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The 11th Annual Trails and Trilliums Festival is set to be the biggest and best festival yet coming up on the weekend of Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 11-12-13, at the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly.
The festival, which continues to grow in size and reputation, is the main fundraiser for the Friends of South Cumberland State Park.
General admission is $10 and an additional $10 provides entry to all hikes and programs. There is an extra charge for the Preview Party and Wine and Wildflowers evening events.
In keeping with the FSC mission to encourage environmental education, all children’s events are free.
The Monteagle Sunday School Assembly, which hosts the event to support the Friends, provides an ideal location with its charming cottages, creeks and gardens.
The festival kicks off Friday, April 11, with the Art for the Park preview party, a cocktail buffet that provides an opportunity for early purchase of paintings, sculpture and photography by leading regional artists.
Art in the Park, now its third year, continues to grow. The exhibit and sale includes fine art and regional crafts, with a great selection of native plants, containers, and focal elements in the Woodland Garden Gallery, and a range of vendors with handmade crafts. The sale is held all three days.
April is peak wildflower season on the Cumberland Plateau, and each year people attend the festival in “phlox.”
Guided hikes on 15 of the South Cumberland’s most scenic trails include some especially for wildflower enthusiasts.
A bike ride, a birding hike, and a family hike are also on the list.
Participants can sign up to hike with Tennessee State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath, David Haskell, Bran Potter, Cindy Potter, Mary Priestley, Yolande Gottfried, and many more experienced naturalists.
Workshops, slide presentations and programs are also offered on nature journaling, outdoor photography, native plants, garden design, trails of the South Cumberland and more.
A performance by the premier Teddy Roosevelt repriser in America, Joe Wiegand, is scheduled for Saturday, April 12, during Wine and Wildflowers with “A Salute to Conservation and State Parks.”
As part of this evening reception in the Assembly Auditorium, awards will be presented to Cindy Potter and Wanda Bell as the Yeatman Environmental Education recipients, and to the University of the South, receiving the Tribute Award for leading work in sustainability.
“President Roosevelt” will also appear at the “Teddy Bear Picnic” for families on Saturday at noon and will lead two “Tagalong with Teddy” history hikes.
Free family fun for children has always been a main attraction of Trails and Trilliums.
The children’s Saturday schedule includes a program by Davy Crockett (Ranger George Shinn), hayrides, a ropes course and high swing set up by the Park Rangers, wildlife programs with snakes, turtles and birds of prey, kinder gardening, mule-drawn wagon rides, and the Teddy Bear Picnic.
On Sunday a special “Family Fun Hike” is scheduled. Details of all program can be found on the website or by contacting Margaret Matens at 931-924-2623.
Pre-registration is advised to secure a spot at the hikes, workshops and events of choice. For the full schedule and the option to register online, go to www.trailsandtrilliums.org.