Cordell Hull Folk Celebration planned for May 9th
Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park & the Friends of Cordell Hull are happy to announce the date of the upcoming Cordell Hull Folk Celebration, which is Saturday, May 29, 2010, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please mark your calendar for this exciting, fun-filled spring day! The theme of this year’s event is 1865-1877 The Reconstruction which is the time period in which Cordell Hull and his family lived on what is now park grounds. The day will include a variety of cultural and living history events that relate to the way of life of the historic Upper Cumberland region.
Some of the many highlights of the day include demonstrations on basket making, spinning, quilting, doll making, and blacksmithing. There will also be a display on old fashioned use of medicinal plants and herbs, as well as a gardening demonstration on heirloom plants. Renowned local authors will be present to sign and sell book on regional history and folklore.
Bluegrass pickers are welcome on the grounds of the park for the day! Period musicians The Caudells will be performing music from the late 1800’s. Featured artist Conductor Jack will be performing his famous children’s show The Zinghoppers in his very own solo stage show. For more info see http://www.jacknorton.net/. There will be the well-liked Children’s Area with hands on old fashioned games for the young’uns such as marbles and croquet. The Pickett County Horseman’s Association will be offering mule rides and there will also be a old fashioned Spelling Bee in which to participate for both adults and children.
The Folk Celebration will also include a Quilting Exhibition with people’s choice awards. The categories are Traditional and Contemporary. For details on the quilting show and contest you can see the website or contact the park or coordinator Betty Eliassen at 931-864-7226. An essay contest, as well as coloring contest, has been distributed to the local schools. This year’s school theme is “Old Fashioned Games” Prizes will be awarded to all contest winners.
Period food and beverages will be available for purchase throughout the day. For more information & a schedule of events for the Folk Celebration, please see the www.friendsofcordellhull.org or call the park at 931-864-3247. Please watch the paper and the website for additional detailed information about the Folk Celebration. We look forward to seeing you on May 29th! Funding for the Celebration comes from the Tennessee Arts Commission and The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee who award grants through the Arts Build Communities program.