We’re saying good-bye to a lot of memories this past year: friends and long-time residents who have passed away and new babies born, school games and events, Smallwood Store forced closure and re-opening after six months, Margaret Webb’s survival after her encounter with a gator, among other happenings in the Glades. We hope that 2012 will bring more neighborly love and continued peace in the Swamp. As our winter residents return to the Everglades, several upcoming events will be of interest.
The Everglades Community Church on the Circle will hold a Night Watch Vigil and Covenant Renewal on New Year’s Eve, December 31, at 7:00 PM. Come join the congregation in celebrating the beginning of 2012.
The 37th Annual Miccosukee Arts Festival continues through Sunday, January 1, from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM at their Tribal Village on the Tamiami Trail (US-41). Visit website www.miccosukee.com and click on Events for more information.
The Big Cypress Bend Gift Shop has re-opened its doors after the devastating electrical fire destroyed the building and its contents in June. This Seminole/Miccosukee store has been operating since 1956 and has beautifully handcrafted Indian dolls, clothing and gift items. It’s on your way to Everglades City alongside the Fakahatchee Strand Boardwalk, so stop in and visit.
The Everglades Lion’s Club Turkey Shoot, originally planned in December, is now scheduled for Saturday, January 7, and Sunday, January 8 on CR 29 next to the Oyster House and across from the Everglades National Park Gulf Coast Visitor Center between Everglades City and Chokoloskee. Prizes include two shotguns (20- & 12-gauge), a gas BBQ grill, and a fishing rod & reel. Proceeds will benefit the Everglades Lions Club “Pass It On” fund. For tickets and more information, call 695-2695.
Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!! For more information about the area events, visit The Mullet Rapper’s website at 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.