Spend some time this fall in Nebraska’s state parks. While history is a major theme during October park events, other types of events are scheduled, too.
Don’t forget a vehicle park entry permit is required at Nebraska state parks. Get one at OutdoorNebraska.gov or at state park entrances.
Enjoy River Valley Artisans and Craft Market Oct. 15-16 at Mahoney SP
Start your holiday shopping early at the River Valley Artisans and Craft Market on Oct. 15-16 at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park near Ashland. Browse through handmade arts and craft items in the new Crete Carrier Riverview Lodge.
Vendors will have fused-glass art, candles, crocheted items, designer-etched glassware, jewelry, paintings, photography, door signs, woodwork and more.
Hours for the show are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 15 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 16. For more details, visit the calendar event listing at calendar.outdoornebraska.gov.
Living History scheduled Oct. 1-2 at Fort Atkinson SHP
Visit Fort Atkinson State Historical Park on Oct. 1-2 for a Living History Weekend: Harvesting 1820 Style.
Throughout the day, living history reenactors will spin fiber, weave, blacksmith and tinsmith, cooper, run the trader’s cabin and more.
Guests are invited to participate in an archeological dig that will take place on the west side of the barracks throughout the weekend.
Visit the calendar event entry at calendar.outdoornebraska.gov for the full schedule.
A valid Nebraska park entry permit is required. A per person fee is required at the Harold W. Andersen Visitor Center of $2 per adult and $1 per child. For more information, contact the park at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-468-5611.
Pink Pumpkin Walk is Oct. 15 at Indian Cave State Park
The Pink Pumpkin Walk, a walk for cancer survivors and in memory of loved ones, will be at 11 a.m. Oct. 15 at Indian Cave State Park. It also helps support October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Call 402-883-0014 or 402-883-0135 to register and order a personalized pink pumpkin in memory of a loved one, for those who have beat cancer and those currently fighting it. The $10 registration is due by Oct. 1. Proceeds go to Southeast Nebraska Memorial Cancer Garden.
For more details, visit the calendar event entry at calendar.outdoornebraska.gov.
Learn living history reenacting at Rock Creek Station SHP
Join members of the Rock Creek Hayforks living history group for an introductory session to reenacting Oct. 15 at Rock Creek Station State Historical Park.
Presentations will take place at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the East Ranch.
Find out how to participate in living history events. Discuss resources for proper clothing, historical accuracy and learning period skills. Hear stories on how to build a first-person persona and what goes on behind the scenes.
Contact the park for more information at 402-729-5777.
Arbor Lodge hosting four living history weekends in October
See historic trades, talents and other demonstrations come alive inside Arbor Lodge Mansion and on the grounds at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park in October during five living history weekends, each with a different theme.
The themes are:
Oct. 1-2 – Celebrate Heritage – Learn about the ethnic heritage and customs of early Nebraskans.
Oct. 8-9 – School Days – Discover the subjects, books and techniques of early schoolteachers.
Oct. 15-16 – Victorian Era – Learn about Victorian dresses, mourning customs, lacemaking, parlor games, parlor music and more.
Oct. 22-23 – All About Salt – Discover the evolution of salt and how Morton Salt revolutionized the industry.
Oct. 29-30 – Vintage Halloween – Come celebrate Halloween history, customs and games throughout the mansion.
Mansion admission is $9 adults, $7 for ages 3-12. Demonstration hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit the calendar event entries at calendar.outdoornebraska.gov for more information and to buy Arbor Lodge tickets in advance.
Enders Trail Ride is Oct. 1
Horse owners are invited to Enders Reservoir State Recreation Area on Oct. 1 for the annual Enders Trail Ride.
The ride starts at 9 a.m. Mountain time at the Area A Campground. Lunch will be provided. Registration is preferred.
Call 308-233-1026 or 308-530-2648 for more information and to register.