“Hanging Out in the Everglades” is the title of this month’s exhibit in the Pauline Reeves Gallery at the Museum of the Everglades with artist Brian Trainor. He brings a unique perspective to photographing the Everglades. Visit Brian’s website at www.briantrainorphotography for more information. Everyone is invited to a reception hosted by the Friends of the Museum to meet the artist on Saturday, January 14, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM.
Also on exhibit with a reception the same day on Saturday, January 14, is “The Preserve” at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center Auditorium located at 33000 Tamiami Trail in Ochopee from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The exhibition will continue through March 1 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM daily and is open to the public at both the OasisVisitor Center and the Welcome Center in Big Cypress Preserve.
Western Everglades Photo Workshop with photographer and painter Jeff Ripple on January 16-19 is still available. This includes two full days of workshops and three nights at the base camp. For reservations and more info, call 695-2428 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
In reconsidering how to improve Everglades National Park’s facilities at Flamingo and in Everglades City, a public meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 19, from 5:30 to 8:00 PM at Big Cypress National Preserve Welcome Center (2.5 miles east of Tamiami Trail and Route 29 intersection). The first hour will be an open house to give everyone an opportunity to review project information, talk with staff and provide comments. At 6:30 PM there will be ashort presentation about the project followed by additional public comment and discussion. Please visit the following website to view additional new information: www.nps. gov/ever/parkmgmt/ever-general-management-plan.htm and the Gulf Coast Site Redevelopment project: www.nps. gov/ever/parkmgmt/gulfcoastredevelopment.htm. For more information, contact Project Manager Fred Herling 305-242- 7704.
The Fakahatchee Ultra Running Race takes place within the State Preserve on Saturday, January 21. Runners from Florida and around the country will be competing in races of 50 miles, 50 kilometers (31 miles) and 25 kilometers (15.6 miles) along the Park trams. Many runners will spend one or more nights in Everglades City or close by, some bringing family and friends with them. For more information, visit website www.evergladesultras.com If you have questions, please contact Race Director Bob Becker at 954-439-2800or email email@example.com
Other events in the Everglades area on January 21 include a Pancake Fly-In at the Everglades Airpark from 10:00 AM to Noon, hosted by Wings 10,000 Island Tours. For information, telephone (239) 695-3296. Art-in-the-Glades with live music will be held at McLeod Park from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. There will be a Coastal Cruise chartered boat trip to historic Fakahatchee Island at 3:00 PM from Everglades National Park. For more information, telephone (239) 695-2905 or see website www.orchidswamp.org
Come join us in the Everglades for the interesting and fun events scheduled this month. For additional information about Everglades City area, visit website www. evergladesmulletrapper.com
Patricia Huff has lived in Everglades City for the past 16 years and is the Publisher of the local newspaper The Mullet Rapper.