When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, April 25-27, 2014
Where: Port Orange Historical Trust building & City Center Circle, Port Orange
What:Port Orange has a full weekend of fun for the whole family this weekend. This Friday the city will celebrate Founder’s Day, with the Annual Jazz Fest and Art Fest taking place this weekend as well. Bring the family out for one or all of these exciting events.
The 12th Annual Founders Day Ceremony will take place at 2pm on Friday and will showcase the two original Florida East Coast Train Depot “Port Orange” signs donated several years ago by the Nimmo family. Port Orange was founded on April 26, 1867 at 12 noon, when the U.S. Postal Service recognized Port Orange as a community. Dr. John Milton Hawks and other Union Army officers selected this area as their base of operations for their Florida Land & Lumber Company. Right after the end of the U.S. Civil War, some 1,500 freed slaves came to Port Orange to fulfill their dreams of freedom and a new life. This will be a great event to learn more about the rich history of our hometown.
The Lakeside Jazz Festival will take place over two days at the Ken Parker Amphitheater with several excellent jazz acts set to entertain. Now in its 17th year, this festival is one of the premier jazz festivals in the southeastern United States for middle school and high school jazz bands, and you will get a chance to listen to more than 70 different performances. The music begins each day, Friday and Saturday, around 9:00am. Headline jazz bands will perform at 5:00pm. each night, and include the Spruce Creek Legacy Jazz Band, University of North Florida Jazz and the University of Central Florida “Flying Horse” Jazz Band. Additional headlining bands are the Sante Fe College Big Band, Northwest Florida Jazz Band and the University of Florida Jazz Combo. Band programs from Atlantic High School, Spruce Creek High School and Warner Christian Academy host the festival. Funds generated from food concessions provide summer music camp scholarships to students from the host schools. To view specific times that each band will take the stage, isit Lakeside Jazz Fest.
Finally, don’t miss out on some excellent area art as local artists display their work at the 10th Annual Port Orange Art Fest. With booths situated around the scenic City Center Lake, there will be beauty at every turn. There will be varying formats of art and winners of each respective type of art will be announced on Sunday. Hope to see you out there!