Weekend Events~ September 12-13, 2009

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Please welcome Keri Hamrick, who will be popping in each week to give us some weekend activity ideas!  We’ll have more information about Keri soon!  And always feel free to add your ideas in the comments!

Want Fun, Mystery, Crafts and Nature all rolled into one weekend for the entire family? You don’t have to look far and wide. Boone and the surrounding area are offering that and much more this weekend. In fact, there are two annual events taking place that you won’t want to miss.

Grandfather Mountain is hosting it’s 6th Annual KidFest this Saturday, September 12th starting at 9am and lasting all day. This day is all about the kids getting them excited and interested in Nature and BridgeAerialCulture in the Mountains of North Carolina.

Naturalist Jesse Pope starts off the day at 9 am with a guided hike at the Woods Walk trail learning about the animals and critters that live up on Grandfather Mountain, followed at 10 am by Stories from a Guest of the Watauga County Library and a related craft. At 11 am the Blue Ridge Wildlife Institute will introduce Birds of the Blue Ridge teaching about the personalities and habits of hawks, owls and other feathered creatures of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Of course, what child doesn’t want to get their Face Painted with choices ranging from little insects, flowers, squiggly snakes, furry creatures, and much more from 11 am to 2 pm all while parents can snack on some tasty treats at the Fudge Shop.

bald_eagleActivities continue throughout the day with famed Storyteller Glen Bollick, Western Carolina University’s Gamelan, an interesting new addition with lots of percussive instruments and drums, and Members of the Habitat and Naturalist staff talk with guests about wildlife habitats and lead “enrichment” activities for the otters, cougars and deer.

The day will conclude with a Children’s Nature Program at 3:30 pm and the first 250 children ages 4-12 will receive an activity packet upon arrival at the park. Packets will include a Grandfather Mountain coloring book, crayons and special Kidfest button. Kidfest is sure to be a hit and create memories for many years to come, while teaching valuable educational information to our children.

NOTE: The Kidfest activities on September 12th are included in the regular park admission. For more information check out www.grandfather.com or call 1-800-468-7325.

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And as if that wasn’t enough, Tweetsie Railroad presents not only Family Fun, but Educational benefits too as they host their fifth annul Railfan Weekend September 12-13. Tweetsie wants to help celebrate its history and 90 Years of train service to Boone and the completion of the original 66-mile East Tennessee Tweetsieand Western North Carolina Railroad between Johnson City, Tenn. and Boone. Historic steam locomotives will be the highlight with the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina (ET&WNC) train, comprised of the historic No. 12 locomotive, pulling the 1870s vintage coach car on non-stop trips around the mountain both Saturday and Sunday.

Railfans will have exciting tours of the famous Tweetsie Railroad Train Shop and tons of photo opportunities.

Tweetsie is offering a special Railfan Weekend price for both days of railroad entertainment: $46 for adults and $31 for children ages 3 through 12. The Railfan admission price includes two fun-filled days at the park with unlimited train rides, shop tours, historic documentaries, memorabilia room, photo specials, and a chance to ride in the cab of one of the locomotives. Only guests with a Railfan Weekend pass will be allowed to be a part of these exclusive opportunities.

What a way to head into the Fall season with a weekend filled with a western theme, trains, and shootouts…the kids are sure to talk about this for a long time.

Make sure to visit www.tweetsie.com or call 1-877-TWEETSIE for more information.

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Also, Sunday kicks off the Jewish Film Festival at the Hayes Performing Arts Center in Blowing Rock!  Of special interest to us is the children’s documentary PaperClips, which will be shown on Sunday at 2PM.

This award-winning documentary follows students of Tennessee’s Whitwell Middle School who collected paper clips from around the world to help visualize and represent the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust. The Paper Clip Project changed the lives of those who created it, as well as touched Holocaust survivors and countless communities. Winner of the Audience Award for Best Overall Film at the 2004 Rome International Film Festival. “Oscar caliber” -Joel Siegel, Good Morning America. Free for children 18 and younger. click here to see the trailer for the movie!

So what are YOU doing this weekend? Let us know in the comments!
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