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Enjoy live theater at Mahoney State Park

LINCOLN – Bring the family for dinner and a play at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park this holiday season. From Nov. 26 to Dec. 18, the park will be showing an original, family-friendly play, “Making Spirits Bright.” Visitors will receive 10 percent off of a buffet meal at the Lodge Restaurant with the purchase of a ticket. The play tells the story of a couple who have all the trappings of a happy life, but have lost the Christmas spirit. …

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Fall – Perfect for Outdoor Cooking

The fall season is here and the holidays are just around corner.  Don’t let the chill in the air keep you from cooking outdoors.  From cooler temperatures and colorful leaves, fall is an excellent time to cook outdoors and here’s why: Enjoy the warmth No sweat, preparing a meal over hot coals or wood logs is more comfortable in cooler weather. Also as the days get shorter, the warmth of the fire’s glow is simply relaxing. No Bugs The cooler …

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Game and Parks seeks information about vandalism at Lake McConaughy SRA

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is seeking information on vandalism at Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area. The Martin Bay RV dump station was damaged beyond repair sometime between the night of Oct. 15 and Oct. 16. There are no suspects at this time. A vehicle had illegally driven off-road up the bank at the back of Martin Bay over the top of the dump station’s septic tanks. The vehicle got stuck, and then caused the damage while …

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Day of fun, educational activities planned for Nov. 5 at Ponca SP

LINCOLN – Enjoy an autumn day of fun and education for all ages Nov. 5 at Ponca State (SP). Take an introductory archery course from 9-11 a.m. using the park’s equipment. Participants must be at least 5 years of age. At 1 p.m., Critter Corner will introduce guests to wildlife found along the Missouri River. An outdoor cooking class at 3 p.m. will allow participants to cook treats in a Dutch oven over a campfire. A park permit is required …

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2016 Great Park Pursuit winners announced

LINCOLN – Dozens of teams won prizes in the 2016 Great Park Pursuit, hosted by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Nebraska Recreation and Park Association. The following teams won the challenge’s top prizes: — $1,500 outdoor recreation package grand prize: Road Trip Adventures, Papillion — $750 outdoor recreation package: Conklin Bushwhackers, Juniata — $500 outdoor recreation package: Recycled Fish Stewards, Ralston — Two-night cabin stay and 2017 NEBRASKAland calendar: Foot Stompers, Seward — Two-night cabin stay: Van …

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River Valley Artisans and Craft Market Nov. 5-6 at Mahoney SP

LINCOLN – Enjoy browsing through beautiful handcrafted art or begin your Christmas shopping early at the River Valley Artisans and Craft Market Nov. 5-6 at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park. This event is a showcase for handmade items of various kinds. Vendors will show jewelry, jewelry boxes, alpaca socks and scarves, stained glass, suncatchers, birdhouses, photography, metal signs, pottery, spices, duck decoys, digital painted art, lighted jars and bottles, wine bottle spoon rests, and more. Hours for the show are …

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Enjoy a Thanksgiving meal at Mahoney State Park

LINCOLN – On Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, the Lodge Restaurant at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park (SP) will offer a holiday meal with both traditional and nontraditional menu items for the whole family. A ham and turkey carving station will be available, along with traditional holiday fixings. Hours for the meal are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost for adults is $25.95; meals for kids ages 5 to 12 are $12.95. Kids under 5 eat free. To make your …

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Lake McConaughy SRA trash cleanup day is Nov. 5

LINCOLN – Lake McConaughy-area residents are encouraged to participate in a trash cleanup day Nov. 5 at the state recreation area (SRA). The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is partnering with Keep Keith County Beautiful and Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District (CNPPID) for this effort from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Commission staff will be headquartered at three locations around the SRA. Each location will provide materials such as trash bags, buckets, pickers and orange vests. UTVs will …

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Spring Park campground at Lake McConaughy reopens

LINCOLN – The Spring Park primitive campground at Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area has reopened. The campground was closed for cleanup after it sustained storm damage Labor Day weekend. The National Weather Service estimated winds in the area of more than 65 mph, which caused significant tree and road damage. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission employees began cleanup of the area in mid-September. “This campground is popular with hunters, and our staff worked hard to get it cleaned up in …

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Fort Atkinson SHP to host deer processing class

LINCOLN – Learn all aspects of deer processing during a hands-on, three-part class at Fort Atkinson State Historical Park. The class will cover field care and curing on Oct. 23, sausage making on Dec. 4 and fresh venison cooking on Dec. 11. Cure Cooking of Fort Calhoun will lead the class, which costs $35 per class or $90 for all three. Space is limited. To register, visit CureCooking.com/DeerClasses. Fort Atkinson is located seven blocks east of U.S. Highway 75 near …

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