Last chance to visit the gallery till fall. We have lots of new items on display, but they will be packed up next week. See our Fall schedule below.
The weather is lovely for hiking the trails now. Fewer bugs, too! If you haven’t tried out our new Pipsissewa Arboretum Trail, this will be the last time till next spring that you can see the leaves for identification. You will then have to learn to id the plants by bark and shape! That’s also a good way to learn and there are no bugs in the winter, so be sure to visit then also.
There are lots of reasons to walk in the woods. Don’t take your phone, and learn to hear the silence. Walking in the woods quietly and slowly has been shown to lower stress and blood pressure, and improve general well-being. On the other hand, if you have kids, they can get the same results by yelling as loudly as they wish!
Here is an excerpt from an article on the Japanese style of “Forest Bathing”.
“In Japan, it’s called “shinrin-yoku,” which translates as forest bathing. It’s the practice of immersing yourself in nature to improve your well-being.
Participants wander into the woods for a slow, mindful walk to contemplate nature with all the senses. It’s not a hike, because you don’t go far or fast.
“We walked through the woods and were just able to absorb what was surrounding us: the beauty of nature, the beauty of the world, from the smallest details, the pebbles under your feet or the branches and the bark on the trees, to how the air felt and listening to the sounds around us,” said Rona London, who participated in a forest bathing experience at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York. “It was absolutely wonderful.”
The benefits of shinrin-yoku were formally recognized in the early 1980s by Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. While it might seem obvious that a walk in the woods is good for you, there’s also research on the physiological effects
showing that it can lower blood pressure, heart rates and stress hormones.”
FALL SHOWS FOR CAROL KIMMONS
John C. Campbell Folk School
FOLK SCHOOL FALL FESTIVAL
October 1, 2016 — October 2, 2016
Carol Kimmons and Patrick Ironwood will both be showing here.
Golden fall sunlight and brightly colored leaves provide a scenic backdrop for the John C. Campbell Folk School‘s Fall Festival. This treasured annual celebration of Appalachian culture, held on the Folk School’s Brasstown, North Carolina campus, heralds its 42nd anniversary in October.
Visit over 240 fine craft exhibitors tucked along the school’s winding wooded paths. Watch more than 40 artisans demonstrate traditional and contemporary crafts. Fill your ears with bluegrass, gospel, folk, and Celtic music on both days. Tap your toes to clogging, Morris, and Garland dance performances throughout the weekend.
Oktoberfest is coming!
37th Annual Nashville Oktoberfest
Dates: October 7, 8 & 9
Celebrate the traditions of Munich Oktoberfest for 3 days in the heart of Music City! Oktoberfest is Nashville’s oldest-running festival & has been an annual tradition since 1980.
It’s not just a beer festival! Oktoberfest has something for EVERYONE: delicious German food from 25+ restaurants & vendors, GREAT beer from both local & German breweries, tons kids & family events, over 150 Arts & Crafts vendors, German music stages, Wiener Dog races, the 2nd largest 5K run in Tennessee – and so much more!
Join 200,000 German fans in 2016 for the greatest Oktoberfest that Nashville has ever seen!
WHEN: Saturday, October 15, 2016 – 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EDT
Sunday, October 16, 2016 – 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT.
Foothills Craft Guild Annual Fine Craft Show
3rd weekend in November
November 18 – 20, 2016
Jacob Building, Chilhowee Park; Knoxville, Tennessee
Patrick Ironwood and Carol Kimmons will both be showing.