I never know what to expect from a venue when I head out of town to hear my daughters perform. Sometimes the distance is great; other times, it’s close to home. On Saturday, a 40-minute drive to Macclenny (FL) landed me in Heritage Park Village where the Possum in the Park Festival was held.
I always enjoy local festivals, and I am always surprised by something. But this one was different. As I walked into this park in a town where the population is roughly 6,000, I was not prepared for the treasure trove of memories a single sign and some buildings evoked.
I’ve often joked to my husband I can hear good music at a number of places in Florida on a given night, and I don’t have to pay $100 for concert tickets. Community First Seawalk Music festival this past weekend at Jacksonville Beach validated my claim.
The festival featured ten bands and closed with country star Josh Turner.
The Crazy Daysies opened the festival on Saturday. They were followed by Mama Bluewhose voice does for the blues what honey does for toast. All the bands received compliments—some I heard first hand and some can be viewed on the Festival’s Facebook page.
Lots of people from the community came out, and I think there were some out of towners as well. I heard one young woman who was exiting a nearby hotel tell her friend, “I didn’t know they did stuff like this here.”
Festivals like this are a true community gathering spot. All sorts of people came out—from young to old, to enjoy the incredibly beautiful weather, the music, vendors with very unique goods, and the beach.
I was busy trying to take some photos and videos of the Daysiesand their bandmates, and also trying to make sure to speak to everyone who came out to hear the band. But in between, I really enjoyed myself. It’s a must-go festival if you can—you can hear a thousand dollars worth of music for free over a two-day period.
Rebecca Day and the band ended their opening performance by singing happy birthday to a very special guest who traveled with her family from Georgia to see the Daysies. Focusing on the Southeast right now, the band has done lots of singing and performing around the state of Georgia.
One of the most unique festivals I’ve been to is this past weekend’s Rotary Discovery Fest Cracker Cattle Drive and Cowboy Roundup. The city of Ocala goes all out to support the festival, and it’s one of the most heavily attended I’ve been to.