Tremont and Heritage Center partner to celebrate Appalachian life

The crew from Tremont worked and enjoyed the Appalachian Celebration. Pictured are Dawn Dextraze, Ian Lubey, Tiffany Beach, Heather Davis, Mary Silver, Lydia Reese, Zac Schnell, Amy Wilson, Elizabeth Davis, Kathleen Durkin, Jeremy Lloyd, Sandra Byrd and Michaela Pruitt.

Photo by Leslie Karnowski

The crew from Tremont worked and enjoyed the Appalachian Celebration. Pictured are Dawn Dextraze, Ian Lubey, Tiffany Beach, Heather Davis, Mary Silver, Lydia Reese, Zac Schnell, Amy Wilson, Elizabeth Davis, Kathleen Durkin, Jeremy Lloyd, Sandra Byrd and Michaela Pruitt.

For fans of “all things Appalachian,” the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center was the place to be earlier this summer.

The fourth annual Appalachian Celebration was held on July 15 at the Heritage Center. The center takes a break one Friday night each summer from their summer concerts to celebrate the sounds and culture of Appalachia.

“We had a nice crowd -- 364 people to be exact,” said Heritage Center Executive Director Bob Patterson. “It is a different kind of concert -- more homespun.”

Marketing director Nancy Williams said this is an annual celebration of all things Appalachian. “We focus on songs and story telling and also have homemade cookies and lot of fellowship,” she said. The evening is a partnership with the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont.

Patterson said the staff at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont and the Heritage Center partner each year to organize the event and market it. “We like doing this every year with Tremont. It is two non-profits in Townsend working together, and it is fun,” Patterson said. “They find resources for the entertainment, and we support the event and provide the venue and logistics.”

Patterson said Gayleen and Larry Kelley, from Chuckey, Tenn., told stories. “They were a cute couple,” he said. “All the entertainment was just kind of homespun. It was a nice, balanced evening.”

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