New adventure tour in N.C. mountains
SALUDA, N.C. — A new adventure tour is open in the North Carolina mountains.
Green River Adventures gives visitors a grand tour of the Green River Gorge near Saluda through nine ziplines, two sky bridges and three rappels.
Co-owner Tim Bell says the tour takes about 2½ hours and heads down 1,100 feet into the gorge. The platforms for the descent are built into trees, and nine of them give stunning views of the gorge, including a look all the way over Lake Lure and to Grandfather Mountain on a clear day.
Top of Aspen Mountain to reopen for holiday
ASPEN, Colo. — Aspen Skiing Co. is reopening the top of Aspen Mountain for skiing and snowboarding this Memorial Day weekend, after getting some late spring snow.
Sixteen runs on almost 90 acres will be open at the mountaintop through Monday. Aspen Skiing Co.’s vice president of mountain operations, Rich Burkley, says the resort has had nearly 4 feet of snow since Aspen Mountain closed for the season.
Lift tickets will be $36 per day. Nearly all Colorado ski areas are closed for the season.
Woody Guthrie Center opens in Tulsa, Okla.
TULSA, Oklahoma — Monuments and exhibits honoring Woody Guthrie, one of America’s greatest folk singers and songwriters who died in 1967, have been scarce in Oklahoma.
But the recent opening of the 2,000-square-foot Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa kicked off a two-day celebration that affectionately, albeit belatedly, welcomed the native son home with open arms.
“I realized that everything Woody learned — empathy, compassion — all of this stuff he learned in Oklahoma,” the late singer’s 63-year-old daughter, Nora Guthrie, told The Associated Press. “The core of who he was was determined in Oklahoma, and that’s something that everyone in Oklahoma should be very proud of.”
The centerpiece is Guthrie’s original, handwritten version of “This Land is Your Land,” perhaps his best-known song.
The building in the Brady Arts District will also house the Woody Guthrie Archives, a collection featuring nearly 3,000 song lyrics, hundreds of pieces of artwork, journal entries, postcards, manuscripts and more than 500 photographs, among other rare items. The archives will be open to the public by appointment for research use.
Video touch screens and interactive exhibits. One exhibit is a multimedia tour of the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, which served as the inspiration for many Guthrie songs.
The center also features objects from some musicians who were influenced by Guthrie, including Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger. Visit woody guthriecenter.org.
Universal Orlando raises ticket prices
ORLANDO, Fla. — Universal Orlando has raised the price of a one-day, single-park ticket to $92. The price increase is up from $89.
Single-day admission for both Universal parks — Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure — went from $124 to $128. Similar increases were applied to multiday passes.
Volunteers needed to maintain trail
GATLINBURG, Tenn. — A lot of the trail work in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is done by volunteers. There is another service opportunity June 1.
It is the 21st National Trails Day and volunteers are needed to help maintain the Appalachian Trail. Volunteers need sturdy shoes, adequate drinking water and will need to pack a lunch. A $25 regis-tration fee goes to sponsor trail projects in the Smokies.
Visit www.friendsofthe smokies.org.
What was once an auto part warehouse is now the home of the Woody Guthrie Center at the Guthrie Green Friday, April 26, 2013 in Tulsa, Okla. It took Woody Guthrie's hometown of Okemah more than 30 years after his death to finally celebrate his life and work with an annual music festival, and signs of acknowledgment in other parts of Oklahoma have been rare. The Woody Guthrie Center opens Saturday in Tulsa, it won't mark some uneasy truce between Oklahoma and the Dust Bowl balladeer and his kin. The center's debut will kick off a two-day celebration that affectionately, albeit belatedly, welcomes the native son home with open arms and all the fanfare his longtime supporters can muster. (AP Photo/Tulsa World, Michael Wyke) ONLINE OUT; TV OUT; TULSA OUT×
This April 25, 2013, photo shows workers put the finishing touches on the Woody Guthrie Center, which features a mural of the Oklahoma-born folk singer/songwriter, in downtown Tulsa. The center is set to open to the public on Saturday, April 27. (AP Photo/Justin Juozapavicius)×