Come join us for the 13th Birthday party of the Museum of the Everglades to be celebrated on Saturday, April 30, beginning at 10:30 am when the antique cars from the Naples-Marco Island Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America arrive in town. Each year these antique cars come to Everglades City to commemorate the anniversary of the opening of the Tamiami Trail in 1928. Story-telling by “Old-Timers” will be held in the Museum at 11:00 am, followed by live music and the traditional free hot dogs, drinks and a birthday cake. If you come early at 10:00 am, you can enjoy the last free pancake breakfast at the Everglades Airpark, sponsored by Wings 10,000 Island Tours.
During this occasion we look back and remember the Women’s Club of Everglades City who formed the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades (FME) and whose vision it was to renovate the Old Laundry Building into a museum. This is a quote from Pauline Reeves, our first president of FME:
“In January of this year, 1995, the newly incorporated Friends of the Museum of the Everglades, Inc., began a membership drive to support our project, namely, restoration of the Old Laundry Building in Everglades City… “In this, our first newsletter, I would like to give you a brief history of the building and let you know the chain of events that have taken place in the last couple of years… The building was constructed by Barron Gift Collier as part of his planned community and company town for the newly established county seat and construction for the Tamiami Trail. Designed and opened as a commercial laundry on October 24, 1927, the building was used for this purpose until just after World War II. The laundry was considered a “state of the art” facility which offered laundering, folding, pressing, dry cleaning, dying, alterations and tailoring. Collier Development Corporation continued to use the building until 1960, when Hurricane Donna hit Everglades City. The Everglades Woman’s Club received use of the building in September 1965 and purchased it in January of 1972. The Women’s Club donated the building to Collier County in June of 1992 with specific deed restrictions requiring the county to rehabilitate and operate the structure as a local history museum.”
Come honor the founding members and celebrate the Museum’s Birthday. Naples photographer Dennis Goodman continues his exhibit “Flight of the Everglades” through the end of this month. An exhibit not to be missed!
Easter is later this year and a lot of our winter residents have returned north so it will be quieter during our annual sunrise service this Sunday, April 24, at the Everglades National Park where we all gather together at 7:00 am. It’s wonderful in this small community that the various places of worship join as one during this Easter season. It’s usually misty out when the music starts and each pastor or priest comes forward to sing God’s praises. It’s a joyful time and we all feel blessed to be here, living in the midst of nature and beauty.
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Patricia Huff has lived in Everglades City for the past 16 years and is the Publisher of the local newspaper The Mullet Rapper.