April 2017 Events & Workshops

Watauga Valley Fife & Drum Corps


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!


Inkle Weaving

Instructor: Ronnie Lail

Saturday,April 1

10 am – 3 pm

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

$20 thread only, $10 instruction only

Min: 3 Max: 8

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.


Handspinning for Beginners                                                                                            

Instructor: Margaret Crouch

Sunday, April 2

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Cost:    $35.00 includes wool roving

Minimum:   2     – instructor will supply spinning wheel

Additional   2 – student will supply spinning wheel

Have you always wanted to learn to spin?  This 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, plan to bring it, along with your spare bobbins.     Cost of $35 includes prepared wool roving ready to spin.


Carter Mansion Celebration & Militia Muster

Saturday, April 8

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday, April 9

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join us for two days of history, traditional arts and family fun as we celebrate the oldest frame house in Tennessee, and the historically prominent Carter family. Travel back to the 1780’s and tour the Carter Mansion. Witness living history reenactors demonstrating aspects of 18th century life, and see local craftsmen showcasing traditional skills.


Watercolor Painting: Landscape Painting and Sketching Outdoors

Instructor: Barbara Jernigan

Saturday, April 8, 2017

9 am – noon

Cost: $12 (plus supplies) or $20 (includes supplies)

Min: 5        Max: open

Learn and practice watercolor techniques and style.


Watauga Valley Art League Meeting and Program

Sunday, April 9

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Everyone is welcome to join the Watauga Valley Art League for their monthly meetings that feature a guest speakers and fellowship with area artists. WVAL meets the 2nd Sunday of each month, except October.


The Liberty Spinners

Tuesday, April 11

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).


Landscape Seminar & Plant Auction      

Saturday, April 15                                      

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

An exciting array of unusual ornamental & native perennials, trees and shrubs will be auctioned during this event. A great opportunity to add new species to your landscape! Sponsored by The UT Extension Service, E.Tenn. Nursery Assoc., and the Eliz/Carter Co. Chamber of Commerce.


Old Time Music Jam – Led by Art Lang

Sunday, April 23

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!


Basketry – Basil and Thyme

Instructor: Candy Alexander

Saturday, April 29

9 am – 4 pm

Cost: $28.00                                                                                            Min:      4              Max: 10

Create a traditional Appalachian herb basket with a wrapped handle. Learn to weave a God’s Eye. A variety of woven patterns will be offered for the hoop. Dimensions: 12″ rnd. x 10″ high. Bring garden or kitchen shears, an old hand towel, pencil, small measuring tape, small spray bottle of water, and strong clothespins.


Community Plant Exchange     

Saturday, April 29

9:00 am – 10:00 am

The front parking lot will be bustling this morning! Bring cuttings and potted outdoor and indoor plants, to exchange for species you don’t have—a fun way to meet other gardeners and increase your collection.