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One of the day’s high- lights is the inaugural tour of the Historic District Interpre- tive Panels. The recently com- pleted, grant-funded interpre- tive signage project includes a large map of the park and eight signs throughout the

park highlighting historically significant features; brochures and an audio component on each sign also aid visitors. From 1936 until 1964, the park’s land was owned by

Mr. and Mrs. Owen D. Young, who expanded its gardens, groves and plantings. Mrs. Young gave the property to the state after Mr. Young’s death. Jimmy Lopez and his sister Francis, the children of Francisco Lopez, former caretaker of the Youngs’ estate, grew up at Washington Oaks Gardens. A former USO Tour Entertainer, Jimmy will perform a patriotic medley as part of the Veteran’s Day observance at noon. He has provided valuable firsthand information and a portrait of his sister, painted by Mrs. Young’s daughter, for the studio interpretive panel. Other activities include a plant sale, silent auction and

youth area. Food and beverages will be available, and the gift shop will be open.

Location: 6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast. Admission: free. For more information, call The Friends of Washington Oaks at 386-446-6783.

State Parks Offer Time Around the Campfire


he Florida Park Service wants to remind Floridians that Florida state parks offer the perfect setting for autumn recreation and pastimes. Florida Park Service Director Donald V. Forgione says, “As the weather cools this time of

year, warm thoughts come to mind. Many of my fondest fam- ily memories center on the traditions of fall—especially time spent around the campfire. A recent advertisement for family camping equipment noted that campsites were the ‘original social networking site.’ I couldn’t agree more.” Within Florida’s 160 state parks are more than 3,200 family campsites, 230 tent campsites, 60 youth campsites, 67 group camp areas and 95 equestrian campsites. Many state parks with family campgrounds host frequent evening campfire programs. “If you join one of these, you might learn about the history of the park or hear a tall tale of a character that once inhabited the surrounding land,” says Forgione. “I encourage you to spend time around a camp- fire this autumn and get back in touch with each other and Florida State Parks.”

For more information or to reserve a campsite, visit

Call for Women Artists T

he Florida Museum for Women Artists is now accepting applica-

tions for Wrap It Up: Fine Art Crafts by Contemporary Craftswomen, being held November 18 to January 15, 2012, in the Lee Gallery of the Florida Museum for Women Artists, in DeLand. The show will feature fine gifts by

contemporary Florida craftswomen including jewelry; ceramics and hand- blown glass; sculpture; functional, fiber and wearable arts; holiday ornaments; framed and hanging work (mixed media and fabrics); and furniture. All the art is original, handmade work.

Location: 100 N. Woodland Blvd., Ste. 1. For more informa- tion or to apply, call 386-873-2976 or visit FloridaMuseum natural awakenings November 2011 7

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