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Thursday - September 5, 2013

Folk Dance Days September 6-8

Be sure to join us September 6-8 for one of the most fun events of the entire season.
 
Folk Dance Days brings together dancers and instructors from around the country to kick up their heels throughout the Village. This event highlights traditional dance styles including clogging, jig and contra with classes and workshops. Special dance callers and musicians will also add to the fun. Pre-registration is required to attend the workshops, but they are a lot of fun to watch. .
This year's dance band is the Latter Day Lizards and our dance caller is Kathy Anderson.
 
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Want to help with After Dark in the Park?

After Dark in the Park is a family-centered, fun-filled celebration that happens from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on October 31. The Craft Village takes on a new look, storytellers nestle in lighted corners and shops offer candy and smiles.
 
This year we would like to invite your business or organization to set up a booth in the park, volunteer to tell stories, hand out candy or join us in the fun. This event is free to the public and draws thousands of people to the park to enjoy the evening.
If you are interested in helping out with this year's After Dark in the Park, please call Jeanette at 870-269-3851. 
 
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Elderberries
Elder, Herb of the Year 2013™ is decorating the landscape with ripe, purple berries. Many of our locals are harvesting these healthful fruits and preserving them for winter. Questions should arise about hydrocyanic acid (also known as prussic acid), a toxin that is present in the seed, leaves and roots of elder. Our genus is Sambucus nigra ‘Canadensis’. Other varieties of elder occur in other parts of the world and some have more hydrocyanic acid than our native. Many useful plants contain this acid. I wanted to find more information about this substance to share with you.

The leaves, seeds, and bark of elderberry contain hydrocyanic glycosides. The hydrocyanic acid in the epidermis of the plant parts. Beneath the epidermis, in the mesaphyll cells, there are enzymes that combine with the hydrocyanic acid molecules when the plant parts are damaged. This action releases cyanide, which is a chemical that is found as a sugar compound in many food plants.

I have eaten large quantities of elderberry shrub and jelly. Why am I still alive to write this column? Well, the jelly was cooked, so it was absolutely cyanide-free. The small amount of cyanide in the uncooked plants materials was neutralized by the digestive acids in my stomach.

Most importantly, before you eat any berry, be sure you are positive of its identification. During the late summer and fall, colorful and attractive fruits are present in our gardens, woodlands, and pastures.  There can be dangerous toxins in plants with berries. Devil’s walking stick (Aralia spinosa), is a small, thorny tree with berries that have been mistaken for elderberries. Though not poisonous, the berries of devil’s walking stick have different uses that will be addressed in future columns. Belladonna, also called deadly nightshade (Atropa belladonna), has black berries that can cause convulsions and death. Pokeberries (Phytolacca Americana), Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia), poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans), Carolina buckthorn berries (Rhamnus caroliniana), blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides), and Canada moonseed berries (Menispermum canadense) are in the Ozark forest and can cause poisoning, especially in adventurous children. Watch them closely and teach them to respect and know the properties of the plants in the yard and in the places they play. 

Enjoy the bounty of the wild edibles growing around us and be sure to take good care of yourselves by knowing what you are eating.
 
The Heritage Herb Garden at the Ozark Folk Center graces the park with visual colors and textures, sweet and pungent aromas, and helps us to interpret the history of the human use of plants.
 
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Skillet Restaurant Specials This Week

The Skillet Restaurant is in the Park, right across from the Administration Building

Lunch Specials
served daily 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
BBQ Chicken Sandwich chips w/ iced tea or coffee $5.95

OR

Chicken Quesadilla with Refried Beans, Sour Cream & Spanish rice w/tea or coffee $6.49
 

Friday nights in September

Mount Magazine State Park Skycrest Restaurant’s Chicken Roulade (a grilled chicken breast stuffed with fresh spinach covered in alfredo sauce) served with a Baked Potato, Green Beans & Dinner Roll $10.95

Saturday nights in  September

Surf & Turf: Delicious tender Tri-Tip steak marinated by the Chefs at the Skillet Restaurant with fresh herb butter Grilled Shrimp, baked potato, & grilled vegetables $12.95
 
Every Sunday Famous Fried Chicken Buffet $10.95
Saturday and Sunday Breakfast Buffet $7.95
Saturday's buffet featuring Omlettes made to order right before your eyes

Skillet Restaurant open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily
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Performing this Week

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

  • Craft Village open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Gift Shop open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Restaurant open 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Loco Ropes open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Daytime Musicians at 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m.: Clancey Ferguson & the Ragtags

Noon Program:Mary Gillihan and the Women of Mountain Music: Park Interpreter Mary Gillihan was blessed to have known Alameda Riddle, Jean Jennings, and many of the women ballad singers of the Ozark past. In her program she shares their songs and stories with you. You may want to bring a hankie.

Evening Music Wednesday through Saturday

Schedule Subject to Change

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

  • Craft Village open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Gift Shop open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Restaurant open 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Loco Ropes open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Daytime Musicians at 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m.: Whoa Mule!

Noon Program: Garden Tours with Tina Marie: What's happening in the heritage garden today? This program meets at the Bessie Moore deck and then follows the leader through the park. Herbalist, gardener, and musician Tina Marie Wilcox is nationally known for her programs on herbs and the Heritage Herb Gardens at the Ozark Folk Center State Park.

Evening Music 7 p.m.

  • Harmony
  • Upjumpers
  • Odell Jackson
  • Bess Kelley
  • Mary Parker & Scott Pool

Schedule Subject to Change

Thursday, September 5, 2013

  • Craft Village open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Gift Shop open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Restaurant open 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Loco Ropes open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Daytime Musicians at 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m.: Sheryl Irvine

Noon Program: Naomi Baker, Boarding house proprietor: Marilyn Dowdy shares the stories of her great-great-grandmother and how she kept a boarding house in Calico Rock during the late 1800’s.

Evening Music 7 p.m.

  • Aubrey Atwater & Elwood Donnelly with:
  • Cobb Brothers
  • Clancey Ferguson
  • Gresham McMillon
  • Kathy Jensen
  • Dave Smith
  • Unkle Dave & Hambone
  • ETC…..

Schedule Subject to Change

Friday, September 6, 2013

  • Craft Village open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Gift Shop open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Restaurant open 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Loco Ropes open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Daytime Musicians at 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m.: Cobb Brothers

Noon Program: Kathleen Connole: Native American peoples traveled through the Ozarks and hunted, fished, and farmed these mountains. Kathleen shares their stories from the perspective of the plants they gathered, grew, and loved in these deep valleys and rocky hillsides.

Evening Music 7 p.m.

  • Clancey Ferguson & the Ragtags
  • Latter Day Lizards
  • Steve, Joanie & Mim
  • Big Foot Stompers
  • Lazy Goat Stringband
  • Cobb Brothers

 

Schedule Subject to Change

 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

  • Craft Village open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Gift Shop open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Restaurant open 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Loco Ropes open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Daytime Musicians at 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:45 p.m.: Audrey Gilliam

Young Pioneers for children ages 7-14 at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m.

Noon Program: Spinning Tales with Auntie Jen: As she spins fleece into yarn, Auntie Jen will share stories of how people began spinning yarn, using spinning wheels, weaving, sheep, goats and their history in the Ozarks.

Evening Music 7 p.m.

  • Aubrey Atwater & Elwood Donnelly
  • Clancey Ferguson & the Ragtags
  • Dave & Kat
  • Jimmy Joe Sasser
  • Wiede Family

Schedule Subject to Change

Sunday, September 8, 2013

  • Gift Shop open 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Restaurant open 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Loco Ropes open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Craft Village open Tuesday through Saturday

Evening Music Program Wednesday through Saturday

Monday, September 9, 2013

  • Gift Shop open 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Restaurant open 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Loco Ropes open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Craft Village open Tuesday through Saturday

Evening Music Program Wednesday through Saturday

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