Department of Parks
Jesse Stuart Weekend is Sept. 24-25 at Greenbo Lake
GREENUP, Ky. – Greenbo Lake State Resort Park will hold its annual weekend honoring Kentucky writer Jesse Stuart on Sept. 24-25.
The weekend is dedicated to the works and memory of the former Kentucky poet laureate, who was born in Greenup County, worked as an educator and became known for his poems, short stories and novels. He often used education and his Greenup County surroundings for themes in his stories.
The weekend begins on Friday, Sept. 24, with an afternoon hike to the Jesse Stuart Nature Preserve. There will also be talks about Stuart and on Saturday a tour of the Jesse Stuart Foundation in Ashland, a visit to W Hollow, Stuart’s home, and book appraisals.
The weekend will also feature “The Needles Eye,” a dramatic production with music taken from Stuart’s book about his experience as an educator “The Thread That Runs So True.” Show times are Saturday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 26, at 2:30 p.m. Both shows will be at the Greenbo Lake Amphitheatre. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students. Preschoolers are free. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets with you.
Greenbo Lake State Resort Park is on KY 1, 18 miles north of I-64 from Grayson exit or 8 miles south of U.S. 23, the Country Music Highway on KY 1. Greenbo Lake features the Jesse Stuart Lodge with 36 rooms, convention center, and Anglers’ Cove Restaurant. The park has a 225-acre lake for boating and fishing, tennis courts, 25 miles of multi-use trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. The campground is open April 1 through Oct. 31. Greenbo Amphitheatre features musical concerts and plays during the summer and fall.
Call 1-800-325-0083 for information and reservations.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 51 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at http://www.parks.ky.gov