Schedule Overview

Times and events may be subject to change and event details may be added.
Location: Del Rio, TN
Friday, May 22, 2015
10:00am: Registration Check-In
Del Rio Elementary (500 South Highway 107, Del Rio, TN, 37727)
Registration for the Festival opens at 10:00am, please enter through the side door.
10:30am: Meet Mr. Lincoln
Dennis Boggs has received much praise from other area schools for his portrayal of Mr. Lincoln and we are delighted that he will be in Del Rio! Monies from ChristyFest registration and our jewelry sale benefit from last fall are going to host an educational enrichment program, Meet Mr. Lincoln.
1:00pm: Departure for Briarwood Ranch
We will car caravan to Briarwood Ranch for some great fun on safari! We will board a wagon for the ride through the park to view animals that are native to six continents. We will have a chance to feed and pet animals along the way and plenty of time for pictures. This is a great place to relax, get to know your fellow CF attendees, and enjoy the ride! Learn more at
Evening: Optional Dinner Outing
Location TBD
The tour through Briarwood will end at approximately 5:00pm. and we will have a large dinner reservation at a local eatery afterwards. Please note cost of dinner is not included in the day's event price.
Saturday, May 23, 2015
8:30am: Registration Check-In
Del Rio Elementary Library (via school's main entrance)
We will meet in the Library for the morning's registration and check-in.
9:00am: How Firm a Foundation
Presented by Marilyn Mitchem
In December 1899 missionary Katherine Plantz left Wisconsin and traveled to Tennessee. With the help of William C. Wood and others, she built a three-story mission house. By 1904 Ebenezer's staff was caring for nine homeless boys. All were photographed for a promotional poster titled "The Ebenezer Family." Marilyn will speak about the people pictured, focusing on the Rector brothers whose "firm foundation" at Ebenezer transported them across the Appalachians to the Great Lakes.
On her own journey, Leonora Whitaker joined Ebenezer Mission's staff in December of 1909. Her trip by mule to James Lunsford's home to teach Sunday School resulted in an unexpected dunking in Big Creek. Leonora's account of this mishap later became Chapter Ten of Christy. Marilyn will retell this story, using a recently-discovered interview and article of Leonora's, and compare it to Christy's version.
The common tie between both vignettes is the home William C. Wood built and later sold to James Lunsford. It still stands near the corner of Old Fifteenth and Sol Messer Road. We'll visit this landmark on Sunday when we re-create Leonora's March 1910 trip there.
11:00am-Approx 7:30pm: Between River and Railroad
Depart from Del Rio Elementary Parking Lot
Saturday we will board a charter bus for a special day trip that follows elements of Christy's journey from Asheville. We will stop in historic Hot Springs, NC, for lunch. This will be followed by a visit to the historic Montford neighborhood which is reminiscent of where Christy would have lived. We will tour the evocative Riverside Cemetery and some of its famous Victorian-era graves and hand-carved monuments. As the day continues we will work our way to picturesque Asheville itself, stopping at First Presbyterian Church where the Huddleston family worshipped. Our trip back to Tennessee takes us between the railroad and the river emulating Christy's journey. More information to be added! Please note the cost of meals is not included in the day's fee.
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Morning: Explore the Story
Celebrate Christy in the very heart of where Leonora Whitaker's true story took place - Del Rio, TN. You can spend the day by visiting the sites that are part of the story! Start off the morning by visiting Ebenezer Church and spend time wandering the neighboring cemetery. The cemetery has the graves many of the real-life inspirations of Christy characters. You can also view the Old Train Depot location, the Runnion Store, and the Barnett Boarding House. Please note at this time the Runnion Store and Barnett Boarding House are not scheduled to be open and are private property so please be respectful.
Afternoon: Christy Mission Visit and Picnic
Larry Myers, Mission Property caretaker, extends his warm and generous hospitality to ChristyFest Attendees each year. Come explore the Mission grounds where the real-life counterparts to many of the characters in Christy once lived and worked. We will have a fried chicken picnic with all the fixins'. We recommend you bring a blanket or chair.
2:00pm: Group Hike
A very special hike will take place in the afternoon, details to be confirmed. Please wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes. We also recommend bug repellant.
Registration Fees
Adults and Youths:: Friday: $21.00 per person. Saturday is $62.00 per person. Sunday is $12.00 per person (includes picnic lunch)
Child [Age 12 and Under]: No charge for any day. All children and youths must be accompanied by a registered adult.
Online Registration is closed.
Pre-registration is now closed; registration for the Festival can now be done onsite. Please note onsite all registration fees must be paid in cash. Registration fees are non-refundable.
Del Rio Elementary School is at 500 South Highway 107, Del Rio, TN, 37727