The 35th annual Mountaineer Folk Festival promises a weekend full of traditional food, music and crafts this weekend at Fall Creek Falls State Park.
The festival begins Friday, Sept. 6, with a Friday Night Square Dance featuring The Roan Mountain Hill Toppers, The Blue Creek Ramblers and renowned banjo player Leroy Troy. Troy is known for his work with the Tennessee Mafia Jugband and Marty Stuart, appearing weekly on The Marty Stuart show on RFD-TV.
Saturday, Sept. 7, offers a day filled with handmade crafts, demonstrations of pioneer skills and country cooking. Two stages will fill the air with traditional mountain music from Jerry Tipton & Friends, Roy Harper, West Girls, Cumberland, T. McCarrol, Catoosa Canyon, Old Time Travelers and many more.
The music continues Sunday with a performance by Norman and Nancy Blake. In a career spanning more than 50 years, Norman Blake has played in a number of folk and country groups. He is considered one of the leading figures in the bluegrass revival of the 1970s.
Despite a weekend of Americana music, the true star of the Mountaineer Folk Festival is the park itself.
Fall Creek Falls State Park, located at 10821 Park Road in Pikeville, Tenn., is home to the highest free-fall waterfall east of the Mississippi River.
Situated on the western edge of the Cumberland Plateau, the park contains approximately 26,000 acres of pristine wilderness. Inside the park are both recreational facilities and campgrounds from where visitors can use more than 50 miles of trails, including 25 miles of backpacking trails and 20 miles of biking trails, which wind their way around waterfalls and scenic overlooks.
Questions about the Mountaineer Folk Festival or the park itself should be addressed to the Nature Center at 423-881-5708. Cabins and rooms can be reserved at Fall Creek Inn by calling 423-881-5241 or 1-800-250-8610.
Walk To End Alzheimer’s slated for Saturday
Walk to End Alzheimer’s is set for 8:30 a.m. until noon Saturday, Sept. 7, at Gateway Island on Gateway Street off Medical Center Parkway.
The walk benefits the Alzheimer’s Association, which is dedicated to providing support and assistance to persons affected by Alzheimer’s disease and to their families and other caregivers through the chapter’s core services.
There are a few different ways to support the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
Buying purple, silicone bracelets and the forget-me-not flowers at registers of participating retail stores is one way. But perhaps the best way, is just to go to www.alz.org/walk and donate.
For Murfreesboro’s walk, just type in a local zip code and go.
For more information, call 615-315-5880.
To view a complete listing of all the events and activities taking place this weekend, pick up a copy of the Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, print edition of The Murfreesboro Post.