What's Happenin'?

It's International Picnic Day, and that is as good a reason as any to get outside, in spite of the heat, and have a picnic – or a cookout.  There's a moonlight swim planned for tonight at Hancock Springs Free Flow Swimming Pool. It will kick off at 8pm and go to 11, complete with live music from the Sieker Band and with a pot-luck supper (attendees are asked to bring a covered dish). The drinks will be provided. General admission is $3.50 for adults and $2.50 for
children and seniors.

At the Inks Lake State Park there are events today, starting with a “Get to Know Arts in the Parks” thing where a booth is set up in their Central Park Area where you can get creative. At 8pm in the evening they'll have a Moonlight Paddle ($15 entry fee for this one). At the nearby Colorado Bend State Park there's a Gorman Falls Hike kicking off at 2pm today. It will take you on a journey where you'll experience the geology, history and landscape of both the Colorado Bend and the famous Gorman Falls. And, you can find a great spot for a picnic.Of course, as anyone who works in a yard or on a farm knows, there's always a certain amount of pruning and cleanup that has to be done. To that end, the Park is inviting locals to come out for a
workday on June 25th at 8am. Volunteers could bring their chain saws to help cut and stack fallen limbs and branches from the recent storms. There's always some garbage to be pulled out of the streams and stream banks, and there are some elephant ear plants getting out
of hand along Spring Branch that need to be removed.

 

The Cooper Spring Nature Park on Hackberry Street is blooming in more ways than one. The sign, as you can see, is partially obscured by the Indian Blanket wildflowers. The whole idea of the park is to provide visitors to its grounds with native plants, birds and butterflies, and there is a pretty good covering of all of the above right now