Fathers Day Gospel Sing, Get Outdoors Day events planned at Breaks

We have an exciting Fathers Day weekend coming up at Breaks! The annual ‘Gospel Music Celebration in the Mountains’ will be held on Saturday and Sunday, and we will also be celebrating National Get Outdoors Day throughout the day on Saturday. There will be lots to do, and plenty of fun to be had!

The Gospel Music Celebration in the Mountains will begin at 4 pm on Saturday. On Sunday, morning worship will begin at 11 am, and music performances will start at 1 pm.  The show will feature bluegrass gospel, country gospel, and southern gospel music.

Scheduled to appear are Anointed Hearts; Cornerstone Gospel Quartet; Elijah Rodgers; Expectation; Gateway Quartet; Gospel Redeemers; Living Water; Onsby Perry; The Conners; The Spiritual Voices; and Violet Maynard and Family. Emcees for the show will be Scrapy Barnes and Violet Maynard. There is no admission charge for the show, and performers are subject to change.

This year’s GO Day event will offer a mix of programs throughout the day including: a guided hike at 10:30 am; a time warp historical program at 12:30; intro to geocaching at 2 pm; primitive fire starting at 3:30; and a scavenger hunt at 5 pm. For more detailed program information, contact Park Naturalist Carl Mullins at cmullins@breakspark.com.

Participating Get Outdoors Day partners across the country will offer opportunities for families to experience outdoor activities. Prime goals of the day are reaching first-time visitors to public lands and reconnecting our youth to the great outdoors.

The pilot effort of National Get Outdoors Day was launched on June 14, 2008 and has grown every year. Building on the success of More Kids in the Woods and other important efforts to connect Americans B and especially children B with nature and active lifestyles, the USDA Forest Service (FS) and the American Recreation Coalition (ARC) led an inclusive, nationwide effort focusing on a single day when people would be inspired and motivated to get outdoors. Last year, over 138 official GO Day sites across the nation welcomed over 70,000 new faces to the joy and benefits of the great outdoors.

GO Day is an outgrowth of the Get Outdoors USA! campaign, which encourages Americans, especially our youth, to seek out healthy, active outdoor lives and embrace our parks, forests, refuges and other public lands and waters. Working with the FS, Get Outdoors USA! hosted six recreation forums in early 2007 and learned that public lands were missing the right triggers to capture the attention of today’s youth. The GO Day concept was first tested at the Outdoor Recreation Village at Super Bowl XLII in Glendale, Arizona, which drew over 100,000 visitors.

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