Posted by: Kirsten | Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Uno, Dos, Natchez Trace!

From the Natchez Trace Parkway calendar of events…

The Natchez Trace Parkway Presents Traditional Music by the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association

Date(s):  1/26/2008, 3/8/2008, 5/10/2008, 6/14/2008, 7/26/2008, 9/13/2008, 11/22/2008
Time:  10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location:  Parkway Visitor Center, Tupelo, Miss., milepost 266

No. Miss. Dulcimer Assoc. (NPS foto)Details:
A special program of dulcimer music will be provided by the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Parkway Visitor Center located at Milepost 266 near Tupelo, Mississippi.

The North Mississippi Dulcimer Association strives to teach dulcimer history, tradition, craftsmanship, and music by sharing its knowledge and talents. The Appalachian mountain dulcimer is the first instrument developed in the United States. Dating back to the early 1800s, the dulcimer is an instrument whose very name means “sweet sound.” The National Park Service and the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association invite everyone to listen to the soft sweet sounds of the dulcimer and learn of its extensive history.

Pioneer Day at the Natchez Trace Parkway

Date(s):  Every 1st Saturday of every Month from 2/2/2008 to 12/6/2008
Time:  10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location:  Parkway Visitor Center, Tupelo, Miss., milepost 266

Pioneer Day at Natchez Trace (NPS foto)Details:
The Tombigbee Pioneer Group will perform living history demonstrations that show the challenges faced, and creative solutions developed by those Americans who lived in the area from the 1700s to 1840. The demonstrations will take place at the Natchez Trace Parkway’s Visitor Center (located at Milepost 266), from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month.  The public is invited to watch pioneer lifestyle activities that often include corn shuck doll making, basket weaving, beading, quill pen demonstrations, and a longhunter’s program involving early medicines.  Leatherworking and mountain dulcimer demonstrations will also be offered throughout the day. Children are invited to participate by dressing up in pioneer clothes and trying these activities firsthand.

Both programs are free. For additional information, call 662-680-4027 or 1-800-305-7417.


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