Published On: Wed, Dec 5th, 2012

Park to host Holiday Homecoming at Oconaluftee Visitor Center

Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host a Holiday Homecoming at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center on Saturday, Dec. 15.  Park staff and volunteers will provide hands-on traditional craft demonstrations from 10a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Children and adults will have the opportunity to make a corn shuck doll, buzz button, and cinnamon ornament to take home. Visitors will be encouraged to make a cinnamon ornament to hang on the visitor center tree for years to come.

Visitors enjoy music at last year’s Holiday Homecoming at the Oconaluftee Visitors Center. (NPS photo)

From 1-3pm, there will be an acoustic old time jam session focused on holiday music.

“Musical expression was and still is often a part of daily life in the southern mountains, and mountain music is strongly tied to the Smokies history and culture,” said Lynda Doucette, Supervisory Park Ranger, Oconaluftee Visitor Center.  “We would like to invite musicians to play traditional Appalachian tunes such as gospel songs and traditional ballads as they were played on the porches in the old days.”

The visitor center will be decorated for the holiday season and will include an exhibit on Christmas in the mountains in the past.  Hot apple cider and cookies will be served on the porch with a fire in the fireplace.

All activities are free and open to the public.  Support of this event is provided by the Great Smoky Mountains Association. Info: Oconaluftee Visitor Center 497-1904.