BUZZ FROM THE SWAMP
First of all, a very Happy New Year to everyone! We have had so many readers who have come to Everglades City and our surrounding area to enjoy the wonders of our natural environment. It is only by visiting our community and the parks that people will understand how truly unique and inspiring our little place in southwest Florida really is.
On this last weekend of 2012 the PANCAKE FLY-IN will be hosted by Wings 10,000 Islands Tours and will take place at Everglades Airpark on Saturday, December 29, from 10 AM. until noon. Everyone is welcome. For information, phone Chuck at (239) 695-3296.
The Florida National Scenic Trail celebrates its 30th Anniversary during 2013. To mark this momentous occasion, staff from the US Forest Service and the National Park Service, along with Florida Trail Association volunteers, will dedicate the Southern Terminus with a monument on January 4, at 10 AM, at the Oasis Visitor Center in Big Cypress National Preserve, located at 52105 Tamiami Trail East in Ochopee. The Preserve is home to nearly 40 miles of the Scenic Trail. For more information visit website at www.fs.usda.gov/fnst. To learn more about hiking and volunteering opportunities, see website www.floridatrail.org/. For more on hiking opportunities in Big Cypress National Preserve visit www.nps.gov/bicy/planyourvisit/hiking.
Plan ahead for the following weekend with many more activities in the Everglades. Join us for two episodes of the 1960’s TV series “The Everglades” (and free popcorn & soda!) in a nostalgic Movie Night on Friday, January 11, at 5:30 PM in the Jinkins Fellowship Hall at Everglades Community Church on the Circle in Everglades City. This event is sponsored by the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation. It is free of charge and open to the public. For information, see www.evergladeshistorical.org or phone (239) 695-2905.
On Saturday, January 12, our monthly Art-in-the-Glades will start at 10 AM at our McLeod Community Park on the Circle. In addition to the arts and crafts booths, there will be live music and food for purchase. To set up a booth at no charge, contact Marya Repko at (239) 695-2905. This event will end at 2 PM. You may also enjoy attending the artist reception from 1 to 3 PM at the Museum of the Everglades (across from the Park at 105 W. Broadway) to meet Megan Kissinger who will be exhibiting her work in the Pauline Reeves Gallery. Call (239) 695-0008 for more information. At 5:30 PM the Friends of Fakahatchee are hosting a photographic presentation about “Orchids Lost & Found in Cuba” by dynamic speakers Mike Owen & Dennis Giardina who were invited to give a paper at an international conference in that country. This event will be held at Lely in Naples. For information, phone (239) 695-2905 or see www.orchidswamp.org. and click on Events.
Make your reservations yearly to visit historic Fakahatchee Island on Sunday, January 13, on a chartered boat tour from Everglades National Park, starting at 3 PM. A naturalist will guide visitors up the shell mound path, describing rare plants, to the ancient cemetery. Cost is $75 per person. The trip is hosted by the Friends of Fakahatchee. For information and reservations, call (239) 695-1023 or see www.orchidswamp.org, click on Events where you can pay online.
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Patricia Huff has lived in Everglades City for the past 18 years and is the Publisher of the local newspaper The Mullet Rapper. To learn more about events and activities in the Everglades City area, visit website www.evergladesmulletrapper.com