Category Archives: Video

A lost tourist’s letter home video pokes fun at FL visitors who end up in Central FL rather than the beach




The late singer-songwriter Ann Thomas captured just what a lost tourist might feel if he or she was heading for a typical vacation on a Florida beach, but ended up in Florida’s scrub land in her song, “A Lost Tourist’s Letter Home.”  Ann was the other half of the famous couple Ann and Frank Thomas … Continue reading A lost tourist’s letter home video pokes fun at FL visitors who end up in Central FL rather than the beach

A conversation with Margaret Longhill about Will McLean




President Emeritus of the Will McLean Foundation, Margaret Longhill, is credited for her work helping to get the late Will McLean into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame. McLean (1919-1990), considered the “Father of Florida Folk,” was inducted in 1996. Shortly before his death, Longhill and some of McLean’s closest friends were instrumental in establishing … Continue reading A conversation with Margaret Longhill about Will McLean

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




Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of MKR’s Cross Creek and Cross Creek Cookery Happy 121st Birthday Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings:  August 5th, 2017 Fish Fry Birthday Celebration in Honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Publication of Cross Creek and Cross Creek Cookery Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings & Cracker Culture A video written and produced by University of … Continue reading Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings: Memories of her life and times in Cross Creek

Archival material: Florida folk musicians and Vassar Clements record “Old Folks At Home”




In 1997 fiddler Vassar Clements and a variety of musicians and singers gathered in a mobile studio at the Florida Folk Festival in White Springs to record Florida’s state song, “Old Folks At Home” by Stephen Foster. The recording engineer in the mobile studio was Jim Bickerstaff. Florida Artists Hall of Fame winner, Frank Thomas, … Continue reading Archival material: Florida folk musicians and Vassar Clements record “Old Folks At Home”

Fostering Baby Squirrels




It’s that time of year again…when hundreds of baby squirrels begin to venture out from their nests. Unfortunately, many end up falling from trees and become easy prey when encountering the jaws of cats and dogs. Many also are lucky enough to be rescued by willing volunteers who either take care of the furry critters … Continue reading Fostering Baby Squirrels

Happy Birthday Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings




More than 120 people turned out to help celebrate Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings 121st birthday in Cross Creek on Saturday.  They were treated to a fish fry with all the fixings including fried fish, grits, hush puppies, coleslaw, cake and sherbert made from tangerines and oranges from Marjorie’s grove on the farm.   See video highlights … Continue reading Happy Birthday Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Jessie and Lee Townsend Tribute CD now available




Listen and Watch song samples from the new “Tribute” CD below:  The newest video just added is, “Lost Tourist’s Letter Home.”   (To 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 … Continue reading Jessie and Lee Townsend Tribute CD now available

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

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