For several years, the River Rendezvous Campground had been lifeless, until its new managers, Clint and Sharee Tipton of Dowling Park, took the reins in May.
For decades, the campground has been a popular gathering place where many visitors enjoyed family outings, fishing, camping and cave diving. Jim Hollis owned the site for a number of years until around 2005. While there, he enjoyed diving as well as giving diving lessons.
The Tiptons, long-time residents of Suwannee County, bought River Rendevous from Hollis in May after falling in love with the site. After enjoying much success holding their event at the Spirit of the Suwannee Campground, they moved their “Paralounge Drum Gathering” to the River Rendevous 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, this 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 is held the first Saturday of each month at the River Rendezvous. For more information about the campground as well as the “Paralounge Community Drum Circle,” contact the Tiptons at 386-294-2510.
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