Saturday, April 4, 2020

Goodland Tides

The family of Linda and lou Van Meter with daughter Jennifer and granddaughter Arden. (Photo by Linda Van Meter)

The family of Linda and lou Van Meter with daughter Jennifer and granddaughter Arden. (Photo by Linda Van Meter)

Goodland, especially during the winter season, is a bit more active as neighbors migrate from all points beyond and once again meet and greet one another. The Goodland Civic Association (GCA) is the main community organization and is one of the many ways for the people of Goodland to care for one another and the community in which they live.  The meeting hall is located on Mango Avenue and the membership meets the third Tuesday of each month for a potluck dinner and meeting.  The GCA’s next event will be their famous pancake breakfast Saturday and Sunday, March 6 and 7.  The buffet breakfast cost $5 for adults and $3 for children.  A community garage sale is also highlighted that same weekend starting at 8 a.m. both mornings.

The Liar’s Club, painting with Sara Jane, the guys who meet for coffee, the early morning fishermen, and those who bump into each other at the post office interact with genuine gladness of being with one another adding to the community flavor and the strength that is keeping Goodland a favorite place to live and to visit.

The Goodland Gals is another group that makes a point to interact and add

The Goodland Gals (taken on Feb 11, 2010 at Joanie Fuller's home where we all enjoyed her famous homemade red velvet cake) pictured are from left to right:  Anna Popour, Evelyn Cook, Linda Van Meter, Kasey Knoebel, Agatha Norton, Ruth Bowers, Gail Kahoun. Seated: Sonia Miller, Joanie Fuller.  (Photo by Jeane Brennan)

The Goodland Gals (taken on Feb 11, 2010 at Joanie Fuller’s home where we all enjoyed her famous homemade red velvet cake) pictured are from left to right: Anna Popour, Evelyn Cook, Linda Van Meter, Kasey Knoebel, Agatha Norton, Ruth Bowers, Gail Kahoun. Seated: Sonia Miller, Joanie Fuller. (Photo by Jeane Brennan)

that extra bit of light to one another’s lives.  Linda Van Meter has this to say about the Goodland Gals: “We are just a group of gals who love Goodland.  We have no agenda.  We are not political.  We’re just supportive of each other and our community.  We get together in each other’s homes each Thursday afternoon ‘in season’ just to visit with each other and talk about whatever comes up.  We have varied interests and experiences.  Some of us live here all year and some are winter visitors who we miss and who we love to see once again.”  Linda goes on to say, “Having fun with my friends and family, living a simple life, is what’s really important to me.”

Goodland, like Ochopee, Everglades City and just driving along Tamiami Trail, is a remnant of how life in southwest Florida must have been with beauty, struggle and an obvious sense of history.  Pictures on the walls of the Old Marco Lodge and Crab House depict a simpler, yet more rugged life not that long ago.  Take time to imagine what the past must have been like and the opportunity to get to know this precious place of Goodland.

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