21st Annual Sycamore Stitchers Quilt Show Seeking Exhibitors

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This years show is scheduled for Thursday through Sunday, October 1 through 4, 2015 at Sycamore Shoals State Historic.

Registration forms for quilt entries will be accepted through September 12

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Would you like to showcase that quilt or quilted wall hanging you spent hours designing, piecing and quilting? The Sycamore Stitchers Quilting Group of Elizabethton, Tennessee invites you to submit an entry for their 21st Annual Quilt Show.

Sycamore Stitchers Quilt Show is entering its 21st year and there is always something new and exciting at each show. Today’s quilters will surely leave a rich legacy for future generations.

The categories are as follows: Hand Quilted Bed Quilts, Machine Quilted Bed Quilts, Baby Quilts, Long Arm Quilted Bed Quilts, Juvenile/Lap Quilts, Holiday Wall Hangings, Large Wall Hangings, Small/Miniature Wall Hangings, Sycamore Stitchers Challenge and Antiques. This year our challenge is called “Scrap Happy Spinning”. It must contain at least 10 different fabrics, at least 2 inches of stripped fabric (doesn’t have to be all in one piece), and must contain a spinning effect block. The exhibit will showcase talent that will be judged only by the spectators. A People’s Choice Award will be given in 9 categories excluding antique quilts.

There is no fee to enter the Sycamore Stitchers Quilt Show. There is a limit of 1 entry per person due to limited space. All entries must comply with the rules and regulations for the show. Registration forms will be available August 13, 2015. Registration ends September 12, 2015. Free information and applications can be obtained at the UT Extension Office in Carter County, Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, Elizabethton and area fabric shops or by contacting Carolyn Buckles at 423-474-2682, or Jeanie Johnson at 423-542-6173.

Contact:

Pat Dobes, President of Sycamore Stitchers      423-542-9400

Carolyn Buckles, Show Co-Chair       423-474-2682

Jeanie Johnson, Show Co-Chair        423-542-6173

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History at Home

 

Ranger Programs for August 20th-August 26th

Seasonal Interpretive Ranger Gillian Roberts

Gillian Roberts demonstrating how to make a corn husk doll - Sycamore Shoals

The Historic John and Landon Carter Mansion, located on the Broad Street Extension at 1031 Broad St. Elizabethton, open Wednesday through Sunday for a tour at 2:00 pm.

For more information on park programs or events, please call (423) 543-5808.

 

Thursday, August 20th

10:30 am          Colonial Clothing- Want to know how the first settlers of our native Tennessee dressed? Gillian will be on the back porch of the Visitors Center to show some examples of men’s, women’s, and even children’s clothing from the 18th century. Who knows, you might even get to try some things on!

2:00 pm           Carter Mansion Tour- Join Gillian at the oldest frame house in Tennessee for a look inside this beautiful frontier home and hear the stories of the family who built it.

 

Friday, August 21st

10:30 am          Wataugan Footsteps- Fort Watauga was and still is a vital piece of history to the state of Tennessee. Gillian will be giving a tour of the Fort, sharing with you the background behind the Watauga Association, and the Overmountain Men.

2:00 pm           Carter Mansion Tour- Meet Gillian at the oldest frame house in Tennessee for a look inside this beautiful frontier home and hear stories of the family who built it.

3:30 pm           Musket Demonstration- Fire in the hole! Join Gillian at the Visitor’s center and see how the British, Frontiersmen, and even the Native Americans loaded the so-called “Brown Bess”. It’s history with a bang!

 

Saturday, August 22nd

10:30 am          Flint and Steel Fire Starting- We all enjoy a nice cozy fire now and then. Meet Gillian inside Fort Watauga to learn how the early settlers of Tennessee made fire with only a few simple items. 

2:00 pm           Carter Mansion Tour- Join Gillian at the oldest frame house in Tennessee for a look inside this beautiful frontier home and hear the stories of the family who built it. 

3:30 pm           The Music That Made America- There are so many important tunes that we sing and instruments that we play today that were also used on the early frontier. Swing by the Visitor’s Center to learn about these tunes and instruments that have been a part of our culture for centuries!

 

Sunday, August 23rd

2:00 pm           Carter Mansion Tour- Meet Gillian at the oldest frame house in Tennessee for a look inside this beautiful frontier home and hear stories of the family who built it. 

3:30 pm           Colonial Kids- Ever wonder what the children of the frontier did to have fun? Meet Gillian at the doors of Fort Watauga and learn to play        some of the games the children of the Watauga settlement enjoyed in the 18th century!

 

Tuesday, August 25th

10:30 am          Tomahawk Throw- Come and learn about the versatile tomahawk. Parents and children both are welcome to join Gillian in the courtyard of the fort to learn about a favorite pastime of the frontiersmen, the tomahawk throw! Only those 12 years and older are allowed to participate in the actual tomahawk throw but an alternative tomahawk throw will be set up for those younger than 12. 

2:00 pm           Carter Mansion Tour- Join Gillian at the oldest frame house in Tennessee for a look inside this beautiful frontier home and hear the stories of the family who built it.

 

Wednesday, July 26th

2:00 pm           Carter Mansion Tour- Meet Gillian at the oldest frame house in Tennessee for a look inside this beautiful frontier home and hear stories of the family who built it.

 

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September 2015 – Events and Workshops

Watauga Valley Fife & Drum Corps

Saturdays                                                                                                                10:00 am – 12 pm

The Fife & Drum Corps performs at historical events, dedications, and parades. This group is open to anyone ages 13 & 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!

Carter Mansion Autumn Open House

Tuesdays                                                                                                               noon – 3 pm

Join historic interpreter Ramona Invidiato for a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame house, the John and Landon Carter Mansion. Walk through the rooms of this elegant frontier home and listen to the walls of raised paneling echo stories of days gone by. The Carter Mansion is located at 1031 Broad St.., Elizabethton, TN. Tours may be canceled due to significantly inclement weather, please contact the main park to confirm.

The Liberty Spinners

Tuesday, September 8                                                                                         9:30 am – 11:30 am

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 (April to November). 

14th Annual Sycamore Shoals Celtic Festival                     

Friday – Sunday, September 11, 12 and 13

Friday Night Torchlight Ceremony                                        6:30 pm

Saturday – Sunday                                                                   9:00 am – 5:00 pm                             Saturday Night Concert                                                          6:30 pm

Celebrate Appalachia’s Celtic heritage! Opening with a torchlight ceremony Friday night, Clans and Family Societies will be on hand to help with family history; dance, music, food, vendors, demonstrations, reenactments of 18th & 19th Century heritage, lectures. There will be a special musical concert on Saturday evening. Admission Charge.

“Gathering at Sycamore Shoals”

Saturday, September 19             10:00 am

On Saturday the 19th of September 2015, The Tennessee Society Sons of the American Revolution will celebrate the 235th “Gathering at Sycamore Shoals”. This is a celebration of the Overmountain Men coming together to march to King’s Mountain and defeat Loyalist forces under Col. Patrick Ferguson. We will have a Memorial Service and a wreath laying service. The public is invited to attend and to participate in the wreath laying.  For more information please contact Ronnie Lail at 423-914-8677 Wataugatnssar@Gmail.com . 

Overmountain Victory Trail March

Friday, September 25                                                2:00 pm (approximate time)

Members of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association have recreated the historic march to King’s Mountain since 1975. On September 25, marchers will cross the Watauga River at Sycamore Shoals, just as the Overmountain militia crossed 235 years ago. 

Overmountain Victory Trail Celebration

Saturday, September 26                                                                                      10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday, September 27                                                                          10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join us for an encampment by the Overmountain militia before the Battle of King’s Mountain in 1780. Live some of the most crucial days of the American Revolution!

Walking in Frontier Footsteps

Saturday, September 26                                                                                      1:00 pm

Celebrate National Public Lands Day at Sycamore Shoals! Join Historic Interpreter Chad Bogart on a special guided walk through the grounds of Sycamore Shoals and along portions of the walking path. Discover the vital role Sycamore Shoals played in the early frontier community, and how its significance would impact our nation’s history. Dress appropriately for the weather as we will be taking a casual stroll on the walking path and through the park grounds. Meet at Fort Watauga, located behind the park Visitor Center. Please no pets. Hike is subject to cancellation due to significantly inclement weather.

Old Time Music Jam – Led by Art Lang

Sunday, September 27                                                                           1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Enjoy the rich musical traditions of our region each month. Old time musicians of all levels are welcome. Don’t play and instrument? Come on over, kick back, and enjoy the tunes!

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