COSBY – The hills will be alive with the sounds of music on Sunday, April 19, 2015 when the Cocke County Partnership’s Tourism Committee presents its fifth annual Music of the Mountains. Beginning at 2 p.m., visitors can step back in time and listen to some “Sunday Music” similar to what would have been heard at the time of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s inception in the early 1930s. The three-day event, sponsored by the GSMNP and Great Smoky Mountains Association along with the Smoky Mountains Heritage Center and CCP’s Tourism Committee will begin Friday, April 17 at the Townsend Heritage Center with Celtic music. On Saturday, Sugarlands Visitor Center will offer a fantastic lineup of traditional music and the series will end up in Cocke County on Sunday at the Smoky Mountains Visitors Center On Cosby for an afternoon of “heritage, harps and hymns.” Planned for the Cocke County day are offerings from Classical Strings of Cocke County, Spirit of Smoky (vocals), David McClary (traditional mountain music), Carter Moore and Andy Williams, The Smith Family, Hall Family and Friends Shaped-Note Singers, Children's Moment and more. “Music has always been such an important part of the lives of mountain folk,” said Tourism Director Linda Lewanski, “We are so excited to present what we think is the best of the best in Cocke County -from dulcimers and autoharps to shaped-note singing, we think these music selections will be a treat.” Admission to the event is $4. You may pay at the gate. “We are thrilled to be part of Music of the Mountains. Our relationship with the Park is special to us and we want everyone to know how much we treasure it,” Lewanski continued. “And, as one of the three Tennessee contiguous park counties, it is important that we showcase all the talented folks living around the Cosby entrance.” Sponsors for the event are Newport Paving, East Tennessee Coffee Company, Lowe's, Manes Funeral Home, Lisega, Newport Medical Center, Smoky Mountain Home Health and Hospice, National Bank of Tennessee, Newport Federal Bank and Rafting in the Smokies. For more information, contact Lewanski at 423-625-9675.
April 19, 2015