Despite the fact that it is January, there are still lots of activities for campers to participate in that make that long wait for warmer weather seem a little shorter. Fall Creek Falls State Park will be offering their annual Basket Weaving Workshop on February 8-9. Guiding you through the craft of basket making will be Jim and Nancy Phillips. Novices hoping to learn a new craft and experienced basket makers seeking to refine their skills are all encouraged to attend.
This craft workshop weekend will begin with class starting at Friday at 6pm and continue on Saturday at 9am. The fee is $45.00 per person and prior registration is required. The park adds that “[w]hile 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.”
According to the park website:
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.
For those campers among us, Fall Creek Falls has 238 campsites and all of them have tables, grills, water, and electricity. Six bathhouses serve the campground. Fifty sites have sewer connections.
For those of us less likely to venture into a January campsite, the Fall Creek Falls Inn is offering 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).
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.
Yes, its winter and we are all anxiously awaiting the start of the next season but don’t be afraid to take advantage of any and all winter programs that our wonderful Tennessee State Park system has to offer. Let’s go camping!