Hugs for my grandmother

My 79-year-old grandmother, Diane Thrift, has been suffering from a number of disorders and diseases. Most of all, because of an autoimmune disorder called myasthenia gravis, she gets weaker and weaker by the day. Last year, I was lucky enough to receive two tickets to the Okeechobee Music Festival. A few days later, I spoke […]

Music festival’s future is unclear

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobeings: It’s bad news. “It’s pretty safe to say there won’t be a festival this year,” said Okeechobee County Administrator Robbie Chartier. At the Nov. 8 meeting of the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners, Ms. Chartier said the Okeechobee Music Festival has not applied for a permit for the 2019 OMF. “It will […]

OMF Participation Row featured local nonprofits

OKEECHOBEE — Fans attending the 2018 Okeechobee Music Festival, March 1-4 at Sunshine Grove in northeastern Okeechobee, had a chance to learn more about the many service organizations in the Okeechobee area while visiting Participation Row in the festival’s ChobeeWobee Village. The 2018 Participation Row, advertised as a social action village, featured: Archibold Biological Station; […]

More photos from the 2018 Okeechobee Music Festival

The 2018 Okeechobee Music Festival, held March 1-4 at Sunshine Grove (also known as Sundance Trails) in northeastern Okeechobee County attracted thousands of visitors who enjoyed the art, music, great weather and unique atmosphere of the annual event. Photos by Katrina Elsken and Michael Muros Photos by Richard Marion

Most residents supportive of Music Festival

OKEECHOBEE — The 2018 Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival was held March 1-4 in northeastern Okeechobee County. How did area residents react to the event? I posted this question on social media on Saturday: “The Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival is underway? What are your impressions this year? Have you called the hotline?” Most of […]

Quiet meditation has big impact at Okeechobee Music Festival

OKEECHOBEE — Be Here Now The stage names at the 2018 Okeechobee Music Festival were also the message of the weekend: Experience this place. Experience this moment in time. Be present in this moment. Be here now. That message was artfully illustrated by The Big Quiet, the largest sound meditation ever held at a music […]

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival hosts The Big Quiet

OKEECHOBEE — Thousands of those at the Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival took a break Sunday afternoon to meditate for one hour as part of The Big Quiet.

Okeechobee County Music & Arts Festival features PoWow!

OKEECHOBEE — The 2018 Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival continued Saturday with a variety of musical performances. The Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival Saturday evening performances included the PoWoW! Hip-hop legend, Snoop Dogg, performed with an array of special guests spanning the genres of hip-hop, funk and soul. Performers included Philadelphia hip-hop heroes and Tonight […]

Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival, Saturday, March 3, 2018

The fun continued Saturday at the Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival, at Sunshine Grove in northeastern Okeechobee County.

Thousands enjoy Okeechobee Music Festival: Photos from Friday, March 2

The first full day of the 2018 Okeechobee Music Festival got off to a great start as festival goers enjoyed the sunshine, the music and the unique experience found only in Sunshine Grove in northeastern Okeechobee County. The festival continues through Sunday. (Photos by Michael Muros)