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Current Events at The Fold

*Oklahoma Christian Summer Camp and Retreat Center, Shepherd’s Fold Ranch is a fantastic place to have your next Church Retreat.*

Family Cookout


This evening a family will be arriving to have a small family cookout down in Brigg’s Park. Their evening will be spent talking, laughing, grilling, having a campfire, roasting marshmallows and just enjoying their family company. It is the perfect time of year for a Family Reunion Location to host your next event, so start doing some planning. Most facilities are booking up and you need to be in contact soon to secure your reservation. Some other options we provide in the fall and winter are Country hayrides,  hot chocolate and smores, hearty homemade stews and meals, and help planing your event. When the temperature drops, most activities move inside. We want to help you make a great event and we can provide some ideas and experience in planning those activities. We are also well versed in some fantastic unique outdoor experiences that are best when it is a little chilly. I.E. Campfires, star gazing and night hikes.

Persimmon Trees

One sign of the changing of the seasons is the ripening of the persimmon tree. The persimmon is an edible fruit from a tree that ripens after the first frosting. Last night was the first frost here and they are well on their way to being able to be eaten. Before they are ripe persimmons taste awful. I know because I tried one and it sucked all the moisture and flavor from my mouth. The persimmon is used to make wonderful jams, jellies, pies and other baked goods and is a “country favorite”. Some people also say the unripened persimmon can be used to tell the weather. The inside of the fruit will show a shape of either a knife, a fork, or a spoon. 

Look at the shape of the kernel inside.

  • If the kernel is spoon-shaped, lots of heavy, wet snow will fall. Spoon = shovel!
  • If it is fork-shaped, you can expect powdery, light snow and a mild winter.
  • If the kernel is knife-shaped, expect to be “cut” by icy, cutting winds.

When we checked the kernels this year they were definitely shaped like a spoon, so get ready! Now, this is just Ozark folklore that has never been shown to have any scientific proof, but it does coincide with the Farmer’s Almanac that this winter should be cold and wet. I might also mention that here at Shepherd’s Fold Ranch that we have an amazing sledding hill. If you can make it out here when it is snowy, you will have to try it.

Country Christmas at The Ranch

Country ChristmasChristmas is coming and we can not wait! Yes, our Camp Director Hope is already playing her Christmas music (against the other side of the office’s wishes) and we are planning a new event for our Shepherd’s Fold family. This December we are going to hang the greens and light up the top of the hill with Christmas lights. We are throwing a Christmas party!!!!! It will be a night full of caroling, chili cookoff, Christmas games, prayer and reflection, hayrides and just a ton of fun. Be looking for more information as the details come out and make sure to like us on facebook if you have not. We tend to publish updates through there more frequently! We hope to see you out here!

More Information from around the web:

Persimmon recipes

Things to do at a fall retreat

How to plan a family reunion

Christmas decorations

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