Watch History Come to Life at the 3rd Annual Vintage Day Celebration at Everglades National Park
Contact: General Park Information, 305-242-7700
Contact: Mary Plumb, 305-242-7714
HOMESTEAD, Florida- Watch history come to life at Everglades National Park's third annual Vintage Day celebration on Saturday, March 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This year's theme, "The Battle to Preserve Paradise," explores the rich stories of the Everglades during the first half of the twentieth century. Park admission at the Homestead entrance will be waived for the day and all activities are free of charge for the whole family.
Chat with genteel members of the Florida Federation of Women's Clubs who led the early charge for protection, or listen to the stories of a bird warden trying to protect birds from plume hunters! Vintage Day will include a multitude of historical re-enactors as well as special presentations and tours. This is a great opportunity for young and old to interact with the characters that helped create Everglades National Park-one of the most biologically and culturally diverse parks in the world.
Participants will also be able to complete a special stamp collection commemorating the historical characters being portrayed at the event. After a day of fun, don't forget to cool off with an ice cream treat, compliments of the Everglades Association.
Fees and Directions:
Park at the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center and take a scenic ride on the Homestead Trolley to Royal Palm, courtesy of the Everglades Association.
Visitors coming from the Miami area and points north should take the Florida Turnpike (Route 821) south until it ends merging with U.S. 1 at Florida City. Turn right at the first traffic light onto Palm Drive (State Road 9336/SW 344th St.) and follow the signs to the park. Visitors driving north from the Florida Keys should turn left on Palm Drive in Florida City and follow the signs to the park.
Notes to Media: Photos available on request or athttp://www.flickr.com/photos/ evergladesnps. Look for Vintage Day folder.
More information on Everglades National Park can be found on the park website athttp://www.nps.gov/ever/
About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 395 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more atwww.nps.gov.
Did You Know?
The Everglades are often described as having only two seasons- the wet and the dry. Most hot summer days are punctuated by quenching afternoon thunderstorms that bring life-giving water to the park.