Trades Fair at the Homeplace

Trades Fair at The Homeplace 1850s
Jamie Sears Rawlings

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Sunday Funday: Vulture Playtime

When:  May. 22, 2022 - 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where:  Woodlands Nature Station - 3146 Silver Trail
Contact:  270-924-2299

Everyone loves having fun and today it's playtime for our vultures! Watch as they react to an interesting new food item or an exciting new toy and learn more about how the Nature Station cares for its rescued wildlife through fun enrichment activities! Located at the Woodlands Nature Station in LBL. Admission fees apply.

Snake Feeding Sundays

When:  May. 22, 2022 - 11:30 a.m. to noon
Where:  Woodlands Nature Station - 3146 Silver Trail
Contact:  270-924-2299

Most of us enjoy a nice Sunday brunch and so do our snakes! In fact, Sunday brunch is their only meal of the week! Come watch as our rattlesnake, kingsnake, rat snake, and more chow down their mouse-alicious meal. You'll even get to meet one of the snakes up close! Bring your camera for a snake selfie! Located at the Woodlands Nature Station in LBL. Admission fees apply.

Lake Monsters

When:  May. 22, 2022 - 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where:  Woodlands Nature Station - 3146 Silver Trail
Contact:  270-924-2299

Who or what lurks beneath the waves? Come face to face with some of the largest turtles in Land Between the Lakes - the Alligator Snapping Turtle and Common Snapping Turtle! Find out what makes these lake dwellers such good fishermen and how to identify them in the wild. Located at the Nature Station in LBL. Admission fees apply.

What Is This Thing?

When:  May. 23, 2022 - Mondays 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Where:  The Homeplace 1850s - 4512 The Trace, Dover
Contact:  931-232-6457

Our farm is filled with widgets, whatsits, thingamajigs, and brick-a-brack. Since Mondays are our clean-up days, we like to play a fun game with the visitors called "What IS This Thing?" Come and be part of our team while we try to figure out what all this stuff is! At The Homeplace 1850s. Admission fees apply.

Get Off The Roof!

When:  May. 23, 2022 - Mondays 11:00 a.m. to Noon
Where:  The Homeplace 1850s - 4512 The Trace, Dover
Contact:  931-232-6457

Ready for another Homeplace Tradition? It's one of our most popular demonstrations. You will see some of our "Greatest Hits" on Mondays because we are making SHINGLES! Okay, it's more fun than it sounds, and you will definitely learn a useful skill. Shingles aren't just for the roof anymore! At The Homeplace 1850s. Admission fees apply.

Turtle Playtime

When:  May. 23, 2022 - 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where:  Woodlands Nature Station - 3146 Silver Trail
Contact:  270-924-2299

Turtles are so cool! Some can live over 100 years, some can grow over 200 pounds, and some are even nocturnal! Join us to meet several turtles native to Land Between the Lakes and see what makes each one unique! Located at the Woodlands Nature Station in LBL. Admission fees apply.

Mule Spa

When:  May. 24, 2022 - Tuesdays 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where:  The Homeplace 1850s - 4512 The Trace, Dover
Contact:  931-232-6457

Know anything about mules? Would you like to? Be on the farm Tuesday afternoon, and get ready to relax with The Big Guy, our mule Todd. Todd gets groomed and brushed every day, but Tuesday is Todd Appreciation Day, and we lay it on extra thick. Come out and bring your smile, you are going to need it. At The Homeplace 1850s. Admission fees apply.

Treat The Sheep

When:  May. 24, 2022 - Tuesdays 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where:  The Homeplace 1850s - 4512 The Trace, Dover
Contact:  931-232-6457

Right after we wake-up the farm on Tuesdays, we give our sheep a little special love in the form of sheep treats! No, we don't give our sheep treats every day, that would be baaaaaad, but once a week? Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full! It's a treat for our sheep and our visitors. Don't forget your camera! At The Homeplace 1850s. Admission fees apply.

Goodies for Groundhog

When:  May. 24, 2022 - 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where:  Woodlands Nature Station - 3146 Silver Trail
Contact:  270-924-2299

Watch Clover, Nature Station's resident groundhog, enjoy some of her favorite treats during chow time! While we enjoy watching her munch on lunch, we'll learn about groundhogs and how they survive as one of nature's best burrowers! Located at the Woodlands Nature Station in LBL. Admission fees apply.

Painting on the Farm

When:  May. 25, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where:  The Homeplace 1850s - 4512 The Trace, Dover
Contact:  931-232-6457

If farmers were able to find the time and had the talent, drawing and painting were easy to do on the 1850s farm. Photographs were often rare and expensive during the 1850s so creative people would use their talents to capture their important moments on paper. Have a sit down and capture some moments on the Farm. At The Homeplace 1850s. Admission fees apply.

Nature Journaling

When:  May. 25, 2022 - 11:00 a.m. to Noon
Where:  The Homeplace 1850s - 4512 The Trace, Dover
Contact:  931-232-6457

Exploring the world around you through the creation of a nature journal was a popular pastime during the 19th century. Come out and learn how to bind and fill a sketchbook that you can use to document your own adventures. At The Homeplace 1850s. Admission fees apply.

The Awesome Possum

When:  May. 25, 2022 - Each Wednesday at 3:30
Where:  Woodlands Nature Station - 3146 Silver Trail
Contact:  270-924-2299

Opossums sure are awesome! Join us as we meet Marsi, our resident rescued opossum, up close and personal and learn about how you DEFINITELY want one of these underrated marsupials patrolling your backyard! Located at the Woodlands Nature Station in LBL. Admission fees apply.

Blacksmithing

When:  May. 26, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where:  The Homeplace 1850s - 4512 The Trace, Dover
Contact:  931-232-6457

It's hammer time at the 1850s farm! We will be demonstrating historical methods of blacksmithing on a bellows operated charcoal forge. Learn about metallurgy during the mid-1800's and explore how a farmer would repair and replace broken and damaged tools. At The Homeplace 1850s. Admission fees apply.

Native Wood Workshop

When:  May. 26, 2022 - 11:00 a.m. to Noon
Where:  The Homeplace 1850s - 4512 The Trace, Dover
Contact:  931-232-6457

Wood was the most common material on the 1850s farm and working with it was often second nature to the historic farmer. Try your hand at the wood lathe, carving and carpentry the way it used to be done. At The Homeplace 1850s. Admission fees apply.

Homeschool Spring Learning Series: Nature Journaling & Snake Encounter

When:  May. 26, 2022 - 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where:  Woodlands Nature Station - 3146 Silver Trail
Contact:  270-924-2299

Fun learning opportunities are available to homeschoolers at the Woodlands Nature Station this spring! Join a naturalist at our picnic pavilion to explore a different nature topic each month. Every session will include a take home item! This month is all about nature journaling! Nature journaling is a great way to combine art and science and develop observational skills. Students will be guided through a series of nature exploration activities including an up-close encounter with a snake! Journal and journaling materials provided.

Cost: $3 per person
Registration: required, call 270-924-2020
Location: Nature Station
*Does not include Nature Station admission

Red Wolf Treat Time

When:  May. 26, 2022 - Each Thursday at 3:30
Where:  Woodlands Nature Station - 3146 Silver Trail
Contact:  270-924-2299

Who's hungry like a wolf? Our red wolves, of course! Visit with one of the most endangered mammals in the United States and watch them "wolf" down a tasty treat. Find out what scientists and regular citizens are doing to bring them back from the brink of extinction. Located at the Woodlands Nature Station in LBL. Admission fees apply.

Tastes of the Historic South

When:  May. 27, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where:  The Homeplace 1850s - 4512 The Trace, Dover
Contact:  931-232-6457

We are going to be doing some smelling, listening, looking, touching and even tasting in the kitchen this afternoon. Think beans and cornbread, bacon and eggs, biscuits and butter. You better come on! At The Homeplace 1850s. Admission fees apply.

Spinning Wool Into Yarn

When:  May. 27, 2022 - 11:00 a.m. to Noon
Where:  The Homeplace 1850s - 4512 The Trace, Dover
Contact:  931-232-6457

Every hand is needed to help with picking, scouring and carding our wool fleeces. Then sit by the spinning wheel as it turns, turns, turns, and watch the spinner turn curly fleece into yarn. At The Homeplace 1850s. Admission fees apply.

Dinnertime for Bald Eagle

When:  May. 27, 2022 - Each Friday at 3:30
Where:  Woodlands Nature Station - 3146 Silver Trail
Contact:  270-924-2299

Who rules the waters and skies over Land Between the Lakes? The bald eagle, of course! Visit with our resident bald eagles at dinnertime and discover their secrets of survival. Also find out about the successful bald eagle recovery project that brought this majestic bird back from the brink of extinction in this area. Located at the Woodlands Nature Station in LBL. Admission fees apply.

Growing Cash

When:  May. 28, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where:  The Homeplace 1850s - 4512 The Trace, Dover
Contact:  931-232-6457

Wouldn't a cash tree be handy? Well, we are going to be planting our cash crop here on the Homeplace 1850's farm. Come help plant Tobacco, a crop that provided income for the farm. We will be pegging and setting just like they did in the 1850s. At The Homeplace 1850s. Admission fees apply.

Build a Beaver

When:  May. 28, 2022 - 3:30 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.
Where:  Woodlands Nature Station - 3146 Silver Trail
Contact:  270-924-2299

Beavers don't just live in the water, they build in it! Learn about a beaver's "tools" for construction as we transform someone into a beaver! After, we will discuss how a beaver pond benefits not only beavers but other animals too! Located at the Woodlands Nature Station in LBL. Admission fees apply.

Benthic Beasts

When:  May. 28, 2022 - 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where:  Woodlands Nature Station - 3146 Silver Trail
Contact:  270-924-2299

People rarely see the bottoms of rivers and lakes, but it's a whole other world down there! Learn about life at the bottom of the river, and meet Nature Station's very own benthic beasts - the Alligator Snapping Turtles! Located at the Woodlands Nature Station in LBL. Admission fees apply.

Sunset Canoe Trip

When:  May. 28, 2022 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where:  Woodlands Nature Station - 3146 Silver Trail
Contact:  270-924-2299

Join us for a sunset canoe trip on one of Lake Barkley's scenic bays. We'll enjoy the sights and sounds of an evening on the lake while learning about wildlife such as osprey, beavers, and deer. This trip is great for families. Paddlers of all skill levels are welcome.

Cost: $30 per canoe
Reservations: required, call 270-924-2020
Location: will be announced with reservation

Turtle Talledega!

When:  May. 28, 2022 - 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where:  Woodlands Nature Station - 3146 Silver Trail
Contact:  270-924-2299

Ready... set... SLOOOOOOWWWW! Get ready for thrilling races between the tiny turtle champions of the Nature Station. Bring the family and root for your favorite shelled reptile. Also learn how you can help turtles that take to the road in your neighborhood! Located at the Woodlands Nature Station in LBL. Admission fees apply.

Red Wolf Treat Time

When:  May. 28, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where:  Woodlands Nature Station - 3146 Silver Trail
Contact:  270-924-2299

Did you know red wolves used to roam between the rivers? Meet this endangered species up close as we give our red wolves a treat. Find out how they became so endangered and what efforts biologists have made to try to save them from extinction. Located at the Woodlands Nature Station in LBL. Admission fees apply.

Print-a-fish Craft

When:  May. 28, 2022 - Noon to 2:00 p.m.
Where:  Woodlands Nature Station - 3146 Silver Trail
Contact:  270-924-2299

Have you ever tried printmaking? I bet you haven't done one like this! Inspired by the Japanese art of Gyotaku, make your own fishy artwork using models of fish found in Land Between the Lakes. Located at the Woodlands Nature Station in LBL. Admission fees apply.

River Days Puppet Theatre

When:  May. 29, 2022 - 3:30 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.
Where:  Woodlands Nature Station - 3146 Silver Trail
Contact:  270-924-2299

Join us in the Nature Station Puppet Theatre for a wet and wild adventure! Follow the journey of Duncan the bald eagle as he tries to find his way back home and meets many of Kentucky Lake's resident critters. Located at the Woodlands Nature Station in LBL. Admission fees apply.

Picnic and Play on the Farm

When:  May. 29, 2022 - 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where:  The Homeplace 1850s - 4512 The Trace, Dover
Contact:  931-232-6457

Pack your picnic basket, grab a blanket and enjoy homegrown fun on the farm. Join in a friendly game of townball or horseshoes. Meet the animals and learn how to have fun the 1850's way. At The Homeplace 1850s. Admission fees apply.

For Goodness Snakes

When:  May. 29, 2022 - 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Where:  Woodlands Nature Station - 3146 Silver Trail
Contact:  270-924-2299

Have you ever touched a live snake? Here's your chance! Meet some of our resident snakes as we learn how these unusual creatures survive. We'll also discuss how to be safe around snakes when we're outside. Located at the Woodlands Nature Station in LBL. Admission fees apply.

Family Sunset Canoe Trip

When:  May. 29, 2022 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where:  Woodlands Nature Station - 3146 Silver Trail
Contact:  270-924-2299

Join us for a sunset canoe trip on one of Lake Barkley's scenic bays. We'll enjoy the sights and sounds of an evening on the lake while learning about wildlife such as osprey, beavers, and deer. This trip is great for families. Paddlers of all skill levels are welcome.

Cost: $30 per canoe
Reservations: required, call 270-924-2020
Location: will be announced with reservation

America's Got Talons

When:  May. 29, 2022 - 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where:  Woodlands Nature Station - 3146 Silver Trail
Contact:  270-924-2299

Are you stronger than a bald eagle? Just how big are those long, sharp, curved talons of theirs? Come hang out with the Nature Station's resident eagles during chow time and learn these fun facts about eagles and more. The answers may surprise you! *Ideal for home educators. Located at the Woodlands Nature Station in LBL. Admission fees apply.

Wet and Wild Water Games

When:  May. 29, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where:  Woodlands Nature Station - 3146 Silver Trail
Contact:  270-924-2299

What better way to spend a Sunday than playing in the water! Come join a couple of our naturalists for some fun, kid-oriented water games! Participants will get wet. Located at the Woodlands Nature Station in LBL. Admission fees apply.

Crazy Quackers Craft

When:  May. 29, 2022 - Noon to 2:00 p.m.
Where:  Woodlands Nature Station - 3146 Silver Trail
Contact:  270-924-2299

Hey kids! Stop by this booth to color your very own rubber duck to take home for all sorts of water adventures! Located at the Woodlands Nature Station in LBL. Admission fees apply.

Aquatic Touch Tanks

When:  May. 28, 2022 thru May. 29, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where:  Woodlands Nature Station - 3146 Silver Trail
Contact:  270-924-2299

Come get up close and personal with some of the critters that you can find in our local ponds and creeks! Feel free to touch, but remember to be gentle! Located at the Woodlands Nature Station in LBL. Admission fees apply.

Beach Bum Bobcat

When:  May. 30, 2022 - 11:00 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.
Where:  Woodlands Nature Station - 3146 Silver Trail
Contact:  270-924-2299

Cowabunga! We can't take our bobcat to the beach, but maybe we can bring the beach to our bobcat with some fun enrichment! Let's add some sand, sun, water and maybe a beach ball to his environment and see what happens! Located at the Woodlands Nature Station in LBL. Admission fees apply.

Tales of Scales

When:  May. 30, 2022 - 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where:  Woodlands Nature Station - 3146 Silver Trail
Contact:  270-924-2299

Get up close and personal with reptiles and amphibians such as snakes, salamanders, and turtles. We'll introduce you to several ambassadors from the cold-blooded world as we explore the fascinating ways these slimy and scaly critters survive! Located at the Woodlands Nature Station in LBL. Admission fees apply.

River Critters

When:  May. 30, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where:  Woodlands Nature Station - 3146 Silver Trail
Contact:  270-924-2299

Even if they don't live in the water, so many animals rely on the waters of LBL! Join us for this fun program where you can get up close and personal with some of the critters you may find along the riverbanks! Located at the Woodlands Nature Station in LBL. Admission fees apply.

What Is This Thing?

When:  May. 30, 2022 - Mondays 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Where:  The Homeplace 1850s - 4512 The Trace, Dover
Contact:  931-232-6457

Our farm is filled with widgets, whatsits, thingamajigs, and brick-a-brack. Since Mondays are our clean-up days, we like to play a fun game with the visitors called "What IS This Thing?" Come and be part of our team while we try to figure out what all this stuff is! At The Homeplace 1850s. Admission fees apply.

Get Off The Roof!

When:  May. 30, 2022 - Mondays 11:00 a.m. to Noon
Where:  The Homeplace 1850s - 4512 The Trace, Dover
Contact:  931-232-6457

Ready for another Homeplace Tradition? It's one of our most popular demonstrations. You will see some of our "Greatest Hits" on Mondays because we are making SHINGLES! Okay, it's more fun than it sounds, and you will definitely learn a useful skill. Shingles aren't just for the roof anymore! At The Homeplace 1850s. Admission fees apply.

CSI: Critter Scene Investigation

When:  May. 28, 2022 thru May. 30, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where:  Woodlands Nature Station - 3146 Silver Trail
Contact:  270-924-2299

Animals have gotten up to mischief in the Nature Station! Don your detective hat and visit the crime scenes to see if you can figure out which wetland critters have visited the backyard. Report back to us with your findings for a prize! Located at the Woodlands Nature Station in LBL. Admission fees apply.

River Days at the Nature Station

When:  May. 28, 2022 thru May. 30, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where:  Woodlands Nature Station - 3146 Silver Trail
Contact:  270-924-2299

Cruise over to the Nature Station this Memorial Day Weekend for River Days! Enjoy live animals, activities, crafts, and programs all dedicated to celebrating our rivers and lakes! Get up close and personal with LBL's lake and swamp creatures and discover what makes them so special! Celebrate the water all around us by bringing your whole family to have fun at the Nature Station! Specific events for this weekend are listed here on this site.

Memorial of Time Past

When:  May. 30, 2022 - Noon to 12:15 p.m.
Where:  The Homeplace 1850s - 4512 The Trace, Dover
Contact:  931-232-6457

Help us remember those who secured our freedom. Before there was an official day of remembrance, Memorial Day, soldiers were still memorialized in the United States early history. Please join us at Noon for a moving flag raising ceremony. At The Homeplace 1850s. Admission fees apply.

EXPLORE

When:  Mar. 1, 2022 thru May. 31, 2022 - Various Times
Where:  Golden Pond Planetarium - 238 Visitor Center Dr
Contact:  (270) 924-2233

Have you ever wondered how our modern spacecraft can navigate quickly and accurately to Earth orbit and beyond? Find out in EXPLORE, the lavish 2017 full dome production from Creative Planet. It's the story of humanity's fascination with the stars - from ancient stargazers and astrologers to the breakthrough discoveries of Nicolaus Copernicus and Johannes Kepler. Today's explorers depend on Kepler's genius for their work in space. Admission fees apply. For showtimes, download the full Planetarium schedule here.

Laser Legends of the Night Sky

When:  Mar. 1, 2022 thru May. 31, 2022 - Daily 10:00 a.m.
Where:  Golden Pond Planetarium - 238 Visitor Center Dr
Contact:  (270) 924-2233

Get into the holiday spirit with the music of the season and colorful dazzling laser effects! Featuring classic holiday favorites like Burl Ives' "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," modern hits like Randy Travis' "Jingle Bell Rock," and unique reimagining's of timeless songs like Enya's beautiful "Oiche Chiun (Silent Night)," this delightful program is fun for the whole family. It's an animated Christmas laser light display like no other you've ever seen! Admission fees apply. Showtimes are daily at 10:00 a.m.

From Earth to the Universe

When:  Mar. 1, 2022 thru May. 31, 2022 - Various Times
Where:  Golden Pond Planetarium - 238 Visitor Center Dr
Contact:  (270) 924-2233

Please come and enjoy the many beautiful full-dome images of our universe on this virtual space tour as seen from the eyes of the world's largest telescopes including the Hubble Space Telescope. Along the way, you will learn about the history of astronomy, the invention of the telescope, and see impressive images from today's giant telescopes that allow us to probe ever deeper into the Universe. Admission fees apply. For showtimes, download the full Planetarium schedule here.

Firefall

When:  Mar. 1, 2022 thru May. 31, 2022 - Various Times
Where:  Golden Pond Planetarium - 238 Visitor Center Dr
Contact:  (270) 924-2233

Some of this debris collides with the Earth daily and is harmless. Some of the other objects may also collide with us, but we surely hope not. But we know it has happened before as you will learn in the show. Dedicated nightly searches are carried out around the globe using the most sophisticated instruments and computer software to detect Near Earth Objects (NEOs). A collision with a large comet or asteroid has the potential to destroy an entire civilization and change the course of history. Just ask the dinosaurs. Admission fees apply. For showtimes, download the full Planetarium schedule here.

Traveling With Light

When:  Mar. 1, 2022 thru May. 31, 2022 - Various Times
Where:  Golden Pond Planetarium - 238 Visitor Center Dr
Contact:  (270) 924-2233

Traveling with Light presents different scenarios that reveal the complexity of light and its direct influence on our planet. The Sun is the closest star to Earth and generates the energy that provides the light and heat necessary for life. Nevertheless, the Sun is not the only source of natural light. Fire has accompanied the Earth since its inception and has played a very important role in the evolution of the human being, so much so that its discovery by primitive societies changed their way of life. Admission fees apply. For showtimes, download the full Planetarium schedule here.

Discover the Stars

When:  Mar. 1, 2022 thru May. 31, 2022 - Various Times
Where:  Golden Pond Planetarium - 238 Visitor Center Dr
Contact:  (270) 924-2233

On a clear, dark night, most of us, at one time or another, have gazed upon the stars and wondered about all those tiny points of light. Many of us are able to identify different patterns and constellations in the stars. But, what are those tiny points of light? This exciting program takes viewers beyond a simple observation of the night sky and delves into the fascinating lives of stars Admission fees apply. For showtimes, download the full Planetarium schedule here.

Mule Spa

When:  May. 31, 2022 - Tuesdays 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where:  The Homeplace 1850s - 4512 The Trace, Dover
Contact:  931-232-6457

Know anything about mules? Would you like to? Be on the farm Tuesday afternoon, and get ready to relax with The Big Guy, our mule Todd. Todd gets groomed and brushed every day, but Tuesday is Todd Appreciation Day, and we lay it on extra thick. Come out and bring your smile, you are going to need it. At The Homeplace 1850s. Admission fees apply.

Treat The Sheep

When:  May. 31, 2022 - Tuesdays 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where:  The Homeplace 1850s - 4512 The Trace, Dover
Contact:  931-232-6457

Right after we wake-up the farm on Tuesdays, we give our sheep a little special love in the form of sheep treats! No, we don't give our sheep treats every day, that would be baaaaaad, but once a week? Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full! It's a treat for our sheep and our visitors. Don't forget your camera! At The Homeplace 1850s. Admission fees apply.