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Rugby Newsletter – A Busy June in Rugby

June 11, 2016 @ 8:00 am - June 30, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

Cars, Crafts, Culinary Delights and Our Annual Member Meeting. A Busy June In Rugby.
Antique Car Show June 11;
Street Fair June 11 & 12
Cars, Crafts, Art, and More Than Enough Fun
Historic Rugby will welcome an assortment of classic antique vehicles from around the region on Saturday, June 11 for its annual Benefit Antique Car Show. In addition, Historic Rugby will host a Street Fair featuring a spectrum of crafters and demonstrators from soap making to blacksmithing on Saturday and Sunday, June 11-12.
The car show, free to spectators, runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT (8-2 Central) in the heart of the Victorian English village founded in 1880, just off Highway 52 between U.S. 27 and U.S. 127. The Street Fair will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT on both days.
Car owners can pre-register their vehicles by calling 423-628-2441. Owners not already registered can do so for a $10 fee the morning of the show, space permitting.
“We have pictures showing the earliest cars in Rugby from about 1919, so we’re getting close to a century of motoring here on the Cumberland Plateau,” said John Hicks, a Historic Rugby resident and show organizer.
Hicks said cars both domestic and foreign, ranging from Ford Models A and T to Chevy Corvettes and even street hotrods, are all expected. Any car from 1991 or older now qualifies for antique status. Vehicles come from as far away as Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville, he noted.
The event is a favorite with spectators, who mingle with the vehicles while enjoying the atmosphere of the village located at the southern edge of the Big South Fork National Park.  Showgoers will find food and drinks at Rugby’s newly-remodeled Harrow Road Café, as well as with various vendors, and can participate in a 50/50 drawing to benefit non-profit Historic Rugby. Door prizes will be awarded to lucky car entrants in a 2:30 p.m. EDT drawing.
The Street Fair will focus on unique handmade crafts and other items that are native to Appalachia or the British Isles. Vendor reviews mean that items are of high quality and will be memorable gifts and keepsakes.
For vendors who would like to participate, contact Jennie Chevalier at (423) 628-5166 (Thursday – Sunday) or David Mayfield at (423) 628-2441 or by emailing
Harrow Road Cafe Now Open For Dinner Fridays And Saturdays
Rugby’s newly remodeled Harrow Road Cafe is now open for dinner on Fridays and Saturdays, with a new dinner menu and a new drink menu.
In addition to wines and ales, the Cafe now offers select mixed drinks, including some creative concoctions by Hospitality Manager Amy Hubbard and her staff.
The Cafe opens at 5pm Eastern for dinner and closes at 9pm Eastern. Enjoy British favorites like Shepherd’s Pie, plus some new fresh local-farm-sourced dishes.
On Sundays, there’s a special brunch menu with a different “Sunday Roast” special each week. To accommodate our patrons coming from the Central Time Zone, the cafe has extended its Sunday afternoon hours so there’s plenty of time for the drive over after church.
You can message us on the Harrow Road Cafe Facebook page or give the cafe a call at 423-628-2350 during business hours Thursday through Sunday.
Thu: 11 am – 3 pm Eastern (10-2 Central)
Fri-Sat: 8 am – 3 pm Eastern (7-2 Central) for Breakfast and Lunch; 5pm – 9 pm Eastern (4-8 Central) for Dinner
Sun: 9 am – 4 pm Eastern (8-3 Central)
Don’t forget to like the Cafe’s own NEW Facebook page HERE
Annual Member Meeting Slated For June 25
Agenda Includes 50th Anniversary Plans, New Board Members, And More
HISTORIC RUGBY’S ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING is set for Saturday, June 25, 2016 beginning at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time in the Rebecca Johnson Theatre of the Historic Rugby Visitor Centre. 
Any member of Historic Rugby current on his or her dues as of May 24, 2016, is eligible to vote at the annual meeting on the election of Board members.
Non-members who are interested in Historic Rugby are also welcome to attend (and we hope will become interested in joining the membership!), so feel free to bring a friend or relative.
Following is the meeting agenda:
–2015 Minutes
–Chairman’s Comments 
–Treasurer’s Report
–Nominating Report & Election
–Keynote Speaker:  Sherri Alley,
Vice President for Advancement,
East Tennessee Foundation
–50th Anniversary Plans and Events
–Thank You Reception in the Mural Room
Five new Historic Rugby Board Members are up for election at the meeting. These include:
–Jody Ward
–Dr. John Hodges
–Bob Richards
–Chris Wise
–Ed Shell
Board members who will be continuing in unexpired terms include Nancy Dorman, Mike Green, Stephen McClure, Marcy Shelton and Annie Patterson. Marlee Mitchell and Steve Logan are up for re-election to second terms. Rick Murphy, Tracey Stansberry, Dirk Davidson, and Steve Phillips will be leaving the board-their incredible service and commitment to Historic Rugby is greatly appreciated. 

Biographies of each new board member were sent to current HRI members along with the meeting notice in mid-May. If you’d like more information about each new nominee, information will be available immediately before the meeting.

Historic Rugby Is In A Unique Position To Attract More Visitors.
Here’s How You Can Help.
In just the last few months, there have been articles recommending Historic Rugby as a great destination by the Atlanta Journal, the Nashville Tennessean, and others. A website called The Culture Trip called us one of the “10 most beautiful small towns in the South.”
2016 marks the 50th Anniversary of Historic Rugby, Inc., the organization created by the visionary Brian Stagg to preserve our village and to help convey its history to the world. We have a lot planned for our Golden Jubilee, and we’ve been working hard to prepare, with:
*             A newly-renovated Harrow Road Café featuring a fresh new menu
*             A Commissary that has been re-merchandised, with new vendors and great additions
*             Historic buildings (including Kingston Lisle and Pioneer Cottage) that have been cleaned and refurbished through specially organized volunteer efforts
*             An energetic staff that has vowed to make our 50th year the best yet.
In the offseason, we devoted major resources and time to repairing infrastructure and correcting issues with building and administration technology that we had put off for a long time.  We invested in new software for member relations and for handling transactions in the Harrow Road Café, the Commissary, and Visitor Centre.
These improvements have given us the tools to move forward much faster and to compete with much bigger organizations for tourism dollars. But the investment did reduce our operating and marketing funds at the beginning of the season, when our revenue and resources are at their lowest.
This is where you can help. With a gift that lets us take full advantage of what we’ve put into place.
Your donation will help us with operational expenses until we can rebuild our reserves in the next few months (in fact, sales trends are already indicating growth). Donations for marketing can help us use the publicity we’ve been receiving to sustain and build more interest in Historic Rugby throughout the Southeast, bringing in more visitors and more income.
We believe that we should “strike while the iron is hot,” and that Historic Rugby has the best opportunity in many years to bring new groups of people-young and old-to see what is so magical about our village.
Could you make a donation? We are careful stewards of your money, and we have new volunteers with special expertise in marketing and management that will help us make every penny stretch. We believe your gift will be an investment-we will build the awareness and appeal of Rugby so that we have solid, healthy revenue growth.
Since we opened this spring, the most frequent phrase we’ve heard from visitors is, “we’ll be back.”  With your help at this critical time, we believe we can bring folks back, time and time again.
Paint Outside Workshop
Thursday, June 16, 2016
9:00 am- 12:00 Eastern Time
The workshop is an introduction to painting outside, en plein air. The goal is to try to capture a moment in time, light and shadows….but mostly to enjoy the experience.
Participants, whether beginners or experienced, are to supply their own material. You are welcome to use the medium of your choice–oil, pastel, watercolor, colored pencils, or acrylics. A basic acrylic material list is available by contacting Jennie Chevalier at (423) 628-5166 (Thursday – Sunday) or emailing You can also contact David Mayfield at (423) 628-2441 or by emailing
Be prepared to paint. (Remember you carry everything.)  Bring a hat, shoes & socks, drinking water, bug spray, sun screen, and a chair if needed.  To register, contact Freeman Davenport via cellphone or email listed below.
Freeman Davenport, instructor, contact information
Cell: 772-380-5138
Cost: $20.00 paid to the instructor
Next Scheduled Workshops: same time, same place
Thursday July 21, 2016
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Big South Fork’s Rugby Ranger Station
Returns for Spring/Summer weekends
Ranger Natasha is back with us, conducting free guided hikes Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Historic Rugby’s Big South Fork Ranger Station is back in operation. Currently, Natasha Like last year, FREE Ranger-led hikes to Rugby’s Gentlemen’s Swimming Hole in the park will be offered each Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 am/8:30 Central. Visit the station for free literature and even Rugby’s own National Park Service Passport Stamp!
The station will be open each Saturday & Sunday through at least Sept. 25. Hours are 9-5/ 8-4 Central. Telephone is 423-628-2991. It’s in the reconstructed Board of Aid to Land Ownership Building right on Rugby’s main street, 1487 Rugby Parkway.
Come see nature’s treats at Rugby’s southern gateway into the park!
DON’T FORGET: Centennial Challenge on Big South Fork trails. Two Rugby trails help toward the 100-mile goal: the 2.2-mile Meeting of the Waters trail (including the Gentlemen’s Swimming Hole, at 0.4 mile each way) and the Brewster Bridge trail from Brooks Store across into Fentress County’s BSF canoe put-in/picnic area and back, one mile each way.
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June 11, 2016 @ 8:00 am
June 30, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
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