland.