Date(s) & Time(s)::
March 28, 2015
April 25, 2015
May 16, 2015
November 14, 2015
June 27, 2015
Weekly on Thursday from July 9, 2015 until September 3, 2015
July 18, 2015
Daily from August 1, 2015 until August 2, 2015
September 12, 2015
September 26, 2015
Daily from October 16, 2015 until October 17, 2015
December 6, 2015
Location: Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site is located five minutes east of Rome City at 1205 Pleasant Point
GSP Volunteer Training
March 28; 9 a.m. – noon; free
All volunteers, new and experienced, are encouraged to attend this training for an overview of the upcoming projects and exciting changes at the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site. Meet the Memorial Society board and learn how to make the biggest impact as a volunteer then get to know other GSP volunteers during a light lunch served at the end of training.
Wildflower Walk and Brunch
April 25; 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; $20 per person
Reservations required by April 20
Enjoy a hearty brunch at the Carriage House and take a 30-45 minute interpretive walking tour through Gene’s woods and part of her formal or “Tame” gardens. See why she named her property “Wildflower Woods” and learn many of the old-fashioned common names for wildflowers used in her time. This event is rain or shine so please dress appropriately.
Birding with Gene Field Trip - Northeast Indiana Spring Migration
May 16 (NE Indiana) and Nov. 14 (JP); $10 per person
Join GSP Site Manager Dave Fox, well-known birder, on field trips to some of the best birding hot spots in the region! We’ll travel to Pigeon River and surrounding spots in Northeast Indiana during spring migration in May then head to Jasper-Pulaski to see the amazing Sandhill Crane migration in November. Participants are responsible for transportation to and from locations but carpooling is available. Additional details will be provided closer to the trips and advance registration is required.
Moonlit Garden Tour
June 27; 8 p.m.; $25 per person; reservations required by June 12; guests must be age 21 and older
Enjoy an elegant evening under the moonlight at the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site. A perfect date night or girls night out, you’ll enjoy live music and local wines expertly paired with locally made cheeses and special chocolate-covered strawberries for dessert. This event benefits the maintenance and restoration of Gene’s gardens and grounds.
Indiana Master Naturalist Course
Thursdays; July 9 – Sept. 3; 6 – 9 p.m.; $80 per person for class, field guides, test and certification; reservations required; space is limited
Learn about Indiana’s natural history with this nine week course in partnership with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Purdue Extension and Soil & Water Conservation. Students will hear from experts on eight different topics such as trees, birds, ecology and wildflowers. For more information on the Indiana Master Naturalist program, visit www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/6321.htm or call the Site.
Star Gazing & Night Hike
July 18; 9 – 10:30 p.m.; $4 per person; guests under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
The Site’s naturalist will lead guests through Sower’s Woods to introduce them to the creatures of the night! Bats, owls, moths and other critters may make an appearance. Depending upon the clarity of the sky, star gazing will be available to identify major constellations, satellites and other celestial bodies by telescope thanks to Fort Wayne Astronomical Society. Bring binoculars for a closer view of the stars!
Aug. 1 & 2; 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.; $5 per person
Join us to celebrate Gene Stratton-Porter’s birthday with Chautauqua Days! Festival activities include tasty food, birthday cake, live music and other entertainment. Guests can also watch artisans at work, get an up-close look at classic automobiles and browse hand-crafted items from local vendors. Families will find crafts and games as well. An afternoon filled with family fun, learning and more. Additional festivities include a parade in Rome City on Saturday evening before the concert. Sunday starts with a church service on Boy Scout Island.
Wild Game Cookout*
Sept. 12; 6 p.m.; $5 per person suggested donation
Here’s your chance to sample wild game while learning more about local conservation efforts. Goose, deer, dove, alligator, antelope, bluegill, rabbit, crickets and squirrel have been on past menus! Conservation organizations and officers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. Stop by early in the event for the best selection of wild game.
*All wild game used for the program has been donated by local hunters.
Gene Stratton-Porter Autumn Tea
Sept. 26; noon – 4 p.m.; $25 per person; reservations required by Sept. 18
Experience the elegance of days gone by at our annual autumn tea. Enjoy lovingly-baked delicacies such as savory snacks and sweets, a variety of teas and a guest speaker. Before tea time, take a guided tour of Gene’s Cabin and formal gardens. If you choose to wear your “tea-time best” make sure your attire includes appropriate walking shoes. Festive hats are part of our tradition!
Oct. 16 & 17; 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.; $4 per person
This annual event is suitable for all ages and is more about the fun of Halloween – treats not tricks! At this event, you’ll learn about owls, bats, raccoons, snakes and other creatures of the night. Children are encouraged to attend in costume and enjoy treats at various stops along the way. Be sure to dress for the weather and bring a flashlight to guide your way! This is a rain or shine event.
“A Dream of Beauty” Holiday Walk
Dec. 6; 2 – 7 p.m.; $5 per person
See the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site when it’s all decked out for the holidays. Gene’s Cabin will be open and decorated according to her description of the Christmas of 1917, which she called “A Dream of Beauty.” Guests can enjoy live entertainment, holiday goodies, crafts, and horse-drawn wagon rides around the property. Santa will arrive in a very special way at 2 p.m. and will visit with children and families so bring your list! New this year is a Gingerbread Cabin decorating contest. Contact the Site for more information.
What are your thoughts CLICK HERE to leave us a "QUESTION OF THE DAY” comment.
© Copyright 2015, A Granite Broadcasting Station. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.