Call for Entries: Stitches in Time Annual Quilt Show

Cleveland, Tenn. (January 23, 2015) - The Museum Center is pleased to announce its 2015 Stitches in Time Quilt Show, sponsored by First Tennessee. This year’s show will be a three-day quilting event, featuring both traditional and art quilts of every shape and size. The show will open Thursday March 12th with extended museum hours on both Thursday and Friday (10 a.m. - 7 p.m.and on Saturday (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.). An awards ceremony will follow the close of the exhibit at 4:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon, March 14. This year, awards will be decided by you, the visitor, through public voting. Prizes will go to the winners of The Ruth Hale Viewer’s Choice Award, and First Place in each of four other categories (antique quilt, small quilt, contemporary quilt, and group quilt). Visit us online at www.museumcenter.org/quiltshow for details on entering your quilt in this year's show.  

Members of the Museum may enter up to three quilts at no charge. Non-museum members will be required to pay a $10.00 fee per quilt and are limited to two entries. In addition to the quilt show, the Museum will host a variety of educational events intended to help members of the community become more familiar with the art and techniques of quilting. During the week, beginning quilting and applique classes will be held, taught by experienced area quilters. On Saturday, March 14, the museum will host live quilting demonstrations led by area quilters for the benefit of novice and experienced quilters alike. Details about classes and registration will be available in early February by calling the museum or visiting us online at www.museumcenter.org.

The Museum Center at 5ive Points tells the story of the Ocoee region through compelling exhibitions and dynamic educational programming that promotes history, culture, and preservation. The Museum Store features arts, crafts, and books from select artists, craftsman, and authors from within a 200-mile radius. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The museum is closed Sunday, Monday, and on select holidays. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free for children under 5. Members of the Museum receive free admission. Group rates are available and the Museum’s facilities can be rented year-round for weddings and special events.

For complete rules and application, visit the Museum Center website at www.museumcenter.org/quiltshow, contact info@museumcenter.org or call 423-339-5745.

Old Christmas Program at the Museum Center at 5ive Points

Cleveland, Tenn. (January 2, 2015) – The Museum Center at 5ive Points and the Cleveland Storytelling Guild celebrate Old Christmas this January 6 with storytelling and music. Old Christmas is on the same date as the Day of Epiphany. Epiphany is the Christian commemoration of the day in which the Son of God was revealed as a human baby. Old Christmas celebrates both this revelation as well as the old Appalachian traditions of early settlers. 

The Museum will observe this historic holiday through storytelling and song. Some stories shared will date back as far as the 4th century and have been handed down from generation to generation.  The Scotch-Irish settlers brought their old stories, songs and observances to the mountains of Appalachia as they moved to the isolated hollows and hills of our region. 

Join the Museum Center at 5ive Points and the Cleveland Storytelling Guild on Tuesday, January 6 at 6:30pm to hear the stories and experience the traditions of Old Christmas.  General admission is $5; children under five are free; FREE for Museum Center members.

The Museum Center at 5ive Points tells the story of the Ocoee region through compelling exhibitions and dynamic educational programming that promotes history, culture, and preservation. The Museum Store features arts, crafts, and books from select artists, craftsman, and authors from within a 200-mile radius. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The museum is closed Sunday, Monday, and on select holidays. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free for children under 5. Members of the Museum receive free admission. Group rates are available and the Museum’s facilities can be rented year-round for weddings and special events. For further information call 423-339-5745, or visit www.museumcenter.org.

The Cleveland Storytelling Guild is comprised of members from all walks of life, united in the love of story.  Guild members keep the art of the oral tradition alive by sharing stories in various venues such as schools, churches, camps and festivals.  They meet monthly, on the second Tuesday of the month, in the Community Room of the Cleveland Bradley Public Library.  Stories begin at 7:00 and the public is invited to come visit and hear stories from some great local and regional storytellers.  The Cleveland Storytelling Guild presents several storytelling events every year, including the upcoming annual Ocoee Story Fest on Friday, February 6, at the Museum Center beginning at 7:00.  Now in its 21st year, Ocoee Story Fest is one of the longest-running storytelling festivals in the region, outside the National Storytelling Festival held each October in Jonesborough, Tennessee.  For more information about the Cleveland Storytelling Guild, contact Judy Baker at tellone@bellsouth.net or visit the Guild website, www.tennesseetellers.org. 

Pioneering Pulpits On View at Museum Center

Pioneering Pulpits: The First Ocoee Churches will be on view through April 4, 2015. 

An outdoor water baptism service conducted by the Church of God of Prophecy. 

Cleveland, Tenn. (December 10, 2014) - Settlers continued to move westward, on the hunch of new lands, opportunities and possibilities. There was no tangible guarantee that life would be better, that opportunities would happen. It was a matter of faith. Along with the few meager possessions that were strapped into the back of covered wagons, families relied on strength, faith and hope to lead them to better beginnings.

Stained glass window on loan from First United Methodist Church. This rendition of a blue flower hung in the Methodist church building after the American Civil War. 

Sanctuary. Faith. Community. These words – among others – are synonymous with the concept of a church. The history of the Ocoee churches follows the pattern generally found in this area of the South. Along with their desire to build homes in their new land, settlers brought the courage, faith and religious convictions that were theirs by nature and inheritance. As they built cabins for homes, pioneers opened these homes to their neighbors for services of worship. Soon meetinghouses were erected – crude brush arbors and log huts, but these were the first churches of the Ocoee.  They have stood the test of time as early zealous settlers sought to educate their Cherokee neighbors. They hoped to win them to Christianity as they busily engaged in establishing their own religious bodies. The first were the Presbyterians.  They pioneered religious works in the Ocoee region by establishing mission schools and churches for the Cherokee. Reverend Dr. Gideon Blackburn built the first mission school south of the Hiwassee in 1804, thirteen years before Chattanooga.

Polk County can lay claim to the earliest organized church in the region. Columbiana Presbyterian opened its doors in 1822 in the town of Columbus. The community of eleven families, one doctor, one merchant and one tavern created the first church. Ministers were part of the circuit riders.  The church held services once or twice a month when a pastor made his way into the area.

Branches of other churches made their way to Bradley County. Members of the Shiloh Presbyterian Church in Calhoun decided to open their own church on the other side of the river. Quickly, a committee formed and the First Presbyterian Church began.

These churches and others sprang in a grassroots effort to maintain the faith of the settler’s forefathers. The Ocoee Region is home to a diverse set of First Churches, including the headquarters of the Church of God and the Church of God of Prophecy. Each faith and each church that sprang from the “Firsts” has established a long-lived history within the Ocoee.

The exhibition takes each of the Firsts and explores their origins from brush arbors to architectural feats in a rural region. Congregations grew, but out of the founding members, what families are left? As membership continues to grow, which churches are direct descendants of the Firsts? Why not just continue to grow as one large congregation rather than fracture and build multiple churches? Places of worship and community are the heart of a pioneering settlement, and the Ocoee region in no different. 

Pioneering Pulpits: The First Ocoee Churches will be on view through April 4, 2015. Programs related to this exhibit can be found online at www.museumcenter.org.

The Museum Center at 5ive Points tells the story of the Ocoee region through compelling exhibitions and dynamic educational programming that promotes history, culture, and preservation. The Museum Store features arts, crafts, and books from select artists, craftsman, and authors from within a 200-mile radius. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The museum is closed Sunday, Monday, and on select holidays. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free for children under 5. Members of the Museum receive free admission. Group rates are available and the Museum’s facilities can be rented year-round for weddings and special events.

For further information call 423-339-5745, or visit www.museumcenter.org.

Wild River Documentary Viewing and Discussion

Cleveland, Tenn. (November 10, 2014) – Wild River, the 1960 Hollywood movie directed by Elia Kazan and starring Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick, and Jo Van Fleet, was filmed on location in Charleston, Tennessee. The production took over the area and many local individuals and businesses were involved.

Producer Allison Inman gives viewers a look at what the making of Wild River was like for the local community in her documentary film, “Mud on the Stars: Stories from Elia Kazan’s Wild River”. Join Inman along with several others involved with the production for a special viewing and discussion of the making of the film. Hear personal stories from those who interacted directly with the actors and production team.

Special guests in attendance include:

Carolyn Harris, a Cleveland native, will share first-hand stories of working on set with her daughter, Judy Harris, who played the young girl Barbara Baldwin – the daughter of Lee Remick’s character. Judy Harris will also share her memories of acting next to Remick and Montgomery Clift.

David Swafford, a local historian, has completed extensive research on this brief time in Cleveland’s past. He is currently completing a non-fiction book on the topic.

Steve Bess is the son of Jeff Bess who had a small role in the film in which he got to throw Montgomery Clift into the river.

Edward Harris was the owner of the dog who played Old Blue in the film.

The documentary will be shown at the Museum Center at 5ive Points on Tuesday, November 18 at 6p.m. Immediately following the documentary, there will be a time of Q&A with our special guests. Select Wild River related items from the Museum’s collection will be on view.

Admission is $5 or FREE for Museum members.

The Museum Center at 5ive Points tells the story of the Ocoee region through compelling exhibitions and dynamic educational programming that promotes history, culture, and preservation. The Museum Store features arts, crafts, and books from select artists, craftsman, and authors from within a 200-mile radius. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The museum is closed Sunday, Monday, and on select holidays. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free for children under 5. Members of the Museum receive free admission. Group rates are available and the Museum’s facilities can be rented year-round for weddings and special events.

For further information call 423-339-5745, or visit www.museumcenter.org.

MC5P Fall Art Fest This Weekend

Cleveland, Tenn. (Monday, October 20, 2014) – The Museum Center hosts Fall Art Fest on Saturday, October 25 from 10:30am to 6pm. A variety of local artists will have booths offering their unique work. Several artists will present demos throughout the day, including pottery demonstrations by Michael Lalone, resident potter at John C. Campbell Folk School. The museum’s Executive Director, Hassan Najjar – a wood-worker himself, will be turning on his lathe.

“This is a great opportunity to get a jump on your Christmas shopping as well as interact with the artists themselves,” says Museum Store Manager, Hulon Dunn. “Additionally, all guests to Art Fest will enjoy free admission to the Museum’s exhibits!”

Children and families can get involved with the activity stations designing wood sculptures or making rag dolls.

Hear music from local musicians Argene Pearson, Stormy and Adrian Fisher, The RP Wells Band, and others.  BBQ available from Kenny’s Smokehouse BBQ.

See the full schedule at www.museumcenter.org/artfest