The eighth annual Appalachian Christmas Dinner was held on December 8, 9, and 10 at the Garrott StoneWall House. The dinner benefits the Sumner County Museum. It was founded by local storytellers Herman and Patsy Lawson to feature the storytelling group originally meeting at Rock Castle.
Guests were greeted with Christmas carolers, who were standing on the steps in the foyer singing traditional carols. Later authentic music was provided by Holly Wood and the Extras, Susie Monick, Joe Collins, and Lauren Saks.
During the dinner, guests were served an authentic Appalachian dinner of tenderloin, green beans, sweet potatoes, and cornbread. The dessert is always the traditional stack cake. After the dinner, the guests met in the parlor for music and storytelling.
The featured storyteller was Bill Landry author of Appalachian Tales and Heartland Adventures. He was the co-producer and host of the award winning Heartland Series aired on WBIR-TV in Knoxville. The series began to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains.
During a break in the storytelling hour, guests are given the opportunity to take a small sip of moonshine which is an authentic beverage of the Appalachians, if they chose.