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Special Events On the Suwannee River

Photograph of the stage and audience of the Florida Folk Festival.

Big Shoals State Park

    Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014

                                                                      A Park in the Dark Stargazing Event!

    Big Shoals State Park will host A Park in the Dark Stargazing Event November 22, 2014 beginning at sunset, 5:45 p.m.

    Come join an astronomer from the Alachua County Astronomy Club for a Park in the Dark and an evening of star gazing!

    Guests will meet at the Little Shoals entrance of Big Shoals State Park and be given a hay ride out to the viewing site.

    The Alachua County Astronomy Club will have scopes set up for viewing and teach visitors about the local night skies.

    Visitors will be given a chance to look through the scopes and have questions answered.

    There will be transportation available to visitors that need to use the restroom during the event.

    There is a $5.00 per car fee to enter the park but the program is free!

    Florida State Parks are in various stages of accessibility. If you need assistance or for more information on this event please contact the Ranger Station at (386) 397-4331.

    Fees: There is a $5.00 per car fee to enter the park but the program is free!
    Contact: For more information, call 386-397-4331.

Fanning Springs State Park

    Date: Friday, September 26, 2014

    Here’s the CHALLENGE- Can you enjoy nature, while giving back? There are TWO volunteer opportunities to give back to nature and possibly learn.

    ONE- Friday Septmeber 26th 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Help clean up and restore the Nature Coast State Trail at the Suwannee River trestle. Join park staff to pick up trash and debris left from the summer’s activities. A BBQ lunch, trash bags, gloves, and water will be provided, along with free admission to the park. Meet at Fanning Springs State Park, at the concessionaire building at 9:30 am for registration. Contact: Kirk Marhefka or (352) 535-5181

    TWO- Saturday September 27th 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Help clean up the Suwannee River after all the summer activities at Manatee Springs. Bring your kayak, canoe, or just walking shoes and help make the Suwannee River beautiful again by picking up trash in the river. If you don’t have a canoe or kayak and still want to go by water, we can provide a canoe or kayak, but they are limited so please reserve your vessel (see contact). We will shuttle people from Anderson Outdoor Adventure up to Clay landing to launch and float down while picking up trash along the way. There will be a boat on the water to collect full bags. A BBQ lunch, trash bags, trash pickers, and water will be provided, along with free admission to the park. Meet at the Manatee Springs Concessioniare, Anderson Outdoor Adventure at 9:00 am for registration. Contact: Teri Graves or (352) 493-6736

    Fees: This event is free.
    Contact: For more information, call 352-535-5181.

Manatee Springs State Park

    Date: Saturday, August 09, 2014

    On Saturday, August 9th 2014 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Youth are invited join a ranger to learn about the wildlife and history unique to Manatee Springs as well as park stewardship and outdoor safety as they explore the park while learning about the Junior Ranger Activities. Junior Ranger Kits will be provided. This program is free with park entrance fee.

    Junior Ranger Kits can be picked up at the Ranger Station currently for those who want to start the program self-guided.

    Contact Teri Graves at or 352-493-6736 with any questions or check out the Junior Ranger Program at

    Fees: This program is free with park entrance fee.
    Contact: For more information, call 352-493-6736.

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

    Date: Saturday, August 02, 2014

                                                                             COFFEE HOUSE EVENT

                                                                    - Del Suggs scheduled to host free open mic night-

    Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park will host a Coffee House hosted by Del Suggs in the park auditorium on Saturday, August 2, 2014.


    With his flowing hair and walrus mustache, Del Suggs is easily recognizable on stages all over the country. His voice and his music are equally unique, and his songs are heard around the world. Del is recognized as one of the pioneers of a music genre known as “Trop-Rock” (tropical rock) -- popularized by such     artists as Jimmy Buffett and Kenny Chesney. Early in his career, Del coined the term "saltwater music" to describe his style. In addition to his musical career, Suggs has taken a lifetime of volunteering experience and created a number of leadership development programs which have become a hot ticket at colleges across the country. “I guess I’m still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up,” he said in a recent interview, “The problem is, I want to do everything.”


    The Stephen Foster Coffee House event invites visitors onstage for 10 minutes to sing, play a musical instrument, read some original poetry or tell a story. Artists are requested to arrive at least 10 minutes early for sign up and perform material suitable for all ages. Coffee house is an extremely popular event held in the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park and with no admission fee; seating tends to fill up quickly.

    The Coffee House event includes the sale of potluck goodies and sweets provided by volunteers to help to keep the event going. Anything on the dessert table sells for $1.00. Volunteers are always welcome and needed to help with the dessert table.

    Fees: There is no admission fee to attend this event.
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