October 2017 Events and Workshops


Come Share in the Glorious Cause of Liberty!


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!


22nd Annual Sycamore Shoals Quilt Show

Friday & Saturday,   October  6th  and 7th

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday, October 8

1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

This four-day exhibition, sponsored by the Sycamore Shoals Stitchers, features a show and demonstrations by local quilters. Bed quilts, wall hangings, holiday and baby quilts, miniatures and antique quilts will be on display.


Bird Walks with the Lee & Lois Herndon TOS Chapter            

Saturdays, October 7, 14, 21, & 28                           

8:00 am

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



The Liberty Spinners

Tuesday, October 10

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).


Get Ready for Spring – Winterizing Your Garden           

Instructor: Ben Hunter

Saturday, October 14

9 am – noon

Cost: No Charge – Registration is NOT necessary for this session

It’s not too early to be planning & building your spring garden. Gardener extraordinaire, Ben Hunter, will be joining us to share his experiences & techniques for growing the garden of your dreams!  Sponsored by the Northeast Tennessee Master Gardeners.


Creating Your Own Gingerbread Houses – Lecture/Demo                                

Instructor: Margaret Crouch                                

Saturday, October 14

1 pm – 4 pm

Cost: $5.00     13 to Adult

Min: 10            Max: N/A

In the 1980’s, Margaret went to a demonstration at the Smithsonian presented by Patti Hudson, “The Gingerbread Lady” of Lancaster, PA. Since then she’s used Patti’s recipes, patterns, and instructions to make & decorate many gingerbread houses for the children in her life. This demo will walk you through the process of assembling & decorating a gingerbread cottage, following Patti’s methods. You won’t leave with your own gingerbread house, but you’ll almost certainly be inspired to make one when you get home!


Sycamore Shoals Fall Watermedia Painting Workshop

Instructor: Barbara Jernigan

Saturday, October 21                                                                 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sunday, October 22                                                                   1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Cost: $40 (bring your own supplies) or $50 (supplies furnished) Min: 5      Max: 15

All Students bring a sketch book or plain paper, pencil, eraser, & digital camera, if available.

On Saturday we will be planning the painting by taking a photo of the subject (weather permitting) or choosing from some printed ones, preparing a thumbnail and a value sketch, and setting up the composition.  Initial preparations in the afternoon will include transferring the sketch to the larger size paper (minimum size is a quarter sheet of watercolor paper or a 9×12 stock size, though a half sheet (11×22) would be preferable.)  We will then proceed with laying in the background and starting on the basic washes of color for the subject while focusing on saving the whites (even if using acrylic). Students will need to print their photos after the class for use at home and on Sunday. Sunday will be finishing the composition and a critique.


Old Time Music Jam – Led by Art Lang

Sunday, October 22

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!


Scary Stories at Fort Watauga

Thursday, October 26

7:30 pm

Strange things happen around All Hallows Eve, especially at an old fort by the river. Bring the family and join us for tales of woe and terror, the weird and macabre, with a touch of wit thrown in for good measure. Don’t be afraid, Fort Watauga at Sycamore Shoals isn’t haunted… we think!


Indian Corn Basket                                                  

Instructor: Jane Doan

Sunday, October 29, 2017

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Cost: $30

Min: 3          Max: 6

Create three beautiful ears of corn from basket reed. Please bring the following supplies: Sharp Scissors, 8 to 12 small clips or clothes pins.




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