The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum and Fort Loudoun State Historic Area are partnering for the Great Island Festival, slated for September 7-8, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. each day.
At the Fort Loudoun 18th Century Trade Faire visitors of all ages will enjoy strolling thru the Faire as they did in the 18th Century. There will be demonstrations throughout the day in artillery and musketry, along with several battles and skirmish re-enactments, the big battle demonstration daily at 1:30. Merchants and artisans will be on hand to peddle food and wares reminiscent of the time. Stop in and get a cold Root Beer or Ginger Ale from the “Tears of the Tankard Tavern, and enjoy period food from “Two French Tarts.” Visitors can also learn about slate tombstone carving, 18th century fishing, blacksmithing and carpentry. Music and other entertainment acts will include The Traveling Caudells, a traditional vocal duo; Out of the Ordinary, featuring a hammered dulcimer, English guitar, harp and vocals; and the Beggar Boys, talented singers and fiddlers. Common Stock’s Curious Booth of Wonders, and the Amazing Juggling Budabi Brothers will also delight and astonish visitors of all ages. Returning this year will be Faire Wynds Circus, featuring musicians, a conjuror, equalibrialist, contortionist and an escape artist. Two new musical acts are making their way inland from the sea this year: Thunder and Spice, who will bring to you music that will make you want to sing along, and Four Sheets to the Wind, who will have you singing so loud you may walk the plank.
Judge Carroll Ross
Copy and photos from Fort Loudoun.