2017 3CT Spring Event 


March 31 - April 2, 2017 (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)

Jackson Photo Club

Welcome to the 3CT Spring event hosted by the Jackson Photo Club.  We are excited to share the variety of different photographic outings this year.  Jackson is one of the gem's of West Tennessee and is the hub of our planned activities.  During the weekend event, you will have opportunities to photograph historic sites in downtown Jackson, visit the Hatchie Refuge, visit the Memphis Zoo, or have breakfast with the Generals followed by going to Shiloh National Battleground.  Other activities will include a visit to Reelfoot Lake and the West Tennessee Safari Park near Alamo, TN

There are also other events planned as you can see from the itinerary below.  So, click on the registration button and get signed up.  Don't forget to get your reservations made at the Comfort Suites, 61 Casey Jones Lane, Jackson, TN.  Be sure to ask for the 3ct group rate of $112+tax ($128.52 per night All-In).

So, come join us for a weekend of fun, fellowship, new experiences, and plenty of opportunities for photography.  See you in Jackson, March 31 - April 2, 2017.

Brief Summary of Events-

To all 3ct Members:

We know you will enjoy the events we have planned. It will be a busy and exciting weekend full of good food, and fun times with old and new friends. Come early if you can and take part in our Friday “Early-Bird” events. Friday night we will get together at the Old Country Store for our dinner and our ‘Meet & Greet” This dinner is the official start of the weekend and we will have all the information you need at that time.

This year our Saturday trips require more travel time so they are “all day” trips. This is different than events where we had morning and then afternoon events. Therefore you will choose only one “big” trip on Saturday. We will be sure to be back in Jackson in time to get ready for dinner and the VERY exciting program that is planned for Saturday night.

We look forward to meeting and seeing you there. If you need anything before then please call me personally @ 731 695 3032.  You can also email me at or message me on Facebook.

Tommy Azbill

President / Jackson Photo Club

 Friday Events

 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Friday, March 31

US Hatchie Wildlife Refuge;

6772 TN-76, Stanton, TN 731-772-0501

2:30 pm - 5:00 pm Friday, March 31

Walk around Historic Downtown

Jackson, TN;

City Hall, 101 E. Main St.

6:00 pm Friday Night March 31 - Dinner / Meet & Greet.  Brook Shaw’s Old Country Store

Buffet $10.99

56 Casey Jones Lane

Jackson, TN; 731-668-1223   Buffet $10.99

See full menu:

Saturday Events 

Reelfoot Lake State Park  2595 US TN-21, Tiptonville, TN 38079

7:00 am Saturday, April 1st, Leave Jackson

Guided Eagle Tour / Lake Tour / Pontoon Ride (weather permitting)


Breakfast with the Generals / Savannah Cherry Mansion

7:00 am Saturday, April 1st, Leave Jackson

From 9:00am - 11:00am

265 Main St., Savannah, TN 731-607-2753

Ticket: $12 for Breakfast and Tour of Mansion (These tickets must be purchased in advance by each person who would like to go.  Please call The Hardin Co. Convention and Visitors

Bureau at 731 925 8181 to order yours.  Tickets need to be purchased by March 15th.)

(Same group continued)

Shiloh National Military Park (U.S. National Park) & Eagle Viewing

1055 Pittsburg Landing Rd., Shiloh, TN 38367

11:30 Leave Savannah 1:00 - 3:00 pm @ Shiloh


Memphis Zoo

2000 Prentiss Place, Memphis, TN. (Midtown) 38112

8:00 am Saturday, April 1st, Leave Jackson


Tickets – Adults (ages 12-59) $15; Seniors (Age 60+) $14 / Parking $5

(Same group continued)

Memphis Botanical Gardens

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm 

750 Cherry Rd., Memphis, TN 38117  901-766-0872

Tickets - Adults $10, Seniors $8


Brook Shaw’s Old Country Store

56 Casey Jones Lane, Jackson, TN, 731-668-1223

6:00 pm Saturday Night April 1st Dinner

Buffet: $10.99

Saturday Evening Program 7:00 pm

*See below for program details -  Dr. Danny Kimberlin - Photographer, World Traveler, Presenter; Program “Monarch of the Skies” 

DSLR Sensor Cleaning- for APS-C and full frame cameras, $25 donation to Cleaning will be performed during the dinner and program Saturday evening. Check-in your camera with 3CT Rep at the dinner and pick up your camera after the program, how easy is that?


 “Monarch of the Skies” 

by Dr. Danny Kimberlin

In 2003 I scheduled a trip to the Transvolcanic Mountains in SW Mexico to visit the overwintering site of the monarch butterfly. It was to be a fateful year. Two days prior to my departure news flashed around the world that a rare hard freeze had killed over half of the 600 million butterflies present in the sanctuaries that year. I decided to go anyway, to witness, record, and learn from this devastating event.

The monarch is the only butterfly to undertake a 3,000-mile migration south to escape winter, flying from Canada to Mexico in a journey that has been called heroic. For nearly a century scientists searched for their destination; the fabled overwintering site. They enlisted the help of citizen scientists across three countries. The eureka moment finally came in 1975 when an American engineer working in Mexico happened upon a truly staggering phenomenon, a mountaintop “shingled and sparkling” with butterflies. Within a few months, the story was the cover article for National Geographic Magazine and the rest is history.

But the happy ending was not to last. In 1995 the monarch population in Mexico reached an all-time high of one billion. Then, in 2014, the obligatory bust occurred in catastrophic proportions. Monarch numbers fell to 30 million, a 90 percent crash that captured the attention of the world. The three nations involved, Canada, the U.S., and Mexico, initiated valiant measures to save “everyone’s favorite insect.” This program will tell of my trip to Mexico, and the amazing story of the monarch butterfly and its epic migration. We will also explore the causes of the population crash, and what we all can do about it.

 Sunday Events 

 US Hatchie Wildlife Refuge

8:00 am Sunday, April 2 Leave Jackson

6772 TN-76, Stanton, TN 38069


Tennessee Safari Park

9:30 am Sunday, April 2: Leave Jackson at

618 Conley Rd., Alamo, TN 38001

$12 Adult / 3-mile trip


Lunch – Olympic Buffet / Alamo

Near the Safari Park


 Thank you for attending. Let us know if you need assistance.

Jeff Roush, Regional Director; 731-676-1520;

Tommy Azbill, President of the JPC; 731-695-3032;

Kay Shackelford; Treasurer of JPC;

Kay Crick, Secretary of the JPC, 731-658-2966;

Kay Crick; Historian of JPC; 731-658-2966;

Stan Kozlowitz; Vice President of JPC; 731-420-3740;

Stan Kozlowitz; Program Director of JPC; 731-420-3740;

Richard Zaher; Member; 731-618-1318

Alice Farough; Member; 731-499-2053;


Entertainment, Shopping, and Restaurants in the area:

 Casey Jones Village; Historic Casey Jones Home, Gallery, and Museum; 30 Casey Jones Lane;; 731-668-1222; Adults $6.50, Seniors $5.50; Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am until 5:00 pm, Sun. 1:00 – 5:00,

Shopping Nearby: Casey Jones Village; Art in the Village; 40 Casey Jones Lane; Jackson, TN 38305; with 30 artists displaying their handmade items from artists to woodworkers. 731554-2787.

Vann Drive: Many restaurants and shopping. (Across I-40 from the Casey Jones area)

Hotel Rooms / Group Rate / Comfort Suites  61 Casey Jones Lane, Jackson, TN 38305.

The rate is $112 plus tax (Total: $128.52). You are advised to make your reservations by March 1, 2017. We have a block of rooms and the hotel will take away from our block of rooms if they are not selling. You have until March 15 to get the discounted rate. Reservations must be guaranteed by the individual’s valid credit card. The hotel takes all major credit cards. The hotel does not take personal checks. Cash pay up front requires a $150 cash deposit or a valid credit card authorization.

Cancellation of Reservation must be made by 4:00 pm day of arrival to avoid a charge of a one-night stay. The hotel is 100% nonsmoking and no pets.

The hotel offers a continental breakfast with room at no additional charge. Hot eggs, meat, hash browns, waffles, hot and cold cereals, boiled eggs, fruits, juices, and coffee/tea are on the Breakfast Bar.

The hotel offers an indoor pool, hot tub spa, fitness room.

To make a reservation at the GROUP DISCOUNTED RATE:

Call the hotel direct and ask for RESERVATIONS.

Tell the associate you want to make a reservation for:

The Jackson Photo Club Group and give them your date of arrival.


Call 1-877-259-1677 or 731-868-1700



This is the only hotel where we were able to get a group rate for all of us.  Jackson TN is littered with hotels; a lot of them are new.  If you prefer to go ahead and do a search and find the one of your choice.

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