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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

  • A STARRY NIGHT ON THE SHOALS
    Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014
    Description:

                                                                      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

  • FIRST VOLUNTEER PROJECT FOR NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY (AND SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH AT MANATEE SPRINGS STATE PARK)
    Date: Friday, September 26, 2014
    Description:

    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 kirk.marhefka@dep.state.fl.us 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 teri.l.graves@dep.state.fl.us or (352) 493-6736


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

Madison Blue Springs State Park

  • NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY - WORK AND FUN DAY.
    Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014
    Description:

    Work and fun day. Install a handrail from parking area down to the Spring. Remove old aqua fir sign and use the material for an interpretive cave system map. Maintain and trim trees. Join an afternoon dive if you're a certified cave diver or just go for a swim.

    For additional information call Madison Blue Spring @ 850-971-5003 or email Margaret Polino.

                                                                           


    Fees: This event is free.
    Contact: For more information, call 850-971-5003.

Manatee Springs State Park

  • MOONLIGHT PADDLE
    Date: Friday, September 05, 2014
    Description:

    Paddle by the enchanting moonlight by canoe or kayak on the serenity of the Suwannee River. The guided tour travels down river from Clay Landing boat ramp and returns to Manatee Springs State Park.

    Meet at Anderson’s Outdoor Adventures located within Manatee Springs State Park at 6:45 p.m.  You will be shuttled to Clay Landing boat ramp; launching at 7:45 p.m.  The shuttle trip and river tour combined is approximately 3.5 hours.

    Canoe and kayaks are available for rent starting at $20.00 from Anderson Outdoor Adventures or bring your own canoe and kayak and use the shuttle service for $15.00 per boat.

    Reservations can be made by calling Anderson Outdoor Adventures at 352-493-1699.  Reservations are required by 4:00 p.m. September 5th.

    For more information on the event, visit Anderson Outdoor Adventures.


    Fees: Regular park admission applies.
    Contact: For more information, call 352-493-1699.

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

  • COFFEE HOUSE EVENT - HOSTED BY KIM RIVERS & NANCY CROCKFORD
    Date: Saturday, September 06, 2014
    Description:

     

    COFFEE HOUSE EVENT

                                              - Kim Rivers and Nancy Crockford scheduled to host free open mic night-

    Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park will host a Coffee House hosted by Kim Rivers and Nancy Crockford in the park auditorium on Saturday, September 6, 2014.

    Kim Rivers and Nancy Crockford are known to many as StoryMusic.  Storymusic is live music intertwined with storytelling’s oral tradition.  Nancy Crockford (musician) and Kim Rivers (storyteller) deliver performances of time-honored humorous classic folklore twisted, redecorated and customized for each audience.  Kim and Nancy have represented the Southeastern United States at the National Storytelling Festival and the National Storytelling Network Conference. Walt Disney World veterans, Nancy and Kim are seasoned Florida Folk Festival performers and part time White Springs residents.  They are frequently seen with Hannah, the labarotti wonder dog, at local convenient stores, State Parks and riverside sweet spots.  

     

    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. For more info call (386) 397-2733.


    Fees: This event is free.
    Contact: For more information, call 386-397-2733.
Outfitters / Supplies Florida State Parks

The Suwannee River Wilderness Trail is a cooperative effort of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Suwannee River Water Management District, and the counties, cities, businesses and citizens of the Suwannee River Basin.

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