As October days become shorter and evening shadows become longer, Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site is preparing for the 19th annual Stories from the Pumpkin Patch on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 4 to 8 p.m.
As always, the festival promises delights and frights for guests of all ages. During the daylight hours, children can enjoy small crafts and carnival games, as well as friendly tales in the corn crib. Once night falls the festivities continue with historical interpretation, spooky stories, fiddle music and candlelight cave tours. Throughout the entire evening families can enjoy tractor-pulled hayrides, a hotdog roast over an open fire and home cooked treats in the cabin.
The 2013 festival lineup features a variety of vibrant and innovative storytellers from around the region including Carolina Quiroga-Hurtado and Libby Tipton of the East Tennessee State University TaleTellers. During the daylight hours, these two weavers of tales will enthrall younger guests with their interactive and engaging stories and after dark they will captivate older children and adults with tales of ghosts and mysteries in the candlelit cave.
Civil War interpreter Wes Spurgeon will welcome guests to the historic house where he will be recounting stories based on the life of Robert Haynes, officer in the Confederate Army and eldest son of Landon Carter Haynes. Other storytellers include local musician and interpreter Tim Pharis and writer Emily Katt.
Admission is $5 for adults and $2.50 for those 12 and under. This price will include all activities and a hotdog roast with all the trimmings.
For additional information, call 926-3631.