Casselberry April Events 2018
First annual Folk Festival, April 13
Roots-loving, Nashville-based, foot-stomping string quintet Forlorn Strangers headline the free first annual Folk Festival on Friday, April 13, at Lake Concord Park in Casselberry. The expanded Art & Music in the Park and Food Truck Bazaar will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Entertaining comparisons to an “Americana Fleetwood Mac”, Forlorn Strangers are comprised of five unique songwriters whose individual songwriting and performance styles complement one another to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Beyond a like-minded appreciation for roots music, family ties add to the band dynamic: Abigail Dempsey (vocals/fiddle) and Hannah Leigh (vocals/mandolin) are sisters, and Hannah and Ben Lusk (vocals/banjo/guitar/piano) are married. The other two members are Chris Banke (vocals/guitar/mandolin) and Jesse Thompson (upright bass/dobro/pedal steel). With so many musical points of view converging, electric and acoustic instruments mix, and the lines between genres are regularly crossed. Blues, bluegrass, folk, rock and pop songs are all found in the band’s repertoire, drawing inspiration from the likes of Fleetwood Mac, The Band, and Crosby, Stills & Nash. The night begins with opening act called The Novel Ideas, a country folk quintet from Massachusetts. Featuring the voices of three different songwriters, The Novel Ideas create a blend of pastoral, harmony driven, and plaintive Americana. In 2014 they released a 10″ single “Lost on the Road”, featuring two new songs and marking the band’s first effort as a five piece. The following couple years have been spent touring nationally, writing, and recording as a band. Their latest release, St. Paul Sessions, was recorded live in an old church in their hometown. It features six unreleased songs, and aims to capture the raw, live energy of their live performance. Along with the music, there will be a dozen food trucks and artists and product vendors filling Lake Concord Park for a night of good time folk music.
Earthfest, April 28
The 9th annual Earth Fest – the county’s largest environmentally friendly festival – is on Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lake Concord Park in Casselberry. Free tree and plant giveaways, butterfly releases, gardening workshops and music highlight the event, hosted by the City of Casselberry and Casselberry Friends of the Park. There also will be educational presentations throughout the day. The mission of Earth Fest 2018 is to bring awareness about protecting our environment, creating clean energy and reducing our carbon footprint. As part of this important mission, numerous fun activities will expand your mind through eco-friendly sights and sounds. The areas that will educate, encourage and empower citizens to create a sustainable community include the Green Vendor Area, Green Transportation and Energy Area, Petting Zoo, Entertainment Area and a Kids Zone. Admission to Earth Fest 2018 is free, and the event is open to the public. Bring your family and friends and pick up a few pieces of litter as you walk, bike or drive your hybrid to the largest environmentally safe, eco-friendly event in Seminole County. For more information, contact Event Chair Anthony Aramendia at 407-695-6069 or email@example.com or visit the website at www.casselberry.org/earthfest.
Art & Music in the Park and Food Truck Bazaar, May 11
GT Jam Campaign returns to perform a variety of music and entertainment at the monthly Art & Music in the Park and Food Truck Bazaar in Casselberry. The event is Friday, May 11, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Lake Concord Park behind Casselberry City Hall. GT, a lifelong Floridian, brings his brand of original music to Lake Concord Park for what is sure to be a listener friendly experience. Vivid imagery and thought provoking lyrics dominate the body of work GT has collected as a songwriter. His work has been featured in independent films, as well as recorded by a handful of Central Florida acts. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience one of the area’s most genuine artists. While listening to the music, you’ll be able to stroll through the park and shop at more than 20 local businesses and artisan booths selling jewelry, photography, paintings, and an assortment of other unique gifts and services.
Rock N Blues Concert and Car Show, May 26
Morry Sochat & The Special 20’s will headline the Rock N’ Blues Concert and Car Show on Memorial Weekend on Saturday, May 26, from 5-9 p.m. at Lake Concord Park in Casselberry. The free event is sponsored by radio station 105.9 SUNNY-FM. Sochat (pronounced Socket) and his band are from Chicago and play a mix of classic Chicago blues with swing and Rock N’ Roll from the 1950s. The band is influenced by Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Junior Wells and Louis Jordan. Sochat moved from Texas to Chicago in 1990 and started playing the harmonica. After performing a few gigs here and there, he created the Special 20’s with a variety of top-notch musicians from the area. It’s been a rotating assembly of some of the best blues performers in the Midwest and they’ve recorded several critically-acclaimed albums. And they’ve been touring ever since. Besides the music, there will be more than 150 classic cars, muscle cars, and hot rods for car enthusiasts to enjoy. And there will be a contest for best car. As part of this Memorial Weekend celebration, the city will again honor all veterans for their service with a color guard display and plaque.
Senior Spring Dance, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., May 4
Bike 5 Cities, 8 a.m. to noon, May 5
Fishing with Cops, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 12
Senior Health Fair, 9 a.m. to noon, May 18
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