Sunday, August 5, 2012

Horace Kephart Days

Next month is the annual Horace Kephart Days in Bryson City and Cullowhee, NC. This year marks Horace Kephart's 150th Birthday. The schedule of events for the four-day celebration are as follows:

Thursday, September 6, 2012
4-7pm Mountain Heritage Museum, WCU, Opening Reception for year-long Horace Kephart exhibit. Open to the public.

7:30pm Opening night performance of play, "Horace Kephart, His Life ~ His Words",

Friday, September 7, 2012
All Day Hike to Kephart's Hazel Creek cabin site in the Smokies. The hike departs and returns at the Fontana Marina. Registration is required.

10am-1pm "Horace Kephart in Bryson City", visit site of the old Cooper House, highway marker, Hillside Cemetery, picnic lunch at Deep Creek Pavilion and short hike in Deep Creek for those who want to hike. Participants bring their own lunch, e-mail.

7:30pm Performance of play followed by a reception. Meet cast, crew, and special guest, Susan Shumaker (producer-researcher with Ken Burns film company, Florentine Films)

Saturday, September 8: Horace Kephart's 150th Birthday
8:30am Breakfast at the Calhoun, $10, reservations required

9:45am Ceremony at Hillside Cemetery where Kephart is buried, special guest speakers, bagpipes, singers

Starting at 1pm Afternoon programs, NCCAT:
Speakers include: Susan Shumaker, George Ellison (Kephart scholar)
George Frizzell (WCU, Kephart Scholar), Dennis Stephens (Kephart scholar from Alaska), Janet McCue (Cornell U., Kephart scholar), Dale Ditmanson, Superintendent GSMNP, Terry Maddox (Exec. Dir. GSMA)

Book Signings: Walt Larimore, Lance Holland, Susan Shumaker, George Ellison, Janet McCue, Bill Alexander, members of Kephart family

Art exhibits/Sales: Joanne Bleichner, Elizabeth Ellison

Demonstrations: Bill Alexander, bark baskets (available for sale)
GSMA will have a booth
Cherokee will have an exhibit on the Trail of Tears
WCU Special Collections will have an exhibit
Schiele Museum Camping re-enactors, Kephart-style

7:30pm Performance of play followed by Meet & Greet

Sunday, September 9
8:30am Breakfast at the Calhoun. Guest speaker, Thomas Rain Crowe

2pm Matinee performance of play (NCCAT) followed by reception

For any questions, e-mail:

Hiking in the Smokies

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