WHITE SPRINGS –The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service will host the 59th Annual Florida Folk Festival on May 27 through 29, at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park. Frank Thomas, considered by many in the folk music community as the patriarch of Florida folk music, will give a special concert Sunday evening, May 29.
Born and raised in rural Clay County, Florida songwriter Frank Thomas has native ancestry dating back to the late 18th century. Few other songwriters can claim such a strong Florida heritage, sharing his love of Florida throughout his music and storytelling. Thomas’ catalogue numbers more than 500 songs all about Florida. A portion of them can be found on his nine albums, including Cracker Nights, Florida Stories, Spanish Gold, and Just Another Day In The Life Of A Florida Cracker. For many years, Thomas hosted the River Gazebo stage at the Florida Folk Festival, where he personally welcomes and presents the state’s best singer/songwriters, reviews their work, gives out songwriting assignments and lots of praise.
Advance tickets for the Florida Folk Festival are $20.00 per day or $40.00 for the weekend for adults and $25.00 per day or $50.00 for the weekend at the gate. Children under six years of age are admitted free of charge. Ticket prices for children between the ages of six and 16 for the entire weekend are $4.00 in advance or $5.00 at the gate. Credit card purchases can be made by calling 1-877-635-3655, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. To order by mail, send a check or money order to: Florida Folk Festival, Post Office Drawer G, White Springs, Florida 32096. Checks should be made payable to Florida Folk Festival.
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The Festival will take place:
Gates open daily at 8:00 a.m.
May 27–29, 2011
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
White Springs, Florida