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March 26 & 28, Ft. Payne: Great Events In & around DeSoto State Park

Some events happening this week:
Homemade Salve-making Class
Join Robert Wilson from 
Seven Pines Survival for a basic class about salve-making with native plants. This class is centered towards using Plantain, a common ‘weed’ that has many benefits, and useful for making ointments for bug bites, sunburn, psoriasis, & poison ivy rashes.
Robert will teach about the properties of this wonderful ‘weed’, and show how to make a simple salve that you can take home.
Date: Thursday, March 26, 2015
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama. Country Store & Information Center
Fee: Free, & open to everyone.
For details, 256.997.5025 or email 

Blacksmith Forging Demonstration
with Walter Howell

Locally & nationally-known craftsman Walter Howell will demonstrate this interesting artform of usefulness & beauty. See raw materials become works of art using this age-old method of heating & shaping metal known as forging.
Some of Walter’s finished pieces of art will be available for purchase. 

Info on Walter’s Forge
(Please note: demo may be postponed due to wet conditions)
Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Country Store & information Center
Fee: Free & open to everyone. Stop by anytime!
Call 256.997.5025 or email 
Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details.

Backpacking 101
 An early spring backpacking class. A great class for beginners. Topics on the backpacking essentials, camping items to choose and use, fire building, cooking, and more!
Date: Saturday, March 28th-Sunday, March 29th
Time: check in 10 AM Saturday check out 12 Sunday.
DeSoto State Park, Fort Payne, Alabama. Nature Center
Cost: $110 per person - includes all equipment and food. Ages 12 and up
Pre-registration is required, as class size is limited. Register by calling 256-634-8370

Sculpt your Own Flower Class
Orbix Hot Glass is a glass blowing studio and gallery on Lookout Mountain that offers fine decorative and functional glass, as well as very popular glass blowing classes. Have you ever wanted to actually sit at the gaffer bench and feel what it is like to shape hot glass? In this class, it’s all about a hands-on experience in a safe and fun atmosphere with a final product we know you will love. After watching us shape glass into a flower, it's your turn to sit at the bench to a sculpt your own from an array of colors.  Our artists are the to step in and lend a hand or guide you as you shape the glass.
Check out even more classes and info at 
www.orbixhotglass.com. Classes have a minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 5. Class is about an hour in length.
Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015
Where: Orbix Hot Glass in Fort Payne, Alabama (within 30 minutes of DeSoto State Park)
Fee: $75.00 per person. Minimum age is 13 & up. Pre-registration is required. Custom reservations
can be made for groups anytime. Call 256.523.3188 or email 
info@orbixhotglass.com for details.

Paddle Trip on Little River
Little River Canyon National Preserve
National Park Ranger Larry Beane will lead a paddle trip in the backcountry part of the preserve on Little River. This section of Little River is known for easy paddling with class one and two rapids.  This trip is scheduled to last all day (paddling from 9 am to 4 pm). Larry will include stops along the way to learn about safety and special resources in the park.
Paddlers will need to bring their own kayak/canoe, paddle, life preservers, food, water, hat and sunscreen.  The water will probably be cold, and the weather may be cool too, so plan your clothing accordingly.  A dry suit, wetsuit, splash jacket, and warm change of clothes may be needed, depending on weather, especially on the early trips.  The park is planning to provide free shuttle service for these events.
Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015
Little River Canyon National Preserve in Fort Payne (15 minutes from DeSoto State Park)
Time: 10:00 am-4:00 p.m.
Fee: Free; Space is limited for each trip so please call the National Park Service office at(256) 845-9605 or email Ranger Beane at 
Larry_Beane@nps.gov for more information or to RSVP. . Time and meeting place will be given at that time.

Early Spring Walk in DeSoto State Park
One of the most beautiful times of the year at DeSoto State Park! Join DSP staff on an easy meandering walk along the ADA-Accessible Azalea Cascade Boardwalk Trail to see early blooming-species of plants along Laurel Creek & Azalea Cascade.
Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015
DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Meet at Country Store & Information Center
Time: 10:00-12:00
Fee: Free to the public; pre-registration not required. (we ask that groups larger than 5 RSVP)
 Great for all ages! Pets welcome on leash. Call 256.997.5025 for details.
Things to bring: Water and/or sports drink, snacks, please be sure to dress appropriately according to seasonal temperatures/weather.
WEATHER: As with all outdoor events, if it's raining/stormy or very poor trail conditions, we may have to cancel. If the weather is questionable, please check with the park(256.845.0051) before leaving home. Please make every effort to arrive early or on time so that you do not hold up the group.
Directions to Desoto State Park:
Using a GPS or Phone to navigate to Desoto State Park can be unreliable. 
Driving Directions

Appalachian Broom-Making Demonstration
with Lenton Williams

Locally & nationally-known craftsman Lenton Williams will demonstrate the interesting art form of making hand-tied brooms & brushes in the Appalachian style. Lenton uses raw materials such as natural broom corn and handles to fashion useful & beautiful pieces of art.
Some of Lenton’s finished pieces will be available for purchase.
(Please note: demo may be postponed due to wet conditions)
Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Country Store
Fee: Free & open to everyone.
Call 256.997.5025 or email 
Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details.