Expect family-oriented fun at Jammin’ In Cultural Park
Day two of the weekend celebration that kicks off Cape Coral’s 50th anniversary year takes place on the Cape Coral Historical Society and Museum grounds for Jammin’ In Cultural Park.
The newly rebranded concert festival, as a gift to the city from the society and museum, is free for residents to attend and includes stand-out local musicians for a celebration of all things Cape Coral. It takes place Jan. 25, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with live entertainment beginning at noon.
“This year, we were looking to expand a little bit — make it a little more family friendly,” said Janel Trull, executive director of the Cape Coral Historical Society and Museum. “We wanted to try and find — being the 50th anniversary — local people who had a good following here in town.”
Performing acts include Signal III, a local band made up of Cape Coral Police Department and Lee County Sheriff’s Office members, Indie Rock and Soul band Soulixer and headliner Sheena Brook, a Southwest Florida native who impressed on NBC’s “The Voice” in 2017 before returning home and embarking on a country career.
“It’s nice to be able to provide the residents with acts that are local to Cape Coral and the area for our anniversary celebration,” Trull said.
In addition to home-grown talent rocking the stage, attendees can enjoy food trucks and local venders on-site, delivering delectable treats to devour.
For the kids, the city’s “Fun Mobile” will be there, as well as the Deputy Dogs from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and more.
And for a special added bonus, for the first time, the museum will be open for concertgoers to explore.
“It’s a chance for residents to get a look at the museum while they’re here on the property,” Trull said. “We have two exhibit buildings, and they’re just chock-full of information about both the Rosen brothers and the beginnings of Cape Coral.”
The museum will be open all day to celebrate and showcase the history of Cape Coral inside of walls, that if they could talk, would tell you quite the story.
For a city that’s ever-changing, developing and becoming more youthful, the rebranding of the event to become more family friendly and geared towards all walks of life is something that has been slowly taking place throughout the city as well.
“I am happy to see the diversification in age, both families and retirees living here,” said Gloria Tate, a longtime community leader and a member of a pioneer family of Cape Coral. “We can learn so much from each other. We are providing more opportunities for people of all ages to be employed in our city. Our growth is providing opportunities in recreation, quality of life and economic opportunities to benefit all.”
Trull said throughout the day those at the festival will be emerged in the history of the area and why certain events and decisions were so important in the past concerning what we see today.
“It’s a great opportunity to celebrate the history of a wonderful city,” Trull said. “It gives people a variety of activities to do throughout the celebration — the gala event on Friday night where it’s a little bit more formal, an indoor event with more of the pomp and circumstance and then you have the family-oriented music festival on museum grounds. So, it gives people an opportunity to see the history of the city in a variety of ways.”
Tate said she is proud to call Cape Coral home, and that her family decided to stay in this slice of Southwest Florida.
“I am proud that my father, Joe Raso, had the foresight to bring our family here and that our family chose to stay in Cape Coral, investing our time, talents and treasure to help build a safe, clean city for our residents to enjoy,” Tate said. “Our residents are filled with community pride. They pitch in to help when a need arises regardless of the circumstance. We learn from each other in ways I have not seen in many cities.”
VIP tickets are available to purchase — they include a meal, two drinks, dessert and a seat under the VIP tent for $40 if purchased during the pre-sale period or $50 at the gate. Trull said they almost always sell out of VIP seating prior to the event. Only 100 VIP tickets are available and can be purchased at www.capecoralhistoricalmuseum.org/JamminTickets. The pre-sale date ends Jan. 22.
A $3 parking donated is suggested and will benefit the local Boy Scouts.
The Cape Coral Historical Museum and Society is at 544 Cultural Park Blvd.
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(Editor’s note: We invite you to check out all of the Jubilee Kickoff stories grouped together in a special 50th anniversary section under News. Stories on upcoming events, and history highlights, will be posted throughout the year.)