Friday, December 3, 2021

Festival and fun in the Everglades

Ready for a swamp walk with Clyde Butcher. PHOTOS BY PATRICIA HUFF/COASTAL BREEZE NEWS

Ready for a swamp walk with Clyde Butcher. PHOTOS BY PATRICIA HUFF/COASTAL BREEZE NEWS

Patricia Huff 

Lots of things to do this weekend in the Everglades area! On Saturday, November 19, two events will keep you busy. The traditional Fall Festival will be held at the Chokoloskee Church of God beginning at 9:00AM until 4:00PM. A fish fry plate lunch will be served and this year the festival will feature pony rides, plant sales, games for children, an auction, sweet sale, yard sale and clothing, plant sale, cake walk and car wash. Then, just down the street at the end of Mamie Street at the Smallwood Store & Museum, Pamela Fernandez will have a book signing for her new book titled “Beside the Still Waters, the Story of the Fernandez Family of Estero”. She will be there from 11:00AM to 3:00PM greeting visitors. Pamela has written a story about her husband’s great-grandparents, Antonio and Maria, who first met each other as children at an orphanage in Portugal and then married in 1892. They traveled with their three daughters to South Florida and were left

Mike Owen and John Kalafarski leading swamp walks.

Mike Owen and John Kalafarski leading swamp walks.

abandoned by the pirate/captain Juan Gomez. Pamela has filled this little book with lots of family photographs and memoirs of each of the nine children of Antonio and Maria.

The following day on Sunday, November 20, Everglades City School students will be serving a hotdog lunch at McLeod Park from 12 noon to 4:00PM with a bake sale and car wash to help raise funds for their homecoming.

Every Thanksgiving weekend Clyde Butcher has been at the Big Cypress Gallery signing his books and calendars. This year swamp walks will be offered at 11:00AM on both Friday and Saturday, November 25 & 26. The book signing will be from 10:00AM until 4:00PM. Meet Clyde and enjoy a swamp walk this holiday weekend. For reservations and more information, call 239-695-2428.

In Copeland the old Bula Missionary Baptist Church will be transformed into the Frances Hodge Memorial Garden. Demolition of the condemned building will take place in November and plans are being made for a community park on the site with acknowledgement of the

Bula missionary Baptist Church. PHOTO BY MARYA REPKO

Bula missionary Baptist Church. PHOTO BY MARYA REPKO

burials there. It is thought that the church was built in 1929 and stood on SR-29. It was probably moved to its present site on Janes Scenic Drive in the early 1940s after logging was started by the Lee Tidewater Cypress Company. After desegregation in the early 1960s, parishioners went to Copeland Baptist, one of the first churches to integrate. For information, contact Marya Repko at 239-695-2905.

Everglades Lions Club Annual Turkey Shoot is scheduled for Saturday, December 3, and Sunday, December 4, from 12 noon to 5:00PM on South Copeland Avenue across from the Everglades National Park next to the Tower. There will be hourly raffle drawings with the Grand Prizes of a shotgun, gas BBQ grill and a fishing rod and reel to be held on Sunday at 5:00PM. For tickets and more information, call 239-695-2695.

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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. 


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