Shuck and Jive

Monday, August 29, 2011

Vote Sycamore Shoals Today and Often!

We are honored and fortunate to have a great state park in Elizabethton, Sycamore Shoals State Park. In fact, we think it is so cool that we want it to be America's Favorite Park.

One of our church members (and an exceptionally generous and wonderful human being), Helen Wilson, wrote a letter to yesterday's Johnson City Press to inform good folks like you how you can make it happen and get some important funds for Sycamore Shoals.

It is so easy. Go to this site and press and click "Vote for this Park" and do it again and again as often as you can for as long as you can through September 6th. Really.

Right now, we are just out of the money in fourth place. We need to get at least in third place. If every Shuck and Jive reader voted for five minutes every day did that we could take it to the top!!

Here is Helen's letter:

Please vote for Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area to be America’s Favorite Park. Our park is competing in the Coca-Cola Favorite Park Contest and is presently in fourth place. This is the only Tennessee park in the top 10 favorite parks in the United States. The park with the most votes will win $100,000, second place is $50,000 and third place is $25,000. You don’t have to buy anything or give money — just spend some time on your computer.

Any prize money will go toward restoring the historic Sabine Hill home of Gen. Nathaniel Taylor. As you know, he is the great-grandfather of the renowned brothers Bob and Alf Taylor, both of whom were governors of Tennessee. They are probably best known for campaigning against each other for governor of Tennessee in a race dubbed the “The War of Roses.”

Here is how you can help:

• Commit to 5 or more minutes each day to vote. There is no limit to number of votes and you can vote over and over again. Daily voting is important.

• Share the information with your friends on Facebook.

• Ask your friends, family, co-workers and community and church groups to pledge 25 or more votes each day. You can vote 100 times in 30 minutes or less.

The contest ends on Sept. 6, which gives a lot of time for voting to move up to the money positions. Here is the direct link for voting for Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area.

This is a way to help our area preserve our rich history. With your help we can do this.

Elizabethton Historic Zoning Commission

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