Horse Creek Trail, Alexander County, Illinois
Now that we've reached the first full day of autumn, we're entering prime time for hiking adventures, community festivals, cemetery walks, and other special events scheduled to take advantage of this brief period of nice weather before we encounter the Polar Vortex again.
Here's a roundup of events during the next couple months that have piqued my interest:
Sat. Sept. 26 @ 9 AM-4 PM and Sun. Sept. 27 @ Noon-4 PM
Cape Girardeau and Jackson
Four historic sites are participating in a quilt tour both Saturday and Sunday: the Glenn House in Cape, the Red House Interpretive Center in Cape, the Oliver House in Jackson, and the Cape Girardeau County History Center in Jackson. In addition, on Saturday, St. Andrew Lutheran Church will host a Quilt-R's Market. Tickets are $5 for individual venues or $10 for a "super ticket" to all.
First-Ever Tenth Annual Louis J. Lorimier Memorial World Famous Downtown Golf Tournament & All You Can Eat Catfish Buffet
Sun. Sept. 27 @ 1 PM
Common Pleas Courthouse Gazebo, Cape Girardeau
This year marks the 10th installment of the downtown golf tournament inspired by Joe Sullivan's newspaper columns. The event is a fundraiser for the Red House Interpretive Center.
Kaye Hamblin: "Early Development of SEMO"
Sat. Oct. 3 @ 11 AM
Cape River Heritage Museum, Cape Girardeau
Kaye Hamblin, the author of the book "Finding Julia: The Early Development of Southeast Missouri" will present a program as part of the Cape River Heritage Museum speaker series.
Living History Day at 1848 Thebes Courthouse
Sat. Oct. 3 @ 2 PM and 4 PM
Actors will portray historical figures at the Thebes Courthouse and during a walk to the Old Thebes Cemetery.
Snake Road Guided Walk
Sat. Oct. 3, 2015 @ Noon
LaRue-Pine Hills, Illinois
Scott Ballard of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will lead a guided hike of the Snake Road during the fall "Snake Migration." The hike starts at Winter's Pond at the north end of the Snake Road: take Highway 3 to Muddy Levee Road and drive to the bluffs.
Annual Fete de l'Automne
Sun. Oct. 4 @ 11 AM-5 PM
Washington County, Missouri
The Old Mines Area Historical Society presents this annual festival of French culture, cuisine, and music at a place called Fertile, Missouri.
River-to-River Trail Society Hike: Cedar Bluff to Bork Falls
Sat. Oct. 10 @ 10 AM
Johnson County, Illinois
Bob Mulcahy leads this first hike of the fall season for the River-to-River Trail Society. Meet at 10 AM at the Goreville City Park.
Their news release provides these details: "All hikes are open to the public free of charge. Most hikes are of at least moderate difficulty, intended for people in good health who have done some walking. Boots or sturdy shoes and a walking stick are highly recommended. Hikers should bring their own water and a snack. No dogs, please."
Saxon Lutheran Memorial Fall Festival
Sat. Oct. 10 @ 9 AM - 4 PM
This annual festival and fundraiser for the Saxon Lutheran Memorial features demonstrations of "blacksmithing; apple butter cooking; candle dipping; basket weaving; cross-cut sawing; woodworking; rope making; and other skills let you put your hands on history and be a pioneer."
River-to-River Trail Society Hike: Benham Ridge to Herod Bluff
Sat. Oct. 17 @ 10 AM
Pope County, Illinois
Meet at 10 AM at Herod Post Office.
2015 Missouri Preservation Conference: "The Past and Future of Preservation"
Wed. Oct. 21 - Fri. Oct. 23
This three-day conference comes to Cape Girardeau and features a jam-packed schedule of speakers, workshops, bus tours, and other events. The conference will be headquartered on the 4th floor of the University Center on the SEMO campus.
I'll be presenting at the very first session on Wednesday about Joseph Lansman, the man who built Cape Girardeau brick by brick. (And who built the 1850s handball court that the university tore down... brick by brick.)
Cape Girardeau County Historical Society Banquet
Sat. Oct. 24 @ 6 PM
Ray's of Kelso Banquet Center, Cape Girardeau
The Cape Girardeau County Historical Society is bringing back the tradition of hosting an annual banquet and fundraiser. Dr. Frank Nickell will be the keynote speaker. Tickets and information are available at the History Center in Jackson on the courthouse square or by calling 573-979-5170.
Kincaid Mounds Archaeology Field Day
Sat. Oct. 24
Kincaid Mounds Historic Site near Brookport, Illinois
This annual event will feature exhibits, presentations, and a walking tour including information on recent excavations at this Mississippian Culture site.
River-to-River Trail Society Hike: Pine Hollow
Sat. Oct. 24 @ 10 AM
Pope County, Illinois
Meet at Dixon Springs State Park at the rear parking lot by shelter number 2.
Wildflower Walk at Atwood Ridge
Sat. Oct. 24 @ 11 AM
Atwood Ridge, Union County, Illinois
Chris Benda leads this hike and workshop for identifying wildflowers. The event flyer states, "All of the hikes will last up to 4 hours. No previous experience is necessary. Reservations are not required but are encouraged. The hikes will be limited to the first 20 participants. To reserve your spot for any of the hikes, contact Chris Benda at firstname.lastname@example.org ."
Wildflower Walk at Lusk Creek
Sun. Oct. 25 @ 1 PM
Lusk Creek Canyon Wilderness, Pope County, Illinois
Chris Benda leads another hike and workshop for identifying wildflowers.
River-to-River Trail Society Hike: Grindstaff Hollow and Hurricane Bluff
Sat. Oct. 31 @ 10 AM
Gallatin County, Illinois
This morning hike on the day of Halloween starts at High Knob near Garden of the Gods.
Special Halloween River-to-River Trail Society Hike: Max Creek Vortex
Sat. Oct. 31 @ 5:30 PM
Johnson County, Illinois
This special Halloween night hike ventures into the "Max Creek Vortex", a place long rumored for its spooky happenings. Meet at Tunnel Hill School on US 45 at 5:30 PM.
Bollinger Mill Cemetery Walk
Sat. Oct. 31 @ 9 AM
Bollinger Mill State Historic Site, Burfordville
Learn about the members of the Bollinger family buried in a plot on the hill above Bollinger Mill. The program is free but requires pre-registration.
River-to-River Trail Society Hike: Bell Smith Springs
Sat. Nov. 7 @ 10 AM
Pope County, Illinois
Meet at the main Bell Smith Springs parking lot.
River-to-River Trail Society Hike: Horse Creek Trail
Sat. Nov. 14 @ 10:30 AM
Alexander County, Illinois
Kelly Pearson of the U.S. Forest Service will lead this hike in the hills across the river from Cape Girardeau. Meet at Mill Creek Village Park on Highway 127 south of Jonesboro at 10:30 AM.
"An 1814 Evening Dessert Table" at the Byrd House
Sat. Nov. 21, Nov. 28, Dec. 5, Dec. 12, and Dec. 19
Stephen Byrd House near Jackson
Enjoy dessert at a stone house from ca. 1820 as a famous historical figure drops by. Tickets will be available for five Saturdays during the holiday season at 6:00 PM and 7:30 PM. I'll be helping out as the narrator, but I'm not at liberty to divulge the identity of the mystery guest.
River-to-River Trail Society Hike: Crest Trail
Sat. Nov. 28 @ 10 AM
Saline County, Illinois
The final scheduled hike on the River-to-River Trail Society's fall calendar starts at the Tecumseh Statue at Glen Jones Lake in the Saline County Fish & Wildlife Area.