Bartram Bash this Saturday

The whole family is invited to Alpine Groves Park this Saturday, April 18, to celebrate Earth Day and William Bartram’s Birthday at the 5th Annual Bartram Bash Celebration according to an announcement received by Historic City News this morning.

The free, day-long, fun-filled activities will begin at 9:00 am and conclude at 4:00 pm.

The Bartram Bash will celebrate birds, butterflies, the history of William Bartram and the history of Alpine Groves Park. The day will also celebrate Alpine Groves Park as a new destination on the East Section of the Great Florida Birding Trail, a project of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Such designation means Alpine Groves Park has met criteria ensuring it is good for bird watching, but not too sensitive to withstand birder use.

Bartram Bash – Schedule of Events

9 AM Free orange juice
9:15 Bird Walk with Diane Reed
9:30 Yoga & Kayak Rides
9:45 STEP Dance
10:00 Belly Dancing
10:15 Yoga Cool Down
10:30 Fruit Cove Middle School Jazz Band & Kayak Rides
11:00 Jaguar Recorder Consulate
11:30 Kayak Rides
12:00 Dedication as “Birding Trail Site”
Free Hot Dog Lunch
Strolling Violinist Janine Newfield
1 PM William Bartram Speaks (Mike Adams)
1:30 Hickory Creek Band
2:00 Butterfly Release
2:30 Celebration Music with Brent Law
3:00 Front Porch Music

Alpine Groves Park is a 55-acre passive park located at 2060 State Road 13, along the William Bartram Scenic & Historic Highway in northwest St. Johns County. The park provides a playground, trails, picnic pavilions and a beautiful view of the St. Johns River. The Bartram Bash is sponsored by the St. Johns County Recreation and Parks Department, the Environmental Education Resource Council and the William Bartram Scenic and Historic Highway Corridor Group, along with numerous community organizations, individuals and private donors.

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