BY ALEXANDER WILLIS
The Williamson County Parks and Recreation department has unveiled two new events to be held at Timberland Park along the Natchez Trace Parkway: Stories from Appalachia, a traditional Appalachian storytelling event about the culture, folklore, and early mountain life of early settlers of the Appalachians, and a Winter Wildlife Walk, where guests will be guided through Timberland Park while seeking out and discussing the wildlife there.
The Stories from Appalachia event is free to attend, and will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. on Friday, January 11. While the event is free to attend, participants are asked to register online, which can be done by clicking here.
“A lot of the culture in the mountains came from Scottish-Irish immigrants, so what we have in the mountains today is kind of like those traditional stories, music and mentalities, but they’ve been adapted for life in the mountains,” said Michael Culbreth, who will be the designated storyteller at the event. “That culture of East Tennessee, they are a huge influence on what Tennessee is perceived as, even though Tennessee has three distinct geographic areas.”
The Winter Wildlife Walk, which will also be hosted by Culbreth, will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on January 29. This event is also free to attend, but requires online registration, which can be done by clicking here.
“Some of the stuff that we’ll be looking for are signs of deer,” Culbreth said. “This time of the year, male deer are shedding a portion of their antlers. They’ll rub their antlers on trees, so you can tell a deer has been nearby. So stuff I hope to see are deer, squirrels, chipmunks, different birds like owls or hawks, just your everyday average kind of stuff.”
Space is limited for both events, so those interested are encouraged to register as soon as possible. For more information on upcoming events from the Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department, a full list of activities can be viewed by clicking here.