Celebration Of Spring At Edgar Evins State Park April 9

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All are invited to the FREE Celebration of Spring on April 9 at Edgar Evins State Park, on beautiful Center Hill Lake, Silver Point. The annual one day event for families and individuals is sponsored by the Friends of Edgar Evins State park and park employees.

Registration will start at the Visitors Center in time for the 8 a.m. nature walks. Activities will continue until about 4 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to bring a lunch and plan to stay for the day.

The Nature Walks will focus on wild flower, bird and butterfly identification by Mark Taylor, Park Ranger, Randy Hedgepath, State Naturalist, and Holly Taylor, Park Naturalist. In addition there will be a more strenuous 3 ? mile hike at 10 a.m. led by members of Tennessee Trails Association. This family friendly hike will feature 6 prize eggs along the trail for the younger hikers to redeem for prizes after the hike.

There will be live on-stage entertainment most of the day, including Patricia Jackson, who is a Nashville Minnie Pearl impersonator and country music singer, the local Flat Broke Bluegrass Band, and at 11:30 a.m. tiny tots from the Cannon Arts Studio in Woodbury will dance the Maypole and invite participation in the Bunny Hop.

Other offerings will be pontoon boat rides for children over 3, accompanied by an adult, potato sack and 3-legged races, living history demonstrations, hands-on crafts workshops hosted by Smithville Girl Scout Troop 1146 led by Ronica Evans, and Holly Taylor’s popular SSSSnakes! Show for the adventurous of all ages.

Prizes will be awarded inside the Visitors Center at 10 a.m. for the winners from Baxter and Gordonsville Elementary Schools 4th grade coloring contest. Their entries and those of all the other participants will be on display.

Fount Bertram, a resident of Cannon County and the President of Friends of Edgar Evins State Park says “In this case it really may pay to be the early bird as some activities may have to be limited to a certain number of participants due to limited space, but there will be alternatives throughout the day.” Registration and sign ups for all events, including the hikes, begin at the Visitors Center. The Friends website may be viewed at http://foeesp.ne1.net

Celebration of Spring – April 9, 2011
7:45 AM to 4 PM – (Bring a Sack Lunch)
Edgar Evins State Park, on Beautiful
Center Hill Lake, Silver Point, TN
Sponsored by Friends of Edgar Evins State Park, Inc.,
And the Park Employees

This public event is free but donations to The Friends of Edgar Evins State Park, Inc. will be welcome - 100% of all donations will be used for future events and to enhance the park. Let us know if you are interested in joining our Friends group so you can help make a difference too.


7:45 AM - Registration Begins at Visitors Center (For all ages)

*All hikers meet and sign up at Visitors Center. Then we can arrange car pools to the trail heads if necessary.  
All Day At Visitors Center - Visit Nature Center, see a crystals display and the coloring contest entries, see a Living History Demonstration of old time spinning, have your face or hand painted. (For all ages)

*8:00 AM (Group I), 9 AM (Group II), 11 AM (Group III)   – Nature Walks (Bird, Butterfly, & Wild Flower Identification) on Highland Rim Nature Trail with Mark Taylor, Park Ranger or Randy Hedgepath, TN State Naturalist (binoculars recommended)  (For adults, teens and  & older children accompanied by an adult - Allow 1 ? to 2 hours on the 1.5 miles hilly trail] Meet at Visitors Center   
8 AM to 2:00 PM – Live Entertainment “on stage” at Visitors Center: (For all ages)

Patricia Jackson, a Minnie Pearl Impersonator and Country Singer

Flat Broke Bluegrass Band from 10-10:30 AM, 11-11:30 AM, 12:30 to 1 PM

Cannon Arts Dance Studio, Woodbury, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Tiny tots will dance the Maypole and invite participation in the Bunny Hop, more …

Old Time Toys, a Living History Demonstration by Carl Halfacre, Park Mgr., 1  PM (for all ages)
*9 AM – *Short Nature Walk led by Holly Taylor, Park Naturalist, for ages 4-6, Daisy Scouts, and their adults.  Will require car pooling. Meet at Visitors Center
Starting at 9 AM – Ending 12 Noon:  Crafts Workshop: Allow 1 to 2 hours during this time to make a corn shuck doll or a honeysuckle basket. ((For adults, teens and older children accompanied by an adult)  Next to Camper’s Check-in

10 AM – Baxter and Gordonsville Elementary Schools 4th Graders Coloring Contest Prize Winners Pictures Taken and Prizes Awarded at Visitors Center  

*10 AM to about 12 noon - Egg Hike on Millennium Trail, a 3 ? mile moderately difficult family friendly hike for the more adventurous. Six prize eggs will be hidden along the trail that may be redeemed for prizes at the Visitors Center after completion of the hike. Car pooling may be required. Led by TTA members. (For older children, teens, and adults) Meet at Registration Desk at Visitors Center
10 AM  - 11 AM - 2 PM – 3 PM - Pontoon Boats Rides for adults and children over 3, accompanied by an adult  -  Courtesy Dock)
1:45 PM  - Potato Sack and 3-Legged Races at the Peninsula near Courtesy Dock –  For school aged children and teens)
2:45 PM (or following the races - Ssssnakes! Program - Holly Taylor, Seasonal Naturalist – (For the adventurous of all ages), Next to Campers Check-in 

For more information contact the park office at 1-800-250-8619 or (931) 858-2114 or Fount Bertram, President of The Friends of Edgar Evins State Park, Inc., at 615-765-5357

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April 02, 2011 at 4:27pm
Fantastic! Thank you for the news!
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