Katara Simmons/News-Sun files Live demonstrations of old-time crafting will be featured at the CCC Festival at Highlands Hammock on Nov. 9.
published: Friday, October 25, 2013
28th CCC Festival to offer music, history and more at Hammock Nov. 9
Special to the News-Sun
SEBRING -- Highlands Hammock State Park and the Friends of Highlands Hammock are pleased to announce the 28th Annual Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Festival. The park's signature event, which is scheduled for Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., has evolved into a celebration of history, nature, art and music.
Major presentations on the CCC, wildlife, local history, heritage crafts, and Florida folk art are in the works. Local bluegrass band Back Porch Revival will set a toe-tapping pace as vendors finish setting up.
Park Manager Steven Dale will officially open the festival at 10 a.m. with a welcome and the unveiling of Mountain Dan's black bear and Florida panther chainsaw carvings.
Museum curator Darrel Smith will mark the 80th anniversary of the CCC. A living history interpreter, he will recall the hard times of a 1936 CCC corpsman in a series of museum stage performances beginning at 11:30 a.m. Marjie Pollard, longtime Highlands Little Theatre actress and impresario, will take on a new role as conservation visionary Margaret Shippen Roebling. They will remain in character throughout the day.
Two very unique Lake Placid residents immediately follow the opening ceremony. Python hunter Greg Graziani will take the stage with some very large snakes in a "Snakes Alive!" talk. Graziani will continue his presentation at the Graziani Reptile exhibit inside the Hammock Inn.
With a snap of the whip, Hank Mattson, the Cracker Cowboy Poet, will recall the lives of those who lived and breathed working cattle, in his words and those of turn of the century cowpunchers.
This year marks a return to the festival's musical roots. Back Porch musician John McClure recalls playing the very first CCC Festival. He rounded up three other folk and bluegrass revues to enliven the stage.
Back Porch Revival will be followed by Wiregrass with an original blend of bluegrass, folk, blues, western swing, and gypsy jazz.
Up next is Roadside Revue, whose influences include folk, bluegrass, blues, rock, country, and gospel. South Florida folkie and modern day troubadour Grant Livingston catches audiences off guard with a sharp wit and wry commentary. The bands will be playing 45 minute sets all day.
Featured guest speaker Gary Monroe will give his Florida Humanities Council presentation "The Highwaymen: Florida's African-American Landscape Painters" at 1 p.m. in the park's Recreation Hall. Highwaymen Mary Ann Carroll, Al Black and Kelvin Hair will be selling their paintings together with Lisa Stone, who will be exhibiting and selling vintage works and Monroe's Highwaymen books.
Antique cars dating from the late 1920s to 1949 may be found on the circle. Traditional frame quilting and an antique quilt display as demonstrated by the Highlands County Quilt Guild may be found in the Hammock Inn. Vendors will be selling everything from leather goods to landscape photographs.
Exhibitors include government agencies such as Forestry and Agriculture, nonprofit organizations such as Highlands County Audubon and the Florida Native Plant Society, and individuals including local historian John Skipper and Hide Tanner Doug Smith.
Two local 4-H Clubs will exhibit small animals and club projects. Food vendors will offer a variety of refreshments from barbecue to sweet treats.
Art Festival (by: BeaElliott - 11/8/2013)
Sounds like a wonderful event... Except for the cow-stories, the exhibition of ranch animals (soon to be meat)... And the offensive bbq itself. Do we really need all this hoopla about using/killing animals? It would be so nice to avoid that assault. I think my family and I will pass and attend another event that is more considerate of our fellow Earthlings. http://earthlings.com/
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