Fort Mill Times

This Side Up - April 2, 2008

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A rainy Saturday was not the perfect time for a birthday celeb-ration. But Andrew Jackson would not have minded, and neither did the crowd that attended the recent party at the state park named in his honor.

There were activities for everyone, young and old.

One of my favorites was the weaving demonstration given by Christine Williams. She was so patient and answered every question asked.

I love plants, so the plant sale was another one of my favorites. There were so many great choices that I just got one of each.

We can't forget about those beekeepers and those delicious bee sticks in every flavor, or the black powder demonstration.

"The Star Spangled Banner" was sung by the Indian Land High School Chorus, directed by Caroline Collins.

It gave us goose bumps. Students from Lancaster County schools all participated and did and excellent job celebrating Andrew Jackson's 241st birthday.

The birthday bash was sponsored by the South Carolina Park Service, Friends of Andrew Jackson State Park, the Lancaster County Retired Educators Association and so many individual volunteers, reenactors and demonstrators.

They did President Jackson proud!

If you are a newcomer - or even a lifelong resident - and have never been to the park, put it on your "to do" list. The park has camping, fishing, playgrounds, a museum and an old school.

While at the park we drove to the camping area and all the sites were taken.

At the fishing area we saw someone catch a 12-pound catfish.

Kayak Demo Days at Andrew Jackson Lake in the park will be held April 11-12 and May 2-3. This is a free opportunity to try out all the different types of kayaks.

For more information about future events, call the park at (803) 285-3344.

See you at the park!