Buzz from the Swamp

Tamiami Trail Celebration

The Museum of the Everglades will be celebrating its biggest one-day event of the year on Saturday, April 27th; the 85th Anniversary of the opening of the Tamiami Trail in 1928. The Museum will also be observing the arrival of Ponce de Leon to Florida as a part of the “Viva La Florida 500” celebration as well as Collier County’s ... Read More »

Celebration, Cele-bra-tion, C’mon

Approximately 100 attendees were present as U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar cut the ribbon during the formal dedication to open the new Tamiami Trail Bridge located in Miami-Dade County on March 19th. Eighty-five years ago, in April of 1928, the Tamiami Trail was completed, allowing motorists to travel by automobile from Tampa to Miami. At the time, it ... Read More »

End of Season Events

In the Everglades, the end of season is “ending” with a bang – with lots and lots to do this weekend. On Saturday, March 23rd at 8:30 AM, you can take “A Walk on the Wild Side” in Big Cypress National Preserve to experience the spring wildflowers (with a second walk scheduled for 9:30 AM). For more information and to ... Read More »

Home Tours, Movie Night and More

The Annual Everglades Homes Tour is the highlight event for this weekend on Saturday, March 9, from 1 to 5 PM. Come visit some of our oldest homes and buildings in Collier County. The cost is $20 and includes a souvenir book. Tickets are available from the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation’s website at or at the Art-in-the-Glades which ... Read More »

Season Keeps On Buzzin’

The 9th Annual Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival is coming to a close this weekend. On Friday, February 22, there will be canoe trips, guided tours, an orchid presentation by the Fruit and Spice Park in Homestead, and a photography workshop. On Saturday, February 23, the day will be all about orchids. For more information on these events, call Martha at ... Read More »

Art, Music and Outdoor Events

By Patricia Huff Southwest Florida will be buzzing with lots of music this weekend. The 40th Annual Everglades Seafood Festival will begin with a pancake breakfast at the Everglades Community Church and a full schedule of great musicians, including two Nashville artists Jason Thomas on Saturday and Jerrod Niemann on Sunday. Wonderful seafood, arts & crafts, and children activities are planned ... Read More »

Music, Food and Fun

BUZZ FROM THE SWAMP Patricia Huff 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 ... Read More »

Everglades Happenings

BUZZ FROM THE SWAMP Patricia Huff Visitors are returning to the wonders of the Everglades and it’s great to welcome them to south Florida. So many interesting activities are happening around town. On January 11, our Everglades Society for Historical Preservation is sponsoring a free movie night with two episodes of the 1960s TV series “Lincoln Vail of the Everglades.” ... Read More »

Everglades Celebrates the New Year

BUZZ FROM THE SWAMP Patricia Huff 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 ... Read More »

Christmas in the Glades

BUZZ FROM THE SWAMP  Patricia Huff In the Everglades our annual Christmas Light Parade, sponsored by the School Booster Club, is a great way for the whole community to get together. This year the event is scheduled for Saturday, December 15. Activities begin with food, fun and fellowship at 5:00 PM at McLeod Park on the Circle. Decorated floats with ... Read More »

Art in the Glades

BUZZ FROM THE SWAMP  Patricia Huff  In the Glades, we begin the month of December with the ever-popular Pancake Fly-In. On Saturday, December 1, Wings 10,000 Islands will host a pancake breakfast at the Everglades Airpark from 10:00 AM. until noon. Everyone is welcome! For information, phone Chuck at (239) 695-3296. The following evening Dr. Roger Hammer, author of Everglades ... Read More »

Something for everyone in the Swamp

BUZZ FROM THE SWAMP Patricia Huff  The holidays are approaching and more events are being planned in the Swamp. Big Cypress Gallery is hosting its “Annual Holiday Book Signing” with Clyde Butcher on Friday, November 23, and Saturday, November 24. Clyde’s books make great holiday gifts, especially with a special note from Clyde. For more information call (239) 695-2428. The ... Read More »

Fakahatchee strand

BUZZ FROM THE SWAMP  Patricia Huff  If you’ve ever walked along the Big Cypress Boardwalk in the Fakahatchee Strand or driven the back roads of Janes Scenic Drive, then you’re familiar with the wonders of the Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve. Guided Swamp Walks will begin in November on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Saturday of each month. Reservations are required ... Read More »

Everglades Events

BUZZ FROM THE SWAMP Patricia Huff The Everglades City area continues to offer residents and visitors a number of exciting programs. Winter residents are beginning to return, and they won’t be disappointed in the events coming up this year. The October exhibit in the Pauline Reeves Gallery at the Museum of the Everglades is entitled “Everglades through the Perspective of ... Read More »

Youth Program in the Everglades

BUZZ FROM THE SWAMP Patricia Huff A program in the Everglades is designed to provide kids an opportunity to transform them into responsible young adults, helping them develop confidence and competency in vital life skills, leading them to acceptance of personal responsibility, and assisting them in making better choices. Based in Tampa, AMI Kids started in 1969 when Ft. Lauderdale ... Read More »

New Exhibits in the Everglades

Buzz From The Swamp Patricia Huff A new photographic perspective with Mother Nature is the subject of the Museum of the Everglades’ September exhibit entitled “The Everglades and the Goodman’s.” A reception to “Meet the Artist” Kayla Goodman is scheduled for Saturday, September 8, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served by the Friends of the ... Read More »

Back to school

BUZZ FROM THE SWAMP Patricia Huff School started this week, and our children are back after a summer of fun. Our Everglades City School (Pre-K through 12th grade) has a new principal, Mr. Robert (Bob) Spano, who has over 20 years of experience as principal of various Collier County Schools. He has been teaching in this county since 1978 ... Read More »

Exploring the real Everglades

BUZZ FROM THE SWAMP  Patricia Huff Clyde Butcher’s Big Cypress Gallery will hold its annual Labor Day Weekend Swamp Walks from Friday, September 1, through Monday, September 3. Every year I write about the excitement of “walking” in the swamp, the only way to really experience the true Everglades (up close and personal). During the winter season, we have many ... Read More »

Midsummer night’s dream in The Everglades

BUZZ FROM THE SWAMP  Patricia Huff It’s the end of July and summer is almost over. We’ve been enduring hot muggy summer days but our nights are cool, the result of our wonderful late afternoon showers. My favorite time of day is late afternoon or early evening when my husband has a day off, and he’s home to enjoy the ... Read More »

Summer is for the Young at Heart

BUZZ FROM THE SWAMP By Patricia Huff During the week of June 25 through the 29th, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) sponsored the “Build-a-Boat” project with the Everglades City students participating. Volunteers also assisted with the program. On Friday, June 29, the students and CCSO staff launched the boat at the city dock at the end of Broadway ... Read More »