One Month Until the Eclipse!!

Totality In Tellico GraphicTellico Plains, prime viewing spot for the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017, has a three-day celebration planned! On August 19-21, the Charles Hall Museum, Monroe County Tourism, business sponsors, community groups, and volunteers present Totality in Tellico, with a schedule of events packed into each day. For the latest updates, see the event’s facebook page. Here’s the huge slate of events and a map of the locations, for the enjoyment of all ages:

 

Map of Eclipse Events
Saturday August 19, 2017:

Charles Hall Museum Building 2 Area:
7-10 a.m.- First Baptist Church will serve complimentary “Solar Stacks” (pancakes) with sausage and your choice of milk, coffee, or juice.
10 a.m. to noon – Native American Dream Catcher Class: Local Tellico Plains resident, Cherokee descendant, and artisan Tonya Dockery will guide you in creating a handmade dream catcher. Supplies include our native grapevines, along with feathers, leather, sinew, and beads. During the instruction, Tonya will recite Native American historical, cultural, and spiritual stories about our solar system including the function of the dream catcher. Class size is limited to 20. Cost that includes supplies: $15 Register by emailing Pam at charleshallmuseum@hotmail.com or calling 423-253-2111.
Noon to 4:30 p.m.- The 1962 complete first two shows of the Jetsons and the 1965 first two shows of Lost in Space will play
4:30-6:30 p.m. – Star Trek II – The Wrath of Khan
6:30-8 p.m. – 20 minute video will loop on Star Gazing basics and our August night skies as folks gather in the field beside the Garden Area for the Star Gazing Party to begin at dark.

Inside the Visitor’s Center and CH Museum Building 1:
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.- Star theme videos will show through the day including eclipse videos, clips of the first 1962 Jetsons television show, the first 1965 Lost in Space television show, John Glenn’s 1962 first orbit around the earth, Neil Armstrong’s 1969 walk on the Moon, and Michael Jackson’s 1982 first Moonwalk dance!

Outside the Visitor’s Center, the CH Museum’s buildings, and the Garden Area
1-9 p.m. – WoodSongs SongFarmers of Tellico Plains, First Annual SongFarmers Harvest Celebration
• Multiple jams will be held under the different shade canopies
• All ages are invited to listen, sing, or bring acoustic instruments to play
• Bring a chair, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages
• Weiner Wagon will sell hot dogs, nachos and cheese, candy, chips, and drinks

Garden Area
8-10 p.m.- Starry Night In Tellico Plains – The Milky Way Star Party (Weather permitting) Hosted by The Smoky Mountain Astronomical Society
Bring binoculars, telescope, lawn chair, drink, and if desired a bag of Milky Ways, Star Bursts, or Moon Pies to share. Soft drinks and water will be available for a fee.
Enter the field behind the Visitors Center by the Walking Bridge in the Garden area of the Walking Trail.
Astronomy Club members will man 10-12 telescopes in the field beside the Garden Spot. They will allow folks to gaze through the telescopes as they point out the marvels of our night skies. Handouts will be available. For more information go to www.smokymtnastro.org

Town Square
6-10 p.m. “Dance on the Square” sponsored by Tellico Plains Kiwanis. A special Celebration of the US Flag will be presented by Coker Creek Girl Scout Troop 40005 and Tellico Plains Boy Scout Troop 115 at 6PM. Our Kids Zone will feature Safe Archery with Debbie Thompson and Dr. John Freeland and BB’s Bouncers featuring their water slide and bounce house with small water slide. Lots of food at the food truck, vendors, music and dancing will round out the fun. Live music by Suga’Daddy.

Sunday August 20, 2017:

Charles Hall Museum Building 2 Area:
7-10 a.m.- First Baptist Church will serve complimentary “Solar Stacks” (pancakes) with sausage and your choice of milk, coffee, or juice.

Inside the Visitor’s Center and CH Museum Building 1:
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.- Star theme videos will show through the day

Charles Hall Museum Building 2 Meeting Room
9 a.m.-11 a.m.- Biblical “sky” experiences from a Christian perspective will loop
12:30-2:30 p.m. – Native American Dream Catcher Class: Local Tellico Plains resident, Cherokee descendant, and artisan Tonya Dockery will guide you in creating a handmade dream catcher. Supplies include our native grapevines, along with feathers, leather, sinew, and beads. During the instruction, Tonya will recite Native American historical, cultural, and spiritual stories about our solar system including the function of the dream catcher. Class size is limited to 20. Cost that includes supplies: $15 Register by emailing Pam at charleshallmuseum@hotmail.com or calling 423-253-2111.charleshallmuseum@hotmail.com or calling 423-253-2111.
2:30-3:30 p.m.- NASA’s Space journeys including John Glenn’s first orbit around the earth in 1962 and Apollo 11’s Neil Armstrong’s 1969 Walk on the Moon
3:30-4:30 p.m.- Lost in Space TV Show, Season 1, Episodes 1 & 2
4:30-5:30 p.m.- Astronomy informative videos including Total Solar Eclipse scenes
(8p.m. Star Gazing Party if weather did not permit on Saturday)

Monday August 21, 2017:

7 a.m.-5 p.m.: The Charles Hall Field:
A southern view of the sky will provide an excellent view of the eclipse. Enter the west side of the field by the Skyway Realty Sign on Bank Street and across from Hardees. You can access the Museum, Library, and Visitor’s Center from the walking trail beside the east side of the field. Bring drinks, lawn chair, hat, sunscreen, sun umbrella, and eclipse viewing glasses. Cost: $5/car

Charles Hall Museum Building 2 area:
7-10 a.m.- First Baptist Church will serve complimentary “Solar Stacks” (pancakes) with sausage and your choice of milk, coffee, or juice.
12-3:30 p.m – Appearing on a trailer in the south side of the field and using a state of the art PA system will be McKee Promotions.
• The DJ ‘s will start the Eclipse Party with star themed music.
• Tonya Dockery, a Cherokee Story Teller and local resident, will entertain the crowd with traditional and historical Cherokee stories about the Milky Way and the Cherokee’s connection to the sun, moon, and stars.
• Members of the Smoky Mountain Astronomical Society will describe the details of the skies beginning an hour before the eclipse and during the eclipse. Warning: Do not look in the area of the sun without eclipse glasses!
• An amateur Weather person will announce the changes in temperature, humidity, and wind.

Charles Hall Museum back parking lot:
Weiner Wagon will sell hot dogs, nachos and cheese, candy, chips, and drinks

Inside the Visitor’s Center and Charles Hall Museum Building 1:
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Star theme videos will show throughout the day

Charles Hall Museum Building 2 Meeting Room:
10-11a.m. – NASA’s Space journeys including John Glenn’s first orbit around the earth in 1962 and Apollo 11’s Neil Armstrong’s 1969 Walk on the Moon
11a.m.-3 p.m. – NASA’s Live Stream video

Eclipse Path Through Tennessee

 

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