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Today’s Email Announcements

1) Go G.R.E.E.N. Day at Grandfather Mountain State Park, Aug. 22

Grandfather Mountain Reaching Environmental Education Now!

Saturday, August 22 | 11am to 4pm

Location:  Foscoe/Grandfather Community Park on Hwy. 105 South, 233 Park Rd, Banner Elk, NC 28604

 RAIN OR SHINE: There are indoor facilities!

FREE and open to the public – fun for adults and kids, families and friends!

Join us to celebrate the mountain, state parks, natural resources, local history, environmental education, the Year of the Amphibian, summer in the mountains and everything that is fun about being outside!


8am: Profile Trail Guided Hikes: call office for details/registration

9am: Profile Trail Guided Nature Hike: call office for details/registration

11:15 – 12:00: Mountain Stream Ecology

12:00 – 12:30: Storytelling by local Storyteller ReVonda Crow

12:30 – 1:15: Mountain Stream Ecology

1:30 – 2:15: Mountain Stream Ecology

1:30 – 2:00: Author Randy Johnson presents – “The Brief History of Grandfather Mountain: A Photo Tour”

1:15-2:30: Mountain Stream Ecology

2:30 – 3:00: Storytelling by local Storyteller ReVonda Crow

3:30 – 4:00pm: The famous State Park Ranger Skit

See the newest hiking gear from Footsloggers, play amphibian games, visit with native wildlife from Genesis Wildlife Sanctuary, learn to live safely with bears, learn about birds and bees; trout and amphibians, learn about your state park!   Plus many more activities, exhibits and demonstrations

To register for event hikes or for more information call the park office at 828.963.9522 or email grandfather.mountain@ncparks.gov — Grandfather Mountain State Park/North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation

2) Buckeye Regatta and Street Dance, July 25

On July 25, 2015 Buckeye Recreation Center and the Town of Beech Mountain is having their 1st annual Regatta event.  It will be at Buckeye Recreation Center’s Pavillion on Buckeye Lake from 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm.  We will have canoe races, activities for kids, and a street dance.  Food will be served, we ask that you RSVP with a side dish.  Come join us with your family for this evening on the lake!

3) “Telling Stories” Writing Competition, Deadline for Entries: July 20

Ashe County’s On the Same Page Literary Festival’s annual writing competition deadline is July 20. In association with the 2015 Festival, which will take place September 15-19 in Ashe County, NC, the Page Crafter’s Prize recognizes writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry with cash awards. Winning writers will be recognized at the On the Same Page concluding luncheon September 19.

The Page Crafter’s competition is designed to encourage and acknowledge emerging writers and to reinforce the On the Same Page Literary Festival’s commitment to celebrating the creation of new literary work.

Page Crafter’s Prizes will be awarded for first and second places in fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Prize money totaling $900 will be presented: $200 for first place, $100 for second place, in each category.

Deadline for submissions is July 20, 2015, (postmarked snail mail or email submissions) and winners will be notified by August 31, 2015.  Prose entries are limited to 1,000-words; no more than 50 lines of poetry will be accepted. Entries should focus on the 2015 Festival theme “Telling Stories.” A non-refundable entry fee of $10 (U.S.) per submission is required. There is no limit to the number of entries per person.  Email submissions should be sent to:jane@ashecountyarts.org.

 The Festival’s website, www.onthesamepagefestival.org, provides further details, including format requirements for the blind-copy submission process. Only previously unpublished entries qualify. Authors retain all rights to submitted works. Winners need not be present to win.

 4) Fourth Annual Junaluska Jubilee Scheduled for Saturday, July 18

Junaluska, Boone’s historic black neighborhood, will hold its Fourth Annual Junaluska Jubilee on Saturday, July 18. Members of the public are invited to attend. This year the Jubilee honors the venerable Boone Mennonite Brethren Church at 161 Church Street, also the location of the Jubilee festivities.

Coffee and hospitality begin the event at 10 am in the church’s fellowship hall. The celebration service starts at 11 am and will be followed by lunch in the fellowship hall (monetary donations are welcomed.) Afternoon entertainment beginning at 2 pm will include a magician, the Junaluska Gospel Choir and a homemade cake raffle. Please call 828-773-2540 by July 14 if you plan to attend. Attendance is free.