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Saving The Best: North Carolina State Parks at 100

Viewing the lake through the trees at Lake Norman State Park
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Saving The Best: North Carolina State Parks at 100

On January 27 at 7:30 pm, the public is invited to gather at the Visitors Center of Lake Norman State Park to participate in a short ranger-led program highlighting the 50+ year history of your local state park.  Participants will then view the new documentary Saving the Best by renowned North Carolina videographer Tom Earnhardt. 
Saving the Best is an hour-long film about the 100 year history of the North Carolina state park system.  According to Earnhardt, “This film is a terrific story about North Carolina; it’s about who we are and where we came from.”  Earnhardt teamed with videographers and co-producers Mark Crews and Tucker Hayes to visit and film each of the 41 state parks, often utilizing a drone to capture stunning aerial footage of the park’s landscapes.  The Raleigh based Southern String Band performed for the video crew on a rocky ledge at Pilot Mountain State Park and supply the soundtrack for the film.
This presentation is part of the year-long centennial celebration of the North Carolina state park system.  There is no fee for this program and participants will be served free hot fresh popcorn, traditional movie candies, and lemonade.  Park Superintendent Greg Schneider said “This is a wonderful opportunity for the citizens of Iredell County to learn about Lake Norman State Park, visit the park’s new Visitors Center, and see this terrific documentary.  I am sure it will be a fun-filled evening.” 
The Lake Norman State Park Visitors Center is located at 795 State Park Road in Troutman.  During the month of January, the state park’s gates normally close at 7:00 pm, but they will remain open until the last visitor has left the park that evening.  For more information, please feel free to contact the park office at (704) 528-6350.   

Below is a preview of the film.

Date of Event: 
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 7:30pm
Start Location: 
Visitor Center

Lake Norman State Park

759 State Park Road
TroutmanNC 28166
Latitude: 35.672548
Longitude: -80.932500

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