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For anyone living in Florida, “A Land Remembered,” by the late Patrick Smith, is a must read. The struggles and triumphs of three generations of the MacIvey clan who settled in North Central Florida on the eve of the Civil War will make you laugh and cry. The story traces the struggles and triumphs of Tobias and Emma as they eke out a hardscrabble existence back in a time and place long gone.
On Thursday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m., the public will have an opportunity to get to know the author through his son, Patrick Smith Jr. “Rick” will take the stage at the Cedar Key Community Center to delight audiences with a multimedia show about his father and the extraordinary experiences that compelled him to write about Florida pioneers, the Seminoles, migrant workers, “river rats” of the Mississippi and so much more.
Rick’s show combines his own quirky brand of humor and storytelling with videos, family photos, music and sound and visual effects to bring his father’s colorful life into focus. Patrick, the father and author, makes video appearances throughout the program to tell fascinating and humorous stories about his life.
The event, presented by the Cedar Key Historical Society, is free and open to the general public.
For more information, call 352-543-5549.