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August LaGrange County Parks report

Special closings…

    Maple Wood Nature Center will be closed Saturday, Aug. 24, for the David Rogers Country Fair. Trails will be open.

    Maple Wood Nature Center will be closed Aug. 31-Sept. 6 for Labor Day. Trails will be open.

Sunlight After Sunset…

    Sunlight After Sunset will be presented at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9, at the Northeast Indiana Steam and Gas Show on the LaGrange County 4-H Fairgrounds.

    For most of human history nighttime meant stop unless you could use fire to extend the day. The history of the United States is also a history of experiments to improve artificial lighting. Through artifacts explore the quest to harness sunlight after sunset.

Perseid meteor showers…       

    Dallas Lake Park will remain open Monday, Aug. 12, as a viewing zone for the Perseid meteor showers.

    The most watchable of annual sky events is the Perseid meteor shower. August 12 is the normal peak for this show, which is also viewable a few days before and after the peak.

    Bring tarps, blankets, sleeping bags or whatever to stretch out in the grass and cast a gaze skyward. Best viewing is usually from 11 p.m. until 2 a.m. Dallas Lake Park is located at 0505W 700S.

Breakfast with the Birds…     

    This month’s Breakfast with the Birds will be at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21. The topic will be “leaves.”

    Each type of tree has leaves distinct to its kind. There are so many it can be overwhelming at first. Attendees will understand the basics of leaf identification to know trees better. For those doing leaf collections, the program will also be addressing how to press and preserve a leaf collection.

    Breakfast with the Birds is for anyone who is free one Wednesday morning of each month. The program starts with coffee and doughnuts, then a talk or discussion is offered by a naturalist. Bring binoculars and enjoy a hike in the woods afterward. A small donation to attend is recommended.

Living history festival  …

    Celebrate the lives of the pioneers at the David Rogers Country Fair Living History Festival on Saturday, Aug. 24.

    Return to an earlier day when skilled crafters made everything by hand and a community get-together was a chance for fun and games.

    David Rogers Pioneer Village will be host to demonstrators of early handwork. A blacksmith, weaver, dressmaker, spoon and bowl carvers, and more will be there. There will be also be youth activities and games along with lots of folk music, entertainment and pioneer foods.




    Professor Bodkins-Childs will dazzle attendees with his magical act. Mr. Punch's puppet show reeks of mayhem. A Civil War Navy officer will be looking for recruits.

    This year is the first time a Pie Eating and Hog Calling Champion will be crowned.

    Friends of LaGrange County Parks will host a Country Auction at 2 p.m.

    Programs and games are from noon until 6 p.m. A Folk Dance with live music and caller will be held from 6-8 p.m.

    David Rogers Memorial Park is located at 2355W 550S. A map is downloadable at

Folk jam…     

    This month’s folk jam is from 1:30-5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25.

    Folk music jam sessions are hosted the second and fourth Sundays of the month. Jam sessions are mostly folk, country and bluegrass music with other styles thrown in from time to time.

    For more information, contact Erv Troyer at 463-2247 or or Maple Wood Nature Center at 463-4022 or

    All programs, unless otherwise noted, are held at Maple Wood Nature Center, 4.5 miles east and one mile south of LaGrange.

    For more information about programs or the LaGrange County Parks, call 260-854-2225 or 260-463-4022 or e-mail