Carter County Living Calendar of Events

Published 4:05 pm Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Sycamore Shoals
October 7
27th Annual Sycamore Shoals Quilt Show — 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. — Meet at Park Visitor Center. This three-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.
October 8
27th Annual Sycamore Shoals Quilt Show — 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Meet at Park Visitor Center. This three-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.
Bird Walk with the Lee & Lois Herndon TOS Chapter — 8 a.m. Meet at the Visitor Center Parking Area. Meet other birders and naturalists at Sycamore Shoals for a morning of birding during the migratory season.
October 9
27th Annual Sycamore Shoals Quilt Show — 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Meet at the Park Visitor Center. This three-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.
October 15
Bird Walk with the Lee & Lois Herndon TOS Chapter — 8 a.m. Meet at the Visitor Center Parking Area. Meet other birders and naturalists at Sycamore Shoals for a morning of birding during the migratory season.
October 27
Scary Stories at Fort Watauga — 7:30 p.m. Meet at Fort Watauga. Strange things happen around All Hallows Eve, especially at an old fort by the river. Bring the family and join us for tales that will send a shiver down your spine and tickle your funny bone, with a touch of wit thrown in for good measure. Don’t be afraid, Fort Watauga at Sycamore Shoals isn’t haunted . . . or is it?!?!
October 28
Death Comes to Sabine Hill: Twilight Tour & Wake — 6 – 7 p.m. Meet at Sabine Hill State Historic Site, 2328 West G Street, Elizabethton  TN 37643. Price: $12 and register for the event.
Visit Sabine Hill State Historic Site for a special after-hours tour of the historic Taylor House and learn about funeral customs, superstitions, mourning attire, professions, funeral food, and other traditions of death and mourning in Early America. Pay your respects to the deceased at the wake and meet historically dressed interpreters throughout the house and on the grounds as they demonstrate the customs and jobs associated with death, mourning and funerals in Early America. Demonstrations on the grounds will include a coffin maker, grave digger, sexton, professional mourner, burial society, and resurrectionist.
Not recommended for small children. Parental discretion advised.
*Please Note: Only portable toilet facilities are available at this time. Accessibility to the home includes steps and an interior staircase. Tour may be subject to cancelation in the event of severely inclement weather.*
October 28
Death Comes to Sabine Hill: Twilight Tour & Wake — 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Meet at Sabine Hill State Historic Site, 2328 West G Street, Elizabethton  TN 37643. Price: $12 and register for the event.
Visit Sabine Hill State Historic Site for a special after-hours tour of the historic Taylor House and learn about funeral customs, superstitions, mourning attire, professions, funeral food, and other traditions of death and mourning in Early America. Pay your respects to the deceased at the wake and meet historically dressed interpreters throughout the house and on the grounds as they demonstrate the customs and jobs associated with death, mourning and funerals in Early America. Demonstrations on the grounds will include a coffin maker, grave digger, sexton, professional mourner, burial society, and resurrectionist.
Not recommended for small children. Parental discretion advised.
*Please Note: Only portable toilet facilities are available at this time. Accessibility to the home includes steps and an interior staircase. Tour may be subject to cancelation in the event of severely inclement weather.*
October 29
Death Comes to Sabine Hill: Daytime Visit 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., 12 – 1 p.m., 1 – 2 p.m., 2 – 3 p.m. Meet at Sabine Hill State Historic Site, 2328 West G Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Price: $12 and register for the event.
Visit Sabine Hill State Historic Site for a special after-hours tour of the historic Taylor House and learn about funeral customs, superstitions, mourning attire, professions, funeral food, and other traditions of death and mourning in Early America. Pay your respects to the deceased at the wake and meet historically dressed interpreters throughout the house and on the grounds as they demonstrate the customs and jobs associated with death, mourning and funerals in Early America. Demonstrations on the grounds will include a coffin maker, grave digger, sexton, professional mourner, burial society, and resurrectionist.
Not recommended for small children. Parental discretion advised.
*Please Note: Only portable toilet facilities are available at this time. Accessibility to the home includes steps and an interior staircase. Tour may be subject to cancelation in the event of severely inclement weather.*
Death Comes to Sabine Hill: Twilight Tour & Wake — 6 – 8:30 p.m.  Meet at Sabine Hill State Historic Site, 2328 West G Street, Elizabethton  TN 37643. Price: $12 and register for the event.
Visit Sabine Hill State Historic Site for a special after-hours tour of the historic Taylor House and learn about funeral customs, superstitions, mourning attire, professions, funeral food, and other traditions of death and mourning in Early America. Pay your respects to the deceased at the wake and meet historically dressed interpreters throughout the house and on the grounds as they demonstrate the customs and jobs associated with death, mourning and funerals in Early America. Demonstrations on the grounds will include a coffin maker, grave digger, sexton, professional mourner, burial society, and resurrectionist.
Not recommended for small children. Parental discretion advised.
*Please Note: Only portable toilet facilities are available at this time. Accessibility to the home includes steps and an interior staircase. Tour may be subject to cancelation in the event of severely inclement weather.
October 30
Early American Funeral Service — 2 – 3:30 p.m. Meet at Sycamore Shoals Sate Park Visitors Center. The events over the previous days at Sabine Hill featuring the customs, superstitions, and traditions of death and mourning in Early America culminate at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park as we re-create an Early American funeral service. Join the mourners in the funeral procession and attend the burial service of the dearly departed.
FREE ADMISSION
Program may be subject to cancelation in the event of severely inclement weather.
November 12 & 13
Autumn Heritage Celebration — Saturday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Join the festivities at Fort Watauga as the Washington County Militia gather to celebrate recent victories in the War for Independence and give thanks for a bountiful harvest. Enjoy demonstrations of 18th century life and living history presentations.
Fall Fibers Fair  Saturday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Fall is the time we plan our winter projects and our handmade holiday gifts! Spend a day visiting our region’s finest fiber producers and artists! The day will include workshops, vendors with handmade items for sale, raw fibers, and demonstrations of spinning, weaving, and more!
November 20 – December 4
Winterfest Art Show — Visitor Center Operating Hours. Meet at the Park Visitor Center. Kick off the holidays at Sycamore Shoals! The Watauga Valley Art League Winterfest Exhibition and Sale is a great opportunity for holiday shopping! Artwork from the Watauga Valley Art League will remain on display during regular park hours through December 4.
Opening reception: Sunday, November 20, from 1:30 to 4 p.m.
December 3 – 4
Christmas at the Carter Mansion — Tennessee’s oldest frame house takes on a special atmosphere during the holiday season. Step back in time and enjoy learning about the Christmas traditions of Colonial America as you visit the beautiful and historic John and Landon Carter Mansion, decorated with bright greenery for the holidays. Tours are by reservation only and space is limited. Contact the park at regular operating hours for more information. Admission Charge!
Roan Mountain 
Saturday, October 8
Fall-O-Dendron Heritage Festival — 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Meet at the Park Amphitheater in Roan Mountain State Park and the Roan Mountain Citizens Club for our 2nd Annual Fall-O-Dendron Heritage Festival. This FREE outdoor festival celebrates traditional culture, food, art and music.
*Vendor registrations are still being accepted. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/FOD2022-vendor
Fall-O-Dendron Heritage Fiddle Showcase — 2 – 3:30 p.m. Meet at the Park Amphitheater. Register for the event. Traditional fiddlers of all ages, heritage styles and abilities are welcome to audition by video to compete in the first-ever Fall-O-Dendron Heritage Fiddle Showcase at Roan Mountain State Park at Roan Mountain’s 2nd Annual Fall-O-Dendron Festival.
Entrance fees are waived for this first year’s friendly fiddle showcase and competition. A $100 prize will be awarded to the Fall-O-Dendron Heritage Fiddle Showcase Champion.
For complete rules and to enter, visit: https://bit.ly/fiddle-showcase-2022
For questions, please contact Marcianne O’Day at marcianne.oday@tn.gov or 423-491-1383.
October 14 – October 16
Women’s Rock Climbing Workshop  7 p.m. – 3 p.m. Meet at the Cumberland Mountain State Park Rec Lodge. Price is $60 and register for the event.
***NOTE*** THIS PROGRAM IS BASED OUT OF CUMBERLAND MOUNTAIN STATE PARK, CROSSVILLE, TN. ALL TIMES ARE CENTRAL TIME.
Event Description: Friday we will start with a meet and greet in the Recreation Lodge at 7 p.m CST. We will cover outdoor climbing basics, including knot tying and belay technique.
• Saturday we will meet at the Rec Lodge parking lot at 8:30 a.m. CST to carpool to the Black Mountain climbing area. Once we get to Black Mountain, there is a short hike to the climbing location from the trailhead (1/2 mile). A number of top rope climbs and a 40 foot rappel will be set up for the day. Climbs range in difficulty from beginner to intermediate/advanced.
• Sunday morning we will meet back at the Rec Lodge parking lot at 8:30 a.m. CST to carpool to Black Mountain for another day of climbing. The day ends around 3 p.m. CST, but you are free to leave earlier as needed (please let one of the staff know if you plan to leave early).
**The Black Mountain Climbing area does not have restroom facilities, please be prepared for each day. We will be practicing Leave No Trace. Age restrictions:18 Years of Age and Older. Price: $60 – instruction and gear for the weekend
Accommodations for Cumberland Mountain State Park:Camping/Cabin reservations — make them online at https://tnstateparks.com/parks/cumberland-mountain Please make your camping/cabin reservations ahead of time. Food will not be provided during the course of this workshop. Pack your breakfast, lunch, and snacks for each day. For dinner, we encourage you to bring your own or plan to eat at the Homestead Harvest Restaurant at the park.
Cancellation Deadline/Refund Policy: Participants may cancel no later than Thursday, October 1 at 5 p.m. with a 50% refund. After October 13 at 5 p.m., there will be no refunds for participant cancellation. Weather Cancellation: No rain date is set at this time.

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