Join us for the Sky Meadows State Parkas it awakens from its winter slumber April 21, 2012 from noon to 4 p.m.
Step back in time on the Mount Bleak Farm and enjoy live music on the porch by the Tuckahoe Travelers, try Geo-caching during the Virtual Egg Hunt, and take part in traditional 19th Century egg games on the lawn of Mount Bleak House.
Enjoy the musical performance of the Tuckahoe Travelers from noon to 4 p.m. at the Log Cabin as they recreate the spirit in which the vibrant music of mid-nineteenth century America was played and sung in the 1850s to 1860s.
Sky Meadows State Park
Bring your picnic basket and blanket and spread it out in front of the Log Cabin for an afternoon lunch serenaded with classic songs of the era such as Lucy Long, Old Dan Tucker, Old Folks at Home, Dixie, and Goin’ to Run All Night (Camptown Races).
Playing period reproduction instruments, the Travelers introduce each song with its musical history, making it more accessible for the modern audience. But it’s not all academic—the Travelers mix in jokes from the era, poetry orations, mini-skits, and sing-a-longs. Dr. Banjo also takes the audience on a musical history tour of America’s instrument, the five-string banjo, playing gourd and minstrel era reproduction banjos.
Visit the Carriage Barn from noon to 1:30 p.m. and learn to identify animal tracks while kids make a track to take home.
If you’ve never experienced Geo-caching join a park ranger at noon for a short tutorial on how to use a GPS unit to find caches.
From noon to 4 p.m. try the latest outdoor adventure activity called Geo-caching during the Virtual Egg Hunt starting at the Visitor Center. This family friendly activity requires a handheld GPS unit, but if you don’t have your own you can rent one from the park. Geo-caching is an outdoor, global treasure hunt that's fun for the whole family. Each cache in the Virtual Egg Hunt holds a clue to uncover a piece of the parks history. Bring the family to see if you can hunt down all the hidden clues and uncover the mystery.
Don't forget to bring your own hard boiled eggs & learn how folks in the 1800s would have colored their eggs using natural dyes from noon to 4 p.m. at the Mount Bleak House.
Try your hand at some traditional 19thCentury egg games from noon to 4 p.m. at the Mount Bleak House; see who has the softest hands in a game of toss or see who has the best balancing skills at a spoon race.
If this is your first time to the park and you’re not sure about the trails meet at the Visitor Center/Gift Shop at 1 p.m. for a ranger-lead hike on the Snowden Trail until 3 p.m..
Finish the day at the park with “The Best Nest” program starting at 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Carriage Barn. Learn about some of the birds that make their homes here at Sky Meadows.
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Sky Meadows State Park is located at 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, Va. 20144-0710. The park is less than two miles south of Paris, Va., via U.S. Route 50 to Route 17 South; or seven miles north of I-66, Exit 23 on Route 17 North. The park entrance is on State Route 710.