Astronomy & Beers
poster artwork by Kathryn Ervin
You can’t have alcohol at the state park, but you can gaze at the heavens with a cold brew in your hand at the neighbor’s place. Lake James State Park Superintendent Nora Coffey will be co-hosting with the Catawba Valley Astronomy Club for a night of
star gazing at Fonta Flora’s Farmhouse Brewery at the old Whippoorwill Dairy Farm (just 1-mile northeast of the Paddy’s Creek entrance at 6751 NC-126). Enjoy a cold beverage, learn some basic star gazing tips, and experience the night sky like you’ve never seen it. There will be telescopes and binoculars set up for viewing the night sky, but feel free to bring your own if you have them. Bug spray and folding chairs or blankets are also recommended. The show will start at dusk (between 8:30 and 9:00 p.m.) and the brewery will stay open until 10:30 p.m. to accommodate us, so don’t miss this rare opportunity. All ages are welcome. No need to register for this one.