Activities

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Yellowstone River

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Northwest

BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA

Cultus Lake

All activities are member-generated from October 1 to April 1.

OREGON

Pacific City

November 15: TT Thanksgiving Potluck. We supply the turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, rolls and beverages. You bring the sides. Sign up your dish by contacting the resort (503) 965-6200 or sign up at the kitchen.

December 1: Decorate the Family Lodge for Christmas, snacks and beverages provided. Plus we’ll have holiday crafts.

December 31: New Year’s Eve celebration, hats and noisemakers provided.

October 31
Halloween in Downtown Tillamook
Trick or Treating at the businesses in the downtown area runs from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

South Jetty

November 2 - December 30
Celebrate Arts!
More than 150 pieces of 2-D and 3-D art and photography will be on display. This is one of the largest juried art shows on the coast and includes a special youth art competition along with works by professional artists from throughout the region. Held at the Florence Events Center, approximately two miles from the preserve. For information and hours call (541) 997-1994.

December 7
Popovich Pet Comedy Theater
Each of the show’s 15 cats and 10 dogs were once strays. Rescued from animal shelters they now love to show off onstage by performing a variety of stunts and skits. Held at the Florence Events Center, approximately two miles from the preserve. Show begins at 7 p.m. For information and tickets call (541) 997-1994 Monday through Friday from 12 to 4 p.m.

Whalers Rest

November 22: Thanksgiving Dinner! Join us in the North Clubhouse at 3 p.m. We will supply the turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy and stuffing. You sign up to help bring the extras. Sign up sheet in both clubhouses. Cost is $3 per person.

November 24: Breakfast will be served at Whalers Galley in our North Clubhouse. Served from 9 to 10 a.m. with a full menu to choose from. Then head on over to our South Clubhouse for the Manager’s Social at 11 a.m. Bring your questions and get info on the latest happenings. End the day with evening Bingo fun in our North Clubhouse at 6 p.m. Free popcorn, prizes and fun for all ages.

December 13: Whalers Tree Trimming Party will start right after our Cinnamon Roll feed at 10 a.m. in our South Clubhouse. We will all have fun decorating the tree and enjoy a potluck lunch to follow. Don’t miss all the merry fun.

December 15: Party Day at Whalers! Christmas lunch and party for all. Come enjoy the fun activities and wonderful lunch served in the South Clubhouse. Keep a look out for the Guy in the Red suit!

December 31: New Year’s Eve Bingo Fun will be happening in our North Clubhouse. Join us at 6 p.m. for great snacks, bingo and prizes too. All free for everyone! We will ring in 2013 east coast time together! So come as you are or dress to the nines!

WASHINGTON

Birch Bay

October 26-28: Haunted House tours and Halloween Festivities.

November 30: Trails Family Christmas Decorating Party.

December 12: Christmas Holiday Party for all, 12 to the third power play.

December 1
Lighted Christmas Parade
Lynden’s 22nd annual holiday celebration begins at 6 p.m. with the beloved Lighted Christmas Parade, where visitors are treated to holiday carolers and a dazzling display of lighted trucks, cars, floats, wagons, farm equipment and more! The procession starts at Fairway Center and travels along Front Street throughout downtown Lynden. Parade begins at 6 p.m. at Fairway Center, just 14 miles from the preserve. For more information call (360) 354-5995. In addition, don’t forget to take a tour of unique light displays and decorated storefronts throughout the city during Lynden in Lights! Illuminated designs (Nativity sets, Dutch children, poinsettias, windmills and more) shine brightly throughout the holiday season for all to see!

December 31
Birch Bay 11th Annual Ring of Fire & Hope
Revelers ringing in the New Year start with lighting road flares along the Birch Bay shoreline. Anyone can participate. This is a spectacular sight as the bay becomes a ring of fire, signifying hope for the coming year. For a small donation, flares are usually available at the Birch Bay Visitor’s Center, 7900 Birch Bay Drive. Event is less than one mile from the preserve. For more information, call (360) 371-5004.

January 1
29th Annual Birch Bay Polar Bear Plunge
Started in 1982 by local residents on a dare, this annual ritual draws hundreds of participants and onlookers each year. The Polar Bear Plunge is becoming a destination spot for the holiday. There is no cost to take the plunge, but people who register receive an “I Took The Plunge” certificate and hot beverages. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and The Plunge is at noon.

Chehalis

October 27: 3rd Annual Haunted Forest: Bring your little goblins for the Trick or Treat Hayride, games, costume contest, Creepy Campsite contest, face painting table, photo corner($), crafts($), and fun! Bring your appetites for Witch’s Brew Stew and hot apple cider ($). Join us for another ghoulishly good time! Dusk to 8 p.m. ‘Happy TTrails’ horse trails are open for you equine enthusiasts (reservations required). The spa at the Adult Lodge is open all winter. Children accompanied by parents are welcome until 6pm. Must be age 8+ to use the spa.

December 8: Holiday Dessert Potluck, and Caroling and Cocoa at the Adult Lodge, 3 p.m. Families welcome. Don’t miss NFL Sundays at the Adult Lodge starting with NFL Today viewing at 9 a.m. Game times vary. Football concession is open from 1 to 2 p.m.

October 27
Pumpkin Steam Train Ride

Train leaves from the Chehalis Train Station, just 15 minutes from the preserve. For more information call (360) 748-9593 or visit www.steamtrainride.com.

Grandy Creek

October 26-28: “Spooktacular” Weekend: A haunting weekend full of Halloween fun! Participate in our costume contest, pumpkin carving contest and site decorating contest. Trick-or-treat all over the park, come along for a frightening ride on our haunted hayride, then make your way through our spooktacular haunted house. Join us if you dare, for a Halloween scare!

La Conner

October 27: Happy Halloween! Bring your own pumpkin or get one from the Rec. girls for our carving contest. Then join us for a piñata and costume contest and parade. Come Trick or Treat and then we’ll finish the night with a scary hayride through the Haunted Wood – not for the faint of heart.

October 26
Boneshaker Bicycle Festival

This scenic cycling event has everything a rider could want as your tour the fabulous Skagit Valley. Enjoy the views of the countryside and beautiful Cascade Mountains as you pedal off the miles on seven different, mostly flat, loops that vary from 4 to 25 miles. All the rides are self-guided and will start/finish in the historic waterfront town of La Conner at the marina. Other event activities include a bike swap and expo, guest speakers, live music and entertainment, kids’ parade, bike decorating, bike safety rodeo, raffles and prizes. For more information visit www.boneshakerbikefest.com

Long Beach

October 27: Halloween Scavenger Hunt – Hunt for assorted candy & toys/games in the Lodge or on the campground-wear your Halloween costume!

November 26
Saturday Christmas Market
Sixteen vendors at the Port of Ilwaco will delight your senses and help you find the perfect holiday gifts. Port of Ilwaco is less than a mile from the preserve. For information call (360) 642-3143.

November 23-25
Holidays at the Beach
A weekend of free fun for the family includes “The Polar Express” with Mrs. Claus on Saturday, plus magic and pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus. On Sunday enjoy Frosty’s Birthday Party and kick-off of December’s “Peninsula Presents” Raffle! For information call (360) 355-5085. Events are in Long Beach, less than a mile from the preserve.

Mount Vernon

October 27
Concrete Ghost Walk

Visit some of Concrete’s most haunted locations while learning some of the town’s history along the way. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. For more information call (360) 853-8767.

November 25
Christmas Parade
This event begins at 5 p.m. with the arrival of Santa, followed by the Christmas Tree lighting in Pine Square. Hot chocolate will be served. Held at Pine Square in Mt. Vernon, just 12 miles from the preserve. For more information call (360) 336-6213 or visit www.mountvernondowntown.org.

December 6
Christmas Tree Lighting and Family Skate Night
The City of Burlington will host a Christmas Tree lighting at 6 p.m. After the tree lighting, head over to Skagit Skate for pictures with Santa. For more information visit www.ci.burlington.wa.us or call (360)755-9649. Event is just 6.5 miles from the preserve.

CALIFORNIA

Lake Minden

October 26-28: Getting Ready for Ghouls: This will be a weekend of Ghoulish Halloween Fun. Don’t be chilled to the bone. Bring your favorite addition for chili for a Chili Potluck Social. Saturday join us for our first ever Halloween Zombie Walk and hayride. Up for some fun? Dig up your deadliest costume and join our 1.25 mile walk around the park. Prizes will be given for the deadliest costume. Prefer dancing? Practice up and meet for a Thriller Zombie mob dance. Also on Saturday, first time ever, is our Tailgate Trick or Treat. On Wednesday the 31st we’ll have our traditional hayride trick or treating.

November 2-4: Crafters Holiday: Join us for a weekend of crafting. We’ll have tables set up for Jewelry Making (various projects), Beaded Ornaments, and a variety of Craft Projects. Sign up early for specific projects. Don’t forget the Friday Night Potluck Social, Brown Bag and Candy Bar Bingo.

November 9-12: A Salute to Veterans: Join us for a Veterans Day Pie Social. Veterans are encouraged to bring photos for our Salute to Veterans board and memories to share with other veterans and members. Join us as we make holiday cards to send to our men and woman in Veterans Hospitals.

November 16-18: Annual Thanksgiving Social: This is Lake Minden’s most popular social. Join us Saturday for a traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey and dressing at our Annual Thanksgiving potluck. Enjoy a scrumptious meal while you catch up with old friends and make new ones. Then take a relaxing walk around the lake. Join us for Karaoke or make Christmas cards and mini tree ornaments.

November 23-25: Life’s a Mystery: Bring your favorite “mystery” addition for Mystery PotLuck Dinner Social and win a mystery prize at Brown Bag B-I-N-G-O. Enter a Mystery Puzzle competition and see if you can put together a Mystery puzzle without the benefit of knowing what it is. Do a Mystery Craft, take part in a Catch Me If You Can, Mystery Scavenger Hunt and trade your favorite Mystery book at a Mystery Book Book Swap.

November 30-December 2: Crafters Holiday: Join us for a weekend of crafting. We’ll have tables set up for Jewelry Making (various projects), Beaded Ornaments, Scrapbooking, Holiday Tags and wrapping paper, and a variety of Holiday Craft Projects. Sign up early for specific projects. Don’t forget the Friday Night Potluck Social, Brown Bag and Candy Bar Bingo.

December 7-9: Tis the Season: Get in the spirit on a holiday caroling around the Christmas tree. We’ll keep warm with hot chocolate, popcorn and a Christmas movie. It’s not too late to bead a pair of Christmas earrings in a Holiday Bead Class.

December 14-16: Christmas Dinner Social: Join us for our Annual Christmas Potluck Dinner Social. Walk off those calories while you follow the clues and hunt for the Yule Log. Not quite finished with your Christmas shopping? Take a Beading Class and make a bracelet or pair of earrings. You can also craft a Christmas ornament.

December 21-23: Merry Christmas: Join us for coffee, hot chocolate and good conversation. We’ll play cards and board games and share holiday memories and stories with old friends and new.

December 28-30: Happy New Year: Join us for a potluck dinner, Brown Bag B-I-N-G-0 and Karaoke as we bring in the New Year.

October 26-27
The Haunted Fort

Sutter’s Fort, once a portal for weary pioneers, again serves as the gateway for their restless spirits, who return to tell the tales of their lives and melancholy deaths at this special family friendly event. Held at Sutter’s Fort State Historical Monument, 2701 L Street, in Sacramento, just 27 miles from the preserve. Hours are 6:30 to 9 p.m. and tours leave every 10 minutes; tickets available at www.suttersfort.org.

November 10-11
Christmas in November
Yuba City’s annual one stop shopping Christmas Fair, held at Yuba City Toyota Hall, just 20 miles from the preserve. Event hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

December 7
Christmas Stroll/Cowboy Christmas
Friends and Family gather for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony with a parade led by the Mayor of Yuba City. Come enjoy carolers, pictures with Santa, free entertainment, the annual Gingerbread House competition, square-dancing, a great selection of food and the craft vendors! Fun for all as the Christmas Spirit fills the air on downtown Plumas Street. This is a free event. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Downtown Yuba City is just 20 miles from the preserve.

Lake of the Springs

Every Saturday during November and December we will have a Baked Potato Social and Family Bingo.

October 27: LOTS celebrates Halloween with site decorating, kids’ fishing derby, pumpkin carving, costume contest, weenie roast, tailgate trick or treating and lots of family fun.

November 22: Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner: We supply the turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy and coffee and ice cream. Members should bring a dish for their family, plus eight (vegetables, salad, rolls or dessert). There is one seating at 2 p.m. Tickets are $6.50, plus tax, per person ages 5 and up. Advance tickets available at the Trading Post. For more information or advance ticket purchase call (530) 692-3215 or (530) 692-1042.

November 23-25: Craft and Variety Fair.

December 8: Holiday Tree Trimming. Come help us decorate our Lodge tree and sip hot chocolate.

December 31: New Year’s Eve Celebration with Candlelight Dinner and Dance. We will be serving prime rib plus complimentary glass of champagne or sparkling cider. The Jim Hunter Band performs. Advance sign up required. Call (530) 692-3215 or (530) 692-1852.

Palm Springs

p>October 26-28: Don’t be afraid! Join us for a Spooktacular Weekend. Friday and Saturday nights we will turn down the lights, pop some popcorn and watch Halloween themed movies. Decorate your rig, site, bike, golf cart, pets and yourself. Saturday afternoon there will be a Halloween Parade - drive your cart, ride your bike or walk the parade route. Prizes will be awarded for best decorated site, bike, golf cart, best pet costume and best costume for adult and child. Saturday night our little Ghosts and Goblins will haunt the park for goodies. On Sunday we replace Candy Bar Bingo with Halloween J-I-N-G-O.

November 17: Rock–n-Roll is here to stay at Palm Springs. Glen Smith is back by popular demand. He will play a wide variety of songs and your feet will be dancin’ and your toes will be tappin’.

November 22: What’s better than spending Thanksgiving in Palm Springs? Spending Thanksgiving with your family and friends right here at the preserve. We’ll start out Thanksgiving morning watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade on the big screen followed by a little football.

December 8: Do you have the best tasting chili? Bring your favorite recipe and enter the Thousand Trails Palm Springs Chili Cook-off.

December 24: Merry Christmas! Join the Recreation Staff for caroling, drinking hot chocolate and savoring Christmas cookies. After the caroling, we will have our Christmas Decorating Contest awards ceremony. Decorate your rig, site or both.

December 31: Celebrate the New Year with good friends, good food and good music. Can’t stay up until Midnight PST, no problem - we will do a countdown at 9 p.m. (EST) and another countdown at Midnight (PST). Tickets go on sale December 15.

November 16-18
McCormick’s Classic Car Show and Auction
Hundreds of classic, sports, antique and special interest autos are sold across the auction block during the three-day event held at the Spa Resort Casino, just 10 miles from the preserve. Event hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For information call (760) 320-3290.

December 1-2
Indio International Tamale Festival
This festival features savory tamales from hundreds of vendors from across the Southwest. Get there early for the best selection, including tamales that incorporate sweet dates and others that make use of savory salmon, along with traditional tastes. Event hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Held at the Fantasy Springs Casino in downtown Indio, just five miles from the preserve. For information call (760) 391-4175.

December 8-9
Canada Fest 2012
Canada Fest 2012 is a two-day festival celebrating our neighbors to the north. The event will feature celebrity entertainers, fashion shows, Canadian beer garden, and American and Canadian food.Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and event is held at the Palm Springs Convention Center, just 10 miles from the preserve. For information call (760) 202-4007.

Pio Pico

November 1
Chocolate around the World
Explore the relationship between human culture and this rainforest treasure. Chocolate immerses visitors in a sweet experience, engages all senses, and reveals facets of chocolate many may never have thought about before. Visitors will explore the plant, the products, the history and the culture of chocolate through the lenses of botany and ecology, anthropology and economics, conservation and popular culture. Event hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and it is held at the San Diego Natural History Museum, just 25 miles from the preserve. For information call (619) 232-3821 or visit sdnhm.org/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/chocolate-around-the-world/.

Ponderosa

November 23
Placerville Festival of Lights
Old-fashioned festivities will charm historic Main Street, in downtown Placerville. Enjoy music, entertainment, visits with Santa, stagecoach rides and the tree-lighting at 6 p.m. at the Courthouse. Event hours are 5:30 to 8 pm. For information call (530) 672-3436.

December 8-9
Christmas in Coloma
In this annual family celebration, volunteers recreate an 1850s country Christmas. Enjoy crafts, old-fashioned games, living history recreations and food. And, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there to visit and take pictures with the kids. Event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is held at the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma, just one mile from the preserve. For information call (530) 622-6198.

San Benito

Every Wednesday is Tea Time Social at 1:30 p.m., followed by creating cards for our troops at 2 p.m. in the Family Lodge. Friday dinner specials from 6 to 7 p.m. Every Saturday and Sunday, from 8:30 to 10 a.m., we have breakfast with a full menu. The first Saturday is our Manager’s Meeting at 11 a.m. Ice Cream Socials are every Friday through Sunday from 2 to 2:30 p.m. We also have non-denominational Sunday services at 11 a.m. Movies in the Fireplace Room of the Family Lodge on Fridays and Sundays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 7 and 9 p.m.

October 27: Halloween Parade at noon followed by Magic Show with Leo at 1 p.m. Halloween carnival from 4 to 6 p.m. and our restaurant will be serving up wonderful carnival foods.

November 3: Christmas Boutique: Day-long event features several booths inside the family Lodge selling and displaying wonderful Christmas items. Also, we have our What’s Happening at San Benito meeting.

November 10: We have a wonderful Veterans Day Dinner planned at the Family Lodge beginning at 6 p.m. followed by fine music and dancing provided by Mike Noonan.

November 22: Thanksgiving Dinner: We will have our special Family Dinner at 3 p.m.

November 24: Special open-faced turkey and gravy sandwiches from 6 to 7 p.m. December 21: Annual Tree Trimming Event and Gingerbread House Making along with Christmas cookies and hot chocolate.

December 25: Christmas Potluck with family and friends. We provide the turkey and ham for $4 and the families and friends bring the extra fun dishes.

December 31: New Year’s Eve Party with the theme “Roaring 20s through 40s.” DJ Mike Skinner will be playing hits from each of the eras.

Wilderness Lakes

October 26-28: Halloween Weekend includes Haunted House, Costume Contest, Trick-Or-Treating, and Pumpkin Decorating. Dominic’s Karaoke will allow everyone the spotlight experience. Lots of songs to choose from for all ages. Come see if you could be the next American Idol!

November 2: Our Famous Haunted House continued by popular demand.

November 10: Casino Night: Come play Blackjack for FREE. Play with Wilderness money and get rich. Tickets given and drawing for prizes at the end of the evening. Must be 21 to play.

November 11: Happy Veterans Day. FREE Cake for All Veterans at the Ice Cream Social. November 22: Happy Thanksgiving! Recreation Office will be open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

November 23: Movie Night with FREE popcorn.

November 24: E & E Animals are here! Come see different types of animals you do not see on an average day include hedgehogs, Red Fox, Wallaby, a python and many, many more. Also, Clowns Twinkles and Sunny Sunshine will be here to do face painting and make balloon figures. We will also have Dominic’s Karaoke for the whole family. Who knows you might be discovered for American Idol.

December 1: Casino Night. Come play Blackjack for FREE. Play with Wilderness money and get rich. Tickets given and drawing for prizes at the end of the evening. Must be 21 to play.

December 8: Coyote Country D.J. plays any type of music you could imagine. Just bring the whole family and enjoy quality time together. Clap your hands and stomp your feet or just listen.

December 15: Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit us during kids’ craft time. Take your picture with Santa and then make your own picture frame to put it in. Also, Dominic’s Karaoke for the whole family. Who knows you might be discovered for American Idol.

December 22: Movie Night with FREE popcorn.

December 24: Christmas Eve: Recreation Office will be open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

December 25: Merry Christmas: Recreation Office will be open from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Potluck at noon in the Family Lodge; sign up in Recreation beforehand and bring your favorite dish to feed at least six people.

December 29: Ron Ebell plays any type of music you could imagine. Just bring the whole family out to enjoy quality time together. You can dance, clap your hands, stomp your feet or just listen.

TEXAS

Bay Landing

Don’t miss our holiday potluck dinners for Thanksgiving and Christmas. We supply the meat and the mashed potatoes and we ask that you bring a covered dish to serve six. Please call for dates as well as sign up for what you are planning to bring.

October 26-28: Halloween Costume Party: All you ghosts and goblins come for the kids party in the early afternoon, and don’t forget the adults costume party Saturday night. This is our last hoopla for the season and we always do it up right with lots of treats and goodies for all. Our haunted hayride just gets better and better and this year we will have another surprise for you!

October 27
Stafford Opera House Dinner Theater The Navasota Theatre Alliance presents The Odd Couple-Female Version
Performances are held at the Stafford Opera House, 412 Spring St., downtown Columbus, just 5 miles from the preserve. For information call (979) 732-8385.

Lake Conroe

October 27: Halloween Weekend: Lake Conroe is the place to be this weekend. We will be having a carnival (popcorn, Caramel Apples, Cotton Candy and Games). Our Annual trick or treat & haunted trail will be better than ever. So come and enjoy.

November 3: Welcome Back Winter Texans: We will be having a potluck dinner to welcome back our Winter Texans. And don’t forget our regular Surprise Bingo and Ice Cream Socials.

November 10: Veterans Day Weekend: Come join us for our golf cart parade and celebration. There will be live music and some boot-scootin’ going on also. November 17: Thanksgiving Weekend: We will be doing Thanksgiving Crafts and 1st Annual Bake-Off. So come and bring your favorite family Thanksgiving recipes.

November 24: Snowman Weekend: Come join in the fun celebrating snowmen. There will be kid’s craft and snowmen games.

December 1: Trim the Tree Weekend: Come join us for hot chocolate, cookies and trimming the tree. We will be decorating the Christmas tree for the Activity Center and putting all the decorations up. So come join in all the fun and help decorate an old-fashioned Christmas tree.

December 8: Country Christmas Weekend: This weekend will be all about a Country Christmas. We will be making Christmas crafts and having a Christmas caroling hayride through the park.

December 15: Dance and Dessert Weekend: We will be having a performance from the lovely Cindy Renee’ and a desert potluck, along with kids’ crafts.

December 22: Christmas Weekend: We will be having our annual visit with Santa. So bring the kids and puppies so they can visit with Santa, and get their pictures taken. We will also be having our annual Christmas Dinner this week. Come and enjoy and bring the family out for lots of fun and activities.

December 29: New Year’s Eve Weekend: This weekend will be all about remembering all of our accomplishments and adventures in 2012. We will be having a potluck and getting to gather to tell our stories of everything we remember from the past year.

November 30 - December 16
White Christmas Musical
This holiday favorite plays at the Owen Theatre, in Conroe, just nine miles from the preserve. For information call (936) 539-4090.

Lake Texoma

Don’t miss Bingo in the Family Center every Saturday.

December 8
Annual Christmas Parade in the Park
Line up along Main Street in downtown Whitesboro and watch a variety of floats and entertainment. Then follow the parade to the park and enjoy booth and exhibits. Held in downtown Whitesboro, just 15 miles from the preserve. For information call (903) 564-3331.

Lake Whitney

October 27: Halloween Weekend: Lot of activities all ending with a wagon ride through the preserve.

Throughout November and December: Bean and Cornbread Potluck every Monday, Baked Potato Potluck every Thursday, and Line Dancing every Saturday.

November 22: Thanksgiving Dinner will be served. Be sure to sign up.

December 15: Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit. Be sure to bring the kids. December 25: Christmas Dinner will be served.

Medina Lake

Every Thursday, the Top of the Trail Café will be open for pancake breakfast and every Friday for breakfast and later a weenie roast.

October 27: Halloween Weekend: It’s time to carve some pumpkins, bob for apples, and smash some pinatas. Dress up in your finest costume for our contest and go trick or treating. In the evening, we will have a haunted carnival for all to enjoy.

November 10: Welcome Back Winter Texans events include craft sale and Winter Texan Trivia, plus cake and ice cream to help the TT of Texas Chapter of FMCA celebrate their 25th anniversary. We will also have a Veterans Remembrance Ceremony and then relax in the evening with a game social and variety of desserts to enjoy.

November 22: Thanksgiving Day Potluck.

November 24: It’s a day for bingo lovers with Ice Cream Bingo, Candy Bar Bingo, and Super Bingo. We will have a craft sale and kids’ crafts.

December 1: Check out the Christmas Crafts at our Craft Sale. Outside fun with lawn dice and shuffleboard, plus cake and ice cream during our Ice Cream Social to celebrate December birthdays. Play Minute to Win It games in the evening.

December 8: Craft Sale, kids’ craft and Ice Cream Bingo. Let’s decorate cookies to put out at the Member’s Christmas Party. We’ll also decorate our tree and sing carols.

December 15: Craft Sale – get your Christmas gifts here! Plus, kids’ crafts, Bean Bag Baseball (no bat, no running), Snack (card) Bingo, Brown Bag Dice Game, and Ice Cream Social. We’ll end the day with Christmas Carols.

December 22: If you’re short a Christmas gift, check out the Craft Sale. Kids will make a Christmas ornament during crafts and we’ll be playing the Candy Game and Wooden Pig Race. Plus, we’ll have an Ice Cream Social. In the evening we’ll have our Member Gift Exchange. December 25: Come enjoy our Christmas Potluck Dinner with family and friends.

December 29: We’re getting close to the end of the year and we’ll have a Craft Sale, kids’ crafts, Wacky Golf, Ice Cream Social, Poker Run and Brown Bag Bingo.

December 31: Let’s dance the old year out and the New Year in at our New Year’s Eve Party. We will be serving up black-eyed peas and cornbread for good luck.

Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays in October
Great Hill Country Pumpkin Patch
The Great Hill Country Pumpkin Patch focuses on old-fashioned family fun that boasts the blessing of earth’s bountiful harvest. Fresh picked apples, figs, and persimmons are joined by the likes of dried corn stalks, large variety of harvest squash, dried decorative corn, gourds and a wonderful selection of pumpkins. Enjoy hayrides, playing in the hay bale maze and giant hay stacks. Visit the petting zoo, enjoy barrel train rides, apple orchard tours and the cider mill and and apple processing. Enjoy storytelling and sing-alongs, and much more. Event is held at Love Creek Orchards, in Medina. For more information call (210) 215-1995.

November 23

Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony

The Holiday River parade is a floating parade of approximately 25 professionally decorated and lighted river barges. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the parade. This spectacular one-hour parade along San Antonio’s River Walk has featured illuminated floats with celebrities, bands and lavishly-costumed participants. The parade is followed by the lighting ceremony, during which 1.4 million lights are turned on along the River Walk.

Southeast

FLORIDA

Three Flags

Throughout November: Tuesday Bingo, Thursday Donut Social, Friday Bingo.

November 22: Thanksgiving Dinner: We provide the turkey, potatoes and gravy and you bring the sides.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Carolina Landing

October 26=27: Carolina Landing Haunted Basement. Entry is free to all members. If you aren’t too scared you will receive a voucher to the party upstairs and a free meal. Those too wimpy will have to pay.

TENNESSEE

Natchez Trace

October 27: Spooktacular Celebration complete with carnival and hayride.

November 3: Thanksgiving Dinner at 6 p.m. We supply the turkey, you are asked to bring a covered dish.

December 8: Christmas Dinner at 6 p.m. We supply the ham, you are asked to bring a covered dish.

November 18-20
Christmas in the Country
Event features 105 different booths with items such as antiques, folk art, fried pies, quilts, jewelry, food concessions and Santa Claus. Admission is $3 per person and children under 8 are free. Held in Lawrenceburg, just 25 miles from the preserve. For information call (931) 762-4911.

VIRGINIA

Chesapeake Bay

October 27: Halloween Weekend: Chesapeake Bay is, hands down, the best place to bring your kids or grandkids for Halloween. Dozens of rigs are decorated for our annual contest, there are pumpkins to be painted or carved, and stiff (ha!ha!) costume contests for all ages. Trick-or-treat around the campground at nightfall, then dance off all that sugar at the Monster Mash Dance, DJ’d by Count Dracula himself.

Northeast

PENNSYLVANIA

Scotrun

October 26-28: Spookedelic Weekend: Decorate your “Fright Site”! We’ll have pumpkin painting and Trick and Treat Time. Get your costume ready for the “Monster Mash” on Saturday night. The Haunted Candle Shoppe (as seen on TV-Animal Plant) is only five minutes up the road.

November 23-25: Black Friday Weekend Shopping Special: Enjoy 20% off select items in the Trading Post gift shop.

December 31: Welcome the New Year at our annual New Year’s Eve Dance Party. Bring your own refreshments. We supply the party favors.

Through October 28
The Great Pumpkin Festival and Fright Night
Pumpkin chuckin’, hayrides, petting farm, pony rides, daytime hayride includes “Creep Show”. Fright Nites include Zombie Apocalypse, Waldorf Hotel and Terror in the Corn. All pumpkins $3. Free festival admission.

November 29
The Vienna Boy Choir
Enjoy the world famous choir in concert at The Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, just 15 minutes from the preserve. For information call (570) 420-2808 or visit www.shermantheater.com.

December 1-2, 8-9
Old Time Christmas
Delight in the sight of the Christmas Putz, a Moravian tradition, enjoy candlelight tours, caroling, live Nativity, and gift shop at the Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, approximately 25 minutes from the preserve. For information call (570) 992-6161 or visit www.quietvalley.org.