Lake Junaluska Independence Day celebration
|Jul 04, 2012|
Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center:
• The celebration starts at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 3,with the Lake Junaluska Singers, a 16-voice ensemble, directed by Dr. Melodie Galloway, performing “The Songs and Spirit of America” at historic Stuart Auditorium.
• Festivities continue at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 4, with a parade from Lambuth Inn to the Nanci Weldon Gym, along Lakeshore Drive and the Rosewalk, for a barbecue lunch at noon and bluegrass music from Reems Creek Incident until 2 p.m. Tickets for the barbecue are $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 4 to 11.
• At 1 p.m., July 4, the Lake Junaluska Singers will perform the national anthem at the Nanci Weldon Gym, and at 7:30 p.m., they’ll present an encore performance of their previous night’s concert, “The Songs and Spirit of America” at Stuart Auditorium.
Throughout the day, families may enjoy other activities such as face painting, inflatables, balloon artists and more. Guests may also rent paddle boats or take a tour boat ride, swim in the outdoor pool, play tennis, miniature golf or shuffle board, walk the paved path around the lake or lakeside with a view of the surrounding mountains.
• New this year will be a Farm to Table Dinner, from 5 to 7 p.m., July 4, where local food will be the featured fare, plus bluegrass music from The Freight Hoppers. Tickets for the Farm to Table Dinner are $25 and may be purchased at the Bethea Welcome Center or by calling -454-6738.
• The Lake Junaluska Singers perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. at Stuart Auditorium.
• At 9:45 p.m., a fireworks display (provided for more than 60 years free of charge to area residents by Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center) will be held.
• Music continues at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 5, with a concert by Christian musician Andrew Peterson at Stuart Auditorium. This is a concert for the whole family.