Visitors Step Back in Time during Good ‘Ole Days at the Alabama Nature Center
The warm sunshine usually welcomes visitors every third weekend to the green grass and scenic trails of the Alabama Nature Center (ANC) at Lanark in Millbrook. But Saturday, October 3, the ANC was host to more than just hikers and birders. Cultural history was the point of attraction during “Good ‘Ole Days” amidst a bustling atmosphere of the arts and crafts of yesteryear.
The desire to be outside on such an inviting early autumn day drew more than 250 people to the ANC for the festivities.
Local beekeepers, wooden bowl carving, and a blacksmithing demonstration, dutch oven cooking demonstrations, hayrides, Gene Jones antique tractor displays and period arts and crafts took place under and around the ANC pavilion, providing a nostalgic step back in time for all who participated, while also giving vendors an opportunity to sell the fruits of their labor.
Tours of the new heirloom garden, conducted by the Alabama Wildlife Federation’s gardener Maria Pacheco-West, were also huge hit among flower enthusiasts searching for the “petals from the past.”
“We are excited to have such a great turnout for the day’s events,” said Jimmy Harris, ANC Director. “Our goal is to promote the region’s local artisans and provide a reason for everyone to enjoy the great outdoors.”
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