Preservation Parks announces free November programs


• Baking fresh bread in the 1930s farmhouse is one way Delaware Countians can enjoy the crisp fall days of November. A Bread and Butter program, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 12, is just one of six free, walk-in programs offered this month by Preservation Parks of Delaware County.

Participants at Bread and Butter will help to knead bread dough; then while bread is baking in the wood stove, they will make fresh butter to enjoy with slices of warm bread. This program will be held Nov. 12, 1 p.m., at Gallant Farm, 2150 Buttermilk Hill Road. It is free and for all ages.

• On Monday, Nov. 14, those interested in birds can attend the Delaware County Bird Club program on “Saving the Sawmill Wetlands.” All ages are invited to participate in the club, which is an informal meeting including a program, socialization and announcements of bird sightings. The program will be held at Deer Haven Park, 4183 Liberty Road. Door open at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m.

• A favorite American symbol will be the theme at Wild Turkey Weekend, Nov. 19 and 20, noon-4 p.m. both days. Park visitors will explore the natural history of Ohio’s largest game bird through games and crafts. This program is for all ages and will be held at Deer Haven Park.

•Also Nov. 18 and 20, the Delaware County Model Railroaders will hold their monthly Model Railroad Open Houses at Sandel Legacy Trail, 168 S. Vernon St., in Sunbury. Saturday hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and Sunday hours are noon-4 p.m. Visitors of all ages can drop in to see the H.O. scale model trains travel through a miniature village.

• The final Bird Walk of the fall series will be held Saturday, Nov. 26, 8 a.m., at Hogback Ridge Park, 2656 Hogback Road. Park staff will lead a hike and search for hardy winter resident birds, which have stayed behind as many other species have migrated south. This program is for ages 7 and older; loaner binoculars will be available.

• The Gallant Farm Book Club will meet Wednesday, Nov. 30, 6:30 p.m., at Gallant Farm. Open to anyone 14 years and older, the club focuses on books written during, or about, the eras of the Great Depression and World War II. The November selection is The Enduring Hills, by Janice Holt Giles, which tells of the struggle of farming in the Appalachian Mountain country in the years before World War II.

Preservation Parks offers many nature and farm-related programs every month. Those interested can view the program calendar online, at www.preservationparks.com, or call 740-524-8600 for more information.