An Art Fest and Car Show in Alva Florida

Florida Hitty Gale

By Hitty Gale, a Gale Lyons Hitty

Alva Florida is a small rural community located on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River. It is one of the oldest settlements in Southwest Florida.   It was named after the small white flowers that grow along the banks of the river.



At the beginning of the 20th century, a Danish sea captain by the name of Peter Nelson laid out a village with plots for schools, parks, churches, and the first library in South Florida. 

In 1903, the first bridge to cross the Caloosahatchee into Alva was built.  At that time, Alva had two hotels.  To learn more about Alva, visit the website

It was a little bit windy and chilly due to Hurricane Sandy which passed by Florida on its way North this week. I wore my knitted outfit with its warm little shawl that was made for me by Gale Lyons.   

In addition to the car show, live music and Jim Bob’s Bar-B-Que, an art show featured pottery, South African jewelry, handmade bags and paintings by local artists. 

Art-Toberfest and Car Show was a charity event.  All proceeds will go to Project Rescue and Free International, organizations involved in rescuing and restoring victims of human trafficking.   

Hitty at the Car Show

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Alva Art Fest

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