The Blount County Library in Maryville, TN is presenting a four part series on Southern Appalachia. The series will emphasize natural history, indigenous people, immigration, and the culture and social history resulting from this combination. The first two-hour presentation was on Feb. 29, 2016 with Dr. Paul Threadgill from Maryville College. He talked about natural resources making a place attractive to live and the physiography from the Blue Ridge through the Appalachia Plateau. He touched on the Smoky Mountain climate, precipitation, animals and soil. I quickly learned my college biology classes were a long time ago, but it was nice to be reminded how interconnected we are in the web of life.
The last three classes will be held at the Blount County Public Library in the Sharon Lawson Room, 508 N. Cusick St., Maryville TN 37804. Contact person for the series is Joan Van Sickle Sloan (865-982-0891). Admission and parking are free.
March 28, 2016 at 7PM the earliest Human Settlement and Recent Archeological Settlements in Southern Appalachia, presented by Dr. David Anderson, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
April 18, 2016 at 7PM European Immigration to Southern Appalachia by Dr. Aaron Astor, Professor of History at Maryville College.
May 23, 2016 at 7pm, Hillbilly Culture of Southern Appalachia, speaker to be announced. mizkathleen@ Gracehill Bed and Breakfast
The Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild Show is being held at Maryville College on March 23-25 from 9 to 5. Call the college for more information at 800-597-2687.Read More
A year ago I wrote about the Gatlinburg Scottish Festival held in Gatlinburg. For many reasons including space, they moved this year to Maryville College, re-branded themselves as the Smoky Mountain Highland Games, and there is no looking back. Attendance last year was between 2,500-2,700; celebrating this year, for the 30th annual time, the Maryville, TN inaugural event had over 6,000 in attendance.
The Daily Times, our local paper, certainly gave it a whopping amount of space. Their calendar of events, headline and side stories may have helped create interest, but certainly the additional space and 2 to 3 times the tent space helped. Of course, what better place than Maryville College, home of the “Fighting Scots?” One person was overheard saying it was redundant to call a Scot a Fighting Scot!
This year’s honored guest was Lord Hugh Montgomerie, a chieftain of his clan and heir to his father the 18th Earl of Eglinton and 6th Earl of Winton! Finding out more about your own clan is an important part of the festival but you certainly, don’t have to be Scottish to partake of the festivities. Food: Scottish eggs, meat pies and haggis to name a few of the traditional offerings, were almost as popular as the beer tent. For the activities, it really helps to go with the Times pre-printed schedule. Friday kicked off with the Knoxville Pipes and Drums parade and a reception at the Clayton Center. Saturday 8am-8pm and Sunday 8:30pm to 5pm was nonstop competitive events, music, shopping and demonstrations. mizkathleen@ Gracehill Bed and Breakfast
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The Smoky Mountain Highland Games are being held on the Maryville College Campus, Maryville, TN in 2011. Formerly they were the Gatlinburg Scottish Festival and Games held in Gatlinburg. Full details are at http://www.gsfg.org and click here for a link to our blog written on last years games.Read More