|Charlotte, Janice and me at Lema Lovegrove's studio|
The buildings that housed the shops and galleries in Matlacha are these fun wooden houses painted bright colors. I heard one proprietor telling a customer that the houses were originally "cracker houses," meaning that they were owned in the day by cowboys. (I learned that they were called "crackers" because of the cracking sound made by their whips. I have always wondered about the derivation of that term and now I know!) I also learned that the word "Matlacha" is from the language of the Calusa Indians and that it means something like "water to the chin." Apparently at low tide the waters in Matlacha are only a few inches deep. When combined with some great birding, this makes Matlacha a favorite destination of kayakers. Matlacha also hosts the annual Southwest Florida Blues Festival, which is already on my calendar for next year. So many fun things to do, so little time!