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"Liberty!" begins second week on Thursday with free night for veterans

Contributed • Updated Jul 17, 2018 at 4:12 PM

ELIZABETHTON — “Liberty!” begins its second weekend of performances at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., on Thursday with Veterans Night, the play’s traditional “thank you” to veterans of all wars. All veterans who attend will be honored with free admission for the veteran and their escort.

It is an appropriate play to promote such an honor, for this is the story of this region’s first veterans, The Overmountain Men.

Watching the cast of “Liberty!” share the stories of Sycamore Shoals is humbling, exciting, and above all ... inspirational.

Comprised of over 100 volunteers, our neighbors from throughout the Tri-Cities and beyond, come together each January to begin auditions and rehearsals for the July drama. Giving an enormous amount of time and energy, they ask nothing in return — just the opportunity to be a part of ensuring that historic events of national significance are always remembered. Within their hearts you will find a passion and strong desire to honor our ancestors — patriots in the truest sense of the word.

Leaving the comforts of home, long hunters, and then families, began leaving the 13 English colonies to begin a new life, free of the rule of the British king. They crossed over the mountains beyond the Proclamation Line of 1763 discovering land that was cleared, yet uninhabited.

The “Old Fields” of the Watauga quickly became the heart of frontier settlements on land belonging to the Cherokee. Set in the 1770s, “Liberty!” relates the good times and the sad times; the struggles and the sacrifices — of families who were willing to take incredible risks to create a democratic society against a multitude of obstacles.

“Liberty!” second week of performances will be held Thursday through Saturday and continue July 26-28. With just two more weeks to go, we hope you will mark your calendars now to attend the 40th anniversary performances of Tennessee’s Official Outdoor Drama — “Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals.”

Set beside the Watauga River, the story unfolds with Fort Watauga as the backdrop. The outdoor amphitheater provides bench seating with backs and an opportunity to sample great food within a short distance from your seat, at Carter’s Store.

Tickets are $14 for adults, $11 for seniors, $6 for students 6-17, and children 5 and under are admitted free. Performances begin nightly at 7:30. Doors open at 6 and the concession stand will open at 6:30

 For more information, call 423-543-5808. Advance ticket reservations may be made at www.thelibertydrama.com.

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