Announcing the 2017 Our Santa Fe RiverFest Songwriting Contest

RiverFest 2017

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Song Contest founder Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson

The following article appeared today, Dec. 25, 2016, in the Lake City Reporter.  The RiverFest/SongContest featuring the Santa Fe River in music, has become a popular tradition in the community.  Conceived by Sierra Club organizer and OSFR member Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson, it is continued by current OSFR President Pam Smith and last year was the most successful ever.

Thanks to the RiverFest and Our Santa Fe River, Inc., we now have more songs about the Santa Fe than the  famed Suwannee.  Sorry, Mr. Foster.

Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
-A river is like a life:  once taken, it cannot be brought back-


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Stage builders & organizers – Doug Jipson, Andy Phelan, Merrill Jipson, Pam Smith, Walter Bickmeyer, Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson, Chris Newman. Plus a few others not in the picture, John Sterpe is one.

From staff reports

Songwriters are invited to enter a song writing contest and help raise money for a good cause — Our Santa Fe River — by participating in the 7th annual Santa Fe RiverFest, being held April 9, 2017. Original song submissions about the Santa Fe River are due March 1, 2017.

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2016 RiverFest contestants, plus President Pam

Our Santa Fe River, Inc. (OSFR), a non-profit organization working to protect the aquifer, springs and waters, is sponsoring the songwriting contest and music festival. It will be held at Rum 138, located west of High Springs (corner of C.R. 138 and Rum Island Terrace), and hosted by WKTK host Storm Roberts.

Songwriters should submit an MP3 about the Santa Fe River no later than March 1 to [email protected]  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 the $300 first place prize. Each finalist will receive a professional video of their performance, which also will be placed on YouTube.

More Info Get Your Tickets Now! Contest Rules Song Contest Entry Form

For more information, contact Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson at 386-243-0322.

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Very important people –COOKS — Lance Scott, Kathy Fleming, unknown, Mary Ann Smith, Rhonda Long, Head Honcho and Cook, Fred Fey.
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Happy crowd, enjoying music, food, friendship and camaraderie. And a beautiful day at Rum 138 celebrating our Santa Fe River.
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