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Rural Folklife Days at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
Start Date: 11/6/2008

CALENDAR ANNOUNCEMENT: October 23, 2008

CONTACT:  Mitzi Nelson, (386) 397-7005

                       Jessica Kemper, (850)245-3029, (850)251-0834 (cell)

 

 

WHITE SPRINGS- The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park will host the annual Rural Folklife Days   November 6 & 7, 2008.  We have had to cancel the event for Wednesday, November 5th.  Please take note of the new dates.

 

Rural Folklife days celebrates farm and household traditions that remain a part of family and community life, especially here in North Central Florida.  Local residents demonstrate how to preserve fruits and vegetables with home canning, how to plait a cow whip by hand and how to make a hand sewn quilt.  Additionally, this year’s event will also feature a demonstration of hand-tied cast nets by Stuart Pacetti, a winner of the Florida Folk Heritage Award.  A cane grinder operated by a mule will press juice from freshly harvested sugar cane as the Harris Family will boil the juice down to make cane syrup.  Cane grinding, syrup making, horse-drawn wagon rides, making hand-churned butter and lye soap are among the other old-time traditions of Florida that will be presented.

 

The event is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. daily.  Admission is $5.00 per person.  School groups are encouraged to attend for a fun and educational day learning how to make homemade peanut brittle, or how a blacksmith forges iron into tools.  Among the educational activities are the opportunities to try quilting, play horseshoes, learn a local form of the checkers board game known as pool checkers, how to churn butter, and how to cast a fishing pole.  Most of the demonstrations throughout the day are designed to allow children to participate in the activity.  Schools are encouraged to pre-register by calling (386) 397-7005.

 

Visitors will be able to buy many of the items that will be made during Rural Folklife Days.  Food concessions will be available.  For more information about the event, call (386)397-7009 or visit the web at www.floridastateparks.org/stephenfoster

 

The event will take place:

 

10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

November 6 & 7, 2008

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

White Springs, Florida

(Located on US 41, three miles from I-75 and nine miles from I-10)

 



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