RiverFest 2019 Celebrates the Santa Fe River

RiverFest Jamboree – A Ton of Family Fun!

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Sunday, March 31
1 pm to 7 pm; Song Contest 2 pm to 4 pm
Rum 138, Fort White

2018 Songwriting Contest @Rum138. Picture by Doug Jipson, Digitel Video.
2018 Songwriting Contest @Rum138. Picture by Doug Jipson, Digitel Video.

Join us as we give our Santa Fe River a Voice! Where the science of water meets original music, art, dance, and mermaid magic!

RiverFest is more than the 9th Annual Songwriting Contest, it’s a Festival of River Fun and Education! Have your picture taken by professional photographer Ray Carson with this year’s RiverFest Official Live Mermaid, Danielle ! Other family fun activities will include face painting with bubble blowing, a hula hoop and sticky catch game to keep idle time entertaining! That’s not all either, after the songwriting winners are announced, The Deviljays will take the stage, an electric Blues quartet hailing from Lake City, Florida. So put on your dancing shoes too and swing to the blues!

Also, place your bids in this year’s Annual RiverFest Silent Auction presenting many amazing local artists – such as John Moran, jewelers – such a Bernie Reller, in addition to fun gift baskets and gift certificates to several local businesses, and a treasure of so many more surprises!

Remember that RiverFest is Our Annual Fundraising event! Your donations help keep our Santa Fe River protected now and for future generations.

$10 tickets; 12 and under free

Watch videos of the past winners songs, from 2010 through 2018, below. Get your tickets now to see these amazing performers live and have a ton of family fun!

Watch all the Song Contest videos and subscribe to our YouTube channel here.

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There is something for everyone to enjoy at RiverFest 2019, to be held over three days in March on and near the Santa Fe River outside High Springs. The “explore, learn and play” events are sponsored by Our Santa Fe River, Inc., an all-volunteer non-profit organization working to bring some much-needed attention to area water resources.

JOIN US FOR RIVERFEST! A TON OF FAMILY FUN!

RiverFest events include educational land and water tours as well as a family fun music event that features original songs about the Santa Fe River by area musicians. The 9th Annual Our Santa Fe River Songwriting Contest on March 31 also will feature a silent auction, blues music by The Deviljays, locally crafted beer and food, and much more.

“Our goal is to make it easy for area residents and visitors to have fun and learn more about our precious water resources,” said Rhonda Long, RiverFest Event Chair. “The events also will enable us to raise funds so we can continue our grassroots efforts to protect the aquifer, springs and waters in this area.”

Plant Hike – A Floodplain Forest and Swamp with Dr. Colette Jacono

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Saturday, March 23
9 to 11 am, Gilchrist County Santa Fe River Park
386-243-9441

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Dr. Colette Jacono

Colette Jacono, PhD, a botanist and plant ecologist specializing in aquatic and wetland plants, will lead a short hike through a low-lying hardwood forest and swamp adjacent to the Santa Fe River.  Springtime ground covers of lilies, ferns, violets and sedges will pave the path to springs and sloughs where otters may be seen foraging for breakfast.  Learn how to recognize tree species such as pop-ash, elm, and hornbeam that characterize a community that is in many ways part of the river itself.

$25 donation, which includes ticket to March 31 Songwriters Contest; limited to 25 people


Paddle the Santa Fe Springs with Master Naturalist Lars Anderson

SOLD OUT!

Saturday, March 30
10 am to 3 pm, Hwy 27 Boat Ramp at Santa Re River
Purchase your tickets by calling (386) 450-4611 or emailing [email protected]

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Lars Andersen

A nine-mile section of Santa Fe River, from Hwy 27 to Hwy 47, will be paddled over five hours, guided by Master Naturalist Lars Andersen. The route will include the river’s most famous springs: Poe, Rum Island, Blue, Ginnie, Devil’s Ear & Eye, July and Myrtles Fissure. In addition, paddlers will pass swallets, where the water drains through underwater cracks into the underground aquifer. Andersen, a fulltime river guide, also will discuss the river’s unique geology, history and lore of the area plants and animals.

Tour includes shuttle and ticket to Songwriters Contest: $50 (with or without boat); limited to 25 people

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Purchase your tickets by calling (386) 450-4611 or emailing [email protected]


RiverFest Jamboree – A Ton of Family Fun!

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Sunday, March 31
1 pm to 7 pm; Song Contest 2 pm to 4 pm
Rum 138, Fort White

2018 Songwriting Contest @Rum138. Picture by Doug Jipson, Digitel Video.
2018 Songwriting Contest @Rum138. Picture by Doug Jipson, Digitel Video.

This competition of original songs written about the Santa Fe River brings local and regional songwriters and music lovers from around the state to celebrate and learn about our special spring-fed river. This annual fundraising event, emceed by Storm Roberts of 98.5 KTK, offers blues music by the Deviljays, food and drink, a silent auction and an afternoon of family fun. Proceeds go to educational and advocacy activities, all designed to protect the aquifer, springs and waters in this area. Rum 138 is located at 2070 Southwest County Road 138 in Fort White.

JOIN US FOR RIVERFEST! A TON OF FAMILY FUN!

Songwriters are encouraged to submit original song submissions about the Santa Fe River no later than March 5, 2019.  Judges will look for originality, quality of lyrics, melody and performance. The finalists will take the stage during the afternoon and will have an opportunity to win cash prizes. Each finalist will receive a professional video of their performance, which also will be placed on YouTube.

$10 tickets; 12 and under free

Watch videos of the past winners songs, from 2010 through 2018, below. Get your tickets now to see these amazing performers live and have a ton of family fun!

Watch all the Song Contest videos and subscribe to our YouTube channel here.

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  1. Join Our Santa Fe RiverFest 2019! – where the science of Water is celebrated in a confluence of Song, Art, Dance, & Mermaid Magic! I will see you there in my new Our Santa Fe Riverfest 2019 tie die tshirt! Splash! Rhonda Long, Riverfest 2019! Chair, Stewardship Chair.

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