By Natalie Strom
The 7th Annual Jammin’ in the Hammock Bluegrass Festival is fast approaching. The event, which will host six different bluegrass bands, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 10 AM-5:30 PM and Sunday, Feb. 9, from 9:30 AM-5:30 PM, at Collier-Seminole State Park.
Sponsored by the Friends of Collier-Seminole State Park, a Citizens Support Organization (CSO), all proceeds from the festival will benefit the park. Admission to the event is $15 per day or $25 for both days. Admittance is free to children 13 and under as long as they are accompanied by a paying adult.
Attendees also are encouraged to camp at the park overnight. Dry camp spots are $15 per night and are offered on a first-come-first-serve basis. To reserve your spot at Collier-Seminole Park, call Reserve America at 1-800-326-3521.
Jammin’ in the Hammock is one of the most popular fundraising events within the state of Florida’s Parks system. It has become so well-known that it was the 2010 recipient of the state’s award for Outstanding Special Events.
This year’s festival should prove to be just as special. Six bluegrass bands will take the stage both days to entertain with their banjos, guitars, fiddles and mandolins that define this type of folk music. Be entertained by the likes of Gary Mackey, The Laws, Bean Pickers, Bugtussle Ramblers, The Bluegrass Gentlemen and Ernie Evans and The Florida Bluegrass Band.
Be sure to bring your own chairs or blankets. No coolers or pets permitted in the festival area. There will be a large variety of vendors at the event. Food and arts and crafts will be available for purchase. Local non-profit organizations will be setting up informational booths during the festival as well.
Experience the phenomenon that is bluegrass music in one of the largest mangrove swamps in the world. Take a stroll down the recently rebuilt boardwalk, and see first-hand where the proceeds to this funky festival will lead you.
Collier-Seminole State Park is located at 20200 E. Tamiami Trail, Naples, FL. For more information on the Jammin’ in the Hammock Bluegrass Festival, contact the park at 239-394-3397 or visit www.floridastateparks.org.