Upcoming Events at Stephen Foster

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Primitive Arts Day @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 10:00am to 4:00pm EST

Park Entrance Fee, $5 per car load - up to 8 people per car

More Information:
JoAnna Lemmon, Gift Shop Manager, 386-397-1920

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

Demonstrations on blacksmithing, soap making, basket weaving, pottery, fiber arts, chair caning and many crafts of the early pioneers. Interpretations will include campfire cooking, flint knapping and primitive archery. Large groups are welcome and workshop opportunities are available.

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Coffee House @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm EST

Free

More Information:
Kim Rivers, Park Ranger, 386-397-7005

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

Open mic night in the Auditorium hosted by our retired ranger and music man, Larry Hoover! Play music, read a poem, tell a joke or story or just join us for great entertainment! Coffee, refreshments and home made goodies available

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Jeanie and Stephen Auditions @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Friday, March 4, 2016 - 8:00pm EST to Saturday, March 5, 2016 - 2:00pm EST

Free with park entrance of $5.00 per car load. Up to 8 people per car.

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

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

The festivities will begin Friday evening at 8 pm with “An Evening with Jeanie and Stephen” in a concert that will honor the contestants and their families.   At 10 am Saturday, March 5th, the singers will audition for the title of “Jeanie” and “Stephen” in a public concert before a panel of judges. The event attracts contestants from throughout the state of Florida and is sponsored by the Florida Federation of Music Clubs and the Stephen Foster Citizen Support Organization. Competitors must sing one song composed by Stephen Foster, and a song of their choice written by American composers. 

Additional Information:

More information about the Florida Federation of Music and the competition rules can be found on their website at http://www.ffmc-music.org/jeanie.htm

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Coffee House @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Saturday, March 5, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm EST

Free

More Information:
Kim Rivers, Park Ranger, 386-397-7005

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

Coffee House hosted by champion dulcimer player, Michael Vickey. Open mic night at the auditorium, play music, read a poem, tell a joke or story or just join us for great entertainment! Coffee, refreshments and home made goodies available

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Filmed in Florida @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm EST

This event is free with paid park admission. $5 per vehicle up to 8 people.

More Information:
Stephanie McClain, Assistant Park Manager (386) 397-4331

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

A super, spectacular spy adventure for the whole family! Bring a blanket or your lawn chair and come enjoy the night air for a family move, filmed right here in Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Florida!

Additional Information:

Soda and Popcorn will be available for sale.

Call to find out what's showing!

 

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There's Something about a fire @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm EDT

Park Entrance fee of $5 per car, up to 8 people

More Information:
Ranger 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 North
White Springs, FL 32096

400,000 to 1,000,000 years ago, early humans gathered around the campfire and strengthened their bonds. Musician, Ranger Brownie Akers and Storyteller, Ranger Kim Rivers will explore how campfires traditionally have knit people together and entertain you with modern aspects of campfire culture.

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28th Annual Antique Tractor and Engine Show @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 8:00am EDT to Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 5:00pm EDT

Free with regular park admission. $5 per car load up to 8 people

More Information:
Andrea Thomas, 386-397-4478

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

Antique tractors and farming equipment reflecting 200 years of rural American history will be on display throughout the festival. Demonstrating the craftsmanship and durability of American farm machinery, the show’s participants will operate working equipment and compete in tractor races. Visitors will be able to watch demonstrations of wheat threshing, shingle milling, corn grinding and unusual engines for everyday purposes. Exhibits will include collections of flywheels, hit and miss engines, water pumps, vintage pedal tractors, antique cars and farm equipment. Competitions for adults will include tractor pulls, barrel races and a blind race. Children can participate in pedal-powered tractor races, an old-fashioned game of needle-in-a-haystack or a rooster-crowing contest. On Saturday, an antique tractor parade will feature everything from customized lawn tractors to restored farm machinery.

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Food concessions will include root beer floats, hamburgers and hot dogs, barbecue, kettle corn and more.

 

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Filmed in Florida @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 7:45pm to 9:30pm EDT

This event is free with paid park admission. $5 per vehicle up to 8 people.

More Information:
Stephanie McClain, Assistant Park Manager (386) 397-4331

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

A true tale of Old Florida! Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park will be hosting Filmed in Florida on our amphitheater hillside. Bring a blanket or your lawn chair and come enjoy the night air for a movie filmed right here in Ocala, Florida at Juniper Prairie Wilderness.

Additional Information:

Soda and Popcorn will be available for sale.

Call to find out what's showing!

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Earth Day Clean Up and Restoration @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EDT

Free with regular park admission of $5.00 per vehicle (up to 8 people)

 

More Information:
Assistant Park Manager, Stephanie McClain (386) 867-1636

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

Rangers will be celebrating Earth Day by continuing our efforts to restore the Azalea Garden. We will be planting native plants and working to maintain the area. 

Additional Information:

Free Hot Dog lunch sponsored by Stephen Foster’s Citizen Support Organization for all participants!

Parking available at the Auditorium Parking Lot

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64th Annual Florida Folk Festival @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 8:00am EDT to Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 11:00pm EDT

Tickets available at www.FloridaFolkFestival.com

Advanced Tickets: $25.00 per day/$50.00 for the weekend

Gate Tickets: $30.00 per day/$60.00 for the weekend

Children (Ages 6 to 16): $5.00 for the weekend

Children (Ages 6 and under): Free

 

More Information:
Events Team (877) 635-3655

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

The Festival has again been named a “Top 20 Event” in the Southeast. With the best of Florida’s music, arts and culture there is something for everyone. You’re sure to hear plenty of wonderful music, enjoy tasty food, join a jam session, take a workshop, do a little shopping and pay tribute to Florida’s land, people and diverse cultural heritage. In addition to a full schedule of performances, you’ll find plenty to amuse and educate. Folk artists and tradition-bearers presented each year in the Folklife Area reflect research and field documentation conducted by the Florida Department of State’s Folklife Program. The 2016 Folklife Area celebrates the diverse cultures of Miami-Dade. Since 1953, folk artists have come together for this event. One of the oldest state folk festivals in America will continue a grand tradition of celebrating Florida’s land, food, people and diverse cultural heritage. With more than 300 performances by Florida’s greatest folk and roots artists, including national recording artists, songwriters and musicians of swing, folk, blues, gospel, country, Latin, jazz, bluegrass, Caribbean and zydeco music, it is truly an event not to be missed.

Additional Information:

Gates open at 8:00 a.m. and opening ceremonies will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 27, on the banks of the Suwannee River.

Feature performers to be announced.

For more information, please call 1-877-6FL-FOLK (1-877-635-3655) or visit Florida Folk Festival.

Pets and personal golf carts are not allowed.

The Florida Folk Festival is a rain or shine event.

Camping is not offered during the festival, but there are plenty of places to camp in the area, including Suwannee River State Park, Oleno State Park, Ocean Pond and Spirit of the Suwannee.

For a comprehensive list of local public and private campgrounds (27), cabins and motels (53) in Suwanee County, nearby Columbia County (Lake City) and Hamilton County (White Springs and Jasper), visit SuwanneeValley.org

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