Paris Landing hosts Outdoor Concert on Sept. 1
(West) Paris Landing State Park tops off its annual Summer Concert Series this year on Labor Day with Kalisa Ewing set to perform Join us at 7 p.m. at the park amphitheater. Bring your blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy an evening of music on the banks of Kentucky Lake. Enjoy a bite to eat in the park restaurant before the show. For more information call 731-641-4465.
Standing Stone hosts Camper's Night Light Contest on Sept. 1
(Plateau) Calling all campers! Decorate your campsite with a creative selection of lights. 1st place prize, for most original display, is one week of free Camping at Standing Stone State Park. 2nd place prize is two days/nights of free Camping at Standing Stone State Park. Camping fee is required to participate. For more information contact Ranger Travis Stover at 931-823-6347 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Big Hill Pond hosts 75th Anniversary 5K on Sept. 1
(West) Join us at 9 a.m. CT for a Labor Day 5k run. The top three runners for men's, women's, and children will receive trophies! So come on out to Big Hill Pond State park and celebrate Tennessee State Parks 75th anniversary with us this Labor Day weekend! Immediately following the run we will be serving cake and homemade ice cream for all participants and park visitors! Event is free for everyone and 75th Anniversary souvenirs will be on sale in the Park Visitor's Center! For more information call 731-645-7967.
Cumberland Mountain hosts FoxFire Band on Sept. 1
(Plateau) 2:00 p.m. CT. Meet at the restaurant terrace for some Newgrass music!! Event is free to the public! FoxFire Newgrass Band performs. For more information call 931-484-6138.
Carroll Cabin Barrens SNA hosts Cedar Barren Ecology Hike on Sept. 1
(West) Join Allan Trently, Stewardship Ecologist, Natural Areas Program on a 2.5 mile hike exploring some of the treeless barrens of the area. Some of the hike will be off-trail. The hike is to be considered moderate though some may find it strenuous. Alan will discuss the ecology and management of the barrens and will identify animals and plants during the hike. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water and a snack, bring binoculars if you have them, and dress appropriately for the weather. We will not go in the event of inclement weather. Meet at the natural area parking lot at 9:30 a.m. CT. A map to the site can be found at: www.tn.gov/environment/na/natareas/carrollcabin/carrollcabin.pdf. Reservations are required. Contact Allan Trently at 731-512-1369 or at email@example.com no later than August 30. If you need to call me on September 1st call my cell at 731-234-4887 (coverage at Carroll Cabins is not reliable).
Fort Pillow hosts Labor Day Celebration on Sept. 1
(West) Celebrate Labor Day weekend with 3 full days of outdoor activities and programs for all ages. For more information call 731-738-5581.
Indian Mountain hosts The Miner's Mile on Sept. 3
(East) This yearly event is a 5K/10K run and 2-mile walk that benefits the city of Jellico. The run starts and ends in the park. Runners have an opportunity to see a good bit of the town from the beauty of the park to the history of downtown. Please come and join us for this event. For more information, call the park office at 423-784-7958.
September 7-9 events
Sycamore Shoals hosts 12th Annual Celtic Festival on Sept. 7-9
(East) Friday Night Torchlight Ceremony 6:30 p.m. ET. Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. ET. Saturday Night Concert 6:30 p.m. Celebrate Appalachia's Celtic heritage! Opening with a torchlight ceremony Friday Night, Clans and Family Societies will be on hand to help with family history; dance, music, food, vendors, demonstrations, reenactments of 18th & 19th Century heritage, lectures, and a special musical concert on Saturday evening. Admissions charge. Contact the park for details at 423-543-5808.
Roan Mountain hosts Fall Naturalist's Rally on Sept. 7-9
(East) Now in its 50th year, the Fall Naturalist Rally offers something for everyone, including hikes, bird-watching and night sky viewing led by Friends of Roan Mountain. Top naturalists share their knowledge of plants, birds, mushrooms, geology, stream ecology and much more! For more information call 423-543-7576.
Fall Creek Falls hosts 34th Annual Mountain Folk Festival on Sept. 7-9
(Plateau) This weekend's jam-packed schedule includes handmade crafts, two stages of traditional mountain music, demonstrations of pioneer skills, country cooking, and much more. Don't miss this event! For more information call 423-881-5298.
Cumberland Mountain hosts Edible Mushrooms on Sept. 8
(Plateau) Cumberland Mycological Society will be presenting an edible mushroom program at Shelter 3. For more information call 931-484-6138.
Bicentennial Capitol Mall hosts Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Sept. 8
Come walk for a good cause and enjoy a fine September morning. Walk will begin at 10 a.m. For more information, please email:firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the park office at 741-5771.
Bledsoe Creek hosts Music Festival on Sept. 8
(Middle) Help us celebrate the 75th anniversary of TN State Parks during our annual Music Festival. Listen to the contempary sounds of Garcia and Scott, the appalachian sounds of the dulcmer from Flat Broke or the many talents of Rick and Penny Roark at Union Hill and the christian sounds of Day Seven. Admission will be donations for the bands. Concessions and silent auction will provided by the Friends of Bledsoe Creek State Park. 50/50 drawing will be held. This fundraiser is sponsored by the Friends of Bledsoe Creek SP and proceeds will be used for activities in the park. For more information call 615-452-3706.
Paris Landing hosts Arts & Crafts Festival on Sept. 8 & 9
(West) Our annual Arts and Crafts festival will be Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT. Over 100 vendors will have homemade arts and crafts with food vendors serving all your favorites. For more information call 731-641-4465.
Fort Loudoun hosts 18th Century Trade Faire on Sept. 8 & 9
(East) The Fort Loudoun State Historic Park and the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum are partnering for the Great Island Festival, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. ET each day. The Great Island Festival is actually a series of concurrent events, designed to take visitors back in time to an 18th century Trade Faire and a Cherokee encampment. The 18th century Trade Faire at Fort Loudoun will feature encampments of soldiers, settlers and American Indians. There will be demonstrations throughout the day in artillery and musketry, along with several battle and skirmish re-enactments. Merchants and artisans will be on hand to peddle food and wares reminiscent of the time. Admission is $5 for adults aged 12 and up; children 11 and under will be admitted free of charge. For more information please call 423-884-6217.
BRAT (TN State Parks Bicycle Ride across TN) on Sept. 8-15
Welcome to the 23rd annual Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee (BRAT 2012). This seven-day ride will start at Cumberland Mountain State Park in Crossville, TN and features a combination of rolling hills, valleys, and some flat terrain. The tour will include a balance of some long-distance rides and some short distance days - designed to challenge expert cyclists, while accommodating recreational riders. Riders will camp overnight at four Tennessee State Parks along the route, including Cumberland Mountain, Standing Stone, Pickett, and Harrison Bay. The City of Kingston will host one overnight stay at Fort Southwest Point. One layover day is planned at Cumberland Mountain State Park, giving cyclists an opportunity to sightsee - including nature hikes and canoeing. A three-day ride option is available for those who aren't ready for a weeklong tour or have limited vacation time. To learn more: http://thebrat.org. Sign up for our newslettert: http://thebrat.org/sign-up/
September 14-16 events
Pinson Mounds hosts Archaeofest on Sept. 14
(West)Join us for a celebration of Native American culture and archaeology. Enjoy a wide range of craft demonstrations to include pottery, basketry, leatherwork, flint knapping and chipping, and jewelry making. Children and adults of all ages will enjoy the Native American story telling sessions. For more information call 731-988-5614.
Henry Horton hosts Hunters Run for the Hungry 5 and 10 K on Sept. 14
(Middle) Proceeds from this annual 5K and 10K are used to process venison donated to the Hunters for the Hungry Program. The processed venison is then donated to local food banks in Marshall County. Preregistration is $40; registration day of the race is $45. Registration and check in is from 6 - 6:45 a.m. CT at the Henry Horton State Park swimming pool parking lot. Race starts at 7 a.m. CT. Strollers and cheerleaders are welcomed. Entry fees must be submitted with a completed registration. For details please contact Lori Jett at 931-364-2222, ext. 254 or visit the Henry Horton State Park web page.
Henry Horton hosts Step Back in Time on Sept. 14 & 15
(Middle) Join us for two days of family fun at the Step Back in Time Festival. This annual fall festival features music, food, storytellers, re-enactors, antique car and tractor show, mule packing demonstrations, and much more. For more information call 931-364-7724.
Fall Creek Falls hosts Tennessee Fall Star Gaze on Sept. 14 - 16
(Plateau) Feel free to join the Cumberland Astronomical Society at the viewing area above the Fall Creek Inn to check out the night sky. Bring your own telescope if you like. Anyone is welcome. For more information please call 423-884-6217.
Booker T. Washington hosts Health and Recreation Fair on Sept. 15
(East) Booker T. Washington State Park celebrates 75 years of Tennessee State Parks with a Health and Recreation Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET. We will host a variety of exhibits, displays, health screenings, and recreational activities including hikes, wall climbing, canoeing, native wildlife programs, and sports. Music and food will also be provided. For more information call 423-894-4955.
Frozen Head hosts Volunteer Trail Day on Sept. 15
(Plateau) 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. ET. The public is invited to join us in maintaining the park's trails. Tools will be provided. Volunteers should be prepared for a variety of weather conditions including rain and snow. Bring food, water and a daypack. Some areas require hiking one to two miles in rugged terrain. First time volunteers must complete a liability form. Located in the beautiful Cumberland Mountains of East Tennessee, Frozen Head State Park is easy to find. From the Interstate 40 exit 347 at Harriman take Hwy. 27 North to Wartburg. Turn right (East) on Hwy. 62. Travel two miles and turn left on Flat Fork Road. Travel 4 miles to the park entrance. For more information please contact Ranger Michael Hodge at 423-346-3318 or email at email@example.com.
Pickett hosts Volunteer Day on Sept. 15
(Plateau) Participate in trail work, planting native species, litter clean up and other park projects. Meet park personnel and the Friends group at the park office at 9 a.m. CT. Work days generally last until 3 p.m. CT. Bring gloves, water, a sack lunch and snacks. Wear sturdy shoes and long pants. Sunscreen, insect repellant and a hat are also good to have. Feel free to work a few hours or stay the entire time. For more information call 931-879-5821.
Nathan Bedford Forrest hosts Eva Beach Music Festival on Sept. 15
(Middle) This family friendly event has something for everyone. Enjoy the craft sale and a variety of craft demonstrations including basket weaving and Tomahawk throwing, etc. Local classic cars will be cruising throughout the day. Jumpers for the kids and games for all ages. Bands throughout the day playing bluegrass, gospel, rock and southern rock music. Vendors selling food of all varieties including fried Oreos, Bar-B-Q, burgers, and hot dogs. Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT. For more information call 731-584-6356.
Standing Stone hosts 30th Annual Marbles Festival on Sept. 15
(Plateau) Be a part of the 30th Annual National Rolley Hole Marble Championship and Festival! This traditional marbles contest draws some of the country's best players to a tournament where players match wit and skills with special flint spheres on a smooth dirt surface. Festival includes kids' games, marble making, swap meet, tournament play, demonstrations, music and food. (Registration is required for the Rolley Hole Tournament.) This one of a kind family experience has been featured by ESPN, ABC, Sports Illustrated, CBS, CNN, Smithsonian Institution, National Geographic, and Charles Schulz's Peanuts. For more information contact Ranger Shawn Hughes at 931-823-6347 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reelfoot Lake hosts Round House Reunion on Sept. 16
(West) Reefoot Lake State Park welcomes the return of the Round House Reunion. During the 1950's and the 1960's, the Bluebank Round House was the place to be at Reelfoot Lake. People came from miles and miles to listen to the music, meet friends, and enjoy Reelfoot Lake. Many friendships and romances started at the Round House and many happy memories were created there. The Round House Reunion relives the feeling and sounds of that time. We invite you to join us for a day filled with good music and good friends on the shores of beautiful Reelfoot Lake. Pack a picnic basket, or enjoy available concessions, and meet old friends at the Round House Reunion on Sunday September the 16th, 2012. The music will begin at 12:00 noon. CT. For more information call 731-253-8003.
September 24 National Public Lands Day events
Sycamore Shoals hosts Celebrating Our Stories on Sept. 20
Honoring the 75th Anniversary of Tennessee State Parks
(East) Join us at 7 p.m. ET for the fascinating stories of Sycamore Shoals, presented by the Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area. Guest speakers will share early 18th century tales of monumental events that took place on this land, and its ultimate designation as a Tennessee State Park on July 2, 1976. Contact the park for more information at 423-543-5808.
Pickett hosts CCC Statue Dedication on Sept. 20
(Plateau) Join us for our 75 Anniversary Celebration and the dedication of our bronze, life-size CCC Worker Statue, located adjacent to the Pickett CCC museum. The statue honors and commemorates the hard work and accomplishments of the Civilian Conservation Corps who were instrumental in the development of the park. When the CCC was established on March 31, 1933, by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a CCC Worker Statue was created to be placed across the nation, primarily in sites where the CCC men worked. Most of these sites are in national or state parks. For more information call 931-879-5821.
Bicentennial Capitol Mall hosts TN Volunteers in theMex.-Amer. War on Sept. 20
(Middle) Life of volunteers in the 1st and 2nd Tennessee Volunteer Infantry, and the 1st Tennessee Volunteer Mounted Rifles. Anniversary of the Battle of Monterey, Sept. 21 1846. For more information call 615-741-5280.
Big Ridge hosts National Trails Day Trail Clean-up on Sept. 22
(East) Join us from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET for a few hours of fall fun cleaning up the park trails. For more information call 865-992-5523.
Chickasaw hosts Heritage Days on Sept. 22
(West) Celebrate the 75 years of Chickasaw State Park. Activities and programs about the history and the creation of the park will be conducted throughout the day. Most activities will be held at Sagamore Lodge, the original park structure built in 1937. Come help us celebrate the creation of the park and all of the memories that have been made here since then. For more information call the park at 731-989-5141 or 1-800-458-1752.
Short Springs SNA hosts Tree Identification Hike on Sept. 22
(Middle) Possessing the ability to identify dominant tree species adds to our understanding and appreciation of forested ecosystems. Enjoy the first day of autumn by walking the natural area's trails and learning about Tennessee's diverse forest communities. During the three - four hours afield, participants will not only encounter a number of tree species, but will discover some leaf, twig and bark characteristics essential for woody plant identification. We'll also discuss how topographic and other environmental variables influence forest species composition. Attendees should bring water and snacks. Although not essential, a field guide to trees, small hand lens, and a notepad would be useful for this outing. Meet at the natural area parking lot at 10 a.m. CT. Map and directions are posted at www.tn.gov/environment/na/natareas/shortspr/ Meet at the natural area parking lot at 10 a.m. CT. Reservations are required. RSVP to Roger McCoy at email@example.com.
Ghost River SNA hosts Guided Canoe Trip on Sept. 22
(West) Participants are to meet at the Bateman Bridge takeout in Moscow at 9.30 a.m. CT where most vehicles will be left. There will be a shuttle to take people to the launch point at Yager Rd in La Grange where the paddling trip should commence at 10 a.m. The trip will focus on the history, diversity and beauty of the natural area. The float is about 9 miles and has some fast sections so some paddling experience is recommended. Participants should bring lunch and water to drink. Sunscreen, bug spray and carpooling are recommended. The canoe trip will last approximately 6-7 hours. More detailed information will be provided upon reservations. Reservations are required. RSVP to 731-253-9652. For more information please email Robin.Wooten@tn.gov or David.Haggard@tn.gov.
Sycamore Shoals hosts Overmountain Victory Trail on Sept. 22 & 23
(East) Saturday, 10 a.mm - 4 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. ET. Join us for an encampment by the Overmountain militia before the Battle of King's Mountain in 1780. Live some of the most crucial days of the American Revolution! Call the park for a schedule of events at 423-543-5808.
Tims Ford hosts Annual Birds of Prey Program on Sept. 23
(Middle) Tims Ford Environmental Education Association will be hosting the program at Tims Ford State Park. Programs include a nature walk with State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath and the LIVE Birds of Prey program, presented by SOAR (Save our American Raptors). This is your chance for up-close encounters with live eagles, hawks, and owls. Everyone welcome and its free. For more information call 931-962-1183.
September 25-30 events
Sycamore Shoals hosts Overmountain Victory Trail March on Sept. 25
(East) Tuesday, 2 p.m. (approximate time) Members of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association have recreated the historic march to King's Mountain since 1975. Marchers will cross the Watauga River at Sycamore Shoals, just as the Overmountain militia crossed 232 years ago. For more information contact the park at 423-543-5808.
Old Stone Fort hosts Old Stone Fort Knapp-In on Sept. 28-30
(Middle) A celebration of the ancient arts and archaeoskills, the weekend's main activities and special programming begin at 8 a.m. CT on Saturday and will run until approximately 4:30 p.m. The festival is free and open to the public. Flint knappers of all skill levels will begin arriving at the park on Friday and will set up on the roof deck of the museum to exchange ideas and materials and demonstrate their craft to the public. There will be atlatl competitions on Saturday and Sunday, with opportunities for everyone to try this ancient skill. Other demonstrations include Native American pottery construction, shell carving, basketry, fire making, native plant use, cordage production and many other primitive skills. There also will be special presentations throughout Saturday on topics such as Southeastern archaeology and prehistory. The Old Stone Fort is a 2000-year-old Native American ceremonial site, which consists of nearly 4,000 feet of low, wall-like mounds enclosing nearly 50 acres. For more information contact park office at 931-723-5073 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Davy Crockett Birthplace hosts National Public Lands Day on Sept. 29
(East) Join park staff and community members to observe this important day. NPLD is the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands that Americans enjoy. Meet at the campground pavilion at 11 a.m. for instructions. For more information please contact: Dawn.Coleman@tn.gov
Virgin Falls SNA hosts NPLD Stewardship Day on Sept. 29
Celebrate National Public Lands Day! Please meet at the Virgin Falls parking lot at 9 a.m. CT for a day of hiking and packing out trash. The walk down to beautiful Virgin Falls is 4 miles and the trail is narrow and steep in places. We will pass two smaller waterfalls along the way. We will pick up trash on the 4 miles hike back out so plan for a total 8 mile strenuous hike. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a lunch and lots of water! We will perform minor trail maintenance along the way. Thank you for your support to maintain this beautiful natural area! Reservations: Not required, but for more information please email Robin.Wooten@tn.gov or call 615-532-4799.For more information, visit www.tn.gov/environment/na/natareas/virgin/.
Walls of Jericho SNA hosts NPLD Fall Hike & Trail Cleanup on Sept. 29
Enjoy National Public Lands Day with a journey through the early fall beauty at the Walls of Jericho State Natural Area in Franklin County. This strenuous 8-mile hike descends 600 feet into the "Walls" and continues along the creek to an amazing canyon of sheer rock bluffs, caves, and waterfalls. Dress appropriately for the weather, wear sturdy boots, and bring plenty of water and lunch. This hike is strenuous and participants should be in good physical condition. The trip will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather. Reservations required: RSVP by September 28 to Forrest Evans, 615-532-0431, or Forrest.Evans@tn.gov. The first 6 reservations can utilize transportation provided by the Tennessee Natural Areas Program. Meet at the Nashville Target store parking lot off of Bell Road near Hickory Hollow at 7:30 a.m. CT. For more information, including descriptions, directions, and maps, about this as well as any other State Natural Area, visit the Division of Natural Areas web site at: www.tn.gov/environment/na/
Hampton Creek Cove SNA hosts NPLD Overmountain Hike on Sept. 29
Chris Coxen, Southern Appalachian Highland Conservancy Field Ecologist will lead a loop hike on National Public Lands Day, from Hampton Creek Cove State Natural Area through the Cherokee National Forest to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, returning via the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail. We will meet at 10 a.m. ET. The hike will originate at the Natural Area parking lot and traverse fields and actively grazed pastures, then follow the Birchfield Trail along the Left Prong of Hampton Creek through a northern hardwood forest community where yellow birch, striped maple, northern red oak, and tulip popular are dominant species. From the upper reaches of the Birchfield Trail, the hike will follow an old woods road until it reaches the Appalachian Trail, where it will turn west on the AT to Yellow Mountain Gap. At this junction, the hike route will turn north onto the Overmountain Victory Trail, commemorating the historic route of the Overmountain Men in their march to the Revolutionary War's 1780 Battle of King's Mountain, thereupon returning to the parking lot. Hike is 7 miles round trip, includes an elevation gain of 2100 ft and is rated difficult. Hikers should bring lunch, water, high energy snacks, sturdy hiking footwear (no sandals or open-toed shoes), hat, jacket, rain gear, and sunscreen. Long pants are advised. Reservations required: Please make reservations at email@example.com. For more information contact Chris at 910 315 5549. For more information, visit www.tn.gov/environment/na/natareas/hampton/.
Stillhouse Hollow Falls SNA hosts NPLD Stewardship Day on Sept. 29 Join Allan J. Trently, Tennessee Division of Natural Areas at Stillhouse Hollow Falls State Natural Area, a 90-acre state natural area in Maury County. The natural area is named for its most significant feature, Stillhouse Hollow Falls, which can be seen by walking approximately 2/3 of a mile along the Stillhouse Hollow Falls trail. A portion of the trail runs along a steep hillside. This trail section is prone to erosion. The plan for the event is to put in erosion control timbers along the trail. A pair of gloves and sturdy footwear is recommended. Please bring a lunch and water for the event. Consult the weather forecast; the event will be cancelled in case of bad weather. Allan will call/write everyone if there is a cancellation so be sure to leave a phone number or email where you can be reached. Meet at the parking lot of the natural area just off U.S. Route 43 at 10 a.m. CT. Reservations required: RSVP by Sept. 27th to Allan J. Trently, 731-512-1369 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For contact on event day, if needed, please use 731-234-4887 (cell). For information on Stillhouse Hollow Falls State Natural Area including a map of the location visit: http://tn.gov/environment/na/nataeas/stillhouse/
Radnor Lake hosts NPLD Interpretive Trail Work Day on Sept. 29
(Middle) Join us from 8 a.m. to noon CT as we complete the new interpretive trail to the historic Valve House. We will remove invasive bush honeysuckle and restore habitat.For more information and to RSVP contact Sam King by email: email@example.com or call 615-377-1281.
Ozone Falls SNA hosts NPLD Clean-up on Sept. 29
(Plateau) A perfect way to spend an autumn morning - celebrating National Public Lands Day at Ozone Falls! Enjoy the picturesque beauty of this natural area while helping to maintain trails by removing invasive plants and picking up trash from 9 a.m. to noon. Equipment will be provided. Please bring food and water and wear sturdy shoes. Feel free to work all morning or just a couple of hours. Directions: From Crossville travel East on I-40 and exit at the Crab Orchard exit. Turn left off the exit ramp and go to the intersection of U.S. Highway 70. From Knoxville go west on I-40 and exist at Crab Orchard. From Crab Orchard exit, turn right on U.S. Highway 70 going east. The highway takes you straight to Ozone Falls, which is on the right about four miles from the interstate exit. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Port Royal hosts 75th Anniversary Event on Sept. 29
(Middle) This 75th Anniversary Event includes a ribbon-cutting for exterior restorations of the 1859 Lodge building, along with living history and exhibits on the area's 19th century tobacco culture and future plans for the park. Other presentations include: 1:00 p.m. - 75th Anniversary presentation by State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath; 2:30 p.m. - Ribbon cutting for Exterior restoration of 1850 Masonic Lodge; 3:15 p.m. - Port Royal Past, Present, and Future. For more information please call the park office at 931-358-9696 or email email@example.com
Big Hill Pond hosts Living History Day at Davis Bridge on Sept. 29
Celebration of Tennessee State Parks' 75th Anniversary join us for a Living History Day at Davis Bridge Battle site from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. CT. The program will begin with cannons firing and a hike led by living history interpreters across the battle site. After this short hike, guests are welcome to visit the Living History Civil War Camp where there will be rifle demonstrations, re-enactors and interpretive programs about life in the camp. The hike is about 1-mile across grass fields. There will be several stops during the hike for interpretive explanations of the battle. For more information call 731-645-7967.
Cove Lake hosts Louie Bluie Festival on Sept. 29
(Plateau) This all-day family-fun festival features three stages of music including traditional old-time, blues, gospel, mountain jazz, and bluegrass, plus storytelling and theater and our kid's fun zone with lots of activities for the children. High quality art and handmade crafts will be sold in the craft village, and a judged art and quilt show will be in the recreation center. Regional food vendors will be serving up a mouthwatering array of authentic Southern cooking, East Tennessee style. The Louie Bluie Festival is named in honor of Howard "Louie Bluie" Armstrong (1909-2003), a LaFollette native and internationally acclaimed string band musician who grew up in LaFollette in the 1920s and became one of the nation's finest string band musicians, as well as artist, storyteller, and writer. A $2 per person/$5 per family donation is encouraged and funds Campbell Culture Coalition, an all-volunteer non-profit community arts organization. http://louiebluie.org. for more information call 423-566-9701.
Standing Stone hosts Storytelling Festival on Sept. 29
Join in the fun at the 1st Annual Storytelling Festival at Standing Stone State Park on Saturday, September 29 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. CT. Hear storytellers weave their magic of the spoken word through their storytelling technique. Hear one or all stories, bring a picnic or eat lunch by purchasing food at our food booths. Meet at Shelter# 4. Admission to this family-friendly event is free. Event is sponsored by members of Alpha Upsilon Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society, Int. For more information contact sponsoring members, Sarah Hogue at 931-823-1849 or Barbra Seeley at 931-403-2053.
Rock Island hosts 37th Annual Lion's Club Fall Festival on Sept. 29 & 30
(Plateau) Rock Island State Park will be hosting the 37th Annual Lion's Club Fall Festival & Craft Fair. The event highlights crafts, jewelry, & antiques. Games, music, & park interpretive programs are planned. All profits go to vision & hearing enrichment for needy families. For further information call 931-686-2769 or 931-686-2828.