Sunday, November 28, 2021

Capt. Huff in IGFA Hall of Fame

Captain Steve Huff. Dubmitted

Captain Steve Huff. Dubmitted

Congratulations to the Collier County Museums production team and to the Smallwood Store in Chokoloskee for a very successful and entertaining afternoon with their re-enactment of the Killing of Mr. Watson. As one visitor commented,

“I wanted you to know that the program on the 24th was wonderful…. I am amazed that something relatively simple could carry so much interest and pleasure.  All those who volunteered were wonderful; the venue under the store was great… The climax was tops. It was just so worthwhile.”

On Tuesday, October 26, Everglades City resident and fishing guide, Captain Steve Huff, was inducted into the International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame, at their 12th Annual Induction Ceremony along with four other nominees from around the world. President Rob Kramer stated “We are pleased to have these unique individuals take their place in history with the 80 current members of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, all chosen because of the major contributions they have made to recreational fishing and conservation through angling achievements, literature, the arts, science, education, invention, communications or administration of fishery resources.” Over one hundred of Steve’s anglers, family and friends were there to share in the celebration of this honor. Steve joins the ranks of previous Hall of Fame legends such as Zane Grey, Ernest Hemingway, Billy Pate, Stu Apte and Sir Izaak Walton among many others. Congratulations!

Local residents Chris and Glenda Hancock of Chokoloskee have created C & G’s Big Cypress Swamp Buggy Tours which will be guiding visitors into the Big Cypress National Preserve. Tours are scheduled daily, Monday thru Saturday, with four hours of enjoying nature at its best.  This time of year the trees are painted with colors of red, orange, green and brown. The cypress trees, which are related to the sequoia tree, still have a small amount of water flowing at their base, making a beautiful picture. For photographers, this is the place to be! C & G’s Big Cypress Swamp Buggy Tours’ information can be found on their website or call (239) 734-0084 or 695-4756.

For the month of November, artist Jose Fernandez will be exhibiting his work at the Museum of the Everglades, entitled “The Underwater Life of the Everglades.” A reception hosted by the Friends of the Museum will be held on Saturday, November 20, from 1 to 3 pm. Everyone is invited to attend and to meet the artist and enjoy this outstanding exhibit. The Museum at 105 West Broadway in Everglades City is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday.

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