Friday, April 4 –
Breakfast on your own.
9:00 – Rock art tours – Meet in the Lodge lobby. Opening remarks and review of the day’s agenda. The Cumberland Ranger District Botanist will make a short presentation about white-haired goldenrod, a very sensitive endangered plant that is present at some rock art sites in the Red River Gorge. There will be two tours offered. Tour 1 will visit two easily accessible sites, Martins Fork and Grays Arch. Tour 2, which will be more physically demanding, will visit the Bells Falls site. This tour will be limited to 5 persons to avoid impact to the site. After the tours we will all meet for lunch at the Subway Restaurant at the Slade Exit (Exit 33) on the Mountain Parkway, or you can eat on your own. For the afternoon, the group will reconvene at the Gladie Visitor’s Center located in the Red River Gorge at 1:30pm. There we will view a media show of many of the rock art images of Kentucky. You will have the rest of the afternoon to explore the Visitor Center which has interpretive displays on the geology and history of the Gorge, as well as the grounds which include a 1890s log cabin, a tobacco barn, a hay/stock barn, a capped gas well, and the remains of a sorghum mill/furnace. There is also a trail head near Gladie (called Bison Way) that leads to a nice small arch. Transportation will be in personal vehicles and we will attempt to carpool to reduce the number of cars. Dinner will be on your own. We can try to get together a “group” dinner for anyone that is interested. Our hosts have suggested a number of restaurants that are not to be missed.
Saturday, April 5 – The Woodland Center in the Lodge
8:00 – 8:45 – Registration
8:45 – 9:00 – Opening Remarks
8:00 – 9:00 – Light breakfast provided (coffee, fruit juices, muffins, and pastries)
9:00 – 10:20 – Papers
10:20 – 10:40 – Morning Break (soft drinks, coffee, and bottled water)
10:40 – 11:40 – Papers
11:40 – 12:40 – Lunch on your own
11:40 – 12:40 – Board of Directors Business meeting
12:40 – 1:40 – Papers
1:40 – 2:40 – Afternoon Break (soft drinks, coffee, bottled water, cookies and brownies)
2:00 – General Membership Business meeting
6:00 – ESRARA Banquet and Auction
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Remembering Kentucky Rock Art Pioneer: Fred E. Coy, Jr.
Boedy, Randall D (U.S. Forest Service), Frank M. Bodkin (U.S. Forest Service), Cecil R. Ison, William E. Sharp (NRCS) and Johnny A. Faulkner
Fred E. Coy, Jr. was a pioneer in the description of rock art in Kentucky. In this presentation, we will present an overview of the major petroglyphs sites he described and photographed. He was also involved in documenting niter mines, splash dams and other Appalachian site types. Dr. Coy’s contributions lie not only in the documentation of archaeological sites, but also in the many personal contacts he made while increasing the awareness and appreciation of rock art in Kentucky.
Sunday, April 6 –
9:00 – Rock art tour to Dog Slaughter pictograph site which is located approximately 2 to 2.5 hours from the Lodge. Meet in the hotel lobby. Transportation will be in personal vehicles.
Special Note – Powell County, Kentucky is a dry county. No alcoholic beverages are available at the Lodge. Alcohol may be purchased elsewhere and brought to the Lodge but may not be consumed in public.