TROY - The Friends of Mt. Pisgah State Park will hold an apple butter stir from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Organizers will try to present a hands-on idea of what life was like on the family farm at the turn of the 20th century.
During the free event, attendees may help make apple butter by stirring the mixture in a big copper kettle.
"If you have never tasted fresh apple butter on a cracker, you won't want to miss this apple butter stir,"
PHOTO PROVIDED BY BILL BOWER
Area youth take turns using a wooden paddle to stir apple butter that is cooking in a copper pot.
said Bill Bower, of Troy.
Jars of apple butter will be available, with a donation to the Friends. The supply will be limited.
Organizers also will make home-made ice cream, with the help of plenty of kid power and young at hearts who will be needed to turn the crank on the ice cream freezer. Dips of ice cream will be given out.
IN THE PARKS
Bald Eagle State Park, Howard
Oct. 12 - Environmental Learning Center open house, 1-3 p.m.
Oct. 14 - The Bird Watching Big Sit, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., beach area.
Cherry Springs State Park, Galeton
Office: Call Lyman Run park at 814-435-5010
Oct. 7 - Royalty in the Sky, 8-9:30 p.m.
Oct. 13 - The Seven Sisters (Pleiades) and Other Binocular Objects in the Night Sky, 8-9:30 p.m. Bring binoculars if you can.
Little Pine State Park, Waterville
Oct. 7 - Fall Festival, noon-4 p.m.
Mt. Pisgah State Park, Troy
Oct. 8 - Friends of Mt. Pisgah Meeting, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Nature Center.
Oct. 13 - Apple Butter Day, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
R.B. Winter State Park, Mifflinburg
Oct. 12 - Leaf it to Us, 10-11:30 a.m. Ages 4-8. Call to register.
Sinnemahoning State Park, Cameron County
Oct. 13 - GPS Basics, 1 p.m., wildlife center/park office.
Oct. 26 - Haunted Trail, 4-8 p.m., wildlife center. Bring flashlights. Volunteers needed to be in costume along the trail - the scarier, the better - as well as to help distribute snacks or with children's activities in the center's classroom. Call for more information.
Worlds End State Park, Forksville
Fridays through Oct. 26 - Growing up WILD, 10:30-11:30 a.m., visitor center. Ages 3-5 and their parents. Register in advance. Using wildlife-based activities, the program builds on a child's sense of wonder and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Growing Up WILD! provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills. Crafts, art projects, music, conservation activities and more are part of the curriculum.
The Bradford County Dairy Princess, or one of her representatives, will need help in making butter in an old glass butter churn.
Attendees may enjoy a cup of ham and bean soup made in a large cast-iron kettle over an open fire as well as roast a hot dog and make S'mores over an open fire.
Returning for the third year will be Double Take, a local band that will provide live music from noon to 2 p.m.
All children may visit the pumpkin patch, select a pumpkin and draw a face on it. The pumpkin then can be carved out by an adult.
A hand-cranked apple cider press will press out fresh apple cider and samples will be distributed.
For directions to the park, visit www.friendsofmountpisgah.org/home or call 297-2734.