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EVENT DATE: Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013 | comments comment(s)
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Josette Keelor

Sky Meadows park programs

Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, will host the following programs:

Aug. 10, 4 p.m.-5 p.m. -- Hike with a Friend, led by Stacey Remick-Simkins, president of the Friends of Sky Meadows, and discover (or rediscover) the beautiful trails of Sky Meadows. This month, Stacey will be hiking the Snowden Loop. This is an easy hike of approximately 1.5 miles. Please wear comfortable hiking footwear. Bring plenty of water and snacks.

1 p.m.-3 p.m. -- Second Saturday Crafting Workshop
Children and adults of all ages can get their minds working and their creative juices flowing at this monthly crafting workshop. This month, we will be constructing paper boats. Inquire at the Visitor Center for meeting location. This program is offered free of charge thanks to the generous support of the Friends of Sky Meadows.

7:30-10:30 p.m. -- Astronomy for Everyone
The evening begins with our half-hour "Junior Astronomer" program for children ages 5-12. Immediately following the kids' program will be a multi-media presentation on the latest in U.S. space research. Then join our Volunteer Star Guide for a night sky tour. Finish the evening by looking at deep space objects through large telescopes provided by members of the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club. If the sky is cloudy, only the "Junior Astronomer" and multi-media programs will be presented. No entrance to the park after 9:00 p.m. Parking for this event is $5.00 per vehicle.

Aug. 11, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. -- Colonial Crafts: Punching Tin teaches of "poor man's silver," which became extremely popular in the American colonies because it was inexpensive, lightweight, easy to clean and durable. Tin punching decorated tinsmithed items and allowed light to emanate from lanterns. During colonial times, tin-punched items were called "pierced ware." Join a park ranger at the Log Cabin for a lesson in tin punching. Create a pierced ware keepsake that celebrates this timeless art form. The program is free and open to all ages.

2 p.m.-4 p.m. -- "Sew What?" will help participants better understand sewing as a daily activity for men and women in the 18th and 19th centuries. Join costumed interpreters in the Historic Area for a lesson in needlework and try your hand at stitching and help to construct a sewing craft.

For more information, call 540-592-3556.

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