Campfire Series
Campfire program March 8th 2014

A warm evening greeted campers and guests at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, as 72 people gathered for the first ever campfire program in the campfire program series. OPS Park Ranger William Register presented a program on primitive fire lighting techniques. From flint and steel, to modern techniques. Following the lighting of the fire, a folk story written by William’s grandfather was presented to the audience. It was the first in a series of stories that will be presented by William at future campfire programs. The program received great praise by campers, the general public, and people that had visited the park for the first time! One of the great joys of campfires is creating memories that will be carried on through generations. It also gives people an opportunity to learn more about the Florida State Park system while providing a great opportunity for fellowship!!

Campfire program March 22nd 2014

The spring evening greeted campers and guests at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park as 86 people gathered for the second program in the campfire program series. Park Ranger Corey Kerkela presented his program on “The Origins of Food”. The program emphasized how many different cultures and food types throughout the world have come together over time to provide some of the basic foods that we enjoy today.

The audience was provided with a pop quiz on which areas of the world that certain foods originated in. While the guests were getting seated before the program Park volunteer Betty Breck played Stephen Foster songs on her violin while the crowd eagerly sang along. 

During the first part of his program, Corey presented information on how food has combined and evolved over time. From the simple hunter gatherer, living on what they could find, to the culinary fusion of several different nations. Corey then presented a self-written story about a shipwrecked Spaniard of noble birth that ended up the shores of Florida. The man was introduced to many new foods he had never seen before by the natives of the land.

The program received great praise by campers, and the general public. Several people were actually visiting the park for the very first time and were overjoyed that the program was being given while they were there.

The answers to the quiz were provided to the guests and everyone was surprised as to where many of our basic foods originated. Many in the crowd remained around the communal fire ring until well after the program was completed.
 Camp fires provide a wonderful opportunity for people to come together with their family, their friends, and to also meet many different people from all walks of life.  


Campfire program March 29th 2014

A cool and windy spring evening greeted campers and guests at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park as 51 people gathered for the third program in the campfire program series. Park Ranger Jim South presented his program on “Technologies of Florida’s Prehistoric people”. 

Once again while the guests were getting seated before the program park volunteer Betty Breck played Stephen Foster songs on her violin while the crowd eagerly sang along. 

The program described the progression and evolution of tools, weapons, and everyday items that people constructed using the natural resources available to them. Jim had several items on display including a Whelk shell axe, several different points, an Atlatl, and a pump drill. Jim presented information on how the items were made and used. Two of the highlights of the program were the atlatl demonstration and the pump drill demonstration.

The program received great praise by campers, and the general public. Many in the crowd remained around the communal fire ring until well after the program was completed. Guests were invited to view the items on display. Many audience members tried their hands at using the pump drill and a handful of guests became fairly good at using the atlatl.

Camp fires provide a wonderful opportunity for people to come together with their family, their friends, and to also meet many different people from all walks of life.  

Park Ranger William Register
Park Ranger Corey Kerkela
Park Ranger Jim South