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Turpentine Tales and Fall Family Fest This Weekend

Published: 10.27.2021

Turpentine Tales

Thursday-Saturday, October 28-30 – 6-8pm
The Town Green at Russell Crossroads

Take a tour on the Turpentine Trail to learn about the animals in Russell Forest! Turpentine Tales: A Walk Through the Forest will run from 6pm to 8pm, October 28 through 30, at Russell Crossroads. Local student actors will don the costumes of forest animals to present the audience with glimpses of their lives in the Russell Forest.

“Among the animals on the tour will be a hawk, a ring-necked snake, a vulture, a deer, and others,” said Karen Kison, Wellness and Recreation Director at Willow Point Country Club, who is directing the outdoor production.

“Tour groups will meet in the stage area on the Town Green where Naturalist Marianne Hudson will have a presentation with live forest critters, then a guide will direct groups along the trail to meet the animals,” Kison explained. “Each actor will explain a little about how that animal lives in the forest.”

The program is designed to entertain children, especially those in early to mid-elementary grades, but younger children, older children and adults would find the tour interesting as well, Kison said.

There is no charge for Turpentine Tales; reservations are advised, but walkups will be welcomed. To make your reservation, email Kison at [email protected]. Please meet at the Town Green stage 15 minutes prior to tour time.

Turpentine Tales a great way to get to know the animals in the forest!

For information, email Karen Kison at [email protected].

Fall Family Festival

Saturday, October 30 – 10am-1pm
Russell Crossroads

You will find extraordinary fun at the Fall Family Festival, October 30, at Russell Crossroads! A few changes have been made for this year that you will love.

Bring your family out to this one-of-a-kind event! Not only will you find a working blacksmith and a grist mill, but you’ll be treated to a Pumpkin Patch overflowing with big orange pumpkins perfect for decorating at home. The kids might be challenged to solve a riddle or two in a day full of games with cool prizes, wagon rides, and pony rides. You can feed a real live camel in the petting zoo, watch and participate in the Naturalist presentation, and lots more.

You could also win cash prizes in our Blue Ribbon Canning and Baking Contests! You know what that means—dig out your favorite recipes for granny’s pickled eggs, your favorite blackberry jam, or other favorites like apple pie, pound cake, carrot cake, turtle cheesecake and others. Surprise us with your hidden talents! And, we just might have a celebrity judge or two this year!

There is a fee of $25 per family (based on a family of four), individuals are just $10, and if you need an additional pumpkin, they are just $5 each. It just gets better every year! See you from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, October 30. And please, don’t forget to bring the kids.

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