Labor Day Weekend Highlights
Labor Day weekend brings the last long weekend of summer (August 29-September 1) so celebrate with some special fun at the following preserves:
Cultus Lake (BC) will host a carnival on Saturday, August 30, that will include all kinds of fun and games such as egg/spoon races and bouncy tents. Take part in the last fishing tournament of the season at Idyllwild (CA) and also enjoy a special meal at the Pine Cone Café.
Lake of the Springs (CA) is also offering a last opportunity to catch the big one at the Kids Fishing Derby. There will also be a BBQ, a Teen Dance, and a Family Dance. Enter your four-legged friends into Pacific Cityís (OR) Pet Show and share their talents during the preserves Labor Day Weekend/Lazy Dog Days of Summer event.
Enjoy the Local Culture
Learn all about the people who settled the area around the Russian River (CA) preserve during their "Indigenous People" event on September 20.
If youíve never been to a clambake, hereís your chance! Come to Moody Beach (ME) September 26 and enjoy their second annual Twin Lobster and Clambake, complete with homemade clam chowder, steamed clams and mussels, and all the sides for just $25 per couple.
Yosemite Lakes (CA) invites you to be a part of "49ers Day" and attend the free Umpteenth Annual 49er Festival that takes you back to the days of the Gold Rush. The rich history of Bear Cave (MI) will be revealed during the preserveís history weekend, scheduled for September 26-27. There will be free cave tours for overnight campers, canoeing lessons, Native American crafts, and plenty of food.
Itís Blackberry Harvest and Chehalis (WA) invites you to join in the fun as they pick some berries, host a Blackberry Potluck, and challenge you to bring your best berry recipe for the "Berry Best" judging. These berry special events are scheduled for August29 - September 1.
Are you the master of your own grill? Show off your grilling talents at Orlandoís (FL) Grill Masters Contest, scheduled for August 30 - September 2. The preserves will provide the sides to pair up with the grill teamsí creations.
Finger lickiní fun is on the menu at San Benitoís (CA) Rib Cook-Off, scheduled for the weekend of August 30-September 1. Whoís got the best ribs in San Benito County? Youíll find out at this great event.
Got a sweet tooth? Bring your favorite dessert and recipe to be judged (and shared) during Lake Tawakoniís (TX) Bake-Off scheduled for September 6.
Meet and greet your camping friends over bowls of piping hot chili at Bay Landingís (TX) "Chili Cook-Off Time," scheduled for September 26-28. Prizes for the best chili will be awarded so bring your pot of chili and see if youíre a winner.
RC Boat Races
They do it for fun. The do it for camaraderie. And, they do it for the thrill of winning.
What do they do, you ask?
They race their model boats! The Folsom RC Modeleers, local members of North American Model Boat Association (NAMBA) will hold their races at Lake Minden Preserve (CA) four times in September. Members race both gas and nitro boats, some which reach up to 70 miles per hour in speed. So come with your cameras and be ready to experience these beautiful boats as they zoom around the lake at Lake Minden. Dates are September 6, 7, 20 and 21. Also, mark your calendars for 2015 Ė Lake Minden has been selected to host the 2015 NAMBA Nationals from July 11-18. This event promises to bring in over 350 racers from across North America, some coming from as far away as Australia, Taiwan and Japan.
Honoring Grandma and Grandpa
Did you know that National Grandparents Day has an official song? Recognized nationally since 1978, the first Sunday after Labor Day each September is set aside to honor Grandpa and Grandma. Several of our preserves have events scheduled to celebrate this day. Check out www.nationalgrandparentsday.com/song to hear the song and learn the lyrics, just in case the festivities include a sign-along!
Hereís a list of the preserves that have events planned during the weekend of September 5-7:
Falling into Fall
September 23 is the official date that marks the change of the season from summer to fall. Our preserves have planned events to welcome the new season and have you fall in love with fall.
Horseshoe Lakes (IN) has two weekends devoted to the onset of autumn. Their Fall Weekend, scheduled for September 5-7, includes a scavenger hunt while their Harvest at the Park Weekend, set for September 12-14, includes a gourd craft for the adults.
Lake Conroe (TX) celebrates fall, and our members, on Saturday, September 20. Scavenger hunts are on the agenda for this fun day.
Palm Springs (CA) will host their Autumn in Palm Springs weekend September 26-27 and invite you to enjoy the beautiful desert weather as well as an autumn craft thatís guaranteed fun for everyone.
Fall means harvest time for apples and Chesapeake Bay (VA) has plans for this crispy fruit at their Apple Cook-Off, scheduled for the weekend of September 26-28.
Lake Mindenís (CA) Falling into Fun Weekend includes a fall soup potluck, a fall-themed jewelry class and a recipe sharing event for fall harvest foods. All this fall fun is set for September 26-28.
Natchez Trace (TN) is hosting a Fall Ball the weekend of September 26-28. Other fall festivities include hayrides, pumpkin carving, and scarecrow making.
Pine Country (IL) hosts a Fall Fest September 26-28, which includes all things fall, like caramel apples, scarecrows, and pumpkin fun including a Pumpkin Chuck-In and a Pumpkin Catapult.
Best in Bluegrass
The 8th Annual Bluegrass by the Bay will be held at Chesapeake Bay (VA) September 18-20. Enjoy two full days of bluegrass music and field picking at this event that also features food and craft vendors. Make your reservations early Ė this event just gets better and better every year!
Are you ready for some football?
Weíre changing gears from bats and balls to the gridiron. Come cheer for your favorite team at these preserve football-focused events.
This seasonís first NFL game is set for Thursday, September 4, and Pio Pico (CA) invites guests to watch the kickoff action on the preserveís big screen.
Football season means tailgating time and with chants of "Go Blue," Bear Cave (MI) is throwing a Tailgate Weekend September 5-7. The roster of fun includes a Favorite Fan contest, flag football games and the chance to watch some college football outdoors on the big screen.
Timothy Lake North & South (PA) will host a Fantasy Football Kickoff Weekend September 5-7 that includes a Wing-Off to determine who makes the hottest wings around.
Show off your own football skills at Lake Texoma (TX) on September 6 as the preserve hosts its "Football Season Kickoff" weekend.
Show your team spirit by sporting your favorite jersey and enjoying "Football by the Fire Weekend" at Gateway to Cape Cod (MA) the weekend of September 12-14.
Itís a Football Frenzy the weekend of September 12-14 at Moody Beach (ME) when they offer free snacks and treats while you settle in to watch college football on Saturday and pro games on Sunday, all on the big screen.
Natchez Trace (TN) gets into the huddle with a Football Fanatics Weekends September 19-21. Contests include Kickoff and Most Team Spirit and there will be a Tailgate Party, as well.
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