A Narrative of Florida History By Barbara Cairns

March 8, 2016
Presented "Use Your POWER to Improve Your Writing" to Enrichment Class of 5th graders in Ocala, FL  Photos later with teacher in Cracker Village at Silver River Museum. (POWER = Plan, Organize, Write, Edit, Revise)

2-13-2016  Arts & Crafts show Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

1-23-2016 AUTHOR FAIR Homosassa Library


January 9, 2016, Crystal River Mall Event

January 2,2016  The First Saturday Village Market, Dunnellon


December 5, 2015 Books By the Beach Bookstore, New Smyrna Beach

Barbara & Ronnie enjoy ice cream at Russell Stover's on the way home from book signing.

November 14, 2015  "Ocali Days" Ocala

October 3, 2015 ARTS & ANIMALS  Floral City, FL    "Blessing of the Animals"

ART EXPO  Lecanto, FL  May 9, 2015

"CRACKER DAYS" Rainbow Springs State Park 2-22-2015

Homosassa Springs Art Show 2-14-2015

Author Showcase THE VILLAGES 2-7-2015

 Author Fair  October 18, 2015

ELKS CRAFTS SHOW September 20, 2014

ARTS SHOWCASE...Crystal River Mall... June 28, 2014

ARTS SHOWCASE... Crystal River Mall... May 24, 2014

ARTS EXPO Central Florida College, Lecanto... May 3, 2014

Brutis visits the ARTS EXPO with MAGGIE the Cracker Cow!


April 25, 2014  10% of all sales to Precious Paws

 Crystal River Mall

History Presentation at Floral City Art Gallery April 11, 2014


Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park Art Show  2-15-2014

Christian Academy  Inverness FL  November 14, 2013

Florida Folk Heritage & Music Festival  11-9-2013

Florida Cracker Cattlemen's Auction at P.K. Ranch

                 October 26, 2013

              A "FUN" DAY!


Meeting Some Cows at the WAHOO RANCH 10-25-2013 (Dessie May Smith Prescott's Old Home)

  "Double Color" wanted more bananas and HOOKED MY ARM trying to get my attention. I have the black and blue marks to prove it!

Visit to Dudley Farm Historic State Park, Newberry, FL

Ootober 17, 2013  Author with volunteer, Cindy Frost

  Missed seeing the cracker cows but did see their new mules!

Homosassa Library Author Fair   October 12, 2013

Silver Spurs Rodeo/Heritage Festival Osceola Heritage Park    Kissimmee, FL   September 28, 2013

 Barbara with a special visitor to the Heritage Festival, Blossom the Skunk

       Other Photos Show:

    Native American with Animal Skins

       Practicing for the Rodeo 

        My "Assistant" HUBBY 

        Barbara as Vendor at the Osceola Heritage Festival  


Pinewood E.S. , Stuart, FL Literacy Day 5-4-2013

 5th Grade Art Projects based on CRACKER COW book (Abby and Lizzie) 

Speech "A LITTLE BIT of FLORIDA HISTORY   4-18-2013

     Newcomer's Club at Black Diamond


LAKESIDE CRAFT SHOW Inverness ELKS  3-23-2013

MEET THE AUTHOR    March 12, 2013
Coastal Region Library, Crystal River, FL

MEET THE AUTHOR    March 5, 2013                                   Lakes Region Library, Inverness, FL 

MEET THE AUTHOR   February 26, 2013

Homosassa Library, Homosassa, Florida                             

"CRACKER DAYS" in Dunnellon, Florida   2-24-2012

CRACKER DAYS at Rainbow Springs State Park   2-23-2013


The Cobbler

MEET THE AUTHOR  February 22, 2013
Floral City Library, Floral City, FL

Linda's Uncle is a Florida Cracker!

MEET THE AUTHOR   February 18, 2013

Central Ridge Library, Beverly Hills, Florida                          

Visiting Brownwood in Villages  February 12, 2013

Park Staff *& Volunteer Art Show  February 9, 2013

Presentation: "One Writer's History.The Good, The Bad               and The Ugly"  for FCHNS at Beverly Hills Library 12-1-2012

                          Barbara autographing book for Diane.

LOCAL BOOK FAIR  Homosassa Library  10-20-2012

Presentation "A LITTLE BIT OF FLORIDA HISTORY" 10-8-2012


                               GLEN LAKES COUNTRY CLUB

                      Presentation for Oak Village Women's Club

COWBOY HERITAGE FESTIVAL  9-29-2012  Kissimmee, FL

     Cow Hunter "Rooster" at chuck wagon in Cow Cavalry Camp

        Barbara with young reader, Harley

        Author with Seminole Matthew Griffin

  Cow Cavalry Cow Hunters, Slim and Gopher

                                  Silver Spur Arena

Florida Heritage Book Festival  St. Augustine, FL 9-15-2012

Rotary Club Festival (Methodist Church) 8-18-2012

History Presentation for Senior Friends Group                      6-11-2012         Inverness Country Club

                   Author with Florence and Jackie


Heritage Day at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park 3-31-12

Shrimpa Palooza   March 24, 2012

 Scott and Bobbie Jean stopped by. We first met at my Wildlife Jeopardy Program at the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park.

        "CRACKER DAYS" at Rainbow Springs  2-25/26-2012


              Author with Home-Schooled Student, Lauren

Books and Beyond Book Festival  February 4, 2012

St Margaret's Episcopal Church, Inverness, FL


Rotary Club Talk "ABCs of Florida History"  January 31, 2012

  Author with Program Chair, Lynda Johnson

   Author with SMW Rotary Club President, Ken Steidel


Lecanto Primary School     10-27-2011

      HERNANDO HERITAGE DAY and              CATTLE DRIVE         October 22, 2011

       Barbara with Author of Westerns and Romances,

                       Loretta Rogers


                      Barbara with Ocala Brit, Mimi

                        TWO BARBARAS HAVING FUN!


          Bringing in the Cattle





       Faith Haven Christian Retreat Center's                           First Fall Festival    October 15, 2011  Crystal River



   Karen Louis, Artist                                      Thunderhorse, Face Painter with Hannah


    Barbara with Cracker Horse at Soquili Stables


  Barbara with Diane Baggerly and Cracker Horse, Kaya


Ladies of the Elks Arts & Crafts Show 10-08-11


Floral City Merchants Show  October 1, 2011

      LITERACY DAY     September 11, 2011                                     Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park


Rotary Club Arts & Crafts Fair   August 20, 2011

    Homosassa Methodist Church Hall

Grant Writing Seminar/Book Signing Event  May 11, 2011

 Pasco Hernando Community College,Hernando, FL

Presentation at Presbyterian Fellowship Hall, May 5, 2011


Heritage Day,Homosassa, FL  March, 2011

"CRACKER DAYS" Booksigning Event  (Magnolia    Pavilion)  February 26, 2011

Author with Spinner, Mary

Author with Cracker Horse, Amigo

Author with Whip Cracker, Jimmie

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park  February 12, 2011

             Staff/Volunteer Arts & Crafts Show

BOOK FESTIVAL  Inverness, FL  January 29, 2011


Heritage Drive Meeting at RED's   November 18, 2010


Chairman of Hernando Heritage Festival, Cathy and Daughter Angie


LOCAL AUTHORS FAIR  Inverness, FL  November 6, 2010

                Barbara in her new red cowgirl hat!


          H.S. Reunion  BOOK  SALES Event

                                Elks Club

             Willimantic, CT    October 8, 2010


Barbara with Class President, Bill


 "Tip" wins personalized copy  of Cracker Cow in Silent Auction

Crystal River Women's Club Book Signing Event October, 2010



Delivering Books to Cathy Johnson and her daughter Angie R.


             September 13, 2010  Crystal River

        Cathy is the chairperson for this year's

          Hernando Southern Heritage Festival


      Flyer for Hernando Heritage Festival 2010

Author with Angie and Cathy at Dan's Clam Stand

Literacy Day Event, Homosassa Wildlife Park  September 2010


Second Day of Literacy Day Event, Homosassa HSWSP

Book Signing at Forgotten Treasures,Floral City, FL

May, 2010


Author has Cracker Cow at GRUMBLES HOUSE, Dunnellon, FL    August, 2010

 Literacy Day Event at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park September 10-12, 2010

    Author with Fellow Volunteer at Park, Donna N.

Presentation and Book Signing  Lecanto, FL  3-1-2010

History Presentation at Citrus Hills Country Club

A Visit to Whip Maker, Johnny Outlaw

Seafood Festival, Yankeetown, FL   November 2009

Presentation for Sorority Group  Inverness, FL

Cracker Days  (Rainbow Springs) September 2009


 Author with Whip Cracker, Jimmie

Author with Fellow Writer 

Support from the community

 Jeff Clement at The Feed and Western Outlet, Inverness, FL


Amy at the Hay Barn, Floral City, FL 


Maryland Club Presentation, Crystal River, FL   November, 2009

More Community Support ( James at Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters) Hernando, FL

Lillian at Country Feed Store, Homosassa, FL 


Hernando Cattle Drive     September 2009


 Angie and Lindsey


Cracker Gatherin' October 2009  Brooksville, FL

Two Authors at Cracker Gatherin', Barbara and Loretta 

A Cracker Bull at Cracker Cattleman's Auction 

A Beautiful Cracker horse calling to his friends


Cracker Cow is at the Book Mart in Perry, FL


Tallahassee History Museum Book Signing

Library Book Signing Event  April 6, 2009

Vicky, Betty and Barbara at Homosassa, FL


"America Reads" program...Homosassa Library

Girl Scouts enjoy "CRACKER COW History Book


Floral City Art Show/Book Signing Event


Heritage Day at Homosassa   March 2009

Presentation "History, Herstory, What's In Your Story"

PEO Ladies Group  Sugarmill Woods    April 4, 2009


Barbershop Quartets Concert  Lecanto, FL

Homosassa Wildlife Park Art Show   February 2009


Cracker Gatherin' ...Author enjoying Florida Cracker Cow Owners  2008

 Cracker Days at Rainbow Springs   November 2008

Author with Whipcracker/Storyteller, Butch   Gainesville, FL

Cracker Cattleman's Gatherin'  November 2, 2007

Cracker Cattleman's Association Sale November 3, 2007


Paynes Prairie  September 13, 2007

Author with Park Specialist, Julie Anne and Cowhunters "Skeeter" and "Possum"


Literacy Day at Paynes Prairie with students from Micanopy


 Author with Cracker Calf, Ranger at Paynes Prairie


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