For decades, the River Rendezvous Campground near Mayo, Fla., has been a popular gathering place where many visitors enjoyed family outings, fishing, camping and cave diving, according to the Brandford (Fla.) News. Jim Hollis owned the site for a number of years until around 2005.
Clint and Sharee Tipton of Dowling Park and long-time residents of Suwannee County, bought River Rendezvous from Hollis in May after falling in love with the site. After enjoying much success holding their Paralounge Drum Gathering at the Spirit of the Suwannee Campground, they moved their event to the River Rendezvous in May.
“Over the past few years, the River Rendezvous had lost the popular reputation that Jim Hollis once built,” Tipton said. “Because of the overall success of the Paralounge event, we were asked to take over management and bring back the campground’s popularity.”
According to Tipton, the drum event involves the use of a variety of musical instruments and allows people of all ages and backgrounds to participate, whether or not they have musical talent or experience. The main purpose of the gathering, says Tipton, is to bring the community together and have an evening of fun and fellowship while learning about music. The event started in July 2002 and brings together upward of 400 people to participate. Drum circles are conducted around a large fire pit and typically run from dusk until dawn.
The 14-acre private camping facility is located in a rustic setting alongside the Suwannee River in north Florida. It offers 33 primitive and shaded tent campsites at the edge of the spring, as well as 10 RV sites and five sites for tent/RV camping.