GFP News - November 29, 2012

Fort Sisseton Celebrates a Frontier Christmas

LAKE CITY -- Get in the holiday spirit at Fort Sisseton Historic State Park's Annual Frontier Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 8. Relive Christmas traditions from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST.

Throughout the day, visitors can make traditional Christmas ornaments and crafts at the North Barracks Visitor Center or egg-baked bread at the barracks' kitchen. Visitors can also stop by the mess hall to taste freshly churned butter.

A jingle bell and antique sleigh display will be set up near the North Barracks Museum area and local musicians will provide holiday music.

Join the fort's horse drivers for a sleigh or wagon ride through the fort grounds; see members of the Prairie Fiber Arts Guild demonstrate how wool and other natural fibers are made into clothing; and witness traditional woodcarving and old-fashioned rope turning.

"This is your chance to celebrate a time-honored holiday at an authentic 1864 military outpost," said Katie Ceroll, park manager. "The event is truly a fun-filled day offering pure homemade Christmas for all."

At 4 p.m., join members of the Frontier Army of the Dakotas as they light candles on the fort's holiday tree.

The fort buildings will be open to the public to tour from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and are decorated in full Christmas charm.

There is no cost to participate, but a park entrance license is required and can be purchased at the park. Concessions and craft vendors will be at the Library Schoolhouse throughout Saturday.

For more information, contact Fort Sisseton at 605-448-5474 or e-mail FortSisseton@state.sd.us

-GFP-