May 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 at the Sycamore Shoals Visitors Center. Lessons are free of charge, just call and let us know you’re coming!


Watercolor Painting: Figure Painting           

Instructor: Barbara Jernigan          

Saturday, May 6, 2017

9 am – noon                           

Min: 5                 Max: open

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

Learn and practice watercolor techniques and style.


Watauga Valley Art League Meeting and Program

Sunday, May 7

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, May 9

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).


English Country Dancing with Bob Thompson

Saturday, May 13

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: The Pine Room at the Wellness Center behind Syc. Shoals Hospital

Guest dance instructor Bob Thompson will lead the group in English country dancing focusing on 4 primary dance routines from the period. Light refreshments will be served.

Cost: $7.00 at the door. $6.00 for members of Friends of Sycamore Shoals


Bird Walk with the Lee & Lois Herndon TOS Chapter              

Saturday, May 13

8:00 am

Meet other birders and naturalists at Sycamore Shoals for a morning of birding during the migratory season. 


Learn to Play the Pennywhistle                                       

Instructor: Martha Egan          

Saturday, May 13                                    

10 am – Noon                           

Min: 1             Max: 12

Cost: $25(includes Clarke or Walton  pennywhistle in Key of D, book, and CD)

$15 if you bring your own instrument

Popular in the British Isles in the 1800’s, this class includes the fundamentals of holding and sounding your pennywhistle, learning the first notes, and playing a song—or come and advance the skills you already possess. Music and other supplemental materials provided.


23rd Annual Siege at Fort Watauga

Saturday & Sunday, May 20 & May 21

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

It is the summer of 1776 and the Watauga settlement is at war. Join us as 200 colonial and Native reenactors present this dramatic retelling of the Cherokee attack brought on the settlers of the Watauga valley. Visit the living history camps, shop with period vendors, and witness battle re-enactments both days. Hear the rattle of muskets, smell the campfire smoke and see history come to life at the Siege of Fort Watauga. Contact the park for a detailed schedule.


Old Time Music Jam – Led by Art Lang

Sunday, May 28

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!