Emma’s Day At Mesker Park Zoo

Great guest post with pictures from the Mesker Park Zoo in Evansville, IN. Written by 7 year old Emma Davidson.

This is a blog post, with pictures and writing done by my 7 year old daughter Emma.  I am excited that this will be her very first blog post.  Through this process she has learned to add pictures, start a draft, and publish what she wrote on the internet.  She will also learn what ‘publishing to the internet’ means for her creations.  Again, everything below was written and pictures taken(and selected) by Emma.


This is the fastest turtle ever.  The turtle walked so fast in its pen! He looked like he was having fun. I think he wanted to race with a friend, I think he would win.

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Boo At The Zoo 2009

We attended the final night for the Evansville Mesker Park Zoo’s annual Boo at the Zoo. It was amazing! The last time we were able to attend was in the fall of 2007 and the difference was remarkable. We waited in line for about 45 minutes but it was well worth it.

Each year the zoo hosts this very fun trick-or-treating event after normal operating hours. Admission was $6 a person or $5 for zoo members. There are stops along a marked route for kids to trick-or-treat at booths representing businesses and organizations from the community. We followed the main zoo route and were led through a couple of the animal buildings including the Amazonia exhibit. The entire zoo was decorated with pumpkins, Halloween yard blow ups and decorations. Every employee and volunteer was also in costume. One of the many highlights of the evening were the zoo keepers who held creepy animals for visitors to pet. My 2 year old daughter pet large snakes, rats, scorpions and even an alligator! We used lots of hand sanitizer!

The zoo was so beautiful at night. We were there for a little over 2 hours and the lines were even longer as we left. My only complaint is the lack of traffic guards. We had to park pretty far away, like everyone else because of the large crowds and it was very hard to cross the busy street safely. We had such a fun family night that I know we will make attending Boo at the Zoo part of our Halloween traditions.

Emma Ready For Boo at The Zoo 09

Written By: Lynn Davidson

Lord Of The Flies In Evansville

I was shocked today to see the announcement of a production for Lord of The Flies, in the Chicago Tribune.  Furthermore, I was even more shocked to find out that the Evansville Civic Theater was going to be putting on a production of Lord of The Flies.

Visions of blood, gore, and regret is all I can imagine when thinking about the 1954 Novel.  However, it’s not the book I envision, but the ultimately disturbing movie from 1990.  Keep in mind I was at a very impressionable age when the movie first came out and honestly it left a lasting impression on me.

The new production will be put on in Mesker Park over areas of the Disc Golf course.  I am truly anxious to see how it plays out, no pun intended.  Also, I shall come in costume, complete with war paint and spear.


Evansville Civic Theater Website

Mention In The Chicago Tribune