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Heritage Village welcomes Pinellas Folk Fest
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Evergreen, a three-piece band playing Irish, English and Scottish folk songs will entertain the visitors at the Pinellas Folk Festival on Jan. 25, at Heritage Village.
LARGO – The Pinellas Folk Festival is Saturday, Jan. 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. N.

Dozens of Tampa Bay area's premier folk musicians will spread the sounds of traditional folk, gospel, country and bluegrass music on stages throughout the village.

This year, Leigh Humes Band and Abasi Ote will entertain the crowds with bands such as Juniper, Charlie Morris, Gypsy Wind, Rose Island Band and Charlie Cox Native Style Flute Music. The music won't stop playing when the bands do. Two jam sessions, one bluegrass and one folk, will keep music flowing throughout the festival.

The McMullen-Coachman Log Cabin also will feature house storytellers during the festival. A group of retired train lovers, Four Men and Their Trains, will roll into the festival with their model trains, complete with accessories, to display and run on the platform of the Sulphur Springs Depot train station all day long.

The festival also will have traditional craft demonstrations, antique cars display, sugar cane grinding and boiling, a traditional fiber arts show and "fleece-to-shawl" activities.

The event will include a food court with a large variety of vendors to satisfy guests. Pulled pork that has been smoked in the Smoke House at Heritage Village will be made into delicious sandwiches. Another delectable festival treat: meatballs on a stick. Guests also will find plenty of other culinary choices, such as hot dogs, hamburgers, chocolate brownies, kettle corn and gourmet coffee.

Free parking and a shuttle to the event entrance will be located on 119th Street between Ulmerton and Walsingham roads. Handicapped parking and drop-off is located in the parking lot at 12211 Walsingham Road.

A $5 donation is requested for adults and children older than 12. Admission is free for children 11 and younger.


Following is a schedule of featured performers:


• 10 to 10:45 a.m. – The Mungos
• 11 to 11:45 a.m. – The Shut Yer Trapp Family Band
• Noon to 12:45 p.m. – James R. Hawkins
• 1 to 1:45 p.m. – Leigh & Steve Humes
• 2 to 2:45 p.m. – Rose Island Band
• 3 to 3:45 p.m. – Gulf Coast Enzianer Schuhplatter (German dance group)

Log Cabin Stage

• 11 to 11:30 a.m. – Charlie & Kim Cox (native style flute circle)
• 11:45 to 12:30 a.m. – Maureen Belote
• 12:45 to 1:15 p.m. – Charlie & Kim Cox (native style flute circle)
• 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. – Abasi Ote
• 2:30 to 3 p.m. – Billie S. Noakes
• 3:15 to 3:45 – David Allen (magician)

Safety Harbor Church

• 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. – Keyestone
• 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Duo Vida
• 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. – St. Pete Shanties
• 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. – Susan Boyer Haley with Bill Haley
• 2:30 to 3:10 p.m. – Charlie Morris
• 3:15 to 4 p.m. – Gypsy Wind

Lowe Barn Stage

• 10:15 to 11 a.m. – Charlie Bill and His Barn Burners
• 11:15 a.m. to noon – Simple Gifts
• 12:15 to 1 p.m. – Cracker Billys
• 1:15 to 2 p.m. – Evergreen
• 2:15 to 3 p.m. – Juniper
• 3:15 to 4 p.m. – Kevin and Dave: A Dynamic Duo

House of Seven Gables

• 1 to 1:50 p.m. – Hammerhead Dulcimers Society
• 2 to 2:50 p.m. – Hammerhead Dulcimers Society

Train Depot

• Folk music jam

Walsingham House

• Bluegrass jam

Living history

Festival-goers also will enjoy demonstrations that truly bring this living history museum to life.

Following is a list of some of day-long activities planned for the festival:

Demonstration shed

• Black pot cooking with Wendy Knott-Comer
• Sun Coast Woodcarvers
• St. Petersburg Woodcrafters Guild


• Curing and preserving, cane syrup boiling with the Largo Area Historical Society

McMullen House

• Fleece to shawl and fiber artists

Near Union Academy

• Living history activities

Train Depot

• Morse Telegraph Club
• 4 Men and Their Trains

Blacksmith Shed

• Blacksmithing

Boyer Cottage

• Seat rushing with Gar Brandt

Antique cars will be displayed near the H.C. Smith Store. The Greenwood House will host a number of special participants, such as the Supervisor of Elections, Pinellas County Genealogy, Pinellas County Planning/MPO and the Lions Club of Largo.

A number of specialty vendors also will be taking part in this year’s festival, including Aesthetic Candles, Eden's Nectar Honey, GEMSANDKNOTS, Johnson Family Apiaries, Kaye Ware Art, Original Nut Hut, Sunwalker/Turquoise Cloud and One World Jewelry.

For information, visit www.p­inell­ascou­nty.o­rg/he­ritag­e/eve­nts_f­olkfe­st.ht­m.
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