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CROSS CREEK – The Friends of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farm invite the public to join the 125th birthday celebration of famed author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. The celebration will be held on Saturday, Aug. 7, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park, in Cross Creek, the homestead of the Pulitzer Prize winning author of “The Yearling” and “Cross Creek.”

Guests will enjoy live music, cupcakes served with Marjorie’s legendary mango ice cream, and a unique glimpse of the historic farmhouse while it is closed for archival cleaning.

There will be a special dedication ceremony of the new trail signs featuring quotations from Rawlings’ books with artwork by Dr. Robert Carson, the first host to live at the park in the 1970s. Special guest to attend is the Florida State Parks Director Eric Draper, park staff and volunteers.

The event will also feature a video interview with Claude Jarman Jr., who played Jody Baxter in the 1946 film adaptation of “The Yearling,” in preparation for an upcoming special event with Jarman in December.

The event is free with paid park admission of $3 per vehicle. Physical address is Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park, 18700 S. County Road 325, Cross Creek, FL 32640. (352) 466-3672. More information is availableat https://marjoriekinnanrawlings.org/

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