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New holiday wreath exhibit lights up Sycamore Shoals

Leigh Ann Laube • Dec 16, 2012 at 5:20 AM

For the first time, Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area will host a Lamplight Christmas/Holiday Wreath Exhibit.

The exhibit, which replaces the park’s normal Christmas tree exhibit, will be on display in the visitor’s center through Jan. 2. Local businesses, civic groups and families have created 14 wreaths with the theme “Rock of Ages.”

“I have from religious to modern-day,” said Johnnie Pilk, the park’s secretary. “There’s even an 18th century-type wreath.”

The wreaths could be made from grapevine, artificial plant material, Christmas and holiday ornaments, pine cones, ribbons, or anything that created beauty and would hold its form indoors.

The park’s maintenance staff built period lamp posts and the wreaths are hung from those, intermingled with artwork from members of the Watauga Valley Art League.

“We don’t have the Christmas tree room [which is under renovation] but we still wanted to offer the public something to enjoy,” Pilk said.

The visitors center is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 1 to 4:30 p.m., Sunday. There is no charge for visitors to see the exhibit.

The park will be closed for the holidays Dec. 23-25, and on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

Pilk said staff plans to host the holiday wreath exhibit again next year.

For more information about the park or wreath exhibit, call (423) 543-5808.

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