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Visit Log House and Blacksmith Shop

May 3, 2014 - September 27, 2014
Every Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Each Saturday from May through September, travel back to the 18th century to explore both the Log House and the Blacksmith Shop at Shawnee Prairie Preserve. The sound of hammers and anvil will be ringing as the smiths prepare new material for the Log House. The Pioneers in the Log House will be working on their daily chores just like in the 1700’s.

Location:
Shawnee Prairie Preserve
4267 State Route 502 West
Greenville, OH 45331

Contact:
Naturalist
937.548.0165
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Prairie Days

September 27, 2014 - September 28, 2014
10-5 Saturday; 12-5 Sunday

You're invited to Prairie Days! Enjoy a weekend celebrating prairies and the pioneer way of life! See apple butter being made over the fire, play children’s pioneer games, take a horse and wagon ride, compete in foot races and seed-spitting contests, view local artists’ works, listen to and enjoy live music and entertainment. This year we will have performances by The Darke County Civic Theatre on Saturday at 11 am and 3 pm and Sunday at 3 pm. Enjoy music from the Thien Snipps, Robert DeMange, Silver Grass and more! Between performances, sit-a-spell with the pioneer volunteers in the 200 year old Log House as they demonstrate many skills such as spinning, leather work and making butter. Try your hand at candle-dipping, tinsmithing or take a wagon ride around the prairie. Take a stroll through the 18th century encampment and watch a tomahawk and knife throwing competition. Visit the Blacksmith Shop to see the master blacksmith working around the forge. And what is a festival without food? Take a load off as you enjoy fresh produce from Downing’s Fruit Farm or visit one of the many non-profit vendors. Participate in a pie-baking contest, try your luck at the annual basket raffle, and so much more. New this year, vendors from the regional Gourd Society will have their artwork on display. Admission and parking are FREE! Transportation from the main parking areas will once again be provided by Greenville Transit System (GTS). Parking areas will be well marked with plenty of signage. Handicap parking will be held in the paved lot at the Nature Center (please be sure to have your Handicap Placard visible).

Location:
Shawnee Prairie Preserve
4267 St. Rt. 502 W
Greenville, OH 45331

Contact:
Naturalist
(937) 548-0165
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Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live!

September 27, 2014
10 am to 4 pm

Enjoy free admission for two to The Garst Museum and National Annie Oakley Center as they once again participate in this national celebration of our country's heritage. The major exhibits are Crossroads of Destiny, The National Annie Oakley Center, Lowell Thomas with Lawrence and Beyond, and Keepers of Freedom. Other areas of interest are the Darke County Research Center, and the Americana, Village, and Pioneer wings. Download a coupon at www.Smithsonian.com/museumday.

Location:
Garst Museum
205 North Broadway
Greenville, OH 45331

Contact:
Brenda Arnett
937-548-5250
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Legendary Fall Open House at Bear's Mill

October 4, 2014 - October 5, 2014
11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Bring your friends and family to this celebration of Harvest... delicious fare, live music, the rich colors of Autumn, crunchy walks along the Mill race, falling leaves... what better time to celebrate? The Mill Store and Gallery at Bear's Mill will be full of new fall merchandise, including handmade pottery by the Bear's Mill potters, pumpkins, bittersweet, gourmet food items and many other unique gift items. Guided tours and grinding demos at 12:00, 2:00 & 4:00 Live music from 12:30 to 4:30 both days Delicious foods: Our famous French Market 18-bean soup and cornbread, brats & hotdogs, apple dumplings, caramel apples, pumpkin cookies and gourmet coffees Unique shopping featuring USA and hand made (many local) in addition to Bear’s Mill stoneground flours and meals.

Location:
Bear's Mill
6450 Arcanum Bearsmill Rd.
Greenville, OH 45331

Contact:
Merri Niekamp
937-548-5112
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