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'Pioneer and Indians' program coming to Mistletoe State park

Posted: November 15, 2015 - 12:03am
Mistletoe State Park is holding its Pioneer and Indians Program on Nov. 23 and 24. The event includes activities that let participants step back in time.  Special
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Mistletoe State Park is holding its Pioneer and Indians Program on Nov. 23 and 24. The event includes activities that let participants step back in time.

The Thanksgiving break is just about upon us and schoolchildren across the county will be out for the holiday. But, organizers at Mistletoe State Park in Appling hope the students’ learning will continue as they host their annual Pioneer and Indians Program.

The program, which will be conducted two times this year – Nov. 23 and Nov. 24 – will include a number of activities that will allow participants to step back in time.

“We added another day because this program is so popular,” said Brenda Bettross, program assistant at Mistletoe.

Among events planned are candle making, an exploration of old-fashioned toys and the making of a corn husk doll.

“They will learn how to make dip candles and what types of toys pioneer and Indian children played with,” Bettross said.

In addition to those activities, participants will also help make a pioneer stew using deer meat, and they can churn butter.

They will also enjoy some Johnny cakes for lunch.

“Children will get a closer look at the life of Indians,” Bettross said. “They will learn how to use a blow gun, learn a native Indian craft of bead work and create a bead craft to take home.”

Children will also learn how pioneers and Indians entertained themselves through music.

The cost of the program is just $25 and includes lunch. The program will run from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Registration is required and can be made by calling the park office at (706) 541-0321.

Bettross added that the program is limited to 20 youngsters each day.

Mistletoe State Park has 10 fully equipped cottages on Lake Olmstead, five of which are log cabins, according to the Georgia State Parks Web site. A four-bed tent cabin with electricity and water faces the lake. Overnight guests can rent canoes to explore the lake.

The park is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. A $5 parking pass must be obtained at the park entrance in order to enter the park.

For more information about Mistletoe State Park and the programs it offers, visit www.GeorgiaStateParks.org/Mistletoe or call the park office at 706-541-0321.

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