Shenandoah National Park, VA – (July10, 2014) – The mid-summer season in Shenandoah National Park is known for blackberries that can be found while hiking the trails and streams. Skyland Resort, located on mile 41.7 and 42.5 on Skyline Drive, is set to celebrate with a daylong event on Saturday July 26, 2014 featuring all things blackberry!

Executive Chef Paul Lombardy and Sous Chef Heather Cash will create delicious dishes that highlight this prolific fruit such as Pulled Pork with Blackberry BBQ Sauce, Grilled Chicken with Blackberry Relish, Blackberry Cobbler, Blackberry Trifle, and Blackberry Ice Cream.  Other items featured are Blackberry Jellies and Syrup, Blackberry Lemonade, Blackberry Wine, and Blackberry Beer. All these delicious dishes and beverages will be available on the historic lower lawn area.

Family events, pony rides, children’s crafts, live entertainment will also be a big part of the day’s celebration. The day will be filled with regional talent and includes:

10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. featuring Glen Shelton
In 2012 Glen opened for Tanya Tucker, Joe Nichols, Darryl Worley, Little Texas, and Rhonda Vincent. His self-written “Help Me to Stand” hit #2 on the nationwide Christian Country Top 100.  Glen has also been nominated for the ICM (Inspirational Country Music) Songwriter of the Year.

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  featuring Shenandoah Valley Cloggers
The Shenandoah Valley Cloggers is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Appalachian clogging, a distinctive form of American folk dance, which encompasses many different traditions of step dances with Scottish, English, Dutch and German roots. To entertain a variety of ages, the troupe’s music includes everything from bluegrass, to country, to pop, to old time rock ‘n’ roll.

12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m featuring Turkey Ridge String Band
Lead vocalist / guitarist Charles Tompkins and mandolin player-vocalist Alan Cohen have performed together since the 70’s. The band’s other members are Brenda Jeffries (bass, vocals), Marie Fox(banjo), Dan Lewis (vocals, guitar), and Bob Chappell (vocals, bass). TRSB specializes in "Americana" - Bluegrass, Folk, Country, and a few Oldies. Formed in June 2012, the band has well over 100 years of collective band experience.

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m featuring Calico Cloggers
Calico Cloggers is an adult percussive dance group based in Northern Virginia. The group performs at festivals, fairs, retirement communities, and other venues, tailoring their shows to fit the venue theme or audience needs. Their repertoire includes traditional and modern clogging, Irish and Canadian step dancing, tap dancing, swing, and set dancing. They dance to bluegrass, country, Celtic, pop, swing, and hip-hop music. They include figure dances, line dances, duets and solos.

3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m featuring High Ground Blue Grass Band
A red hot contemporary bluegrass band with four different lead singers, all with the ability to sing any harmony part. Each song has its own distinct sound.

Additional lodging promotions, events and activities for planning your Shenandoah getaway are available on our website www.goshenandoah.com or call 877.247.9261 to speak with the reservation office.  
About Shenandoah National Park
Established by Congress in 1935, Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia contains nearly 197,000 acres of land with over 500 miles of trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Shenandoah draws up to 1.2 million visitors a year with its rich history, unique geography and wildlife, as well as the panoramic vistas from the Skyline Drive. This National Scenic Byway, built during the Depression era, winds along the crest of the mountains through the length of the park, providing vistas of the sweeping landscape to the east and west. Lodging options in the park include Skyland Resort (mile 41.7), Big Meadows Lodge (mile 51) and Lewis Mountain Cabins (mile 57.5), which are operated by Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts at Shenandoah, Inc., an authorized concessioner and hospitality provider for the National Park Service. For more information about Shenandoah accommodations, dining and special events, call 877-247-9261 or visit www.goshenandoah.com.
About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is an industry leader, providing Stewardship and Hospitality in Special Places SM with hotel, retail, food service, recreation and transportation operations at historic and scenic properties in North America and Australia. The company operates Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida; in Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Sequoia and Yosemite national parks, including The Shawnee and other Yosemite lodges; Peaks of Otter Lodge on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake in Ohio; Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; and in Niagara Falls State Park. The company also owns and operates Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa in British Columbia; the Park Gate Lodges at Yellowstone, which are the West Yellowstone Holiday Inn, Gray Wolf Inn and Suites and Yellowstone Park Hotel, all located at the park’s west gate in West Yellowstone, Mont.; and five luxury resorts in Australia: Lizard Island Resort, Heron Island Resort, Wilson Island Resort, Kings Canyon Resort and El Question Homestead and Wilderness Park. To learn more about Delaware North Companies’ hospitality management expertise, visithttp://www.delawarenorth.com/parks-and-resorts-home.aspx.

About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the largest and most admired privately held hospitality companies in the world. Founded and owned by the Jacobs family for nearly 100 years, it is a global leader in hospitality and food service. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sport service, Delaware North Companies International and Delaware North Companies Boston, owner of TD Garden. Delaware North Companies has revenue exceeding $2.6 billion annually and 55,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit 


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