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Special Note: Beginning November 10, Dixie Outpost at Historic Blountville will be open on Sundays for lunch from 11 AM to 2 PM. also, order your Thanksgiving dinner which may include a Traditional Holiday Dinner, or a Deluxe Holiday Dinner.
Dec. 3, 2013, Tuesday
- Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Cumberland Square Park, 6:15 PM, Mon., Dec. 2, 2013, downtown Bristol. For the 8th year, BVU will herald in the Christmas season by sponsoring the Community Tree-Lighting at Cumberland Square Park in Historic Downtown Bristol, Virginia. Set for Monday, December 2, at 6:15p.m., the event showcases a stately 45-foot Norwegian Spruce, which BVU technicians decorate with thousands of lights — about 18,000 of them — for a dramatic and joyous ceremonial display. Cider and hot chocolate will be available, and Christmas music will be provided by the John S. Battle Marching Band, VHS & TCCS Choirs, and others. Rain date: Tuesday, December 3, 6:15pm.
Dec. 5, 2013, Thursday
- "1863 Christmas Parade," 7 PM, downtown Morristown, TN. Sandwiches, chips, drinks and cookies for participants at First Presbyterian Church on Main Street, beside First Baptist Church at 6:00 The Christmas Parade will be televised, and will be re-broadcast three or four times on cable TV. PLEASE NOTE: The parade sponsors will pre-parade “recorded” interviews at 6:45, which will broadcast with the parade. The interviews will be in front of the Morristown Utility Company...... diagonally across from First Baptist Church.
For further information, please call 423.736.3071.
Dec. 6-7, 2013, Friday-Saturday
- "A Candlelight Christmas: A Return to Yesteryear", Dec. 6-7 and Dec. 13-14. Join your family and friends once again in celebration of the Christas we all wish to keep in our hearts and memory at this year's Candlelight Christmas at Rocky Mount on four special nights. Long a tradition of the holiday season in Northeast Tennessee, Rocky Mount offers a "glimpse" of Christmas in Territorial Tennessee circa 1791 when the impending birth of the Christ-child was the focus of the celebration rather than the stimular for a shopping frenzy. Festivities begin each evening at 4:30 PM and continue until the last revelers depart at 8 PM on a schedule of approximately 15 people departing upon the 1791 journey every 15 minues. Reservations are strongly advised. Cost is $10 per adult and $7 for children ages 5 and older. Group rates are available with 12 or more people. For information, please call (423) 538-7396.
- Christmas in the Country & Yule Log Ceremony, 10 AM to 4 PM, Sat., Dec. 7, 2013, Exchange Place, 4812 Orebank Rd., Kingsport, TN 37664. For additional information, please call 423.288.6071. Christmas in the Country, the annual celebration of winter and the holiday season at Exchange Place Living History Farm, 4812 Orebank Road in Kingsport, will take place on Saturday, December 7, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Admission is free. The last public event of the year at the historic site, the festival will feature fresh greenery and trees, handcrafted wreaths and roping, and other holiday decorations. There will be unique folk arts and crafts, such as hand-crafted wood items, barn wood furniture, jewelry, handmade baskets, pottery, quilts, handmade greeting cards and hooked rugs. Your taste buds will be tempted with baked goods, hot sauces, jams and jellies, and goat cheese, and you can pamper yourself with a variety of herbal products, soaps and natural lotions. More than two dozen area and regional vendors will have their wares on display and for sale on both sides of the historic Gaines-Preston farm. But Christmas in the Country is more than just a shopping venue, it will also feature hands-on activities for all ages, such as dipping candles and making pomander balls, led by our Junior Apprentices, and decorating with natural materials, led by the Girl Scouts. Our hearthside kitchen will be up and running, offering demonstrations of 19th century cooking and baking with the theme of "A Backcountry Plantation Christmas Feast," which may feature delicacies such as boiled puddings, nut pies, and stewed and roasted meats and vegetables. And Will Vogt from Graysburg Forge in Limestone will once again be working in the blacksmith shop, demonstrating how horseshoes and wagon wheels and even simple tools were made in the days before the Industrial Revolution. The traditional Yule Log Ceremony at 4:15 pm concludes the day and is highlighted with the singing of carols around the bonfire and a cauldron of wassail. The burning of the Yule Log can be traced back to the Vikings, who were honoring their gods and asking for good luck in the coming year. It later became part of the harvest festival in Germany and Scandinavia, moved to England when the Normans conquered the isles, and eventually migrated to the New World with the Pilgrims. In the 1850s, the Preston family would have celebrated Christmas in a very plain, non-commercial way, and a Yule Log was probably not a part of their holiday, but we have traditionally added it to Christmas in the Country as a symbol of peace and good will for our wonderful community. The Yule Log was often decorated with evergreens and sometimes sprinkled with grain or cider before it was finally lit, and after it died down (anywhere from twelve hours to twelve days), its ashes were scattered over the fields to bring fertility, or cast into wells to purify and sweeten the water. We encourage everyone present to bring their own sprig to cast onto the fire, and also to wear fine, colorful headgear to the event. The word wassail is derived from the Anglo-Saxon “waes hael,” which meant “Be in Health” or “Here’s to You.” Wassail was a mixture of mulled ale, eggs, curdled cream, roasted apples, nuts and spices, not exactly what is served at Exchange Place, but the fellowship remains the same as in olden days! For more information, you may call Exchange Place at 423-288-6071, or write to
- The Sounds of Christmas", with the Appalachian Express Chorus, 2 PM, Sat., Dec. 7, Dobyns Bennett High School, Kingsport, TN. For ticket information, please call (423) 384-9992, or visit the website at www.appalachianexpresschorus.org.
- Kingsport Christmas Tree Lighting, beginning at 5:30 PM, Sat., Dec. 7, 2013, downtown Kingsport. Spend your Saturday shopping Downtown!
Enjoy complementary carriage rides, cider and hot chocolate, and other family activities.
Schedule of Events
5:30 - Opening remarks - Jim Bailey Master of Ceremonies
5:30 - 8:00 pm: Gingerbread Open House and pictures with
Santa (Regions Bank's Snowflake Village)
5:45: Ugly Sweater Contest (Church Circle)
6:10: Dobyns-Bennett Marching Band (Church Circle)
6:30: Jamen Denton with Wise Old River (Church Circle)
6:30: Receive candles (TriSummit Bank)
6:55: Prayer (Preaching Christ Church)
7:00: Tree lighting count down
7:30: The Indescribable Gift - The Story of St. Nicholas
8:00: Acoustic Christmas with Wise Old River (Kingsport Higher Education Center)
- Christmas at the Carter Mansion, 6 to 9 PM, Fri. and Sat., Dec. 6-7, The Historic John and Landon Carter Mansion, Broad Street Extension, Elizabethton, TN. Are you tired of the hustle and bustle that always accompanies this time of year? If so, step back in time to the 18th century and enjoy a colonial Christmas at the beautiful Carter Mansion. Join Colonel John Carter, the Carter family, and all their friends for a glimpse into simpler time, when Christmas was the grandest celebration of the entire year. In colonial America the Christmas season was celebrated as month long array of merriment and festivities signaled by caroling, feasting, dances, foxhunts, and the firing of Christmas guns. Christmas on the colonial frontier would have been much different though, with only the simplest of pleasures being offered by the humble backwoods settlers. However, in contrast, the Carters would have displayed an opulence only seen in the finest homes of Williamsburg or Philadelphia. Spend a candlelit evening in the oldest frame house in Tennessee, decorated with bright greenery for the holidays. Enjoy music, hot cider, and 18th century interpreters as they transport you to a Colonial American Christmas. No reservations necessary. Just stop by and enjoy this one-of-a-kind holiday gathering! For more information, contact:
Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, 1651 West Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643. Further info at (423) 543-5808, www.sycamoreshoalstn.org
Dec. 8, 2013, Sunday
"Backcountry Makers", presented by the Bristol Historical Association, 12:30 PM, The Virginia Golf Club, Bristol, VA. The program will be led by arts and community activist Betsy White who will speak on the topic “Backcounty Makers”. Her presentation will coincide with her illustrated book of the same name that identifies seventy-five notable craftspeople of the region, from pioneer days of the Eighteenth Century to the late Twentieth Century. Regional creations of potters, weavers, spinners, quilters, cabinet makers, gunsmiths and more are profiled, along with their most notable creations. The topic will glimpse into the earliest of these artisans from their origins in such places as Europe and Philadelphia down through the Great Valley of Virginia to their ultimate destinations in southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee. The topic is a virtual renaissance of the legacy of the Appalachian artisan, many documented for the first time in print. White is the founding director of William King Museum, retiring in 2008. She served on the formative committees for ‘Round the Mountain and Heartwood and is currently the president of ‘RTM and on the executive committee for the Cultural Heritage Foundation. Active in the museum and cultural community, she is a peer reviewer for the American Association of Museums, a past vice-president of the Virginia Association of Museums and grant reviewer for the Virginia Commission for the Arts. She is the author of Great Road Style: the Decorative Arts Legacy of Southwest Virginia & Northeast Tennessee, published in 2006 by the University of Virginia Press, and Backcountry Makers: An Artisan History of Southwest Virginia & Northeast Tennessee, currently in publication by the University of Tennessee Press. The public is invited to attend this special holiday luncheon. The cost is $28 per person and reservations will be received through Sunday December 1. Contact Janet at 423-764-1905, make your check payable to the Bristol Historical Association and mail to: Janet Smith, 104 Gaffney Rd., Bristol Tennessee 37620.
Dec. 9, 2013, Monday
"Missionary Ridge: The Campaign's Final Chapter", by Jim Ogden, 7 PM, Mon., Dec. 9, 2013, Eastman Employee Center, Room 219, Kingsport, TN. Sponsored by the Tri-Cities Civil War Round Table, this month's program focuses on the Civil War on Missionary Ridge at Lookout Mountain. The program is free and open to the general public. The Tri Cities Civil War Round Table (TCCWRT) is in the midst of celebrating the Sesquicentennial Timeframe of the Civil War. For the December program, we are bringing in Jim Ogden, the Chief Historian, Chickamauga & Chattanooga NMP. His program topic is "November 23, 1863 - Battles for Chattanooga (Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge) “Missionary Ridge: The Campaign’s Final Chapter”. Confederate General Braxton Bragg laid siege from high ground. Union General Ulysses Grant reopened a supply line and, with Union General Sherman’s reinforcements, captured Orchard Knob and Lookout Mountain. November 25, 1863 - Battle of Missionary Ridge : Sherman launched a surprise attack on Bragg’s right flank, while Grant sent Thomas to the base of the ridge. In the confusion, Thomas’s men charged to the top, routing the Army of Tennessee and effectively ending Confederate control of Tennessee. For further information, please email Wayne Strong or call (423) 323-2306.
Dec. 11, 2013, Wednesday
"Beyond Heartland: An Actors and Directors Showcase,", Noon, Wed., Dec. 11, East TN History Center, Knoxville, TN. In conjunction with the new feature exhibition, Live! On Air! and In Your Living Room, local television celebrity Bill Landry will give a special lecture about his experiences with the Heartland Series and his new book Tellin' It for the Truth. The lecture is sponsored by 21st Mortgage and is free and open to the public. Guests are invited to bring a "brown bag" lunch.
Dec. 13-15, 2013, Friday thru Sunday
- HISTORIC BLOUNTVILLE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING, 6 PM, Thurs., Dec. 12, 2013, in front of Sullivan County Courthouse, downtown Blountville. Come join in the joyous sounds of the season as the Blountville Middle School choir presents a beautiful program of Christmas music! Immediately following the Christmas caroling, Santa Claus will be greeting children inside the County Commission Room of the historic Sullivan County Courthouse. Cookies and hot chocolate will be serve to everyone attending. See you there!
- BLOUNTVILLE RURITAN ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE, 2 PM, Sat., Dec. 14, 2013, downtown Blountville. Parade starts on Keystone Drive. Parade route and lineup begins at Oak Street. Entrants should arrive between 1 PM to 1:30 PM to participate in the parade.
- Bluff City Christmas Parade, 5 PM, Sat., Dec. 14, Main Street, Bluff City, TN. Parade begins at 5 PM with linup at 4 PM at Bluff City Middle School. This year's them is "A Family Christmas". Organizers are asking that floats have no Santa Claus, since Santa will on the Bluff City float only. Judges Choice Awards given for floats: 1st Place $100; 2nd Place $50.00; 3rd Place $25. Cars and trucks will be judged and plaques given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.
- The Sounds of Christmas", with the Appalachian Express Chorus, 7 PM, Fri., Dec 13, Johnson City Memorial Community Center, Johnson City, TN. For ticket information, please call (423) 384-9992, or visit the website at www.appalachianexpresschorus.org.
- ETHS Holiday Open House, 11 AM to 3 PM, Sat., Dec. 14, East TN History Center, Knoxville, TN. Cookies and apple cider will warm the day at the ETHS Holiday Open House. Activities include live musical performances by the Knoxville Chamber Chorale, craft demonstrations, ornament and craft making for the kids, storytelling, and frontier toys and stories. Shoppers will enjoy browsing the great selection of traditional gifts, history books, and children's items, as well as a selection of handmade items from Joann Krusenklaus and Karen's Country Critters. Visitors are also invited to tour the new feature exhibition Live! On Air! and In Your Living Room!, as well as the permanent exhibition Voices of the Land. All events are free and open to the public.
- Traditional 1818 Christmas Open House at the Netherland Inn, 2144 Netherland Inn Rd., Kingsport, TN 37664. Plans for the traditional 1818 Christmas Open House are under way. This tradition dates back to the 1820's when Richard and Margaret Netherland hosted their friends and neighbors for a festive Christmas party. Just as the Netherlands entertained their guests with good food and lively music, our guests will enjoy the same.
As they have done for many years, the local garden clubs share their time and incredible talents to transform the Inn into a Christmas wonderland of greenery and berries! This year will be no exception! Sons of the Confederate Veterans, John S. Mosby Camp of Kingsport, will join us again to remember and honor the Battle of Kingsport which took place on Dec. 13, 1864. Historic re-enactors will return on Saturday night, December 14. More information will be forthcoming.
You don't want to miss our 1818 Christmas Open House! Mark your calendar and plan to join us for another opportunity to step back in time and enjoy Christmas as it was many years ago.
Info at 423.335.5552.
Dec. 20, 2013, Friday
- Peter Mayer Stars and Promise 2013-Follow the Star, 7:30 PM, Fri., Dec. 20, 2013, The Paramount has been chosen to host Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer bands' lead guitarist; Peter Mayer, for a Christmas show. Peter Mayer is donating the proceeds from this show to benefit the Paramount Center for the Arts: Children and the Arts. Children and the Arts is a new program reaching out to the children in our community to introduce them to the benefits of theater and music; advancing the future of our community and the lives of our children.
Tickets are $20 advance, $25 at the door. Box office 423.274.8920 or order online at www.etix.com.
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Jan. 11, 2014, Saturday
Sons of Confederate Veterans, Vaughn's Brigade Annual Dinner, Sat., Jan. 11, 2014. Special guest speaker will be "Robert E. Lee - Master of War, Servant of the Lord", presented by Michael Givens. Deadline for registration and payment is due Dec. 7th, 2013. A check for $25 for each family member attending can be made payable to "Vaughn's Brigade--S.C.V." and mailed to Dr. Marty Tant, 314 Pitkin Drive, Kingsport, TN 37664.
Jan. 13, 2014, Monday
"The Seige of Charleston/The Hunley", by Rick Hatcher from Fort Sumpter/Fort Moultrie, SC, 7 PM, Mon., Jan. 13, 2014, Eastman Employee Center, Room 219, Kingsport, TN. Sponsored by the Tri-Cities Civil War Round Table, the program is free and open to the general public. For further information, please email Wayne Strong or call (423) 323-2306.
Mar. 10, 2014, Monday
"Nathan Bedford Forrest & Battle of Fort Pillows", by Brian Steele Wills, 7 PM, Mon., Mar. 10, 2014, Eastman Employee Center, Room 219, Kingsport, TN. Sponsored by the Tri-Cities Civil War Round Table, the program is free and open to the general public. For further information, please email Wayne Strong or call (423) 323-2306.
Apr. 12, 2014, Saturday
"Wooly Days" at Rocky Mount - Join the Cobb Family embarking on the customary chores of the springtime and participate in the processing of wool from the shearing of the sheep to the final product, from "sheep to shawl." Tour the historic site and visit with the Cobb family as they celebrate the passing of the harsh winter and prepare for the new growing season. For information, please call (423) 538-7396.
Jun. 9, 2014, Monday
"Charles Wilden Views the Overland Campaign: Wilderness and Spotsylvania", by Gordon Rhea, Historian/Attorney, 7 PM, Mon., Jun. 9, 2014, Eastman Employee Center, Room 219, Kingsport, TN. Sponsored by the Tri-Cities Civil War Round Table, the program is free and open to the general public. For further information, please email Wayne Strong or call (423) 323-2306.
Jul. 4, 2014, Friday
Independence Day Celebration at Historic Rocky Mount - Come and celebrate with the Cobb Family our day of Independence this year in traditional ways: the reading of the Declaration of Independence, hanging ribbons on the 'Liberty Tree', and honoring those who won and those who protect our freedom. For information, please call (423) 538-7396.
Jul. 19, 2014, Saturday
- Graveyard Tales at Historic Rocky Mount - The Jonesborough Storytellers Guild will be weaving tales of spooks and haunts that will chill your spine, even on a warm summer night. Come for a taste of Halloween in July. This is an annual fundraiser for the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild. For information, please call (423) 538-7396.
Aug. 11, 2014, Monday
"1864 Battles of 1st and 2nd Deep Bottom, Lee and His Generals", by R. E. Lee Krick, Richmond Author/Historian, 7 PM, Mon., Aug. 11, 2014, Eastman Employee Center, Room 219, Kingsport, TN. Sponsored by the Tri-Cities Civil War Round Table, the program is free and open to the general public. For further information, please email Wayne Strong or call (423) 323-2306.
Aug. 21-24, 2014
- 5th Annual Smoky Mountain Military & Relic Show, Aug. 21-24, Pigeon Forge, TN. On August 21st through the 24th the city of Pigeon Forge will host a Freedom
Celebration. They will be Welcoming Home
Vietnam Veterans and honoring ALL who have
served America. 2014 will feature a grand
parade from light #4 with a welcome home
crowd lining the sideways and honoring the
parade as they drive by. The parade will end at
the Smoky Mountain Convention Center
which will be hosting the 5th Annual Smoky
Mountain Military & Relic Show
extravaganza on August 23rd and 24th. There
will be a VVA Color Guard Competition,
Military Vehicle Restoration Competition and
special coupon packages for the entire
weekend. The ticket package includes Smoky
Mountain Military & Relic Show, Smoky
Mountain Opry's Salute to Patriots, Celebrate
Freedom Concert (sponsored by Compassion
International), Dixie Stampede's Vietnam
Veteran's Salute and Sunday Morning
Remembrance. For further info, please contact Coordinator, Lynn Hammond, or visit the website for updates.
Sep. 8 and 15, 2014
- Overmountain Victory Trail Event at Historic Rocky Mount - Members of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association will present a special night of 'candlelight narration’ in their campsites as they recreate the fateful evening of September 24, 1780, their encampment with the Cobb Family and the triumphant over-the-mountains march to victory at Kings Mountain. For information, please call (423) 538-7396.
Oct. 2-5, 2014
150th Anniversary of the East Tennessee, Campaigns, October 2-5, 2014, Myers Farm, 3415 Gap Creek Rd., Bulls Gap, TN. Event organized by The Armies of Tennessee. For additional info, please visit www.easttennesseecampaign.com.
Oct. 10-12, 2014
Battle of Blountville Civil War Reenactment, Oct. 10-12, 2014, Historic Blountville, TN. Event brought to you by 2014 Battle of Blountville Reenactment Committee, Battle of Blountville Civil War Military Park, and the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism. Further details to be announced January 1, 2014.
- Overmountain Men 15K Race, Sat., Oct. 11, 2014. The public is invited to the 4th Annual Overmountain Men Victory Run from Sycamore Shoals to Rocky Mount to commemorate the victorious return route of the Overmountain Men following the Battle of King's Mountain on October 7, 1780. Runners and non-runners are invited to participate in the activities of the day. For details check the Rocky Mount website: www.rockymountmuseum.com.
Oct. 18, 2014, Saturday
- Spirit of the Harvest, Sat., Oct. 18, 2014, Rocky Mount Historic Site, Piney Flats, TN. Participate with the family and friends of the Cobb Family as they gather in the rewards of their labor throughout this productive year with the harvest of the crops and the preparations being made for the long winter season. For details check the Rocky Mount website: www.rockymountmuseum.com.
Nov. 11, 2014, Tuesday
- Veterans Day Candlelight Tribute at Historic Rocky Mount, Tues., Nov. 11, 2014 - A special walk through time to honor the men and women who have sacrificed to win and keep our freedom and way of life secure on the battlefield and at home.
For details check the Rocky Mount website: www.rockymountmuseum.com.
Dec. 5, 6, 12, and 13, 2014
- Candlelight Christmas at Historic Rocky Mount, Piney Flats, TN. A special time of the year to join with the Cobb Family in celebration of Christmas in the year 1791 with candlelight and decorations as the custom of the late 18th century before the heavy commercialization we know today. Music, dancing, decorations and sacred tales will all be part of your experience this magical evening.
For details check the Rocky Mount website: www.rockymountmuseum.com.
Ongoing Events in the Region:
- Blountville Farmers Market, 2:30 PM, each Thurs. beginning April 19, 2012, located behind the old Sullivan County Courthouse at Blountville. Market also open on Sat. mornings. Info at 423.323.4660.
- Kingsport Farmers Market, 7 AM to 1 PM, Wednesdays and Saturdays, corner of Clinchfield and Center Streets. Info at 423.246.6550.
- Bristol Farmers Market, May 1 thru October 31, Saturdays 7 AM to Noon, and Wednesdays 3 PM to 7 PM.
- Antique Car Show, Friday nights, 6 PM to 8 PM, May thru October, 2012, TriSummit Bank parking lot across from the train station in downtown Bristol. Info at 423.646.7780.
- Master Gardener Classes, applications now being accepted. Classes will begin on Tues., Sept. 11 and end on Nov. 1 with a graduation on Nov. 8. Most sessions will be held on Tues. and Thurs. from 6:30 PM to 9 PM at Colonial Hgts. Baptist church at Exit 59 off I-81 (with exception of 4 field trips.) Fee for the program is $165 which includes an extensive 800 plus page Master Gardener Textbook, the graduation dinner, your name badge, a soil sample, hand lens and other related costs. A limited number of partial Scholarships will be awarded on an as needed basis. Contact Chris Ramsey at 423.279.2723.
- Appalachian Ghostwalks, ongoing daily/nightly tours. Reservations required. Interested parties should call (423) 743-WALK (9255) for reservations.
- Netherland Inn, Open Saturday and Sunday - May through October.
Hours: 2p.m. to 4p.m. Admission: Adults $4.00 and age 6 and under $1.00.
Group Tours: April through October by appointment- School, Civic and Church Groups Welcome!
- Old Deery Inn and Museum, open by reservation for group tours of 8 or more. Tickets are $5 per person; children under 12 are $3. (423) 323-4660.
- Sons of the Confederate Veterans, John Singleton Mosby Camp #1409, meets at 6PM, 4th Monday of each month, Mama's House Buffet, John B. Dennis Parkway, Kingsport, TN.
- Sons of the Confederate Veterans, Lt. Stephen Powell Camp, meets at 7PM, 3rd Monday of each month, 2nd Floor Commission Room, Sullivan County Courthouse, Blountville.
- Sullivan County Historical and Genealogical Society meets at 7PM, 3rd Thursday evening of each month, 2nd Floor Commission Room, Sullivan County Courthouse, downtown Blountville. Free admission. General public is cordially invited. (423) 323-4660.
- TAMHA Traditional Appalachian Music Heritage Association holds jam sessions at 6PM every Friday at the Anderson Townhouse in historic downtown Blountville. Jams are also held from 2-4 PM at the Bristol Tennessee Welcome Center on the 2nd Saturday of the month. Free and open to the general public.
- Warriors Path State Park, Kingsport, Tennessee. "Summer in the Park" series will run from June through Mid-August, 2012. Every Monday through Saturday, the park will offer fee nature and recreation activities, including guided hikes, creek walks, historical tours, crafts, games, junior rangers, campfire talks, and more. Free. Contact Marty Silver at (423) 239-6786 for weekly schedule.
Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, ongoing events:
- Traditional Arts Workshops, Jan. thru Dec., 2012. Dates and times vary. Catch this unique opportunity to learn traditional art forms from expert instructors. Pre-registration is required in addition to an instructor and materials fee. Ask for our separate listing!
- Shape Note Singing - Led by Don Wiley, 2-4 PM, 3rd Sunday of each month.
Sing the shapes! In this early musical tradition, “shapes” represented each note of the do-re-mi scale. Although many Appalachian frontiersmen could not read, they achieved beautiful four-part harmonies through this simplified method of learning music. We invite you to join “The Old Fields Singers” for an experience you will not forget.
- The Liberty Spinners
2nd Tuesday of the Month (except December), 9:30 am – 1 p.m.
This gathering of spinners and fiber artists is open to anyone interested in the art of spinning. Join us at 9:30 am on the 2nd Tuesday of each month (except December).
- Northeast Tennessee Autoharp Community & Old Time Group, Jan. thru May, and Sept. thru Nov., 4th Sunday of each month. 1:30 – 2:30 Autoharp & Dulcimer Beginners. Open Jam from 2:30 PM to 4 PM. Start on the basics on Autoharp & Dulcimer, then stick around for the open jam to show off what you’ve learned! Old-time musicians of all instruments and skill levels are welcome to play! This group meets on the 4th Sunday of the month, January through May and September through November.
- Sycamore Shoals Fife & Drum Corps., Saturdays, 10 AM. The Fife & Drum Corps performs at historical events, dedications, and parades. This group is open to anyone ages 12 & up. Musical experience is welcome but not necessary; just come with a willingness to learn. Meet our volunteer coordinator John Large at the Sycamore Shoals Visitors Center. Lessons are free of charge, just call and let us know you’re coming!
- Friends of Sycamore Shoals Meetings, Jan. thru Dec., 2012. The Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area sponsors the many events here at the park. If you would like to be a part of what goes on behind the scenes, join us for our meetings! They are open to members, non-members, and prospective members alike. Call the park for meeting times and programs.
- History at Home, May thru Aug., 2012. A creative mix of historical & natural programs presented throughout the summer by our seasonal interpretive staff. Please call for weekly schedules.
GET YOUR EVENT LISTED HERE! To have your event listed with us, email us or call (423) 323-4660.