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A true “Mother’s Day” story about courtship in Cross Creek




Editor’s note: I’m tickled to say that even though he didn’t use his rifle to shoot down this year’s magnolia blossom, my husband kept his Mother’s Day tradition alive this year (2017).     Here’s the audio version of the chapter called, “Mother’s Day” by Shelley Fraser Mickle. (full written text with pictures can be found … Continue reading A true “Mother’s Day” story about courtship in Cross Creek

Archival videos of the Father of Florida Folk Will McLean




The Father of Florida Folk, the late Will McLean, loved to entertain and share songs, poems and stories of the lore and legends of Florida.  Unfortunately, most of those performances were not captured on video or audio tape.  When those performances were recorded, it was special indeed. Here are five such videos. The first is the … Continue reading Archival videos of the Father of Florida Folk Will McLean

Willie Green- The Real Deal




Bluesman Willie Green……He’s the Real Deal Patrons of the Yearling Restaurant in Cross Creek, FL are treated every weekend with the Delta blues sound of Willie Green.  Music is Willie’s life.  He began playing harmonica as a teenager and eventually picked up the guitar.  But life wasn’t always kind to Willie in his early years. … Continue reading Willie Green- The Real Deal

Celebrating the Life of John Henry Hankinson, Jr.




Florida lost an environmental giant on March 3rd when John Henry Hankinson, Jr. died.  On March 7, 2017 hundreds gathered at the Fort King Presbyterian Church in Ocala, FL for a celebration of his life. The service included not only friends and family, but environmental leaders from across the state and Southeast region of the United … Continue reading Celebrating the Life of John Henry Hankinson, Jr.

My Friendship With “The Black Hat Troubadour” Will McLean




  By the time I met Will McLean he had already penned most of the hundreds of songs and poems he has become famous for.  He’d already performed at Carnegie Hall and made friends with the late Pete Seeger.  His glory days performing on the “Old Marble Stage” at the Florida Folk Festival were long … Continue reading My Friendship With “The Black Hat Troubadour” Will McLean

Jessie and Lee Townsend Tribute CD now available




Listen and Watch song samples from the new “Tribute” CD below:   (To pre-order a CD, please send $15.00 to:  Jessie Townsend, 13501 SE 171st Lane  Hawthorne, FL 32640) Jessie and Lee Townsend  recently went back into the studio to record six more songs to add to their CD Sampler.  The CD will now have … Continue reading Jessie and Lee Townsend Tribute CD now available

Winner and finisher of the 2017 Will McLean Best New Florida Song Contest Named




The winner of the 2017 Will McLean Best New Florida Song Contest  (out of 62 entries) is Mary James, better known as “Mean Mary,” in the music world.  Though she resides now in Tennessee, her roots are in Florida and Alabama (Her family lived in the North Florida area when Mary was born, but the … Continue reading Winner and finisher of the 2017 Will McLean Best New Florida Song Contest Named

Protest planned over Sleepy Creek water permit request




This site continues to follow various updates on water permit requests from the former Adena Springs Ranch (now Sleepy Creek Lands in Marion County), a cattle operation owned by Canadian billionaire Frank Stronach. Scroll down for various stories, pictures, audio and video from the past several years) UPDATE:  Protest planned over Sleepy Creek water permit … Continue reading Protest planned over Sleepy Creek water permit request

Florida cleans up after Hurricane Matthew and experts say remember past history




Update November, 2016: Florida’s East coast experienced serious beach erosion from Hurricane Matthew and many businesses and homes suffered severe damage from the huge tidal wave associated with the hurricane.  In particular, Florida Highway A1A in Flagler County was washed out and many homes along North A1A from Vilano Beach northward have been declared uninhabitable because … Continue reading Florida cleans up after Hurricane Matthew and experts say remember past history