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2015 Bays Mountain StarFest

October 23, 2015 - October 25, 2015

The 32nd StarFest at Bays Mountain Park is soon upon us. Expect beautiful fall colors, cooler weather, and lots of astronomy fun for this astronomical convention/star party. The event is hosted by the Bays Mountain Astronomy Club (BMAC) and the staff of Bays Mountain Park. It is being held on October 23-25, 2015. It is run as a non-profit event, so registration is as low as possible.

The theme of this year’s event is “What Does Human Space Exploration Mean?” At first thought, one conjures fantastic voyages with humans in space; gaining a first-hand experience of lands unknown. It can also mean humans using space probes, whether in Earth orbit or on a journey of their own, to let us humans explore with great safety. This theme can also represent what most of us do, explore the outer reaches. We use our telescopes though, from research class to home-made, to be our means of transportation.

Our fantastic keynote speakers have been hand-picked to represent these many facets of human space exploration. Please read the keynote speaker notes for an insight into what StarFest 2015 will provide.

This year includes four distinctive keynote speakers; five great meals; door prizes; the ever popular swap shop (no extra fee, but let us know to reserve a table); solar viewing; night-time observing (both private on Fri. and with the public on Sat., so bring your favorite scope); and the exceptional planetarium will be open.

In addition to all the StarFest activities, there are public programs and activities available at the park, such as the wildlife exhibits, planetarium shows, barge ride, and plenty of trails to explore.

A unique facet of StarFest is a commemorative T-shirt with one-of-a-kind artwork that is included with each registration. Deborah Mann from the Park’s exhibits staff has created a special, nostalgic design to represent this year’s theme. I know you’ll be pleased with the art.

This three-day long gathering is filled with great activities, but also makes sure there’s quality free time for you to explore the Park and enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow StarFesters. Attendance will be limited and registration must be received prior to the deadline, Oct. 2, 2015. To be fair to our registered delegates, there are no walk-ins nor “visits.” Please complete the registration sheet for each person and mail, fax, or e-mail it in so we can see you in October. If you use a credit card, you can write it on the sheet or call me or Jason Dorfman and we can process it for you.


October 23, 2015
October 25, 2015
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Adam Thanz


Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium
853 Bays Mountain Park Road
Kingsport, TN 37660 United States
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(423) 224-2532