Friends of Lincoln State Park Newsletter

July-August 2007
Volume 3 Issue 6

Madagascar Promo

Family Film Night Features Madagascar on August 3rd

The Friends of Lincoln State Park are hosting our third Family Film Night of the season on Friday night, August 3rd at starting at 8:30 PM.

This month's featured film is Madagascar from Dreamworks. At New York's Central Park Zoo, a lion, a zebra, a giraffe and a hippo are best friends living a blissful domesticated life in captivity. When one of them turns up missing, the others search for him only to find themselves on a ship headed to the exotic island of Madagascar. When their boat wrecks, these native New Yorkers must take on a much different jungle in this computer-animated comedy.

Originally released in 2005, the film features the voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and David Schwimmer and is rated PG.

Admission to the movie, as always, is free. The park entrance fee will be in effect and will apply to all vehicles. The entrance fee is $5 for Indiana vehicles and $7 for out-of-state vehicles. The movie will be shown at the Campground Shelter House located between the Lake Lincoln Campground and the beach swimming area.

Popcorn and refreshments will be served with all proceeds going to help defray the cost of securing rights to show the film. Complying with copyright restrictions can cost anywhere from $150 to $250 per film.

Bring the family along with the blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy a night out at the movies in Lincoln State Park.

Wayne's World of Birds: The Green Heron and the Wood Duck

Photo of the Green Heron.  
Green Heron

By Wayne Rink

Green Heron
The Green Heron is a 19-inch all dark heron and is small for a heron. They have a blue-green back, reddish brown neck and chest, and short bright yellow to orange legs. The green heron appears to have a short neck because it holds its head close to its body.

It feeds by crouching in branches on shore and either waiting for prey or wading stealthily into the water. Somtimes it will plunge, jump, or stir up the bottom with its foot. The green heron has also been known to place an object, such as a twig or insect, on the water to lure prey to the surface. These herons eat fish, insects, and crabs.

Green herons live along shores and water edges with dense vegetation such as rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, and marshes. They live in this area during the summer time and migrate south in the winter.

Photo showing both male and female wood ducks.  
Wood DUcks

Wood Duck
The Wood Duck is an 18-inch long duck (males) with a distinctive, colorful head, white throat, a partial neck ring, and chinstrap all connected. It has a large crest that is green, a pink bill, and a red eye. The female is brownish gray with a darker crown and broad white eye-ring which tapers to a point in the back.

Wood ducks feed on the surface of the water, eating mostly aquatic plants like duck weed. They also eat insects, minnows, and frogs and will also feed in wild rice marshes if available. In this area the wood duck can be here year round, but they do sometimes choose to migrate south.

Wood ducks nest in tree cavities and will also use nest boxes supplied by staff at Lincoln State Park and the Col. Jones Home. When you visit Lincoln State Park and walk the trails, look for wood duck nesting boxes and see what you find. Come and discover the birds and wildlife at your Lincoln State Park and Col. Jones Home.


Next Meeting August 7th

The next regularly scheduled Friends meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 7th at 7:00 PM at Buffalo Run. Our guest at this meeting will be William Loper, aka "Chainsaw Willy" from Chrisney. The board of directors have been discussing the commissioning of some type of wood sculpture or chainsaw art to be placed at the entrance to the park. Mr. Loper will be at our meeting to discuss the work that he does as well as ideas, options, and costs for such an endeavor. You can view some of Mr. Loper's work on his website at

We will also begin discussions and preparations for this year's Fall Frolic and Haunted Trail set for October 20th and 27th. Volunteers WILL be needed.

Everyone is welcome to attend our meetings. Hope to see you there!

Congratulations to Contest Winners!

The Friends of Lincoln State Park would like to congratulate the winners in our drawing for Holiday World tickets. Winners were:

Kristie Williams of Henryville
Mike and Mary Schriefer of Dale

Each won a free one-day pass to Holiday World & Splashin' Safari. Thanks to Holiday World & Splashin' Safari for donating the free passes for our contest.

Our contest is not over and it's not too late to enter. Entry forms are available at the park office and the nature center and will also be available at the movie. Prizes still to be awarded include a DNR Annual Entrance Permit, DNR Gift Card, hats, shirts, and a Jerry Baum Huffman Mill Bridge print. Enter today!!

August Concerts at the Amphitheatre

It's August and that means there are only five more concerts to go in the Lincoln Amphitheatre Concert Series presented by Rising Star Promotions. Tickets are $13, $9 for campers with a valid camping receipt. Go to or call 1-866-695-1346 for more information.

Lincoln Amphitheatre Concerts
Date Time Description
Sat., Aug. 4 7:30 PM Tribute to the Everly Brothers
Sat., Aug. 11 7:30 PM Hillbilly Hoedown
Sat., Aug. 18 7:30 PM Tribute to Bill Haley's Comets
Sat., Aug. 25 7:30 PM Tribute to Ricky Nelson with "2 Elvis's"
Sat., Sep. 1 7:30 PM Copperhead Creek

Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Events Just Around the Corner

It may seem far off now, but the celebration of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial is really just around the corner. February 2009 will mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. Celebrations will occur accross the country, but the most significant events will take place in Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, and Washington, D.C.

Spencer County is already making preparations to mark this important milestone thanks to the Spencer County Bicentennial Committee being chaired by local residents (and Friends of Lincoln State Park) Kay Bertl and Helen Kennedy. Numerous activities and events are being planned by the local bicentennial committee in conjunction with Think Lincoln, Inc., a local non-profit organization being formed to help promote and educate people about the very important formative years Lincoln spent in Spencer County from 1816-1830.

The very first event will take place on May 10-11, 2008 at the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial and Lincoln State Park. This event will coincide with Mother's Day and will include Indiana's officially sanctioned bicentennial ceremony at the gravesite of Lincoln's mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln. The weekend will also feature a Boy Scout Jamboree similar to an event staged to celebrate the 150th anniversary in 1959.

View a schedule of events being planned at

Huffman Mill Bridge Prints For Sale

Huffman Mill

Don't forget we have a number of prints for sale of a painting of the historic Huffman Mill bridge painted by Jerry Baum.

Each print is numbered and measures approximately 15.5" x 27.5". The original painting was created in May 1999. They would make a unique gift and would look great framed and matted.

The prints are $35 each. There may be a small packing and shipping charge if we are unable to arrange for delivery of the prints directly to you. For more information or to purchase one of the prints, contact Dan Wilkinson at (812) 362-7954.