The Palestine Depot is located at Park Rd. 70 in Palestine, and the Rusk Depot is at Park Rd. 76 in Rusk. Call 877-726-7245 to make reservations or book online at www.texasstaterr.com.
• Today through Sunday – Ivy Payne Wildlife Refuge
Nature lovers unite!
Anyone who needs a break from the world can come out this weekend to camp, take pictures, tour a lush wooded landscape and visit with new acquaintances on the 480-acre Ivy Payne Wildlife Refuge near Elkhart.
The refuge, located at the end of Anderson County Road 134, will open at 4 p.m. today and remain open through Sunday afternoon.
Nature tours through the hills and bottomlands of Parker Creek will start at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. Sunday, led by East Texas Naturalist Dr. Heinz Gaylord.
There also will be a potluck supper Saturday night and a photo presentation of fauna and flora of the refuge. The property is equipped with a covered pavilion, two full bathrooms and a kitchen for common use.
Camping is primitive in woods adjacent to the covered pavilion. Small RV’s can be accommodated, though RV hookups and generators cannot be used.
• Saturday and Sunday – Main Street Farm and Flower Market
For the first time, Palestine's historic Main Street program will host an outdoor Farm and Flower Market from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Farmers Market Pavilion, located at 825 W. Spring St.
Up for grabs will be a variety of farm and garden products, including garden art, bedding plants, herbs, trees and fresh produce – all by regional growers – as well as fresh jams, salsas, pickles and more.
The Anderson County Master Gardeners also will be selling trees during the market – including white dogwood bare-rooted seedlings – and will offer free educational talks at noon and 2 p.m. each day.
For more Dogwood Trails events, check the special section inserted in today's paper.