ATTENTION...

THIS PAGE IS DEDICATED TO ALL EVENTS THAT ARE BEING PLANNED AND HELD FOR FRANK & LISA THOMAS. 

This will be a central location for everyone to know

when and where a benefit will be held. 

Send a jpg or pdf of event fliers or materials to be posted here.

PLEASE CONTACT: Ms.Goody at

crackerstock@gmail.com or on Facebook

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Old Key West Bar &  Grille

Tues: December 18, 2018

Music starts at 7:00 pm

Special musical guests to be announced!!!


 It is said that into each life a little rain must fall.
Well lately, it's been pouring buckets for our Florida Folk friends,
Frank & Lisa Thomas.
They lost their home & everything they own in a devastating fire. 
Frank Thomas is the reigning patriarch of the Florida Folk Scene. He comes from a long line of Florida cracker stock.
He's written many historical, topical and comical songs about life in the Sunshine State, and mentored many Florida Folk songwriters.
 
It's an honor to be given an assignment by him to write a Florida song, and if he's really impressed by your songs, he'll remark that
"You've justified your existence."
He claims that he "Ain't nuthin' extry" but that's not true.
His wife, Lisa, is right beside him, singing and playing.
Together they have welcomed their Florida Folk Family to the
"Cracker Palace" at their homestead outside of Lake Wales.
Frank has been a fixture at the Florida Folk Festival for decades; known as a mentor for giving inspiration and instruction to hundreds of budding Florida songwriters. A Florida Folk Heritage Awardee, he has written many well-known historical, topical and comical songs about life in the Sunshine State.

CRACKERSTOCK CHRISTMAS at OKW * TUE  DEC  19th, 2018 

You are invited to this CRACKERSTOCK CHRISTMAS at Florida Folk Night
for the benefit of Frank & LIsa Thomas.

The home of the original Crackerstock event:

 OLD KEY WEST BAR &  GRILLE

2451 Central Avenue

St. Petersburg, Fl 33713

Starting at 7:00 pm with the all-time Florida Folk Night favorite: The Florida Boys.

There will be Christmas songs to sing along with.

The featured musical guests are Frank & Lisa Thomas accompanied by the amazing VGO.

Many more musicians that will be joining in the evening festivites to be announced. 

There will be Frank Thomas CD's and books available for purchase.

There will be raffles as well!

MARK IT ON YOUR CALENDAR NOW!!!

Music from 7 pm to 10 pm  by wonderful Florida musicians to help the

Patriarch of Florida Folk and his wife during this transition in thier lives!

Notes from Goody:

*One of the very first people to contact me after the fire to help were Lee and Betsy Paulet. They are

putting their fundraiser event together as we speak.

*Jon Corneal did a lovely benefit night at the Hillcrest Coffee Shop in Lakeland on 

Saturday, May 5th.  Thanks to Gene Owen for keeping us posted.

CRACKERSTOCK at Old Key West Bar & Grille

May 8th was nothing short of anazing. The Folk community came together and was able to bring some

help to Lisa & Frank.  Amongst the many talented musicians to appear, was the teriffic John McEuan.

Thank you to the Old Key West in St. Pete, where Tuesday night is always Florida Folk night...

The Florida Boys, Friends of Florida Folk for underwriting this event, and especially to all the

musicians that performed to help raise funds. Thanks to everyone that had a hand in helping.

 

"Crackerstock II"

*JRobert Houghtaling put together a great night of music and friendship at the

Margood Theater in Goodland Fla. on Saturday May 19th at 6:00 pm. 

Thank you muches JROBERT!

 *Jim Davis at Woodview Coffee House in Lecanto has connected with us to let us know that they have collected a nice sum & are sent it ahead to be presented by FOFF president Gary Fuller to Frank & Lisa

at the Crackerstock event in St. Petersburg.

 

*Ron and Bari Litschauer have taken collections and have purchased a guitar for Frank. It is a Blue Ridge that looks and sounds much like the Gibson Frank had. Ron asked that we just say a

“Thank you to all the people that donated for that cause.”

They have since delivered it personally to Frank.

 

“Crackerstock at Derry Down”

*We have locked in the date of Sunday July 8th for “Crackerstock at Derry Down” in Winter Haven, FlIt was an afternoon early evening-good old fashioned down home gathering. After chatting with Anita, we felt that we’d like to encourage people to bring a dish to share, as they listen to the music on stage inside the Derry Down. Jerry Mincey, Mindy Simmons, The Florida Boys, Jon Corneal, JRobert Houghtaling, In Good Company,

Gypsy Wind Duo, Gordon Mac Martin, GSquared, Bill & Eli Perras, The Ramblin Rose band, 

Fat Frank & The Plank Spankers.

MANY MANY THANKS TO ANITA STRANG & THE DERRY DOWN FOR ALL THEIR HELP AND DONATIONS!

*A Music benefit for Frank & Lisa Thomas was held at Sacred Lands in St. Petersburg on June 9th.

This is a beautiful and exotic botanical garden... 2 stages, and an air-conditioned greenhouse building.

1620 Park Street North,  St. Pete. Please use the Elbow Lane entrance. 

Doris and Erik Anderson own and maintain this historical paradise. Many thanks to them, and to

Shelley Eckert, who is coordinating this event.

"Crackerstock in Tallahassee"

Many Thanks to Ken Crawford in Tallahassee for spearheading this wonderful fundraiser on July 19, 2018

It was held in the very lovely hall of the American Legion Sauls-Bridges Post 13.

Hot Pepper Steppers, Kelly Goddard - solo (76'ers), Frank Lindamood, Gordon & Jane Scott,

Mimi Hearn - solo, VGO - (Phillip Terry), Frank and Lisa Thomas, Pete Gallagher,

Goody Haines with Gary Fuller, David Langston, Dennis Hardin, and Jim Crozier (Old Porch Swing)

Craig Daniel Hardin, and special guest: Doug Gauss.

Crackerstock