College of Central Florida Hosts: “Hold Back the Waters: A Celebration of Will McLean and Florida Folk”

September 20, 2014 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
CF Ocala Campus
3001 Southwest College Road
UCF Ocala, Ocala, FL 34474

(OCALA, Fla.) Aug. 29, 2014 —The College of Central Florida will host “Hold Back the Waters: A Celebration of Will McLean and Florida Folk” Saturday, Sept. 20. The festival will be held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the center lawn at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road.

“Florida has a strong tradition of preserving the state’s heritage through folk song, and no songwriter was better at this than Will McLean, the father of Florida folk,” said Dr. Ron Cooper, CF professor of Humanities. “Participants will enjoy a day of music, storytelling and discussion about Florida folk music and history.”

The festival will feature musicians Dr. Sarah Satterfield, Dr. Peter Smith, Jon Semmes and Chris Kahl. There will be performances by the Ocalí Storytelling Guild and a storytelling workshop.

Many of McLean’s songs express concern for preservation of Florida’s natural features, and the festival will include historical and environmental exhibitors including the Marion County Historical and Archaeological Museum, Citrus County Historical Society, Conservation Trust of Florida, Silver River Museum and many more.

CF holds the Will McLean Collection in its Learning Resources Center. During the festival the collection will be on display in the library and accompanied by talks from the library staff.

For information or to enter the songwriting contests, which will be held in conjunction with the festival, contact Cooper at or 352-854-2322, ext. 1295.

Funding for this program was provided by the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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