Stories & Songs of Thanksgiving

 with the Front Porch Storytellers

“Over the River & Through the Woods”

Stories and Songs of Thanksgiving

7:30 pm Friday, November 21, 2014

 

Are you ready for turkey and all the trimmings, the joy of family gathered around the table, football, grandma’s pies, and a visit from your favorite crazy uncle? If not, then what better way to get in the spirit of Thanksgiving than a time of storytelling! Join the Front Porch Storytellers for “Over the River & Through the Woods” stories and songs of Thanksgiving.

On Friday, November 21st at 7:30 pm, join the Front Porch Storytellers for an evening of storytelling entitled “Over the River & Through the Woods”, presented at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area in the visitor center “gathering place”. The gathering place stage will be transformed to a cozy cottage where we invite you to come enjoy the evening at “Gradma’s House”. Come prepared to have your funny bone tickled and your heartstrings tugged as local storytellers, Mary Jane Kennedy and Chad Bogart, present a delightful mix of stories and songs centered on the Thanksgiving holiday. Mary Jane and Chad, co-founders of the Front Porch Storytellers, have shared stories with numerous schools, nursing homes, churches and civic organizations. Both have been featured storytellers at various festivals, historic reenactments and community events. You are sure to enjoy their talents and the friendly atmosphere they create. Join us for “Over the River & Through the Woods” to have your heart lightened and made full with the spirit of Thanksgiving. It’s sure to be great fun for the entire family.

Tickets for the event are $5.00 each and will go on sale at 7:00 pm in the lobby of the park’s visitor center. For additional information about this and other exciting events at the park please call 423-543-5808.

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area

1651 W. Elk Ave. Elizabethton, TN 37643.

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Friends of Sycamore Shoals Annual Meeting

Thursday, November 20 at 7 pm

in the Visitors Center of Sycamore Shoals

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We welcome guest speaker, Steve Ricker, interpreter for the Overmountain Victory Trail Association.

Please join us at Sycamore Shoals on Thursday, November 20 at 7 pm for a wonderful evening of fellowship and storytelling as Friends of Sycamore Shoals hosts their annual meeting. Members and non-members alike are all invited to learn more about the accomplishments of our Friends group and the many activities & educational programming that take place throughout the year.

This year, we welcome Steve Ricker, Director of Interpretation for the Overmountain Victory Trail Association as our featured speaker. Born and raised in Greeneville, Tennessee, Steve makes his home with his wife, Susie, in the mountains of Greene County. His life’s calling, history and art, is evident in the way he lives his life and through his artistic creations.

Steve’s commitment to preserving the old ways is evident as he comments, “My passion lies in the ability to teach and share my knowledge and skills with people from all walks of life, be it Native American or Frontier skills, highlighting the importance of good craftsmanship.”   Mr. Ricker displays his work in many fine galleries both at home and abroad, researching the techniques and materials used by early frontiersmen and Native cultures, including weaponry and hide tanning for clothing and moccasins.

In the new Interpretive Exhibits at Sycamore Shoals you can see many examples of the fine work he and his wife, Susie, have created together.   On the mannequins, examples of hand dyed and sewn garments, along with all of their accoutrements, have been primarily made by the Rickers. Additionally, other examples of the tools used by both Native & Frontier cultures are on exhibit in the Visitors Center of the park.

Steve also volunteers at both Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park and Sycamore Shoals, devoted to helping promote the rich heritage of our area through the interpretation of frontier life, hunting techniques, building shelter, and wood-lore. The program he will present for tonight’s meeting is the “Story of the Overmountain Settlements & the Battle of Kings Mountain.” Presented from a 1st person perspective, Steve’s presentation will take you back to 1780 when this pivotal event in American history took place. Inspired by his personal ancestry, Mr. Ricker is descended from Isaac Morgan of the Nolichucky Settlement who served under Colonel John Sevier.

Mark your calendars now for Thursday, November 20 at 7 pm and spend the evening with us at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area.

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Colonial Harvest Celebration and Militia Muster

Schedule of Events 

November 15 & 16 

Before Thanksgiving was declared a national holiday, each colony or community observed a day of thanks usually after the harvest had been brought in. Join the Washington County Militia for their monthly Militia Muster and Harvest Home Celebration!

 

Saturday, November 15th  

10:00 – Militia Inspection and Raising the Colors: Hear the roar of muskets and rifles as the Militia starts off the day with a patriotic ceremony.

11:00 – Artillery Demonstration: Witness the procedures for loading and firing the fort’s cannon.

12:00 – Wool Processing: Join Ramona for a look at the process of taking wool and preparing it for yarn and cloth.

1:00 – Thanksgiving Proclamation: Join the Watauga Settlers as news of a Thanksgiving Proclamation arrives. There will be a public reading of the proclamation and a salute by the Militia.

2:00 – Artillery Demonstration: Witness the procedures for loading and firing the fort’s cannon.

3:00 – Militia Drill: View the County Militia as they train and prepare for military action.

4:30 – Camps Close: Join us tomorrow for another exciting day of 18th century Living History.

 

Sunday, November 16th

10:00 – Militia Inspection and Raising the Colors: Hear the roar of muskets and rifles as the Militia starts off the day with a patriotic ceremony followed by a Worship Service: Feel free to join the militia for Sunday morning service held in the courtyard of Fort Watauga.

11:00 – Open Hearth Cooking: See how food was prepared in colonial America.

12:00 – Take this opportunity to take in all the park’s many attractions. Visit our new Interpretive Exhibits and Orientation Film. Shop in our Eastern National Book and Gift Shop. Take a relaxing stroll along the Watauga River on our 1 mile walking trail, the butterfly garden, or the park arboretum.

1:30 – Artillery Demonstration: Witness the procedures for loading and firing the fort’s cannon.

2:30 – Militia Drill: View the County Militia as they train and prepare for military action.

3:00 – Event Closed: Thanks for joining us. See you next time!

 

O n g o i n g   A c t i v i t i e s & D i s p l a y s   I n c l u d e

 

Hides and Pelts – Open Hearth Cooking – Hand Sewing – Militia Drill

Leatherwork – Wool Processing – Colonial Life Skills

Flintlock Rifle & Musket Demonstrations – Colonial Woodworking Tools

Flint & Steel Fire Starting – Frontier Living History

 

This Event is Sponsored by:

The Washington County Regiment of North Carolina Militia

 

For more information about other exciting living history events call Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area at 423-543-5808 or visit us on the web.

http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/sycamore-shoals.    

http://www.sycamoreshoalstn.org      

www.washingtoncountyregiment.wordpress.com

1651 West Elk Avenue

Elizabethton, TN 37643

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