Have a toe-tapping time at the Music Fest and Back Porch Jam at Watkins Woolen Mill State Park and State Historic Site

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Volume 37-314 For Immediate Release: Sept. 9, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. -- Enjoy a day filled with music and fun at the Music Fest and Back Porch Jam on Saturday, Sept. 19, at Watkins Woolen Mill State Park and State Historic Site in Lawson. Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Bring your banjo, fiddle, guitar, harmonica or mandolin and join the fun at the Watkins family home. Songwriters and musicians will perform original songs and folk music throughout the day on the front porch of the house. Everyone is invited to participate in the informal jam session traditionally held on the back porch. Come out to play or just listen. Bring your own lawn chairs and picnic lunches. In case of rain, the event will take place in the park's visitor center.

Watkins Woolen Mill State Park and State Historic Site is 1,500 acres dedicated to interpreting Bethany Plantation, the 19th century landholdings of Waltus Locket Watkins. The site features Watkins Woolen Mill, the Watkins home and outbuildings, a visitor center, a 100-acre lake, camping, picnicking and a paved bicycle trail. The historic site is located off Interstate 35, seven miles east on Highway 92 and one mile north on Highway RA.

For more information, contact the historic site at 816-580-3387 or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit the Web at www.mostateparks.com.

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