Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival and the Fakahatchee SAFARI

by Patricia Huff

The 7th Annual MSD Festival, sponsored by the Friends of the Museum, will be held February 22 through February 25.  At the age of 78, Marjory Stoneman Douglas became actively involved in environmental issues when she opposed a planned jetport along the Tamiami Trail.  She helped establish the Friends of the Everglades which encouraged the protection of this unique ecosystem which she named the River of Grass; also, the title of her book published in 1947.

Tuesday’s luncheon event “A Taste of the Glades” will feature Joel Curzon, the award-winning photographer, author and environmentalist speaking on “Listen to the Everglades: Reality, Humility and the End of Growth” at 10:45 am.  Following the luncheon, “The Life and Times of the Ed Guthrie” with stories of fishing, hunting and exploring the Big Cypress Swamp and Ten Thousand Islands will be presented.

Wednesday, February 23, will focus on the “Environments of the Everglades” with speakers and a buffet luncheon at the Museum.  Thursday’s events will include various trips in the swamp, via tram rides, canoes, or walking.  Otter John and his Wild Everglades Animal Presentation will be held at 11 am.  Friday will include photography workshops and additional presentations.  For more information, visit the Friends of the Museum’s website at www.evergladesmuseum.org or call 239-695-0008 for event reservations.

The Fakahatchee Strand State Park will be the scene for the very successful and popular Safari on Saturday, February 26, from 12 noon to 7 pm.  There will be guided swamp walks, birding walks, photo workshops, scenic tram rides and swamp buggy rides.  An Art and Nature Gallery, live exotic animal demonstrations, interactive presentations and other activities will be included in this $125 per person fundraiser for the Friends of the Fakahatchee to support this beautiful state park.  The festivities will end with a wine reception, BBQ cookout, live music and storytelling.  Reservations are required.  For more information, visit website www.orchidswamp.org or phone (239) 659-2905.

Visit the Mullet Rapper’s website www.evergladesmulletrapper.com to learn more about Everglades City and what’s happening around town.

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