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Artists, hikers invited to Marsh Creek State Park

The John Marsh Stone House and the ruins of a century-old dam on Marsh Creek in a 2015 photo by Brentwood photographer Mike Oria.

The John Marsh Stone House and the ruins of a century-old dam on Marsh Creek in a 2015 photo by Brentwood photographer Mike Oria.

Artists and nature lovers will have a chance to enjoy the Marsh Creek State Park and John Marsh’s 160-year-old mansion during a pair of special events being sponsored by the John Marsh Historic Trust on May 14.

First, a hike led by Ger Erickson and Barry Margesson will step off at 8 a.m. and explore part of the park’s southern section. Hikers will enjoy panoramic views of the area while watching for raptors and learning about the trees, wildflowers, rock formations and other natural features of the property, which is not yet open to the public.

The route is three to four miles, and will feature moderate terrain and elevation changes. The hike is open to those 7 years or older. Cost is $20 per hiker.

At the same time, people with an artistic bent will be invited to visit the historic Stone House built by pioneer doctor John Marsh in 1856. Painters, sketchers and photographers who wish to get an up-close view of the house and its surroundings will have from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. to capture images. Artists will be invited to offer their work at an auction being planned in conjunction with the Third Annual Heritage Day event, set for Oct. 15. Cost for the Artist Access activity is $10.

All proceeds from the day will go to help the Trust continue its effort to restore Marsh’s sandstone mansion and open parts of the 3,700-acre park to the public.

Space is limited for both events. Call 925-679-5811 to reserve a space.

Doug McConnell’s Open Road TV show visits Marsh Creek State Park

Diane Burgis of East Bay Regional Park District and Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed, State Parks Supervising Ranger Dan Stefanisko, Rick Lemyre of the John Marsh Historic Trust, TV's Doug McConnell and Trust President Gene Metz visited the Marsh Creek State Park for a segment on McConnell's Open Road TV show to air Sunday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. on NBC Bay Area (Comcast Channel 3).

Diane Burgis of East Bay Regional Park District and Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed, State Parks Supervising Ranger Dan Stefanisko, Rick Lemyre of the John Marsh Historic Trust, TV’s Doug McConnell and Trust President Gene Metz visited the Marsh Creek State Park for a segment on McConnell’s Open Road TV show to air Sunday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. on NBC Bay Area (Comcast Channel 3).

Award-winning TV host Doug McConnell takes a look at Marsh Creek from its source on Mt. Diablo all the way to the San Joaquin River in Oakley. Along the way the show will feature the natural scenery that surrounds it, as well as a few parks and open spaces. One stop is the Marsh Creek State Park, where Doug will hear from the John Marsh Historic Trust about about the 160-year-old John Marsh stone house, and the 7,000-year-old archaeology discovered in the creek.

The show is on NBC Bay Area, Comcast Channel 3, starting at 6:30 p.m. this Sunday, March 20.