To Dye For

Trip Start Mar 07, 1997
Trip End Dec 25, 1998

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Friday, March 28, 1997

Go with me? This week we'll pack a picnic and time travel at Audubon Acres, East Brainerd, to "way back when." Dress the kiddies in their nonfinest, because it's going to be a messy good time.

The eggs will be ready Saturday at 10. We'll dunk them into the juices of blueberries and red cabbages and yellow onions, turning them purple and turquoise and a shimmering copper. That's the natural way!

We'll paint them with our own designs and sponge them in crazy patterns until our Easter baskets are full and our fingers are as colorful as the eggs.

Miss Dottie-the-storyteller will be painting word pictures from 10-12, charming us with stories and song.

"We want this to be a real family day," says Jeanette Eigelsbach, director of the Chattanooga Audubon Society. "The grassy meadows are perfect for a picnic spread or an egg hunt. All the events are geared to help us appreciate the simpler things of life."

After the eye-dyeing, botanist John Beck will guide us on a wildflower nature walk along South Chickamauga Creek, and Linda Kelley will treat us to an herbal crafts and flower display in Spring Frog Cabin.

Spring Frog Cabin is the oldest structure we can visit in this area. It was built by a Cherokee family in the 1700s and was home to two widely known naturalists over the centuries.

They'll be tickled, I think, to see us become a part of the place in a memory-building day of our own. See you there.

Audubon Acres, Sanctuary Road, Chattanooga
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