Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Learning About Lavender and Long Bows May 23

Generations Gallery in the Historic Village at Indian Springs presents a summer full of learning experiences that preserve and promote the traditions of the useful creative arts. On Saturday May 23rd, the Gallery will present LAVENDER AND LONG BOWS: Skills from the past.

Growing lavender and refinishing a long bow may not seem to have a lot in common until you see them both as traditions that involve all members of the family, and were meant to be passed on to generations to come.

Sheila Looman of Celestial Blessings will be set up to sell freshly harvested herbs and plants at the Generations Gallery in The Historic Village at Indian Springs on Saturdays mornings from 10:00 am - Noon. To kick off the season on May 23rd, she will demonstrate and share her knowledge of how to use LAVENDER to make a variety of all-natural made-at-home products. Visitors will learn tips on how to grow lavender in Georgia, and Sheila will have both plants and freshly harvested lavender for purchase.

At 10:00 am, Chuck Mulky will present a BOW REFINISHING demonstrationat the Gallery. The demonstration is free - an ideal introduction to archery for children. Bows for adults and children will be available for purchase and can be refinished with materials provided during the
demonstrations. Both styles, the Native American and the English Long Bow, are made by Jim Taylor, a half blood member of the Choctaw Indian Nation and a recognized Master Artisan Member of the National Indian Arts and Crafts Board
Generations Gallery offers FREE CLASSES IN ART AND WRITING, along with FRESH PRODUCE from local farms, on Saturdays from May until August. The Whimsical Botanical Garden in the historic village is now open and a visit is an ideal "green" experience for children to see how organic produce is grown. The Gardens are free and children can explore the Enchanted Forest, plant a seed and take it home, and marvel at the collection of toys and characters in the garden designed by Ms. Frankie Willis. Ms. Joe Bush, is on site to talk to
visitors about natural organic growing methods for Middle Georgia. Pinky's Cafe' is open for lunch, where the children can taste the produce grown in The Garden.

The Historic Village is a wonderful get away for Georgians who want to vacation without spending a lot of money this year. The Indian Springs Hotel is a recently restored museum that is open for tours on weekends from Memorial Day thru Labor Day. This is the actual building where the Treaty of 1825 was signed by the Creek Indians. Located at the entrance to the Indian Springs State Park, the Village celebrates the long history of the area as a Mineral Springs Resort, popular in the 1900s. The state park, built by FDR's Civilian Projects Corps in the Depression Years of the 1930s, still allows visitors to get water from the natural spring which the Indians believed would heal mind, body, and spirit.

For more information, go to www.theVillageatIndianSprings.com/ gallery and www.buttscountyhistoricalsociety.org. For Information about overnight accommodations in the village' s vintage cottages and the shops, call 770-775-5350. For details about boating, camping and cabins at the state park, go to www.gastateparks.org/info/indspr. A natural habitat wildlife exhibit can be found at nearby Dauset Trails Nature Center, only a donation is ever asked at all of these art• history• nature experiences in middle Georgia, between Atlanta and Macon. Call 770-227-4002 for more details.

From I-75, take EXIT 205 Hwy 16, go East thru Jackson, turning right on Hwy 42 South, go about six miles; follow the signs to Indian Springs State Park. Generations Gallery,1825 Highway 42 South, Flovilla GA 30216.

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