As the leaves begin to change and an Autumn chill sets in, the Museum of Appalachia will host two entertaining family-friendly events.
Fall Heritage Fridays, every Friday in October from 9 am-3 pm, will offer the opportunity to step back in time and enjoy the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of pioneer traditions and demonstrations. Each week will present its own focus area of pioneer life, with exhibitions centered around each theme.
Friday, October 4: “Fall Harvest Day” Activities to include sorghum making, canning, gardening, farm animal education and petting area, and cooking demonstrations.
Friday, October 11: “Pioneer Performance Arts Day” Activities to include traditional music education and performance, old-fashioned games, dancing, and storytelling.
Friday, October 18: “Pioneer Trades Day” Activities to include blacksmithing, doll making, sawmilling, leatherworking, beekeeping, wheat threshing, shingle splitting, and coopering.
Friday, October 25: “Textiles and Heritage Arts Day” Activities to include sheep herding and shearing, spinning and weaving, pottery making, quilting, and basket weaving.
Haunts and History, October 26-27 from 4-9 pm, will feature a trick-or-treat trail, filled with homemade and vintage candies and treats, as well as local storytellers sharing true and inspired stories about our Appalachian ancestors. Guests can also enjoy hay rides, live music, blacksmithing, pumpkin carving demonstrations, and festive snacks.
For an additional charge, attendees can pick pumpkins from the patch or choose a pumpkin to paint and take home.
Advance tickets for both events are on sale now at museumofappalachia.org; events are free to Museum members. For additional information, admission details, or to enter one of the contests, please call 865-494-7680 or visit the website.