Free Labor Day concert scheduled for Rogersville's Crockett Creek Park

Jeff Bobo • Aug 19, 2019 at 9:30 AM

ROGERSVILLE — The public is invited to bring a blanket, a lawn chair and a picnic lunch to Crockett Creek Park on Labor Day and enjoy a benefit concert to restore one of the city’s oldest occupants.

The free event will feature three acts of the bluegrass, country and light rock genres.

However, the Rogersville Heritage Association will be collecting donations for the restoration of the 1790s Rogers Tavern, which is literally right beside the park.

The RHA owns the tavern and has had its restoration on the wish list for decades.

But that dream of a tavern restoration seems like a potential reality now more than ever thanks to recent interest from Tennessee State Historian Dr. Carroll Van West, who is conducting an architectural and archaeological study on both the tavern and the nearby 1790s Powel Law Office.

The goal is that West’s study and support will help the RHA win grant funding for a restoration, but there will still be a need for matching funds.

RHA Director Melissa Nelson told the Times News she’s hoping the upcoming Labor Day concert on Monday, Sept. 2 beginning at 2 p.m. will be the first of what becomes a regular, weekly, or monthly event.

The concert lineup includes Chip McClain, who is dean of humanities at Walters State Community College, as well as an expert bluegrass/country musician; light rock ensemble String Break; and local bluegrass band The Ball Sisters.

Alcohol is not allowed in the park, and for the safety of all, pets, other than service animals, are not permitted.

The RHA is also planning the 40th annual Heritage Days Festival Oct. 11-13, and is seeking artists and craftspeople who create original work to participate.

“We are primarily interested in art, crafts, holiday items, homemade treats, and specialty gift items,” Nelson said. “Vendors will be selected through a jury process which begins after the application deadline. Preference is given to arts and crafts vendors who personally handcraft the items they sell. No kits, flea market items or items made with commercially purchased molds will be accepted.”

For an application, please call Nelson at (423) 272-1961 or email [email protected]