CABIN FEVERFour historic log cabins in the Great Smoky...

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April 04, 1999|By Randi Kest


Four historic log cabins in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will receive make-overs this summer. The 1850s Cook Family Cabin in North Carolina will be rebuilt after being dismantled and stored away 25 years ago when extreme vandalism forced its closure. The Ephraim Bales cabin and the Willis Baxter cabin in Tennessee, and the Ferguson cabin in North Carolina will also be restored.

Throughout the summer demonstrations on the construction of log cabins will be offered at Cades Cove, Tenn. Discussions on cabin architecture and stories about the families who inhabited them also will be offered.

Although the cabins cannot be toured while under construction, visitors are welcome to visit each and observe the renovations. No two will be closed for restoration at the same time.

The project is part of the $1 million "Preserving America's Log Cabins" partnership of Aurora Foods (makers of Log Cabin syrup) and the National Park Foundation, which was formed to restore historic cabins across the country.

Brochures on the four cabins and a tour map for each are available by calling the National Park Service at 202-208-4747.


Fans of glass artist Dale Chihuly's 1996 exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art will want to take a road trip to Wilmington, where more than 50 blown-glass baskets will be displayed through June 20. "Chihuly Baskets" at the Delaware Art Museum consists of pieces made between 1977 and 1994. An added feature is their inspiration -- Chihuly's own collection of woven baskets from Northwest Coast Native Americans.

Also on exhibit are pieces from the artist's "Persian Window" series, a newer collection on view in the museum's upper lobby.

The Delaware Art Museum is located at 2301 Kentmere Parkway in Wilmington. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and until 9 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday. Admission: $5 adults; $3 seniors; $2.50 students; free for children under 6. Call 302-571-9590.


The streets of Old Towne Petersburg in southeastern Virginia can be explored by horse-drawn carriage. Historic Petersburg Carriage Co. now offers carriage tours through the city, complete with costumed guides telling the myths, ghost stories and history of the 350-year-old city. The 30-minute tours are offered Thursday through Saturday without reservation and cost $7 per person. Call 804-733-9501.


Women are no longer alone in their pursuit of pure pampering, and the Carmel Valley Ranch in Carmel, Calif., is responding. Its Male Tune-Up Package combines pampering basics, such as a massage, with car-racing classes, skeet shooting, golfing and cigar and cognac gatherings. The three-night, four-day treat starts at $1,725 per person. Oh, and women are welcome, too. Call 800-4-CARMEL.

Pub Date: 04/04/99

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