The Great Outdoors




The 2010 Salamonie Senior Fall Fest will take place September 13-16, at the Salamonie Reservoir Interpretive Center. Anyone over age 50 is welcome for a few days of fun, during which he or she could learn a new hobby such as drop spinning, knitting or woodcarving.

The week begins on:

Monday (13th) with the monthly seniors carry-in luncheon at 12:30 p.m., featuring a presentation on Alpacas by Tom Burkhart. Bread and butter making begins at 3 p.m.

Tuesday (14th) activities begin at 8 a.m. with fishing, followed by a cement leaf craft, drop spinning, dishcloth knitting, a blacksmith demonstration and more fishing, ending with a fireside music jam.

Wednesday (15th) begins with apple cider making at 9 a.m., a carry-in dinner at noon, T-shirt leaf prints, woodcarving, and entertainment in the evening.

Thursday (16th) ends the fest with a Dutch oven demo and a carry-in brunch at 10:30 a.m.

Participating seniors will pay the $2 program fee at the interpretive center upon arrival, which will give them one program pass to be used for all of the week’s events. Donations are always welcome and are used to help fund local programs and services.

Campers should note that campsites should be reserved and paid for using the Central Reservation System. Call 1-866-6CAMPIN or see

This special event is located in Lost Bridge West Recreation Area on Highway 105 in western Huntington County. There is a $5 entrance fee ($7 for out-of-state vehicles) to enter the Lost Bridge West Recreation Area. Indiana residents may purchase an annual entrance permit for $36. Ages 65 or older may choose to purchase the annual Golden Hoosier Passport entrance permit for $18.


Breakfast at Salamonie Nature Center

A fundraiser pancake breakfast will take place at the Salamonie Nature Center on Tuesday, September 14, from 8 to 10 a.m., to support projects and events put on by Upper Wabash Interpretive Services.

The event is being staged by The Friends of the Upper Wabash Interpretive Services group, which is raising funds to build a bird-of-prey raptor center at Salamonie Reservoir and seeking new members.

After enjoying a great breakfast of biscuits and gravy, pancakes and sausage for a $5 donation, visit the center and gift shop, which is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The building features exhibits, floor-to-ceiling windows in the wildlife viewing area and staff to answer questions.

The center is in Lost Bridge West Recreation Area, Highway 105, western Huntington County.

The standard gate fee ($5 per in-state car; $7 per car for out-of-state license plates) will be in effect when the gatehouse is open. Call (260) 468-2127 or see for more.