What’s Happening at the Creek

Gold Stars and Anniversaries

The MKR Historic State Park celebrates 50 years in July 2020.  This anniversary will be celebrated during MKR’s annual birthday party in August.

2020 also marks the w 85th Anniversary of the Florida Park Service. Florida state parks will host celebratory events all year.

Florida Park Service Director Eric Draper,  accepted an award that recognizes Florida State Parks as America’s best parks during a event in Baltimore, MD., last September. The Gold Medal, awarded by the National Recreation and Park Association and the National Association of State Park Directors, recognizes Florida’s investment in protecting natural and cultural resources. I am so proud of our staff and volunteers and grateful to public officials who provided financial and policy support.   This is the 4th time Florida Parks have received this award.


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Congratulations Lee!

Park Ranger Lee Townsend received his 10-year service pin and certificate.  Lee’s mother, Marietta, 94 years old, attended the special occasion.  

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Dinner at the Creek

Though a Thanksgiving Dinner is not listed in MKR’s Cross Creek Cookery,  this particular dinner menu would be appropriate.

Baked Sherried Grapefruit

Roast Wild Duck

Giblet Gravy

Wild Rice

Corn Muffins

Wild Grape Jerry

Okra A La Cross Creek

Beets in Orange Sauce

Whole White Onions, Braised

Tangerine Sherbet

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Roselle plants bloom

The roselle plants are blooming and setting seeds at the PARK.

Here are the immature seed pods that are used in some of MKR’s recipes.


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Citrus update

The kumquats as well are all the citrus fruits are turning colors at the PARK.

Won’t be long before it’s time to pick the ripe fruit.

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Cross Roads

Cross Roads: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Norton S. Baskin in Unguarded Moments was performed Friday, Oct. 18 in Gainesville.  Actors from A Classic Theatre in St. Augustine portrayed Marjorie and Norton.  Deborah Dickey wrote and directed the play.

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