Friends ever-popular Annual Meeting and Refuge Open House will be on Saturday, March 10 at Refuge headquarters, off State Route 347 near Fowlers Bluff in Levy County. Come and enjoy. Dress for the weather. We spend a lot of time outdoors,and the indoors isn't much warmer.
Here is the schedule:
9:00 -- The gates open.
Registration begins. Time to sign in, join Friends or renew your membership if you want, mingle and chat, maybe even take a walk to the River.
Admission is free for Life Members and current Annual Members. If you are a non-member and choose not to join, the admission is $10/person. To join or renew online ahead of time, click on the Join/Renew Now button in the column to the right on this page. But we will be happy to help you join at the Registration counter in the log cabin.
The Friends Booth opens with Friends promotional items for sale.
10:00 -- The program begins.
President Russ Hall will overview recent Friends accomplishments and upcoming Friends initiatives.
Refuge Manager, Andrew Gude will overview recent Refuge accomplishments and plans for the next year.
The new Officers and Directors will be elected.
The initial plan was to have a paleo-indian feast. But in turned out that that many oysters would break the Friends bank. Also young ibises and sea turtles are not something most of us really want to eat, and yaupon tea (made from the Ilex vomitoria plant) didn't sound that enticing. So, Kenny McCain will prepare our fare. Plan on BBQ and sides . . . but you can pretend it is paleo-food.