Sunday, August 24, 2008

Voices of the Land

This weekend was the grand opening of the new Voices of the Land exhibit at the Museum of East Tennessee History, and the East Tennessee Historical Society sponsored two days chocked full of free events to celebrate.  I'll be showing you some of the fun for the next few days. The museum offered free admission to the exhibit, live music (homegrown East Tennessee bluegrass and country bands), children's activities, and my personal favorite, living history demonstrations in Krutch Park.
It was a surreal scene in the park to see people from Cherokee times through World War II mingling with park visitors. This photo gives you a taste: Governor John Sevier, the first governor of the State of Tennessee in 1796, chats up some U.S. Army Paratroopers from World War II. I'm sure they had a lot of catching up to do.
And did I mention, there was cake? Today is Davy Crockett's 222nd birthday, and anyone fortunate enough to wander down Clinch Avenue today got a piece of free birthday cake sponsored by a local grocery store.
Free cake. I love this town.

4 comments:

babooshka said...

Somebody mention cake? I've come over all Homer Simpson. What a wonderful event. I have to say if I miss anything from living in a city is the cosmopolitan aspect. We just wouldn't get this here.Davy Crockett still king of the wild frontier or is that adam ant now.

Virginia said...

I had the sheet music to "Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier" at one time -a hundred years ago. Wish I could have a slice of cake in honor of his birthday. What a great idea this event is. Great photo op. We want to see more.

Laurie said...

I played Davy Crockett in my school play in the 5th grade. I was the tallest in my class of both boys and girls and struck quite the pose in my raccoon hat...

:-)

Looks like a lot of fun but now I'm seriously craving cake...

Jim said...

Sounds like it was neat, fun and informative. I would liked to have seen the living history demonstrations.