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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Plan to Attend Fall Folk Arts Festival at Exchange Place Living History Farm in Kingsport

The 38th annual Fall Folk Arts Festival combines the heritage of the past with the harvest of the present at Exchange Place Living History Farm on Orebank Road in Kingsport. The celebration is September 25th (10am – 5pm) and September 26th (12n – 5pm). Donation of 1 dollar per adult and 50 cents per child benefits the continuation of the 19th century historic farmstead.

Volunteers, vendors, Guilds, and community groups offer a glimpse of the past with folk arts, demonstrations, traditional music, children’s activities, and living history reenactments. Visitors can purchase a vast variety of offerings including Shaker Bentware, oak split baskets, dough bowls, herbal products, tartans, wire sculpted jewelry, alpaca and woolen weavings, stain glass, pottery, hand-crafted furniture, and primitives. Basketmakers, spinners, weavers, a blacksmith, a white cooper and soapmakers are among those representing the folk arts that would have been a necessity in the past.

Members of the Overmountain Weavers Guild are represented throughout the site. The “Fleece to Shawl” exhibit demonstrates the spinning and weaving of wool. Unique handwoven and knitted products are for sale. New this year is the “Pickers Bounty” Sale, offering tools, yard equipment, books, kitchen ware, antiques, and much more of the past. Proceeds are being used to purchase a loom for weaving classes. The Tri-State Basketry Guild encourages children to make their own baskets in the schoolhouse.

Madeline begin Saturday with members of Bays Mountain Dulcimers. The Renaissance Strings play at 2pm Sunday. Hammer dulcimer player Bill Donahoe is also performing Sunday. Ken Watson, Native American flutist, performs throughout the festival. His songs are created from nature. Originally from Ohio, now residing in Greeneville, Watson was raised in Creek Indian culture. His relaxing CD’s are often used for stress management and will be available for sale.

Apples are pressed into cider by the Boy Scouts, while molasses and apple butter are stirred over the fire. Scratch Brick Bakery shares their wisdom and offers baked goods from Exchange Place’s own brick oven. Bakery specialties and kettle corn are available onsite, as well as hot lunch provided by the 4-H.

Susan Innkeeper
Fox Manor Historic Bed & Breakfast

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