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Sep. 2015 Ft. Payne: Events In & Around DeSoto State Park

“Exploring Martha Berry’s Connection with Lookout Mountain
and Her Legacy at the Berry School” 

Historian Michael O’Malley from Berry College will present the amazing story, “Exploring Martha Berry’s Connection with Lookout Mountain and Her Legacy at the Berry School’. Martha Berry was an American educator and the founder of Berry College in nearby Rome, Georgia.
Martha Berry once had a summer home in Mentone and she worked to preserve the area that became DeSoto State Park and Little River Canyon National Preserve. Her nephew Frank Berry worked in the CCC camp at Fort Payne on the project that became DeSoto State Park.
Date: Saturday, September 5, 2015
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park, Fort Payne, Alabama. DeSoto State Park Lodge-Canyon Room
Fee: Free & open to everyone. Call 256.997.5025 or email for more details.
 Info on Martha Berry & Berry College


Mad Science & Crazy Art
at the Little River Canyon Center
Chemistry magic, dirt paint, special effects, bubbling potions, slimes, twig art, high-bouncing balls, and messy fun experiments!
Kids ages 6 to 10 years old can put their hands and minds into mas science and crazy art experiments hosted by the Little River Canyon Center staff. A different activity every month! (First Saturdays every Odd month during 2015)
Date: September 5, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama(within 15 minutes of DeSoto State Park)
Fee:$5.00 per child for supplies; pre-registration required by the Wednesday before the program date. Space is limited.
Call 256.782.5697 or email for details.

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, September 5, 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  for details

Second Saturday Art Market
Mentone, Alabama
Local art, local music, local fun!
Mentone Area Arts Council will be sponsoring the Second Saturday Art Market. It will be located in the vacant lot on the South side of AL Highway 117, across from the Mentone Market.
Date: Second Saturday of every month-September 12, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Where: Mentone, Alabama (within 10 minutes of DeSoto State Park)
Fee: Free & open to everyone. Come out and support local artists!
Visit www.mentonearts.org for details.

Butterfly Blitz in Little River Canyon
Little River Canyon is holding a butterfly blitz to discover how many species of beautiful and interesting butterflies we have here. Little River Canyon National Preserve has never had an official butterfly study. We would like to get pictures of each species of butterfly encountered if possible. Bring a camera and magnifying glass for this family-oriented field trip day. Moderate walk, day pack with water, snacks, bug repellent, sunscreen, and suitable clothing and closed-toed shoes are recommended.
Date: September 12, 2015
Time: 10:00 am
Where: Meet at the Check Station on Cherokee County Road 103 near Alabama Highway 35 in Fort Payne, Alabama (within 10 miles of DeSoto State Park)
Fee: Free and open to everyone-Contact the National Park Service at 256.845.9605 or email for details.  Little River Canyon National Preserve

Blow Your Own Ornament 
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. Design and literally “blow” your own ornament with the help of a glass artist. Check out even more classes and info atwww.orbixhotglass.com
Date: Saturday, September 12, 2015 
Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (Central)
Where: Orbix Hot Glass in Fort Payne, Alabama (within 30 minutes of DeSoto State Park)
Fee: $38.00 per ornament. No pre-registration required. At least 5 years and up. Custom reservations can be made for groups anytime. Call 256.523.3188 or email for details

Listen, Look and Learn!  
Join Photographer John Dersham to see beautiful & unique photos of Little River & DeKalb County
Listen, Look and Learn programs held at the Canyon Center most Saturdays at JSU’s Little River Canyon Center. See Little River Canyon Center on facebook.com to see the schedule for 2015!
Date: Saturday, September 12, 2015
Time: 11:00 am- Noon CST 
Where: Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama (within 10 miles of DeSoto State Park)
Fee: Free & open to the public, great for all ages! Call 256.845.3548 for details.

Basic Survival Trapping Class
Join Robert Wilson from Seven Pines Survival in this basic survival trapping class you will learn how to make a few common traps that are found in many survival manuals. You will get a chance to make these traps yourself. There will be a knife safety course along with this class. Supplies limited; IF possible bring a fixed blade knife.
Date: Thursday, September 17, 2015
Time: 4:00-5:00 p.m
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama. Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground (Gate will open 30 minutes before class)
Fee: Free. Ages 10 to adult; minors to be accompanied by an adult.
For details, 256.997.5025 or email

Campfire Talk: Butterflies of Alabama
Join lepidopterist and photographer, Vitaly Charny, co-author of 'Butterflies of Alabama' to learn about the many species of butterflies in the great state of Alabama.
Seating is limited, so bring your own comfortable camp chair if you wish.
Date: Friday, September 18, 2015
Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Where: DeSoto’s Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground
(In case of inclement weather will be located in Nature Center)
Fee: Free to the Public; Great for all ages! For details, 256.997.5025 or email 

Listen, Look and Learn!  Butterflies of Alabama
Join Vitaly Charney to learn about Butterflies of Alabama and see beautiful photos.
Listen, Look and Learn programs held at the Canyon Center most Saturdays at JSU’s Little River Canyon Center. See Little River Canyon Center on facebook.com to see the schedule for 2015!
Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015
Time: 11:00 am- Noon CST 
Fee: Free & open to the public, great for all ages! Call 256.845.3548 for details.

Woodcarving Demo with Jim Marbutt
Locally & nationally-known craftsman Jim Marbutt will demonstrate this interesting artform of usefulness & beauty. See wood pieces become works of art using a chainsaw and hand-tools to carve animals and people.
Some of Jim’s finished pieces of art will be available for purchase. (Please note: demo may be postponed due to wet conditions)
Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Country Store & information Center
Fee: Free & open to everyone. Stop by anytime!
Call 256.997.5025 or email for more details.

Blow Your Own Ornament 
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. Design and literally “blow” your own ornament with the help of a glass artist. Check out even more classes and info atwww.orbixhotglass.com
Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015 
Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (Central)
Where: Orbix Hot Glass in Fort Payne, Alabama (within 30 minutes of DeSoto State Park)
Fee: $38.00 per ornament. No pre-registration required. At least 5 years and up. Custom reservations can be made for groups anytime. Call 256.523.3188 or email for details

Campfire Talk: Dragonflies & Damselflies
Join lepidopterist and photographer, Vitaly Charny, to learn more about the fascinating life-cycle of Alabama’s Dragonflies and Damselflies. Stunning photographs to see!
Seating is limited, so bring your own comfortable camp chair if you wish.
Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015
Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Where: DeSoto’s Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground
(In case of inclement weather will be located in Nature Center)
Fee: Free to the Public; Great for all ages! For details, 256.997.5025 or email

Boom Days Heritage Celebration 
The Boom Days Heritage Celebration, Fort Payne’s annual art and music festival, displays citizens of Fort Payne taking a second look at their past and the heritage passed down to them through the arts and crafts of our area.  It features dozens of the South’s finest visual artists and traditional craftsmen, as well as dozens of the area’s most talented musical groups.
Four blocks of the city’s downtown district are closed to traffic while art shows occupy Alabama Park and City Park, and a variety of music flows from four outdoor stages. Downtown merchants operate sidewalk sales, and cultural and historical displays are mounted at the Fort Payne Culture & Heritage Center and the Depot Museum.
Dates: September 19, 2015
Times: 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Where: Fort Payne, Alabama (Within 15 minutes of DeSoto State Park)
For more info, see: www.boomdays.org 

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, September 19, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Country Store & information Center
Fee: Free & open to everyone. Stop by anytime!
Call 256.997.5025 or email for more details.

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, September 19, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama-Country Store
Fee: Free & open to everyone. 
Call 256.997.5025 or email for more details.

Campfire Talk: Geocaching 101 
Join us for a fun campfire talk in the Great Outdoors!
Do you want to learn more about Geocaching? Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. This campfire talk will include a lesson on what geocaching is and how you do it. There will be a live demonstration of geocaching and geocaching supplies will be on display.
Seating is limited, so bring your own comfortable camp chair if you wish.
Date: Friday, September 25, 2015
Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m. 
Where: DeSoto State Park's Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground
(In case of inclement weather will be located in Nature Center)
Fee: Free & open to the Public & Great for all ages!
Call 256. 997.5025 or email for details.

Glass Paperweight 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. This class is designed for those who really just want see what molten glass is all about - feel the heat, gather from the furnace, sculpt the glass into you own design. It is ultimately about the experience, some experimentation and a couple nice paperweights to take home or to the office to show your friends.
Check out even more classes and info at www.orbixhotglass.com
Date: Saturday, September 26, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (Central)
Where: Orbix Hot Glass in Fort Payne, Alabama (within 30 minutes of DeSoto State Park)
Fee: $135.00. Pre-registration required, class size is limited to 4. Minimum age is 13 years old with parent
Custom reservations can be made for groups anytime. Call 256.523.3188 or email for details.

National Public Lands Day-Little River Canyon National Preserve
Join National Park Service and volunteers for a park clean up/trail work day. Let's celebrate National Public Lands Day by coming out to help us clean up the canyon! Come one, come all, but wear sturdy shoes, put on your work gloves, and pack a lunch and let's take pride in a place we all love. Signup will start at 10:00 at the Little River Canyon Center. We will provide bags, nitrile gloves, water and snacks. Bring a friend or the family and come enjoy the day hiking and feel good about the fact that you are helping to clean up the park.
Date: September 26, 2015
Where: Meet at Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama (within 10 miles of DeSoto State Park)
Time: 10:00 am – Noon and 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Info: Contact the National park Service at 256.845.9605 or email

Pine Needle Basketry Class
Join DeSoto State Park Naturalist Brittney Hughes to learn the basic steps to making a coiled basket from longleaf pine needles. Each participant will learn the basic skills of pine needle basketry and take home their very own creation.

The art of coiling baskets is universally common to indigenous peoples. Coiling is the technique of creating baskets and art from pine needles and was a part of pre-Columbian Native American crafts. Today, pine needle baskets and art are made primarily for decorative purposes.
All materials (pine needles, thread, and small center for basket) will be furnished. Class is for ages 12 and up.
When: Saturday, September 26, 2015
Where: Lake Guntersville State Park in Guntersville, Alabama-Lodge(within 1 hour of DeSoto State Park)
Time: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (Central Time Zone)
Fee: $25 supply fee
Pre-registration required; class number is limited to 12. For details, call 256.997.5025 or email