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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Music in the Park Concerts @ Highlands Hammock State Park

Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 7:00pm EDT to Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 9:00pm EDT

The admission for all concerts is $10.00 per adult. Accompanied children 10 years and younger are free of charge.  Admission fees apply to campers as well as to day visitors. Park entry fees of $6.00 per vehicle (up to 8 people) are waived after 6:00 pm on concert nights.

More Information:
Call the Hammock Inn concessionaire at 863-402-0061 or the Ranger Station at 863-386-6094 for more information.

Located in the Southwest region at:
Highlands Hammock State Park
5931 Hammock Road
Sebring , FL 33872

Highlands Hammock’s Music in the Park concert series kicks off on November 4 with one of the most original performers in the state. Ben Prestage, a “one man blues band,” is returning to the park for a second gig. This “outsider” musician is considered to be “the future of American Blues, Roots Music and Americana.” His instrumentation includes fingerstyle and resonator guitar, harmonica, banjo, lap-steel, fiddle, foot-drums, and vocals. Prestage was greatly influenced by Mississippi culture and Blues within his own family and he grew up near the headwaters of the Everglades in what he describes as “panther, gator, and cottonmouth country.” Prestage has played historic Beale Street in Memphis and received many awards including the International Blues Challenge, the Lyon/Pitchford Award for “Best Diddley-Bow Player,” and “The Most Unique Performer” at the Song-writers Showcase of America. Visit

Sweet and sassy Back Porch Revival is set to play on Saturday evening, January 13. Vocals of traditional and contemporary folk songs are featured. This old time string band blends fiddle, guitar, dulcimer, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, cello, percussion and bass. Lively toe-tapping tunes are a hallmark of their shows. Back Porch Revival has appeared at the Florida Folk Festival for over 25 years. The band has earned honors from the folk music community for their vocal arrangements and is considered one of Florida's top folk bands.

Singer songwriter Brian Smalley, will perform on January 27. Smalley absorbed regional influences from all over the country through many moves while growing up in a military family. He truly “gets Florida” and writes about it in ways that are original, moving and humorous. Blending a soulful, earthy voice with high-energy acoustical guitar, he spins tales that captivate listeners and take them on a journey. Known for his lively performances, Smalley plays full out from the heart, leaving audiences enthralled. Visit and

Roadside Revue, another multi-talented folk group that has played the Will McLean and Florida Folk Festivals, will blend vocals with guitar, mandolin, bass, banjo, and virtuoso harmonica on February 17.  No ordinary band, the members are close friends that have logged so many miles together, they consider themselves family. Their repertoire includes traditional American folk songs, wistful, whimsical, and sharp-witted originals, and standards by other musicians.

The California Toe Jam Band is scheduled for March 31. This Heartland favorite has a local following and is known for “packing the park,” so concertgoers may want to consider arriving early and finding their spot in the Music in the Park circle. Toe Jam always brings audiences to their feet! The band plays the best classic rock from the 1960s and 1970s. Members of the band have come and gone over the last 33 years, but the band delights in playing their family friendly shows and the music remains the same. Visit

An April concert will be announced at a later date. Rick Arnold will close out the series on May 5, with a rollicking good night of the best country music, both classic and contemporary, and some favorite rock-in-roll oldies from the 1960s and 70s. Rick is known for playing great guitar and harmonica. This former native of Eastern Kentucky called Nashville “home” for 25 years. Having worked with Hank Williams, Jr., he is famously known for penning “Hog Wild” and “The Farm Song.” For more information about Rick Arnold, visit

Additional Information:

Music in the Park concerts are sponsored by the Friends of Highlands Hammock State Park, Inc.  Concert proceeds benefit park improvements via the Friends.  Bring blankets, lawn chairs, and flashlights and enjoy an evening of music under the stars. The Hammock Inn concession and other food vendors will be open.  For participation requirements, please review EEC MUSIC IN THE PARK CONCERTS.

MONTHLY MILITIA MUSTER The First Saturday of Each Month @ Fort Mose Historic State Park

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 9:00am EDT to Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 11:30am EST

Admission to the Demonstration(s) is free. Visitor Center/Museum admission is $2 per person children under 6 are free.  

More Information:
Carl P. Marchand 904-823-2232

Located in the Central region at:
Fort Mose Historic State Park
15 Fort Mose Trail
St. Augustine, FL 32084

Experience musket firing demonstrations as the Castillo de San Marcos Militia trains with the Fort Mose Militia. Children are welcomed to participate in Junior Militia training using our handmade wooden toy muskets and authentic militia uniform items. Monthly musters will not be held during July and December.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

First Weekend Union Garrison @ Fort Clinch State Park

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm EDT

$2.50 Fort Admission in addition to regular park admission.

More Information:
Fort Clinch State Park, 904-277-7274

Located in the Northeast region at:
Fort Clinch State Park
2601 Atlantic Ave
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

This program will allow visitors to interact with living historians to experience life in the fort as it was in 1864. The grounds will be bustling with soldiers in period costumes involved in firing demonstrations, marching drills, cooking and daily activities. Ladies in their dresses, sutlers displaying their wares, fife players and drummer boys bring every part of the civil war era to life. Come join in this unique, family friendly event.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Spend Your Morning With A Park Ranger @ Fanning Springs State Park

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am EDT

Program free with paid Park Admission.


$6 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.

$4 for a single occupant vehicle.

$2 for pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

More Information:
Ranger Station: 352-463-3420

Located in the Northeast region at:
Fanning Springs State Park
18020 N.W. HWY 19
Fanning Springs, FL 32693

Spend the morning with a Ranger!!! Come enjoy a morning discussing various topics with a Park Ranger. Topics may range from Manatee’s in the spring to ecological fires in the forest.

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements


Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am EDT

Free with park admission.

More Information:
(561) 624-6952

Located in the Southeast region at:
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive
North Palm Beach, FL 33408

Join us for a guided exploration of MacArthur Beach State Park daily at 10:00 a.m.  Meet in front of the Park's Nature Center. 

Additional Information:

Bring a water bottle, sunscreen and insect repellant.

History Tours @ Camp Helen State Park

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am CDT

Tour is free with paid park admission.

More Information:
Camp Helen State Park, (850) 233-5059

Located in the Northwest region at:
Camp Helen State Park
23937 Panama City Beach Parkway
Panama City Beach, FL 32413

Camp Helen State Park invites you to go beyond your park visit, and discover the past and present, on a ranger guided walking tour where you can learn about the rich history of Camp Helen’s Historic District. Led by informative and entertaining rangers, you will discover and connect with the history that literally surrounds Camp Helen State Park, a Nationally Registered Historic Place.

Additional Information:

Tours begin promptly at 10:00 am, so please meet in the Visitor Center and be sure to bring water and wear comfortable walking attire. Tours take place in the outdoors and may be subject to cancellation due to inclement weather conditions. Please see Participation Requirements.

Tomoka Remembers-Timucuan Fishing with Emily Jane Murray (FPAN) @ Tomoka State Park

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm EDT

Program included with regular park entrance fees. $5.00/vehicle (Limit 2-8 people), $4.00-Single Occupant, and 2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

More Information:

Located in the Central region at:
Tomoka State Park
2099 North Beach Street
Ormond Beach, FL 32174

Join us on Saturday, May 5th at the Tomoka recreation hall from 1pm-3pm for a presentation on "Timucuan Technology Fishing" and 3 fun fishing hands-on techniques with Emily Jane Murray from the Florida Public Archeology Network (FPAN). Ms. Murray earned a MA in Anthropology from Brandeis University where she focused on public archaeology and site museums in Northeast Florida, and a BA in Communications from Flagler College. She has worked in CRM throughout the Southeastern United States and created numerous outreach tools including videos, activities and museum displays. She currently works as a Public Archaeology Coordinator for the Florida Public Archaeology Network Northeast Region and serves on the boards of the St. Augustine Archaeological Association and the Florida Anthropological Society. Her interests include Florida's prehistoric archaeology, historic cemeteries and public archaeology and interpretation. So bring out the family for some learning and then enjoy all Tomoka has to offer with its natural beauty, wildlife, picnic areas, amenities and more. Be sure to stop at the Tomoka Outpost for cold and hot beverages, snacks, canoe/kayak rentals or just chill on their riverfront patio.




Additional Information:

Participation Requirements