Everglades Seafood Festival
The famous Everglades Seafood Festival will take place the weekend of February 10-12, 2017, in historic Everglades City.
This is a popular traditional event. People come from all over South Florida to hear great live music, eat delicious seafood, and browse among the craft booths while the kiddies enjoy the carnival rides.
The festival is organized by the Betterment Association of the Everglades Area, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, which donates to local causes. For information, see www.evergladesseafoodfestival.org or call 239-695-2277.
Nashville Stars at Seafood Festival
The line-up of entertainers at the 2017 Everglades Seafood Festival includes big name groups from Nashville, as well as popular local performers.
There is definitely a southern flavor, with headliners A Thousand Horses, Little Texas, and the Kentucky HeadHunters all visiting here for the first time.
Returning names include Tim Elliott, whose new single “What’s Not to Love” has been highlighted on iTunes, and Nadia Turner, who wowed us last year with her energetic performance. Old local favorites taking the big stage are Gator Nate, The Lost Rodeo, Let’s Hang On, and Them Hamilton Boys.
Fora full schedule, see www.evergladesseafoodfestival.org.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival
The 13th Annual Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival will take place February 21-25, 2017.
Immerse yourself in South Florida’s amazing River of Grass with this five-day offering of scientific talks, pioneer stories, photography displays, nature walks, canoe trips, and guided tours of the Everglades, Ten Thousand Islands, Big Cypress Swamp, and Fakahatchee Strand.
Sponsored by our Friends of the Museum of the Everglades, the annual festival honors the remarkable life of environmental pioneer, author and champion of the Everglades, Marjory Stoneman Douglas.
All activities begin at the Museum of the Everglades, except the opening luncheon on February 21 at Everglades Isle. Reservations and fees for opening luncheon and some guided tours.
For more information, visit evergladesmuseum.org or call 239-695-0008. The Museum of the Everglades is located at 105 West Broadway, Everglades City, FL 34139.
Learn about Our Early History
Who lived here first?
We know the Spanish found the majestic Calusa when the explorers arrived in the early 1500s, but who lived in Southwest Florida before the Calusa? And, where did the earlier tribes come from?What happened to them? How and when did the Seminoles get here?
Learn what has been discovered about inhabitants in our area over the many centuries in an illustrated lecture entitled “Prehistoric Snowbirds” on Friday, February 24, at the Island Café in Everglades City by Rachael Kangas. The speaker is Public Archeology Coordinator at the Southwest Regional Center of the Florida Public Archeology Network (FPAN).
The event is hosted by the Everglades Society for Historical Preservation (www.evergladeshistorical.org). There is no charge but reservations are required. To book your places, email ESHP@hotmail.com or phone Marya at 239-695-2905.
Learn about the wonderful women who struggled in the remote wilderness of South Florida over 100 years ago and started the environmental movement even before they had the vote. Marya Repko will give an illustrated presentation about “Women in the Everglades” at 2 PM on Wednesday, February 22, during the 13th Annual Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival at the Museum of the Everglades. After the talk, she will answer questions and sign her local history books.
To learn more about Marya’s books, see her website www.ecity-publishing.com, where you can order online, or phone her at 239-695-2905.