Photos from Snowshoe Hike 2-12-17

Lauren Snowshoe Hike 2-12-17Lauren #2 Snowshoe Hike 2-12-17Deb Snowshoe Hike 2-11-17Don, Steve, John Snowshoe Event 2-12-17

Thanks to the MacKenzie staff for planning a really nice mid-winter event.  The sun was out and the trail was a good one.  So nice to warm up in the lodge by the fire and enjoy hot chocolate, coffee, and cookies!

Snowshoe Hike (or just a hike, depending on conditions) Sunday, Feb. 12

MacKenzie Center Friends and Volunteers–

The MacKenzie Center Snowshoeing Hike is still scheduled for this coming Sunday, February 12th  from 1pm-4pm at the MacKenzie Center Lodge. Although the weather may not cooperate with us the event will still be happening! If there is not enough snow to use snowshoes, visitors will still be able to hike, enjoy hot chocolate or coffee, warm up by the campfire, and participate in some activities in the lodge. The wildlife area and museums will also be open! If you are able to volunteer please let Hayley Parsons know at Hayley.parsons@wisconsin.gov! We hope to see you all there and let’s hope for some snow!

The MacKenzie Education Team

 

Thanks United Community Bank!

United Community Bank made a very generous offer to the Friends of MacKenzie.  They donated $1 to the Friends for every “like” they received on their Facebook page during a two week period in October.  The total was just under $150.  Treasurer Don Jackson accepted the donation on behalf of the Friends from Rebecca Sackett, Website and Social Media Administrator, United Community Bank.  It’s great to have the support of businesses in our community!

Fall Festival a Huge Success!

The first ever Fall Festival held on Oct. 22 at the MacKenzie Center was a huge success.  We were fortunate to have wonderful weather which made the whole day even better.  Approximately 1300 people showed up to try the many activities offered and to get to know more about what the MacKenzie Center has to offer.  The Rio Band and Prairie Thunder Cloggers provided some great entertainment and added to the festive spirit.  Thanks to our 100+ volunteers and the many donors who helped make the event not only fun, but a successful fundraiser as well.  All proceeds will stay at the MacKenzie Center and will help fund programs for school groups and improvements to the facility.  We’re already thinking about holding the event next year and have started talking about ways to make it even better!

Oct. 30 Last Chance to Help MacKenzie by Liking United Community Bank page

 

This offer ends Monday, Oct. 30.  Please “like” if you haven’t yet and try to get at least one other person to do so, too.

United Community Bank (with offices in Poynette, Pardeeville, Cambridge, and Harmony Grove) has made a very generous offer to the Friends of MacKenzie.  They are willing to donate $1 to the Friends for every “like” they receive on their Face Book page between October 17 and October 30 (up to $1000 total).  Please help us out by “liking” the United Community Bank Face Book page during this period and spreading the word to anyone you know by any means that works for you (email, FB, Twitter, Snap Chat or any other social media or even old-fashioned word-of-mouth).  Thanks!

https://www.facebook.com/UnitedCommunityBankWI/

“Like” United Community Bank to Help MacKenzie!

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Please click on this link to help support the MacKenzie Center.

United Community Bank (with offices in Poynette, Pardeeville, Cambridge, and Harmony Grove) has made a very generous offer to the Friends of MacKenzie.  They are willing to donate $1 to the Friends for every “like” they receive on their Face Book page between October 17 and October 30 (up to $1000 total).  Please help us out by “liking” the United Community Bank Face Book page during this period and spreading the word to anyone you know by any means that works for you (email, FB, Twitter, Snap Chat or any other social media or even old-fashioned word-of-mouth).  Thanks!

Entertainment Set for Fall Festival, Oct. 22

We are very pleased that the Rio HS Band will be playing at the Friends of MacKenzie Fall Festival at 11 am and that the Prairie Thunder Cloggers will be dancing at 1 pm.  Both groups will perform for about 45 minutes.  Take a break from the other festivities (maybe while you eat lunch) to enjoy the music and dance, or let the music be a backdrop while you participate in some of the other activities.  Either way, these talented performers are sure to make Fall Festival even better!

Baked Goods Needed for Fall Festival

For our food tent at the Fall Festival on Oct. 22, something we’re hoping to sell is bars and cookies.  If you could bake something, let me know.  What would work best is for you to package what you bake so it’s ready to sell.  I’m thinking of plastic “baggies” marked w/ contents (note if there are any nuts) that would sell for $1.00 — 2 avg sized bars, 3-4 avg sized cookies, or a sm. bag full of something like caramel corn or Chex mix.  If you are coming to the festival, you can bring them that day.  If not, please drop them off at the office in the Lodge at the MacKenzie Center between 8 am and 4 pm.  Thanks!

Volunteers Still Needed for Fall Festival Oct. 22

Plans for our Friends of MacKenzie Fall Festival on October 22 are moving along well, but we still could use more volunteers to help out that day.  Shifts are from 9:30-12:30 or 12:30-3:30 (or stay all day and do both shifts!)  Some of the areas in which we could use more help are fall crafts, compass skills, fire building, logging/wood cookies, pumpkin painting, gunny sack races, face painting, and driving a golf cart “shuttle”.  Please email friendsofmackenzie@gmail.com if you are interested or have questions.  Thanks!

Three New Volunteer Opportunities!

Dear Friends and MacKenzie Volunteers,

 
We actually have three (3) upcoming work days and are looking for volunteers.
 
 
1. Sign-up for bucking and loading out wood to the splitting area. Steven is locating downed limbs and previously bucked wood that we will be collecting and dropping off at the splitting area. This will be hard and soft wood for the lodge and Maple program.
Meet at the Finishing House on Tuesday Sept 27, 8:30 AM. We will need chain saw operators and people for loading. Please reply to Don Lucke (heartshare@centurytel.net) if you can join us and also indicate if you plan on bring a chain saw – Dress safe and for the weather.
 
 
 
2. Sign-up for wood splitting. We will be splitting and re-stacking wood to the Maple storage bunker and for storage at the Lodge.
Meet at the wood splitting area (across from the handicap parking lot) on Saturday October 8th at 8:30 AM.(rain date 10/15). Once again we will need two or three wood splitters loaned – very much appreciated. Please reply to Don Lucke (heartshare@centurytel.net) if you can join us and also indicate if you plan on supplying your wood splitter – The more the merrier on this work day. Dress safe and for the weather.
 
 
3. Sign-up to help repair the Friends hay wagon. We just discovered the Friends own a hay wagon and it’s just in time for use at the NEW MacKenzie Fall Festival October 22nd. We are currently assessing the repairs needed and will acquire materials for a “rebuild the hay wagon work day” in the next week or two.  Please reply to Don Lucke (heartshare@centurytel.net) if you are interested in helping and I will notify you at least one day in advance.
 
 
Thanks so much for all you do at the MacKenzie Center
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