Wreath making

Using locally sourced greenery, SFA Gardens will host a wreath-making seminar led ed by Dawn Stover, SFA Gardens research associate, from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 7 at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center.

SFA Gardens slated to host


SFA Gardens will host a garden seminar on wreath-making on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center.

“Deck the Halls: Using Evergreens to Decorate for the Holidays,” will be from 9 a.m. to noon.

Dawn Stover, SFA Gardens research associate, will teach participants how to create elegant wreaths and garlands using materials from the garden. The principles of wreath, garland and centerpiece construction will be discussed, and seminar-goers will make a wreath to take home for the holidays.

Stover will introduce new crafts using natural items from the garden and forest. All materials will be provided.

The cost is $30 for SFA Garden members and $40 for nonmembers. The Pineywoods Native Plant Center is located at 2900 Raguet St.

To register in advance, call 936-468-4129 or email sfagardens@sfasu.edu.

Holiday in the Pines opens market shopping

The annual Holiday in the Pines event at the Fredonia Hotel holds its market shopping hours today and Saturday.

An annual fundraiser of the Nacogdoches Junior Forum, Holiday in the Pines, or HIP, is a holiday-themed market where roughly 60 vendors offer one-of-a-kind items.

VIP shopping is available from 9 to 11 a.m. for $10 entry. Regular market shopping is today from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., coinciding with the downtown Jingle and Mingle scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday in downtown.

Tickets for regular market shopping are $7 and Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vendors will include Magic Gingerbread House, New Canaan Farms, Blades and Stone, Pink Dot Boutique, Red River Relish and Rattlesnake Ranch Pecan Co. For information, visit nacjrforum.org.

Mission Tejas lists its Saturday educational events

Mission Tejas State Park near Alto is holding a morning hike, fire session and fry bread activity as part of its Saturday educational events.

A Fall Color Hike is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at the park. Meeting at the playground, the guided hike travels past the still standing chimney of a 1950s homestead to the swale from the original El Camino Real.

“Primitive Fire — History in Actin” is 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on the festival grounds. Participants will learn tried and true methods of starting a fire, finding kindling and more.

“Give Thanks, With Acorn Frybread!” will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the festival grounds, exploring the interesting culinary options of prehistoric North America and ending with Dutch Oven-made fry bread for visitors to sample.

Guests should bring water, appropriate clothing and footwear for hiking, bug spray and sunscreen.

The park is located at 120 Park Rd. 44, about an hour east of Nacogdoches between Alto and Crockett on State Hwy. 21 in Houston County.

All education programs are free with park admission, which is $3 for ages 13 and up. For more information, call 936-687-2394.

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