Highlands Hammock announces February Florida Humanities Program

Highlands Hammock announces February Florida Humanities Program

 Caren Neile returns to the Hammock for another spellbinding evening of storytelling   

Sebring:  Caren Neile is returning to Highlands Hammock State Park for an evening of storytelling on Tuesday, February 11.  Dr. Neile, who is a professional storyteller and a professor in the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies at Florida Atlantic University, will be presenting “Short Takes:  A Grab Bag of Old Florida Stories” from 7:00 p.m.  to 8:00 p.m. in the park recreation hall.  Neile will share stories, legends and yarns ranging from the notorious Ashley outlaw gang, who operated out of the Everglades in the 1920s to more recent selections from her new book, “Only in Florida: Why Did the Manatee Cross the Road and Other True Tales.”  The book, a collection of true-life tales culled by Neile while traversing the state this past year, focuses on experiences and situations unique to the Sunshine State and reveals ordinary Floridians caught up in extraordinary situations. The program, which is free and open to the public, will be preceded by an informal “Meet and Greet” from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

As the parking is limited, visitors may park in the overflow field and walk or take a tram shuttle to the recreation hall. ADA handicapped parking will also be available at the recreation hall.  Funding for this program is through a grant from the Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Additional funding is provided by the Friends of Highlands Hammock State Park.  Highlands Hammock is located at 5931 Hammock Road in Sebring. Park entry fees of $6 per vehicle are waived after 6:00 p.m.  For more information, call 863-386-6094, and visit FloridaStateParks.org/park/Highlands-Hammock.