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Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
Frank Jezioro, Director

News Release: November 2, 2012

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Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov

Contact:

Renee Fincham, Cacapon Resort State Park Naturalist CacaponSP@wv.gov 304-258-1022


View a waxing gibbous moon over Cacapon State Park November 23 Visit STARLAB portable planetarium
November 24

            BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. – A cart path illuminated by a waxing gibbous moon invites visitors and guests to Cacapon Resort State Park to experience the early evening skies of November. Cacapon Resort Naturalist Renee Fincham and a community resource center, Starting Points of Morgan County, are hosting a moonlight “Walk in the Park” on Friday, November 23, at 6 p.m. The waxing moon's phase will be 81.56 percent full. Open to the public without charge, the post-Thanksgiving day activity encourages families and friends to enjoy the outdoors with an evening walk. 

            “If the sky is clear, we’ll have an exceptionally beautiful walk,” said Fincham. “Not only should we see the moon and stars, but we’ll no doubt see some of Cacapon’s wildlife as well.”

            The walk begins at the golf course starter building and will use paved cart paths. Attendees should wear appropriate jackets or coats. Families with young children may use strollers, but pets are not permitted on this activity

Waxing Gibbous Moon

            According to moon-phases.net, when the moon is more than one-half illuminated by the sun but not completely illuminated, it is called a waxing gibbous moon. The waxing gibbous occurs when the moon illumination is increasing.

More Moon and Stars Thinking

            The portable planetarium, STARLAB from the NASA IV&V Facility located in Fairmont, W.Va., is scheduled for Saturday, November 24, in the Washington Conference Room at Cacapon Lodge. This program begins at 10 a.m. and is free to attend. 

            STARLAB allows attendees an opportunity to learn about moon phases as well as constellations.  An indoor program, the lab is an inflated enclosure about 20 feet high.  A state-of-the-art projector is used to project night sky images inside the domed interpretative center. 

About Cacapon Resort State Park

            Cacapon Resort State Park is located in Morgan County in West Virginia’s eastern panhandle.  A lodge, cabins, restaurant, golf course, hiking trails, nature center, riding stable and other outdoor recreation is onsite.

            Cacapon has special rates for lodge and cabin stays in recognition of the 75th year of operation through December 2012.  The park opened to the public on July 1, 1937. Lodge room or cabin rentals of three or more consecutive days recognize $75 credit off the total room rental cost when asking for the Diamond Jubilee Rate. For more information about Cacapon Resort State Park, visit www.cacaponresort.com or call 304-258-1022.

About “Starting Points”

            The Morgan County Starting Points mission is to serve as a community resource center that strengthens and nurtures Morgan County children and families by providing information, programs, and access to needed resources. The resource center recognizes outdoor activities at places like Cacapon State Park as family oriented recreation that encourages environmental appreciation and a learning experience.  Cacapon Resort State Park supports ActiveWV programming and views activity development with organizations such as “Starting Points” as like-minded initiatives.

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