The Robert A. Tino 2013 Smoky Mountain Homecoming celebrated its 21st year! On October 5th and 6th families were able to go back to a simpler time when the farm was the center of the family. It was a place where you made what you needed and learned valuable lessons. On Sunset View Farm, home of the Robert A. Tino Smoky Mountain Homecoming, Robert invited families to spend the weekend on the farm experiencing and celebrating our Appalachian heritage. Families met regional craftsmen and women, dressed in period attire, who are passionate about sustaining and preserving the ancient arts and crafts of our heritage. Along with area arts and crafts were the old time sounds of bluegrass drifting through the crisp fall air from Jimbo Whaley and Greenbrier and The South of the River Boys. In between sets families sat under shade trees enjoying a wholesome BBQ meal and listening to stories from area storystellers.
In addition to the festivities Robert Tino debuted three special print releases. New this year was a Quilt show with live demonstrations and quilts to purchase, Channel 10’s Bill Landry, from the Heartland Series, told tales and spun yarns, from the East Tennessee Historical Society and other local Mountain Folk were Authentic Appalachian Mountain Arts and Crafts, from Still Hollow Farm was outdoor decor ironwork, local craft vendors featured jewelry, baskets, pottery, relics, art, food and other items found only in the area.
Also, Tennessee’s Largest Antique tractor and engine show with over 100 makes and models were on display and the weekend nearing close was an Old-fashion Sunday morning church service with local favorite Ray Ball.