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After 36 years, 'Liberty!' still loved at Sycamore Shoals

July 13th, 2014 9:56 pm by Max Hrenda

After 36 years, 'Liberty!' still loved at Sycamore Shoals

Every summer for the last 36 years, the cast and crew 'Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals' has provided a dramatic rendition of frontier life circa the time of the Watauga Settlement. (Photos by Max Hrenda/Johnson City Press)

On Thursday, the 36th season of “Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals” — the state’s official outdoor drama — opened at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area in Elizabethton. 

The show, performed by an all-volunteer cast inside the Fort Watauga Amphitheater, chronicles the settlement of the Watauga territory and features dramatizations of several of the region’s historically significant moments, such as the formation of the Watauga Association and the Battle of King’s Mountain. 

Park Manager Jennifer Bauer, who has participated in the production since 2001, said this year’s opening weekend was marked by “great weather,” “good turnout,” and a “great performance” by the cast. 

The show will continue over the next two weekends, with performances taking place at 7:30 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for students and free for children under 5. All proceeds go toward the maintenance of the historic area as well as the costs associated with the production itself. For more information, call the park at 543-5808 or visit sycamoreshoalstn.org online.

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