Suddenly, it’s the end of January 2014. Where did the time go? When did the slow days of summer suddenly slip away? I guess I was too busy on my Fucillo HUGE KIA cruise to notice, but it is here: “Season.” Thus, the celebrations in Goodland — and all over South Florida — have begun. Ready to party? Because I am! (Big surprise.)
30th Annual Mullet Festival
Stan’s and Son’s 30th Annual Goodland Mullet Festival kicks off on Friday, Jan. 24, and continues until the sun sets on Sunday, Jan. 26. The usual festivities of fish cleaning, fried and smoked mullet eating, dancing to live entertainment, drinking buzzard punches, purchasing outrageous party wear from Island Woman and crowning a new Buzzard Princess and Buzzard Queen are all a part of this year’s agenda.
The Ultimate Kick-Off Party starts at 6 PM on Friday, featuring the Grayson Rodgers Band. Festivities begin at noon on Saturday and last until 6 PM. Well-known musical duo, Hot Damn, will perform, and a fish cleaning contest will take place at 3 PM, followed by the Princess Buzzard Lope Competition at 4 PM.
Sunday brings another full day of fun from noon until 6:30 PM. Faka Hatchee and Jeff Hilt will perform throughout the day and will help the crowd choose the 30th Buzzard Queen. The competition begins at 4 PM. Break out your finest feathers, ladies. Flap your wings to “The Buzzard Lope” and win by audience approval.
Don’t miss this fun and unforgettable event! Stan’s is located at 221 Goodland Drive West. You can’t miss it. For more information or registration, call Stan’s at 239-394-3041.
Goodland Civic Association Pancake Breakfast
Get to Goodland early during Mullet Festival weekend to fill up on a hearty all-you-can-eat breakfast of pancakes and sausage on Saturday and Sunday (Jan. 25 and 26) morning at the Goodland Community Center. The Goodland Civic Association’s popular Pancake Breakfast begins at 8 AM and lasts until 11 AM. That’s a lot of flapjacks to be served! Make sure to get your fill on coffee and orange juice, too. Located at 417 East Mango Ave., the place is sure to be packed as usual. Raffles for local restaurant and marina gift certificates will take place. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Proceeds benefit the GCA, a non-profit organization within the community which establishes effective communication with local governments. The purpose is to promote the general welfare of Goodland residents, community spirit, good will, education and discussion of issues which may affect the village.
Goodland Arts Alliance Art and Craft Fair
The Mullet Festival just gets bigger and bigger every year. New to the action is the Inaugural Goodland Arts Alliance Arts and Crafts Fair. The recently crowned 501(c)3 non-profit organization will hold a show at MarGood Harbor Park on Sunday, Jan. 26, 10 AM-4 PM. This “members only” show will feature the beautiful, handmade arts and crafts of those belonging to the GAA. Photography, pottery, paintings, jewelry, books, embellished shell art and more will be for sale only a hop, skip and a jump from Stan’s. Make your way down the street to MarGood Harbor Park, 321 Pear Tree Ave. The on-site museum will be open, and a 50/50 raffle will take place. Winner need not be present.
The addition of the GAA Arts and Crafts Fair on Mullet Festival Sunday was graciously encouraged by the local businesses and the locals. Be sure to stop by for one-of-a-kind souvenirs to remember your time spent in Goodland.
Mardi Gras Goodland Boat Parade
The 18th Annual Mardi Gras Goodland Boat Parade will be held Saturday, Feb. 14, beginning at 2 PM. As always, all proceeds go to Avow Hospice of Naples, and will be used to support the Marco Island Branch as it provides comfort and support to the terminally ill and their families primarily in the home.
Every year, Committee Chair Elaine Richie and her army of volunteers manage to raise more and more money for Avow. This year, Richie has been chosen by Avow to receive the 2014 Butterfly Award, which recognizes those who have given so much of themselves to further the mission of Avow.
“The award honors all of the people from Goodland who have made the parade such a success. Over the years we have raised over a quarter of a million dollars for Avow,” stated Richie in an email. “My committee this year consists of Amy Bozicnik, Mary Miller, Bonnie Duffy, Jo ‘B’ Bromley, Colleen Termini, Noreen Seegers, Nancy Titus, Linda Van Meter, Margie Fortune, Antoinette Bryant and Carolyn Bryant.”
This year’s theme is COMEDY. Boaters will pick a funny idea and decorate their crew and boat to depict it. Proceeds from raffles, auctions and t-shirt sales benefit Avow Hospice, and will be used to support services provided by their Marco Island office. For more information or to register your boat, please call Elaine at 239-642-8356 or visit www.mardigrasgoodland.com. Extravagance is NOT required and boats of all sizes and shapes are welcome. The only rule is TO HAVE FUN!