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Auburn Heights Preserve
by Dan Citron, Auburn Heights Preserve Interpreter
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As the weather warms, activities are gearing up at Auburn Heights Preserve. The Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve (FAHP) are preparing their steam cars and the Auburn Valley Railroad for an exciting season of events. The visitor favorite, Steaminí Days are back, running one or two days a month, June through November. Because of their popularity, the hours have been expanded so that the events run from noon until 4 p.m. New this year are Steaminí Eveniní Ice Cream Socials on the first Saturdays of June, July and August, from 6 to 9 p.m. Not only will there be great ice cream from Woodside Farm Creamery, but youíll get a chance to experience Auburn Heights in the evening hours. For all of the latest information on these events, and to learn about a special fundraising concert to benefit FAHP, please visit www.auburnheights.org.
If you canít make one of the events, or would like a more quiet time to visit, group tours (for eight or more) of the Auburn Heights Mansion or the Marshall Steam Museum are always available by reservation. Once you are here, you can enjoy the historic gardens, state champion trees and peaceful setting with a picnic lunch after your tour.
The buzz in Yorklyn is all about Auburn Heights and the introduction of the Auburn Valley Master Plan. This plan shows the concepts for the public-private partnership that will revitalize Yorklyn with shops, restaurants and the expansion of park property to include portions of the former NVF mill sites. The Marshall Brothers Paper Mill will become a museum and there will be a trail system that connects all portions of the property and trails that will lead to other places like the Ashland Nature Center. To see the concept maps for the property, visit www.yorklyn.org. This will also be the place to check for the latest updates and photos of the work as we move forward.