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Saturday, April 2nd 2016

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Monday, March 14th, 2016

Paradise Park Remembered - Photographs by Bruce Mozert and Others

Runs through Sunday, April 24th, 2016 

Time & Place

8:00 AM - Sunset EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 5656 East Silver Springs Boulevard; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Paradise Park was a segregated Florida attraction opened in 1949 by the owners of Silver Springs, the state’s oldest attraction, and operated by an African-American staff until 1969.

In conjunction with the Appleton Museum of Art's exhibit (, Silver Springs State Park will host a selection of photographs from Paradise Park in the Education Center. The Education Center is open every day from 8:00 a.m. until sundown.

Also in the Education Center, current Silver Springs and former Paradise Park boat captain David Faison will walk visitors down memory lane every Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. sharing stories from his 58 years of service and taking questions.

Additional Information:

To get to this exhibit at Silver Springs State Park, enter the park through the main entrance located at 5656 East Silver Springs Boulevard (State Road 40).

Paradise Park Remembered was organized by the Appleton Museum of Art and Lu Vickers on behalf of the late Bruce Mozert, in partnership with Silver Springs State Park, Friends of Silver Springs and Marion County Black Archives. The exhibition at the Appleton Museum features approximately 100 photographs taken by Mozert, former Silver Springs staff photographer, as well as snapshots from private collections and Marion County Black Archives.

For more information about the main exhibit, or the Appleton Museum of Art, visit their website (

More Information

Craig Littauer | 352-236-7148, ext. 5 | Email | Web | Map

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Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

9th Annual O'Leno Ole' Chili Cook-Off & Springs Celebration

Runs through Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 

Time & Place

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM EDT
O'Leno State Park; 410 SE O'Leno Park Road; High Springs, FL 32643

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Date: April 2, 2016

Time: Chili Cook-Off – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Springs Celebration – 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Bring your favorite chili recipe and compete with the best during the CASI sanctioned category of this chili cook off. You do not have to be a member to participate. There will be prizes for 1st – 10th place in the Cook-off, and 1st – 3rd place for Showmanship. CASI rules can be found at

Or, you can compete in the Open category where anything goes! This year will feature 2 Open categories – Open with Meat and Open Vegetarian. There are trophies for 1st – 3rd place winners, and cash prizes of $50 for 1st place and $25 for 2nd place in each Open category. Contestants must be 18 years or older.

Purchase a sample kit and vote for the winner of the “Peoples’ Choice” Award. A cash prize of $100 will be presented for the “Peoples’ Choice”!

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.

Chili Cook-Off Registration Fee: $20.00 per team for either category, or both for $35.00. Park admission for this event is free with the donation of one can of food per person to be donated to a local food bank. For pre-registration and more information email Friends of O’Leno at or contact Harriet Walsh at 386-454-4806. For a registration form Click Here.

Tickets will be on sale for a chance drawing to win a free canoe trip
on the Santa Fe River donated by The Canoe Outpost.

All proceeds from the Chili Cook-off will be used for the feeding and care of the animals in the O’Leno Nature Center and for the construction of an interpretive pavilion for the Nature Center.

Scroll down to check out photos and information from prior years Chili Cook-Offs at O’Leno State Park.

And, join us for the Springs Celebration while enjoying the chili!
Highlights will include live music, model train exhibits, children’s activities, environmental exhibits, interactive water education displays and native plant sales.

This event is designed to teach the importance of Florida’s springs.

More Information

Harriet Walsh | 386-454-4806 | Email | Web | Map

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