FRANKLIN GROVE — The Franklin Creek Conservation Association has revived a long-standing tradition by hosting the Singing Bird Chautauqua at the Franklin Creek State Natural Area. The fifth annual Chautauqua will be held on Sept. 29, at the Franklin Creek Grist Mill.
Pronounced shuh-TAW-kwuh, this traditional form of entertainment is a celebration of American Life. Historic and contemporary topics are presented at the Chautauqua by speakers and performers with a variety of perspectives on culture, art, history, innovation, philosophy and nature. The experience is both thought provoking and entertaining at the same time.
This year, the theme at the Singing Bird Chautauqua is “The Forest, the Trees and the Autumn Leaves.”
There will be a live eagle presentation by Hoo Haven, a wildlife rehabilitation and education center from Durand. Learn more about the usefulness of bison during a presentation by the FCCA, about how the bison sustained Native American life and culture. There will also be a nature walk, horse decorating, live music and bison burgers.
This free event will start off with a Nature Walk through the Franklin Creek State Natural Area. There will be mill tours and music throughout the day. All proceeds from this event benefit the youth programs offered by the Franklin Creek Conservation Association, including renovations on our newest property purchase, 1480 Old Mill Road. Check out the schedule of events below:
10 a.m.-noon: Guided Nature Walk
Noon-12:30 p.m.: Live guitar performance
12:30-1:30 p.m.: The American Indian Way of Life
1:30-2 p.m. Break
2-3 p.m.: Live eagle presentation by Hoo Haven
3-3:30 p.m.: Break & Painted Ponies (painting live horses)
3:15-4:30 p.m.: Native American stories and «Talking Feather» craft (3:15-4:00, $3.00)
“Every Bit of a Bison” by FCCA -
How the bison sustained Native American life and culture (3:30-4 p.m.)
Live guitar performance (4-4:30 p.m.)
4:30-5 p.m.: Celebration of Native American Culture Through Music and Dance - Kim Sigafus
Food, drinks, and gift store will be available from noon to 5:30 p.m.