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Fall Creek Falls State Park Offers Basket Weaving Workshop Feb. 8-9

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 | 05:59am

Participants can take advantage of room specials at the Fall Creek Falls Inn

PIKEVILLE, Tenn. – Fall Creek Falls State Park is offering its annual basket-making workshop Feb. 8-9, 2013, for participants interested in learning a new craft or refining existing basket-weaving skills.

Participants will learn the basics of basket weaving, with the opportunity to weave a small, wooden-bottom fruit basket on Friday evening and a larger wooden-bottom basket tote on Saturday morning.  With more than 25 years of experience, Jim and Nancy Phillips will serve as class instructors.  There is a limit of 22 people for this workshop.

Classes will begin on Friday at 6 p.m. and on Saturday at 9 a.m. in the inn’s Fall Creek One Conference Room (times are CST).  The fee for the workshop is $45 per person and prior registration is required.  While most of the materials will be provided as part of the workshop fee, there are a few items participants will be responsible for, including a yardstick, sharp scissors, 12 clothespins, a hand towel, and a small, two-gallon bucket for soaking materials. 

Fall Creek Falls Inn will offer special room packages for the craft workshop weekend. The package for participants is based on double occupancy for two nights, and includes breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, for $128.52 (tax included).  Workshop registration for daily commuters not purchasing the room package will begin Monday, Jan. 21. 

Fall Creek Falls State Park has been voted by visitors as one of the top family destinations in the Southeast.  Protected within its boundaries are beautiful waterfalls, tremendous canyons and dense forest.  The park has a 250-site campground, a hotel and conference center and 30 cabins.  It is located 40 miles south of Cookeville, and 65 miles north of Chattanooga, atop the western edge of the beautiful Cumberland Plateau.  Additional information about the park and its activities can be found at www.tnstateparks.com/FallCreekFalls or www.fallcreekfalls.org.

For more information about the craft workshop weekend or to register for a workshop, please call the Betty Dunn Nature Center at (423) 881-5708.  For reservations at the park’s inn, call the Tennessee State Parks reservation line toll free at 1-800-250-8610. 

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