August 2018 Special Events and Workshops

Come Share in the Glorious Cause of Liberty!


Watauga Valley Fife and Drum Corps


Senior Corps-10 am – noon

Junior Corps-Noon – 1 pm

The Watauga Valley Fife & Drum Corps performs at historical events, dedications,

and parades. The Junior Corps is open to new members and beginners. Musical

experience is welcome but not necessary, just come with a willingness to learn.

Junior Corps members have opportunities throughout the year to move into Senior

Corps as they progress.


History at Home Summer Ranger Programs                                                        

June – August

A creative mix of historical & natural programs presented throughout the summer by our Seasonal Interpretive Rangers Jared Brandt and Stuart Shelton. These programs are great for the whole family to enjoy! Please call for weekly schedules.


14th Annual Elizabethton Butterfly Count

Saturday, August 4

9:00 am

Meet naturalist Don Holt at Sycamore Shoals for this day-long winged adventure across town. Come for all or part of the day. Sponsored by the North American Butterfly Association & Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park. (Rain Date to be announced).


Creek Critter Catchin’

Wednesday, August 8

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Cost: $5.00

Limit: 12

Pre-registration required –

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Join Ranger Davis for a cool and refreshing walk through the waterways of the Watauga River and discover the different creatures that call it home! Please bring footwear that you don’t mind getting wet or muddy, no flip-flops. You may bring your own catchin’ tools if you’d like. No children younger than 6. Parents who wish to be present but not participate do not need to register. Program will be cancelled/rescheduled in the event of severely inclement weather. All critters will be released at the end of the program.


Wacky Whimmy Diddles

Thursday, August 9

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Cost: $5.00 Adults/ Ages 17 and Under FREE

Limit: 12

Pre-registration required –

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What in the world is a wacky whimmy diddle? Join Ranger Corbin Hayslett in the lower picnic area by the walking trail to make an old-timey toy. Learn the secret ancient language of “hooey” to talk to your newly made whimmy diddle and make it do a special trick!


Quill Pen Making & Writing                      

Friday, August 10


Cost $5.00 – all supplies provided

Limit: 10

Children 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult

Pre-registration required –

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Join Museum Curatorial Assistant Chad Bogart and learn how to make and write with your very own feather writing pen. See how writing instruments of the 18th century penned such famous documents as the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Also learn about the different types of ink and paper used in colonial America. All children ages 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult as we will be using sharp tools to make the pens. The accompanying adult is not required to pay the class fee. Program will be held in the Gathering Room of the park Visitor Center.


Creating Early 19th century Women’s Foundation Wear – Part A

Instructor: Donna Horowitz

Saturday, August 11

10 am – 3 pm (lunch 12:30 – 1 pm)

Cost:    $65.00 (includes the fabric, pattern, & thread needed. A limited number of sewing machines will be available for a $5.00 class use on a 1st come basis. Student is encouraged to bring their own machine.

Min: 2               Max: 7

Start your early 19th Century Women’s wardrobe with the basic- a bodiced petticoat. Students will work with the instructor, a professional seamstress, to achieve a fitted undergarment based on personal measurements. A private area will be set up to assure privacy on fitting.


The Liberty Spinners

Tuesday, August 14

9:30 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).


An Afternoon of early 19th century Dance with the Sabine Hill Social Society                       

Sunday, August 19

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Beginners and seasoned dancers alike are all welcome! The afternoon will include English Country Dance and early Appalachian dance techniques.    


Botanical Arts                                  

Instructor: Sara Bowers & members of the Shady Oaks Garden Club

Saturday, August 25

9:30 am till noon                     

Cost: No Charge – all materials provided-Registration required

Max: 25

Make jewelry with dried plant material! We encourage participants to display their creations at the Shady Oaks Flower Show on Friday & Saturday, September 7 & 8. Work will be labeled and returned to owners after the flower show. Ribbons will be awarded.


Early 19th Century Women’s Foundation Wear – Part B

Instructor: Donna Horowitz

Sunday, August 26

1 pm – 4 pm

Min:   2                 Max:   7

Cost:     $45.00 (includes fabric, pattern, polyfill, & thread to complete your own chemisette & back pad) A limited number of sewing machines will be available for class usage on a 1st come basis for $5.00. Students are encouraged to bring their own sewing machine

Continue building your early 19th century women’s’ wardrobe with the finishing pieces: chemisette & back pad. Class will include instructions and examples on how to sew several styles of a chemisette- a garment that adds coverage & warmth to the upper bodice area. Finishing off the look is a back pad to help create the silhouette for


Old Time Music Jam – Led by Art Lang

Sunday, August 26

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!