White Lightning Mountain Bike Race Takes Place June 7

bikeLBLEndurance-Plus will sponsor the White Lightning mountain bike race Sunday, June 7, at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area. Online registration is available at www.bikereg.com/white-lightning-xc through June 4 at 11pm. Online registrants will receive $10 off race day price. Onsite registration will be available Sunday, June 7, beginning at 7:30am.

“The challenging terrain on Canal Loop makes it a very popular trail with the mountain biking community,” said Kyle Varel, Land Between The Lakes Trails and OHV Assistant Manager.

Races cover 11 miles of varied terrain along Canal Loop Trail and are scheduled throughout the day. The first race begins at 8:45am. The event will be divided into several different classes and distances based on experience.

For more information on the White Lightning Mountain Bike Race, visit www.endurance-plus.net/white-lightning.html, contact Justin Harrison at 270-703-1893, or email justin@endurance-plus.net.

Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area manages more than 170,000 acres in western Kentucky and Tennessee as part of the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Agriculture’s public lands program. Land Between The Lakes offers outdoor recreation, lake access, land management, and environmental education to over 1.4 million visitors annually. The Friends of Land Between The Lakes works in partnership with the Forest Service providing program services, funds development, and volunteer support.

Sailboat Charter on Kentucky Lake

sunsetsailsblogpicExperience sailing on Kentucky Lake aboard a 29-foot sailboat with Captain John Brazell. Sunset Sails based out of Lighthouse Landing Resort and Marina, provides sailing excursions on beautiful Kentucky Lake. Sailing is a relaxing way to get out and enjoy time on the water.

The Sailboat
The Spaniard is a 29-foot Island Packet adorned in teak wood. She was restored to her sea-worthy condition by Captain Brazell in 2008 and has since made memories for families, couples, friends, sailing enthusiasts, businesses, and corporations.

The Captain
John Brazell holds a 100-ton Masters license with the U.S. Coast Guard, is a certified instructor with the American Sailing Association (ASA), and has over 25 years experience sailing. John’s goal it to provide you with a safe and enjoyable sailing experience on Kentucky Lake. Guests are invited to take the helm, or just sit back, relax and enjoy time on the water.


Excursions begin at a minimum of 2 hours and $100. Day sails vary depending on weather and amount of time on the water. For the best pricing, please contact Sunset Sails to discuss times and availability. Corporate rates are also available.
Gratuities for ship and crew are always welcome.

You can reach Captain John Brazell 270-969-8282or by email: captainbrazell@gmail.com. For more information, visit Sunset Sails website at www.sunsetsailsky.com

Lighthouse Landing Marina
Lighthouse Landing Marina is located in Grand Rivers, KY, just 3 miles from I-24 (KY Exit #31), and a mile north of the entrance to the Land Between The Lakes National Recreation. Lighthouse Landing facilities include vacation cabin rentals, marina, sailboat rentals, sailboat lessons, and Marty Colburn Photography Studio. Visit their website at www.lighthouselanding.com

Grand Rivers Celebrates Stanley Walker Day

RayandStanley_WalkerIn honor of Grand Rivers native and musical talent Stanley Walker, Sunday, June 7, 2015 will be celebrated with a concert by Stanley and friends at the Badgett Playhouse. The concert is free, but donations will be collected for Together We Rise. Together We Rise is a non-profit organization benefiting area foster children. The donations will go towards a fund to purchase custom duffel bags for foster children going in between homes.

When moving from home to home, or facility to facility foster children carry their belongings in a plastic bag– if they have belongings to begin with. Most of the things they carry are clothes that aren’t even theirs because in most foster facilities children share clothing. Stanley Walker Day will raise money to purchase duffel bags with special items placed inside for these children to travel with. These bags are $30 a piece and come with a blanket, pillow pal, hygiene kit, a box of crayons, and a coloring book. A team of volunteers will decorate the bags and add in a personal letter. Giving them words of inspiration and encouragement they don’t hear very often.

Help us to make a difference in the way children experience foster care here in our area. Concert time is 2:00 p.m. Join us in Grand Rivers for an afternoon of live music by Stanley Walker and friends and help Stanley raise money for a good cause.

Stanley Walker
Stanley was born in Grand Rivers and started playing guitar when he was only five years old. Growing up, he listened to the Grand Ole Opry and dreamed of being there. In 1969, his dream came true when he played behind Jean Shepard. Stanley’s sound is different from any other guitarist because he tunes his guitar to straight E rather than natural tuning. His early playing resembled single string Ernest Tubb songs.

Stanley played lead guitar for Ray Smith and the Rock and Roll Boys from 1956 to 1969. With rockabilly enthusiasts, Ray is revered for his five singles released on Sun Records. Stanley played on all of Smith’s songs cut at Sun.

Stanley’s career highlights also included appearances on Hee Haw, solo recordings, and backing artists including Roy Clark, Lefty Frizzell, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Stanley has produced four country albums and was recognized in Billboard Magazine for the singles, ‘Old Easy Loving & He Ain’t Easy Anymore. Stanley was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 2008.

Here is a link we have started online to help raise money for the bags. Together We Rise!

Recharge with Nature, History, and the Universe at Land Between The Lakes

Land Between Tee LakesMake your plans to visit Grand Rivers and Land Between The Lakes this summer. The 2015 summer lineup of Special Events at Land Between The Lakes include:

• 23-25, Wildlife Celebration at Nature Station
• 30, Children’s Day on the Farm at Homeplace 1850’s Farm

• 13, National Get Outdoors Day; FREE admission to Nature Station
• 13-14, Pickin’ Party Old-Time Music Festival at Homeplace 1850’s Farm

• 4, Independence Day Celebration at Homeplace 1850’s Farm
• 11, Cool Critters Day at Nature Station
• 17-18, Wranglers Campground Primitive Rodeo

• Hummingbird Month at Nature Station
• 1-2, Hummingbird Festival at Nature Station

• 5-6, Homeplace Trades Fair at Homeplace 1850’s Farm
• 5-7, Nature’s Most Extreme Weekend! at Nature Station
Planetarium and Observatory~

Laser Music Shows:
• Memorial Day Weekend–Labor Day Weekend; Every Tuesday, Friday, & Saturday at 5:30pm & 7pm
• Saturdays; May 23, June 6 & 20, July 18, August 1 & 15 at 8pm
• All seats $7

Evening Planetarium Shows:
• Saturdays; May 30, June 13 & 27, July 11 & 25, August 8, 22 & 29, September 5 at 8pm
• $5 ages 13 & up, $3 ages 5-12, free under age 4

Star Parties:
• Follow 8pm planetarium or laser shows on May 23 & 30, June 13 & 27, July 11 & 25, August 8 & 22, September 5
• Star Parties are FREE for all

Nature Station~

Staff-led Canoe/Kayak Trips:
• Reservation and full deposit required 270-924-2020
• May 2, 23, 24, & 30, June 13 & 20, July 3, 4, 18, & 25, August 15 & 29, September 5 & 6

Land Between The Lakes visitors are encouraged to bring cameras, binoculars, and picnic lunches. For a complete program schedule, go to http://www.landbetweenthelakes.us/calendar/

Celebrate National Trails Day at Land Between The Lakes

LBLTRailIn celebration of the 23rd Annual National Trails Day on Saturday, June 6, Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area invites the public to help with general trail maintenance on the Central Hardwoods Scenic Trail.

Volunteers will meet at Golden Pond Visitor Center at 8:30am and work until around 12pm. Bring lunch, water bottles, and wear appropriate clothing, i.e., long pants, hiking boots, gloves, etc. The Forest Service will provide all tools and equipment, tick spray, and safety glasses.

For more information about volunteering or National Trails Day, contact Emily Cleaver at 800-455-5897 or 270-924-2007, or email volunteer@friendsoflbl.org.

“Trails provide a great way to enjoy America’s Great Outdoors,” commented Kyle Varel, Trails Manager at Land Between The Lakes. “We offer hundreds of miles of scenic trails for hikers, bikers, and riders.”

Woodlands Nature Station staff offers FREE guided nature hikes every Tuesday morning in June from 11am-12pm. Hikes are on trails within Woodlands Nature Watch Area.
Visit them online for a full calender of events!