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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 90th anniversary and the 60th Anniversary of Everglades City. After a free pancake breakfast at the Everglades Airpark, the Friends of the Museum have planned a great program, starting with a parade highlighting the Barron Collier High School Band, antique ... 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 was considered one of the world’s great marvels. Since then, it has also unfortunately served as a dam, blocking the flow of the Everglades watershed from the north to the south. Within the next few months, the removal of the ... 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 make reservations, call 239-695-1164 or email Then, travel back to Everglades City where you can enjoy a free pancake breakfast from 10 AM until noon, sponsored by Wings 10,000 Islands Tours, at the Everglades Airpark. Everyone is welcome! For ... 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 will be taking place at McLeod Park beginning at 10 AM that same day. For more information, call Marya Repko at 239-695-2905. Also, on the same day from 1 to 3 PM, the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades ... 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 239-695-0008. Also, visit website for a complete schedule of events and to join the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades. A free pancake breakfast hosted by Wings 10,000 Islands Tours and a fly-in hosted by the Recreational Aviation ... Read More »

Art, Music and Outdoor Events

Paul Marcellini in his element. MAC STONE PHOTO

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 for an exciting weekend. For more information, phone 239-695-2277 or visit the festival’s website at Don’t forget to stop by the Museum of the Everglades to meet Paul Marcellini, the Artist of the Month, with his photographs exhibited in ... 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 seeking public comment on its interactive website, 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 ... 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.” The event begins at 5:30 PM. at the Everglades Community Church Jinkins Fellowship Hall. For information, call 239-695-2905 or visit website On Saturday, January 12, we have a full day with Art-in-the-Glades at McLeod Park on the Circle from ... 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 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. ... 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 children singing Christmas carols tour the neighborhoods spreading good will to all. The boat parade was held last weekend On Tuesday, December 18, the Everglades City students will celebrate the holidays with a very special concert at 6:00 PM in ... 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 Wildflowers and other books, will be the featured speaker at the Friends of Fakahatchee Dinner/Talk on Sunday, December 2, at the Everglades Seafood Depot. Tickets for the delicious roast beef buffet are $30 for members and $40 for guests. For ... 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 Everglades Society for Historical Preservation will host its first program of the season on Friday, November 30, at 5:30 PM in the Everglades Community Church annex. Marco Island historian Betsy Perdichizzi will present “Pioneering Medicine in the Marco Wilderness” based ... 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 for these adventures into the wild. Friends of the Fakahatchee members receive a discounted rate of $50 ($70 for non-members). The trips are well worth it. Phone 239-695-1023 or email for more information. On Saturday, October 27, the official ... 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 Matt Milligan.” Matt is 16 years old, has been photographing scenes of our natural environment since the age of 9, and is the son of our Lieutenant Mark Milligan. Matt has shown his art work locally in our Art-in-the-Glades event. ... 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 Juvenile Court Judge Frank Orlando was frustrated with seeing the same kids come before his court time after time. The only option for them was “reform” school, but they would soon be back out on the streets again. Judge Orlando ... 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 Museum of the Everglades. Kayla, age 12, was introduced to photography three years ago. She would accompany her father on adventures into the Everglades. Using her Mom’s point-and-shoot camera, she gained a sense of composition. A year later Kayla entered ... 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 so we feel very fortunate to have Mr. Spano as our new principal. He also comes from a family of teachers, including one sister who teaches 1st grade, two brothers (one retired), two nieces, one nephew and his wife, Darlene, ... 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 opportunities throughout south Florida to take a walk in the swamp. If you’ve never gotten your feet wet or ever had a fear of doing so, taking a “guided” tour behind the Big Cypress Gallery in Ochopee is the best ... 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 setting sun. We’ll sit out on our dock with a beer and watch the boats go by or the fish jumping in the river. It’s peaceful. On these summer nights the wind offers a gentle breeze down the river so ... 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 in Everglades City. “Build-a-Chair” project is starting the week of July 16. Everglades City celebrated Independence Day on Saturday, June 30, with a grand parade and festivities in McLeod Park including “best patriotically dressed” kids’ contests. Adults enjoyed the music, arts ... Read More »