November & December 2019 Special Events and Workshops

Come Share in the Glorious Cause of Liberty!

 

Watauga Valley Fife and Drum Corps

The Watauga Valley Fife & Drum Corps, a component of the Washington County Militia, performs at historical events, dedications, and parades. If you would like to join the Corps, musical experience is welcome but not necessary, just come with a willingness to learn how to interpret history through music.

Putting in the Park

Thursday, November 7

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Cost: $5.00

Max: 5

Pre-registration required – www.tnstateparks.com/parks/sycamore-shoals

Choose “Upcoming Events” in the left hand menu What is disc golf? Join Ranger Davis in a unique setting around Fort Watauga for an introduction to disc golf! Learn basic techniques for putt and approach, mid-range, and driving, with a “hands on” opportunity using discs that will be provided. Dress appropriately for the weather and bring your own water. Cash payments must be made at the park office during regular operating hours prior to registration cut-off date. Meet in the Visitor Center, subject to cancellation due to significantly inclement weather.

 

Tomahawk Throwing Workshop

Friday, November 8

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Cost: $5.00

Max: 5

Pre-registration required – www.tnstateparks.com/parks/sycamore-shoals

Choose “Upcoming Events” in left hand menu Master the unique frontier skill of tomahawk throwing by joining Ranger Jason Davis for a hands-on tutorial. Topics will include proper technique and release, as well as versatile applications of tomahawk use in the outdoors. No children younger than 12. Parents who wish to be present but not participate do not need to register. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring your own water. Cash payments must be made at the park office during regular operating hours prior to registration cut-off date. Meet inside Fort Watauga, subject to cancellation due to significantly inclement weather.

Autumn Heritage Celebration

Saturday and Sunday, November 9 and 10

This year may be drawing to a close, but we aren’t going to let it pass without one more festive weekend at Fort Watauga!   Events for the two days include……

Colonial Harvest Celebration

Saturday, November 9

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday, November 10

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join the festivities at Fort Watauga as the Washington County Militia gather to celebrate recent victories in the War for Independence and give thanks for a bountiful harvest. Enjoy demonstrations of 18th century life and living history presentations.

 

Fall Fiber Fair

Saturday, November 9

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday, November 10

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Fall is the time we plan our winter projects and our handmade holiday gifts! Spend a day visiting our region’s finest fiber producers and artists! The day will include workshops, vendors with handmade items for sale, raw fibers, and demonstrations of spinning, weaving, and more!

 

Watauga Valley Art League Meeting and Program

Sunday, November 17

1:30 pm

This monthly meeting is open to all!  Each month a unique program is planned that ranges from talks, to demos, to hands on projects.

 

Traditional Arts Workshop:   Basketry Techniques – Reed Star                         

Instructor: Jane Doan

Saturday, November 23

9 am – Noon

Cost: $25.00 Most materials provided, please bring alligator clips or small clothes pins and a small towel

Decorate with stars made from basket reed. Variety of colors or natural reed to choose from. Create three different sized stars. 8″, 10″, 12″. This is fun class. Register by call the park at 423-543-5808

 

Colonial Coffee: A Revolutionary Drink

Saturday, November 23

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Cost: $8

Max: 10

Pre-registration required – www.tnstateparks.com/parks/events/sycamore-shoals

If you think having coffee with friends at your favorite coffee shop is a modern trend, think again. After the British taxation of tea in the American Colonies, drinking coffee became something of a patriotic duty for many 18th century colonists. Coffee houses were very popular places to gather, share news, and talk politics… namely independence from Great Britain. Join Museum Curator Chad Bogart at Fort Watauga and learn about the history of coffee in Colonial America. Roast up some beans, use a hand mill to grind the coffee, brew a pot over the open hearth, and enjoy a hot cup of history.

 

Walking in Frontier Footsteps – After Thanksgiving Day Hike

Friday, November 29

4:30 pm

Join Ranger Davis for a special guided interpretive walk through the grounds of Sycamore Shoals and along portions of the walking path on Friday, November 29. Discover the historical events that took place surrounding Sycamore Shoals and their significance to the formation of our State and Country. Dress appropriately for the weather as we will be taking a casual stroll on the walking path and through the park grounds. Meet in the picnic area beside the Visitor Center, at 4:30 pm. Please no pets. Hike is by reservation only and subject to cancellation due to significantly inclement weather.

 

Old Time Music Jam – Led by Art Lang

Sunday, November 24

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!

 

Christmas at the Carter Mansion

Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Cost: $7.00- Adults/$3.00- Ages 7 to 17/6 and under Free

Pre-registration required – www.tnstateparks.com/parks/sycamore-shoals

Registration Opens on November 1st – Choose “Upcoming Events” in the left hand menu

Spend a candlelit evening in the oldest frame house in Tennessee, decorated with bright greenery for the holidays. Enjoy music, refreshments and historic interpreters acting out scenes from an 18th century Christmas. 

 

Winterfest Art Show

Sunday, December 8 – Wednesday, December 18

Opening Reception: Sunday, December 8

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Kick off the holidays at Sycamore Shoals! The Watauga Valley Art League exhibition and sale begins with a reception on December 3 with great opportunities for holiday shopping! Artwork from the Watauga Valley Art League will remain on display during regular park hours throughout the month of December until December 18, 2019.

 

International and English Country Dancing

Sunday, December 29

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Beginners and seasoned dancers alike are all welcome! The afternoon will include the opportunity to learn dances from different worldwide cultures. 

 

Traditional Arts Workshops

To join one or more classes, you must register in advance by

calling 423-543-5808 and pre-pay.

If you would like to receive updated information throughout the year, please send your email address to jennifer.bauer@tn.gov 

 

Visitors Center Hours:

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday through Saturday

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Sunday

Our Visitors Center is closed on most State holidays.

Park grounds are open from dawn until dusk.

In the event of extremely inclement winter weather, contact the park about program cancellations and park office closings.

 

 

For more information contact:

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

1651 West Elk Avenue

Elizabethton, TN 37643

(423) 543-5808

 

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