News from the Park

January 2013 Event Updates

Written by Nancy Hise

Candlelight Ski/Hike:  Join us Saturday, January 5, 2013 from 6:00-9:00pm at the Ansay Welcome Center for an evening of skiing and hiking along trails lit by hundreds of tiki torches. The 2-mile long skiing trail will be groomed according to snow conditions and the 1.25-mile long trail around Quarry Lake will be available for hiking.  After an evening of crisp winter air, warm up next to the fieldstone fireplace while sipping a warm beverage in the Welcome Center.  Northern Cross Foundation will be out with telescopes if the sky is clear. Well worth a stop at Puckett's Pond! Don't forget to stop in the Welcome Center for a bowl of chili, cup of hot apple cider or cocoa, hot dog and great homemade bars and cookies!!! (The chili/hot dogs are available for a small charge.  Beverages and dessert are free.)  This event will be held regardless of snow conditions. Please, no pets or sleds on the trails.  A daily park entry fee for $7 or annual pass for $25 is required to enter the park.

Date Change: Saturday, January 19, 2013 will be the annual staff and volunteer appreciation dinner.  It will be held at the Adolph and Marie Ansay Welcome Center.  More details will soon follow! Friend's Members, you won't want to miss this unique gathering! 

Financial Update:  We continue to actively fundraise for the accessible cabin.  We have applied for a second $20,000 Knowles-Nelson Grant and have recently received a couple of generous donations.  It is exciting to see us getting closer to our goal while continuing to provide other services to the park.

Board Meeting:  Board meetings are normally held on the 4th Thursday of each month.  Due to the holidays we do not hold them in November and December.  Our next scheduled board meeting is Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the Adolph and Marie Ansay Welcome Center.   We will resume our 4th Thursday of the month starting February 28, 2013.  Our meetings are open to the membership so we hope to see you there!