Annual Members Appreciation Weekend
Registration is UNDERWAY!
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Step 2 - Click HERE to make your room reservations at Lake Junaluska's Lambuth Inn by August 19. Our special GSMA Membership Weekend rate is $89 per night. Campers should call the Conference Center for information about RV and other camping options. Or call to make your reservations at 800-222-4930 (8am-5pm, Mon-Fri).
- Click HERE for driving directions to Lake Junaluska.
- Click HERE for a complete list of Conference Center amenities. Due to the time of year, some of these may not be available.
Step 3 - Membership Weekend Fee Options
Option A: $45, Meals Only (Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, Saturday dinner)
Click HERE to register for Option A
Option B: $45, Activities Only (see schedule below)
Click HERE to register for Option B
Option C: $75, Meals and Activities
Click HERE to register for Option C
For those who choose Option B or C, please continue reading for instructions on how to complete your registration by making your weekend activity choices. If you are not required to opt-in for an activity, then the activity is considered inclusive and open to all.
Step 4 - Click HERE to make your Event Schedule choices (Because activity group sizes are limited in some cases, it is recommended that you choose your activities now.)
Friday, Sept. 19
2-4:30 p.m. - Check in at Bethea Welcome Center
3:30 p.m. - Take a boat tour of Lake Junaluska
4 p.m. - GSMA store at Kern Center to include all our new Members Only items
6 p.m. - Dinner by the Lake at Kern Center
7-9 p.m. - "Carroll Best and the White Oak String Band" CD launch party in Stuart Auditorium
Saturday, Sept. 20
7:30 a.m. - Breakfast buffet, Lambuth Inn
Morning Sessions (9:30-11:30) Choose ONE
+ Birds of Prey with Michael Skinner
+ Make a Cornshuck Doll with Joy Henson
Learn about Cataloochee Valley's history with NPS Ranger Kent Cave (Carpool to the valley)
Afternoon Sessions (1-3 p.m.) Choose ONE
+ Learn about Misunderstood Wildlife with Steve O'Neil
+ Go birding around the Lake with Kevin Burke
Learn about the Elk re-introduction and the last 10 years with Kim DeLozier (Carpool to the valley)
+ Hike around Balsam Mountain with Don Hendershot
+ (3:30 p.m.) Take a boat tour of Lake Junaluska
9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. - Hike along Cataloochee Divide with a stop at Purchase Knob with Christine Hoyer (Carpool to Purchase Knob Science Center)
5 p.m. - Annual Meeting in Lambuth Inn
6 p.m. - Dinner in Lambuth Inn dining room
7 p.m. - Viewing of "Cataloochee," a new documentary film about the valley's history in the Lambuth Inn
8 p.m. - S'mores by the firepit (near the tennis courts)
Sunday, Sept. 21
Corneille Bryan Native Garden Walk with Ila Hatter
9 a.m. - Naturalist Ramble on Flat Creek Trail with Liz Domingue. Meet at the Balsam Mountain Picinc Area for this moderate out-and-back walk that will provide a nice break from the summer heat as we enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds along this lovely high elevation trail. Built in 1934 by the CCC, this trail begins at an elevation of 5,300 feet. The grade is moderate as we make ascents and descents through a Northern Hardwoods forest and along Flat Creek. With Liz as your guide, you’ll investigate whatever crosses our path or catches your interest. This can include anything from salamanders, birds and other wildlife to the diversity plant life, as well as animal tracks and traces.
As an added bonus, GSMA Board of Directors member Danny Bernstein will lead a hike to Hemphill Bald on Sunday morning. Danny is communicating via EMAIL directly with those interested in this hike, so feel free to send her a note.
Because the conference center has many activites available to its guests, this year's Membership Weekend schedule has been designed to be flexible, leaving plenty of time to explore the lake and the surrounding communities. For more information about the area surrounding Lake Junaluska:
As always, a phone call is also an acceptable method of making your reservations beginning on Monday, June 2. 865.436.7318, Ext. 222, 254, 325
Deadline to cancel your reservation and receive a 50% refund from GSMA is Sept. 12.
For all those who attended our 2013 60th Anniversary Celebration and Membership Weekend, THANK YOU for being a GSMA member and for supporting this national park!
If you'd like to participate in our post-event satisfaction survey, click HERE for details. We'd love to hear your feedback.