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Natchez Trace Parkway to Host Volunteer Recruitment Event

The Natchez Trace Parkway is excited to host “VolunteerFest!” on July 18 and 19 at the Mississippi Crafts Center in Ridgeland, located at 950 Rice Road. This two-day event will highlight the Parkway volunteer opportunities that are available in the Ridgeland area. Continue reading

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Campfire Program at the Natchez Trace Parkway

Tupelo, MS: Join a park ranger for stories, songs, and fun around a campfire on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. This one hour program will meet at the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail Trailhead near milepost 266 on the Natchez Trace Parkway. Visitors are welcome to bring their own marshmallows for roasting at the end of the program. Continue reading

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Natchez Trace Parkway Begins Repairs to Parkway Bridge Town Creek

Tupelo, MS – Natchez Trace Parkway officials announce that repairs on the bridge over Town Creek near Tupelo, MS will begin on June 24. Concrete repair and painting of the structural steel will be the major portions of the work to be completed as a part of this project. Work should be completed in the fall of 2014.The contractor for this project is Sweat, LLC of Pensacola, FL. Continue reading

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Florence, AL Celebrate July 4th in McFarland Park

The 33rd Annual Spirit of Freedom Celebration, an annual Shoals tradition featuring live music, food, drinks and fireworks, is set for Friday, July 4 in McFarland Park in Florence. Continue reading

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Hit-Making Drummers to Perform at AMHOF on June 21 in Muscle Shoals

Want to hear some of Muscle Shoals music’s most celebrated drummers play and share stories about their amazing careers? Come to the Alabama Music Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 21. Jerry Carrigan, Roger Clark, Milton Sledge, Jimmy “BeBop” Evans, Owen Hale and Mickey Buckins will be together for a one-time-only reunion in the museum. Passion, technique, chops, control, dynamics, energy, grooves– these guys have it all and have played on hundreds of hit records. Continue reading

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May Visitation Numbers for Natchez Trace Parkway is Released

“This year, 489,190 people used the Parkway in May compared to 535,303 who were counted in 2013,” stated Superintendent Mary Risser. Continue reading

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Natchez Trace Parkway Announces Junior Ranger Program

The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to “Sensory Overload” a special Junior Ranger program held at the Parkway Visitor Center on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. Junior Rangers will use all of their senses to learn more about wildlife along the Natchez Trace Parkway. Continue reading

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FLORENCE/LAUDERDALE TOURISM PLANS GRAND OPENING – JUNE 2

The long-awaited grand opening of the Florence/Lauderdale Tourism Office & Visitor Center is scheduled for Monday, June 2 at 10 a.m. The Shoals Chamber of Commerce will be on hand for a ribbon cutting ceremony. State and local dignitaries including Lee Sentell, Director of the Alabama Tourism Department, will also attend. Continue reading

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Prairie Walk at the Natchez Trace Parkway

TUPELO, MS: Delve into the beauty of Mississippi’s native Blackland Prairie with a park ranger on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. at the Chickasaw Village Site. This one hour program will take participants on a half-mile walk through a prairie remnant in search of all that is wonderful in a prairie: wildflowers, birds, butterflies, and much more. Continue reading

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FLW PRO ANGLER TO HOST FOOD DRIVE TO BENEFIT SHOALS – JUNE 7

FLW Pro Angler Rich Dalbey will host a food drive to benefit the Food Bank of Northern Alabama when he is here to fish in the FLW Tournament on Pickwick Lake in June. Continue reading

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Cultural Resource Specialist Receives the Southeast Region Employee of the Year Award

Christina Smith, Cultural Resource Specialist for the Natchez Trace Parkway

Christina Smith, Cultural Resource Specialist for the Natchez Trace Parkway, received the 2013 Southeast Region Employee of the Year Award for excellence in cultural program leadership. The Southeast Region is comprised of 66 National Park Service units and employs almost 3,400 people. Continue reading

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1736 Chickasaw Triumph over the French to be Revisited at the Natchez Trace Parkway

(TUPELO, MS)-The Natchez Trace Parkway will welcome Public Historian Brian Mast to the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center onMay 24, 2014. Mast, from the Black Belt Museum at the University of West Alabama, will present a 45-minute program at 10:00 a.m. and again at 1:00 p.m. entitled “1736 Battle for Ackia: France’s Failed Attempt to Defeat the Chickasaw in Tupelo.” In between programs, children will have the opportunity to become “French Marine recruits,” while adults may examine military equipment on display. Continue reading

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April Visitation Numbers for Natchez Trace Parkway is Released

“The Natchez Trace Parkway experienced an increase in April recreational visits in 2014 over 2013 figures,” stated Superintendent Mary Risser. “This year, 512,813 people used the Parkway in April compared to 512,248 who were counted in 2013.” Continue reading

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Alabama Music Hall of Fame honor “Peanutt” Montgomery with star May 16

Tuscumbia, AL — Earl Peanutt Montgomery will be honored with a bronze star in the Walk of Fame located in the lobby of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. Immediately following the ceremony, Charlene Montgomery will host a book signing of her new book, “The Legend of George Jones His Life and Death”. The event will take place at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame on May 16th at 6pm. Continue reading

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Natchez Trace Parkway Announces Junior Ranger Program

TUPELO, MS – The Natchez Trace Parkway invites children and their families to “Wildland Fire” a special Junior Ranger program held at the Parkway Visitor Center on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. Junior Rangers will find out what it’s like to be a wildland firefighter. They will have the chance to see the tools and equipment that rangers use and will practice their firefighting skills. Continue reading

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3614 Jackson Highway Studio Tours Draw Hundreds of Visitors

SHEFFIELD, AL: The Muscle Shoals Music Foundation has opened 3614 Jackson Highway to the public the last four weekends and more than 1,400 people have visited the iconic studio during that time. Continue reading

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Wildflower Walk at the Natchez Trace Parkway

Join a Park Ranger for a Wildflower Walk on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at the Chickasaw Village Site (milepost 261.8 on the Natchez Trace Parkway near Tupelo, Mississippi). This one hour program will take participants on an easy walk through both prairie and forest ecosystems, and will include wildflower identification and ecology. Visitors are encouraged to bring insect repellent, sunscreen, and wear comfortable walking shoes. Continue reading

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Amber Falls Winery & Cellars Cajunfest

Cajunfest serves up great music, award-winning wines and authentic Cajun cuisine, such as spicy boiled crawfish, boudin, jambalaya and alligator. Continue reading

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