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Scary Stories at Fort Watauga

Thursday, October 30 @ 7:30 pm

Scary Stories at Fort Watauga is soon to be upon us! On Thursday, October 30th at 7:30 pm, the walls of the historic recreation of the fort will be alive with tales of haints and happenings of days gone by. An annual event not to be missed, Scary Stories is set inside the fort, creating a unique atmosphere for an evening of spooky tales geared to the entire family.

We are excited to welcome three exceptional storytellers to the fort this year; C. Keith Young, and the Front Porch Storytellers - Mary Jane Kennedy, and Chad Bogart. Each of these talented tellers is sure to bring a smile to your face and a chill to your spine!

C. Keith Young, Raconteur, has performed as the featured storyteller/emcee for the Virginia Highlands Festival, First Night Kingsport, Kingsport Funfest Showtime, Fayetteville Christmas Past Festival, Erwin Strawberry Festival, the Stone Soup Festival (South Carolina), Elizabethton’s Covered Bridge Celebration, Roan Mountain State Park Miller Homestead Days, Sycamore Shoals State Park, plus numerous appearances at Tellabrations and Jonesborough Days. His work as a storyteller, emcee, humorist and professional musician spans more than three decades. He serves the area as director of the off-campus teaching site in Elizabethton for Northeast State Community College.

The Front Porch Storytellers developed and co-founded by Mary Jane Kennedy, Sherri Hyder and Chad Bogart is actively presenting storytelling programs throughout the area and in Elizabethton. Be sure to check out their Historic Ghost Walks in downtown Elizabethton! They have been telling stories together for five years at many schools, civic functions, senior homes and organizations throughout the Mountain Empire.

Mary Jane Kennedy spent 30 years teaching in Orlando. She has a background in music, voice over, historical research and storytelling. She is the Co-Founder of The Overmountain Singers, The Homespun Storytellers and The Front Porch Storytellers. She has been actively performing in the area for the last nine years both in music and storytelling.

Chad Bogart comes from a long line of storytellers. His abilities are enhanced by a background in music, living history, and historical interpretation. Chad's interest in scary stories stemmed from family ghost tales told by his Grandmother, and are a favorite among his listeners.

Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and make it a point to mark your calendar now for an exciting evening with family and friends!


 
 

 

 

Hales Community Ruitan Haunted Forrest-All New Themes- 152 Hales Rd. Jonesborough, TN. Sponsors Road Runner Markets/Paranormal Technology/ Quick pack and ship. 423-202-8348

Open at 7:30 pm

Oct 16,17 18, 23,24,25, 29,30,31


COME HUNGRY…there will be a Country Breakfast Buffet at the Limestone Ruritan Club starting at 7:00 am – 10:00 am on October 25th.  The items that you will find on the buffet are: scrambled eggs, potatoes,  gravy & biscuits, grits, baked apples, sausage, country ham, bacon, pancakes with hot syrup, and drinks.  This is an All-You-Can-Eat meal for $8.00 per person.  Carry outs are available.


Westminster Presbyterian Church in Johnson City will host the popular Christian group, Matthew Smith and Indelible Grace, for a special music concert on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. The concert is free; the public is invited.
           Nashville-based Matthew Smith and Indelible Grace are noted for their unique approach to worship music—taking the familiar words of centuries-old hymns and applying new melodies for a more contemporary setting.
            “We are especially excited to host Matthew and his friends with Indelible Grace for this concert,” said John Atkins, Westminster elder and worship committee chairman. “Their reimagined hymns have drawn acclaim across denominational lines and are sung at worship services around the world, particularly among college campus ministries.”
            Matthew Smith will also present a seminar on hymns and the worship life of the church earlier that day at 5 p.m. for anyone interested in learning more about leading worship music. “I love seeing how the beauty and truth of these hymns connect with people, and I hope everyone who comes to the concert will leave with a bigger view of God and his grace,” Smith says.         For more information about Matthew Smith and Indelible Grace, go to matthewsmith.us and igracemusic.com.
            Westminster will host its annual Fall Festival, open to the public and free of charge, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1, outdoors and in the fellowship hall on the lower level. Guests of all ages will enjoy games with prizes, storytelling, outdoor inflatables, cake walk, chili and hot dog supper, desserts/snacks, and a fundraiser silent auction for missions.
            For directions or more information about the church, call Westminster Presbyterian Church at (423) 283-4643 or go on-line to www.westminjc.org. The church is located at 2343 Knob Creek Road in Johnson City. Westminster is part of the Presbyterian Church in America; the senior pastor is Dr. Jim Richter.
 


 
 
 

 

 

The Lee Valley Music Barn, 500 Lee Valley Road, Whitesburg, TN,continues the 1st. Friday concert series Friday night Nov. 7 at 7:00 pm. Featured group of the month will be Mountain Joy from Waynesville, NC.  
Admission is free and there will be food and door prizes. Visit www.theleevalleymusicbarn.com or call 423-235-6152 for information.
 
 Jeanne Robertson 2014 FABulousy Funny Tour Live at Memorial Park Community Center, Johnson City, Tennessee.  November 11th at 6:00pm is Veterans Appreciation show. 

November 12th at noon is Laughter is Medicine Lunch (lunch will be provided). All tickets are $25.00, you can purchase tickets now at Memorial Park Community Center or online at http://apm.activecommunities.com/jcparks 

 


 

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area - Where Our Heritage Comes to Life! October 2014- Events and Workshops

Watauga Valley Fife & Drum Corps
 
Saturdays                                                                                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!

Carter Mansion Autumn Tours
Tuesdays                                                                                 noon – 3 pm

Join historic interpreter Ramona Invidiato for a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame house, the John and Landon Carter Mansion. Walk through the rooms of this elegant frontier home and listen to the walls of raised paneling echo stories of days gone by. The Carter Mansion is located at 1031 Broad St.., Elizabethton, TN.

Bird Walks with the Lee & Lois Herndon TOS Chapter Saturdays, October 4, 11, 18 & 25                              8:00 am

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

 

Old Time Music Jam – Led by Art Lang

Sunday, October 26                                                               1:30 pm – 4 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 30              7:30     pm             Strange 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!

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 Tuesday through Saturday             1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Sunday
Closed Mondays
Our Visitors Center is closed on most State holidays.
Park grounds are open from dawn until dusk.
For more information contact:
Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area
1651 West Elk Avenue
Elizabethton, TN 37643
(423) 543-5808

 

 

 

 

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