Preservation Parks of Delaware County has several activities planned. They include:
• “Railroad Fun” Dec. 19 & 20: Come watch model trains travel through a miniature village and countryside, and learn a little about the history of railroading in America. The Delaware County Model Railroaders group will hold open houses on Saturday, Dec. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 20, from noon to 4 p.m. at the trail house at Big Walnut Community Trail, 168 S. Vernon St., Sunbury. Bring the entire family for a fun, free outing.
Then, make an afternoon of it by hiking the trail at nearby Char-Mar Ridge Preserve. The park has a 1.7-mile trail that winds uphill and down across ravines and ridges, and includes a wildlife blind next to a pond. Like all Preservation Parks, Char-Mar Ridge Preserve is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the winter. The park is located at 7741 Lewis Center Road, Westerville (between Route 3 and Old 3C).
• Read ahead for the January book club: If you like a good book and a cozy setting in which to discuss it, be part of the Gallant Farm Book Club. In keeping with the 1930s reproduction farm, books are selected that were written in or about earlier times. The club will next meet Jan. 27 for a discussion of “And Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie. Read ahead, and drop in for the fun, lively conversation. Gallant Farm is located at 2150 Buttermilk Hill Road, Delaware. The book club is free and open to ages 14 and older.
• Park visitors invited to vote on photo contest: Photographs taken as part of the Preservation Parks photo contest will be on display at the Lodge at Deer Haven Preserve through Jan. 1, and visitors to the park can help choose the winner of the “People’s Choice” award.
All photos entered in the contest will be part of the display, with winners noted in various categories. The photos were taken in the parks during the past year, and portray nature, wildlife and park vistas. Information on how to become a volunteer photographer with the parks also will be available. Deer Haven Preserve is open every day from noon to 5 p.m. The park is located at 4183 Liberty Road.
• Winter Program Guides available: Preservation Parks program guides, covering December through February, are available at all parks, online at www.preservationparks.com, and at all county libraries, the Powell, Sunbury/Big Walnut, and Delaware Area Chambers of Commerce, the Delaware County Convention & Visitors Bureau and other county locations. Those wishing to have a program guide mailed to them can call 740-524-8600, Ext. 5.
Information for this story was provided by Preservation Parks of Delaware County.