Various programs on tap at RMSP this weekend

Published 9:56 am Friday, August 26, 2016

With the summer program list nearly at a conclusion at Roan Mountain State Park, the facility is offering a bevy of activities for individuals to participate in this weekend.
10 a.m. – TURKEY TALK – Yelp yelp yelp. Turkeys are near! Join Kyle to learn the vocabulary of turkeys and much more about these wild game birds! Meet Kyle at the Camp Store.
12 p.m. – PEG LEG MINE TOUR – Come with us on a short adventure to the Historic Peg Leg Mine. On this guided hike we will explore the rich cultural and natural importance of the mine and discuss the people who built it. Meet Kyle at the Visitors’ Center.
2 p.m. – RUN THE BASES – Wake up and get your blood flowing with some kickball! Equipment will be provided, but bring your agility. Please wear athletic shoes and clothes. Meet Kyle at the softball field at the Cabin Area Entrance.
4:30 p.m. – 10 ESSENTIALS – Going hiking? Don’t get caught in the woods unprepared. Come learn what items you should carry in your pack, and how to use them. Meet Will at Camp Store to get started.
7:30 p.m. – SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: The Roan Crows- Rock out with The Roan Crows as they dish out crowd-pleasing favorites from 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s rock and roll classics. These guys are loads of fun, don’t miss ‘em! 7:30-8:30 PM at the Park Amphitheater.
** Concerts will be relocated to Picnic Shelter 3 in the Campground in case of bad weather.
FREE ADMISSION! Donations accepted.
9 p.m. – BATTY FOR BATS – Why should YOU be batty over these remarkable night fliers? Let’s play a fun game and learn about bats! Meet Kyle at the Amphitheater.
10 a.m. – OWLS OF TENNESSEE – Meet Kyle at the Camp Store to learn some interesting facts about the owls of Tennessee and meet the park’s very own LIVE Barred Owl, “Owl Capone.”
11:30 a.m. – PET ROCKS – Make your park stay memorable with this fun and simple craft! Supplies will be provided, but please wear clothes that you can possibly get paint on. Meet Will at the Camp Store to get started.
12 p.m. – AFTERNOONS AT THE FARMSTEAD: Soap Making with the Hyders – Step back in time with historical interpreters and folkways demonstrators Nat and Sherri Hyder as they teach us the traditional methods for making old-fashioned lye soap. 12:00 PM-2:00 PM at the Miller Farmstead. Free admission, donations accepted.
2 p.m. – WATER BALLOON TOSS – Come join Kyle as we cool off during the hot summer weather with some refreshing teambuilding games! CAUTION: You will get wet, so please be prepared. Meet at the playground across from the Camp Store.
4 p.m. – PIONEER LIFE: Farming – Have you ever farmed for your own food? For the folks who lived in Roan Mountain in the past, farming was a way of life. Come learn about the independent ways of the mountain folk. Meet Will at the Miller Farmstead to begin the tour.
7:30 p.m. – SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: Bandwagon Fallacy- This groovy band hails from just over the mountain in Buladean, NC. Bandwagon Fallacy rocks the house with old-time favorites and touching originals from classic rock, country, folk and soul. 7:30-8:30 PM at the Park Amphitheater. ** Concerts will be relocated to Picnic Shelter 3 in the Campground in case of bad weather. FREE ADMISSION! Donations accepted.
9 p.m. – CABIN CAMPFIRE – Meet Will at the new Cabin Camp Fire Ring for some local ghost stories, tall tales, and s’mores! Don’t forget to bring a flashlight for heading back to your campsite or cabin after dark.
10 a.m. – CIVIL WAR HISTORY – Did you know that the people of East Tennessee were significantly impacted by the Civil War? The state and its citizens were affected economically, politically, and socially. Meet Kyle at the Visitors’ Center to learn more about this tumultuous time.
12 p.m. – TENNESSEE WILDLIFE – Have you ever wanted to pet a black bear? You wouldn’t want to get close to a live one! Luckily the park has a collection of animal pelts you can see and touch, so don’t miss this opportunity. Meet Will at the Visitors Center to learn about some common animals of our area.
• Programs are free of charge. However, you are encouraged to make a donation that will allow
• The park to continue to provide these kinds of activities.
• Programs are for all ages unless otherwise noted.
• For all hikes: Please wear sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes and bring drinking water.
• In case of inclement weather, hikes/outdoor programs will be canceled.

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