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Monday - December 23, 2013

Happy Holidays

 Merry Christmas
A Happy New Year

from the Folks at the Ozark Folk Center State Park
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Honoring our award-winning folks

Every year the folks of the Ozark Folk Center State Park nominate those in the park who are most deserving of recognition for their hospitality, artistry, commitment and talent.
Congratulations to the winners!
Musicians of the Year -  Harmony (Mary Gillihan, Robert Gillihan and Dave Smith)
Craftsperson of the Year - Paula Lane
Hospitality Award winner -  Jessica Sterlin, Skillet Restaurant manager
Special commendation  - Erlene Carter.
Also winning, but not present, were Bill and Linda Avey for volunteers of the year, and Judy Powell receiving the Bette Rae Miller Spirit award. 
The winners are pictured here with John Morrow, OFCSP Superintendent; Josh Epperson, OFCSP Assistant Superintendent; Daren Dortin, Music Director and Committee of One Hundred president Kedra Sugg. These awards are funded by the Committee of One Hundred.

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Yarb Tales - Plant a living Christmas Tree this holiday season
Buying and planting live Christmas trees may be a good option for folks who celebrate Christmas with the O Tannenbaum. With planning and proper care, a living Christmas tree, can provide the home landscape with multiple layers of texture, color, meaning and value.

To use a live tree for Christmas indoors and then grow it successfully, it is important to plan ahead. Trees are sold in large landscape pots or their root balls are wrapped in burlap. Your tree will either be a small specimen or will be rather heavy.

It is recommended that the tree be chosen early, before the Christmas rush, in order to get the best selection. Look for a healthy specimen. Be sure there are no brown tips, yellow leaves or shedding.

Decorate the tree sparingly. Use a minimum number of miniature lights. The new LED bulbs burn very cool and use little energy while providing excellent light. Do not flock the tree. Foil icicles (tinsel) can be difficult to remove when it is time to take the tree back outside.

After Christmas, take the tree back out to the sheltered location to recondition to cold temperatures for a week or two. Plant the tree soon afterwards. Do not wait until spring. Dig the planting hole only as deep as the root ball, and from twice to five times wider than the ball. Do not plant the tree too deep!

It has been wisely advised that the homeowner consider skipping the indoor section of these instructions and skip merrily to directly planting and decorating the tree outside. All of these ideas are offered to readers in faith that Christmas traditions will continue to live and grow. May you enjoy this blessed season in peace.
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Cabins at Dry Creek Open Year- Around

Looking for a wonderful weekend getaway this winter? The Ozarks are beautiful any time of year.
The Cabins at Dry Creek at the Ozark Folk Center State Park are open year around.
Call 800-264-3655 for reservations or
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Valentines package, Quilt Retreat, Folk School & Arlo Guthrie Concert

The Ozark Folk Center State Park might not officially reopen until April 1, 2014 - but we have a lot going on this winter. 
Keep an eye on our web site for details of our romantic Valentine getaway package.
The February Ozark Quilt Retreat is three wonderful days of quilting, fellowship and fun.
Ozark Folk School in March is an intensive week of classes in the music and crafts of the region.
And on March 29, Arlo Guthrie will be here in concert. Tickets are on sale now and make great last minute Christmas gifts.
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