Once a year, Collier-Seminole State Park turns into a mini-Woodstock festival. People come from all over the state and counting snowbirds, from all over the country. So it goes for Bill and Lynne Hibbs who hail from Ohio most of the year. When they take up seasonal residence in Naples they continue to do what they do best, volunteer their time for charitable causes close to their hearts. For Collier-Seminole State Park, they are a godsend. The Hibbs, along with their daughter Kathy, who drives in from Miami, get together at the two day Jammin’ in the Hammock BlueGrass Festival. There they spend their time making walking sticks. They use wood found in the area and Bill and Kathy get to work cleaning and honing down the sticks. Lynne, along with Laura Kermes and Jackie, do a bit of decorative wood-burning and top off the walking sticks with a strip of leather and beads. The sticks are a great value at $7 and under. All the money from the sale of the sticks goes right back to Collier Seminole State Park. Bill is a World War II veteran. During the war he served in the Pacific Theater building hospitals. Long since retired, Bill is also visually-impaired. Not only do they donate their time and money to the park, Lynne volunteers for the Lighthouse of Collier County for Blindness and Vision Loss because of Bill.
“The area is fortunate to have such giving people, even if it’s only for a few months of the year!” said Kim Belange, Festival Vendor Co-ordinator. Kim said the parks CSO volunteers recently won the Special Events Award for the entire State of Florida Parks Service. “It was a great honor.”
The two day festival drew hundreds of fans. Music line-up included The Swanson Family, The WholeTones, Frontline and Pure and Simple, The Bean Pickers, The Laws and Tomorrow’s News. What better way to begin Sunday morning in the park than with a Gospel Jam? There was plenty of food as well as arts and crafts. The festival is an annual event, so plan on attending next February!