Department of Parks
Learn to Make Gourd Art at Aug. 30 Workshop
WICKLIFFE, Ky. -- Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site will present a gourd workshop beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008. Gourds have been used by people all over the world for thousands of years and were one of the first wild plants cultivated by Native Americans. The various uses of gourds have included food, fashioned containers, ceremonial objects and musical instruments.
This gourd workshop will focus on the different uses of gourds and gourd crafting today. Participants will make their own gourd art in this informal, beginners’ class. Adults and children can enjoy making a gourd craft using a variety of materials, techniques and ideas. Egg gourds will be the primary gourd type used.
Registration is required, and the fee is $10 for adults and $9 for children over age 6. This is a great class for grandparents, parents and children to take together. For more information, call 270-335-3681.
Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site features a museum, gift shop, trail, and picnic area. The park is located at 94 Green Street, Highway 51/60 in Wickliffe, Ballard County, Ky., along the Great River Road. It is an important Native American archaeological site and a unique part of Kentucky’s history.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 53 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts & Heritage 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.