Thomas Center Galleries Announce A Cross Creek Rising Weekend featuring Sam and Eden


The Thomas Center Galleries, in conjunction with the Friends of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farm, announce a weekend of activities as part of the “Year of Cross Creek,” which commemorates the 75th anniversary of the publication of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ “Cross Creek” and “Cross Creek Cookery.” This weekend of free activities includes an evening of social dance, an afternoon of fun and folksy entertainment and a concert inspired by Rawlings’ work. All three events will feature the music of virtuoso mandolin player Sam Bartlett and violin player and vocalist Eden MacAdam-Somer. These events are being held in anticipation of the Sept. 29 opening of the Thomas Center Galleries’ newest exhibition CROSS CREEK RISING The Consciousness of Land and Water.

The weekend’s schedule includes:

  • Mostly Waltz – A Community Dance: Friday, Sept. 15 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Rosa B. Williams Center – 352Artspace (524 NW First St.) The city’s newest arts facility will host two hours of social dancing with live music by guest artists Sam Bartlett and Eden MacAdam-Somer. Waltz, English country dance and contra dancing will be featured. New or inexperienced dancers are welcome and no partner is needed.
  • Hotel Thomas Porch Party: Saturday, Sept. 16 from 1-4 p.m. at the Historic Thomas Center (302 NE Sixth Ave.) This family-friendly event will treat guests to traditional music and dance—and some unconventional entertainment. Enjoy a revue, including music by Sam & Eden, as well as musical guests (and descendants of “Cross Creek” characters) Jessie & Lee Townsend, young performers from We the People Theatre, dancing, percussive dance demonstrations, crankie theatre and an old-time music jam from 3-4 p.m. Guests can purchase a light meal from the Vanarchy Sandwiches food truck, and there will be plenty of homemade pie available from the Pie Gals.
  • Sam and Eden – Musical Tales from Near and Far: Sunday, Sept. 17 from 1-3 p.m. - a free Jewel Box Concert at the Thomas Center. Doors open at 12 p.m. Internationally-known musicians, Sam Bartlett and Eden MacAdam-Somer, have traveled the world collecting songs, tunes, steps, stunts and the stories that came with them. Their music reminds us that tradition is constantly evolving, steeped in deep cultural roots and reaching out to the next generation. Many still talk about Sam and Eden’s moving appearance the first sold-out Jewel Box Concert.

Seating at this free event is first-come, first-served. A sample of Eden MacAdam-Somer’s music may be heard online at

The Historic Thomas Center is located at 302 NE Sixth Ave. in Gainesville.