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When shoes, skates, chairs, suitcases and toys get old, rusted and battered, most people throw them away, but North Carolina artist Janet Orselli turns them into art. On Monday, Oct. 6, at 7 PM, in ETSU’s Ball Hall Auditorium, the Devault Tavern Exhibition Series of events will continue with ‘Lost or Found? Giving found objects a new life; a lecture by Orselli with a light refreshments to follow. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.etsu.edu/cas/arts/ or call 423-439-8587. 

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 


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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