As 2020 continues to rear its ugly head, I find myself still learning about the difference between the people who have the luxury of hiding indoors and preaching from soapboxes and the people who realize that lives are at stake right now in more than just one way. The performers that are out of work. The small businesses built over generations whose doors are now permanently shuttered. The fledgling family restaurants and the empty theaters. I’m taken again and again with the people who are willing to think outside of the box right now to balance between keeping us safe and allowing us to earn our livelihoods.
The latest example of this? The Jolly Creek Holiday Festival and Marketplace. It’s taking place this season at Boggy Creek in Kissimmee, just under at hour from Walt Disney World. I’ve been there before for an airboat ride and talked about that awesome experience here. But this is something even more special – because Jolly Creek was created as a way to keep performers and entertainers employed during the holiday season, despite these challenging times. In addition to the airboat rides, you’ll find food and drink, an awesome small business marketplace, and a rotation of performers given a beautiful and safe space to perform for the crowds that love them this holiday season.
They have three entertainment acts lined up so far, with more coming online soon. They also contract with many other Central Florida based organizations, including Orlando Productions, Radio One, Kirby Rentals, Boggy Creek Airboats, The Santa Company, Jingle Bell Lights, and TS Productions. I don’t think you could understate how important this work is to all of these groups this year.
The Jolly Creek Society Orchestra, The Vocalitas, and the Mistle-Tones
Headlining the night is the Jolly Creek Society Orchestra – which you might know better by their former moniker: The Grand Floridian Society Orchestra. That’s right – they’ve reunited for the event. I’ve never been so touched to see a group of people given the chance to do what they love.
Select nights throughout the event will also involve other performances.
There’s The Vocalitas, a female vocal trio singing Christmas music with a retro vibe.