By Pat Newman
There is no shortage of things to do in Everglades City the month of December!
The holiday season kicks off with the Fourth Annual Swamp Heritage Festival on Saturday, Dec. 6, 10:30 AM-4:00 PM, at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center. The event is a celebration of the rich history and culture of South Florida. There will be demonstrations and exhibits documenting the rugged lifestyle of the area’s earliest pioneers.
Also on Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6 are two evening events at the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. Stroll the boardwalk after dark on Friday starting at 6:00 PM for a unique look at nighttime nature or take the Moonlit Tram Tour under a full moon on Saturday. For more information and reservations go to www.forfreservation.evenbrite.com.
The Museum of the Everglades will host Robert S. Carr, executive director of Archaeology and Historical Conservancy (AHC) in Davie, at their annual meeting and luncheon on Monday, Dec. 8. The AHC has conducted approximately 1,000 explorations of historic sites throughout the state including the excavation at the Cutler fossil site in Miami-Dade. Carr, author of “The Everglades,” will autograph copies of his book. To support the museum, become a member of reserve a spot at the luncheon call 238-695-0008.
A presentation on the “River of Grass Greenway” proposal for developing a recreational corridor across the Everglades between Naples and Miami is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 10, at City Hall in Everglades City at 7 PM. It would provide a safe haven for bicycling, bird watching, fishing and photography. No motorized vehicles allowed. The same presentation will be given on Thursday, Dec. 11, at 7 PM at the Collier County South Regional Library Meeting Room at 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway.
Mark your calendars for Everglades City’s Tree Lighting on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 5 PM. It will be followed by the Light Parade of floats and golf carts, 5K “Glow Run” and a boat parade at 7:30 PM. All proceeds go to the city’s athletic programs. Santa will make an appearance at City Hall on Dec. 19.
Finally in the arts, artist Ke Robinson will exhibit his oil paintings at the Pauline Reeves Gallery. A reception hosted by the friends of the museum will be Saturday, December6 from 1-3 PM.
Vanick Niles Studio will feature “Feast for the Eyes Still Lifes,” Dec. 4-Jan. 16, 2015. There will be an opening reception on Friday, Dec. 5, 1-4 PM.
Looking ahead to 2015, there is the Smallwood Music Festival on Jan. 31 and the anticipated Seafood Festival is scheduled for Feb. 6-8.