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Posted on: November 26, 2014

Woodland Carols at Thorn Creek Nature Center, Dec. 13


Warm up to the Winter Solstice with Woodland Carols on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Thorn Creek Nature Center. Savor homemade soups while listening to holiday music by popular area performers. This event is an annual holiday food drive for the Rich Township Food Pantry. Admission is $10 per person or one bag of non-perishable grocery items per person. You won't want to miss this!

Local favorite Anna Stange rings in the holidays with her signature heart-felt folk songs and humor. Rock-funk fusion guitarists Christopher Kondrath and Robb Zetti provide inspired seasonal improvisations, and cellist Ingrid Krizan creates another unique "Bach & I" performance. Bring your most jolly voices and feel free to bring your favorite musical instrument to jam and join in our traditional holiday sing-along, warming us through the longest night of the year!

The Rich Township Food Pantry, located off of Governors Highway, regularly feeds over 750 low-income families from the ten surrounding communities in Rich Township. All donations from Woodland Carols will help to feed these local families during the holiday season. Last year’s event provided bags of groceries and $380 in donations to the Food Pantry.

Register now for the “Woodland Carols” program. Cost for program is $10 per person, or one bag of groceries per person. The event is for those ages 12 and older.

The perfect winter gift giving present for art lovers and for nature lovers is now available. Inspired by the Thorn Creek Nature Center, “Prairie Chapel”, is an original graphite drawing by local artist Marikay Peter Witlock. Through a generous donation by the artist, the “Prairie Chapel“ print is available with a donation to Friends of Thorn Creek Woods of $75 or more. 100% of donated dollars will benefit Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve.

The “Prairie Chapel” print is a limited edition of 300 signed and numbered prints, with image size of 13” x 17” and finished size of 18” x 21”. It is printed on acid free 80 lb. paper. Friends of Thorn Creek Woods is a tax-exempt 501(c) (3) organization. Donations to Friends, over the value of the Prairie Chapel print (valued at $75) are tax-deductible.

To view a framed “Prairie Chapel” print, visit Thorn Creek Nature Center Friday through Sunday from 12 p.m to 4 p.m.

For more information about “Prairie Chapel” or to register for Woodland Carols, please contact Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest, 708-747-6320 or email

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