66th Annual Mitchell Persimmon Festival

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Geocaching-A High Tech Treasure Hunt

Spring Mill State Park will be hosting their 5th Annual Geocache Challenge on February 5, 2011 from 11 am to 4 pm.  This challenge is multi-staged and designed to be completed within two to three hours.  “Big Trees” is the theme (a subtle clue!) and the first finisher to complete the entire challenge wins a special prize.  Start your geocaching adventure at the Nature Nook inside the Spring Mill Inn to receive the coordinates for the first cache. This is a different way to tour the park and find places off the usual trails.  Take the challenge by yourself, with your family, or create your own team.  The Lawrence County Tourism Commission office has two GPS units available for rent through the Go Seek GPS Rental Program.  The Tourism Commission arranges for the first four days of your rental to be complimentary.  Call the office for details, toll free 800-798-0769.

The InKy Geocachers group is having their 10th Anniversary Indiana Fall Picnic at Spring Mill State Park September 9-11, 2011.  This event will include and meet and greet on Friday night.  The next day will be the main event will be the discovering of geocaches located throughout the park and Lawrence county.  Saturday evening a trading event and talent show will be held.  Cache In, Trash Out happens Sunday morning as a flash mob cleans up the park.  Visit www.inkygeo.com to find out more about the group and to join.

If you don’t have a GPS unit, there is an app for iPhone and Android.  Information about this option can be found at www.geocaching.com as well as the locations of geocaches throughout America.

Some tips for geocaching are to mark your car or starting location before you hit the trail and be sure to take key items with you such as water, flashlight, multi-tool, etc.  Should you decide to create your own cache, choose a waterproof container, a lock ‘n lock style container over the snap-on lid type.  When you place your cache, always ask permission from the business or location first and choose the back of the property versus a more public area.  Make your cache one of quality and don’t place it on private property.

Some of the common geocache log acronyms are: TFTC! Thanks for the cache!; T:/L Took from the cache/Left in the cache, i.e. took a yo-yo, left a whistle; TNLN Took nothing from the cache, left nothing in the cache; TB Travel Bug, a trackable item that moves from cache to cache.

Southern Indiana, Lawrence County, and Spring Mill State Park  have many geocaches and searching in the wintertime before the vegetation sprouts again is a perfect time.  It reduces the amount of tiny hungry bugs or bigger critters that may surprise you when you come seeking your treasure.  Geocaching is fun for all ages and really not as difficult as you would expect.  Grab a friend and give it a try and see some interesting places along the way!

Lawrence County Gets Its Twinkle On!

This yuletide season begins the first weekend in December in Lawrence County with a sprinkling of sparkling activities for the Santa believers in all of us.

One of our shinning stars is Spring Mill State Park with “Christmas in the Pioneer Village” on Friday, December 3rd, from 5-9 pm. The Pioneer Village is an authentic late 1800’s town and the folks there will welcome you with candles in the windows, while warming you up with wassail, baked cookies and live musicians playing seasonal songs. The heritage artisans craft holiday gifts and decorations while waiting for Father Christmas to make his way there. Just follow the luminaries to find him. This living postcard happens again the next day, Saturday, December 4th, from 1-9 pm. This is an opportunity for your family to experience something memorable as you are transported two centuries back in time.

A novel idea to light up community spirit in Springville is their “Christmas at the Park”. The park is divided into sections and the public is invited to decorate their own section with lights and holiday displays. The judging will begin at 6 pm, on Friday, December 3rd, and the winner receives a cash prize. More prizes will be awarded at the “Chil-lie Cook-Off” at the old gym in Springville. Judges will decide the best three chilis and Santa Claus will come to see if the judges did a good job!

Also, on December 3rd, 7:30 pm, Forever Gold will give a concert at the Schafer Auditorium in Bedford. This band will perform holiday rock and roll, as well as 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s music. We don’t forget the “boomers” when we plan the holiday festivities here! Tickets are $10 at the door and $8 for “rockers” 65+ years young.

LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION! are the three words that depict December 4th in downtown Bedford. The premier event is the Bedford Christmas Parade with the theme “A Toyland Christmas” beginning at 5:45 pm with the illumination of the downtown lights, then the parade at 6 pm. It would be a good idea to bring your cameras and camcorders for all the spectacular action! Last year with 130 entries in the parade made this the largest Christmas parade in southern Indiana.

We begin this day of festivities with the L.I.F.E Christmas Fantasia, starting at 9 am at the Parkview School in Bedford with the viewing and auction of decorated trees and wreaths to benefit the Lawrence County Interfaith Endeavor food pantry. Truly beautiful trees for a beautiful cause, truly.

The Twelve Months of Christmas, downtown Bedford, is having Children’s Story Time, beginning at 12:30 pm until Santa arrives at 1 pm. He will bring a small gift for the children that visit him until he leaves for the North Pole at 3 pm.

At that same hour, the horse-drawn carriage rides begin around the Bedford square until 5 pm.

To keep everyone toasty and happy does a nice bowl of chili sound good? We have that too with lively entertainment by The Lloyd Wood Show. The Chili Supper begins at 4 pm and includes a steamy bowl of chili, hot dog, cookie, and a drink, all for $5 until the conclusion of the parade.

For a vintage video of the Bedford Christmas Parade, circa late 1930’s to early 1940’s from YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYoKfYBDKGs

We end the evening on a heartfelt note but with some holiday cheer thrown in, as its back to the Twelve Months of Christmas for a Shopping Party that benefits The American Cancer Society.

Enjoy the sparkle in your loved ones eyes during our wonderful holiday celebrations here in lovely Lawrence County, in serene southern Indiana. Peace, Comfort and Joy to everyone!