Everglades City celebrated the opening of stone crab season with the second annual Blessing of the Fleet event with music, games and bake sale at the Rod & Gun Club on Saturday, October 2. Although crab season doesn’t officially open until October 15, crabbers have been laying their traps and making preparations. Several restaurants will be re-opening this month after a summer break. Everglades Scoop, located at 203 Copeland Avenue just south of the Circle, offers luncheon sandwiches as well as ice cream and their homemade Key lime pie. The very popular Havana Café in Chokoloskee and Camellia Street Grill on the Barron River will both be opening on October 15.
Make plans early to visit Chokoloskee on Sunday, October 24, to see the re-enactment of The Killing of Mr. Watson. The Smallwood Store and Museum will be commemorating the 100th anniversary of the killing of Edgar J. Watson. It was just after the hurricane in 1910 that the townspeople gathered at Ted Smallwood’s trading post and waited for Mr. Watson to arrive by boat. To see what really happened to Mr. Watson, come see the performance at 2:30 p.m. There is a $10 entrance fee (children 8 and under will be admitted free of charge). The story gained notoriety with Peter Matthiessen’s best-selling book, “Killing Mr. Watson, published in 1990.
Virginia Klotz of Sea Gull Studios has closed her doors after 41 years in Everglades City. Ms. Klotz came here with her parents from Sanibel to seek a quieter lifestyle in this little town on the river. Sea Gull Studios was well known for its impressive array of shells from around the world; the oil paintings of Bob Klotz, Virginia’s father; and the shell arrangements by her mother. Everglades City will miss Ms. Klotz who will soon be retiring to the east coast of Florida. She’s a wonderful lady with lots of friends in this closely knit community.