Release Date: June 12, 2019
Contact: Dana Soehn, [email protected], 865-436-1207
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials invite the public to attend “Celebrating Cosby: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” community programs on Fridays beginning June 14 through August 2 at the Cosby Campground Amphitheater. The programs honor the rich cultural and natural history of the Cosby area through music, storytelling, and history walks.
“These programs offer incredible opportunities for visitors to discover Cosby by experiencing it firsthand with the people who live and work here,” said Superintendent Cassius Cash. “We are grateful to our friends from the local community who are leading these unique experiences.”
Programs feature local musicians, storytellers, craftsmen, and former residents who once lived in the park. Visitors are invited to step back in time during these summer programs to experience the music and mountain ways of people living in the Cosby area both then and now.
“We are so happy that the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is bringing this program to our Cosby Campground,” said Cocke Country Partnership Tourist Director, Linda Lewanski. “We all know how talented our Cocke County folks are and we are delighted to be able to showcase them.”
All programs will be held at the Cosby Campground Amphitheater unless otherwise specified. In the event of rain, “Celebrating Cosby” programs will move to the covered picnic pavilion adjacent to Cosby Campground. Programs will be held rain or shine. Visitors are welcome to find seating in the amphitheater or bring their own chairs or blankets.
For more information, please contact Park Ranger Katie Corrigan at 865-436-1257 or [email protected].
• June 14, 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Flag Day Ceremony at the Cosby Picnic Pavilion
Join William Cocke, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 102, Parrottsville Quilts of Valor Foundation, American Veterans Post 75, and American Legion Post 41 for a moving tribute to veterans buried at Tritt Cemetery including the placement of flags and roll call.
• June 14, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Mountain Edge Band
Enjoy traditional bluegrass music featuring Judge Carter Moore, Andy Williams, Jamie Clark, and Limmie Workman.
• June 21, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Moonshiners
Learn about making moonshine in the mountains featuring Mark Ramsey, Digger Manes, and Kelly Williamson.
• June 28, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Children of Cosby Yesterday and Today
Join Park Ranger Katie Corrigan and Ginger Sue Cantrell as they introduce visitors to hands-on learning experiences from the past to now with a visit to Mountain Rest School.
• July 5 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Celebrating Ella V. Costner
Enjoy stories of the famed “Poet Laureate of the Smokies,” Ella Costner, who grew up in Cosby before joining the army as a nurse and becoming a prolific writer. This evening will include a Presentation of Quilts of Valor.
• July 12 at 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A Walk Down Memory Lane
Join Imogene Wilson and Olie Williamson as they take on a walk remembering what the area looked like before the creation of the national park.
• July 19 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Cherokee Storytelling and Dance
Learn about the Cherokee culture stories through dance and storytelling featuring members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian.
• July 26 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. An Evening of Artifacts
Join Park Archaeologist Allison Harvey and local experts to dive into local history including discussions on hunting and firearms by Randall Bradly; spinning wheels by Shane McGaha and Judy McGaha; and the making of lye soap by Imogene Wilson.
• August 2 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Old-Timey Music with Richard Bennett
Enjoy traditional old-timey music with Richard Bennett who once played with Bill Monroe.
What: Program leaders are available to conduct interviews, either in studio or on site, to provide more information about upcoming programs.
When: The media are welcome to attend any of the programs or to conduct pre-interviews before the program dates.
Contact: Please contact Park Ranger Katie Corrigan at 865-436-1257 or Cocke County Partnership Director Linda Lewankski at 423-625-9675 to coordinate interviews.
Public Affairs Office
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Dana Soehn, 865-436-1207 (office), 865-712-4928 (mobile)
Jamie Sanders, 865-436-1203 (office), 865-410-2405 (mobile)