Upcoming Events
at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Road Scholars

Explore North Florida's natural beauty & local culture along the Suwannee River in our learning programs for adults age 55 and older.  Leisure or active programs are available.  Learn more about the life and music of Stephen Foster.  Enjoy church suppers, local musicians and craftsman, or canoe and hike along the Suwannee. Call 
386-397-7009 for more information. 
Gift Shop 386- 397-1920 
or visit www.floridastateparks.org/stephenfoster.
"Movie Night​"
For more information

Come to the River Healing Arts Festival
September 6th
Come experience the history of White Springs as a healing center! You can enjoy the healing benefits of yoga, hypnosis, medicinal herbs, educational seminars, hands-on therapy techniques, gourmet food art and much more.
Refresh not only your mind but also your body.
Old-Time Music Camp & Concerts*
September 12-14th


Registration Begins at 11:00 a.m. • Group Orientation: 1:00 p.m. 
• Workshops begin at: 2:00 p.m.
• Florida Masters Concerts: 7:00 p.m. • Evening Jam: 8:30 p.m.


• Workshops begin at 9:00 a.m. • Jams and individual instruction  
• Evening Concert: 7:00 p.m. • Evening Jam: 8:30 p.m.


• Workshops begin at 9:00 a.m. • Event closes at 2:00 p.m.

Old Time Music Weekend and Workshops 

Come enjoy a weekend of music and fun at the Suwannee Old Time Music Weekend on September 12-14, 2014 at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in historic White Springs, Florida. This year expect to see some new faces as well as some familiar friends from Florida and beyond. We are pleased to announce our special guests include the Camp Chasers: Whitt Mead, Hilarie Burhans, Kellie Allen and Pete Peterson. 

Florida favorites Chuck Levy with Aisha Ivey and Florida Masters Bill Dudley and Tommy Bledsoe! Instructors will be leading workshops in fiddle, banjo, guitar and more! The entire weekend only costs $199.00, which includes concerts, workshops classes, jam sessions and meals. We are also featuring a spouse program, which includes 2 concerts, jams and all meals for $85.00. Families with registered children: $135.00 per person, or $90 per person without meals. Limited Scholarships available.

64th Annual Jeanie & Stephen Auditions 
October 3rd & 4th , 2014 
Friday, October 3 at 8:00p.m. - An Evening with Stephen and Jeanie
Saturday, October 4 at 10:00a.m. - Jeanie and Stephen Auditions 

 The popular songs of Stephen Foster and the classical and operatic compositions of American music will be showcased at the Stephen Foster Museum.

The festivities will begin Friday evening October 3rd with “An Evening with Stephen and Jeanie” in a concert that will honor the contestants and their families. This event is open to the public and begins at 8:00 p.m. The next morning at 10a.m. on Saturday, October 4th, the singers will audition for the title of “Jeanie” and “Stephen” in a public concert before a panel of judges.

Competitors will wear 1854-style formal attire, keeping with the theme of the event, which is named for a song Stephen Foster wrote for his wife, “Jeanie, with the Light Brown Hair.” This scholarship event is a tribute to Foster, a 19th century composer who wrote some of America’s best-known songs, including, “Oh! Susanna” and “Beautiful Dreamer.” Foster also wrote “Old Folks at Home,” which was adopted as the official Florida state song in 1935.

​The event attracts contestants from throughout the state of Florida and is sponsored by 
the Florida Federation of Music Clubs
Admission to the event is free with park admission of $5 per vehicle with up to eight passengers. For more information, call (386) 397-4408.

At Stephen Foster State Park
 White Springs, FL

October 11, 2104
10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Demonstrations and Presentations all types of Crafts 


This event will take place:
Student Art Appreciation 10:00 a.m. until 2:00p.m.
Workshop is 2:00 p.m. until around 5:00 p.m.

A special pottery workshop in pit firing will be taking place. 
 Please reserve your space to participate $25.00
Call 386-397-1920 to register to participate in this 
One-of-a-kind workshop

(must be 18 years or older to participate)

Quilt Show & Sale*
October 17th-19th 
More than 200 quilts are on exhibit, including
traditional bed quilts, art quilts, children’s quilts
and antique quilts as quilters gather to share
their work. Workshops, keynote speakers and
demonstrations. Sponsored by the Stephen Foster
CSO and regional quilt guilds. Call 386-397-7009

Big Shoals Pumpkin Festival
October 18th
Pumpkin decorating and costume contests for all at Big Shoals. Great Family Fun!

Rural Folklife Days*
October 29th-31st
9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Demonstrators will be on hand showcasing Florida traditions of yesterday and today during this three-day event. 

Rural Folklife Days celebrates the region’s rural past with demonstrations and hands-on learning activities. Visitors can taste jellies, play traditional games, churn butter, sing songs, hear storytelling, 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 are encouraged to attend this event and pre-register! Contact the park for more information. 

Everyone is welcome! Admission is $5 per person. For more information, please call toll free 1-877-635-3655
Dulcimer Retreat & Concert*
November 7-8th
Workshops, classes & jams with nationally recognized teachers. All levels taught. Concerts open to the public.

Festival of Lights*
December 5, 2014 – January 4, 2015
Award winning high voltage holiday fills the park with over 5 million lights! Santa hot cocoa, popcorn and more! Open until 9 p.m. nightly

Special Event Pricing*

Please call for additional Ranger lead programs throughout the year.

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
11016 Lillian Saunders Drive/ Hwy 41
White Springs, FL 32096
(386) 397-2733, (877) 635-3655

National Public Lands Day
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
Restoration of the Azalea Garden
September 27th at 9:00am

Come join Park Rangers and Park Volunteers for the Florida Park Services 
First Volunteer Project, an initiative to help in the protection and conservation 
of Florida’s natural areas for all time!

WHITE SPRINGS –The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park will host National Public Lands Day September 27, 2014 starting at 9:00 a.m.

The Park Rangers at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park thought long and hard about National Public Lands Day this year and for our project we chose the “Restoration of the Azalea Gardens,” an area we all love and want to see restored! Park Rangers and volunteers will start the restoration project of a once storybook-like area of the park. This is a section that we would like to bring back. There are cultivated and wild azaleas in this section and as the project continues we would like to add plants native to this area of Florida. There are currently marble benches that were once used for having lunch, reading a good book or practicing a fiddle or banjo on and all of us would like to see this area used again in that way. There is also a spring fed stream that runs through the garden that once had a little bridge over it. This could also be an area that we may consider using to recognize those who were and are influential to the success of the Florida Folk Festival. We would like to start by clearing it of overgrown vegetation and pulling some invasive plants (mainly coral ardisia). We are hoping to include the local chapter of the Native Plant Society and Florida Master Gardeners in this effort as well as anyone who would like to be a part of this project! A project that will benefit current and future generations of park goers! Come and be a part of it long term or just for a day. We would love have you!

If you have any questions specifically regarding the “Restoration of the Azalea Gardens” please contact Stephanie McClain by phone: 904.540.6781
 or email: Stephanie.mcclain@dep.state.fl.us 

Restoration Of the Azalea Gardens


water bottle to refill 
bug spray  
a hat!
Come be a part of a project that will benefit current and future generations!

Come be a part of a project that will benefit current and future generations! 

Located in White Springs!
Please contact the ranger station if you’re interested 
in participating!

For more information

Hooray for Literacy Month 
at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park will host 
Literacy Month with a finale education day at the park 
September 25, 2014  10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The 4th Grade Students in Hamilton County, Florida will have the opportunity to participate in Stephen Foster Literacy Month. 
Classes will be visited weekly by a Park Ranger to read a true story based on the Florida Cracker lifestyle; 
Iris Hall, Cracker Cowgirl by Carol Matthews and Lux Rey. 

This is the true story of a real cracker cowgirl from South Florida. Iris lived a life that was not average and 
not one that many girls during that time era lived. She is a part of the “Real Florida” heritage synonymous with endurance, pride, and strength. 
 Iris Hall was named Florida's Woman of the Year in Agriculture in 2006 and was inducted into the Florida Cracker Hall of Fame that same year!

Literacy month will culminate in a Grand Finale on: Thursday, September 25th at 10 am.
After reading last pages of the book, children will have time to meet with Park Rangers and get a chance 
to be a part of a working Florida Cracker Cow Camp, learn some contra dancing and make a sweet treat!

***If you have a homeschooler or school that you would like to attend this event or would like more information on this event please contact:
Stephanie McClain
Park Specialist
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

5K run/walk
for more information 
and registration
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Healing arts schedule 2014

10:15-10:30     Tai Chi with Monda
10:30-11:15     Simple health for Modern Times 
            with Ashley Dunn, Acupuncturist

11:15-12:45     lunch by Pam O Toole

12:45-1:00      De-stress with Breath
1-1:30             Marital Arts
1:30-1:45         Yoga 
1:45-2            Chair Yoga
2-2:15             No Excuse Workout
2:15-2:30         Laughing Yoga
2:30-3             Guided imagery/closing