November calendar for Ga. state parks and historical sites

Fri, 10/20/2006 - 4:35pm
By: The Citizen

Below is the November 2006 Calendar from Georgia's State Parks & Historic Sites. More information is available at or 1-800-864-7275. During 2006, Georgia State Parks will celebrate its 75th Anniversary with several commemorative events throughout the state. These are indicated with a 75th Anniversary logo.

November 2006 - Divided by Region


Visiting Artist Series
Saturday, November 4 and 11, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sunday, November 5 and 12, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen
Talented artists and craftspeople from Georgia and surrounding states will demonstrate their art or craft and have samples for sale. Artists will be set up in the 3rd floor of Unicoi Lodge. $3 parking. (800) 573-9659 ext. 305.

Saturday Evening Music Concerts
Saturday, November 4 and 11, 8 - 9 p.m.
Unicoi State Park and Lodge - Helen
Some of the best musicians in the area will perform Appalachian Mountain, bluegrass and southern gospel music during this series which runs June through mid-November. "Pass-the-hat" donations to the musicians are welcome. $3 parking. (800) 573-9659 ext. 305.

Visiting Artists and Fall Water Release Weekends Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tallulah Gorge State Park - Tallulah Falls Beauty and excitement await visitors during the Fall Weekend Water Releases. John Nichols will show his creations and provide demonstrations of some of his wood burning techniques in the Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center. $4 parking. (706) 754-7981.

75 Features of Cloudland Canyon
Saturday, Nov 11, 2006 10 AM - 5 PM
Cloudland Canyon State Park -- Trenton
A day of hiking and exploration partnered with a fun scavenger hunt. A list of features at the park will be given to each guest to find, with a park ranger offering guidance throughout the hike. This list will be available as a wilderness guide throughout the year. $3 parking. 706-657-4050.

Appalachian Thanksgiving
Thursday, November 23
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge - Dawsonville Experience a traditional Thanksgiving with a day full of old-fashioned family fun. Demonstrations include butter churning, candle dipping, folk toys, and more. Reservations for the Thanksgiving buffet are required. $3 parking. (706) 265-4703.


Fall Candle Light Tour
Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Pickett's Mill Battlefield State Historic Site - Dallas Come relive the famous nighttime battle that took the lives of 1500 soldiers. Tours start promptly at 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. Space is limited to 25 people per tour. Tickets go on sale at the site's visitor's center October 7. Admission is $5.00 per person. (770) 443-7850.

"Ruins and Rapids" Full Moon Hike
Sunday, November 5, 7 - 9 p.m.
Sweetwater Creek State Park - Lithia Springs This two-mile guided hike is rated "moderate" and follows the lovely rapids of Sweetwater Creek (up to class IV) to the Civil War-era textile mill ruins of New Manchester. Hikes will continue if it is overcast but will be cancelled if it is raining. Bring a flashlight and sturdy shoes. No children under 6 or dogs. $1-$2 plus $3 parking. (770) 732-5871.

Birds of Prey
Saturday, November 11, 2 - 4 p.m.
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge
Join Teaching Youth to Observe (TYTO) for this birds of prey presentation featuring a red-tailed hawk, great horned owl and tiny screech owl. Register in advance. $3 parking. (770) 389-7801.

Night Prowl
Saturday, November 11, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge
Look for owls, deer, fox and other creatures during this evening hike. Bring a flashlight. Register in advance (no organized groups). $3 parking. (770) 389-7801.


Pine Mountain Trail Night Hike
Friday, November 3, 7:30 p.m.
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain Join the night owls at the Fox Den Cove Parking Lot for an unforgettable night underneath the stars. The program will include Name that Foot, Crater Feature, and other activities. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a flashlight. $3 parking. (706) 663-4858

Syrup Makin' & Storytellin'
Saturday, November 4, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Jarrell Plantation Historic Site - Juliette The traditional fall syrup cook-off was an important event on many middle Georgia farms, and it featured family and community gathering for work and play. Enjoy demonstrations of the sugar cane mill, syrup kettle, steam engine, woodstove cooking, and of course, storytelling. $2.50-$4. (478) 986-5172.

Fala Day
Saturday, November 4, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs This tribute to FDR's faithful companion dog, Fala, includes parades, bagpipe music, storytelling and more. Fala passed away in 1952 and is buried near his master at Hyde Park in New York. Scotties on six-foot leashes are welcome. The Scottish Terrier Club of Greater Atlanta will be sponsoring this event with their club members and pets in this program that recognizes the 75th Anniversary of Georgia's State Parks. $4-$7. (706) 655-5870.

Henry Conley Folk Music
Saturday, November 11, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain Known for their talent and dedication to keeping the sounds of Appalachian-style mountain music alive, Henry Conley Folk Music will perform in the amphitheater near the group shelter. Bring marshmallows and goodies to roast over the hot coals as you enjoy the music. $3 parking. (706) 663-4858.

A Tribute to Veterans
Saturday, November 11, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Georgia Veterans State Park - Cordele
Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Georgia State Parks with our annual Tribute to Veterans program, which includes an antique and classic car show, World War II living history and a ceremony at 3 p.m. honoring veterans. A model airplane fly-in will also be held Saturday and Sunday. $3 parking. (229) 276-2371.

Millen Milers 5k Fall Race and Fish Fry
Saturday, November 11, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Magnolia Springs State Park - Millen
Start the day with the Millen Milers five kilometer race, and then enjoy various ongoing programs and a fried chicken lunch. Stay for a fish fry that night and enjoy lantern ghost tours of the prison camp and a dance featuring a swing band. $3 parking. (478) 982-1660.

Astronomy Night
Saturday, November 11, 6 - 8 p.m.
Providence Canyon State Park - Lumpkin
Columbus State University and the Coca-Cola Space Science Center present this program that includes a slide presentation that is followed by the viewing the night skies through telescopes. Visitors may bring their own telescopes for instructions and/or viewing. Providence Canyon offers excellent night sky viewing without any light pollution. $1 plus $3 parking. (229) 838-6202.

An Evening of Astronomy
Saturday, November 18, 7:15 p.m.
F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain Constellations and planets have been an important part of society and folklore since humans lived in caves. Join interpretive rangers at the Park Office Amphitheater for star talks, star maps and viewing of the night sky. $3 parking. (706) 663-4858.

Pioneer Skills Day
Saturday, November 18, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
General Coffee State Park - Nicholls
Heritage Farm will come to life as volunteers demonstrate the skills of farm life from the 1800s. This festival includes crafters, musicians and dancers. $3 parking. (912)-384-1581.

Overnight Backpacking Trip
Saturday, November 18 through Sunday, November 19, 2 p.m. F.D. Roosevelt State Park - Pine Mountain This guided trip on the Pine Mountain Trail includes breathtaking vistas, pretty valleys and plentiful water crossings. The five-mile hike will begin at Dowdell's Knob, lead to Sparks Creek campsite and end at Rocky Point parking lot. Hikers should supply their own gear. Register in advance. $3 parking. (706) 663-4858.

6th Annual Corn & Cane Grinding
Saturday, November 18, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
George L. Smith State Park - Twin City
Celebrate the 75th anniversary of Georgia State Parks and learn about the history of the park's covered bridge/grist mill by watching corn and cane grindings. Sample cane juice, shop for jars of syrup and buy country-cooking lunches (collard greens, black-eyed peas and more) made on an 1800s wood stove. $3 parking. (478) 763-2759.

A Warm Springs 75th Anniversary Thanksgiving Saturday, November 18, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. FDR's Little White House Historic Site - Warm Springs In recognition of the 75th Anniversary of Georgia's State Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt (portrayed by Nancy Simko) will greet our guests and people who enjoyed Thanksgiving Dinner with FDR will be our guest recalling those wonderful years. Descendants of band members who played for President Roosevelt will play live folk music on grounds. $4-$7. (706) 655-5870.


The Fort by Candlelight
Friday, November 10, 7 - 9 p.m.
Fort King George Historic Site - Darien
Take a candle-lit walk back into history. The year is 1725, and the soldiers of Fort King George are engaged in a variety of evening activities, including cannon firings. Refreshments are included. $2.50-$5.00. (912) 437-4770.

Drums Along the Altamaha
Saturday, November 11 through Sunday, November 12, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Fort King George Historic Site - Darien
Fort King George was a major stepping-stone to the establishment of the colony of Georgia. Commemorate its significance with British, Spanish, Native American and civilian reenactors, 18th century crafts, living history demonstrations and a battle reenactment. $2.50-$5. (912) 437-4770.

"Come and Take It!"
Saturday, November 18, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fort Morris Historic Site - Midway
This American Revolution encampment commemorates Col. John McIntosh's defiant reply to a British demand for surrender, "Come and Take it!" There will be colonial demonstrations, musket & cannon drills, a tactical skirmish and a dramatic portrayal. Interpreters in historical attire will discuss soldier and civilian life in Georgia during the American Revolution. $1.50-$3.00. (912) 884-5999.

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