Boone County Conservation District profiles Christmas past Dec. 6

Staff Report

BELVIDERE, Illinois — From 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, join the Boone County Conservation District for an evening of holiday magic as you are transported back in time to an 1800s Christmas.

Visitors will stroll along luminary lit paths, listen to carolers singing holiday songs, and stop at two historic log cabins to learn about Christmas past as the inhabitants prepare for the holidays.

Children of all ages with meet a Civil War Santa in his field tent. Enjoy holiday treats and listen to live music in the one-room schoolhouse.

Visitors can learn about winter on the prairie at a Native American traveling tent. The Blacksmith will be busy working in his shop, creating holiday gifts. Across from the blacksmith shop there will be popcorn cooked over an open fire.

After the outside activities, visitors can warm up at the Roger Gustafson Nature Center, 603 N. Appleton Road, Belvidere, Illinois, and purchase gift items made by the blacksmith and local artists. Children can make their own holiday ornaments and enjoy spiced cider and holiday treats.

Admission is free.

For more information, contact the Boone County Conservation District office at (815) 547-7935 or online at www.bccdil.org.

Posted Dec. 4, 2014

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