FREE HOLIDAY IN THE PARKS CELEBRATION AT WHISKEYTOWN
Contact: Clinton Kane, 530-242-3451
Contact: Steve Thede, 530-242-3450
The National Park Service and California State Parks invite you to a free “Old-Time Holiday” celebration at Shasta State Historic Park and Whiskeytown's Tower House Historic District on Saturday, December 1, 200 7 from 11:00am to 4:00pm. There will be no entrance fee, and visitors will be treated to festivities and refreshments at both parks throughout the day. In addition, visitors can pick up copies of a self-guided historic "auto tour" identifying historic spots on the drive between Shasta and the Camden House in Whiskeytown’s Tower House Historic District.
"This is a great opportunity for the public to learn about some of our shared local history and enjoy a free and festive event at their National and State Parks," stated State Park Ranger Lori Martin. “Each year hundreds of people in the North State make the trip to Shasta State Historic Park to kick-off the holiday season. This year we are continuing the tradition of including activities and events at the Tower House Historic District,” stated Whiskeytown Superintendent Jim Milestone.
In support of KRCR Tri Counties Bank Food Drive for the Salvation Army, The National Park Service along with The Friends of Whiskeytown and Shasta State Historic Park will also have food drive containers available at both Whiskeytown’s Tower House Historic District and Shasta State Historic Park on Saturday December 1st. People are asked that they deposit only canned and dry, non-perishable foods (check expiration dates please) in these containers.
Shasta State Historic Park activities will feature a ‘49er miner’s tent camp, shopping at the 1800’s general store, baking your own gingerbread cookies in a wood fired oven and old time music by the Back Forty String Band. The Court House museum will also be open to the public. Western Star Lodge No.2, the oldest Masonic Lodge in California and still active in the town of Shasta, will offer breakfast from 8:00 am to 11:00 am and lunch from 11:00 am to 3:00pm.
Whiskeytown NRA activities will feature a free wreath-making workshop where families can make their own wreath to take home for the holidays. Other activities include historic tours of Camden House and surrounding area, holiday carolers and afternoon music by the Back Forty String Band. There will also be a special 15% off sale on all books and souvenirs at the Whiskeytown Visitor Center.
A printed program describing the scheduled events will be available at both parks. For more information call the Whiskeytown Visitor Center daily between 10:00am and 4:00pm at (530) 246-1225 or Shasta State Historic Park at 243-8194.
Did You Know?
Whiskeytown has phantom orchids (Cephalanthera austiniae)? They are all white and devoid chlorophyll. This means that it cannot make energy for itself and must rely on symbiotic mycorrhizae for its nutrition.