Monthly Archives: October 2013

Scary Stories at the Carter Mansion!



L to R – Mary Jane Kennedy, Chad Bogart, & C. Keith Young


Thursday, October 24 @ 7:30 pm 

Scary Stories at the Carter Mansion is soon to be upon us! On Thursday, October 24th at 7:30 pm, this home of over 230 years will be alive with tales of haints and happenings of days gone by. An annual event not to be missed, Scary Stories is set beside the historic Carter Mansion graveyard, creating a unique atmosphere for an evening of spooky tales geared to the entire family.   

We are excited to welcome three exceptional storytellers to the cemetery this year; C. Keith Young, and the Front Porch Storytellers – Mary Jane Kennedy, and Chad Bogart.  Each of these talented tellers is sure to bring a smile to your face and a chill to your spine!

C. Keith Young, Raconteur, has performed as the featured storyteller/emcee for the Virginia Highlands Festival, First Night Kingsport, Kingsport Funfest Showtime, Fayetteville Christmas Past Festival, Erwin Strawberry Festival, the Stone Soup Festival (South Carolina), Elizabethton’s Covered Bridge Celebration, Roan Mountain State Park Miller Homestead Days, Sycamore Shoals State Park, plus numerous appearances at Tellabrations and Jonesborough Days.  His work as a storyteller, emcee, humorist and professional musician spans more than three decades. He serves the area as the Northeast State Director of all of the off-campus teaching sites in our region.

The Front Porch Storytellers developed and co-founded by Mary Jane Kennedy, Sherri Hyder and Chad Bogart is actively presenting storytelling programs throughout the area and in Elizabethton. Be sure to check out their Historic Ghost Walks in downtown Elizabethton! They have been telling stories together for five years at many schools, civic functions, senior homes and organizations throughout the Mountain Empire. 

Mary Jane Kennedy spent 30 years teaching in Orlando.  She has a background in music, voice over, historical research and storytelling.  She is the Co-Founder of The Overmountain Singers, The Homespun Storytellers and The Front Porch Storytellers.  She has been actively performing in the area for the last nine years both in music and storytelling.  

Chad Bogart comes from a long line of storytellers. His abilities are enhanced by a background in music, living history, and historical interpretation. Chad’s interest in scary stories stemmed from family ghost tales told by his Grandmother, and are a favorite among his listeners. 

Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and make it a point to mark your calendar now for this exciting family event!   The Carter Mansion is located in Elizabethton at 1031 Broad Street.   If you would like additional information, please call Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area at 423-543-5808. 

Carter Mansion   1031 Broad Street  Elizabethton, TN 37643    

Fort Watauga Knap In THIS WEEKEND!


Primitive skills and flintknapping lovers unite this weekend at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area!  This annual event brings together “knappers” from throughout the Tri-Cities region as they demonstrate the age old skills of knapping stone using traditional techniques.


Demonstrations will include blade making, arrowhead making, atlatl and spear, bullroarer, and more.

The event will take place in Fort Watauga behind the park Visitor Center.

Sycamore Stitchers Quilt Show!

Quilt Show bed quilt

Don’t miss this great annual event!  Continuing tomorrow, Saturday, October 5 from 9 am – 4 pm and Sunday from 1 pm – 4 pm.

The Sycamore Stitchers, Elizabethton’s own premier quilting organization, spends the 1st weekend in October at Sycamore Shoals displaying and sharing their beautiful quilts!  The Gathering Room in the park Visitor Center is alive with color so please come over and join us!

Information?   Call 423-543-5808!