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.