This year, the park has scheduled its Old Christmas Militia Muster at Fort Watauga. It will be held on Saturday, Jan. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The park will demonstrate how European migrants brought Old World holiday traditions to America, from the Dutch Sinterklaas to the Twelve Days of Christmas. Visitors will discover the English, German, Scottish and Irish roots of our modern holiday celebrations. Contact the park for detailed schedule.
While the must is going on, there will also be Old Christmas Tours of the Carter Mansion. The tours will be held on Saturday, Jan. 5, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The tours will also be conducted on Sunday, Jan. 6, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The cost of the tour is $7 for adults, $3 for students 7-17 and children 6 and under will be admitted free. Registration is required online at www.tnstateparks.com/parks/sycamore-shoals.
The tour will allow visitors to enjoy a special visit to the oldest frame house in Tennessee, decorated with the traditional bright greenery of Old Christmas. Visitors can discover the secrets of this elegant frontier home and learn the history of the family who built it between 1775 and 1780. The tours will be given in 18th century period clothing. The Historic John and Landon Carter Mansion is located at 1031 Broad St..
Also on Sunday, Jan. 6, there will be an afternoon of early 19th century dance with the Sabine Hill Social Society from 1-4 p.m.
Beginners and seasoned dancers alike are all welcome. The afternoon will include English Country Dance and early Appalachian dance techniques. Coffee and hot cocoa will be provided.
There will also be some art workshops offered this month. The first of the new year will be a watermedia class taught by Barbara Jernigan on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost of the workshop is $12 if you bring your own supplies. It is $20 with supplies provided.
Pre-register by calling 423-543-5808.
The class will allow students to come and paint with watercolors and acrylics on paper. It may be a snowy landscape, spring flowers, a mountain vista, or maybe even a selfie. Photo references or tracings will be provided. Paint your own composition or follow along with the instructor. Students with supplies may use watercolors, acrylics or fluid acrylics on paper.
“An Afternoon of Art — Winter Landscape,” taught by Elizabeth Greenwell will be held on Sunday, Jan. 20, from 1-4 pm. The cost is $25 and includes all supplies. The workshop is intended for all skill levels. Preregister by calling 543-5808.
The monthly Old Time Music Jam, led by Art Lang will be held on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 1:30-4 p.m. Old time musicians of all levels are welcome. Even if you don’t play and instrument, you’re invited to come on over, kick back, and enjoy the tunes.