The Old Oak Festival kicks off on the Tusculum College campus at noon on Friday, April 19. The arts and music festival will be held April 19-21 and will feature something for everyone, including music, art, theater and creative writing, as well as gallery and museum exhibits, children’s activities and storytelling.
There is no fee to attend the festival. Hours will be Friday from noon until 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Sunday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 423-636-7303.
Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the entertainment. Service animals are welcome; however, no pets allowed. Coolers and alcohol are also prohibited.
A parade and welcome ceremony will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Rankin Hall stage, and at 2 p.m., officials from the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council will be on hand to recognize the Tusculum College old oak tree as an official historic tree. The large, white-oak tree that the festival is named for has officially been added to the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council’s Tennessee Landmark and Historic Tree Register.
Scheduled bands include local favorites such as the Threetles, a Beatles tribute band, Tusculum College rock band Original Copy, as well as Jimmy D, playing blues, straight up. Also in the lineup are soul and R&B group the Scat Cats and Bootleg Turn, playing their version of hillbilly rock. The Tusculum College Jazz Band will take the stage, as will the Stoney Creek Cloggers and protégé fiddler Carson Peters.
For the younger crowd, there will be two nights of dancing. Friday night will feature a Silent Disco and Saturday a Dubstep concert. Both will be held from 7-10 p.m. in Chalmers Conference Center in the Niswonger Commons.
The arts and crafts show will offer everything from watercolor paintings to handmade quilts.
Other items include barn wood frames, walking sticks, handmade children’s clothing, baskets, candles and many handmade items. Vendors will be both indoors and outside.
Many other groups, individual artists, storytellers, performers and other activities are on the schedule at a variety of venues. For a full music, performance and activity schedule, visit www.oldoakfestival.org.
Sponsors for this year’s event include The Greeneville Sun, Greeneville Federal Bank, Hometown Realty, Coca-Cola, WQUT-Radio, WXSM Radio, WIVK Radio, WNML Radio, WOKI Radio, 106.1 The River, Holston Valley Broadcasting, WJHL Daytime Tri-Cities, Morristown Radio Group, Merle FM Radio, WVEK Radio, WKPT, WTFM, Kingsport Times-News, WGRV Radio, WIKQ Radio, WSMG Radio and WCYB-TV.
For updates and more information, visit the website at www.oldoakfestival.org or on Facebook at www.facebook/OldOakFestival.