There’s a milestone weekend ahead: indie music from Florida on Saturday, November 6, and an eclectic gospel-led concert on Sunday, November 7.
The profits of the two days will go to good causes and happy ears. For Saturday’s Everglades City Music Festival, bring your sunscreen and food. So get ready to sing along with the âPsalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songsâ concert at Covenant Presbyterian Church on Sunday:
Everglades City Music Festival
The music of the clapping, stomping and singing variety will send vibrations through the village to help restore its historic bank building.
The 1927 pilaster block building was the county bank when Everglades City served as the county seat. But after Hurricane Donna in 1960, when the government moved to Naples, its business was gone. New lives as a spa and pension haven’t taken, and hurricane-propelled floodwaters have left it in need of a major overhaul.
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They took on the task when they received the building. The Everglades Society for Historic Preservation is determined to restore it to its former glory as a home for shops and the historic society.
Florida artists help organize a concert, perform and donate their work for auction.
Favorite local and regional artists such as J Robert Houghtaling, Cottondale Swamp, Raiford Starke, Val Wisecracker & Zip Robertson, The Florida Boys and Marie Nofsinger will entertain for the afternoon, and the occasional audience participation is a no-brainer. The program includes songs that reflect Florida life such as “Mangrove Music” and “Eye to Eye”.
The fund will auction works by local artists.
Everglades City comes together to support its citizens and music is their best weapon. Marya Repko (an organizer and representative of the Historical Society) said they held a music festival in January 2015 for Smallwood Store to raise money to help them in their fight against the developers digging its way. This group wants to make the cause just as popular.
Unfortunately, the bank is not open for visits as it is currently the subject of exploratory work.
Repko said some interior walls were opened to reveal what they had. You can easily see the structure from which the windows were originally made.
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The Everglades Museum is also open, which preserves the remains of the harsh life of the area. Visitors with admission bracelets are allowed to walk around the grounds and enjoy its unique surroundings. If the Rod & Gun Club’s hot dogs and full bar aren’t enough, you can grab a lunch break at one of Everglades City’s three seafood restaurants. The historic Smallwood Store is also available.
You can pick up a chair if you have reserved a seat. You can bring your own seat. More information is at the bottom of this story.
Psalms and hymns. Spiritual songs
William Barnett, behind the Sunday November 7 âPsalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songsâ concert, and his organization, felt at home and began rehearsals for the gospel choir.
The New York native once led a community youth choir that has grown from 25 to nearly 300 children, so he’s more than happy that his adult choir for next Sunday already has more than 90 children.
His statement was, “This is something I’ve been thinking about for a while.” The concert, at the Covenant Church in Naples, features a wide range of music, and among them are favorites such as “Amazing Grace”, one of the choir’s selections.
Some of the best-known classics are the Thai Meditation, with David Mastrangelo as second principal violin. Kevin Mauldin is the principal bassist of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. There is also music from a brass quartet made up of professional musicians from the region. Amy Bright, jazz singer singing “Blessed Assurance”, an arrangement by Gladys Knight.
Jeffrey Faux, Acting Director of the Naples Philharmonic Chorus, will conduct guests and concert pianist Tamra Richardt is on the program. Some âstories behind the songâ will be offered by Robert Petterson, retired senior pastor of Covenant Church and author / motivational speaker who wrote âA Year’s Book of Amazing Stories: 365 Days of Seeing the Hand of God in unlikely places â.
Storytellers Creative Arts is a non-profit organization that offers therapeutic arts and will provide commentary. It serves various groups such as Crossroads Recovery Therapy at the David Lawrence Center, a veterans arts group, Youth Haven, Lighthouse for the Blind and more. This emphasis on the visual arts will be reinforced by the sculpture by Ken Vitor, which will be on display for the event.
Barnett said that while the event is completely free, registration is strongly encouraged. However, the organizer hopes that participants will support Storytellers Creative Arts in their mission. Bennett said he found the concert to operate on its own, with singers happy to have social contact and vocal expression for the first time in at least a year and a half after the pandemic.
âIt healed itself,â he said.
Harriet Howard Heithaus writes on the arts and entertainment in the Naples Daily News / naplesnews.com. Contact her at (239-213-6091).
What’s this: Everglades Music Festival will help restore historic village bank building
Or: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday November 6
Or: Lawn of the Rod & Gun Club, 200 Broadway in Everglades City
Admission: $ 40 full car; $ 20 bicycle or pedestrian; $ 50 for a reserved seat, available on saveBOE.com or call 239-695-2905; donations are also accepted online
What’s this: Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs to support the organization of the creative arts of storytellers
Or: 7 p.m. Sunday, November 7
Or: Alliance Church of Naples, 6926 Trail Blvd., Naples
Admission:All donations accepted, online or at the event.
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