A North Central Florida Adventure, RS #6651
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Montgomery Presbyterian Center
There was more than one reason for choosing Historic Florida: Micanopy, Marjorie Rawlings, and Saint Augustine, Road Scholar program #6651. First and foremost my husband and I both enjoy Florida history. Both of us taught the subject to fourth graders at one time and after I retired I became a docent at the Orange County Regional History Center in downtown Orlando. I perform a cameo role as Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings at the History Center, as well. Since I began acting the part of Marjorie in 2008 I have become very interested in her life and works. I have done considerable research, as well as reading many of her best-known short stories and novels. I don't remember how I discovered the book called The Creek by J. T. Glisson, but I pretty much fell in love with it! The author was a neighbor of Marjorie Rawlings as he was growing up in the area known as Cross Creek. On another RS program we had met a couple who shared how much they had enjoyed participating in this program in Starke, FL. They told us how J.T. Glisson was a featured speaker and a delightful story-teller. Immediately it went on my RS travel "bucket list."
We drove up from Orlando that Sunday morning and arrived at Cross Creek around lunch time. That was well-planned because we could eat at The Yearling Cafe (named after Marjorie's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel). We arrived at the Montgomery Presbyterian Center around 2:30 and were greeted by Joe, one of the more colorful coordinators we have come across! He gave us what he called the "nickel tour" of the center after checking us in. Our room was comfortable though basic. I texted our daughter that we had arrived at camp---a nice camp, but definitely a camp!
A bit later there was a walking tour of the grounds with Dawn, our second in command who would turn out to be quite a character in her own right. Dinner was next and then get-acquainted time. It seemed right off the bat that this program would be fun!