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Autumn in northern Florida means cooler days and drier weather.  Great weather for  top-down cruising.  Get those roadsters shined up and lets ride.  Join the Jacksonville Roadsters Saturday, November 11, 2017 for a run to the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings State Park and lunch at The Yearling Restaurant in Cross Creek, Florida.  Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was an American author and began writing at a very early age.  She did not become a great writer until her life’s travel brought her to frontier Florida in 1928.  She fell in love with the area around Cross Creek and the people who occupied the area inspired her to write a series of novels that touched readers around the globe.  She and her husband, Charles Rawlings purchased 72-acre farm near the hamlet of Hawthorn known as Cross Creek.  Her modest frame home, orange groves and gardens are now a part of the MKR State Park.  Ms Rawlings and her husband, Charles, divorced in 1933.  She stayed on in Cross Creek and continued to write about backwoods Florida.  In 1938, Ms Rawlings was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her book “The Yearling”.  Her fame in the literary world brought a steady stream of visitors staying in the modest frame house guest room.  Notables were poet Robert Frost, Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With the Wind, artist N.C. Wyeth and movie actor great, Gregory Peck.  Sometimes her writings of locals infuriated them when they recognized themselves in the writings.  One such case involved a friend, Zelma Cason.  Ms Cason sued Ms Rawlings for invasion of privacy.  The suit dragged on for years with Ms Cason finally winning.  Unfortunately, the event brought about an estrangement between Ms Rawlings and her beloved Cross Creek.  Ms Rawlings remarried to Norton Baskin and had ties with St Augustine and Crescent Beach.  Ms Rawlings died December 14, 1953 in St. Augustine at just 57 years of age.  She is interred at the Antioch Cemetery near Island Grove.  Her final resting place is just down the road from her beloved Cross Creek.  I hope you will join us on Saturday, November 11th for this most interesting car run to the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings State Park.  We will meet at the Love’s Travel Stop, 5615 SE US Hwy 301, Hawthorn, FL (just north of the intersection of SR-20 and US-301) at 9:45AM.  At 10:00AM, we will motorcade west and south to MKR State Park.  I have allotted time to walk the grounds.  At 11:00AM, we will tour the main house with tour guide.  The tour is $3.00 per person.  Following the tour of the house, we will motorcade north to The Yearling Restaurant for lunch – reservations set for 12:15PM.  Should have the Blues man pickin’ his guitar, blowing his harmonica and singing those down home blues sounds.  RSVP Gene and Karen at oesmith@earthlink.net or telephone me at (386) 445-5346 home or (386) 931-2700 cell.