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Registration for the upcoming regional workshop closes Feb 1st!

by Rhana Paris

My bad . . . . I didn’t look over the registration packet as well as I should have! If you are operating under the notion that you have until February 23rd to register for our Sunny Southeast Regional Interpreters Workshop (RIW), be advised that the correct deadline is February 1st!

Our next RIW will be on the Outer Banks of North Carolina from February 27-March 2 at the gold LEED certified Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) in Wanchese, NC. The organizing committee has put together quite a slate of activities for you to learn from and enjoy!

Check it out:

  • We are offering three pre-workshop sessions on Monday and Tuesday.
  • The actual RIW starts at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island on Tuesday evening for after hours views of our exhibits, heavy hors d’oeuvres, music from our house band and an opening address from Dave Hallac, the superintendent of the NPS Outer Banks Group.
  • On Wednesday, we meet at CSI for concurrent sessions and a keynote from Darrell Collins, retired NPS interpreter and expert on the Wrigth Brothers. We’ll have silent auction during the day and live auction at night to raise money for scholarships.
  • Thursday is for field trips to lighthouses, hunt clubs, antebellum homes and natural landscapes.
  • We reconvene at CSI Friday morning for another round of concurrent sessions before sending you on your way!

Perky at the aquariumSo sign up today, pack your water bottle/coffee cup/old name tag holder, bring an item or two to auction, and plan to have a great time networking with fellow Sunny Southeasterners! Perky is ready–are you?

Questions? Contact Rhana Paris at 252-475-2344 or

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Now is the time

by Helena Uber-Wamble

Here we are with New Year’s Eve fast approaching. Our minds are filled with resolutions of things to come: plans to do better, tackle something new, expand our horizons through travel with family and friends, and lose the weight of yesterday as we try to let go of the past. Holiday letters received usually have a synopsis of the year’s events that have occurred, with the ups and downs of life. Time — time is what we try to capture with these rituals. We measure time in memories that were made and events that rocked our world, both good and bad.

IMG_20171104_135716How easily nature takes on time. There is celebration in the rebirth/growth of new leaves and blooms that burst forth in the spring, and in the rhythm of summer insects drumming out through the night. The peacefulness of the planet preparing for its winter slumber in the fall carpets the earth, preparing us for the silence that is to come in winter. Nature rests during the winter months to prepare again for the spring. Oh, how nice it would be to live within these same time frames.

In The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner writes, “Clocks slay time…time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life.” How true this is for all of us. When you are out in the woods – hiking, camping, or making memories of any sort—as long as there is not a time limit, then it is “the best time of your life”: not quantified by minutes, but memories.

And so it is that nature, the best time keeper, brings us back to the present. Watching the sun rise or the sun set, seeing a fawn being born or taking its first steps, or watching a butterfly float silently by on a summer’s day are all moments that capture us in the “NOW.” Nature envelops our senses and slows us down to appreciate the here and now. Every bit of nature has no care in the world except for the precise moment that is now. The birds you see flying by in formation are passing through in a moment’s time, and then they are gone. The joy in experiencing these moments really is a here-and-now only opportunity.

My Mom has a quote at her house that reads, “The place between no longer and not yet.” This is where we should aim to be. “If you’re always racing to the next moment, what happens to the one you’re in?” (Author Unknown). Arnold Bennett said, “The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance. The next year, the next day, the next hour are laying ready for you, as perfect, as unspoiled, as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment in all your life. You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose.” This should be our goal.

My husband and I started a ritual. When we see something beautiful like a full moon or a spectacular tree, one of us will say to the other, “I give you the moon” (or whatever it is that we are admiring). In that moment in time, we stop and appreciate the beauty around us. That beauty is doubled because it is a moment that is shared.

time-managementTennessee Williams wrote in The Glass Menagerie, “Time is the longest distance between two places.” How true is this as we prepare those resolutions? Tomorrow I will start my diet, next year we will take that trip, let’s get together for dinner or lunch real soon. We look at age sixteen as the time of the driver’s license, eighteen as our time to graduate, and 21 as the time to be able to legally drink. We start our childhood with, “Once upon a time…” and look for the “happily ever after.” Why wait? Marthe Troly-Curtin said “Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”

Nature doesn’t wait, nature just does. There is a time and a season for everything, but nature flows with that concept and moves along with it effortlessly. Maybe we should approach life with that same attitude. Nike had it right with their ad stating, “Just do it!” There is no time like the present! Take charge, live in the now and create memories to etch these moments clearly in your mind. Don’t wait until New Year’s Day to start those resolutions. We are not guaranteed tomorrow, so make the most of today. This is my wish for all of you as you read this.

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Breaking Down Barriers: Reflecting on NAI 2017

by Chris Smith

Falls on the Spokane River

The beautiful falls on the Spokane River was a great setting for this year’s national gathering.

The NAI National Conference in Spokane, Washington, was a profound experience. I always learn and recharge when surrounded by fellow interpreters, but this year was about challenges. It was about understanding more about what we – as frontline faces and voices – build for our many audiences. What are projecting into the audience? What expectations are we setting up through our words and actions for our audiences that supports or deters them from full participation? Are we asking ourselves hard questions, giving ourselves honest answers, being willing to take a risk, and using our skills and abilities to meet the needs of our audiences?

I was very excited to be at NAI this year, but I was also nervous. The conference program had a keynote speaker with a topic that promised to present tough historical issues and how to deal with them. I counted about 10 sessions in the schedule that planned to consider topics of diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and equity. Looking at the conference schedule, I could tell the theme of the year was going to be making space. Space in our programs, at our sites, in our language and approach to interpretation, and space in our minds. I knew I wanted to participate in these discussions, and I expected to be challenged by them. I even expected to experience guilt for failing to make the space in the past, but I found encouragement to learn and grow because it was obvious that interpreters all over the country wanted to have these conversations.

I volunteered each day of the conference, and my duties kept me running most of Wednesday so I’ll start my story with Thursday morning. The first Thursday session set the tone for me for the rest of the week. Thursday morning, Sarena Gill from the Arizona Center for Nature Conservation led a session entitled, “Let’s Talk About the Resource.” Her session was a discussion about the ways that language could lead our audiences down a less effective path to creating stewards. Specifically using the word “resource” to define our sites might invoke the idea that visitors make withdrawals, or take from, our sites without giving back or considering the wider community. Interpreters seek to turn visitors into stewards; we want the visitors to care about these resources like we do. Sarena used a game where each table had a communal fishing pond and a personal fishing pond from which each person could fish for the required number of fish to survive. We learned quickly that each of us tended to approach our personal resources more conservatively than the shared resources. This mentality toward our sites as shared resources might make a difference in how our audiences respond and how we build stewards. Even calling our sites a “resource” might miss the ways our audiences contribute and make deposits rather than withdrawals.

After thinking about how our language might be setting expectations for our visitors, I turned my mind to how language can include or exclude people from our programs. “From Diversity to Equity: Shifting the Way Interpreters Think,” led by Mac Buff and Julie Bowman, brought up the ways that interpreters can welcome diverse communities through mindful changes. The presenters emphasized that aiming for diversity and inclusion might still miss the mark if our programs lack equitable access for all. Language can make a difference in how we approach and respond to individuals. Replacing gendered language and avoiding making assumptions about individuals or groups can go a long way to making people feel comfortable in our programs. I especially appreciated when a suitable suggestion to replace “you guys” when addressing a group was “y’all.” Simple changes in the language we use to address others can create a comfortable, welcoming space for the many identities of the people we serve.

Japanese American children

Japanese American children on trains carrying them to concentration camps and away from their homes and communities following exclusion orders based in war hysteria, racism and prejudice.

Friday morning’s keynote session was an incredible example of the good that interpretation can do in the world when we consider the complexities of history and humankind. Clarence Moriwaki, President of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community, shared the story of the first Japanese Americans to be taken from their communities during World War II and placed in concentration camps. Racism, war hysteria and fear led to injustices that haunt American history. The keynote provided us an example of addressing complicated, troubling histories and using interpretation to bring healing and hope. Moriwaki’s comparisons of World War II racist cartoons of Japanese Americans side-by-side with depictions of Muslims following the September 11 World Trade Center attacks sent audible gasps through the hall. For me, it was a reminder that we’re not so far removed from complicated histories in America, and that we still have much to learn. The Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial is a space for sharing the history, calling out the fear and racism that persisted, and pointing towards a future free of those evils. The Memorial’s example shows us that interpretation – a powerful framework for changing hearts and minds – can be a force for good.

NAI Fun Run

Gathering with interpreters is always fun, and this year we had a fun run, the inaugural NAI 5K!

As I had expected, this year’s NAI National Conference challenged me to think beyond the boundaries of what I thought interpretation could be. Interpreters can use their skills of communication and connection to build even stronger bridges for more people and feel empowered to make positive, powerful changes in their communities. We just have to take a deep breath, listen, choose our words wisely, and act.

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The Sunny (Stormy) Southeast

by Marisol Asselta Castro, Regional Director

With the seasons beginning to change in some parts of the region and hurricane season in full, frightening force, I want to take this moment to express a profound wish that all of you are safe and well, along with the communities and resources you’re working to protect.

Hurricane JoseFrom Puerto Rico to Florida and beyond, this has and is going to continue to be a time of high stress, preparation, and recovery. With everything on your collective plates, it’s good to remember that you do have a community of peers working, fighting, and worrying alongside you. Let’s make sure we remember that we’re not alone, and to paraphrase Jane Goodall, the natural world has amazing resilience.

Looking to the future, we have some wonderful Certified Guide and Certified Host courses being offered this fall in Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, and North Carolina that can be found in the training calendar section of the NAI National website. Those of us that can make it to the national conference in Spokane this November will look forward to catching up with fellow Sunny Southeasterners and bringing the latest interpretive news home to share with the rest of our region. Finally, a variety of state gatherings are occurring throughout the year, thanks to our wonderful volunteer state coordinators.

We continue to grow as a community, both in-person and online, and that can only lead to a stronger network of support and camaraderie for our region. Thank you all for being such a vital part of it.

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by Eli Strull

Hobey Ford moved with focus. He was dressed in a relaxed way, all black. The backdrop was black too and the stage sparsely decorated. As I settled in for the puppet show with my children and parents, I realized quickly I was watching a master.

One thing I like about our profession is that I run into inspiration in unlikely places. While a skilled puppeteer who builds all his own creations was captivating an audience and celebrating the animal world, I was watching interpretation without words. It started with mime and moved to decorated foam animal figures moving effortlessly in an imaginary world he had painted with just gestures, movement, and music. Certainly thematic and universal concepts a plenty. Cool stuff!

So I have been thinking about ways to engage an audience beyond words. We all do that but a main focus for me is often the language I use. Have I been overlooking opportunities? I look forward to learning.

Hobey Ford can be found on YouTube and the inter webs.

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Essence of Beaver – The Buck-Toothed Guru

by Doug Elliott
This post originally appeared on Doug Elliott’s blog

Down near the headwaters of Lake James the other day I saw lots of beaver sign. I love seeing their trails up and down the mud banks. The webbed hind feet are sometimes six inches from toe to heel. There were a number of scent mounds the beavers made by piling up small heaps of mud, twigs and grass and anointing them with an odiferous scent secretion called castoreum. I smelled one of these mounds. A pleasant, warm, musky, dark brown, leathery, mammalian aroma filled my senses. WOW! Essence of beaver! Quite a perfume.

The best way to see a beaver is to quietly wait near a lodge in the evening just before dark. A beaver’s first task upon leaving its lodge for an evening’s activities is a slow patrol around the pond to inspect the shoreline for intruders – perhaps a potential predator such as a bear, wolf, or other carnivore large enough to risk a beaver’s sharp incisors – or perhaps it could be a bumbling human like myself arriving late for the first feature of the evening beaver show. On a number of such occasions I have been the object of a beaver’s scrutiny. The first time it happened, I’ll never forget. The sun had just set behind a distant mountain and I was sneaking through the bushes hoping to slip behind the upturned roots of a fallen tree near the edge of the pond. I had my binoculars ready and I was hoping to get settled before the beavers emerged. As I crossed a clearing about fifteen feet from the water’s edge, a slowly swimming beaver materialized from behind the stump of a drowned tree. It was CLOSE, and it was swimming closer! I froze in mid-stride, trying my best to resemble a gnarled tree stump (with binoculars). With just its head and some of its back above the surface, the beaver was moving along parallel to the shore. When it came even with me, it paused. Then, like a toy ferry boat, it turned to face me. It swam closer and paused again, staring right at me. It lifted its nose and tried to scent the air. I stared back intensely. I held my breath and did not move. My legs muscles started to cramp. I gritted my teeth and held my position, determined not to even blink. As I stood there like a strained statue, looking deeply into those beady little beaver eyes, I realized that my psychic presence, that is, my stressed-out ego – that part of me that sees myself as separate from, rather than a part of, the environment – was probably much more disruptive to the peacefulness at the beaver pond than my mere physical presence. I knew I could fit in so much better if I could somehow soften the glare of this huge throbbing ego of mine. But how? I released my breath. I relaxed my eyes and softened my gaze. This felt better. I tried to release my thoughts and quiet the excited internal narrative rattling on in my busy little brain. I relaxed my leg muscles and allowed my body to float, ever so slowly, into a more comfortable position. The beaver just kept staring. It seemed like it was playing, “What’s wrong with this picture?” Something here just didn’t quite look right. Then KAPOW!! The tail came crashing down on the surface of the water, sounding like a combination rifle shot and belly flop. I about jumped out of my skin. Water splashed everywhere, and the beaver disappeared in the splash. I was so startled, that I completely lost my balance, and fell over into some brambles. The beaver surfaced a few seconds later. It was out a little further in the pond and it calmly surveyed the shore to see if the scene had changed.

Beavers are known for their ability to alter their environment with their dam building and tree-cutting. Here was another way. This beaver had actually altered my psychic environment and my consciousness as well. Not only had it induced me into the beginnings of a meditative experience, but with the help of this furry, buck-toothed psycho-drama coach, I had just acted out a personal existential metaphor — that of a startled being, falling out of control into the unknown. Life seems like that sometimes. This little flat-tailed guru transformed me from a poor imitation of a gnarled tree trunk into an embodiment of my true self, falling into a briar patch. With the help of this beaver, for a few short seconds, I had experienced eternity. I had been living purely in the moment. This living in the moment, or “being here now”, for practitioners of yoga, meditation, and other spiritual disciplines is the goal of years of devotion. This beaver brought me to that place with a mere tail slap. Not bad for a second’s work.

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Once an interpreter, always an interpreter…..

by Helena Uber-Wamble

Interpretation is a gift that can never be shut off. It is for those who are curious and who have the desire to communicate the wonders of the world around them. Recently, I attended a truck driving class and entered into an entirely different world of lingo. I had to learn about engine parts and how the air brake systems worked and where the air compressor was and what the curly wires behind the cab were for (which by the way, are super-important lines that control the air brake system). I studied the manual, practiced for the test and went over the truck and all its parts over and over again. I was sure I was ready to take on this challenge and take the test.

Then comes along the instructor. He was going to review with us, do a practice run of what was expected and what we should know when going through the test. The instructor went from the front of the truck to the engine compartment to the brake system. I intently listened to everything he had to say. I watched as he pointed out the items that we were to know and I was super-proud of myself for feeling familiar with the parts, until the brakes. The instructor said the airline comes into the “pancake” and then attaches to the …. Stop, stop right there, this really threw me. I asked the instructor to stop and explain what a pancake was — he simply said, “Oh yes, that is what the old timers called it, I am sorry. It is the brake chamber.” Whew, thank God that was a simple explanation and easily understandable—the chamber is kind of flat and round like a pancake, so it makes sense. We continued.

On we go to the “buds.” No, I didn’t read anything about buds in the book. Again I asked the instructor to explain what these were, and obviously now I know why they are named this. These are the two tires paired together under the trailer. Then the instructor continued down and around the truck until all the parts were covered. I was excited to learn not only the technical names, but also the names that different people called these parts. I was getting into the “trucker—lingo” – the interpretation – and it was cool.

Now what does this have to do with interpretation you ask? A Lot!

Dewlap on a lizard

Dewlap on a lizard

In order for us to really communicate and get our point across, we need to make sure our audience knows our lingo. When using our words in our programs we need to simply define them, explain what we mean and repeat ourselves often. Adults and children will remember the word or concept if we simply break things apart and repeat the message. Asking questions midway through the program also helps you to know that the audience is still with you.
When talking about animals that we have on site, it is very easy to point out the feature in front of us on that animal, like the dewlap on a lizard, or a turkey’s beard. When talking about plants, if they are close by, again take the time to point out the key features (if you can without harming the plant). Make things tangible and keep it sweet and simple. People will go away feeling that they have learned something and hopefully it will trigger a sense of wonder. They will come back because they can connect with you and understand your lingo. Enjoy your job, but remember not everyone is as lucky as you to “know your job.”

Refrigeration truck

A “reefer”?

In saying this, one day you may see me with a reefer. Don’t worry, it is legal in ALL states and police officers won’t question it. You see, a “reefer” in the trucker world is a refrigeration truck.

Keep learning, everyone – there is a world of interpretation just waiting for you!

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Scholarships: A Pathway to Professionalism

by Jessica Goodrich Watts, Scholarship Chair

The first interpreter’s workshop I ever attended was in Asheville, North Carolina and the only reason I was able to attend was due to a scholarship that then Region 3 (we were not the Sunny Southeast quite yet) graciously provided. From there, I attended my first national conference in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2010 also on a scholarship. Without attending these two workshops, I may never have fallen in love with interpretation.

Scholarships allow us to bring new interpreters into the NAI fold that we otherwise may have been unable to reach. Without the active support of NAI members, the scholarships would disappear. This support comes in many forms. Some of it is slow and steady. Other activity is compressed and intense. Sometimes support means letting go of something unused. Or it could mean keep an eye out for something unique. Occasionally, it may mean digging deeper in your pocket than you otherwise would. Other times, it is simply a bluff. Let’s look at all the various ways you can support scholarships.

The funds for scholarships are generated through the silent and live auctions held at workshops and conferences.

(1) The items at auction are donated to the auction by NAI members.

I’ve donated lots of little, odd, and perhaps not “explicitly for the interpretive job” items. The gift shop at my site will have sales, so I’ll pick up deeply discounted beach related earrings, trinkets, decorations or apparel. What could you bring the auction? Do you have leftover mission-related materials? A stack of bumper stickers about protecting night skies or not using plastic bags might be just what someone else has been seeking. Does your city/county/state produce some type of local alcohol? Local products are usually big hit. This is a slow and steady type of contribution; keep your eyes open and donate!

(2) There are members that volunteer to organize the auctions.

Make no mistake, this can be a BIG job! All of these neat donations come flowing in as members arrive at the conference site. These all have to be organized. What is going to the silent auction and what is going to live auction? Is there just one silent auction or multiple? The effort here is intense, but isolated to only a few days. This is a great opportunity to volunteer at a conference, and your time is being invested in getting interpreters to these gatherings that otherwise might not be able to make it without financial assistance.

Auction items 2016


(3) During the auction, bid… and bid… and bid.

You never know what is going to show up at the auctions. Signed copies of paintings and books, homemade flags and quilts, treasure chests, rubber chickens, and moonshine are just a few of the things I have personally bid on. I took home some nice Tennessee wine and Kentucky bourbon-barreled stouts some years back. Since I could not purchase these products in my home state, I was willing to pay quite a pretty penny for these items, even on a frontline interpreter’s budget! Another way to bid is creating alliances. During a bidding war, I have pledged $20 to one of the bidders to keep the bidding going. I highly encourage it; the entertainment alone is usually worth my $20.

(4) During the auction, bluff!

For all of you who think, “Just getting to the conference is expensive enough! I can’t imagine spending money at the auctions.” Here is where you come in, which is also the advice I give to the college students at the national conference: Make sure no item goes for less than $20. Bid the item up to at least that point, even if it is something you have no interest in taking home. On the off chance that no one bids and you get stuck with it, you can make one $20 purchase. And if you really have no use for the item, bring it back next year!

(5) Serve on the Awards and Scholarships Committee.

Now that we have made all of this money from your donations and your deep pockets, the money must be distributed. The commitment for the Awards and Scholarships Committee is minimal, taking perhaps only 2 hours of your time during the summer and up to 10 hours of your time in the winter. Your duties as a member of the Committee would include being available by email to receive attachments, evaluating scholarship applications and award nominations using a provided rubric, then emailing your rubric back to me by the deadline. To volunteer for the job, contact me at With the National Conference coming up, I am looking for new committee members because…

The Sunny Southeast Region is offering one $700 scholarship to the National Conference in Spokane Washington, November 14-18, 2017.

The scholarship application can be downloaded here (.DOCX). Spread the word!

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You are an influencer!

By Pepe Chavez
Every time I teach a Certified Interpretive Guide Course is exciting to see excited faces about interpretation and better understand how to connect people with the resource in hope that they will care.

Last month I attended a session by my friend Brian Forist, he went on to explain that sometimes we should let people create their own themes along the interpretive program and what it looks like in his experience.

Interpreters are influencers! We try to create connections to influence people’s opinion and ultimately change behaviors. Wouldn’t it be great if we could do this by nodding out head like a genie out of a bottle?

This morning listening to a presenter about influencers he identified the “social influencers”. People that are not on a leadership position in any organizational chart but people look up to them. These are very powerful influencers since they are natural leaders and people will look for their approval or advise to make decisions.

If you want to become a better interpreter think about becoming and influencer yourself or interpret to the influencers so they can carry your message to places or people that you can’t.

1.- Identify the result you want and measure it. “Get better at some point” is not a measure. When you have measurable objectives you will be able to know what you are looking for and also when you get there.

2.- Find the behaviors you want to change. There are key moments when you can influence people to make a long-lasting impact. Take advantage of those moments and make them count.

There is a lot more to learn about this topic than the length of this post but keep this in mind. We are always influencing people around us, let’s start a conversation by replying to this post or on the Sunny Southeast Facebook page. How are you engaging people to drive change?

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Reflections on the 2017 Regional Workshop: Rooted in the Land

by Wren Smith, Whitney Wurzel, and Dan Pascucci, Bernheim Education Team

What a week it was! Thanks to all who participated in the 2017 NAI Sunny Southeast Regional Workshop: Rooted in the Land. Hosted by Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest’s education team, with support from fellow interpreters near and far, the workshop provided a great opportunity to explore our shared network of roots in the land while strengthening our interpretive skills.

Our planning committee owes much to all who stepped up in support of this effort. Some of you presented sessions, others helped organize the silent and live auctions. Some of you helped make the field trips run smoothly, and others of you added helpful insights, good humor, and a willingness to lend a hand throughout the workshop. We are grateful for the encouragement and guidance we received along the way.

Keynote speaker, Martha Barnette, was a highlight. The Louisville native, who now calls San Diego home, is a noted linguist and host of the NPR show, A Way with Words. Her enthusiastic discussion of words and their meanings and origins encouraged interpreters to reconsider the power of language and how to hone it as a tool in making positive changes. Martha also shared a moving story about her beloved linguist professor, reminding us that when we pay it forward by mentoring and sharing with others we produce fruit and the journey continues as new roots sprout and spread. In addition to the powerful address, Martha provided a fun-filled session on Improv for Interpreters. We all learned new ways to loosen up before a presentation, and how to tap into our more creative and spontaneous selves.

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We were delighted with the range of workshop sessions that were offered. They ranged in topic from learning additional methods for interpretation (like using sign language, mastering Facebook, interpretation from an invertebrate’s perspective, interpretation for people with developmental disabilities) and on many more topics, from birds and trees to climate change.

Participants were also able to experience the beauty of Kentucky, through tours in Bourbon Country, a visit to Mammoth Cave, Lincoln Birth Place National Historic Site, Shaker Village and more. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to show off Bernheim, Bullitt County, and Kentucky for these enthusiastic workshop attendees. It was deeply nourishing to share this time together, but it was also a blast!

A great time was had by all who attended the final evening’s Sunny Southeast Awards Banquet and Auction. After honoring some of the top interpreters in the region, folks came together to raise an impressive $3,209 for the scholarship fund through live and silent auctions. The evening was capped off with dancing, music, and new friends coming together to network, socialize, and celebrate a successful workshop and a wonderful week.

If you were unable to attend this year, mark your calendar for the 2018 Sunny Southeast Regional Workshop in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, taking place Tuesday, February 27 through Friday, March 2. Anyone interested in planning, attending, or volunteering should contact Rhana Paris at (252) 475-2344 or

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