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SWFBA Monthly Shows: Generally held on the second Saturday of the month from 1-4:30PM. All events are open to the public. There are no shows planned for the summer months (May-Sept).
Here are the dates for the next show season:
2014: Oct 11, Nov 8, Dec 13 2015: Jan 10, Feb 14, Mar 14, Apr 11

Admission and Membership: Show admission price for non-members is $10.00 each. New memberships are available at an annual price of $15.00 each member. Each member of the family will be required to get a separate membership and will receive a membership card. The new cards will be a different color than the family membership cards used in the past. After joining, the next time the member attends a show they will be charge $5.00 each for admission to the show for the remainder of the year. Children of members under 18 year old will be admitted free with a parent.

We will continue to honor the existing annual memberships at the new location until they expire. Anyone who has an annual membership has had their membership ending date extended to give the family members free admission to 12 of our shows. Members should present their cards at the admission table so that the expiration dates can be adjusted. A list of current members will also be available at the admissions table for members who don't have their card.

Tickets for our shows can also be purchased at the theater ticket office located at the entrance to the theater.

Directions: The show is held in the Charlotte County Cultural Center 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.
Parking: Parking is available in a paved, lined, parking lot all around the building.
Pets: Pets are not allowed in the performance area. Service animals only.
Food & Drinks: The Cultural Center Cafeteria is easily accessible to theater patrons. They serve excellent breakfast and lunch items starting at 6:00 am closing at 2:00 pm on Saturday. There will also be a full bar available at the theater providing mixed drinks and sodas.

Southwest Florida Bluegrass Jam
(10:30 am 2nd Wknd October thru April)

Charlotte Cultural Center
2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte, Florida
Contact: Herb Washburn,
Tel: 941-661-9175

Strings & Caps - We will no longer stock instrument strings and caps for sale at our events.
SWFBA CD - We will still sell the CDs at the admissions table during the show. These CDs feature some of the great performances from our past shows and are available for a $10 donation to the SWFBA.-->
Thank You!
Thanks to Everyone who contributes and supports SWFBA!