National Park to Celebrate Annual "Festival of Christmas Past"
GATLINBURG – Great Smoky Mountains National Park will filled with music and demonstrations of traditional domestic skills on Saturday, December 10 at Sugarlands Visitor Center.
An annual festival, "Festival of Christmas Past," is open to the public. This celebration of the history and culture of the Smoky Mountains will have an emphasis on the Christmas season.
Featured old-time mountain music includes performances by the "Lost Mill String Band," "Boogertown Gap" band, and "South of the River Boys."
"We try to recreate some of the sights and sounds of an old fashioned mountain Christmas," said Kent Cave, North District Resource Education Supervisor.
Demonstrations of traditional domestic skills such as the making of mountain berry baskets, apple-head dolls, quilts, and apple butter will be ongoing throughout the day. Other special programs that will be presented include:
9:30 am – 11 am: Old-fashioned Harp Singing led by Bruce Wheeler, Paul Clabo and Martha Graham
11 am- 12 pm: Charles Maynard telling stories of the holiday season
11 am – 12:30 pm: Christmas Memories Walk - Costumed interpreters will lead a short walk from the visitor center and talk about life in the mountains during the holidays in the early days of the 1880s to the 1930s
12 pm – 1 pm: Lost Mill String Band
1 pm-2 pm: Bill Proffitt and the South of the River Boys
2 pm – 3:30 pm: Christmas Memories Walk
2 pm-3 pm: "Stories of the Past" panel discussion, presented by the Smoky Mountain Historical Society
3 pm- 4 pm: Boogertown Gap
"Local volunteer craftspeople and musicians come together to share their ancestral skills with the public during this annual festival. We invite the public to participate in the day's activities and learn about winter life and work in the Great Smoky Mountains," said Cave.
The festival will be held on Saturday, December 10, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Sugarlands Visitor Center. There is no admission cost.
Publishd December 2, 2011