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Turpentine Tales and Fall Family Fest Coming to Crossroads


Published: 09.23.2021

Turpentine Tales

Thursday-Saturday, October 28-30 – 6-8pm
The Town Green at Russell Crossroads

Take a tour on the Turpentine Trail to learn about the animals in Russell Forest! Turpentine Tales: A Walk Through the Forest will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 28 through Oct. 30 at Russell Crossroads. Local student actors will don the costumes of forest animals to present the audience with glimpses of their lives in the Russell Forest.

“Among the animals on the tour will be a hawk, a ring-necked snake, a vulture, a deer, and others,” said Karen Kison, Wellness and Recreation Director at Willow Point Country Club, who is directing the outdoor production.

“Tour groups will meet in the stage area on the Town Green where Naturalist Marianne Hudson will have a presentation with live forest critters, then a guide will direct groups along the trail to meet the animals,” Kison explained. “Each actor will explain a little about how that animal lives in the forest.”

The program is designed to entertain children, especially those in early to mid-elementary grades, but younger children, older children and adults would find the tour interesting as well, Kison said.

There is no charge for Turpentine Tales; reservations are advised, but walkups will be welcomed. To make your reservation, email Kison at [email protected]. Please meet at the Town Green stage 15 minutes prior to tour time.

Turpentine Tales a great way to get to know the animals in the forest!

For information, email Karen Kison at [email protected].

Fall Family Festival

Saturday, October 30 – 10am-1pm
Russell Crossroads

Also, on October 30, from 10am to 1pm is Russell Lands’ Fall Family Festival at Russell Crossroads. This annual celebration will include demonstrations by a working blacksmith and an operating gristmill. There also will be a pumpkin patch, wagon and pony rides, a petting zoo and more. Enjoy festival food items and enter the Canning and the Pie and Cake Baking Contest with cash prizes. Entry fee for the festival is $25 per family (based on a family of four). For more information about the festival, call 256.397.1019.

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