The Great Broad River Pawpaw Hunt – Aug 31

Whether he’s pointing out poison ivy, picking up pawpaws, pontificating on possums, telling wild snake tales, or wailing out a jivey harmonica tune, Doug Elliott is known for his lively storytelling presentations as well as his broad, practical, scientific and cultural knowledge of the natural world. He will be leading a fun, educational ramble around the Broad River bottom lands  at Dreaming Stone. We’ll be hoping to find ripe pawpaws.  We’ll also be paying attention to the many other useful and interesting wild plants, as well as birds, insects and other critters we encounter.  You will hear stories, songs, lore and natural history fact stranger than fiction.

There will be an opportunity to dunk in the river and go on a short tubing run. Swimming will be at your own risk, as there will be no lifeguards present (children must be supervised). Bring a picnic lunch is you want to linger at the river.

This event is free through the sponsoring support of Rutherfordton Food, Art & Brew’s  FABricators’ Curriculum; a program designed to expand the creative knowledge base of our community. And, this will be fun for the whole family!

Please register in advance, so that we can direct you to the event location and make sure that we are all prepared for a safe and fun time!


Aug 31 2024


10:00 am - 12:00 am
Doug Elliot


Doug Elliot

Doug Elliott (he/him) is a naturalist, herbalist, storyteller, basket maker, back-country guide, philosopher, and harmonica wizard. For many years he made his living as a traveling herbalist, gathering and selling herbs, teas, and remedies. He has spent a great deal of time with traditional country folk and indigenous people, learning their stories, folklore and traditional ways of relating to the natural world. In recent years he has performed and presented programs at festivals, museums, botanical gardens, nature centers and schools throughout the world. He has led ranger training sessions for the National Park Service, guided people on wilderness experiences throughout the country, and was named a harmonica champion at Fiddler’s Grove Festival. Doug is the author of five books, many articles in regional and national magazines, and a number of award winning albums of stories and songs. He is occasionally seen on PBS-TV, and the History and National Geographic Channels. The National Storytelling Network (the largest storytelling membership organization in the world) inducted Doug into their Circle of Excellence for “exceptional commitment and exemplary contribution to the art of storytelling.” The International Herb Association presented him with the Otto Richter Award honoring his work with herbs and useful wild plants. The National Association for Interpretation (the professional organization of park rangers, naturalists, museum curators, etc.) gave him the Master Front Line Interpreter Award for his “mastery of interpretive techniques, program development, and design of creative projects” celebrating the natural world and our human connection to nature.


Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

©2024 DSAEC Hand-crafted with ♥ by friends


Send us an email and we'll get back to you as soon as we're back from the garden!


Log in with your credentials

Forgot your details?