Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Top Musicians to Play at Smallwood Festival




Another amazing musical event will take place during the White Pelican Celebration on January 7th and 8th at the Smallwood Store in Chokoloskee when we welcome these gigantic snowy birds to their winter home in our backyard.

A line-up of top Florida musicians donating their time to entertain us includes the Florida Boys, Raiford Starke, J Robert & The Walkin Trees, The Chief Jim Billie Band, Valerie Wisecracker, Cindy Hackney, Bonefish Johnny, Frank Thomas & Eroc Hendle, Rita Youngman Band, James Hawkins and special guests. The artists will play in the afternoon Saturday and Sunday, next to the historic Smallwood Store.

Master of ceremonies will be famed American Indian entertainer J.R. Battiest, whose sons, the Battiest Brothers wrote and produced “The Storm,” which garnered numerous national awards, including first place for “Best Music Video” at the 36th Annual American Indian Film Festival held in San Francisco, California.

The White Pelican Celebration focuses on boat trips out to see the rare avians, the largest in America with a wingspan of nine feet, plus arts & crafts, Native American foods, raffles, auctions of donated artwork, informative talks, and guided walking tours

The highlight of the weekend is the Gala dinner on Saturday at which Seminole leader James E. Billie is guest of honor for an exclusive private screening of his life “Wrestling Alligators.” Before that, musician Spencer Battiest will show the award-winning video “The Storm” and give us a few tunes.

It’s a family-fun weekend for music lovers as well as bird-watching enthusiasts.

For information and to reserve your places, see or phone 239-695-2989.

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