Cane Grinding Festival carries on traditions

ORTONA — While locals and returning snowbirds probably are familiar with Ortona Indian Mound Park, a state historical site that was once home to Calusa Indian tribes, it is also the location of the annual Ortona Cane Grinding Festival, which takes place on the first Saturday of February each year. The park is pretty interesting […]

Annual Indian Arts Celebration attracts large crowds

BIG CYPRESS — Participants, spectators, tribal members and visitors experienced a dizzying array of art, crafts, cultural education, entertainment, food, music and other delights at the 22nd Annual American Indian Arts Celebration last weekend. Hundreds turned out for the two-day extravaganza hosted at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Museum on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation south […]

‘Pahokee’ wins grand prize at Champs-Élysées

PAHOKEE — The independently produced film “Pahokee” recently brought home the grand prize from the Champs-Élysées Film Festival, which ran June 18-25 in Paris, France. Directors Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan were on hand for numerous showings at Paris theaters before the awards were presented. “We’ve had some great screenings and Q&As,” she wrote, with […]

Brown Sugar festival includes parade

CLEWISTON The 2019 Brown Sugar Festival Parade was held Saturday, May 4. The parade began at the Harlem Civic Center on Seventh Street in Clewiston, and ended at the People Who Care Park. The parade was followed by the Brown Sugar Festival. Harlem Academy had a colorful entry (top right) in the Brown Sugar Festival […]

Black Gold Jubilee draws crowd to the lake

BELLE GLADE — The Black Gold Jubilee featured so many attractions this year that it kept people streaming onto Torry Island all day Saturday, April 6, even as twilight fell. There seemed to be a hundred booths with civic organizations, contests, exhibitors, games, raffles, even a green market and so many vendors with aromatic, enticing […]

Black Gold Jubilee royalty crowned

BELLE GLADE — The Miss Black Gold Jubilee Pageant took place on Saturday, March 30, at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center. The pageant is divided into four separate age groups. Ages 3-4 are the Tiny Division, ages 5-6 are the Little Division, ages 7-9 are the Mini Division, and ages 10-12 are the Tween […]

The Raid on Fort Pierce reenactment

FORT PIERCE — As I traveled towards the battle site, I knew I was in for something special. As I drove past U.S. 1, just prior to my turn off, I saw Gator Trace. I had to stop and admire the area. It made me wonder how soldiers fought in such a swampy area filled […]

Fun, gratitude, happiness rule Sugar Fest 2019

CLEWISTON — Thousands of people filled the streets of “America’s Sweetest City” and jammed onto the Sugar Festival grounds to jam with the bands as the annual celebration took place Saturday, March 17. Majesty of Rock kicked off the festivities with a free concert Friday night, March 15, covering the music of Journey and Styx. […]

Annual Sugar Festival kicks off March 15

CLEWISTON — The Sugar Festival celebrates the region’s annual sugarcane harvest and the importance of sugarcane in Glades-area communities and Florida’s agricultural industry. This is a free event. The Sugar Festival kicks off with the Majesty of Rock concert on Friday, March 15, from 7 to 10 p.m., featuring the music of Journey and Styx […]

Cattle drive thrills spectators at Speckled Perch Festival parade

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Association cattle drive was the highlight of the Speckled Perch Festival on Saturday in downtown Okeechobee. The festival continues Sunday in downtown Okeechobee in Flagler Park. The Cowtown Rodeo will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Cattlemen’s Arena on U.S. 441. Driving cattle is thirsty […]