The town of Cumberland Gap will be teeming with life this spring and summer because of a schedule chock-full of new events and opportunities for visitors. There will be something for everyone ranging from art shows and the White Lightning Festival to the Genealogy Jamboree and music to fill the streets.
The Mountain Fiesta is a unique, first-time event for the town which is scheduled for April 22 beginning at 11 a.m. It aims to combine Latin American and Appalachian heritage while educating event-goers about the food, music and dance of both cultures. The event will be held in downtown Cumberland Gap and there is no entry fee.
On May 27, Papa Chum’s Music and Rarities will be hosting a concert with bluegrass music by the New Twang Revival. The tunes will begin at 4 p.m. Papa Chum’s is located at 522 Pinnacle Alley, near Festival Park in Cumberland Gap.
The Cumberland Gap Artists Co-op will be hosting an Artist Extravaganza on June 3. This event is complete with wine tasting, local art, music provided by Papa Chum’s and food from restaurants in town.
“Since we started this in the fall of 2014, things have started to happen here. We’ve gotten more businesses to come in, people are working together and there’s so much going on because we’re collaborating for festivals and events like this,” said Cora Pat Howard, Co-op organizer and artist.
The wine tasting will include several varieties of wines from the Great Valley Wine Trail, which includes wineries from across East Tennessee. The event is family friendly, however an ID will be necessary to participate in the wine tasting.
Art will be from local artisans, however the Co-op has invited artisans from across the Tri-state to participate in the Extravaganza. Lincoln Memorial University student artwork will also be on display in Festival Park, next to the Co-op.
Tickets for this event are free. If you are interested in participating or have questions, contact the Co-op at 606-269-1281.
“We want the whole community to take part in this so that’s what we’re hoping for. It’s their town and we want this to be a big event,” said Howard.
The year continues with a lineup of other events including the Genealogy Jamboree from June 7 through 10, the White Lightning Festival on June 23, the Harvest Moon Art Festival on Oct. 7 and the Victorian Christmas on Dec. 2.
Reach Kelsey Gerhardt at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.