Apple River Fort State Historic Site is offering visitors a chance to tour the fort by candlelight Oct. 12 and then turn their eyes skyward for the last stargazing event of 2013. Then on Oct. 19 the site presents its “Cast Iron Chef” cooking exhibition.
The night-time fun begins Saturday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. when the fort opens for candlelight tours with living history interpreters. That will be followed by stargazing led by the Planetary Studies Foundation.
Dr. Paul and Diane Sipiera of the Planetary Studies Foundation will host the event. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs as telescopes will be available for viewing by the public. (A reminder that stargazing events are subject to weather and sky conditions.)
“Cast Iron Chef” runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19. Early American recipes of the 1830s will be cooked on fire pits and hearths. Fall was a bounteous time for the Apple River Fort settlement as food was more available, and the settlers cooked innovative, delicious meals for their friends and family.