Florida Cattle Ranching – Five centuries of tradition

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Media Release
Submitted by Mary Pitcher

March 16, 2016 6:00 p.m.

Explore and celebrate the history and culture of the nation’s oldest cattle ranching state (yes, that’s FLORIDA!). Bob Stone’s fascinating multimedia presentation will be given at the Fernandina Beach Library on Wednesday, April 27th, from 6 – 7 p.m. He explores the unique foodways, crafts, occupational folklore, cowboy poetry and rodeo culture of the Sunshine State, while honoring Florida’s cowboys. The presentation is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library (FOL) with support from the Florida Humanities Council (FHC).

Bob Stone is a folklorist and media-producer based in Gainesville. In 2011 the Florida Department of State honored him with the Florida Folk Heritage Award in recognition of his outstanding achievements as a lifelong advocate of the folk arts and folk artists of Florida. Stone conducted extensive field documentation and served as co-curator for a major traveling exhibition on Florida Cattle Ranching that has been viewed by over a half-million people to date. The handsome coffee-table book that Stone authored to accompany the exhibition was published in 2013 by the Florida Cattlemen’s Foundation and will be for sale after the lecture.

For those who wish to visit with Bob Stone and continue the conversation, a special dinner will be served at the Cafe Karibo following the free lecture. Mr. Stone will be signing his books at the dinner. The fixed dinner menu offers a choice of pan seared beef medallions or coquille St. Jacques scallop dinner for $36. A vegetarian lasagna dinner is also being offered at $22. This all-inclusive price includes your meal, tax and tip. A cash bar will be available.

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Purchase your tickets at the Library ASAP as seating is limited. Reservations for the lecture and/or dinner can be made by calling the Library at (904) 277-7365.
The Florida Humanities Council (FHC) is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. FHC funds and coordinates statewide public humanities programs and publications that explore the people, places and ideas that shape our state. The FOL is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to promoting literacy and lifelong learning through community programs and advocacy to ensure that the Fernandina Beach public library remains a valuable, responsive and relevant community resource.
For more information about Friends of the Library or to make a donation, please visit our website at www.fernandinafol.org.

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