Walter Parks was raised in Jacksonville, Florida. A consummate
guitarist, he formed the duo The Nudes in 1991, and spent much of
the 1990s touring with them around the US. The Nudes toured as a
supporting act for Woodstock legend Richie Havens, and after the
duo’s breakup Parks was enlisted as Havens’s guitarist and
right-hand man. With Havens, Walter performed Madison Square Garden,
Carnegie Hall and The Cannes Film Festival. With his trio Swamp
Cabbage, Walter has performed The Breminale Festival in Germany and
toured Spain twice. Through his deep interest in the music of his
native region, he has become an expert on the American Folklife
Center’s Francis Harper collection of folk music of the Okefenokee
Swamp region of Georgia. For the Homegrown 2020 series, he will
perform an entire program of material based on field recordings from
the AFC’s collections.
The paddlers are currently in the Okefenokee Swamp, expecting to stay at Mixon’s Hammock, just downstream from Stephen C. Foster State Park, tomorrow.
Thanks to Visit Dixie County for a place to park their shuttle vehicle for when
they arrive at the end of their journey.
We will continue to provide the paddlers information and assistance as they
travel down the Suwannee River.
Team to Paddle 340 Miles across Georgia and Florida’s Three
For Immediate Release (Gastonia, NC) — Four friends are
embarking on an ambitious expedition to paddle 340 miles from Fort
Clinch State Park on the Atlantic Ocean, up the St. Mary’s River,
through the incomparable Okefenokee Swamp, and down the Suwannee
River to the Gulf of Mexico. Why? For fun…and to help raise
awareness for these beautiful and threatened waterways. Trip dates
are January 20 — February 16, 2021.
As expected, the big rains Friday caused contamination on the Withlacoochee River,
according to Valdosta’s upstream data for US 41, GA 133, and US 84.
Everything was clean the day before, both upstream and down.
We don’t know about downstream again until I tested Sunday.
While Knights Ferry, Nankin, and State Line Boat Ramps were not
as clean as we like, they were well within the one-time test limit
of 410 cfu/100 mL E. coli.
So it appears that if the downstream sites were contaminated Friday,
most of that had already washed away in the rest of the rainwater by Sunday.