As many locals already know, the annual Mountain Makins Festival is a delightful way to spend an autumn weekend. The festival has received two major awards: Readers of the Tennessee Magazine recently voted it the Best Festival in East Tennessee, and The Southeast Tourism Society named the festival a “Top 20 Event in the Southeast” for October 2012, the third year it has won this award. The festival begins with a Preview Reception on Friday, October 24, from 6:30 – 9pm. Enjoy food, beverage, live entertainment and a first chance to purchase original works of art and fine crafts. Preview tickets are sold in advance, are $25, and also serve as weekend passes to the festival. Mountain Makins is a weekend folk life festival celebrating the traditions of Appalachia. The festival honors the rich traditions of the past, and supports modern interpretations of those traditions. Over 50 juried crafters have been selected to present their work. Artisans will exhibit throughout the building and on the surrounding grounds. Shop for fine art, folk art, pottery, baskets, photography, woodworking, bath products, jewelry, decorative painting, candles, and other hand-crafted items. More than just a fine art and craft show, visitors to the family-friendly event enjoy a variety of activities including two stages of mountain music, storytelling, prize-winning dancers, regional authors, children’s activities, and abundant good food. The festival features a range of mountain music including old time, bluegrass, Celtic, traditional gospel, dulcimer, and bagpipe. Prize-winning clogging teams, line dancers, and nationally recognized Tsoyaha Indian Dancers will perform on Jackson Street. One special feature of this festival is the live demonstration of traditional crafts such as blacksmithing, hide tanning, basket making, beekeeping, broom making, wood turning and and apple butter making. Sons of the Confederate Veterans will form a Civil War display that is sure to intrigue history buffs. Step into the Storytelling Tent to be spellbound by professional tale-spinners. Sit down, get comfortable and let yourself be carried away to other times and places. The endless variety of Appalachian legends and stories will entertain your entire family. A growing attraction to the festival is our Authors Corner, featuring the work of local and regional authors. Their subjects include mysteries, humor, novels, young adult, and nonfiction. Several new authors will be attending the festival this year. Pumpkin decorating, face painting, craft projects and games are among the activities planned for the children. The Mountain Makins Festival is housed in and around Rose Center, an 1892 school building, now a cultural arts center and historical museum. All proceeds support Rose Center and its many arts, historical and educational programs. Rose Center is grateful for the support of local businesses and many volunteers, which ensures the success of this cherished autumn celebration. More information about the festival is available at 423-581-4330 or www.RoseCenter.org.
October 25, 2014 - October 26, 2014
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