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Reviews, photos and videos for program: Suwannee River Adventure: Canoeing, Kayaking, Hiking and Folklore in Florida
Martha from Wood Dale, IL Number of programs attended: 16
Date attended: 02/23/14 - 02/28/14
Excellent program. Everyone involved was unfailingly welcoming, good humored, knowledgeable, patient, etc. I felt such a sense of community among these people...and it was a lot of fun!

Linda from Venice, FL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/23/14 - 02/28/14
I went mainly to kayak the Ichetucknee and the Suwannee, and I did - two very different rivers. The first was crystal clear and spring fed with ribbons of eel grass, a few manatees, and a school of fish. If such existed in the Suwannee, it would be impossible to see, for the river, while very clean, is a dark tannin river. The rides were easy - simply steer as you drift downstream in the river's flow. There was also a not to be missed chance to swim in the spring. But the program held so much more. Stephen Foster State Park is a hidden gem with wonderful facilities, programs, and opportunities to soak up the culture and atmosphere of the area. The programs, talks, demonstrations, entertainment, staff, and chances to meet local citizens were outstanding. White Springs is a simple small town, unspoiled by urban sprawl where blacks and whites live in harmony. We ate the delicious foods of the region (I put on 4 pounds in 5 days, so be careful!) But my advice is just - GO! Go; you will not be disappointed.

Marie from Montgomery, AL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 01/19/14 - 01/24/14
Marie U. from Montgomery, AL. My camera broke so I missed an opportunity for great photos.....could anyone send photos of the Jan. program to mhupdike@hotmail.com? Program offered river adventures on canoe and kayak, as well as hiking along the Suwannee River. Presenters from surrounding communities and park rangers are experienced presenters at giving their interesting workshops, all the while maintaining their roots in the local culture and folklore. I enjoyed participating in this active program.

Mary from Edgar, NE Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 01/19/14 - 01/24/14
This program offered such a wide variety of activities that there was something for everyone. We learned about the culture of the area through activities, music, crafts, and lecture. The meals were excellent and we especially enjoyed the meals provided by the churches. The program coordinators were knowledgeable of the history and folklore of the area and made the program fun. We would highly recommend this program.

Thomas from Lawrenceville, GA Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 01/19/14 - 01/24/14
This was an active program and a fun-filled week. The program celebrates the culture and folkways of North Florida – and centers around the small town of White Springs and the nearby Stephen Foster State Park. We had two kayaking trips on two local rivers (you don’t have to be experienced to enjoy this) and two short hikes in the parks. We enjoyed sessions on quilting, local history, jelly making, swamp cabbage, water conservation, blacksmithing, herbs, turpentine, and Stephen Foster the composer. Twice during the week we were hosted by local churches for “pot luck suppers” (which were terrific) and three nights included local music (country, bluegrass and gospel). This program had the widest variety of activities of any I have attended and it was apparent that the program leaders had put a lot of energy into the planning, organization and execution of the week. I enjoyed the fact that the educational sessions took so many different forms (lecture, show and tell, hands-on, music) and so much was packed into each day – plus not a lot of time spent in transit from point A to point B. I recommend this program.

Luaine from Reisterstown, MD Number of programs attended: 18
Date attended: 03/10/13 - 03/15/13
This was one of my favorite programs of all the 15+ I have attended. It was a great mix of activities and venues. The kayaking was wonderful. The most outstanding thing about this program, however, was the unique experience of being accepted into a small and caring family that is rightfully proud of a precious and disappearing way of life: the "real Florida."
All the activities gave a clear picture of how people and environment were woven together with sinewy threads to make a home, a community and a heritage. Loved it.
Luaine Carey


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