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Hurricane Nicole Abbreviates 2022 Native Rhythms Festival

What the NOAA track projection looked like at 1PM on Wednesday, November 9th. Nicole was to come ashore just south of our festival grounds in Melbourne.

Uncertainty surrounded the 2022 Native Rhythms Festival as we entered the week of the festival because Hurricane Nicole, offshore central Central Florida and headed our way, threatened intolerable weather and safety concerns. 

By 5AM on Monday, November 7th, a large, disorganized system north of the Greater Antilles out in the Atlantic became well enough organized to be classified as a subtropical storm and given the name Nicole. This was just 3 days before Thursday’s first day of the 2022 NRF. 

By noon on Wednesday, November 9th, Nicole passed over the northern Bahamas and strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane. This is when our team was supposed to be out marking out vendor booth locations in our Vendor Village. The winds here became stronger and rains became heavier.

At 3AM on Thursday, November 10th, Nicole made landfall just south of the festival grounds in Vero Beach as a Category 1 hurricane. Our schedule showed vendors would soon be arriving to set up. But that couldn’t happen. Nicole began her turn north to begin her northwesterly trek across the Florida peninsula, but further west than projected earlier, and moving faster than many hurricanes we’d seen. By 1PM on Thursday, the eye was all the way across the state near Tampa, while we were still in the outer bands.

Our NRF board met and decided to proceed with the weekend’s festival, but with setup delayed to Friday and other Friday activities cancelled. It was a gamble, but the weather Friday was beautiful and continued through the weekend. Fortunately, we only had 2 vendors cancel, and neither of these was due to the storm. Our deep appreciation to all of our loyal (and new) vendors who showed up in spite of the uncertainty to help make the 2022 Native Rhythms Festival a resounding success.

Background on This Year's Theme and Logo

Painted Raven’s Annette Abbondanza introduces this year’s theme and logo.


Getting the Word Out

Brevard County Proclamation Presentation

Friday Evening "Meet & Greet" Social

Hosted by the Candlewood Suites

[Photos below provided by Native Rhythms Festival's 2022 official photographer, Jennifer Brooks.]

The Performers

Randy Granger

Lowery Begay

Dock Green Silverhawk

Otter Oliver & CreeAtive Native

Shelley Morningsong & Fabian Fontenelle

Rona Yellow Robe

Painted Raven

Billy Whitefox