Join us Sunday, October 14 for the Piney Woods Festival

View the colorful wildflowers during a wagon tour through the pine forest, visit historic buildings, and enjoy music to benefit an ancient forest.


Open House crowdThe event begins at 12 noon and ends at 6:30 p.m. But for early birds there is a Pinelands Bird Walk with Tall Timbers ornithologist, Jim Cox that begins at 9:00 a.m.

Festival activities include wagon rides through the pine forest, tours of the historic Beadel House and Jones Family Tenant Farm, natural history exhibits, and a prescribed burn demonstration. WCTV’s senior meteorologist Mike McCall will talk about fire and weather. Birders can hike on the Henry Stevenson Bird Trail to the Gannet Pond Birdwatch. At 1:30 p.m. there will be a dedication of the Birdwatch, which has been restored in honor of Betty Komarek, co-founder of Birdsong Nature Center, who originally designed the bird window in 1964.

Children’s activities will be ongoing. Children will learn to make a terrarium and leaf bouquet centerpiece. The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission will bring some of their youth program activities, and there will be Florida Forest Service helicopter to view.

The new history of Tall Timbers, Legacy of a Red Hills Plantation: Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy will be available for sale; author Robert L. Crawford will be signing the book from 12 – 2 p.m. The book has been nominated by the University Press of Florida for the American Society for Environmental History George Perkins Marsh Prize. A copy of the book will be raffled during the concert.

Hot Tamale DuoAt 2:00 p.m. the Pickin’ in the Pines concert begins with music that will get everyone dancing on the Beadel House lawn overlooking scenic Lake Iamonia. Enjoy one of Tallahassee’s most beautiful voices, Velma Frye; the Hot Tamale Duo will give foot-tapping, finger-snapping performances; the Katie Geringer Trio play traditional Irish dance tunes; ballads from Frank Lindamood; and Eclectic Acoustic will play a wonderful mix of traditional tunes.

The entrance fee is $5 per person or $20 per vehicle (with more than 4 people); children 12 and under will be admitted free. Proceeds will benefit the Wade Tract Preserve and programs at Tall Timbers.

Visitors are encouraged to bring a blanket, lawn chairs, sunscreen and a hat. Food trucks will be selling their specialties or visitors can pack a picnic. Prizes will be given to the best picnic and best table.

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Festival Activities

9:00     Pinelands Bird Walk – look for fall migrants with birdman, Jim Cox

12:00   Gate opens

12:15   Wagon Tours of Tall Timbers begin – see colorful wildflower displays, research activities, the restored Jones Family Tenant Farm, and the Gannet Pond Birdwatch

1:00     Prescribed Burn Demonstration – learn why we burn

1:30     Birdwatch Dedication – in honor of Betty Komarek, co-founder of Birdsong Nature Center

2:00     Pickin’ in the Pines – Bring chairs, blankets, and sunscreen and enjoy the concert on the lawn overlooking scenic Lake Iamonia. Performers will sell CDs of their music.

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