Category Archives: Video

Florida Cabinet approves purchase of Blue Springs Park




            Update June 14, 2017:  On Wednesday morning the Florida Cabinet approved purchasing Blue Springs Park in Gilchrist County.  The state has agreed to pay $5.25 million dollars for the 407-acre property which includes frontage along the Santa Fe River.  Real estate sites indicate the value of the property is … Continue reading Florida Cabinet approves purchase of Blue Springs Park

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings: Memories of her life and times in Cross Creek




Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings & Cracker Culture A video written and produced by University of Florida Student Monica Berra.  Script Editing assistance and narration by Donna Green-Townsend   Two versions of a video produced by Dorsey Lee Townsend III for a class project while in Santa Fe College:  (Longer version with additional interview added) \ A … Continue reading Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings: Memories of her life and times in Cross Creek

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

The Cades’ Christmas Display Near Orange Springs, A Gift to the Community




For 19 years the public has been treated to a beautiful Christmas display of lights near Orange Springs, just a few miles north of Ft. McCoy. Charlie and Sally Cade say the light show is the family’s gift to the community.  Charlie says he has fond memories of his years growing up in Miami when … Continue reading The Cades’ Christmas Display Near Orange Springs, A Gift to the Community

Archival television program features many of Florida’s greatest folk songwriters




The 1988 Pines and Palms television program hosted by the late Don Grooms featured several singer songwriters who have since passed on. They may have left this earthly life, but their music lives on. Their songs can still be heard on the stages of many music festivals around the state. In 1988, Grooms who was … Continue reading Archival television program features many of Florida’s greatest folk songwriters

Courtship Dance of the Florida Sandhill Crane




The Father of Florida Folk, Will McLean, penned hundreds of songs about Florida. McLean, who was the first folk artist inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame loved to watch sandhill cranes. In Florida there are migratory sandhill cranes and cranes that stay in the state all year long. Below is a video produced … Continue reading Courtship Dance of the Florida Sandhill Crane

Cabbage Growers Race To Beat the Expected Hard Freeze




With record-breaking temperatures expected in Florida, cabbage pickers between Hastings and Palatka were busy today trying to harvest the latest crop. Today’s scene was very similar to 2011 when cabbage growers also faced the risk of losing their winter crop to a hard freeze. Click on my archive story below to watch the process of … Continue reading Cabbage Growers Race To Beat the Expected Hard Freeze

Migrating Sandhill Cranes Inspire Artistry




It’s that time of year again when North Central Florida serves as host to migrating sandhill cranes.  Floridians are very familiar with the loud, squawking sounds of these tall birds with wing spans as wide as 6 feet as they circle above and fly to favorite feeding grounds around the Gainesville area, especially Payne’s Prairie and … Continue reading Migrating Sandhill Cranes Inspire Artistry

Land of Flowers Music Video (highlighting area lake levels past and present)




Singer songwriter Elisabeth Williamson was so saddened by the low level of Gatorbone Lake in the Keystone Heights area in recent years that she wrote a song about it called, “Land of Flowers.”  Lake levels in many North Central Florida lakes have been low for a long period of time (some say since 2005, the … Continue reading Land of Flowers Music Video (highlighting area lake levels past and present)