Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Winter Heritage Festival this weekend in Townsend

The 4th annual Winter Heritage Festival is this weekend in Townsend near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The festival will include hikes, exhibits, lectures and craft showcases Thursday through Sunday.

There will be naturalist-led hikes to Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse and Walker Sisters Homestead with Butch McDade; to Elkmont with Herb Handly, as well as other historic and scenic places.

Among the many programs, there will be:

* A discussion about Discover Life in America's biodiversity project in the Smokies, with Director Todd Witcher.

* A presentation about the Park's natural history collections, by Curator Adriean Mayor.

* Programs about key people in the formation of the Park: Horace Kephart, by Butch McDade and Ann Davis, by Robin Goddard.

The Winter Heritage Festival has received an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History, and has been designated a "Top Twenty Event" by the Southeast Tourism Society.

For a full list of programs and events, please click here.

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