Secret City Festival Events

Friday June 10 and Saturday June 11, 2016

Events for Kids

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Children’s Events

Friday 11:30am – 7pm / Saturday 10am – 7pm

Dino Dig

Eurobungy

Playful City

Petting Zoo

DJ/Karaoke

Fire Truck Slide

Inflatables

Crafts & Games

ORNL Traveling Science Fair

Interact with Oscar the Robot

Home Depot Kids Workshop (Saturday Only)


Children’s Stage (Pool Patio)

Jim Bryson—Puppets/Ventriloquist    Saturday 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Magic & Illusions by Michael Messing   Saturday 12 p.m., 3 p.m.

Storytelling by Nancy Brennan Strange   Saturday 1 p.m., 4 p.m.

Youth Events (AMSE Field)

Friday 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. / Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Stunt-Jumpz

Jacobs Ladder

Bungee Run

Water Slides (Municipal Building Parking Lot)

Mobile Video Trailer

Laser Tag

DJ/Karaoke

Acrodunk  


Toddlers’ Events

Friday 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. / Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Bumper Cars

Hay Bale Maze

Inflatable Games

Sand Box


WWII Battle Reenactment

Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 2pm

A.K. Bissell Park

Free Admission - More details to follow shortly


Oak Ridge Heritage - Manhattan Project History  

The Oak Ridge unit of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park is now a reality. 

We at Oak Ridge Heritage & Preservation Association welcome you to attend this years

2016 Secret City Festival History displays inside the Civic Center A, B & C Rooms. We

plan to celebrate the roots of Oak Ridge rich history with the public and extend a

welcome to the first year for the Manhattan Project National Historic Park - Oak Ridge unit.


"Faith and Courage"

An Exhibit Honoring the Service and Heroism of U. S. Military Chaplains of World War II

In the words of President Harry S. Truman, "Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices."

The exhibit, “Faith and Courage”, recognizes the contributions of a special group of veterans whose story is rarely told, U.S. Military Chaplains. Chaplains’ dedicated service to those who go into harm’s way for our country, their humble self-sacrifice, and their common, but little-known acts of heroism exemplify personal values, traits, and traditions that are of unquestionable benefit to any society. This exhibit honors these exceptional individuals and attempts to extend the value of their service and sacrifice by keeping their memories alive as an example for later generations.  

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U.S. Department of Energy Tours

Tour of ORNL’s Graphite Reactor*

All tours depart from the American Museum of Science and Energy (300 S. Tulane Ave)

Friday, June 10: Tours start at 9:00am and 3:30pm (Registration opens at 8:00am at AMSE, seating is limited)

Saturday, June 11: Tours start at 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm (Registration opens at 9:00am at AMSE, seating is limited)

 

U.S. Dept. of Energy Facilities public bus tour*

All tours depart from the American Museum of Science and Energy (300 S. Tulane Ave)

Friday, June 10: Tour starts at 11:30am (Registration opens at 9:00am at AMSE, seating is limited)

 

Y-12 National Security Complex Facility Tour*

Y-12 National Security Complex will provide public tours on Friday, June 10, 2016, from 9AM to 4PM. Tours will begin at the Y-12 New Hope Center. A shuttle bus will run from the American Museum of Science and Energy. Tours will include the historic first building completed on the Y-12 site and now a part of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, Building 9731 – the Calutron Pilot Facility, and the bird’s eye view of Y-12 from the Chestnut Ridge overlook.  The construction site for the Uranium Processing Facility will be seen from the bus as well.  You may register online at: http://www.y12.doe.gov/secretcity/register.php

 

*Tours are restricted to US citizens who are 10 years of age or older. Carry-ons are limited to approximately 12" x 12” sizes. Photography is permitted except in the area outside the Graphite Reactor. Photos inside the reactor are encouraged.

The Graphite Reactor tour is accessible for wheelchairs or walkers but requires participants to traverse a 350-foot path with a 4.8% slope to get from the tour bus to the reactor. If you plan to use a wheelchair, we encourage 48 hours of notice. Click here for more information. 

 This tour is accessible for slow walker or wheelchair users who can get up a few steps. If you plan to use a wheelchair, we encourage 48 hours of notice. The Graphite Reactor portion of the tour is accessible for wheelchairs or walkers but requires participants to traverse a 350-foot path with a 4.8% slope to get from the tour bus to the reactor. More information here.

 


Arts Events

TN Creates Juried Arts & Crafts Fair

presented by Oak Ridge Art Center

Friday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. / Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Civic Center Gym

 

Art & Craft Demonstrations

Friday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. / Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

 

Raku Pottery Firings Demonstrations

Friday Noon-6 p.m. / Saturday Noon-6 p.m.

By Shuttle Stop “E”


Amateur Radio and Military Radio Living Exhibit

Friday and Saturday all day at the west end of Bissell Park (near the reenactment area)

Join the Oak Ridge Amateur Radio Club at the Secret City Festival as they take you through demonstrations how WWII-era military radio communications occurred.  Hear replays of historic radio broadcasts through original home and "Morale" radios.  The exhibit will also include at least four original operating military radio stations including those from WWII, Korean, Vietnam and cold war eras.   These stations will operate as a special events station and will communicate with other radio operators around the US and the world, including special contacts as part of the National Parks on the Air Program.    


Special Activities at AMSE

Dollar Days - AMSE admission will be $1 per person (June 10 - 11) all ages.

Secret City Cruise-In (Saturday, June 11 only) sponsored by the Clinton Region AACA (Antique Automobile Club of America) with Public Viewing of cars and motorcycles from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm in the American Museum of Science and Energy lower parking lot and grounds.

 

Exhibits @ AMSE

Oak Ridge: World War II Secret City, AMSE’s flagship exhibition highlighting the building of the city, the construction of the three plants to enrich uranium for the first atomic weapon, and the lifestyle of the people from 1942 - 1945 featuring photographs, artifacts, models, and audiovisuals.

AMSE's 1940's Flattop House with original furnishings is an outdoor exhibition available to tour during regular museum hours.

 

Bus Tours (See information above under Manhattan Project)

DOE Facilities Public Bus Tour—AMSE Admission Includes Tour for Bus Registrants (Must be 10 or older, a US Citizen, and have picture ID.  Required registration begins at 9 a.m. Space is limited. Restrictions apply.)
Friday, June 10 at 11:30 am.

Tour to the ORNL Graphite Reactor
(Must be 10 or older, US Citizenship, Picture ID required. Registration begins at 8 a.m. on Friday and 9 am on Saturday at AMSE. Space is limited. Restrictions apply.)
Friday 9 a.m., 3:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. /Board Bus at AMSE