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LaGrange County Parks news for August

Closing…

    Maple Wood Nature Center will be closed on Saturday, August 22, for the David Rogers Country Fair. Trails will be open.

Cast-iron cooking…               A program on cast-iron cooking will begin at noon on Friday, Aug. 14, during the Northeast Indiana Steam and Gas Show on the LaGrange County 4-H Fairgrounds.

    Cast iron has been the choice for cooking on a fire for a long time. The more you use it, the better it seems to get. How do you care for cast iron? What recipes are well suited to cooking over a fire?

Breakfast with the Birds…

    This month’s Breakfast with the Birds will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 19. The topic will be “Day of the Knife.”

    Buck Knives has declared August 22 as National Day of the Knife. Special guest Terry Miller, a custom knife maker, will share his craft and how knives differ depending upon the job they are intended for.

    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 for the program is recommended.

David Rogers Country Fair…

    David Rogers Country Fair will be held from noon until 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 22, at David Rogers Memorial Park, 2355W 550S in Wolcottville.

    This cultural history event is to remember the lives of the pioneers, Civil War families, and cowboys that traveled west from here. They built the farms, towns, and even some of the houses we still use today. Many left here on foot to stand for the Union and emancipation. The toughness to drive cattle, bring law and order, and even survive was trained in the Midwest.

    Rogers Pioneer Village hosts demonstrators of early handwork. The blacksmith, weaver, dressmaker, bowl carver, spoon carver, and more will be demonstrating from noon until 6 p.m.

    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. There will also be lots of music throughout the day along with pioneer food.

    Young people can experience life during the 19th Century by working the garden, making a craft, and playing games. In return for helpfulness, young people can earn a visit to the Choretime Trading Post.

    A Folk Dance will be held from 6-8 p.m. with caller Eddie Grogan and music by Liza and Mark.

    There is a small admission fee. As always, please visit Dr. Rogers’ monument and remember his generosity.

    For more information, visit the website at www.davidrogers days.org.

Folk Jam…

    This month’s Folk Jam will be from 1:30-5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 23.

    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 reo43@aol.com or Maple Wood at 463-4022 or lagrangecounty parks@yahoo.com.

Hunter safety education…

    The LaGrange County Parks Department will host three sessions of Hunter Safety Education this fall:

·         5:30-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29, Wednesday, Sept. 30, and Thursday, Oct. 1, at Dallas Lake Park. Class number is 65515.

·         9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, and 5:30-9 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 26, at Maple Wood Nature Center. Class number is 65516.

·         5:30-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, Nov. 3-5, at Pine Knob Park in Howe. Class number is 65518.

     Register online at register-ed.com. Search by date, location or class number to register for the class you would like to attend.

    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 LaGrange County parks, call (260) 854-2225 or (260) 463-4022 or lagrange countyparks@yahoo.com.