Smallwood Store & Museum had a very successful fundraiser on February 25, based on the number of people who came out to support this historic site. Visitors from all over the county and beyond attended and donated funds to help with the battle to restore Mamie Street. It is still very difficult to travel on the unpaved bumpy road; it is so narrow in places that cars are required to move off the road in order to pass one another. Although Florida-Georgia Grove LLP was ordered to pave the road by February 27, they were given a 15-day extension to work things out.
In the meantime, Smallwood Store still needs your help! With over $100,000 in legal fees and maintenance needs on the building, the non-profit organization is suffering. If you’d like to make a donation, visit website www.smallwoodstore.com or send a check payable to Ted Smallwood Store, P.O. Box 310, Chokoloskee, FL 34138. Lynn McMillan says that they intend to continue with more fundraisers so if you’d like to sponsor a future event, call 239-695-2989.
Upcoming happenings inthe swamp: March 10 is Super Saturday with an Art Workshop at Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center (call 239-695-1165 for info), Art-in-the-Glades with live music at McLeod Park starting at 10:00 AM, followed by the Third Annual Everglades Homes Tour from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. ($20 tickets available at McLeod Park), the Fakahatchee Coastal Cruise at 3:00 PM (another cruise is scheduled for March 25). For more information on the cruise and other Fakahatchee events, visit website www.friendsoffakahatchee.org or call 239- 695-2905.
Saturday, March 17: Start the day off early at the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge which is holding its annual Open House from 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM. There will be walks, talks, buggy tours, and lunch. The Refuge is on the west side of SR-29 (road to Immokalee) just north of I-75 (Alligator Alley) Exit 80. For information, phone 239-353-8442, ext.222. Then, head east on the Tamiami Trail to Clyde Butcher’s Big Cypress Gallery where you will “Step into the Flow of Nature to Awaken your Heart and Refresh Your Spirit” with a Yoga Workshop ~ Lunch~ Swamp Walks starting at 10:00 AM and ending the relaxing day at 4:00 PM. Cost is $150 per person. RESERVATIONS: Call 941-486-0811 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
During the month of March, the Museum of the Everglades will be exhibiting the art work of Bonnie Warecki in the
Pauline Reeves Gallery. Art, fishing, and the call of open water have always been an integral part of Bonnie’s life since her husband and sons are all former commercial fishermen. While “snow birding” in Florida, Bonnie was introduced to the ancient oriental art form known as Gyotaku, meaning “fish rubbing” in Japanese. The title of this exhibit is “Rubbing Up Against the Everglades.” The Museum is located at 105 W. Broadway and open Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and on Saturday, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. There is no admission charge but donations are welcome. For info, phone 239-695-0008.
Enjoy the Everglades! The weather is wonderful for outdoor activities in the swamp.
Patricia Huff has lived in Everglades City for the past 16 years and is the Publisher of the local newspaper The Mullet Rapper.