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  • Emery Compton

Spring 2022 Events!

So far, 2022 has proven to be an exciting year at Black Jack! Our annual Park Day, sponsored by American Battlefield Trust, was a huge success. We want to thank the generous volunteers who donated their time and energy to maintaining our beautiful park. This year we painted picnic tables, installed welcome signs, started a community garden, repaired the nature trail boardwalk, and removed debris from the battlefield. Spring cleaning is always a great way to begin our year and prepare for events!

Flapjacks at Black Jack’s was a hit. We served a pancake breakfast to celebrate our first rendering of Black Jack maple syrup, produced from our historic maple grove. Bottles of syrup were offered to guests, with the purchase of a membership to Black Jack. Many people have asked, and the answer is: Yes! We do have some bottles of syrup left! We will offer them at future events! Make sure to mark your calendars if you’re interested in getting your hands on some!

We think everyone had a great time at Flapjacks at Black Jack’s. After breakfast, we held an Easter egg hunt. While the kids were waiting for the hunt to begin, the Easter bunny showed up and charmed everyone. We hope guests made lasting memories and that these events will become an annual tradition! We’ve already thought of ways to improve next year’s event and we may even conduct an official Black Jack flapjack eating competition!

On May 19th, we held the first of several Movies on the Prairie! We set up a big screen right next to the Pearson farmhouse and showed the film Santa Fe Trail, a 1940s classic. The night began with guest speaker, Marta Jardon, local history promoter and member of the Santa Fe Trail Association. She shared stories and information about the Santa Fe Trail. We’d like to take a moment to thank Marta for her time and the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce for setting up and serving concessions!

The annual Dawn Tour of Black Jack Battlefield was blessed by perfect weather! The landscape was bejeweled by dew drops, the sunrise offered a warm glow and distant fog really set the scene. Kerry Altenbernd, president of Black Jack, and firelight radiating from lanterns, guided guests along the trail. The story of the battle was retold at the exact time that the battle took place 166th years ago.

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