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Upcoming events 2021

    • September 10, 2021
    • 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • September 12, 2021
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

    Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park will host the 15th Annual Stephen Foster Old-Time Music Weekend on September 10-12, 2021 on the banks of the historic Suwannee River. 

    This three-day event offers participants in-depth instruction in old time music techniques on the banjo, guitar, and fiddle for all levels. Instructors include Chuck Levy, Tommy Bledsoe, Jim Strickland, and The Reed Island Rounders; Kirk Sutphin, Betty Vornbrock, Billy Cornette and Hilary Dirlam.   

    Registration for the three-day event is $214.00 which includes all workshops, jam sessions, discussion groups,  and meals.   For more information and instructions for registration, please call the park at (386) 397-7005.

    • October 15, 2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • October 17, 2021
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

    You’re invited to join us at the 31st Annual Stephen Foster Quilt Show and Sale October 15-17, 2021 at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs, FL.

    Quilts of all shapes and sizes using both traditional and modern techniques will be on display! This year’s theme is ‘Remember When…’.

    There will be demonstrations, workshops, and a special exhibit in our museum.

    The Fiber Muse Group and Vendors will be doing demonstrations daily. Quilting supply vendors and handmade textile artists will be available all weekend long. 

    We are looking for quilts and fabric art to display and would love to have yours! Don’t want your quilt professionally judged? That’s okay – just mark the box on the registration form for entry into the “People’s Choice Award Only.”

    If you are interested in being a vendor or demonstrator, please contact us at (386) 397-7009 for more information.

    What: Stephen Foster Quilt Show & Sale

    When: October 15-17, 2021 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

    Where: Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

    11016 Lillian Saunders Drive

    White Springs, FL 32096

    Information: (386) 397-7009

    • October 23, 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Big Shoals State Park

    Family Fun at Big Shoals State Park!

    Pumpkin bowling, face painting, pumpkin decorating, a treasure chest with prizes and a hayride through the woods. Collect pirate coins and enter the Museum Witches lair. There will be a costume parade at 5:00pm and an award ceremony at 5:30pm for costumes and for pumpkin decorating!

    Entry is Free!

    Please bring a pumpkin for each child that wants to decorate a pumpkin.

    • November 04, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
    • Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

    Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park is proud to present Rural Folklife Day, November 4, 2021.

    Demonstrators will be on hand showcasing Florida traditions of yesterday and today during this event.

    Rural Folklife Day celebrates the region’s rural past with demonstrations and hands-on learning activities.  Visitors can taste jellies, play traditional games, churn butter, sing songs, 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 and home school groups are encouraged to attend this event and pre-register! Contact the park for more information. Groups that do pre-register get into the Florida Folk Festival Education Day in May free! Teacher and bus driver admitted free with pre-registration.

    Everyone is welcome!

     Admission is $5 per person. 

    For more information, please call 386-397-7005

    • November 12, 2021
    • 11:00 AM (EST)
    • November 13, 2021
    • 11:00 PM (EST)
    • Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
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     Come enjoy a weekend of music and fun at the Dulcimer Retreat on November 12 & 13, 2021 at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in historic White Springs, Florida. The weekend offers workshop sessions taught by foremost mountain & hammer dulcimer instructors from throughout the United States.

    Concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 pm that will feature your favorite musicians and workshop instructors. The entire retreat costs $105.00, which includes entrance to both Friday and Saturday concerts & workshops.

    After October 23, there is a $15.00 late registration fee. For more information on the Stephen Foster State Park Dulcimer Retreat call 386-397-7009.

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