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The Elizabethton/Carter County Animal Shelter is having an adoption event this Saturday, September 20, 2014, at the Elizabethton Wal-Mart. All spayed or neutered dogs are only $15 to adopt. They will have several fixed dogs and possibly some lab mix puppies for adoption. This is an effort to make space for incoming animals so that no healthy and social pet gets put down. Unfixed puppies are available for only $35 and this covers the surgery to be fixed.
Call 423-547-6359. On Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ElizabethtonCarterCountyAnimalShelter.

Toxic waste is closer than you think. “My Toxic Backyard,” an independent film shines a light on the residual effects of the CTS Corp. superfund site in south Asheville, N.C., where people are fighting for clean water.

On Monday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. in ETSU’s Martha Culp Auditorium, the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts will present a free screening of “My Toxic Backyard” as part of the south arts southern circuit tour of independent filmmakers.

Meet Emmy award-winning writer and director Katie Damien at a Q & A and reception following the film. For more information, visit www.etsu.edu/martin or call 423-439-8587. 

A Night with the Yarn Exchange Sept. 22: The Last Hard Times of Washington County

 Jonesborough's original storytelling radio hour comes to the International Storytelling Center Stage on Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. with stories, skits and songs centered on “The Last Hard Times.”
The group brings to life depression-era stories about “The Last Hard Times” faced by Washington County residents, based on stories gathered from the region.
Ever had to carry a cold, baked, sweet potato to school for lunch, because that’s all the family had? Ever had to strip down a Model T and hitch it to a mule, because gas was too expensive?
In Jonesborough, circa the 1930s, a person could buy sugar for five cents a pound.  Coffee was twenty-six cents a pound, but most folks had trouble scraping up the two cents it would cost for one cup of Joe at the diner. And, chain gangs mined the quarry to lay gravel on the same dirt roads that had brought lawyers, businessmen and travelers to Jonesborough since the 1790s.
Drawing from interviews with Becky Poteat Sims, Alfred Greenlee, Jimmy Rhein, the late Sydney Smallwood and others, this month’s radio show will paint a picture of the tenacity of the people of Washington County.
Seating, as always, is limited as tickets are available at a rate of $5 for adults and $3 for children.  Tickets can be purchased at the door on the night of the performance, or at the Historic Jonesborough Visitor’s Center by calling 423.753.1010 and visiting online at jonesboroughtheatre.com and clicking on purchase tickets.
Through a grant with the Harris Fund and in partnership with East Tennessee State University, and generous support from CrestPoint Health, you can tune in to their broadcasts on WETS FM 89.5 or stream online at wets.org on HD Channel 1, on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 8 p.m. A Night with the Yarn Exchange is part of Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts.

BBQ Dinner Fundraiser
Join us Saturday, September 27th for a Pork BBQ Dinner
3:00 – 7:00 pm
Adults $9
Children $5 (under 12 years)
Boones Creek United Methodist Church
110 Mary Street (on the corner of Highway 36 and Mary Street)
Gray, TN 37615
Proceeds from this event will help support our Mission Ministry Programs.

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area Presents:  
The Overmountain Victory Trail Celebration  
Saturday and Sunday, September 20 and 21  
It was the year 1780. The tide of the Revolution had turned against the colonists.  The British, forced out of New England, gained new allies in the divided South and won victory after victory in a bloody civil war.  Charleston had fallen, and American forces had crumbled at the battle of Camden. But then the impossible occurred…The frontiersmen of the western mountains began a long march, gathering an army along the way, from the highlands of Virginia to the hills of South Carolina.  There, at a place called King’s Mountain, they destroyed an army and opened the way for the final American victory at Yorktown.
The route they took to from Virginia to South Carolina, we now know as the Overmountain Victory Trail.  Come celebrate with us as we recreate the muster of the Overmountain Men, which occurred here at Sycamore Shoals over two hundred years ago. Re-enactors in period clothing will be on hand throughout the weekend to share stories of the excitement and danger of that tumultuous time.  A special ceremony presented by the Sons of the American Revolution will occur at 10 am Saturday morning to commemorate the “Gathering at Sycamore Shoals”. Also, author Bill Bays will be on hand throughout the day selling and signing his book, James Robertson, Father of Tennessee and Founder of Nashville. Admission is free so bring the entire family and relive some of the most crucial days of the Revolution.

Entries Now Being Accepted for 3rd Annual Jonesborough Chili Cook-Off

Think you’ve got what it takes to take home the coveted title of Jonesborough’s best chili?  The Jonesborough Area Merchants and Services Assoc. is now accepting entries for its 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off on Sun., Oct. 12 from noon to 4 p.m. at Storytelling Park just behind the International Storytelling Center.

Entry rules include:

·         Chili must be cooked from scratch at home or an alternate location.
·         Teams must produce 5 gallons of chili for judging and public tasting. Sides to compliment chili are allowed.
·         Teams will be expected to bring their chili entries hot and ready to eat.  Teams may bring their own heating source to keep their chili hot and to serve out of  at a discounted entry fee of $15.  If a team needs a chafing dish and sterno, the entry fee is $20. No electricity will be provided to any entry.
·         Teams may provide a pop up canopy tent and chairs if they desire.  *Chafer, sterno, one table, spoons and napkins for tasting will be provided.
·         Booth set up begins at 10 a.m. with judging at 11:30 a.m.  The event opens to the public at noon on Sun., Oct. 12.
·        Entries will be judged on taste, color, aroma, consistency and aftertaste. Prizes will be given in three categories Chili Champion, People’s Choice and Best Booth Decorations.
Other activities to take place during the Jonesborough Chili Cook-Off include a children’s area, family storytelling, craft vendors and live music.  Craft beer and other food items will also be available for purchase.

A limited number of chili cook-off entries will be accepted through Oct. 3.
$20 if a chafing dish and sterno are needed for heating
$15 if the entry provides their own heating source
 $10 for members of JAMSA

Proceeds will benefit the Jonesborough Area Merchants & Services Assoc. and Jonesborough Area Ministerial Assoc. To register emailfranklinhousebb@embarqmail.com or call 423.753.3819.

Entries are now being accepted for the 6th Annual Fine Art in the Park held on the International Storytelling Center grounds Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18 and 19.

 Featuring nearly 50 artists located inside the International Storytelling Center and the surrounding Storytelling Park, the juried and judged event accepts unique fine arts and crafts from around the region.  

Select works offered to the public by regional artisans in the past have included eclectic pottery, woodwork created by hand, statement jewelry, inspirational paintings, multipurpose textiles and much more as some artists exhibit their craft through demonstrations during the festival. 

Another popular aspect of Fine Art in the Park includes the tasting area complete with wine samples, mouthwatering chocolates, tempting sauces and savory bread samples complete with the area’s own marketplace where folks can sample before they buy.   

The ever popular Best of Show honor will be given amongst the regional artists that includes $1,000, second place will be awarded $500 and third place $300. Two Honorable Mention certificates will be awarded and one Best of Tasting certificate. 

 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 


The Haven of Rest will be hosting Bristol's Biggest Garage Sale. All proceeds will Benefit the Haven of Rest Ministries here locally. This event will be taking place on September 20th from 8am-2pm at Viking Hall, Bristol, TN. A suggested donation of $3.00 will be taken at the door. Children 12 and under are free. Spaces may be purchased by vendors ranging from $30.00 to $50.00 space size starting at 10 x 10 and going up. Please contact the Haven of Rest at 423-968-2011 or bristolmission@aol.com for further information.

Lynn View High School Class of 1964 will celebrate its 50th class reunion Sept. 19-20.  A casual dinner at Pratt's Barn will be held Friday, Sept. 19 beginning at 6:30 p.m. for classmates and their guests. On Saturday, Sept. 20, classmates can choose to have breakfast at 9 a.m. at the Lynn Garden Restaurant.  All classmates are encouraged to attend the all-years reunion at the former LVHS site beginning at 4 p.m., Sept. 20. For more information email jrkerns@charter.net.

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.

Fort Watauga Knap-In
Saturday & Sunday, October 4 & 5                                       10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Knapping—with a “K”—has nothing to do with sleep! Knapping is the art of making stone tools, and the Knap-In at Fort Watauga is our celebration of Tennessee Archaeology Week. Watch primitive skills craftsmen make arrowheads, spear points and other survival tools. There will be demonstrations of primitive tools such as the bow, arrow and atlatl throughout the day.

19th Annual Sycamore Shoals Quilt Show
Thursday, Friday & Saturday,   October 2, 3 & 4                  9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday, October 5                                                                 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.

Spinning and Fiber Meet
Saturday, October 11                                                              9:00 am – 4:00 pm     

Join area fiber artists and producers for a day of spinning, felting, natural dyeing, workshops, vendors, fiber sources, and so much more!

Traditional Rug Hooking with Wool                                              9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Saturday, October 11 (during Spinning and Fiber Meet)

Instructor: Joani Douglas                                                                                            

Cost: $35 (includes frame and hook, and all project supplies)           Min: 4           Max: 8

Students will learn about traditional rug hooking and how to plan and complete a project from start to finish. A kit is supplied to each student that contains everything needed to complete one 8 inch “Christmas Tree”.   Additional kits will be available for purchase. Bring a friend and have some fun!   Bring a lunch too.
Inkle Weaving                                                           Instructor: Ronnie Lail

Saturday, October 11                                                  9 am - noon

Cost:    $60 includes loom (to keep!) & all supplies   Min: 3    Max: 8      $20 thread only    $10 instruction only

Learn how to weave wide sashes, narrow bands, and shoelaces on a loom that is light-weight and easy to carry around! You can create wonderful patterns through varied placement of colorful thread.  Bring scissors.  

Wet Felting                                                                            12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Saturday, October 11 (during Spinning and Fiber Meet)

Instructor: Nan Sexton                                                          Min: 4       Max: 6

Cost:   $20.00   (materials provided)

Come learn the skill of wet felting. You wil use a flat resist to make a hat or bag. If you took the class last year, this will be something new. If this is your first venture into felting, you will enjoy it!

Beginning Spinning                                                               1 pm – 3 pm

Saturday, October 11 (during Spinning and Fiber Meet)

Instructor: Margaret Couch                                                   Min: 2      Max: 4

Cost:   $30.00 (materials provided)

This 2 hour class is meant for those who have never used a spinning wheel before. You’ll learn the basics of drafting wool and using the wheel to make yarn. If you have a spinning wheel, you should plan to bring it; if not, we’ll have one for you to use.

Twined Rugs                                                                         1 pm – 4 pm

Saturday, October 11 (during Spinning and Fiber Meet)

Instructor: Fiona Zahnke                                                       Min: 3      Max: 6

Cost:   $30.00 (materials provided)

Come learn the skill of making Twined Rugs.   You will make a small twined mat to practice the techniques needed to do this old craft.

Anyone Can Crochet! - Crocheting a Scarf           Instructor: Amy Gawthrop

Sunday, October 12                                                    1:30 pm – 4 pm          

Cost: $25                                                                    Min: 1            Max: 10

You will learn all of the necessary techniques to get you started in the art of crochet! Bring at least 2 skeins of worsted weight solid color yarn (if you want a long scarf, you will need at least 3 skeins) or any fiber that will make a comfortable scarf; bring a crochet hook – either size H, I, or J (5, 5.5, or 6 mm)

The Liberty Spinners

Tuesday, October 14                                                               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).

Primitive Trapping and Fishing                              Instructor: Steve Ricker

Saturday, October 18                                                  10 am – 4pm

Cost: $35                                                                    Min: 5         Max: 10                     

Learn traditional methods of hunting, trapping, and fishing, using ordinary materials to survive in the wild. This class will take place outdoors, so dress accordingly.

Get Ready for Spring – Winterizing Your Garden           Instructor: Ben Hunter

Saturday, October 18                                                              10 am – 1 pm

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.

Spinning: Beyond the Basics                                    Instructor: Amy Gawthrop

Sunday, October 19                                                    1:30 – 4 pm    

Cost:  $40 includes fleece (1st time students in this class)   

$15 for returning students                              Min: 1        Max: 5

If you are a brand new spinner, or have been dabbling on the spinning wheel for some time; this class is for you! Bring your questions and join Amy for an afternoon of “All Things Spinning!”

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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