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Radnor Lake State Park to Host Art Show on Tennessee’s Sandhill Cranes Dec. 16

Thursday, December 13, 2012 | 05:45am

NASHVILLE – Radnor Lake State Park and Natural Area will host an art show and reception devoted to Tennessee’s Sandhill Cranes on Sunday, December 16, from 12:15 to 3 p.m.  Titled When Heart and Art Take Flight, the event will be held at Radnor Lake’s visitor center.

Tennessee Ornithological Society’s Melinda Welton will present “Introducing Tennessee’s Cranes” at 12:15 p.m. An art show and sale, featuring imaginative paintings of the cranes from Cookeville and Sparta Pacesetter artists, will be held from 1 to 3 p.m.

WHO:              Radnor Lake State Park/Natural Area

WHAT:             When Heart and Art Take Flight: An afternoon devoted to Tennessee's

                         Sandhill Cranes, including a special presentation, art show, sale and

                         reception.

WHEN:            Sunday, December 16

                         12:15 to 3 p.m.

WHERE:        Radnor Lake State Park- Visitor Center

                        1160 Otter Creek Road

                        Nashville, TN 37220-1700

Sandhill Cranes are tall, gray birds that congregate in huge numbers in migration. Approximately 15,000 Sandhill Cranes over-winter in Tennessee.

Established in 1973 as the first natural area in the state of Tennessee, Radnor Lake boasts an annual visitation of one million visitors and six miles of hiking trails.  With 1,257 acres, in addition to its 85-acre lake, Radnor Lake is home to numerous plant species and wildlife.  Radnor Lake is located in Davidson County in the midst of the Overton Hills, south of Metropolitan Nashville in the Oak Hill Community. This natural area provides a variety of scenic spots and diverse natural habitats ranging from its lake, streams and placid sloughs. Wildlife and numerous species of plants are in abundance. It is a place that provides scenic, biological, geological and passive recreational opportunities not found in other metropolitan areas of Nashville's size.  For more information about the park, please visit www.tnstateparks.com/RadnorLake/.    

Tennessee’s 54 state parks and 82 natural areas span the state from the Appalachian Mountains to the Mississippi River and offer an array of diverse natural, recreational and cultural experiences, including hiking, camping, boating and golfing.  Celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year, the Tennessee State Parks system was established through legislation in 1937.  Today, there is a state park within an hour's drive of just about anywhere in the state, with features such as pristine natural areas and a variety of lodging and dining choices.  For more information, visit Tennessee State Parks' website at www.tnstateparks.com.    

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