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Elijah Clark State Park will hold veterans, pioneer-themed events

In honor of Veterans Day, Elijah Clark State Park is hosting a special remembrance ceremony for prison­ers of war (POW) and those killed in action (KIA). The public is invited to attend this free event known as “Veterans Day with a Veteran” on Saturday, November 11, from 11- 11:30 a.m., as attending veterans set up a memory seat for those POWs and KIAs.

Several other events have also been scheduled at Elijah Clark State Park throughout the month of November as outlined below.

The “Pioneer and Indian Series” will feature colonial life also on Saturday, November 11, from 1-3 p.m.

Ever wonder how life was during the revolutionary era? The Pioneer and Indian Series is here to explain those bygone days, and this is the last chance guests will have this year to see spinning and weaving dem­onstrations on a loom. Guests will also tour the Elijah Clark homestead cabin, and create a handkerchief doll just like colonial children did in the past. The cost is $5.

Children’s chores will be featured at the next installment of the Pioneer and Indian Series on Saturday, No­vember 18, from 1-3 p.m.

This event will highlight what children did during the revolution­ary era, as guests are invited to join the park’s staff to learn about the chores and tasks assigned to chil­dren during this period in history, such as making butter and candles. Each participant will be given the chance to make their own butter and a candle. Guests will also tour the Elijah Clark homestead cabin. The cost is $5.

On the night of November 18, from 7:30-8:30 p.m., a special campfire will be lit at the assembly shelter, and an evening of storytell­ing and marshmallow roasting will commence. There is no cost. The assembly shelter is located centrally between both campground sites.

A special “Junior Rangers: Native Americans and Pioneers” class will be given on Saturday, November 25, from 1-4 p.m.

For this event, Junior Rangers will step back in time. Children will be­come pioneer children learning how the pioneers washed clothes, and made butter and candles. They will create Native American crafts such as corn husk dolls, blow guns, and an Indian rain stick. The day will end with archery, and kids will learn how to shoot a bow and arrows like the Native Americans did. The cost is $15 for first child, and $10 for each additional participating child.

For more information on events at Elijah Clark State Park, contact the park’s front office at 706-359- 3458.

Several other state parks in the surrounding area are also host­ing events and holiday festivities throughout the month of November as featured below.

A “Morning Run at Mistletoe” will take place on Saturday, No­vember 18, from 8:30-10 a.m. at Mistletoe State Park in Appling.

For runners of every skill, now’s the chance to test out your ath­leticism with one of park’s rangers. Participants are asked to meet at the park’s office before running one of Mistletoe’s most challenging trails. The Rock Dam trail is six miles long and features amazing scenery. Participants are also asked to arrive prepared to work out by wearing proper clothing and shoes. They are also asked to take their own water with them. Running is free.

For more information, contact the Mistletoe State Park front office at 706-541-0321.

A “Christmas Kickoff” has been slated for Saturday, November 25, from 6-8 p.m. at Richard B. Russell State Park in Elberton.

At this event, Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be available for pictures. Hot chocolate and apple cider, along with other Christmas treats will be served, as the park’s staff has deco­rated for the holiday season outside and around the pavilion with lights and other seasonal displays.

For more information, contact the Richard B. Russell front office at 706-213-2045.

“Christmas Lights at A. H. Ste­phens” will begin Friday-Sunday, November 24-26, from 6-10 p.m. at A.H. Stephens State Park in Craw­fordville, and will continue every weekend until Christmas.

Guests will tour the park’s 10- acre event field (located just behind the park’s office), which has been beautifully decorated with Christ­mas light displays by a host of site partners, volunteers, and local busi­nesses. Free treats will be available and holiday themed movies will be shown nightly.

There is a $5 parking as required by all Georgia State Parks. For more information on events at A. H. Ste­phens State Park, contact the park’s office at 706-456-2602.

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