April at Sycamore Shoals State Historic ParkDate(s): April 01 - 30, 2017
Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area|
1651 W. Broad Street
Elizabethton, TN 37643
ELIZABETHTON, TN — Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, Elizabethton, Tennessee, offers the following workshops during April. Classes require preregistration and prepayment.
> Watauga Valley Fife & Drum Corps
Saturdays at 10 a.m.
The Fife & Drum Corps performs at historical events, dedications and parades. This group is open to anyone ages 13 & up. Musical experience is welcome but not necessary; just come with a willingness to learn. Meet volunteer coordinator John Large at the Sycamore Shoals Visitors Center. Lessons are free of charge, just call and let them know you're coming.
> Inkle Weaving
Instructor: Ronnie Lail
Saturday, April 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $60 includes loom (to keep!) & all supplies
$20 thread only, $10 instruction only
Learn how to weave wide sashes, narrow bands and shoelaces on a loom that is light-weight and easy to carry around. Create patterns through varied placement of colorful thread. Bring scissors.
> Handspinning for Beginners
Instructor: Margaret Crouch
Sunday, April 2, 1:30 -4 p.m.
Cost: $35 includes wool roving
Have you always wanted to learn to spin? This class is meant for those who have never used a spinning wheel before. You'll learn the basics of drafting wool and using the wheel to make yarn. If you have a spinning wheel, plan to bring it, along with your spare bobbins. Cost of $35 includes prepared wool roving ready to spin.
> Carter Mansion Celebration & Militia Muster
Saturday, April 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, April 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Two days of history, traditional arts and family fun is a part of celebrating the oldest frame house in Tennessee, and the historically prominent Carter family. Travel back to the 1780s and tour the Carter Mansion. Witness living history reenactors demonstrating aspects of 18th-century life, and see local craftsmen showcasing traditional skills.
> Watercolor Painting: Landscape Painting and Sketching Outdoors
Instructor: Barbara Jernigan
Saturday, April 8 from 9 a.m. to noon
Cost: $12 (plus supplies) or $20 (includes supplies)
Learn and practice watercolor techniques and style.
> Watauga Valley Art League Meeting and Program
Sunday, April 9 from 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Everyone is welcome to join the Watauga Valley Art League for their monthly meetings that feature a guest speakers and fellowship with area artists. WVAL meets the second Sunday of each month, except October.
> The Liberty Spinners
Tuesday, April 11 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
This gathering of spinners and fiber artists is open to anyone interested in the art of spinning. It meets at 9:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month (April to November).
> Landscape Seminar & Plant Auction
Saturday, April 15 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
An exciting array of unusual ornamental and native perennials, trees and shrubs are auctioned during this event. A great opportunity to add new species to your landscape.
> Old Time Music Jam – Led by Art Lang
Sunday, April 23 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 and instrument? Come on over, kick back, and enjoy the tunes.
> Basketry – Basil and Thyme
Instructor: Candy Alexander
Saturday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Create a traditional Appalachian herb basket with a wrapped handle. Learn to weave a God's Eye. A variety of woven patterns will be offered for the hoop. Dimensions: 12" rnd. x 10" high. Bring garden or kitchen shears, an old hand towel, pencil, small measuring tape, small spray bottle of water and strong clothespins.
> Community Plant Exchange
Saturday, April 29 from 9–10 a.m.
Bring cuttings and potted outdoor and indoor plants, to exchange for species you don't have-a fun way to meet other gardeners and increase your collection.
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