Baker Correspondence – August 2016

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Great Basin National Park Celebrates National Park Service Centennial

Checking out the Bristlecone pine depicted on the 2013 Great Basin National Park quarter
                                    Checking out the Bristlecone pine depicted on the 2013 Great Basin National Park quarter

The National Park Service is turning 100 on August 25 and invites everyone to Find Your Park. Great Basin National Park will be celebrating the Centennial with the unveiling of the new observatory. This observatory will be available for universities and groups to use remotely. The dark skies of the park, coupled with the high elevation, make it a great place to see deep into space. The unveiling will be accompanied by speeches from Governor Sandoval, Senator Reid and other dignitaries. Birthday cake will follow. Festivities will begin approximately 12:30 p.m. and last throughout the afternoon.

On August 13, the Great Basin Heritage Area Partnership and Great Basin National Park are jointly sponsoring the Great Basin Great Inspiration Artists Workshop. Attend one of four workshops, focused on fiber art, night

3Hattrio is, left to right, Hal Cannon, Eli Wrankle and Greg Istock.
  3Hattrio is, left to right, Hal Cannon, Eli Wrankle and Greg Istock

sky photography, illustrated journals, and music. Registration fees include supplies, lunch, and a Western style dinner prepared by local chefs Salt and Sucre. For more information, see the GBHAP website. Registration is due August 4.

At 8 p.m. on August 13, join musicians Hal Cannon, Greg Istock and Eli Wrankle of 3Hattrio as they perform original and old-time cowboy and pioneer songs with an unusual and entertaining twist.  Bring a lawn chair for this free outside concert and enjoy what Baxter Black has called “A profundo Gregorian sagebrush chant.”

— Gretchen Baker

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