Department of Parks
Holiday Gift Shop Events Planned At Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
CORBIN, Ky. – The gift shop at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park near Corbin is planning two special events for the upcoming holiday season.
On Nov. 25, Joe Salyers, an artist and craftsman who uses a chainsaw to carve, will give live demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Salyers is known for his “Kentucky Hardwood Christmas Trees.”
Gift shop manager Rita Partin said that these trees sell so quickly that it’s difficult to keep them in stock. Most of the trees are one to three feet tall but Salyers has crafted trees five to six feet tall.
On Dec. 9, Leigh Anne Florence, author of the popular children’s "Woody Book" series, will be at the Cumberland Falls Gift Shop for a book signing from Florence is a well-known children's author from Shepherdsville. The beautiful illustrations in all of her books are drawn by Princeton artist and award winning book cover designer James Asher, and are published by HotDiggetyDog Press in association with McClanahan Publishing, also in Kentucky.
These colorful 32-page books deal with issues that elementary school-age children may come across, and are designed to inspire, enlighten and educate them. Her second, 10-week serial story “Woody, The Kentucky Wiener: Big Dog Mystery” was carried by the Spring 2006 Newspapers In Education program in partnership with the Lexington Herald-Leader.
"If you have children to buy a gift for this season, you won't want to miss the opportunity to purchase an autographed copy of this beautiful book,” Park Manager Lisa Davis said. “This book is bound to be a family keepsake.”
For more information, contact Rita Partin, gift shop manager, at 800-325-0063 or locally at 606-528-4121.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 52 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Commerce Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. Each year, Kentucky parks draw 7 million visitors and contribute $317 million to the economy. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our Web site at http://www.parks.ky.gov