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The State Parks of Arkansas - The Natural State: E-Newsletter
"Just a Walk in the Park" Newsletter

It is Geography Week.
One of the goals of Geography Week is to assist us in becoming more aware of our global community and global interdependence. This got me to thinking about Arkansans. When the territory and state were new, there were no Arkansans except by emigration and immigration. Where did everyone come from to form Washington? How closely connected were those early residents by reason of their neighbors to the global community and its influences.
I decided to take a look through the 1860 United States census to get an idea of where the people who lived here came from. Here is what I found.
States people moved here from - Alabama, Maine, Vermont, South Carolina, Virginia, Missouri, New York, Kentucky, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Georgia, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, and Michigan.
Countries people moved here from - England, Russia, Ireland, Norway, and Germany.
This list reflects only part of the story because people like Abraham Block moved here from another state, but were born in another country. In his case, he was born in Bohemia.
All of these people brought with them skills and life ways which contributed to the community. Washington was just a microcosm of Arkansas. We have been a diverse and rich global community right from the start.
Oh, stop by and check out International Education Week while you are out scrolling around.

Out of the Park Programming
Kirby School District contacted Historic Washington State Park to see if they could have assistance with a project they are working on. The school as a whole is incorporating extra learning opportunities using the Laura Ingalls Wilder series. Jeannie York, School Librarian, requested historic games that might have been played by a young Laura and her contemporaries.Leita Spears, park historian, Kerry Spears, park volunteer, and Patricia Thomas, park sales director, prepared a program and went to Kirby on November 7, 2012 to help all classes - kindergarten through 12th grade- learn and have fun for the day.
Students saw a demonstration on throwing tops and learned about their place in history as one of the oldest toys on earth. Then, they all got a chance to play hoops and sticks, graces, and marbles. Librarian Jeannie York had this to say after the program, "Thank you so much.. for you and Kerry coming and spending the day teaching our students.  They had such a fun time and so did I." We had a great time too because the students were cooperative and eager to participate. See for yourself by looking through our online album. 

Bird Watchers Unite! Or drop by Historic Washington State Park and do a little birding in some of our great protective areas. Behind many of our historic structures and surrounding the Pioneer Cemetery are natural areas perfect for bird habitat. This makes autumn and winter perfect times to easily spot some of your favorite species. It is perfect for introducing kids and beginners to the hobby.

Reminder to our volunteers and sponsors - Be at the 1940s Gym on Monday, November 19, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. for the Park Award Potluck luncheon. Bring a favorite recipe to share and get that official "pat on the back" for all you have done to help make Historic Washington State Park a success and Volunteer Park of the Year.

Receipts and Recipes

It is almost time! Time for what? Time for candy making! My momma loves to make candy during the winter and, being the wonderful children that we are, we love to eat the candy she makes. It is a great arrangement. Momma is always watching for new and delicious looking recipes and I have found one for her to try. She reads this newsletter, you know. If any other candy makers out there try this one, please share the results with me.

White Chocolate Fudge with Cranberries and Pistachios
3 cups white chocolate chips
3 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup butter
dash of salt
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped pistachios

Place chips in the bowl of your mixer. Have your whisk attachment ready to go. In a large (I used medium but it was close) saucepan, heat sugar, butter, salt and whipping cream till butter is melted, stirring occasionally over medium heat. Once butter is melted continue heating until you bring to a rolling boil. Continue boiling for 4 minutes (set a timer) stirring continuously. Watch that you don't let it boil over. If using a candy thermometer, the temperature should reach 230 degrees.

Pour hot sugar mixture into your mixing bowl and whisk on med speed for about 2 minutes, until all chocolate is melted. Add vanilla, cranberries and pistachios and stir, just till combined. Pour into a parchment lined 8 x 8 pan.

Let set until cooled then refrigerate for 2 hours until cooled. Remove fudge from pan using parchment paper to lift.  Slice and enjoy. Store in airtight container.
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Make breakfast easy for Holidays or Sunday mornings.

French Toast Bake
1/2 cup melted butter (1 stick)
1 cup brown sugar
1 loaf Texas toast (remove crust if desired for a pretty result)
4 eggs
1 1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Powdered sugar for sprinkling

1. Melt butter in microwave & add brown sugar....stir till mixed.
2. Pour butter/sugar mix into bottom of 9 x 13 pan....spread around
3. Beat eggs, milk, & vanilla
4. Lay single layer of Texas Toast in pan
5. Spoon 1/2 of egg mixture on bread layer
6. Add 2nd layer of Texas Toast
7. Spoon on remaining egg mixture
8. Cover & chill in fridge overnight
9. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes (covered for the first 30 minutes)
10. Sprinkle with powdered sugar
11. Serve with warm maple syrup (optional)
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 Holiday Sweets and Treats Dutch Oven Workshop is full. =(
Never fear, we have a solution! =)
You and your like minded friends (10 total) can book your own private workshop! To find out how make the arrangements just email

Coming Soon -

Dutch Oven Style--Holiday Sweets & Treats
November 17, FULL 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Thanksgiving Day Buffet
November 22, 2012 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
26th Annual Christmas and Candlelight
December 1, 1 p.m. - 8 p.m.
26th Annual Christmas and Candlelight
December 8,  1 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Williams' Tavern Restaurant Specials - online viewing

Available -  volunteer opportunities! Call Vicky at 870-983-2558 or email.

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P.O. Box 98
Washington, AR 71862

Phone: (870) 983-2684
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