The 8th Annual Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival, sponsored by the Friends of the Museum, will be held Tuesday, February 21, through Friday, February 24. Marjory 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.
The Tuesday’s luncheon event “A Taste of the Glades” at the Seafood Depot will feature Nicholas Petrucci and Connie Bransilver in a multi-media/art/conservation/education presentation “Guardians of the Everglades.” After lunch “The Life and Times of Ed Guthrie” will be performed with stories of exploring the Big Cypress Swamp and the Ten Thousand Islands.
Wednesday, February 22, will focus on the “Environments of the Everglades” with speakers and a luncheon grill with salad at the Museum. Thursday’s theme is “A Day in the Everglades” with guided tram tours, canoe tours, swamp walks and much more.Otter John and his Wild Everglades Animal Presentation will be held at 11:00 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.
An impressive exhibit is currently on display at the Museum of the Everglades with well renowned artists Nicholas Petrucci and Connie Bransilver. Nicholas’ larger than life oil paintings of various individuals include Gladesman Franklin Adams shown, Clyde Butcher, Nathaniel Reed and others. Featured, as well are, Connie’s extraordinary photographs printed on eight foot silk panels that grace the Pauline Reeves Gallery. Don’t miss this special exhibit when you’re in the Everglades area.
On Saturday, February 25, the 1st Annual Paddle through the 10,000 Islands to Smallwood Store will be held, starting at Glades Haven Marina at 9:00 AM There will be lots of activities at the Smallwood Store & Museum andeveryone is invited to attend the events. There will be food, music and drawings. Proceeds will benefit the Ted Smallwood’s Store, a 501(c)3 organization, to help with the battle over Mamie Street. To learn more about the event and to donate to help the historic Museum, visit www.smallwoodstore.com
The annual Everglades Bike Ride will take place on Sunday, February 26, to benefit the River of Grass Greenway (www.evergladesROGG.org) and the Friends of Fakahatchee Strand Preserve (www.friendsoffakahatchee.org). There will be a ride for everyone: 16 miles, 27 miles (off-road), and 62 miles. A continental breakfast and lunch is included in the registration fee. For more information, contact Patty Huff at 695-2397 or visit the Naples Pathways Coalition website www.naplespathways.org
Visit the Mullet Rapper’s website www.evergladesmulletrapper.com to learn more about Everglades City and what’s happening around town.
Patricia Huff has lived in Everglades City for the past 16 years and is the Publisher of the local newspaper The Mullet Rapper.