BUZZ FROM THE SWAMP
If you’re coming to spend a day in the ‘Glades, start off your morning with a pancake breakfast hosted by Wings 10,000 Islands Tours at the Everglades Airpark on Saturday, January 26, from 10:00 AM to noon. Everyone is welcome. For information, phone Chuck at (239) 695-3296.
The River of Grass Greenway project is seeking public comment on its interactive website, www.RiverofGrassGreenway.org. A Community Workshop is scheduled for next week in Naples from January 29 through February 2, at Edison State College, 7007 Lely Cultural Parkway. Locals, winter residents and visitors are invited to attend. This is your opportunity to learn more about the Feasibility Study and the Master Plan for the proposed bicycle/pedestrian pathway between Naples and Miami. Your ideas and comments are welcome! For information, call (239) 695-2397 or go online to the above mentioned website or www.evergladesROGG.org.
Visit historic Fakahatchee Island Friday, February 1 and February 15, on a chartered boat tour from Everglades National Park, starting at 3:00 PM. A naturalist will guide visitors up the shell mound path to the ancient cemetery, describing native plants along the way. The cost is $75 per person and is hosted by the Friends of Fakahatchee. For information and reservations, call (239) 695-1023 or go to www.orchidswamp.org. Click on Events to sign up and pay online.
The 40th Annual Everglades Seafood Festival will be held the 2nd weekend in February on the 9th and 10th. Friday night is “family night” with the following performers: Houston Brown, “Let’s Hang On” and The Gladezmen.
After an opening ceremony on Saturday, entertainers will include The Dance Company (from LaBelle), The Tim Charron Band, Bobby Luster & the Murky Water Band, Lakoda Rayne, Jason Thomas, Lostmans 5, The Gladezmen and One Night Rodeo.
Music will continue on Sunday with Them Hamilton Boys, Tim Elliott & CCB, Jimmy Van Zant, and Nashville Artist and country sensation Jerrod Niemann.
There will be arts and crafts and, of course, our great Everglades seafood. For more information, phone (239) 695-2277 or visit the festival’s website at www.evergladesseafoodfestival.com. The Seafood Festival is run by the Betterment Association of the Everglades Area and donates profits to local causes such as scholarships. The event started 40 years ago to raise money for playground equipment in McLeod Park and continues its charitable aim to this day.
That same weekend, Collier Seminole State Park will be sponsoring its 6th Annual Jammin’ in the Hammock Bluegrass Festival on Saturday and Sunday, February 9th and 10th. For more information about this festival, call (239) 394-3397 or visit website www.floridastateparks.org/collierseminole/events.cfm. Plan ahead to attend these two great festivals all weekend long!
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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