Davidsonville has Veterans Day Thanksgiving Feast Nov. 11th Class and Cooking 1-4pm (Posted by Ginger Smith)

Veterans Day Thanksgiving Feast at Davidsonville Historic State Park
November 11th, 2017
Class and Cooking 1:00-4:00pm
Meal with Veterans: 4:00-5:00pm

Davidsonville Historic State Park, 7953 Hwy 166 South, Pocahontas, AR  72455        

Meal with Veterans: 4:00-5:00pm

Let’s get cooking! Join Davidsonville Historic State Park staff for a delicious day of Dutch oven cooking and eating as Thanksgiving draws near. Pioneers relied heavily on Dutch ovens when they were traveling west to settle the frontier. Learn how to use and care for these ovens as we cook up a Thanksgiving meal to be remembered. Once the cooking is done, we’re inviting local veterans to come have a meal with us! We hope to see you out for a memorable afternoon of learning, cooking, and fellowship. This workshop is suitable for all levels of skill. Space is limited and early registration is required. Call the park to sign-up. Menu included below.
Class Cost: $15 per person

Veterans and Family: Free, but RSVP needed.


Geoffrey Havens,

Park Interpreter

Davidsonville Historic State Park

Office: 870-892-4708

Email: geoff.havens@arkansas.gov

Dutch Oven Thanksgiving Feast Menu

Honey and Herb Roasted Turkey

Old Fashioned Bacon and Green Beans

Grandma’s Mostly-Famous Stuffing

Hot Dinner Rolls

Seasoned Scalloped Potatoes

Pumpkin and Peach Cobbler

Ginger Smith joined OGTC in 2014 as a volunteer, and has lived in this area since 1972 when she moved to be near her parents, the late Doss and Vivian Burgess. Her late father was Independence County Appraiser and any time family, whether kids or grand kids, came to visit for even a short time, he would take them to A.D. Hill’s grocery store, and get them a soda pop and candy bar, see the talking bird there, and end up “checking out the great White River.” All the kids and grands have played on the banks there, picnicked, and played on the old train. Ginger is adamant, since she moved to Batesville, there is just no other place to raise a family. Her love for the area and desire to help promote it in her professional capacity led her to seek volunteering, and Charlie Morris, whom she met when she was a typesetter at the Daily Guard Newspaper, put her in touch with Cathy Drew, Executor Director of OGTC. She has been on board since then and says she has loved everything she has done and is proud to represent North Central Arkansas.
The last 20 years of her employment she worked for the late County Judge David Wyatt, West Elementary School Principal Jerry Harris, and Circuit Clerk Claudia Nobles and Judge John Kemp. At the Guard Office she says she made friends for a life time, and then the West Elementary teachers, students, and their families grew close to her forever. Her last job she was hired in a newly created position to collect felony fines and restitution. She was so proud that after three years she more than tripled the annual revenues that she retired! Her part-time retirement job was with the ortho docs, Drs. Allen and Angel where she also met many people from all over the area, and made another set of new friends! She is a published writer and has also written feature articles for the Batesville Guard TV Guide and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
She has a daughter, Misty Long Sparks, son-in-law Dloyd Sparks, and three grands, Dalton Lee, Victoria Lynn and Anna Rose, who own her heart, and three more heartbeat grands, Nico and Corbin of Washington, and a late granddaughter, Ginger Savannah. Her late husband, Ken Smith, was the Batesville Postmaster.
Totally retired now, Ginger offers her time and writing abilities to OGTC as she travels around the state and visits with so many nice folks, writes reviews, and tries to be a worthy representative for Ozark Gateway Tourism. She is a people person who really cares for all God has blessed us with in our beautiful state of Arkansas in the United States of America.