27, 2012 & Sunday, October 28, 2012
many locals already know, the annual Mountain Makins Festival is a
delightful way to spend an autumn weekend. This year, Rose Center is
pleased to announce that the festival has received two 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
37th Annual Mountain Makins Festival will be celebrated at Rose
Center Saturday, October 27 from 10 – 5 and Sunday, October 28 from 11
The festival begins with a Preview Reception on Friday, October 26, from 6:30 – 9pm. Enjoy food, beverage, live entertainment and a first chance to purchase original works of art and fine crafts.Advance-only tickets 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.
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
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.
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.
into the Storytelling Tent to be spellbound by seven 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.
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.
decorating, face painting, craft projects and games are among the
activities planned for the children.
With our “Park and Ride” feature , visitors are now able to park downtown and catch a free round-trip ride to Rose Center for Mountain Makins. The buses, provided by ETHRA, include a wheelchair accessible vehicle.
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.