Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Museum exhibit

Bruce Hitchcock mangrove tree.

Bruce Hitchcock mangrove tree.

On Saturday, November 12, the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades will host a reception from 1:00 to 3:00 PM for Chokoloskee resident, Bruce Hitchcock, whose photographs are on exhibit with Tyler McDonald through December. Bruce was born in South Florida and came to the Everglades 35 years ago. For the past 20 years he has worked as a fishing and photography guide. He enjoys exploring the Everglades backcountry in his kayak and feels this gives him the perspective of seeing nature from the inside as one of its own. His photographs capture the passion he has for this area. Stop by the Museum of the Everglades located at 105 West Broadway to meet Bruce on November 12 or visit the Pauline Reeves Gallery any day from Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM). There is no admission charge but donations are welcome. For information, phone 695-0008.

The Rob Storter Collection will be on exhibit during the months of November and December at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome

B&B Safe Deposit room.

B&B Safe Deposit room.

Center located at 33000 Tamiami Trail, just five miles east of SR 29 (entrance to Everglades City). The Center is open every day from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. For more information, telephone 239-695-4758. Big Cypress National Preserve has started winter programs which include topics on plants, animals and history. Guided hikes, canoe trips, boardwalk strolls and evening programs are being offered. Visit website www.nps.gov/bicy/planyourvisit/ index.htm or call 239-695-1201 for more information. Reservations are accepted up to 14 days in advance of the activity.

The Everglades Historical Bed & Breakfast opened its doors on October 28 with Innkeeper Patty Bowen greeting the guests. She and her daughter, Taylor Caple, have lovingly renovated this historic building to capture the feel of times gone by. Visitors were treated to an array of delicious appetizers served in the elegant dining room. All of the bedrooms are decorated with Victorian furniture and antiques, most have additional sitting room spaces and each is named after various bank services, i.e., the Loan Department, the Credit Department, the Safe Deposit Room, etc. Everglades City is

Everglades Historical Bed & Breakfast is nicely appointed.

Everglades Historical Bed & Breakfast is nicely appointed.

proud that one of our original Collier buildings has been restored and brought back to life. A true treasure and delight for tourists coming to this area! Visit website www.evergladeshistoricalbedandbreakfast.com to view all the rooms and be sure to check out the Spa services or telephone 239-695-0013 for more information.

Update on Mamie Street: On October 24, 2011, Judge Hugh Hayes recused himself from hearing the lawsuit that Collier County and the Smallwood Store, Inc., had filed against FL-Georgia Grove LLP. The new judge assigned to the case is Judge Cynthia Pivacek. Although it is possible to drive to the Smallwood Store & Museum, the road is not wide enough for two cars to pass and it is unpaved (as of October 28). The initial ruling by Judge Hayes required FL-Georgia Grove LLP to rebuild the road as it was, before they removed it in April.

To find out more about what’s happening in the Everglades area, visit website www.evergladesmulletrapper.com

Patricia Huff has lived in Everglades City for the past 16 years and is the Publisher of the local newspaper The Mullet Rapper. 

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