Come to Christ Church for the Michaelmas Festival on Saturday, October 4th  from 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Eastern time. There will be crafts for sale, yummy baked goods, fun children’s activities, and tours of the church.

Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. EDT               FREE EVENT!

A special afternoon tea will be served at Christ Church at 12:00 p.m. (noon) EST and 2:00 pm EST.  

Cost of tea $10.00 per person.  Reservations are strongly suggested!

Call Dorcus McBrayer for reservations at 423-628-1282 or email her at



Historic Rugby will also be celebrating our 2nd Appalachian Heritage Day, held in conjunction with Christ Churchs’ Episcopal Annual Michaelmas Festival and Tea, also Saturday.

Celebrate the history and culture of Appalachian families who settled the Rugby region with a family friendly day filled with living history demonstrations, crafters, and children’s activities on Saturday.


Special demonstrations for Appalachian Heritage Day include blacksmithing by Brad Greenwood; cordwaining (shoe making!) by Matthew Matteson; candle dipping by Shirley Hughes; whittling by Bill Henry; white oak basketry by Scott Gilbert and Beth Hester; pine basketry by Joyce Lantz, spinning by Sue Duncan; and knitting by Mary Curren.


Several vendors will be selling traditional Appalachian craft work, including Lisa Stansberry who will also demonstrate the potter’s wheel and have work for sale. Chair and stool maker Bill Wilkey will also demonstrate chair bottoming. There will be other vendors and good food, so plan now on visiting us!
 Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. EDT