Saturday, February 25, marks the first fundraiser for the Smallwood Store and Museum to help the not-for-profit organization with its fight to restore Mamie Street. Florida-Georgia Grove, LLP, was ordered by Judge Lauren Brodie to pave the street that they had destroyed in April; the deadline date to complete the paving is February 27 (as of 2/17 nothing had been done). Access to the Museum is now a rough road covered with pot holes. An update about the road will be published in the next BUZZ column.
In the meantime, come support the Smallwood Store by attending the music fest and enjoy the food starting at noon on Saturday at the Store in Chokoloskee. If you wish to participate in the kayak trip in the morning, it is $60.00 per person if you bring your own kayak and $75.00 if you need one. The trip starts at Glades Haven Marina (across from the Everglades National Park) at 9:00 AM. Remember this is a fundraiser and your donations are greatlyappreciated!
The Friends of Fakahatchee will host more of their successful Coastal Cruises on February 25, March 10 and March 25. Prior to the boat trip, there will be a talk about the history of the area at the Everglades National Park Ranger Station in Everglades City at 3:00 PM. The tour will then travel to Fakahatchee Island and return around 6 PM. For more information, visit website www.friendsoffakahatchee. org or call (239) 695-2905.
Sunday, February 26, join the Naples Pathways’ Everglades Bike Ride starting at McLeod Park at 7:30 AM for a 16-mile, 27-mile off-road trip, or a 62 mile ride. This annual event is being sponsored by Snook Publications, Shamrock Bank of Florida, Everglades Area Tours and Dragonfly Expeditions. Proceeds from the ride will benefit the River of Grass Greenway (www.evergladesROGG.org) and the Friends of Fakahatchee. For more information, visit www.naplespathways.org or call Patty at 239-695-2397.
Mark your calendars early for the third Annual Homes Tour sponsored by the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation on Saturday, March 10. The self-guidedtour will begin at 1:00 PM and continue until 5:00 PM. You’ll be able to visit at your leisure the original Collier County Courthouse (now Everglades City Hall renovated in 2005 after Hurricane Wilma), the first Collier County Bank Building (the newly refurbished Everglades Historical Bed & Breakfast & Spa), a trip across the Barron River to the property originally owned by pioneering families, the Weeks’ and the Brown’s (now owned and operated by Outward Bound), the Everglades Community Church and five historic homes along the river. Docents will welcome and provide information at each site. For more information, visit www.evergladeshistorical.org and click on “Activities and Publications” or call 239-695-0333 or 239-695-2905. On the same day, the Everglades Art-in-the- Glades at McLeod Park will feature local artists, live music and refreshments from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Great day to roam around this beautiful city in the middle of the Everglades!
Patricia Huff has lived in Everglades City for the past 16 years and is the Publisher of the local newspaper The Mullet Rapper.