Visit Patti’s 1880′s Settlement for the Festival of Lights

Picture1Experience the magic of a small town Christmas and visit Patti’s 1880′s Settlement during the Annual Festival of Lights. Patti’s – located in Grand Rivers, KY – is a magical experience for the whole family at Christmas.

Festival of Lights Dates- Friday, November 7, 2014 through the first weekend of January, 2015.

Two Opening Night Celebrations to Choose From- Opening Night has become such a popular event, Patti’s now has two dates to accommodate more visitors:
Friday, November 7, 2014
Friday, November 14, 2014
Opening night celebrations include live Gospel Music By Eternal Vision in the gazebo at Patti’s, and the Lights Turn on at Dark.

The holiday decorations include over 700,000 lights in Patti’s Settlement and downtown Grand Rivers. The Festival of Lights continues every night through the first week of January. For more information on Patti’s 1880′s Settlement and Restaurant Visit Patti’s website here.

Be sure to make dinner or lunch reservations during the busy holiday season. Call 888-736-2515. Include dining at Patti’s as part of your holiday traditions. Each dining room is decorated for Christmas in addition to the outdoor lights.

Patti’s Restaurant offers Award Winning Casually Elegant Dining. Patti’s menu includes their famous two inch thick pork chop, flower pot bread and heavenly deserts; as well as wonderful steaks, chicken and seafood dishes.

Why not make a full day or weekend event by also attending a Christmas musical production at the Badgett Playhouse Theater in Grand Rivers. Christmas musical productions include Christmas Spectacular, Down Home Country Christmas, Big Band Christmas, and Sanders Family Christmas. Find the complete schedule, ticket prices and show times for the Badgett Playhouse online here.

A visit to Patti’s during the Festival of Lights will be a family memory you cherish for a lifetime.

Coming this November inside the Land Between The Lakes

Saturday, November 1 from 10am-12pm, Harvest Dinner at The Homeplace.
Typically festivals were held before and after the harvest to give thanks for the year’s bounty and to rejoice together with friends and family after much hard work. Today, visit with the Homeplace family as we enjoy the fruits of our labor and give thanks. No food served to the public. Program free with HP admission.

Saturday, November 1 at 11am, Hike LBL Fall Series – meet at Nature Station

Join us for a 1-mile stroll around Empire Point to lean about the natural history of our area. We’ll scan the shoreline and fields for birds of prey, deer, waterfowl and more. Program free to LBL visitors, weather permitting.

Every Sunday in November at 2pm, Knee-high Naturalist Series
Discover nature with your young naturalist! Join us for a story, a craft, and an up-close encounter with nature in a program designed especially for preschoolers.

Daily this November at 4:30pm at the Nature Station, Parade of Raptors

you can come face to face with our raptors– a barn owl, barred owl, screech owl, and red-tailed hawk–as our staff moves these birds from their outdoor perches to their indoor shelter. Programs free with NS admission.

November 8 from 10am-4pm, Fall Frolic
Celebrate the fall season at Nature Station with a fun fall hayride, a guided hike through the fall foliage, live music and fun programs for the whole family. Ongoing Throughout the Day Fall Nature Craft There is no better way to celebrate fall than to create your own craft using natural materials.

Daily this November from 10am-5pm at the Homeplace, Getting Ready For Winter
Join the farm family as they make their final preparations for the long winter ahead. Lend a hand tightening the house, making warm clothing and blankets, making candles to help brighten the dark winter days ahead, learn how lye soap was made, and smell the harvest dinner cooking on the stove. Farming activities include chopping firewood, firing tobacco, fall plowing, and making winter clothing.

For a full calender of events you can visit LandBetweenTheLakes.US

Registration Open for March 14, 2015 Ultra Run

e76d7d59-0372-4cfc-a415-f4e15f31e2f6Registration is now Open for the March 14, 2015, Land Between the Lakes Trail Runs. 2015 marks the 12th annual Land Between The Lakes Trail Runs hosted by The West Kentucky Runners club.

The Trail run events include 23km , 26.2m , 50m , and 60km trail runs. Note: there is an 11 hour time limit on any run.

The course starts on the shore of beautiful Kentucky Lake at Lighthouse Landing Resort in Grand Rivers, and proceeds south onto 453 for 1.5 miles, continuing on the Canal Loop Trail. The Canal Loop trail, is a scenic, well groomed 11.3 mile loop on mostly single-track between Kentucky and Barkley Lakes; offering many breathtaking views of the lakes, and several short challenging hills. The course finishes in Downtown Grand Rivers on J.H. O’Bryan Avenue in front of the Visitor Information office.

23k runners complete one 11.3 mile loop and go back to Grand Rivers for the finish. Marathoners run two loops, 60k run three loops, and 50 milers run 4 loops plus a short out and back before heading back to Grand Rivers for the finish.

Race amenities include performance type shirts, running caps, custom made belt buckles for the ultra finishers, and nice medals w/ribbons for 23k and Marathon finishers.

The event also supports Land Between The Lakes through donations to Friends of LBL. You have the option of donating to them during registration.
NEW this year… depending upon your donation level you will receive gifts from Friends of Land Between The Lakes. As always, you are not expected to donate, but if you can, that’s wonderful. They really appreciate it.

Find details and registration information online here. This event historically sells out.

Find information on Grand Rivers lodging, dining, and attractions here.

Fall Frolic at Nature Station

fallfLand Between The Lakes National Recreation Area invites the public to celebrate the arrival of autumn during Fall Frolic, at Woodlands Nature Station, November 8, 2014, from 10am-4pm. Nature Station admission is $5 ages 13 and up, $3 ages 5-12, free for ages 4 and under.

Fall Frolic features a variety of fall nature events and fun filled activities, including hayrides, live music, and appearances by Smokey Bear.

“Bring the whole family to enjoy the fall season and participate in a variety of family-friendly outdoor programs and activities,” says Aviva Yasgur, Naturalist at Nature Station.

Sign up that day for an old-fashioned hayride. Hayrides are 30-minutes long, $2 per person, and leave regularly throughout the day. Staff-led rides include fun nature activities and great wildlife-viewing opportunities!

Fall Frolic activities:
• Scheduled appearances all day – Smokey Bear
• Ongoing throughout the day – Fall Nature Craft
• 10am-4pm – Old-Fashioned Fall Hayrides
• 11am – Forecasting Folklore
• 12 & 2pm – Fall Music Concert—featuring, Brio Youth String Ensemble
• 12:30pm – Signs of the Season Hike
• 2:30pm – Bedtime for the Beasts

Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area manages more than 170,000 acres in western Kentucky and Tennessee as part of the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Agriculture’s public lands program. Land Between The Lakes offers outdoor recreation, lake access, land management, and environmental education to over 1.4 million visitors annually. The Friends of Land Between The Lakes works in partnership with the Forest Service providing program services, funds development, and volunteer support.

To find more information about Land Between The Lakes, log on to the official website at www.landbetweenthelakes.us or call toll-free at 1-800-LBL-7077 or local at 270-924-2000.

Veterans Honored Nov. 8-11 at Land Between The Lakes

LBLLand Between The Lakes National Recreation Area will join all federal agencies in honoring veterans this Veteran’s Day weekend, Saturday-Tuesday, November 8-11, 2014, with free admission to:
• The Homeplace; Saturday, November 8
• Woodlands Nature Station; Sunday, November 9
• Free 1:00 PM Golden Pond Planetarium show; Monday and Tuesday, November 10 and 11

Active and retired members of the armed forces that present their military ID at each attraction will receive free entry for themselves and their families during Veteran’s Day weekend.

“This is our way of saying thank you to our military members who visit Land Between The Lakes,” says Brian Beisel, Customer Service Manager. “We appreciate the service and sacrifices made by all military members across the country.”

As always, access to boat ramps, hiking, biking, scenic driving, and many other outdoor adventures are free for everyone. Come outside and play!

Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area manages more than 170,000 acres in western Kentucky and Tennessee as part of the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Agriculture’s public lands program. Land Between The Lakes offers outdoor recreation, lake access, land management, and environmental education to over 1.4 million visitors annually.

To find more information about Land Between The Lakes, log on to the official website at www.landbetweenthelakes.us or call toll-free at 1-800-LBL-7077 or local at 270-924-2000.