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A Message From Herb Washburn

Dear Bluegrass Fans,
It's time to get the 2020-2021 SWBA Show season started! We are planning to have our first show at the Charlotte Cultural Center On November 14, 2020 at 1:00 pm. Another email will be sent out to announce the bands as the date gets closer.
After 21 years as president, I have decided that is time to turn the job over to someone else. Fortunately, our current Vice President, Mark Horn, is willing to assume the position as president, effective immediately.
Mark has been involved in the Bluegrass association for several years, as well as sponsoring events at Linger Lodge and other locations and is well known in the Bluegrass community. Everyone who has attended our shows in the past has probably heard him perform on our stage with his band, Hwy 41 South. I know Mark will do an excellent job leading the organization and it is a pleasure to know the SWFBA will be in good hands.
I want to personally thank all of the faithful volunteers, board members, and bands who have supported our association over these many years. If you give Mark Horn the same support you have given me am sure the SWFBA will continue to be a success! Thank you for your support! Herb Washburn

The Southwest Florida Bluegrass Assoc. Open Jams and Shows

The Southwest Florida Bluegrass Association hosts a monthly open jam and show on the second weekend of each month during our winter season. The 2020-2021 season runs from November through March and is held at the Charlotte County Cultural Center Theater, 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte, Florida
Our next Bluegrass show will be on November 14, 2020 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Held at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County Theater featuring the following bands: Swinging Bridge, Duck Wallow Lane, and Hwy 41 South. Seating at 50% capacity will be observed. CDC guidelines will be followed to keep this event safe for all.

Membership: The admission price for non-members is $10.00 each. New memberships are available at an annual price of $15.00 each member. For the remainder of the year each member will be admitted for $5.00 per show. (6 shows). Each member of the family will be required to get a separate membership and will receive their own membership card. Children under 18 years old will be admitted free with a parent who is a member.

Slo-Jam: There will be a Slo-Jam at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. The Slo-Jam will be held in the gazebo in the courtyard to the right of the theater entrance. There is no charge for participation.

Rules: Pets are not allowed in the performance hall. Service animals only. No coolers are allowed in the theater. Only drinks purchased from the concession center located in the theater lobby can be taken into the theater. No alcohol is allowed backstage.

Food: NOTE - No food or drinks should be consumed in the theater unless they are purchased from the theater! There is a full bar available in the theater lobby providing mixed drinks, water, snacks, and sodas. The Cultural Center Cafeteria is also easily accessible to theater patrons. They serve excellent breakfast and lunch items starting at 6:00 am and closing at 2:00 pm on Saturday. Check at the admissions table for directions to the cafeteria.

Directions: The address of the show location: The Cultural Center of Charlotte County Theater, 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte, Florida. From I-75 - Take exit 170 South on Kings Hwy for 2.3 mi., Turn right on Midway Blvd for 2.6 mi., Turn left onto Aaron St. (5 blocks past Harbor blvd.) Continue on Aaron Street for 8 blocks to the Cultural Center on your left. (Just past Stillwater St.)
From Hwy 41 (Tamiami Trail) - Turn East on Midway Blvd and travel for 1.2 mi., Turn right on Aaron Street, Continue on Aaron Street for 8 blocks to the Cultural Center on your left. (Just past Stillwater St.) Looking at the Cultural Center from Aaron Street, the theater is located on the left (North) end of the building.
Click on (or go to) the following to see a map: Map

For further information contact Mark Horn at 941-219-2256.
Email: mchorn320@gmail.com
Here Are Our Upcoming 2020 Show Dates.
Nov:14th, Dec: 12th

Here Are Our Upcoming 2021 Show Dates.
Jan: 9th, Feb:13th, Mar:13th

The Southwest Florida Bluegrass Association, Inc. A federally-recognized 501(c)(4) not-for-profit organization dedicated "to preserve, encourage and promote traditional Bluegrass music and to bring together those persons desiring to preserve, encourage and promote said music."

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