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Jammin' in the Hammock 2008

Mike Robinson and his wife, Mary, lead the Bluegrass Gospel Sing and Jam on Sunday morning at the Collier-Seminole State Park. Mike Robinson, who also was the Master of Ceremony for the Jammin' in the Hammock festival, is a full-time minister in the bluegrass community.

Photo by AARON HALE

Mike Robinson and his wife, Mary, lead the Bluegrass Gospel Sing and Jam on Sunday morning at the Collier-Seminole State Park. Mike Robinson, who also was the Master of Ceremony for the Jammin' in the Hammock festival, is a full-time minister in the bluegrass community.

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  • Linda Bright, a volunteer from Lovers Key State Park, enjoys the music featured at the Jammin' in the Hammock Bluegrass Festival at Collier-Seminole State Park on Sunday. A large crowd was on hand for the first festival held in the park highlighting local as well as national bluegrass bands.
  • Naples resident Iris Labrie finds a comfortable position to enjoy the Jammin' in the Hammock Bluegrass Festival held for the first time at the Collier-Seminole State Park on Sunday. The two-day event featured bluegrass bands from the local area as well as nationally-known groups.
  • Eddy, Kim and Ben Doerfel of the Doerfel Family, performed at the first Jammin' in the Hammock Bluegrass Festival on Sunday. The two-day event was held at the Collier-Seminole State Park. The group included 5 of the 10 Doerfel children from New York.
  • Karen Batten, a member of The Fleas Bluegrass Band from Bonita Springs feels her music as the group performed in the first Jammin' in the Hammock Bluegrass Festival at the Collier-Seminole State Park on Sunday. Local as well as national bands were featured at the two-day event.
  • 2-year-old Charlie Derfel pushes his brother Eddy away as he sings with his mother, Cheryl, at the Jammin' in the Hammock Bluegrass Festival held at the Seminole-State Park on Sunday. The Doerfel Family, including 10 children, performed at the two-day event.
  • Evans Cochran, Paul Olson and Fred Knight do a little 'picking' before the start of Sunday's Jammin in the Hammock Bluegrass Festival at Collier-Seminole State Park. The trio are not part of a band, but just enjoy getting together to play.
  • Linda Bright claps to the music of the Lazy B Pickers performing at the Jammin' in the Hammock Bluegrass Festival at Collier-Seminole State Park on Sunday. The two-day event featured local and national bluegrass bands.
  • Jean Cardarelli and her husband, John, watch the Palms Bluegrass band perform at the Jammin' in the Hammock bluegrass festival on Saturday. The Cardarellis said they would be celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary the next day.
  • Joyce Beecroft performs with her band the Lazy B Pickers at the bluegrass festival at Collier-Seminole State Park on Saturday. The Lazy B Pickers were one of eight bands to perform at Jammin' in the Hammock.
  • Scott Ritter picks through a guitar solo during a performance by the Flat Mountain String Band. Ritter, stayed busy during the festival, handling vocals, guitar and mandolin for both the Flat Mountain String Band and The Fleas.
  • The Bluegrass Stagecoach Band practices before their Saturday night performance. The band's fiddle player could not make the festival, so they asked Kimberly Doerfel of the Doerfel Family to fiddle in her place.
  • JoAnn Thompson looks on as her husband Dave scoops ice cream for a park patron. The Thompsons were part of a team of volunteers who helped the festival run smoothly.
  • Charlie Doerfel, 2, makes a stage appearance on Saturday night during the Doerfel Family's set. While Charlie neither sang nor fiddled during his appearance, he drew some of the loudest audience applause of the night.
  • Ben Doerfel, 12, strums his guitar for The Doerfel Family. Ben is the youngest core member the Doerfel Family band.
  • Kimberly Doerfel, 17, performs a solo on her fiddle during the Doerfel Family's Saturday night performance. Kimberly, who also sings for the band, is the only sister of 9 Doerfel brothers.
  • Linda Bright, Dan Hall and Carolyn Randall enjoy the tunes at the Jammin' in the Hammock bluegrass festival. Over 2,500 people attended the two-day festival.
  • On a breezy Saturday night, acoustic music lovers absorb a bluegrass performance at Collier-Seminole State Park. After the show, many attendees stayed and played along with the bands until 3 a.m. the next morning.
  • The core members of the Doerfel Family bluegrass band entertain a responsive crowd at the Collier-Seminole State Park.
  • Bobby Shea of the bluegrass band, The Fleas, warms up in front of a food vendor before his band goes on to play. Shea called the atmosphere at Bluegrass Festivals so safe that he leaves his $3,000 guitar lying around behind the stage with no worries about having it stolen.
  • Leslie Weidenhammer plays bass for The Fleas during their Saturday night performance at Jammin' in the Hammock. The Fleas, whose members live in Naples, started their band at the Flamingo Island Flea Market in Bonita Springs.
  • Park attendees sing along to a Bluegrass Gospel Sing and Jam service on Sunday morning. Participants sang gospel hymns as bluegrass 'jammers' played along.
  • Mike Robinson and his wife, Mary, lead the Bluegrass Gospel Sing and Jam on Sunday morning at the Collier-Seminole State Park. Mike Robinson, who also was the Master of Ceremony for the Jammin' in the Hammock festival, is a full-time minister in the bluegrass community.

The Jammin’ in the Hammock Bluegrass Festival was held Saturday and Sunday, February 16 and February 17, at Collier-Seminole State Park.

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