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. The Sept. 15 through Sept. 17 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 weekend 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 at the Rosa B Williams Center – 352Artspace located at 524 N.W. 1st St. on Friday Sept. 15 from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

    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 at the Historic Thomas Center located at 302 NE 6th Avenue on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

    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 to 4 p.m. Guests can purchase a light meal from the Vanarchy Sandwiches food truck and there will be plenty of homemade pie available the Pie Gals.

  • Sam and Eden – Musical Tales from Near and Far, a free Jewel Box Concert at the Thomas Center on Sunday, Sept 17 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Doors open at noon.

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 at their first sold-out Jewel Box Concert. Seating at this free event is first come-first served.

A sample of Eden MacAdam-Somer’s music can be heard online at

The Historic Thomas Center is located at 302 NE Sixth Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601. For additional information, please contact Russell Etling, cultural affairs manager, at 352-393-8532 or visit