By Portia Williams
WEST PORTSMOUTH — The winter season of Shawnee Stories that are shared by a cozy fire side at Shawnee State Lodge is coming to an end. The last event for the season will be held Sunday, March 2, at 1 p.m.
Shawnee State Park Naturalist, Jenny Richards said they have enjoyed another successful season.
“This is the last story of the season. The series has been a huge success giving people something to do indoors during the cold winter months in a beautiful setting,” Richards said.
She said she believes the stories events have been a wonderful, enriching experience for those who attended.
“Over the last two years since the Shawnee Stories series began we’ve had thousands of local visitors participate who have really enjoyed learning about various facets of our history whether it be through poetry, music or storytelling. We will offer the series again next winter,” she said.
Jenny Richards said Brian Richards will be the guest speaker for the event.
“The last story is going to be readings from my Uncle Brian’s writings. He will read from his extensive writings at the Shawnee State Park Lodge,”she said.
She said Brian Richards has lived in Shawnee State Forest for the last 40 years, during which time he’s walked almost all of the forest between the Ohio River, S.R. 125, and Ohio Brush Creek, much of it numerous times. Richards said her uncle’s task is to leave a record in words sufficient to express his reverence for its power. His writing about the forest has appeared in journals read around the English-speaking world.
Participants for the Shawnee Stories event will meet at Shawnee State Park Lodge located seven miles west of US 52 just off St. Rt. 125.
Portia Williams can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 286, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.