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John Sevier Days Arts & Crafts Festival -- A Family-Friendly Event

By Jeaneane Payne

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John Sevier's birthday is Friday, September 23rd, and Marble Springs State Historic Site will be the location for celebration festivities taking place on September 23-24, 2011.

This family-friendly event will feature reenactments, arts and crafts vendors, live music, and lots of food.

Marble Springs was the home of John Sevier who served as Tennessee's first Governor from 1796-1801 and again from 1803-1809. The festival is co-hosted by the Governor John Sevier Memorial Association and the South Doyle Homeowners Association.

Included in the festivities will be site tours, battle reenactments, military drills, open hearth cooking demonstrations, and blacksmithing.

Members of the Smoky Mountain Storytelling Association will be on hand to liven up the day by sharing Appalachian and Smoky Mountain tales. Special activities are planned for children such as face painting, crafts projects, and games.

A PBS documentary, The Mysterious Lost State of Franklin, will be shown at 4:00 p.m. both days of the festival. Dr. Mike Toomey, a featured historian on the film, will be on hand to answer questions. Registration is required for viewing the film and for taking part in a discussion with Dr. Toomey. The cost is $5.00.

Regional artisans will display their crafts including jewelry, quilts, wood carvings, aprons, and other items.

Bringing the festival to life will be musical entertainers such as Early Bird Special, Historical Fiddler, Chip Bailey, y Jim and Shannon Butterworth, the Knoxville Area Dulcimer Club and the Knoxville Songwriters Association.

The festival is on Saturday, September 24 (9am - 5pm) & Sunday, September 25 (11am - 5pm). Admission is $5 per car.

Published September 22, 2011

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