Past Meetup

Florida Folk Festival - Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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Sun 5/26, 8:00am, Florida Folk Festival - Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, White Springs, FL: We will meet at McDonalds on Chaffee Road off I-10 and leave shortly thereafter to head for Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park. We will carpool, but be sure that you are riding with someone who does not have a time schedule other than yours; ex: I will be staying late to hear the last performer at 10:00 p.m. You may want to bring a chair and/or a blanket, hat, rain gear, suntan lotion, and a cooler for food and drink (no alcohol) if you want your own instead of the great food offered by vendors. There is a beer garden. I usually take a cooler to save money. Now, what is the festival about? "Somewhere between the Seminole fry bread, African crafts, Appalachian folk music and Cuban dance, you'll discover that the state of Florida enjoys one of America's most diverse cultural landscapes. And the Florida Folk Festival celebrates it all. Over 400 singers, dancers and storytellers will entertain on 15 stages, and numerous artists, crafters and cooks will share their talents. Plus, statewide fiddle and banjo contests and a wide array of hands-on activities..." It is a three-day festival, but Sunday is when the featured performer sings. You can choose the amount of exercise you get. You can sit for hours listening to music at one stage or you may wonder back and forth across the park listening to performers at various stages (in doing that you will not lack for exercise.)

Usually the day is hot and you will be tempted to buy some of the best homemade ice cream you have ever tasted. The festival is $25 in advance and $30 at the gate. If you would like, contact me via or bring your money/check to the May 1st meeting of Sidetrackers, and I will order our tickets. You may also order your own ticket by calling: 1-877-635-3655. For further information, check-out (

Leader: Marta Winters, cell 904-635-7170. If you are not at McDonalds by 8:00 a.m., please notify the leader by phone so we will know you are on your way. White Springs where the Festival is located is 59 miles from McDonalds and about an hour's drive.

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