Big Meadows Lodge offers packages where the sky is the limit 
Shenandoah National Park, VA – (July 28, 2014)– Beautiful summer evenings lend themselves to staying out late and stargazing into the universe.   This summer, Big Meadows Lodge welcomes Greg Redfern, NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador and space expert, to talk about Super Moon, Space and more in Shenandoah. With two new Super Moons happening August 10 and September 9, this is a perfect time to book a package at Big Meadows Lodge and catch up on all things star, moon and universe related. The 30-minute discussions will take place at the lodge, start at 9:00 p.m and be available August 12, August 17, August 27, September 5, September 10, September 21 and October 2, 2014.

“We are thrilled to have Greg Redfern to entertain our Shenandoah guests,” said General Manager Nick Smith. “Beautiful views are what we are known for, whether the expansive valley during the day or the star studded universe in the evening. It is always some sort of spectacular show here at Big Meadows Lodge.”

Greg Redfern, an adjunct professor/instructor of astronomy will be available various evenings from August to October.  Greg’s daily astronomy blog “What’s Up?: The Space Place”, has had hundreds of thousands of readers from around the world.  Greg has been observing and photographing the sky for over four decades and collecting meteorites for years.  He has used telescopes of all kinds and visited observatories, NASA facilities and geological sites.  As a result, Greg has brought the wonder, beauty and excitement of our Universe to audiences for decades in a one on one style that resonates with his passion and knowledge.
Redfern will present a 30-minute fascinating star studded presentation followed by star gazing in the big meadows area (weather permitting). Themes include:
  • So, You Want to Be An Astrophotographer?” This engaging presentation will teach the audience basics on how to photograph the Park and sky.  Guests will be able to use this information to try their hand at taking pictures of their own during their visit to Shenandoah.  They will also see stunning pictures taken by Greg of the sky and learn about what they are seeing.
  • The Sky IS Falling – Space Rocks and You” This presentation provides guests background on meteorites (space rocks) and there will be real meteorites to look at, including a piece of the Chelyabinsk meteorite that fell over Russia in February 2013.  He will also have a piece of Mars and the Moon for visitors to see as well.
  • The Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater”.  The inside Story of America’s largest Impact Crater” Many people do not know that one of the world’s largest known impact craters is under the Chesapeake Bay at Cape Charles, VA.  They will learn all about it from Greg’s firsthand experience with the deepest dig into the heart of this 57-mile wide beast.  Guests will also see real geological samples from within the crater.
  • “Under the Stars In the Park”.  Weather permitting, night sky unaided eye viewing will take place in the big meadows to show visitors the night sky.  They will learn abut the constellations and associated sky lore.  Q&A will follow.
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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