COSBY, TN – June 18, 2019 – The public can attend “Celebrating Cosby: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” community programs each Friday now through Aug. 2 at the Cosby Campground Amphitheater.
The programs honor the rich cultural and natural history of the Cosby area through music, storytelling and history walks.
Programs feature local musicians, storytellers, craftsmen, and former residents who once lived in the park. Visitors can step back in time during these summer programs to experience the music and mountain ways of people living in the Cosby area both then and now.
All programs will be held at the Cosby Campground Amphitheater unless otherwise specified. In the event of rain, “Celebrating Cosby” programs will move to the covered picnic pavilion adjacent to Cosby Campground. Programs will be held rain or shine. Visitors are welcome to find seating in the amphitheater or bring their own chairs or blankets.
For more information, contact Park Ranger Katie Corrigan at 865-436-1257 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 7-8 p.m. June 21 – Moonshiners
Learn about making moonshine in the mountains featuring Mark Ramsey, Digger Manes, and Kelly Williamson.
• 7-8 p.m. June 28 – Children of Cosby Yesterday and Today
Join Park Ranger Katie Corrigan and Ginger Sue Cantrell as they introduce visitors to hands-on learning experiences from the past to now with a visit to Mountain Rest School.
• 7-8 p.m. July 5 – Celebrating Ella V. Costner
Enjoy stories of the famed “Poet Laureate of the Smokies,” Ella Costner, who grew up in Cosby before joining the army as a nurse and becoming a prolific writer. This evening will include a Presentation of Quilts of Valor.
• 6:30-7:30 p.m. July 12 – A Walk Down Memory Lane
Join Imogene Wilson and Olie Williamson as they take on a walk remembering what the area looked like before the creation of the national park.
• 7-8 p.m. July 19 – Cherokee Storytelling and Dance
Learn about the Cherokee culture stories through dance and storytelling featuring members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian.
• 7-8 p.m. July 26 – An Evening of Artifacts
Join Park Archaeologist Allison Harvey and local experts to dive into local history including discussions on hunting and firearms by Randall Bradly; spinning wheels by Shane McGaha and Judy McGaha; and the making of lye soap by Imogene Wilson.
• 7-8 p.m. Aug. 2 – Old-Timey Music with Richard Bennett
Enjoy traditional old-timey music with Richard Bennett who once played with Bill Monroe.
For more information, visit www.nps.gov/grsm.
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