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Week two of Summer in the Park begins Tuesday

Staff Report • Jun 2, 2019 at 4:30 PM

KINGSPORT — If you missed out on the first week of Summer in the Park, you’ll have another chance to check it out this week.

The free series of activities, held at Warriors Path State Park, offers opportunities for hiking, bird watching, bike riding and more. Below is a selection of activities for the second week.

Tuesday, June 4

10 a.m. — Lake Hollow Hike: Enjoy the rich discoveries of land and water life along the Lake Hollow trail. Meet at the main bathhouse.

3 p.m. — Traveling Traders: Find out about those who traded goods along the Great Indian War and Trade Path, then try trading beads to make bracelets. The park will supply the beads; you supply the trading and crafting skills. Meet at the Open Air Chapel or main bathhouse if it’s raining.

5 p.m. — Paw Paw Patrol: Go “way down yonder to the paw paw patch!” You’ll discover more about this amazing native fruit tree. Join the Paw Paw Patrol at the creek trail. Drive to the camp store, and we’ll carpool.

Wednesday, June 5

8:30 a.m. — Breakfast with the Birds: Come wake up to our feathered neighbors. Meet at the main bathhouse to begin a stroll through bird country. The first 12 people will get a free doughnut and juice.

10 a.m. — Bird Scavenger Hunt: Challenge yourself to find the park’s feathered friends. Come to the Open Air Chapel to discuss park birds and get your own park bird checklist. Find them by the end of the day, then meet at the Open Air Chapel at 9 p.m. to get your birding prize.

3 p.m. — Captivating Coyotes: Have a howling good time as we discover more about the “coy” coyote! Find out about coyote life stories and play a coyote game, too. Meet at the Campfire Circle and be sure to wear bug repellant. If it’s raining, meet at the main bathhouse.

Thursday, June 6

9:30 a.m. — Sinking Waters Ridge Hike: Explore succession — the changing face of nature — on the first loop of the Sinking Waters Trail. Discover the woodlands changing all around us. Drive to the camp store, and we’ll carpool to the start of the trail.

1 p.m. — Flying “Squirrels”: There are flying squirrels in the park forests, but these “squirrels” are actually Frisbees. Use the flying disks to play a game about flying squirrels and their lunch. Meet at the Open Air Chapel or main bathhouse if it is raining.

7 p.m. — Tree Tools: Come see and try out some of the tools that foresters use to study and protect native trees. Meet at the Open Air Chapel or main bathhouse if it is raining.

Friday, June 7

1 p.m. — Folk Medicine: The Appalachian region is rich in tradition, including the tradition of folk medicine. Perhaps you know some traditional medicines or healing methods passed on to you. Children, come to listen. Adults, come to share your family traditions. Meet at the Open Air Chapel or main bathhouse if it’s raining.

4 p.m. — Bike Ride and Stream Walk: The cool creek water will feel good after a warm bike ride. Pedal down to the camp store, and we’ll ride down to the creek. Be sure to wear old clothes and shoes; we will get wet and muddy! All riders must wear a bicycle helmet, and children 10 or under must be accompanied by an adult.

6 p.m. — Butter Churning: Early settlers had no Walmart or Food City! How did they get butter for their bread? Meet at the Open Air Chapel to try an old-timey life skill. If it’s raining, meet at the main bathhouse.

Saturday, June 8

11 a.m. — Tea Time: Enjoy an old-timey favorite — sassafras tea. We’ll also “brew up” some memories of the old days along the Warriors Path. Meet at the Open Air Chapel or main bathhouse in case of rain.

6 p.m. — Old-Timey Games: Try some games from the early settlement days of East Tennessee. Meet at the Open Air Chapel or main bathhouse if it’s raining.

9 p.m. — Campfire: What a perfect combination: a dark night, a crackling fire and some local, traditional ghost tales. Meet at the campfire circle on the east end of the main campground. If it is raining, we’ll have an indoor “campfire” at the pool entrance.

Sunday, June 9

9 a.m. — Worship Service: Enjoy a peaceful morning worship service at the Open Air Chapel or at the pool entrance if it is raining. The service is sponsored by Colonial Heights Baptist Church.

To view the complete schedule, visit tnstateparks.com/parks/warriors-path and click “Upcoming Events.”

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