Rose Center announces Mountain Makins Preview Party details

Americana stringband Red Shoes & Rosin will perform fiddle tunes with vocal harmonies at the annual Mountain Makins Preview Party.

Rose Center’s 44th Annual Mountain Makins Festival, presented by ORNL Federal Credit Union, will begin with a Friday Night Preview Party, October 25th at 6:30 p.m. Guests will be treated to fine food, fine music, and fine crafts at this autumn social event. Tarr Chevrolet/Hyundai is sponsoring the event again this year.

Folks who have previously attended this wonderful night of entertainment, shopping, and delicious food, agree that buying a Preview ticket is the most economical way to get the most out of the Festival all weekend. That is because Preview ticket holders get free entry to the festival on both Saturday and Sunday.

A savory and sweet buffet will be prepared by the Rose Service Guild, chaired by Melissa Wheeler. The Preview committee has created a menu that includes Chilled Shrimp with Zesty Cocktail Sauce, Tangy Cocktail Meatballs, Crab & Cucumber Canapes, Smoky Black-eyed Pea Hummus with Tortilla Chips, Cream Cheese with Southern Jezebel Sauce, assorted cheeses, olives & crackers, and an assortment of flavorful dessert bites freshly prepared by the Rose Service Guild. Sweet tea, water, and wine will be available.

Rose Service Guild member Joy Reidy will create a fall themed display on the large buffet table in front of the stage. Seating areas will be available in the long hallway downstairs. Guests won’t want to linger long, though, with so much to see. The buffet will be open from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., but shopping will continue until 9 p.m.

Americana stringband Red Shoes & Rosin will perform fiddle tunes with quaint vocal harmonies throughout the evening.

No strangers to Mountain Makins, the trio has delighted audiences at the past two festivals, but this is their first appearance at the Preview Party.

The group features Jessica Watson on banjo, guitar and vocals, Meade Armstrong on fiddle, guitar and vocals, and Shawna Cyphers on fiddle, vocals, and guitar.

Red Shoes & Rosin has played numerous concerts at venues around Knoxville.

The Showcase of Crafts awards will be presented Friday evening just prior to opening the doors. Sponsored by Home Trust Bank, the Showcase gives cash awards and ribbons in several categories, including Best New Artist, Craftsmanship Award, Creativity Award, and Best of Show. By popular demand, visitors to Preview will be able to vote on a new People’s Choice award. Each artist is allowed to enter one piece of work in this competition. Sixty artists and crafters will have their wares displayed in booths all around Rose Center. Pottery, baskets, carvings, decorative painting, stained glass, jewelry, tree chimes, candles, sculpture, folk art and fine art are among the items that will be offered.

The event runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, and features dancers, music, crafts, children’s activities, storytellers, authors. Admission on these days is $7 for adults and $1 for children 6-12.

Advance tickets for the Preview Party are $25 ($30 after October 15), and include a weekend pass to the festival. To order tickets contact Rose Center, 423-581-4330, 442 W. Second N. Street, or email