9th Annual Moon over Maclay: October 13th 2019

Stormy weather delayed the concert last year but there's no stopping the full moon rising again. Be part of a magic evening when the Friends of Maclay Gardens presents the 9th Annual Moon Over Maclay jazz concert at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park on Oct. 13. (Rain date is Oct. 20). The concert will be from 6 to 9 p.m.; the gate opens at 5 p.m. Bring a blanket, lawn chairs, picnic supper and beverages of your choice; alcohol is permitted. Food trucks will be on-site. Choose a place on the lawn in front of the Maclay house, relax under the moonlight and enjoy some great music. This year’s headliner is Avis Berry~Colleen Nixon & the Jasmine. These swinging divas with an all star back-up band are not to be missed. The opening act will be the always entertaining big band, Thursday Night Music Club.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for children and students with ID and $20 for Friends of Maclay Gardens.

Purchase advance tickets online Here, at the Maclay Gardens Ranger Station, 3540 Thomasville Road, or on the day of the event.

For information, call the Park at 850-487-4556 or email at info@friendsofmaclaygardens.org

“Moon Over Maclay” is a fundraising event sponsored by the Friends of Maclay Gardens, Inc., whose mission is to support, protect and preserve Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park. All proceeds support the historic gardens and park.




We Are Looking for a Few Good Scarecrows!

We invite you to create a one-of-a kind scarecrow to display in Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park. Anyone can enter! Adult/Business/Non-Profit winners receive memberships to Friends of Maclay Gardens. Youth and People’s Choice winners receive cash prizes. Each entry will receive 1 ticket to Moon Over Maclay Jazz Concert.

An option for businesses again this year is to have the scarecrow figures provided by the Friends of Maclay and for the business to only provide the clothing for the Scarecrow to wear, and any added accessories the business wants to provide. What a great way for your organization to participate!

REGISTRATION DEADLINE OCTOBER 1st,2019

For more information, or to register visit the Scarecrows in the Garden Entry Form

For additional questions, call (850) 487-4556, or email us at scarecrows@friendsofmaclaygardens.org .


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Moon Over Maclay Ticket-buyers and Sponsors “Rock” to the Tune of $3,000 in Hurricane Michael Relief

As you are fully aware, October’s Hurricane Michael ravaged both the state parks and the lives of many park employees in its journey through the Florida panhandle. And here locally, Maclay Gardens State Park was heavily damaged with hundreds of trees down in the prized gardens, recreation area and the Lake Overstreet trails.

As a result, the October 21st Moon Over Maclay jazz concert was postponed and rescheduled for November 4. It was only through the relentless efforts of the Park staff and volunteers that the Park was readied for the November event. But, in a fall that was as strange weatherwise as any that I have been through in my 40 years here, the event had to be cancelled for the first time ever on the “make-up date” due to rain.

If that were the end of the story it would not be very uplifting, but the generosity and of our Moon Over Maclay sponsors and ticket-buyers helped to paint a brighter picture for those impacted by Michael.


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The Friends of Maclay Gardens thanks the following sponsors for their support of the 25th annual Maclay Tour of Gardens!

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