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Fall Creek Falls Hosts Annual Spring Star Party

Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 7:37 pm

CASFall Creek Falls State Park, Cumberland Astronomical Society, Vanderbilt University’s Dyer Observatory and the Astronomy in the Parks Society announced today the Tennessee Spring Star Party will be held May 10-11 at the park. The program is designed to accommodate both beginning stargazers and experienced astronomers. 

The Tennessee Spring Star Party begins Friday evening with dark sky field viewing of the beautiful night sky and continues Saturday with astronomy presentations and discussions. There will be more viewing opportunities Saturday evening. Saturday’s events also will include planetarium shows and a special concert. 

There is no registration fee for the event. The Fall Creek Falls Inn will offer special room packages for guests May 10-11. A two-night stay in a double-occupancy room and breakfast each morning is $148, excluding applicable taxes and gratuity. For more information or to make a reservation, call toll free at 1-800-250-8610. 

The Cumberland Astronomical Society is an amateur astronomy club based in Gallatin. It focuses on bringing astronomy to the general public through events like the Tennessee Spring Star Party. To learn more about the club and Spring Star Party event, visit www.cumberlandastronomicalsociety.org or contact Allen Ball at mistal@bellsouth.net, Lloyd Watkins at watkinslk@comcast.net or the Betty Dunn Nature Center at 423-881-5708. 

Fall Creek Falls State Park features waterfalls, cascades, streams, gorges, timberland and a variety of recreation facilities and activities.  The park is located in Bledsoe and Van Buren counties, 11 miles east of Spencer and 11 miles west of Pikeville. It may be entered from Highway 111 or Highway 30.  For more information about Fall Creek Falls State Park and upcoming activities, please visit the park’s website at www.tnstateparks.com/FallCreekFalls. For information regarding the Friends of Fall Creek Falls, please visit www.fallcreekfalls.org.