Audubon State Park Offers Fun Holiday Activities

*The following are a list of activities at John James Audubon State Park for the months of November and December submitted by staff member Julie McDonald. For questions, please call the park directly at (270) 826-2247. The staff will be happy to help you out!

November 2010

“Audubon’s Fabulous Fibers”
Oct.21 –Feb. 6 10 a.m. – 4 a.m.
As the brilliant beauty of the fall foliage covers the grounds of Audubon State Park, so does the colorful array of fibers in the “Fabulous Fibers” exhibit by several tri-state artists. The public is invited to the opening reception at the JJA Museum on Oct. 21st from 6:00-7:30
Museum hours: Daily 10:00-5:00 Winter hours: Thurs.-Sun. 10:00-4:30
Staff Contact: Kim McGrew-Liggett Audubon Museum (270) 827-1893 kim.mcgrew@ky.gov
FREE

Adult Artists Retreat
Friday, November 12th
JJA Museum
Beginning to advanced artists, are invited to participate in the all day Artist Retreats monthly from 9:00-3:00pm. Bring your own artwork and supplies. Lunch will be potluck. Special speakers and noon programs will vary monthly. Pre-registration is required.
Staff Contact: Kim McGrew-Liggett Audubon Museum (270) 827-1893 kim.mcgrew@ky.gov
Fee: $15, due the day of.

“Walk on the Wild Side”: Nature Programs for Toddlers
November 12 Talkin’ Turkey
Fridays: November 12, 10:00 a.m.
Museum – Bird Observation Center
Toddlers 3 – 5 years old
These 30-minute interactive programs will explore what nature has to offer. With each new topic toddlers will discover how wildlife and nature shapes the world we live in.
Wild Turkeys are now more common throughout the state than any time within the past 150 years. Give Thanks as we celebrate this feathered symbol.
Staff Contact: Julie McDonald at 270-826-2247 or juliea.mcdonald@ky.gov
Cost: $2.00 per child

“Holiday Pottery for All”
Saturday, Nov. 13
Design your holiday pottery just in time for Santa. There will be 2 sessions at the JJA Museum on Saturday, November 13th.
*Children ages 3-8, along with an adult: 10:00-11:00.
*Students ages 8 & up: 1:00-2:00.
The fee will be $15.00, which includes materials for one plate. Plates will be fired and returned to museum for pick up. Pre-registration is required by Nov. 8th.
Staff Contact: Kim McGrew-Liggett Audubon Museum (270) 827-1893 kim.mcgrew@ky.gov

Holiday Crop – Thanksgiving
Wednesday, Nov. 17 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Friends of Audubon Meeting Room
Adults are invited to enjoy the company of other croppers and refreshments as we create adorable Thanksgiving pages and cards. Materials and instruction for 2 scrapbook pages and 1 card will be available for each registered participant. Or, bring your own scrapbook and materials for open crop time. Whether you’re just getting started or you’ve been cropping for years, this Thanksgiving session will give you inspiration and ideas for creating perfect family-themed pages and cards.
Pre-registration is required with Beth Tompkins at beth.tompkins@ky.gov or (270) 826-2247.
Cost: $5.00

Christmas Open House
Saturday, Nov. 20 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Audubon Museum Gift Shop
Get in the holiday spirit with the Audubon Museum’s kick-off to Christmas. See our new holiday décor, shop our wide variety of unique Christmas gifts, enjoy cider, hot chocolate and homemade holiday treats and free museum tours. New holiday items include Kentucky Crafted Cedar Christmas Trees, Audubon Bird Ornaments, Cardinal Christmas Cards, Rebecca Ruth Bourbon Candy Gift Boxes, and a variety of children’s toys. Door prizes and special discounts will take place throughout the day. And, a few of Santa’s favorite elves will be in attendance for photos with kids and use their elf-expertise to wrap your purchases – for free!

December 2010

Tiny Tot’s Holiday Ornaments
Friday, Dec. 3
JJA Museum
Tiny tot’s ages 3-5 will design and decorate an ornament just in time for your tree. Holiday ART at the PARK is from 10:30-11:30. Dress for a mess. Pre-registration is required.
Staff Contact: Kim McGrew-Liggett Audubon Museum (270) 827-1893 kim.mcgrew@ky.gov

Madrigal Dinner “The Great Chicken Coup”
Presented by the Henderson County High School Choral Department
Saturday, December 4
Performances from 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.
Audubon Museum
Come be a guest of King James in his castle with the HCHS Chamber Choir as they present the holiday madrigal dinner “The Saga of Mordrick the Foul and the Great Chicken Coup”. Let the Renaissance come alive! Join us for an evening of entertainment, music and gourmet dining (catered by J&B Carters) as we celebrate the holiday season.
Contact: Felicia Belcher at 270-831-8876 or Felicia.belcher@henderson.kyschools.us
Ticket Fee: Must be purchased in advance (by Dec. 1) $15.00 per person including dinner and a show. Tickets may be purchased from any HCHS choir student or Ms. Belcher at the choir office 270-831-8876.

Paper Mache’ Santa
2 Sunday’s; Dec. 5 & 12 1:00-2:30
This 2-day workshop is designed for adults and students, 12 and older, to sculpt a paper mache’ Santa. With step by step instructions, you will be an artist in no time. Design and decorate with Christmas pa’zazz. Dress for a mess. Fee includes materials and instruction for both days: $18
Pre-registration is required by Dec. 1st. Staff Contact: Kim McGrew-Liggett Audubon Museum (270) 827-1893 kim.mcgrew@ky.gov

Henderson Co. Gifted Student Reception
Thursday, December 9th
Henderson County Gifted Art students, from the 4th & 5th grades, will have their annual exhibit from the Audubon Art Programs, on Thursday, December 9th from 5:00-6:30. All students, parents and faculty are invited to attend the reception.
Staff Contact: Kim McGrew-Liggett Audubon Museum (270) 827-1893 kim.mcgrew@ky.gov

“Walk on the Wild Side”: Nature Programs for Toddlers
December 10 Winter Bird Feeders
Friday: December 10 10:00 a.m.
Museum – Bird Observation Center
Toddlers 3 – 5 years old
These 30-minute interactive programs will explore what nature has to offer. With each new topic toddlers will discover how wildlife and nature shapes the world we live in.
With colder temperatures coming, we can help the winter birds who come around our homes. Learn how as we make winter bird feeders.
Staff Contact: Julie McDonald at 270-826-2247 or juliea.mcdonald@ky.gov
Cost: $2.00 per child

Santa’s at the Park
Saturday, Dec. 11 10:30-12:00
Come join the elves at the annual “Santa’s at the Park”, Saturday, Dec. 10th from 10:30-12:00, for children ages 3-7 and their families. Share the holiday activities; art, story telling and treats with Santa. Photos will be optional the day of for an extra fee. Class Fee will be $7.00 Photos with Santa will also optional the day of. Pre-registration required.
Staff Contact: Kim McGrew-Liggett Audubon Museum (270) 827-1893 kim.mcgrew@ky.gov

Holiday Crop – Christmas
Wednesday, Dec.15 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Friends of Audubon Meeting Room
Adults are invited to enjoy the company of other croppers and refreshments as we create adorable Christmas pages and cards. Materials and instruction for 2 scrapbook pages and 1 card will be available for each registered participant. Or, bring your own scrapbook and materials for open crop time. Whether you’re just getting started or you’ve been cropping for years, this Christmas session will give you inspiration and ideas for creating perfect holly jolly pages and cards.Pre-registration is required with Beth Tompkins at beth.tompkins@ky.gov or (270) 826-2247.
Cost: $5.00