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Cracker Village Tour - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State ParkSaturday, February 24, 2018 - 10:00am EST
Free with regular park admission.
Ranger Station, 352-236-7148 ext. 4
Saturday, December 23rd only:
Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the cracker village will additionally feature a cast iron cooking demonstration as well as a firing of the new wood-fired pottery kiln. The kiln will be opened on December 27th and the pottery made will be available for purchase in the museum gift shop.
Come and discover what life was like at the turn of the century in the Florida "piney woods." The cracker homestead is a replica of a 19th century pioneer settlement. This collection of buildings represents a small "Cracker'' settlement dating to the 1890s. A typical homestead of the time would have included a cabin and outbuildings such as a barn, pantry, smokehouse, and outhouse. Schoolhouses, churches, and blacksmith shops would have been found in settlements that homesteaders visited to attend social gatherings and barter for supplies. During the tour, these buildings will be open and unlocked and on most tours the blacksmith's forge will be fired up. Meet at the Cracker Village across from the Silver River museum.
GeoCaching -Manatee Springs SP: Family, Friends, Fun & Food #3 @ Manatee Springs State ParkSaturday, February 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm EST
Free with park admission
Lon Sullivan AKA "Trail Walker") 352.224.8895
This event will include a pot luck meal, games, prizes, and the chance to hike the MSSP trails in search of TWELVE new and three existing geocaches.
Who knows, maybe the manatees will be in the springs!
You can see the information related to the event without having an account / membership (which is free), but You will need one to get certain details or to log a "Will attend" Those interested can access the information by logging on to Geocaching in Florida. Click on Other Search Options, scroll down to Search by GC Code. Search for: GC7FPYJ
Please post your "Will attend" so we know what size pavilion to reserve, and bring your favorite dish or dessert. IMPORTANT: This is a "pot-luck" lunch, so please bring your signature good eats. Some sort of basic meat will be provided.
We HIGHLY recommend that you wear good hiking boots, bring a walking stick, carry some bug spray...and don't forget the water!!
Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State ParkSaturday, February 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am EST
Free with park admission.
Join us for a guided exploration of MacArthur Beach State Park daily at 10:00 a.m. Meet in front of the Park's Nature Center.
Bring a water bottle, sunscreen and insect repellant.
Critter Crafts for Kids @ Oscar Scherer State ParkSaturday, February 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am EST
Free with camping or standard park entrance fee
Ranger Station 941-483-5956
Learn about the plants and animals at Oscar Scherer by making critter crafts. Materials are provided. Located in the Nature Center.
Cracker Days @ Rainbow Springs State ParkSaturday, February 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm EST
$2.00 Park Admission.
For more information, call 352-465-8555.
We invite you to experience a piece of history at Rainbow Springs State Park. Learn about campfire cooking, turkey calls, corn grinding and more. See cattle whip cracking and more Cracker Days demonstrations.
Enjoy browsing the handcrafters as you listen to the Bluegrass sounds by Shade Tree Pickers or dulcimer folk music by the Front Porch Folks.
Come and join us for food, games and good ole’ fun! Experience an unforgettable event, an exciting time for everyone, as we peek down history’s corridors!