Posts tagged Gamble Rogers Folk Festival
This year’s festival is the 17th and the theme is “Return to Oklawaha County,” appropriately titled, according to Festival President Paul Linser’s recent edition of Gamble Gazette. Oklawaha County is a fictional Florida place that Rogers would take his audiences to wherever he performed.
Rogers lived in the Lighthouse Park on Anastasia Island and had staged a Storytelling Festival at the amphitheatre which highlighted, among other performers, winners from a public schools contest he organized to encourage appreciation of the art of storytelling.
He won national acclaim for his own stories and songs and singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett acknowledged Rogers as a mentor.
But Rogers untimely but heroic death in 1991 left his adopted community in shock. He died at a Flagler County Park while trying to rescue a man drowning in the rough October surf. Both men died in the rescue attempt. The St. Johns County School Board named a middle school for Rogers and Flagler County named its oceanside park in his memory.
His friends and fans created the Gamble Rogers Folk Festival in tribute and it showcases performers from all over the county. We’re glad the festival has become a tradition here and we’re glad its back “home.” The camaraderie in Rogers’ backyard can’t be beat.
Four stages and venues will be going non-stop today from noon until 6 p.m. And then, the Main Stage continues on with the headliners starting at 7 p.m., Aaron O’Rourke Trio, followed by the well-known regional group, the Gatorbone Band, and then The Waymores, whom Linser refers to as one of Nashville’s top threesomes of singer-songwriters.
The festival’s proceeds benefit youth music programs. Tickets for today’s festival are $35 per person and children under 12 get in free when accompanied by an adult on a paid ticket.
The Amphitheatre is always a busy place with or without another event on Saturdays with the Farmer’s Market open for business until around 12:30 p.m. We suggest you come early and take in the market before following the sounds of music.
First Friday Art Walk
Exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at more than 20 St. Augustine art galleries! Park for free at the San Sebastian Winery, 157 King Street, where sightseeing trains and trolleys offer free round-trips to the heart of the art district – or go on your own self-guided art walk. Galleries are open from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 904.829.0065 or visit www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com.
Born of the Sun
This new exhibit featuring the works of Mark and Phillip Estlund opens at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum at Flagler College. The opening features a reception from 5-9 p.m. Born of the Sun will remain on exhibit through June 22. The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum is located at 48 Sevilla Street, For more information, call 904.826.8530.
Amiro Art & Found
One of the newest galleries on St. Augustine’s Aviles Street, Amiro Art & Found will feature a free opening reception from 5-9 p.m. Located at 9C Aviles Street, the gallery’s opening will feature Mary Jo Snell, a Primitive Folk Art doll designer and maker. For more information, call 904-824-8460 or go to www.amiroartandfound.com
The Fray in Concert
The Fray performs hits from their February 2012 album release Scars and Stories. The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, located at 1340 C A1A in St. Augustine. Tickets range from $28.50 to $59.50. For more information, visit St. Augustine Amphitheatre.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: May 4-6
Culturally La Florida: Spain’s New World Legacy
Experience this city-wide cultural exposition with demonstrations, traditions, folklore, music, lectures, and performances. As part of the educational and cultural programming to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s 1513 discovery of La Florida, Flagler College, Florida Humanities Council, Florida’s Historic Coast and the City of St. Augustine will host this exciting celebration that commemorates and educates about the cultural and heritage influences since the time of Florida’s earliest Spanish settlements. Presentations include archeology; culture and art, religion, maritime history, cattle ranching, cannon firings, early settlements, food ways, folk life and many other topics. Admission is FREE to all of the events, but when seating is limited, access will be decided on the basis of first-come, first-served. For a complete list of presentations, go to www.CulturallyLaFlorida.com
Gamble Rogers Folk Festival
The very best in folk and Americana music will be presented at this annual three-day celebration of the music, stories and dance that made Gamble Rogers famous. This year, Gamble Rogers Folk Festival performances will take place at a St. Augustine Amphitheatre. On Friday evening enjoy First Friday Art Walk, where various galleries in downtown St. Augustine will host festival performers and there will be a stage set up at the city marina located at the base of the Bridge of Lions. Then on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 10 p.m. performers will take to several stages throughout the day at the Amphitheatre. Tickets will be available for single venue shows and in a variety of packages including an all-access weekend pass. For more information, call 904.794.4163 or visit www.gamblerogersfest.org.
Saturday: May 5
Kentucky Derby Social
Wooden sculpture artist, Phillipe Guillerm hosts “Derby and Dinner” at Casa Monica Hotel. Hat contests, art exhibit and Mint Juleps are part of the fare. The social is from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Casa Monica Hotel, 95 Cordova Street, St. Augustine. Tickets are $25. For more details, call 904-819-6006 o
Culturally La Florida – Great Southern Cracker Roadshow
Have a foot-stomping, knee-slapping good time at the South’s sensational Great Southern Cracker Roadshow! This lives stage performance feature homegrown Crackers, pure picking bluegrass music, homespun folklore and a mess of surprises. Admission is FREE! The roadshow is from 5-7p.m. at the Flagler College Auditorium, 14 Granada Street in St. Augustine. www.CrackerRoadshow.com
Culturally La Florida – Native and Heritage Foodways Seminar
This engaging seminar explores how Henry Flagler ensured a broad and artistic culinary experience for his guests at the Hotel Ponce de Leon by incorporating local foods, customs, and unique recipes. Illustrates how the Farm-to-Table movement provides opportunities for area farmers. The Foodways seminar takes place from 7-9 p.m. at Flagler College Dining Room, 74 King Street, St. Augustine. Seating is limited.
Sunset/Moonrise at St. Augustine Lighthouse
Enjoy the sunset and moonrise from the most unique perspective in all of St. Augustine – the top of the Lighthouse! This special event includes a champagne toast, provided by San Sebastian Winery, hors d’oeuvres from The Reef and an informative overview of the history of the St. Augustine Light Station. The tour is from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the St. Augustine Lighthouse located at 81 Lighthouse Avenue. Check for times. Admission is $25 for non-museum members and $20 for members. Reservations are required. For more information, visit www.StAugustineLighthouse.org, or to reserve a spot, call 904.829.0745.
Full Moon Sail
Sail beneath the huge, silvery moon aboard the beautiful Schooner Freedom. This special moonlit cruise will depart the St. Augustine City Marina at 8:45 p.m. and return at 10 p.m. Live guitar music, complimentary sodas, wine and been included in the $35 ticket. Day ($35) and sunset ($45) sails on Friday, Saturday and Sundays. For reservations, call 904.810.1010.
Treasure Chest Quest
Yield to your inner pirate and go sailing with the crew of the Black Raven on a quest to capture Blackbeard’s Treasure Chest. The Black Raven will exchange cannon fire with Queen Anne’s Revenge while children learn proper sword play techniques in anticipation of a boarding. If you’re brave enough, there will booty for all! And if you’re not, you’re sure to capture a lifetime of memories. The Black Raven sails from St. Augustine Marina on this quest at 12:15 and 2:15 p.m. Tickets are $34.95 for adults and seniors, $24.95 for children. For more information, call 877-578-5050 or go to www.PirateShipBlackRaven.com
Saturday and Sunday: May 5 & 6
Catamaran Eco Tour
Set Sail on the Sirenia! Hop aboard the 27-foot catamaran named after Florida’s official state marine mammal – the manatee. 2 hours is the perfect amount of time to cruise the estuary in search of wildlife and take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the Matanzas River. Lay on the trampoline to catch some rays or watch the Captain work the sails – the choice is yours! 3:45 and 6:15pm departure times. $45/adult and $35/kids. Call St. Augustine Eco Tours for reservations at (904) 377-7245.
Sunday: May 6
Music For Miracles
Join Haven Horse from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. at the St Augustine Beach Pier and Pavilion for Music for Miracles, a free event benefiting the children at Haven Horse Ranch. This fun day at the Beach includes Live Music (Rosco Caine, Danger Mouse, Collapsible B, The Dirty Gringos, TJ, Smokin Joe and the Play It Forward Band and Chelsea Sadler), Great Food (The Kingfish Grill and The Purple Olive) fun activities for the kids, silent auctions, raffles, and more. Admission is free. Bring your chair and stay the day. All proceeds benefit therapy for Special Needs Children at Haven Horse Ranch. For more information, 904-813-5710 or firstname.lastname@example.org
2012 World Golf Hall of Fame Induction Forum
Attend this special public event the day before the Class of 2012 receives “Golf’s Highest Honor.” Learn the stories behind the careers of noted British commentator Peter Alliss, legendary golf writer Dan Jenkins, Masters champion Sandy Lyle and LPGA star Hollis Stacy during a lively moderated panel discussion in the museum at Shell Hall. In addition to a general admission seat at the Forum, tickets include all day museum admission, the opportunity to view the inductees’ special exhibits, and a Class of 2012 commemorative Induction poster. General admission tickets are $25 in advance and $30 day of event. A limited number of tickets are available and advance purchase is suggested. The World Golf Hall of Fame is located at 1 World Golf Place, just off I-95 Exit 323 in St. Augustine. www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org
EMMA Concert Series – Bella Voce
Imagine being transported to the canals of Venice, flown to the Paris Opera House and then off to Broadway all in one magical journey, when Bella Voce, Beautiful Voices, cast performs musical classics ranging from Neapolitan songs to opera, to Broadway hits and jazz, in cabaret style. The performance takes place at 2 p.m. in the Flagler College Auditorium, 14 Granada Street in St. Augustine. Admission is Free. For more information, visit www.EmmaConcerts.com or call 904-797-2800.