The public is invited to the Bi-Annual Flintknapping Workshop to be held at the Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park in Manchester, TN, on Saturday, September the 28th. Activities will begin Friday afternoon and continue until Sunday morning however the public is particularly invited to attend all through the day on Saturday when most activities will take place and the most flintknappers will be present.
In addition to the flintknapping activities, aboriginal technologies such as the “atlatl” or spear throwing stick will be on display and, at times demonstrated. During the day on Saturday an atlatl competition will be held for qualified participants. This is not so much a competition as it is an opportunity for sharing ideas about atlatl construction and technique and to compare your score with other atlatl users.
“Flintknapping” is the ancient process of creating stone tools by “reduction” using stone and antler tools to chip and flake away pieces of a stone to produce a well-crafted and functional spear point, knife, or other such tool. The material used for stone tool manufacture, including chert (a flint-like stone), obsidian, and chalcedony, fracture like glass when struck. This technique was brought to North America more than 12,000 years ago by the first Americans, Ice Age hunters from Siberia, and remained the principal means of tool manufacture in North America until the arrival of Europeans in the 1500s. “Arrowheads,” as stone tools are commonly called, are amazingly diverse and culture-specific, and therefore can be used by archaeologist to identify the age and cultural affiliation of an archaeological site.
Flintknappers from across the United States will gather on the roof deck of the Old Stone Fort Museum for a full day of “knapping” and public demonstration. Flintknapping is a skilled craft, and many “world-class” knappers will be on site. Flintknapping supplies and materials will be available for purchase for both beginning and experienced knappers.
This event is free of charge, and the majority of activities will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, with the park closing at sunset. The Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park is located just north of Manchester, TN, off Highway 41 and just off exit 105 off Interstate 24. The park features a 1 ¼ mile trail around the 2,000 year old Native American ceremonial enclosure known as the Old Stone Fort, a museum, a picnic area with grills and tables, and a campground with full RV hookups and bathing facilities.
For more information, contact:
Josh Waggener, Park Ranger
732 Stone Fort Drive
Manchester, TN 37355
Your Parks Day at Cloudland Canyon State Park
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Celebrate “Your State Parks Day” At Cloudland Canyon on September 28, 2013
On Saturday, September 28, all ages are invited to enjoy the incredible scenic wonders of Cloudland Canyon State Park during the 2013 “Your State Parks Day.” With FREE admission all day and activities for all ages, this will be a great time to enjoy one of Georgia’s most popular state parks.
The reason for this special day is to invite volunteers to come and join the team that helps maintain the park. Budgets for parks have been cut over 50% and volunteers are critical for the proper maintenance and support of the park. Some of the volunteer opportunities are listed here.
Volunteer opportunities for trail maintenance: There will be light duty trail pruning and clean-up available on several trails throughout the park led by FOCCSP Trail Crew Members.
Volunteer opportunities in landscaping and gardening: There will be FOCCSP volunteers to lead raking, pruning and weeding the garden areas around the front office and Interpretive Center.
Volunteer opportunities for organizing in the Interpretive Center: The Park Naturalist will have opportunities to help in the Interpretive Center in working with organizing the library area, and helping her with some administrative duties as well as helping with visitors in interpretation of the park amenities.
Volunteer opportunities to help spruce up our park: There will be opportunities for cleaning of our park picnic shelters, and touch-up painting to our park entry signs.
For more information on volunteering on Your Parks Day contact firstname.lastname@example.org
A multitude of family friendly activities are scheduled. These include:
SORBA Sponsored Mountain Bike Rides (Easy, Intermediate, and 5-Point Pre-Race Preview)
WILD TRAILS Sponsored Trail Bear Creek Run
Introduction To Disk Golf
“How To” Geo Caching Sessions (some GPS units available).
Fishing (catch and release)
Hiking (guided by a volunteer)
Backpacking Equipment Display With Advice From An Expert
Kids Crafts and Scavenger Hunt
Live Bluegrass Music
BBQ Concession (fee for food)
Taking place in honor of National Public Lands Day, the Friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park is honored to host this event.
For more information including times and meeting places check www.FriendsOfCloudlandCanyon.org or contact email@example.com.
Saturday, September 28th
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Lady Raider Softball Field
All Day or Softball
Youth Softball 4 – 14 ages
Car Wash/ Silent Auction
Behind Coffee County High School at Lady Raider Field
Concession Available/Silent Auction Items/Six Flag Tickets
Signed Autograph picture Dustin Hoffman
Country Museum Tickets & other items
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Trail Run – BCG/Laurel Trails
Join Ranger Aaron at the Stone Door Parking Lot for a moderate 7-mile trail run. We will run past the Great Stone Door and many other overlooks on the Big Creek Rim trail. Runners must be able to keep at least a 12min/mile pace. Wear trail shoes and bring plenty of water.
September 28, 2013
10:00-4:00 Car Show
Noon-2:00 Chili Cook-off
Awards at 2:00- $250 Judged 1st Place and $250 People’s Choice Award
Hannah Pickett Park
16 Dixie Lee Ave, Monteagle, TN
Arts & Crafts, Food Vendors, Prizes
Funds go to help Toys for Tots & Monteagle Mountain Chamber of Commerce
For more information: 931-924-5353 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Come to the Ada Wright Community Center and “Get Healthy” on Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 10:00am to 2:00pm.
Some of the highlights of the Free Health Fair include:
• Diabetic Testing
• Blood Pressure Testing
• Body Mass Index Testing
• Balance Checks
• Anemia Screening
• Mammography and Cancer Information
• Medical Professionals on site for consultation such as: dental, chiropractic, eye care
• Local non-profits on site to provide information on child abuse, domestic violence, drug and alcohol prevention
• The Fire Department will be available for Fire Safety tips
• The Sherriff’s Department will provide fingerprinting identification cards for children and the elderly.
• Flu Shots will be available for $15 each.
• Free medication lock safes and medication safety sheets available through the Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition
Do you know a military veteran? Are you a military veteran or the immediate family member of one? Get connected to the services you are eligible to receive by visiting the Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition’s VetCorps Veterans Prevention Coordinator.
The Ada Wright Community Center is located at Fred Deadman Park, 159 Wilson Street Manchester, TN.