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Spring events being planned for Sycamore Shoals

Contributed • Feb 25, 2020 at 8:34 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Spring is in the air at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, as the warming weather brings more outdoor activities to the park with the coming of March. Among the events scheduled for the new season are the annual Overmountain Weavers Guild Fibers Show on March 14-15 and the Overmountain Institute on March 6-8.

The month gets started on Sunday. The Watauga Valley Art League will hold its monthly meeting and program that day, starting at 1:30 p.m. This monthly meeting is open to all. Each month features a unique program that ranges from talks, to demonstrations, to hands-on projects. The meeting will include each of the league’s board members highlighting their art.

Also each weekend of the year, the Watauga Valley Fife and Drum Corps holds its weekly meeting and practice session. The unit is a component of the Washington County Militia. The corps performs at historical events, dedications, and parades. If you would like to join the corps, musical experience is welcome but not necessary, just come with a willingness to learn how to interpret history through music. Contact the park for further information.

There will be tours of the Carter Mansion offered on March 4 and March 18. Join Ranger Jason Davis for a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame house. Discover the secrets of this elegant frontier home and learn the history of the family who built it between 1775 and 1780. The John and Landon Carter Mansion is located at 1031 Broad St. in Elizabethton. Admission: Adults $8; Students 7 to 17 years $4; 6 and under admitted free. Registration is required and can be done online at www.tnstateparks.com/parks/events/sycamore-shoals.

One of the newer events on the schedule is The Overmoiuntain Institute, which is in its second year. It takes place on March 6-8. The fee for the event is $50.

This will be a unique weekend dedicated to sharing in-depth knowledge about life on the colonial frontier. Skilled heritage interpreters, living historians and expert craftsmen will bring life in the 18th century Watauga settlement to new light through a series of demonstrations, workshops, seminars, and hands-on activities. For a detailed schedule and to register visit liberty.ticketleap.com/omi2020/.

Guided tours of Sabine Hill will be held on March 18 and March 25. Join Museum Curatorial Assistant Chad Bogart for a guided tour of Sabine Hill, built by Mary Patton Taylor, widow of Brig. Gen. Nathaniel Taylor. The site has been described as one of the finest examples of federal architecture in Tennessee. During your tour you will have the opportunity to take in the colorful and architecturally detailed interior while learning about the influential Taylor family who called Sabine Hill home in the early 19th century.

Sabine Hill is located at 2328 W. G St. in Elizabethton.

The weekend of March 14-15 will feature the annual Overmountain Weavers Guild Fiber Show and Sale. The show will feature some of the best fiber artists in the region. Demonstrations include weaving, spinning, knitting, natural dyeing, and more. A variety of handmade items will be offered for sale.

Spring will arrive the next week, and there to greet the event will be gardener extraordinaire Ben Hunter. He will present a gardening seminar on vegetable gardening on March 21 from 9 a.m. to noon. It is not too early to be planning and building your spring garden. Hunter will share his experiences and techniques for growing the garden of your dreams. Sponsored by the Northeast Tennessee Master Gardeners. There is no charge for the class, and registration is not required.

Also on March 21, spring will be greeted with a hike from 10-11:30 a.m. Spring has officially arrived and it is time to get outside for some fresh air. Come for an easy hike throughout the park grounds to enjoy the beauty of early spring. You may bring water and/or snacks with you and remember to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. No pets.

On March 22, there will be another Old Time Music Jam led by Art Lang from 1:30-4 p.m. Enjoy the rich musical traditions of our region each month. Old-time musicians of all levels are welcome. Don’t play an instrument? Come on over, kick back, and enjoy the tunes.

On March 28 from 9 a.m. to noon, there will be a workshop on water media painting, taught by Barbara Jernigan. Come and paint with watercolors and acrylics on paper. The possibilities are endless. You may paint a 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. The cost is $12 if the student brings their own supplies, or $20 with supplies provided. Register and prepay by calling the park at 423-543-5808.