3rd Annual Old Florida Festival March 7th 2020 from 11-5pm. 3 premier Old Florida music acts. From Gainesville is “Cracker the Box”; Don Blitch,. From South Florida comes the Miami News Times “Best Acoustic Performer”; Grant Livingston. And from Indiantown, the Swamp trompin Johnny Debt Prestage! Special displays and programs include Florida Gator & Repltile exhibit, ACE Ranch from Palm City with ranch animals, roping and whip demonstrations, Merritt Island's own 2016 & 2019 Royal Palm Literary Award finalist author Sarah Younger, the Tropical Trekkers Chapter of the Florida Trail Association, Old Florida Art & Craft area, and Old Florida vittles by Reds Kitchen. All helps benefit the Indian River County Historical Society, who will be donned in pioneer period garb and have a display as well. NO COOLERS OR OFF PREMISE FOOD OR BEVERAGES ALLOWED, INCLUDING WATER ALLOWED ( We have free water by the glass or bottled water for $1).
When : 11-5 pm
Get up close with a Florida menagerie of non-venomous Florida snakes, turtles, and of
course Gators from the Herpetological Breeding Research Center AND Pooh Acres Rescue! Visit them throughout the day or attend one of the demonstration programs every hour.
The Albright family’s ACE Ranch will be bringing friendly horses and other farm animals, a cow dog, and offering rope and whip demonstrations throughout the day. You can even try your hand at the interacting roping display!
Sarah Younger is a Florida native whose ancestors
settled Florida right after the Civil War, of which their experiences and
adventures she writes about in intimate, vivid and spellbinding detail in her books
Bend in the Straight and Narrow and Ye Who Are Weary Come Home. Sarah will
talk about and sign her books, as well as have pictures of her pioneer family to
help bring her book’s characters to life. “If you like A Land Remembered, you will love Sarah’s books as much as I did!”,
Gary Roberts. Sarah’s programs will be at 1, 2 and 3pm.
The music stage schedule rotates artists throughout
the day with each artist performing twice and a who-knows-what-will-happen finally.
Don Blitch opens the festivities at 11 am and plays again at 2pm. Don plays
Folk and Old Time Festivals all over and is known for his songs derived from experiences
from being raised in an Old Florida family; like Troutline, Deep River Blues, and Morning Dews all in the old busker
fashion of playing several instruments at one time.
At noon and again at 3pm is Grant Livingston; who is
on Broward & Palm Beach Times Top 10 Greatest South Florida Folk Singers of
All Time, with the likes of legends Jimmy Buffet, Dion Dimucci, Gamble Rogers, Fred
Neil and Vince Martin. “Grant Livingston embodies the very spirit that created
Florida”, Florida Living Magazine. Grant is a perennial favorite at all the
best Florida Folks Festivals and now that list includes Summer Crush!
At 1 and 4pm comes the Hobo-Nouveau-Florida-Swamp-One-Bum-Band
that is better known as Johnny Debt Prestage! Johnny’s songs include tinges of personal
hardships and of course his deep love for the crazy state of Florida. His over
100 personally penned songs were inspired by his affection for area history and
living the life of a down-and-out-country –boy. And about 4:45pm Don and Grant join
Johnny for a; who-knows-what-will-happen session!
In addition the IRC
Historical Society will also be on hand sharing local history. www.irchistorical.org Helping support the day’s charity could win you 2 tickets to a
Summer Crush 2020 concert!
Old Florida food fare highlights the day,
as well, with classics like Gator, Frog Legs, Catfish, Wild Hog, Corn on the
Cob, Collards, and of course Swamp Cabbage and more! Food is not included in
the ticket price. Summer Crush will have their handcrafted award-winning Old
Florida Muscadine wines, as well as other popular beverages like; wine
Slushees, Sangria, Mocktails, as well as over 25 local microbrew and select
beers and ciders.
As with all our events: No off-premise
coolers, food, or beverages are allowed. We will have everything you need,
including free ice and water. Also, a No Tailgating policy is strictly
There are several other fun things to do
like a wine tasting in the winery tasting room, browsing the unique gift shop,
and lots of games like; 9 hole disc golf course through the vineyard, giant
lawn checkers, giant 4 in a row, lawn shuffleboard, giant Jenga, several corn
hole games, hula hoops and more.
Tickets are only $8 through January 24th
2020, $9 through February 21st, 2020. $10 through to the day of the event. So
get yours now and save! A portion of every ticket goes to the charity partners
for the day: IRC Historical Society.
The event is rain or shine in our large
covered pavilion with roll down vinyl sides. If there is a dangerous
thunderstorm the show may be delayed and resumed when the weather passes, but
For those who will be coming from out of
town, our Host Hotel is the Holiday Inn Express West in Fort Pierce,
conveniently located between I-95 and Florida Turnpike exits in Ft Pierce at
7151 Okeechobee Rd, Fort Pierce, FL 34945. It is only 8 minutes from the winery
and as our Host Hotel partner, they will be offering significant discounts to
customers who mention Summer Crush Winery when making their reservations. For
blocks of rooms of 10 or more made at one time, be sure to ask about possible
deeper discounts. Reservations can be made by calling 772 464 5000.
If you have a fully contained RV, you
can stay with us right here on the winery property by joining Harvest Hosts
(www.harvesthosts.com), a great program that allows you to stay at wineries and
farms all over the country. We will have limited spaces so call to reserve yours
Summer Crush Winery is a certified
Florida Farm Winery handcrafting award-winning wines at 4200 Johnston Road in
Fort Pierce Florida. Open Tuesday through Friday 11am-5pm, Saturday 11am-6pm
and every Sunday music and food events are held from noon–5pm. 772 460 0500. www.summercrushwine.com [email protected]
- Volume. Some bands and tributes are at rock concert volume levels. If you do not have ear plugs we will have some available for you.
What's to Eat?
OLD FLA VITTLES BY REDS KITCHEN
OLD FLORIDA SINGER SONGWRITERS
Crush on Charity