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February 17. 2013 9:37AM

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Taking a trip back in time has never been more fun – or let you walk away with so many hand-crafted items in your arms.

"They can decorate a gourd, shell an ear of corn and make a feather dart out of it, make a wooden trivet, press their own cider, shake cream up until it turns into butter," environmental educator Kathy Kelchner said as she began to list the activities planned for the Heritage Day Fall Festival at Frances Slocum State Park on Sunday. "And that's just for the kids."

The annual festival is set for noon to 5 p.m. and will offer plenty to do and see but focus on old-time skills in a natural setting.

"The view is gorgeous this time of year," Kelchner said. "This is the time when not a lot of people come to the park, so we wanted a way to get them out to enjoy it, even if it is a bit chillier."

More than 30 presenters and park volunteers will run stations that specialize in old-time skills, crafts and live animal displays.

Demonstrations will showcase quilting and wool work and give people a chance to light a fire with flint and steel and even use a cross-cut saw, "that big ol' saw that two people are on," Kelchner said with a laugh.

A Revolutionary Encampment of the 24th Connecticut Militia Regiment also will be on hand.

"It's a way for people to connect to their local heritage," Kelchner said. "For some of them, this is the first time they'll ever be at the park."

"This is everybody's park, and it's right here," Kelchner said. "We want people to feel free to come out and enjoy it."

If you go

What: Heritage Day Fall Festival, with demonstrations of old-time skills, a Native American artifacts display, children's crafts, honeybees, live animals, music, food vendors, cider-making and more.

When: Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township.

Cost: Free

More info: 696-3525

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