Upcoming Events at Stephen Foster

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Stephen Foster Old-Time Music Weekend @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Friday, September 7, 2018 - 11:00am EDT to Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 2:00pm EDT

$199.00 registration includes all workshops, jam sessions, discussion groups, concerts and meals.

A spouse program is also offered for just $85.00 and includes two concerts, jams and all meals.

 

More Information:
Events Team (386) 397-7009

Located in the Northeast region at:
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
11016 Lillian Saunders Drive/ US HWY 41
White Springs, FL 32096

This three day event offers participants in-depth instruction in old-time music techniques on the banjo, guitar, vocals, and fiddle for all levels.

 

Additional Information:

Friday

Registration Begins at 11:00 a.m.

Group Orientation: 1:00 p.m.

Workshops begin at: 2:00 p.m.

Florida Masters Concerts: 7:00 p.m.

Evening Jam: 8:30 p.m.

Saturday

Workshops begin at 9:00 a.m. • Jams and individual instruction  

Instructors Showcase Concert:  7:00 p.m.

Evening Jam: 8:30 p.m.

Sunday

Workshops begin at 9:00 a.m. 

Event closes at 2:00 p.m.

 

Participants please bring your instruments, tuners, a notepad with pen/pencil and be prepared to have a great time!

 

Participation Requirements

REGISTER HERE

Weekend Schedule of Classes

 

Quilt Show and Sale @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Friday, October 19, 2018 - 9:00am EDT to Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 5:00pm EDT

$5.00 per person

More Information:
Events Team (386) 397-7009

Located in the Northeast region at:
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
11016 Lillian Saunders Drive/ US HWY 41
White Springs, FL 32096

Quilts of all shapes and sizes will be on display. The tranquil setting along the historic and famous Suwannee River is the perfect place to shop, display, sell and enter into a judged showing or just to show off your quilting skills and treasures. Throughout the park you will enjoy boutiques, quilting supply vendors, demonstrations, lectures, door prizes, food and more.

Additional Information:

We are also looking for kids that have a quilt they would like to enter. Please enter all quilts by October 12, 2018.

Buses are welcomed. Register your group bus and we will have goodie bags with door prizes ready for you upon arrival.

Participation Requirements

Register your quilt here!

This event is sponsored by the Stephen Foster Citizen’s Support Organization.

Rural Folklife Days @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 9:00am EDT to Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 2:30pm EDT

$5.00 per person

More Information:
Kim Rivers, 386-397-7005

Located in the Northeast region at:
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
11016 Lillian Saunders Drive/ US HWY 41
White Springs, FL 32096

Demonstrators will be on hand showcasing Florida traditions of yesterday and today during this two day event. Rural Folklife Days celebrates the region’s rural past with demonstrations and hands-on learning activities. Visitors can taste jellies, play traditional games, churn butter, sing songs, learn square dancing, quilt on a frame, taste sugar cane, assist a blacksmith, learn about lye soap, watch demonstrations of old-fashioned cane grinding and learn to fish. This event is a long-standing tradition at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, for decades students have enjoyed field trips to the park to experience this event. Schools are encouraged to attend this event and pre-register.

Additional Information:

Schools which do pre-register get into the Florida Folk Festival Education Day in May free.

Participation Requirements

Dulcimer Retreat @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Friday, November 9, 2018 - 11:00am EST to Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 10:00pm EST

Weekend Package: $105.00 (includes workshops and concerts)

Friday Workshops Only: $45.00

Saturday Workshops Only: $60.00

Weekend Workshops Only $95.00

More Information:
Events Team, 386-397-7009

Located in the Northeast region at:
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
11016 Lillian Saunders Drive/ US HWY 41
White Springs, FL 32096

This event invites participants to a weekend of fun and fellowship along with workshops, jam sessions and evening concerts. The Stephen Foster State Park Dulcimer Retreat will be hosted by dulcimer master David Beede. The retreat will offer in-depth instruction and techniques on the mountain dulcimer and hammered dulcimer instruments. Traditional music is celebrated with workshops offered for beginning, intermediate and advanced students, taught by nationally recognized instructors. 

Additional Information:

After October 20, there is a $15.00 late registration fee.

Participation Requirements

Register Here

Schedule available after October 1

Festival of Lights @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Friday, November 30, 2018 - 4:30pm EST to Monday, December 24, 2018 - 8:30pm EST

Holiday Magic Nights: Select Dates $3.00 per person.  Children under 3 Free.

Silent Nights: Select dates $2 per person. Children under 3 Free.

More Information:
386-397-2733

Located in the Northeast region at:
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
11016 Lillian Saunders Drive/ US HWY 41
White Springs, FL 32096

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park and the Stephen Foster Citizens Support Organization, will illuminate the park with holiday lights once again! The 2018 Festival of Lights will flip the switch Friday November 30 and will be ablaze this holiday season until December 24. The Festival of Lights has grown over the years and has been named a Top 20 Event in the Southeast United States for almost a decade.

We will continue the rebuilding by constantly working to evolve the Festival, keeping it fresh and enjoyable for all. On select nights we are still the well-loved family tradition of the classic Festival of Holiday Magic Nights! Featuring free hot cocoa, popcorn, marshmallow roasting, bonfire, craft activities, snow flurries, train display, Gift Shop, music in the Tower and of course Santa!

The last ticket sold and the entry gates will close at 8:30 p.m. every night of the Festival

 

Additional Information:

As the Festival of Lights has grown so has the demand for extra hands. Park staff and volunteers have been pulling double duty the past few years working hard to make our visitors smile. We are always looking for volunteers to help us out, if you are interested in helping to decorate or volunteering during the Festival please give us a call at (386) 397-2733. We would love to have you!

 

Participation Requirements

Antiques, Arts and Collectibles Day @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm EDT

Park entrance fee of $5.00 per car load. Up to 8 people per car

More Information:
Patricia Cromer, (386) 397-4408

Located in the Northeast region at:
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
11016 Lillian Saunders Drive/ US HWY 41
White Springs, FL 32096

Collectors and vendors from all over will gather to display their antiques, unique art, and collectibles. Browse a variety of collectibles and a fantastic display of antique and classic cars, military vehicles, antique bikes and more! Hand built dioramas and scale models will be on display highlighting the local history of the turpentine and logging industries.

New this year is our Swap Meet area! Browse car related items and find the part you’ve been searching for! Kid’s activities and food concessions will be available.

Visit Cousin Thelma Boltin’s Gift Shop for handmade items created by local artists and crafters, locally made jams, jellies, syrups, honey, and refreshments.

Play at the playground, have a picnic, rent a bicycle, or canoe from the Gift Shop or go for a hike along the Suwannee River. Visit the Craft Cabins where you can learn a primitive craft or sign up for a variety of workshops. Call the Gift Shop any time at 386-397-1920 to schedule a workshop.

Additional Information:

Register here

OR

To register as a vendor please call Patricia Cromer at (386) 397-4408

To register a vehicle contact the Gift Shop (386) 397-1920

Participation Requirements