Scenes of Liberty

An exhibition of original artwork by Mike Hill inspired by the Liberty! outdoor drama

Opening Reception – Saturday, June 16th at 2 pm in the Gathering Place in the Sycamore Shoals Visitors Center. Shows closes Sunday, July 1st.

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals, local Illustrator, Friends of Sycamore Shoals board member and County Commissioner Mike Hill is releasing “Scenes of Liberty”, a coloring book featuring illustrations inspired by the Liberty! Outdoor Drama.

This 24 page coloring book features Hill’s brush and ink drawings which portray of many of the resident actors and living history re-enactors who provide entertainment and programming at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, combined with excerpts taken directly from the script of the drama. The illustrations depict the Carter Family’s initial arrival at Watauga, The Transylvania Purchase, The Watauga Compact, Reverend Doak’s powerful Sword of the Lord and Gideon prayer, and the historic march of the Overmountain Men that is credited with turning the tide of the American Revolutionary War. The historical panels are interspersed with illustrations of the Fife and Drum Corps, The Sons of Liberty performers and even Rio, one of the longest running Liberty! Cast members.

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Site will be hosting an exhibition of Hill’s Liberty-inspired original brush and ink drawings, along with hand-colored mechanical reproductions and large scale hand-embellished Giclee reproductions on canvas of the artwork from the coloring book opening on June 16 and running through July 1. A release party for the coloring book and reception for the artist will be held on July 16 at 2 pm at the Sycamore Shoals State Historic Site. All original and reproduction artwork will be available for purchase with proceeds to benefit the Friends of Sycamore Shoals, the organization that produces the Liberty drama each year. Mike Hill will be autographing copies of the coloring book as well as custom-signing off on any works purchased at the event.

For more details, contact Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park at 423-543-5808

 

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40th season of Liberty! to open Thursday, July 12th!

 

Thursday, July 12th opens the 40th annual production of the State of Tennessee’s official outdoor drama, recreating the events of the early pioneers who settled in this region. Here, near Elizabethton, TN, the “first free and independent government was organized on this continent”, leading to the Transylvania Purchase (the largest private real estate transaction in the history of the United States), the Cherokee siege of Fort Watauga, and culminates in the Battle of Kings Mountain, long recognized as the decisive turning point in winning the Revolutionary War.

During this exciting retelling of our regions’ history, the Fort Watauga amphitheater comes to life with the sights and sounds of the late 18th century on the colonial frontier. Nationally significant events that helped to shape the future of our nation before, during, and after the American Revolution are presented in an engaging and entertaining fashion.

Liberty! is set in front of the full-scale replica of Fort Watauga and tells the stories of these important days of American history as well as demonstrating the lives of pioneers in a frontier settlement. Moreover, it gives faces to the names we see on many of our street signs and other local area designations. For example, we meet John Sevier, who went on to become the first Governor of Tennessee. We are also introduced to John Carter, and his son Landon, both of whom are reflected in the full name of the Carter Mansion, the oldest frame house in Tennessee. It is preserved by the Park and the associated Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park.

The amazing strength and skills of the local pioneer women are far from neglected in the drama. Another character is Mary Patton, who learned the art of manufacturing gun powder from her father. Her assistance was crucial in the defense of the settlement during the siege. Moreover, she supplied the Overmountain Men with a minimum of 500 pounds of gunpowder for their foray into North Carolina.

We also encounter Catherine “Bonnie Kate” Sherrill, a lively lass who was caught outside the fort during the siege attack, and was rescued by Sevier, whom she later married. While Tiptonville was the original name of Elizabethton, as part of the State of Franklin, it was later renamed for Landon’s wife, Elizabeth MacLin Carter, who also appears in the drama.

Enhanced sound and stage effects during Liberty! is accomplished through the use of professional lighting and sound, a well-maintained amphitheater, as well as an all-volunteer cast of nearly 100 local actors in speaking and non-speaking roles.  The cast of Liberty! invites you to join us to relive the historic events, challenges, joys and heartaches of those who first made the Watauga settlement their home.

Liberty runs Thursdays-Saturdays, July 12 – 14, 19 – 21, and 26 – 28, 2018 in the Fort Watauga Amphitheater at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park in Elizabethton, TN. And, all of this is provided to local residents and area visitors at a very reasonable price.

General admission tickets range from Free for Children 5 and under; to $6.00 for Students 6 to 17 years; $11.00 for Seniors 55 and up; and $14.00 for Adults. Members of Friends of Sycamore Shoals may attend the drama any night for a reduced adult/senior admission price of $7.00.

Tickets can also be purchased online at http://www.TheLibertyDrama.com or at the door.

First Night tickets to the opening show on Thursday, July 12th are only $9 for adults and seniors. This year, our 1st Responders Night is celebrated on opening night. All 1st Responders and a guest will be admitted for Free on Thursday, July 12th.

Veterans Night is on Thursday, July 19th, where Veterans are formally thanked for their service during the show, and also with free admission for themselves and a guest.

Please consider becoming a member of Friends of Sycamore Shoals who helps to support the Liberty! as well as a host of other educational park activities that take place throughout the year.

Don’t be one of the many who say “I’ve heard about it, but never gone.” And, if you’ve seen it, you’re most welcome to come again. Each year we present new script changes that are sure to keep you on the edge of your seats!

Support your local history, educators and preservationists; come learn about our regions history in a fun and entertaining context.   We’ll see you at the Old Fields!

Additional Information:

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

1651 W. Elk Avenue

Elizabethton, TN 37643

423-543-5808

 

www.sycamoreshoalstn.org

www.tnstateparks.com/parks/about/sycamore-shoals

http://www.facebook.com/LibertyTheSaga/

http://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfSycamoreShoalsStateHistoricArea/

www.facebook.com/sycamoreshoals

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28th Native American Festival Schedule of Events

Don’t let the weather keep you away – we are prepared for the predicted rainy Saturday!   Our vendors will be located inside the Park Visitors Center and outside the building.  All of the programs will be presented indoors in the Gathering Place, which is inside the Park Visitors Center, providing for a dry and enjoyable event!

We have an exciting weekend planned with lots of wonderful and talented guests – we hope you will join us!

Inside and outside the Visitors Center we will host a variety of excellent demonstrations, which include beadwork, gourd art, pine needle basketry, stone carving, Cherokee language, wood carving, corn shuck dolls, native river cane flutes, and an educational Cherokee exhibit with historical reenactors, Mark and Sherry Finchum. In addition there will be a variety of unique craftsmen and native artisans as well as flint-knapping and pottery making demonstrations, and a primitive points exhibit and artifact identification courtesy of S. D. Dean. And don’t forget to check out the ethnic Cherokee food and Lakota Tipi exhibit! 

All proceeds from admissions go to Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, to support this event. This event is made possible by the support of Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, the DoubleTree by Hilton of Johnson City, and the Comfort Inn of Johnson City.

Admission is $6.00 per adult, and $1.00 for children

Schedule of Events

Saturday, June 2     10 am – 8 pm

 

10:00 am – 10:30 am     Native American Flute

Daniel Bigay

10:30 am – 11:00 am     “The Cultural Meaning of Cherokee Dreams”,

Dr. Michael Abram – Cherokee Heritage Museum and Gallery

Cherokee, North Carolina

11:00 am – 11:30 am   “Are you Smarter than a …”

Mark and Sherry Finchum

11:30 am – 12:00 pm    Cherokee Storytelling

Freeman Owle

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm      Cherokee Dance & Drum Demonstrations

and Blowgun Demonstration

Dale Cloer, Warrior’s Path Drum Group

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm        Native American Flute

Daniel Bigay

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm        “The Life, Humor, and Wisdom of Will Rogers”,

Dr. Michael Abram – Cherokee Heritage Museum and Gallery

Cherokee, North Carolina

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm       “Are you Smarter than a …”

Mark and Sherry Finchum

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm        Cherokee Storytelling

Freeman Owle

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm       Native American Dance & Drum Demonstration

and Blowgun Demonstration

Dale Cloer, Warrior’s Path Drum Group

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7:00 pm – 8:00 pm     Traditional Evening Campfire –      

Bring a blanket or folding chair!

Freeman Owle, Mark and Sherry Finchum, Dale Cloer, Daniel Bigay, Kay Little John

Located at the far end of the field between the Fort and the Visitor Center, by the edge of the tree line 

(Subject to cancelation in the event of severely inclement weather)

 

Sunday, June 3            10 am – 6 pm

Sunday morning will feature a special opportunity to visit with the demonstrators and shop with the unique artisans and exceptional craftsmen before the day’s activities begin at 11:30!

11:30 am– 12:00 pm      Cherokee Language Workshop

Freeman Owle

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm     Cherokee Dance & Drum Demonstrations

and Blowgun Demonstration

Dale Cloer, Warrior’s Path Drum Group

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm        Native American Flute

Daniel Bigay

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm        “The Cultural Meaning of Cherokee Dreams”,

Dr. Michael Abram – Cherokee Heritage Museum and Gallery

Cherokee, North Carolina

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm        “Are you Smarter than a …”

Mark and Sherry Finchum

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm        Cherokee Storytelling

Freeman Owle

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm        Cherokee Dance & Drum Demonstrations

and Blowgun Demonstration

Dale Cloer, Warrior’s Path Drum Group,

 

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