After the Tryptophan

Thursday was all about stuffing your face with well, stuffing. And now you’re expected to indulge in that other infamous Thanksgiving tradition: shopping. The malls are going to be jam-packed all day — this year even more than others thanks to the tanking economy and the resulting off-the-chizzain Black Friday sales. If you want to keep your stress level low and your bank account high, take our friendly advice. Avoid the mall, pack yourself a picnic basket of turkey sandwiches, and head out to a music festival instead. The annual Lumpy Sue Acoustic MusicFest is going down at Greynolds Park. Doesn’t that sound so much better than waking up at the crack of dawn to contend with a full parking lot and hordes of laser-focused shoppers out for blood and presents?

For 17 years, this free concert has shone a light on South Florida’s oft-overlooked folk music scene. This year’s lineup includes popular local favorites such as Diane Ward, Jim Camacho, Matthew Sabatella, Jim Wurster, Ellen Bukstel, and Mongo. “And it’s totally free! Bring your picnic basket and enjoy a laid-back day,” event organizer Diane Dolley says. Come for the music and participate in the raffle, where you could score sweet dinners and hotel stays, and all the proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami. Admission is free, raffle tickets cost five bucks apiece, and parking is five dollars per vehicle.
Fri., Nov. 28, 2008
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