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Warriors Path State Park: Folklife Festival
July 28, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 8:00 pmFREE
All events are FREE and will be held in and near the park’s Recreation Building on Duck Island.
✰ 11 AM-6 PM CRAFT & LIFE SKILLS DEMONSTRATIONS
✰ 12 NOON Bluegrass and more with Alexander Creek
✰ 1:00 PM Old-Time Appalachian Music with Run Down Boot
✰ 2:00 PM Folk/Americana Music with Reel To Reel
✰ 3:00 PM OLD TIMEY GAMES – Greased Watermelon Race
✰ 4:00 PM The Free Rangers – An all-Ranger band playing
old-time tunes of conservation and TN heritage
✰ 4:30 PM OLD TIMEY GAMES – Schoolyard Games
✰ 5:00 PM Great Bluegrass with String Break
✰ 6:00 PM Fine Bluegrass Music with Sapling Grove
✰ 7:00 PM Amazing “Can Joe” Music with CanJoe
✰ 8:00 PM CAMPFIRE TALES – Local legends & “haint” tales
• Old Time Music • Ghost Tales • Apple Butter Making • Basketry •
• Spinning • Chair Caning • Traditional Toys • Old Timey Games •
AND SO MUCH MORE!
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
This Saturday will be a day to celebrate the “good old
days” – the folk traditions of Northeast Tennessee. The
skills and abilities that once meant survival for the early
settlers here will provide us a special kind of enjoyment
today. We can also gain new insights into those who lived
here before us.
You can enjoy the many people demonstrating traditional
crafts and life skills. Whether it be weaving, woodcraft,
apple butter, spinning, or basketry, all these volunteers
are passing on to us the skills that have been passed on
to them, carrying on a family tradition. And some of the
day’s crafts are a bit more modern, showing how we can
still rely on our own hands and our own creativity.
You can also enjoy some old-timey games and contests.
This is a chance to see how much fun we can have,
without all the gadgets and “store-bought” toys that
modern children have come to expect. You can also
delight in a variety of other traditional entertainments:
old-timey stories and some excellent local musicians.
Each will bring their special talents to the growing
tradition of East Tennessee performing arts.
As we enjoy the day, we should remember that the events
are held on a land called Warriors’ Path. The park is
named in remembrance of a long history of travelers.
Generations of peoples have called this land home. When
they moved on, they left behind signs of their lives – signs
on the land itself, and signs in the traditions
remembered to this day. We too are travelers on the
same land. Just as the folk traditions have been handed
on to us, so too this land has been handed on to us. Let us
hope that this day’s events will help remind us to leave
signs of our caring into the future.