Thursday is kids day at the Tennessee Fall Homecoming. School buses crowd the parking lot and kids are everywhere participating in the spoons workshop, playing field sports like sack racing, watching old time crafts that have been replaced by factory made goods, and lining up at the sno cone booth. We enjoy watching kids being kids and also took the opportunity to visit the Museum of Appalachia's Hall of Fame, which houses a marvelous collection of artifacts, including lots of home fashioned musical instruments which stretch the imagination and demonstrate the ingenuity of people for whom cash was never a ready commodity.
This is a highly personal and idiosyncratic collection of crafts, artifacts, and people who managed to survive and (sometimes) prosper as they found ways to express their creativity and ingenuity in a place and time where life was hard and demanding while "things" were hard to obtain and rare. As a result, they learned to repair, improvise, and make do. My particular interest were the sometimes odd and often ingenious musical instruments they created. Here are a few. I've also posted a more extensive Facebook album of banjos on Ted and Irene's Most Excellent Bluegrass Adventure.