Friday, August 27, 2010

Don't Tell Jelly Who's Playing the River Market

Jelly, a Virginia opossum, is one of the most popular creatures that visitors get to meet during Animal Encounter programs at the Tennessee Aquarium. Our educators bring critters out into the public spaces every hour of every day in both Aquarium buildings for these impromptu "meet and greets." These added programs are a big hit with visitors and they walk away knowing a little more about the animals they've just met. In Jelly's case, an animal that could literally live in their backyards, but they might not otherwise come across. There are a lot of myths and misinformation about opossums and our Animal Encounter Specialists help everyone gain a better understanding of these animals and their roles in the environment. Many people are surprised by Jelly's mild manners and soft fur.

It's with tongue in cheek that we say, "Don't tell Jelly who's playing at the Chattanooga River Market tomorrow."

The Possum Hunters Bluegrass Band will perform on the Aquarium Plaza from Noon until 2:30 pm this Saturday, August 28th. This Chattanooga act is a crowd favorite. Check out a few samples on their website here:

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