The holidays are approaching and more events are being planned in the Swamp. Big Cypress Gallery is hosting its “Annual Holiday Book Signing” with Clyde Butcher on Friday, November 23, and Saturday, November 24. Clyde’s books make great holiday gifts, especially with a special note from Clyde. For more information call (239) 695-2428.
The Everglades Society for Historical Preservation will host its first program of the season on Friday, November 30, at 5:30 PM in the Everglades Community Church annex. Marco Island historian Betsy Perdichizzi will present “Pioneering Medicine in the Marco Wilderness” based on the family letters of Drs. Mary and Lewis Olds. She has photographs from the early 1900s when the Olds first arrived on Marco Island and will read excerpts from her new book “Into the Florida .” This event is free and open to the public. For information, call (239) 695-2905. Wilderness; A Journey with Drs. Mary and Lewis Olds, Pioneer Life and Medicine in Southwest Florida
The same weekend your whole family will enjoy the Second Annual Swamp Heritage Festival on Saturday, December 1, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center, 33000 Tamiami Trail East in Ochopee. This event shines a spotlight upon the people with a deep connection to the Big Cypress Swamp and whose rugged strength and pioneering spirit contributed to the shaping of today’s unique and diverse culture. Through living history demonstrations, informative presentations, and exhibits everyone can learn what daily life was like in such a remote, and at times, inhospitable place. These unique chapters in American history add to therich and colorful tableau that comprises our shared past and present. For more information, and an agenda of speakers and exhibitors, visit the event page at www.nps.gov/bicy/swampheritagefestival or call (239) 695-4758. Free admission for the entire family.
The Rob Storter Exhibit has been extended through January 2013 at the CCSO “CommUnity” Gallery in the Sheriff’s Office in Building J at the Government Center, 3319 Tamiami Trail East, in Naples. The images in this exhibit are on loan from the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades. For information, phone 252-0810.
There are many more Everglades events planned for December; until then, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
For more information about what’s happening in the Everglades City area, visit www.evergladesmulletrapper.com.
Patricia Huff has lived in Everglades City for the past 18 years and is the Publisher of the local newspaper The Mullet Rapper.