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Trails & Trilliums: Celebrating the Natural Wonder of the South Cumberland Plateau

The 14th annual Trails and Trilliums Festival will take place April 7, 8 and 9 at the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly. It’s an important fundraiser for the Friends of South Cumberland State Park, supporting Tennessee’s largest state park, and the Friends’ most popular event of the year.

The Monteagle Assembly with its charming cottages, creeks, bridges and gardens is an ideal spot for this unique event. The historic Monteagle Sunday School Assembly donates the use of its buildings and grounds for Trails and Trilliums as a part of its mission. Founded in 1882, it has remained true to its roots, combining interdenominational religious studies with a robust program of art, theatre, literature and public affairs. Today the Monteagle Assembly is a place where families gather during the summer season for fellowship and spiritual and intellectual growth.

“The Trails and Trilliums Festival is easily the most popular event of the year for the Friends of the South Cumberland State Park” said Linda Parrish, chair of the event. “This event attracts over 1,200 people. It’s a fantastic celebration of spring in one of the most bio-diverse places in our region.”

For newcomers to the festival, a trillium is a genus of perennial flowering plants native to temperate regions of North America and Asia. The lovely trillium is in the lily family. The flower has three green or reddish sepals and usually three petals in shades of red, purple, pink, white, yellow or green. Several species have been traditionally used for medicinal purposes. A white trillium serves as the emblem and official flower of the Canadian province of Ontario and is an official symbol of the Government of Ontario. The large white trillium is the official wildflower of Ohio. Major League soccer teams in Toronto and Columbus compete with each other for the Trillium Cup.

What’s New at Trails and Trilliums

*Complimentary shuttle service from the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly to most of the trailheads for the 23 expertly-guided hikes that are planned throughout the weekend. There are hikes for people of all ages and skill levels.

*Never-before-seen original artworks by renowned regional artists, which will be on display Friday evening, April 7, during the ART for the PARK gala. Proceeds from art sales benefit the work of the Friends of South Cumberland. Among the artists who will be exhibiting this year at ART for the PARK are Bob Askey, a watercolor and oil painter from Sewanee, Tennessee; Sandy Coomer, whose mixed media art creations combine her love of visual art with her love of words as a poet; Lendon Hamilton Noe of Jackson, Tennessee who enjoys creating site-specific thematic shows which include drawings, paintings, collages, image transfers

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