Fall Workshops: September – November

Class sizes are limited, so please register early!

To join one or more classes, you must register in advance and pre-pay.

Please call the park at (423) 543-5808 for more information

SEPTEMBER

Anyone Can Crochet! – Crocheting a Scarf          

Instructor: Amy Gawthrop

Sunday, September 14                            1:30 pm – 4 pm

Cost: $25                                                    Min: 1             Max: 10

You will learn all of the necessary techniques to get you started in the art of crochet! Bring at least 2 skeins of worsted weight solid color yarn (if you want a long scarf, you will need at least 3 skeins) or any fiber that will make a comfortable scarf; bring a crochet hook – either size H, I, or J (5, 5.5, or 6 mm)

 

Cornhusk Dolls                                                         

Instructor: Terri Asbury

Saturday, Sept 27                                  9 am – noon

Cost: $25                                               Min: 5             Max: 20

Kick off the fall season with this old-time tradition! Choose from a variety of styles including Native American dolls, Victorian dolls, or something of your own design. Bring a large bowl and a pair of scissors.

 

Spinning Basics                                                         

Instructor: Amy Gawthrop              

Sunday, September 28                               1:30 pm – 4 pm

Cost: $40 includes fleece (1st time students in this class)

$15 for returning students             Min: 1       Max: 5

Learning about wool, it’s structure and how it reacts. Wool preparation with hand cards, viking combs and drum carder. Practical on the spinning wheel.

 

OCTOBER

Traditional Rug Hooking with Wool        

Instructor: Joani Douglas             

Saturday, October 11 (during Spinning and Fiber Meet)

9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Cost: $35 (includes frame and hook, and all project supplies)         Min: 4                        Max: 8

Students will learn about traditional rug hooking and how to plan and complete a project from start to finish. A kit is supplied to each student that contains everything needed to complete one 8 inch “Christmas Tree”.   Additional kits will be available for purchase.

Bring a friend and have some fun!   Bring a lunch too.

 

Inkle Weaving           

Instructor: Ronnie Lail                                                                  

Saturday, October 11 (during Spinning and Fiber Meet)

9 am – Noon

Cost: $60 includes loom (to keep!) & all supplies

Min: 3             Max: 8

$20 thread only

$10 instruction only

Learn how to weave wide sashes, narrow bands, and shoelaces on a loom that is light-weight and easy to carry around! You can create wonderful patterns through varied placement of colorful thread.  Bring scissors.

 

Wet Felting                                     

Instructor: Nan Sexton 

Saturday, October 11 (during Spinning and Fiber Meet

12:30 pm – 3:30 pm                                Min: 4       Max: 6

Cost:   $20.00   (materials provided)

Come learn the skill of wet felting. You wil use a flat resist to make a hat or bag. If you took the class last year, this will be something new. If this is your first venture into felting, you will enjoy it!

 

Beginning Spinning      

 Instructor: Margaret Couch                          

Saturday, October 11 (during Spinning and Fiber Meet)

 1 pm – 3 pm                                             Min: 2       Max: 4

Cost:   $30.00 (materials provided)

This 2 hour class is meant for those who have never used a spinning wheel before. You’ll learn the basics of drafting wool and using the wheel to make yarn. If you have a spinning wheel, you should plan to bring it; if not, we’ll have one for you to use.

 

Twined Rugs                                                           

Instructor: Fiona Zahnke

Saturday, October 11 (during Spinning and Fiber Meet)

1 pm – 4 pm                                              Min: 3       Max: 6

Cost:   $30.00 (materials provided)

Come learn the skill of making Twined Rugs.   You will make a small twined mat to practice the techniques needed to do this old craft.

 

Anyone Can Crochet! – Crocheting a Scarf     

Instructor: Amy Gawthrop

Sunday, October 12                                    1:30 pm – 4 pm

Cost: $25                                                      Min: 1             Max: 10

You will learn all of the necessary techniques to get you started in the art of crochet! Bring at least 2 skeins of worsted weight solid color yarn (if you want a long scarf, you will need at least 3 skeins) or any fiber that will make a comfortable scarf; bring a crochet hook – either size H, I, or J (5, 5.5, or 6 mm)

 

Primitive Trapping and Fishing

Instructor: Steve Ricker

Saturday, October 18                               10 am – 4pm

Cost: $35

Min: 5    Max:  10

Learn traditional methods of hunting, trapping, and fishing, using ordinary materials to survive in the wild. This class will take place outdoors, so dress accordingly.

 

Get Ready for Spring – Winterizing Your Garden

Instructor: Ben Hunter

Saturday, October 18                                                 10 am – 1 pm

Cost: No Charge – Registration is NOT necessary for this session

It’s not too early to be planning & building your spring garden. Gardener extraordinaire, Ben Hunter, will be joining us to share his experiences & techniques for growing the garden of your dreams!  Sponsored by the Northeast Tennessee Master Gardeners.

 

Spinning: Beyond the Basics                        

Instructor: Amy Gawthrop  

Sunday, October 19                                     1:30 – 4 pm

Cost: $40 includes fleece (1st time students in this class)

$15 for returning students                    Min: 1       Max: 5

If you are a brand new spinner, or have been dabbling on the spinning wheel for some time; this class is for you! Bring your questions and join Amy for an afternoon of “All Things Spinning!”

 

NOVEMBER

 

Indian Corn Basket                            

Instructor: Jane Doan

Saturday, November 1                               9:00 – noon

Cost: $30                                                      Min: 3          Max: 6

Create three beautiful ears of corn from basket reed. Please bring the following supplies: Sharp Scissors, 8 to 12 small clips or clothes pins.

 

Anyone Can Knit! – Making a Scarf                        Instructor: Amy Gawthrop              

Sunday, November 9                                  1:30 – 4 pm

Cost: $25                                                       Min:1              Max: 10

You will learn to cast on, cast off, knit and purl, left and right handed knitting, and

how to pick up dropped stitches. Bring at least 2 skeins of worsted weight wool in a solid color (if you want a long scarf, you will need at least 3 skeins) or any fiber that will make a comfortable scarf; Set of US#8 Knitting needles (no longer than 10”),wood or plastic, straight or circular. 

 

Rag Rugs                                                                   

Instructor: Terri Asbury

Saturday, November 15                             10 am – 2 pm

Cost: $25                                                      Min: 5             Max: 15

Take something old and make something beautiful! Make a rug, table runner, placemat, or basket out of the fabric of your choice. Just bring some size Q (big) crochet hooks and two or three yards of any material, old or new. Basic crochet skills recommended.

 

Basketry – “Orville’s Bowl”                              

Instructor: Candy Alexander

Saturday, November 22                            9 am – 3 pm

Cost: $28                                                     Min: 4             Max: 12

A slotted wood base gives this basket a sturdy, flat bottom.  The sides are plain weave.  Discover several ways to embellish a basket using inserts and overlays, such as the Cherokee Wheel.  The size works well for holding anything from popcorn to yarn.

 

 

 

 

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Traditional Arts Workshops in August

To join one or more classes, you must register in advance

by calling 423-543-5808 and pre-pay.

Workshop: Vegetable Garden Q and A… what went wrong, what went right.

Instructor: Ben Hunter

Saturday August 2                                                            10 am – 1 pm

Cost: No Charge – Registration is NOT necessary for this session

Gardener extraordinaire, Ben Hunter, will be joining us to share his experiences & techniques for growing the garden of your dreams!  Sponsored by the Northeast Tennessee Master Gardeners.

 

Introduction to Blacksmithing                                                       

Instructor: Scott Walling

Saturday, August 9                                                                                          10 am – 3 pm

Cost: $30 (includes supplies)                                                                        Min: 1                    Max: 6

Learn basic blacksmithing skills and techniques. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to tapper, draw, upset and shape metal to make useful objects. Simple items that may be made during this workshop include nails, hooks, etc. Please bring your own safety/ eye glasses, and close toe shoes. No polyester clothing. Dress appropriately for the weather.

 

Scottish Heavy Athletics Demonstration and Workshop

with the Upper East Tennessee Celtic Society

Saturday, August 9                                                                                          2 pm – 4 pm

This will be a chance to see a number of our athletic events and ask any questions you may have. This is also a great opportunity for those who may be interested in participating in Scottish Heavy Athletics at the Celtic Festival in September to obtain more information about doing so and to get hands-on experience. Be prepared for physical activity. Spectators also welcome.

 

Natural Dyeing                                                                               

Instructor: Carolyn DeWitt

Saturday, August 23                                     10 am – 4 pm

Cost: $25                                                         Min: 2        Max: 10

Make beautiful color with all the bounty of nature. Learn to dye thread as colonial settlers might have during the 18th century. Create stunning colors with the herbs and flowers of the field. Wear old clothes and bring your lunch.

 

Basketry – “The Shoals Shopper” – part 1                                   

Instructor: Candy Alexander

Saturday, August 23                                               9 am – 3 pm

Cost: $35 (includes both classes)           Min: 4           Max: 12

Do you wish you could avoid getting plastic bags when you shop for just a few things?  Come make this basket that has a solid woven bottom and Shaker Tape handles.  The sides will be accented with a band of smoked reed and braided seagrass.  Novice basket makers will need two classes to finish, therefore; we have scheduled back-to-back Saturdays for this class.  Come weave on the 23rd until your hands get tired, then finish on the 30th. Size:  8″w x 12″l x 10″h. Bring garden or kitchen shears, a kitchen towel, pencil spray bottle of water, and 12 small spring clips or clothespins.

 

Basketry – “The Shoals Shopper” – part 2                                   

Instructor: Candy Alexander

Saturday, August 30                                                     9 am – 3 pm

Cost: $35 (no charge if attended first class)     Min: 4      Max: 12

 

 

For more information or to register, contact:

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area

1651 West Elk Avenue       Elizabethton, TN 37643

(423) 543-5808

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Civil War Camp at the Carter Mansion

 

 

Friday, August 1st      10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Saturday, August 2nd      9:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

           In the spring of 1861, the “powder keg” known as states rights finally exploded! Southern states quickly seceded from the Union, but there was much controversy in Tennessee on which side to take. Conflict soon became bloody. Father would fight son, neighbor would fight neighbor, and the close bond that held the early settlements together on the frontier was now put to the test! Would the county bearing the namesake of Landon Carter, who fought so hard to earn the flag of stars and stripes during the Revolution, continue to fight for it? 

           IMG_2346Come join Civil War soldiers at the Carter Mansion for this 5th annual, two-day event! The highlight of the event will include demonstrations of a Civil War cannon! Kids are invited to participate on Saturday for a good old-fashioned rubber-band musket shoot and receive a special prize for attending! Experience both local and regional history in an educational setting where visitors can see different uniforms worn and a variety of equipment used by both Union and Confederate interpreters. Witness daily aspects of camp life such as recruit training, military medicine, and traditional camp music. Tours of the Carter Mansion will also be given highlighting the Civil War history associated with the house and the surrounding community. 

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area and the Historic John and Landon Carter Mansion are proud to be able to expand the historic programs offered at both locations. By extending the usual portrayals of the 18th century and Revolutionary War era to the 19th century and Civil War era a broader view of local history can be achieved and draw in visitors with interests in different time periods. The Civil War Camp at the Carter Mansion is a great opportunity to spend a day with the family in a beautiful historic setting and discover the history surrounding Tennessee’s oldest frame house during the War Between the States! 

FRIDAY, AUG. 1st  

10:00 – Camp Opens

11:00 – Cannon & Musket Demonstration: See the weapons of the Civil War in action!

12:00 – Open Camp: Visit with the historic interpreters and learn more about camp life!

1:00 – Cannon & Musket Demonstration

2:00 – Carter Mansion Tour: Join our staff for a guided tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame house. Hear about the last generation of Carters to live there and about the Civil War history surrounding the house.

3:00 – Civil War Medicine: Discover the medical practices of a military camp & mountain remedies used during the War Between the States.

4:00 – Cannon Demonstration – Camp Closes: Join us tomorrow at the Carter Mansion for another day of Civil War excitement!

 

SATURDAY, AUG. 2nd  

9:00 – Camp Opens

10:00 – Kid’s Rubber Band Musket Shoot: Kids, join this friendly competition and see who’s the best shot in the South! Special prizes!

11:00 – Cannon & Musket Demonstration: See the weapons of the Civil War in action!

12:00 – Open Camp: Visit with the historic interpreters and learn more about camp life!

1:00 – Cannon & Musket Demonstration

2:00 – Carter Mansion Tour: Join our staff for a guided tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame house. Hear about the last generation of Carters to live there and about the Civil War history surrounding the house.

3:00 – Civil War Medicine: Discover the medical practices of a military camp & mountain remedies used during the War Between the States.

4:00 – Cannon Demonstration – Camp Closes

 

*Outdoor demonstrations and events may change or be canceled due to significantly inclement weather.

 

  Sycamore Shoals Visitors Center Hours:

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Tuesday through Saturday            

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Sunday

Closed Mondays

Our Visitors Center is closed on most State holidays.

Park grounds are open from dawn until dusk.

 

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