Monday, October 21, 2019

Mini Music Fest in Everglades City

 

 

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Visit rural Collier County for another great musical event to help a local charity on Saturday, March 21st, at McLeod Park in the center of historic Everglades City. Festivities start at 10 AM and close around 4 PM. Among the performers are Snooker Joe Stem with a host of local musicians plus Wayne Brian, fiddler Laura Leary, and Cindy Hackney. Copeland is an impoverished community only six miles from the old county seat of Everglades City. It was home to cypress logging in 1943-1957 and a prosperous tomato farm. Now, there is no nearby employment, leaving the community a pocket of despair. The original Janes Store, Restaurant, & Post Office complex was bought in 2001 by Big Cypress National Preserve so that Copeland Baptist Church is the only

Copeland Baptist Church

Copeland Baptist Church

center of activity for this remote area. The little church is in dire need of money for expenses and maintenance. All profits from the Mini Music Fest will help to keep this historic build (over 70 years old) alive. Fundraising on the day will be augmented by an auction with pictures donated by Clyde Butcher, Connie Bransilver, Varick Niles, and other local artists. Tickets at $20 for VIP reserved seating are available in advance at www. evergladeshistorical.org. There is also a Chowder Cook-Off, Arts & Crafts sale, and hotdogs for lunch plus the playground for kiddies to amuse themselves while the adults enjoy the music and shopping. If you can not attend, please send a check to Copeland Baptist Church, P.O. Box 457, Copeland, Florida 34137. For information, phone 239-695-2905.

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