Fla. Museum announces headline entertainment for ButterflyFest Oct. 13-14

August 23rd, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History’s ButterflyFest, scheduled for Oct. 13-14, will feature several nationally well-known musicians as well as a variety of performances from area community groups.

Highlights include Jimmy Ibbotson, former lead singer for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band; Jesse Winchester, whose songs have been recorded by many artists, including Elvis Costello, Joan Baez, The Everly Brothers, Jimmy Buffett, Waylon Jennings, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Reba McEntire and Wynonna Judd; Jonathan Edwards, a nationally known folk artist who has been singing and recording for more than 30 years; and The Claire Lynch Band, an award-winning bluegrass band considered one of the best in the country.

Performances are included with the ButterflyFest one-day general admission of $5 for adults and $2 for ages 5-12. (more…)

Fla. Museum accepting vendor applications for ButterflyFest 2007 Early registration deadline for October festival is July 2

June 19th, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will host ButterflyFest Oct. 13-14 at the University of Florida Cultural Plaza and is now accepting applications for festival vendors and exhibitors.

There is no charge for non-profit displays or exhibits. The fee for plant and food vendors is 25 percent of gross sales minus sales tax. All other merchandise vendors pay $150 for registrations postmarked by July 2. After July 2 through Sept. 12, the cost is $200. Spaces are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Throughout the weekend, a variety of activities will be offered for all ages including crafts and demonstrations that will teach the basics of butterfly gardening and identification. ButterflyFest will feature on-stage entertainment, field trips and tours and a variety of vendors offering butterfly and garden gifts, plants, food and exhibits by non-profit organizations. (more…)

Fla. Butterfly Festival returns to Gainesville Oct. 13-14 Museum releases 2008 dates, list of 2006 photo contest winners

January 15th, 2007

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will host the Second Annual Florida Butterfly Festival Oct. 13-14 at the University of Florida Cultural Plaza.

The event will feature a live native butterfly exhibit, photography contest, presentations by well-known naturalists on various butterfly-related topics and many family oriented activities.

The Florida Museum is planning the festival with community partners and more information on the photography contest and other activities will be available in the coming weeks. The Florida Museum also has announced dates for the 2008 festival, planned for Oct. 18-19, 2008. (more…)

Register now for Oct. 14-15 inaugural Fla. Butterfly Festival

September 20th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Registration is now open for the 2006 Florida Butterfly Festival to be held Oct. 14-15 in Gainesville at the Florida Museum of Natural History. While registration is not required, those who sign up for the $25 Festival Package before Oct. 6 will receive a 10 percent discount on all registered, fee-based activities, which are space-limited. The festival also includes free activities with no registration required.

For a registration form or more information, call the Florida Museum, (352) 846-2000, ext. 200 or visit www.flmnh.ufl.edu/butterflyfest/.

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Inaugural Florida Butterfly Festival to be held Oct. 14-15 Event headquartered at Florida Museum includes photo contest, lectures, field trips

August 4th, 2006

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — “Do you have a thing for wings?” Join the Florida Museum of Natural History along with community partners for the inaugural Florida Butterfly Festival Oct. 14-15.

Experience butterflies like never before through expertly guided field trips to natural areas in and around Gainesville. Family activities will entice even the youngest participants to develop a lifelong appreciation and enjoyment of our natural surroundings.

Participants can experience the amazing world of butterflies and learn about the challenges faced throughout their life cycle, including insight into how other cultures perceive this magical creature through a series of lectures by world renowned naturalists.

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Florida Butterfly Festival photo contest entries due Sept. 15

May 18th, 2006

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The 2006 Florida Butterfly Festival photography contest rules are now available online. The entry fee is $10 per photo, with cash prizes awarded to the top five winners. Other winning entries and honorable mentions will be included in a 2008 calendar and displayed at the Florida Museum of Natural History during the 2006 festival Oct. 14-15. Entry deadline is Friday, Sept. 15. Complete rules and an entry form are available at www.flmnh.ufl.edu/butterflyfest/photo_contest.htm.

The inaugural Florida Butterfly Festival will be held at the University of Florida Cultural Plaza and other area locations, including Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, Morningside Nature Center, Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, Santa Fe Community College Teaching Zoo and the Thomas Center. The Florida Museum is planning the festival with several community partners, including the Arts Association of Alachua County, Alachua County Visitors and Convention Bureau, City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art.

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Fla. Museum to hold inaugural Florida Butterfly Festival Oct. 14-15

January 18th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History is planning the inaugural Florida Butterfly Festival to be held Oct. 14-15. The event at the University of Florida Cultural Plaza will feature a live native butterfly exhibit, digital photography competition, lectures by well-known naturalists on various butterfly-related topics, nature walks to observe butterflies and moths, and many family oriented activities throughout the weekend.

The museum is planning the festival with several community partners, including the Arts Association of Alachua County, Alachua County Visitors and Convention Bureau, City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art.

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