Last Tuesday night was a special event at Park Lake Elementary School in Naples.
At one time the school had a chickee hut, but it was wiped out by Hurricane Wilma a year ago.
The Seminole Tribe and the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum decided to donate and build a new one, and a grand one it is.
On Tuesday evening, families, teachers, and hoads of kids came out for a picnic at the school, followed by the ribbon cutting for the new Chickee. This chickee is huge, about 12 ft by 50 ft. Might be larger; that is just a guess. And I love the new chickee smell; the Seminole tribe needs to bottle that so I can spray it in my car.
Before the ribbon cutting, Pedro, Brian, Victor Osceola, myself and a few others started a stickball practice. I was lucky that I quit when I did, because of the throngs of kids who joined in afterwards.
After the dedication was some stomp dancing by Brian and Victor. There was a photo on the front page of Wednesday's newspaper about it, but copies were sold out by the time I made it to the store last night.
Overall, it was a very enjoyable time. This event left me with such a good feeling that I was so damn happy the rest of the evening until I went to bed. I guess it was all the families having a good time that did it for me.
Next I will talk about the new Fort Fanning Park. That means that I will soon have to update my webpage for that too.