The Everglades City area continues to offer residents and visitors a number of exciting programs. Winter residents are beginning to return, and they won’t be disappointed in the events coming up this year. The October exhibit in the Pauline Reeves Gallery at the Museum of the Everglades is entitled “Everglades through the Perspective of Matt Milligan.” Matt is 16 years old, has been photographing scenes of our natural environment since the age of 9, and is the son of our Lieutenant Mark Milligan. Matt has shown his art work locally in our Art-in-the-Glades event. Even at ayoung age he is a very talented artist, writing articles for Parent and Child Magazine, publishing photos in The
Banner of Bonita Springs, and last year visiting National Geographic in Washington, D.C., as part of the Make-a-Wish Foundation. For more information about Matt, visit www.mattmilliganphotography.com. Everyone is invited to a “Meet the Artist” reception in his honor hosted by the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades on Saturday, October 13, from 1 to 3 P.M. The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. and on Saturday from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. There is noadmission charge but donations are welcome. For information, phone 239-695-0008.
Mark your calendars for these upcoming events for the season:
Everglades 40th Annual Seafood Festival will be held the SECOND weekend in February on February 9-10, 2013 (changed from the first weekend in February).
Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival will be February 19-23, the last full week in February.
Annual Everglades Scenic Bicycle Ride will be Sunday, April 7.
85th Anniversary of the Opening of the Tamiami Trail is scheduled for the weekend of April 27. This event will be planned in conjunction with Viva 500, celebrating Florida’s 500th Anniversary (visit website www.fla500.com for more information).