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The Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism cordially invites you to list your regional event with us, and best of all, it's free! If you have an upcoming tourism event, or an event pertaining to regional history or genealogy, send us an email with "Event Registration" in the subject line. We're happy to help!

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Thursday, May 21, 2015 - RootsMagic7 Genealogy Software Presentation
See it in action! RootsMagic 7, the award-winning genealogy software for recording your family history!  Learn more about organizing your family history information with this live multimedia presentation to be held at 7 PM on Thursday, May 21, 2015, at the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism.  The event is sponsored by the Sullivan County Historical and Genealogical Society. The workshop is free and open to the general public.  RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED before May 19 by calling 423.323.4660. For additional information, email shelia.hunt@sullivancountytn.gov.


Saturday, May 23, 2015 - Civil War Skirmish at Nickelsville, Virginia
Hosted by the 60th Tenn. Infantry CS at Nickelsville, Scott Co., VA.  Event will include encampments, battle/skirmish. Reenactors will participate in the parade and support a memorial service and the War Memorial. See the website at http://www.explorescottcountyva.org/archives/event/nickelsville-days-moving-to-memorial-day-weekend.  For further information, please contact, Phillip Bishop.

Saturday, May 23, 2015 - Nickelsville Days
Held in Nickelsville, Virginia, each summer, Nickelsville Days 21st Festival celebrates the ideal atmosphere that only small town America can offer. Visitors will be welcomed by friendly citizens and will leave feeling like they have lived here their entire lives!  This festival offers something for everyone. Come and stroll among the crafts, see a  Med Flight demo, enjoy the local food from an assortment of vendors, listen to a variety of musical entertainment, enjoy the parade, fireworks, games, and rides for the children. Keith Memorial Park, a 17-acre recreation area, is the Nickelsville Days anchor site for the festivities and other fun events sprinkled throughout the main thoroughfare. While at the Park, be sure to visit the beautiful war memorial honoring Scott County veterans; take a walk on the one-mile nature trail or visit nearby Kilgore Fort House and historic Bush Mill.  The town of Nickelsville is located 13 miles north of Gate City on Route 71. In addition the rural area roads are great for running or biking, with level back roads or if you prefer there are hills that will challenge the most serious runner or bicycle rider. The fisherman can bring a pole and wet a line in Clinch River, Copper Creek or over the ridge in Big Moccasin Creek.  Come join us in celebrating Nickelsville unique history, enjoy good food and the best entertainment in the area.  Visit the website at http://www.explorescottcountyva.org/archives/event/nickelsville-days-moving-to-memorial-day-weekend

Saturday, May 23, 2015 - East Hill Cemetery, Memorial Dedication
10 AM, Bristol. Annual event sponsored by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, James Keeling Camp. Dedicating a fourth plaque honoring recently discovered graves, in the cemetery.

 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - Memorial Day Tribute at Rocky Mount Museum
7 PM, Tuesday, May 26, 2015, ROCKY MOUNT MUSEUM’S "MUSIC ON THE MOUNT, A MEMORIAL DAY TRIBUTE" TO OCCUR TUESDAY MAY 26th 7:00 PM. Rocky Mount Historical Association (RMHA) will host the Johnson City Community Concert Band (JCCC Band)  as they present a free outdoor concert to the public at 7:00 PM, Tuesday May 26, on the grounds of Rocky Mount Museum.  Entitled "Music on the Mount, A Memorial Day Tribute", the concert will feature selections of popular movie scores, patriotic music, and other favorite tunes.  A great event for the entire family, Rocky Mount recommends bringing picnic blankets, or folding chairs, to best enjoy the evening.  The concert is free, but donations will be graciously accepted. The Johnson City Community Concert Band is conducted by Rozanne Haskill.  Made up of local volunteers musicians, the JCCC Band has been providing free concerts to the area for over 30 years.  See www.jcccband.org for more information and concert schedule. The concert kicks off Rocky Mount's 2015's participation in "Blue Star Museums"  a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2015. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move. The complete list of participating museums is available at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums . Rocky Mount will offer free admission for it's "Living History Tour" to qualifying personnel and family members throughout the summer. (Tuesday-Saturday: 11-4).

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - Jason Isbell with special guest Craig Finn
Presales begin at 10 AM on Wed., Feb. 11, 2015, Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN. Tickets available at www.theparamountcenter.com.

 

Friday, May 29, 2015 - Gaelic Storm at the Paramount
7:30 PM, Fri., May 29, 2015, Paramount Center for the Arts, 518 State St., Bristol, TN 37620. After 10 albums, and nearly 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm — the chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band — is dishing up a hearty serving of Full Irish. The greatest-hits album spans the bulk of the band's career from 2004-2014, mixing crowd favorites and concert staples with three previously unreleased recordings. Gaelic Storm has straddled the line between tradition and innovation for nearly two decades. Led by founding members Patrick Murphy and Steve Twigger, the group infuses traditional Celtic music with modern influences, updating the genre for a new generation of fans raised on rock, country and folk. Along the way, the musicians have topped the Billboard World Chart four times, appeared in the blockbuster film "Titanic" (where they performed "Irish Party in Third Class," an unreleased song made available for the first time on Full Irish) and earned a reputation as a hard-touring, genre-bending band. For additional information and show tickets, please call the Paramount Center at 423.274.8920.

 

Saturday, May 30, 2015 - Iron Cross Dedication, Old Jonesborough Cemetery
11 a.m. Sons of Confederate Veterans, Gen. Alfred E. Jackson Camp will be placing an Iron Cross on their namesake's grave at the Old Jonesborough Cemetery. The Tennessee Division Color Guard will be participating. Old Jonesborough Cemetery, near downtown, on Main St., Jonesborough, TN.

Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 3rd Annual James "Buddy" King Benefit Golf Tournament
Tee off time: 1 PM. Sign in at 12 Noon. Location: Tri-Cities Golf Club, 2354 Feathers Chapel Road, Blountville, TN 37617. Format: 4-man/woman captain's choice-shotgun start. Cost: $200 per team or $50 per person. Registration online at mavance@woodmen.org. Contract: Trish Vance at 423.914.5280 or Mark Vance at 423.914.8557. Deadline for Registration is May 24, 2015.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - Confederate Memorial Day celebrated in Tennessee

Friday, June 5, 2015 - Border Bash, Bristol, TN/VA
7:00 pm, The Banditos 
8:30 pm, Andrew Scotchie & the River Rat
Birthplace of Country Music and community partners Believe in Bristol are proud to announce the kick-off of Border Bash, May 15, in Historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA.  Border Bash, a free summer concert series held annually May through August, celebrates its "Sweet 16" anniversary year with children’s activities, arts, crafts, and food vendors, great live music, and much more. All the events will be in the 400 and 500 blocks of State Street this year, except for July 4th which will be held in Cumberland Square Park.

Saturday, June 6, 2015 - Blountville Cemetery Grave Decoration
Sponsored by the Lt. Robert Powell Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Saturday, June 6, 2015 - Backyard Dinosaurs "Earth-Shaker" Event
June 6th, 12pm-5pm. Come out and celebrate the completion of our largest dinosaur to date, a full size adult Apatosaurus ( also known as Brontosaurus) 67' feet long! There will be free food and drinks while supplies last, also several raffle items will be available as well. Event will last all day during Park hours. Backyard Terrors Dinosaur Park, 1065 Walnut Grove Road, Bluff City, TN 37618 , 423-391-7017

 

Monday, June 8, 2015 - "Stoneman's Raid 1865 in SW VA and NC"
Mon., June 8, 2015, Civil War Roundtable meeting, at 7 PM, Room 219, Eastman Employee Center, Kingsport, TN. Chris Harley will give a presenation on "Stoneman's Raid 1865 in SW Virginia and North Carolina. For additional information, please contact Wayne Strong.


Saturday, June 13, 2015 - Frontier Academy 2015: Soap Making

Have you ever wished you lived in America’s first frontier, carving out a life for your family?  Perhaps you have wished to embrace the pioneers’ attitude of self-reliance? Or, maybe you would like to try a new folk-art? Frontier Academy is Rocky Mount’s continuing series for 2015. Each session focuses on a unique aspect of the knowledge, crafts and skills used by the early settlers of our area.  The skill-sets and subject matters are designed for adults. Each session has limited number of spaces.  Reservations are recommended. Participants will learn hands-on various techniques of soap making, including working with soap base, and cold or hot processes soap making.  Discussion will include the importance of soap making to early America, modern resources and more.

  • Ages 16+ please
  • Cost is $10 per person ($5 for members of RMHA)
  • Class begins at 10:00 AM, ending around 12-12:30
  • Reservations are recommended for this session by June 9th.  
  • Reservations can be made M-F 9-5 at (423) 538-7396.

Saturday-Sunday, June 13-14, 2015 - Living history/Civil War skirmish
To be held at Washington College Academy Campus, Washington College, TN. A living history/skirmish will be held on the Academy's campus on June 13-14, 2015. The school, founded in 1780, was occupied by both sides during the Civil War, and two of the buildings still exist. This living history skirmish is a unique opportunity for reenactors to camp on historic grounds and recreate camp life of the campus as it was occupied by means of different scenarios and a skirmish. This will be a low-profile event with information coming through email, Facebook, and word of mouth. For further info, please email Alan Hayes or call Ric Dulaney at (423) 863-5247, or the Washington College Academy office at (423) 257-5151.


Friday, June 19, 2015 - Border Bash, Bristol, TN/VA

7:00 pm, Margo Price and the Pricetags
8:30 pm, Cale Tyson
Birthplace of Country Music and community partners Believe in Bristol are proud to announce the kick-off of Border Bash, May 15, in Historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA.  Border Bash, a free summer concert series held annually May through August, celebrates its "Sweet 16" anniversary year with children’s activities, arts, crafts, and food vendors, great live music, and much more. All the events will be in the 400 and 500 blocks of State Street this year, except for July 4th which will be held in Cumberland Square Park.

Friday, July 3, 2015 - "Dinos Park in the Dark!
Starts Friday July 3rd, 9pm-11pm. Bring your flashlights and your courage ! The powers out and the dinosaurs are on the loose! Special Event, bring your own flashlights, no added cost, donation only as always! Every Fri-Sat night in July
Weather permitting, thunderstorms and heavy rain will cancel the event on those nights. Backyard Terrors Dinosaur Park, 1065 Walnut Grove Road, Bluff City, TN 37618 , 423-391-7017.

 

Saturday, July 4, 2015 - Blountville Ruritan Annual 4th of July Parade
2 PM, Sat., July 4, 2015, downtown Historic Blountville. Lineup begins at Keystone Drive. No registration is required. Information at (423) 323-4660.

Independence Day Parade at Historic Blountville, 2PM, July 4, 2015

Saturday, July 4, 2015 - Border Bash, Bristol, TN/VA
7:00 pm, Bill and the Belles
8:30 pm, Ian Thomas: Band of Drifters
Birthplace of Country Music and community partners Believe in Bristol are proud to announce the kick-off of Border Bash, May 15, in Historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA.  Border Bash, a free summer concert series held annually May through August, celebrates its "Sweet 16" anniversary year with children’s activities, arts, crafts, and food vendors, great live music, and much more. All the events will be in the 400 and 500 blocks of State Street this year, except for July 4th which will be held in Cumberland Square Park.

Saturday, July 4, 2015 - Independence Day / Quill Pen at Historic Rocky Mount
Have you ever wished you lived in America’s first frontier, carving out a life for your family?  Perhaps you have wished to embrace the pioneers’ attitude of self-reliance? Or, maybe you would like to try a new folk-art? Frontier Academy is Rocky Mount’s continuing series for 2015. Each session focuses on a unique aspect of the knowledge, crafts and skills used by the early settlers of our area.  The skill-sets and subject matters are designed for adults. Each session has limited number of spaces.  Reservations are recommended.  Participants will learn to carve and write with a quill pen from a goose feather.  What better way to learn about the Declaration of Independence than to use a quill pen as did the signers? This will be one of the activities as part of "An Old Fashioned Independence"

  • Ages 16+ to carve pen (ages 8+ recommended for writing with a pre-carved quill)
  • Cost is $3 for the quill pen
  • No Reservation is required.
  • Drop in any time between 11-4 (there will be a pause at 1:00 for the Independence Day ceremony)
  • Additional info at 423.538.7396.

At 1:00 on the Fourth of July, Rocky Mount will celebrate our Independence Day as it would have been in 1791- a reading of the Declaration of Independence, hanging ribbons on the 'Liberty Tree' and honoring those who won and those who protect our freedom.  The ceremony is free of admission.  Living History tours will be offered from 11-4 at regular price.  Everyone who visits that day gets a free copy of the Declaration of Independence. see more information at www.rockymountmuseum.com.


Saturday, July 4, 2015 - "Dinos Park in the Dark!
9pm-11pm. Bring your flashlights and your courage! The powers out and the dinosaurs are on the loose! Special Event, bring your own flashlights, no added cost, donation only as always! Every Fri-Sat night in July. Weather permitting, thunderstorms and heavy rain will cancel the event on those nights. Backyard Terrors Dinosaur Park, 1065 Walnut Grove Road, Bluff City, TN 37618 , 423-391-7017.

Friday, July 10, 2015 - "Dinos Park in the Dark!
9pm-11pm. Bring your flashlights and your courage! The powers out and the dinosaurs are on the loose! Special Event, bring your own flashlights, no added cost, donation only as always! Every Fri-Sat night in July. Weather permitting, thunderstorms and heavy rain will cancel the event on those nights. Backyard Terrors Dinosaur Park, 1065 Walnut Grove Road, Bluff City, TN 37618 , 423-391-7017.

Saturday, July 11, 2015 - "Old West Days at Historic Blountville"
Beginnning at 9 AM, get set for a whole day of family fun in the Historic District of downtown Blountville. For further information, please call 423.323.4660.

Saturday, July 11, 2015 - "Dinos Park in the Dark!
9pm-11pm. Bring your flashlights and your courage! The powers out and the dinosaurs are on the loose! Special Event, bring your own flashlights, no added cost, donation only as always! Every Fri-Sat night in July. Weather permitting, thunderstorms and heavy rain will cancel the event on those nights. Backyard Terrors Dinosaur Park, 1065 Walnut Grove Road, Bluff City, TN 37618 , 423-391-7017.

Sunday, July 12, 2015 - Farmfest at Exchange Place
Farmfest is the first Sunday afternoon of the community-wide FunFest. The focus is on Children’s “play” and “chores” and demonstrations of summertime activities on a 19th century farmstead. Hamlett-Dobson Farm Fest will provide old-fashioned family fun on Sunday, from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Exchange Place Living History Farm. Sponsored by Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home and Exchange Place Living History Farm, Farm Fest celebrates the pleasures of country life. Step back into the 19th century and enjoy the sounds of traditional instruments. Basque in activities from bygone days like sack races, hayrides, and cakewalks. Taste fresh summer food, such as watermelon and corn on the cob. Pet the farm animals and try your hand at old-time crafts like stenciling, tin punch and carding wool. Small children will enjoy washing clothes on a washboard, dressing up in old-fashioned duds and jumping in the haystack. No ticket, entry fee or registration required. For further information, please call Exchange Place Living History Farm, 4812 Orebank Road, Kingsport, TN 37664 at (423) 288-6071, or visit the website at www.exchangeplace.info.

Monday, July 13, 2015 - Fun Fest: Civil War Program
Mon., July 13, 2015, Civil War Roundtable meeting, at 7 PM, Renaissance Center Theater, Kingsport, TN.

Friday, July 17, 2015 - Border Bash, Bristol, TN/VA
7:00 pm, The Appleseed Collective
8:30 pm, Blank Range
Birthplace of Country Music and community partners Believe in Bristol are proud to announce the kick-off of Border Bash, May 15, in Historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA.  Border Bash, a free summer concert series held annually May through August, celebrates its "Sweet 16" anniversary year with children’s activities, arts, crafts, and food vendors, great live music, and much more. All the events will be in the 400 and 500 blocks of State Street this year, except for July 4th which will be held in Cumberland Square Park.

Friday, July 17, 2015 - "Dinos Park in the Dark!
9pm-11pm. Bring your flashlights and your courage! The powers out and the dinosaurs are on the loose! Special Event, bring your own flashlights, no added cost, donation only as always! Every Fri-Sat night in July. Weather permitting, thunderstorms and heavy rain will cancel the event on those nights. Backyard Terrors Dinosaur Park, 1065 Walnut Grove Road, Bluff City, TN 37618 , 423-391-7017.

Saturday, July 18, 2015 - Graveyard Tales at Historic Rocky Mount
The Jonesborough Storytellers guild will be weaving tales of spooks and haunts, that will chill your spine, even on a warm summer night. There will be both traditional and original stories told by members of the guild. Come for a taste of Halloween in July. This is an annual fund-raiser for the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild. For additional information visit the guild's web site at www.storytellersguild.org. Time: 7:00 pm. Cost: $10 Adults,$8 seniors, $6 students (not recommended for children under 12). RMHA Members receive discounted admission. For further info please call 423.538.7396.

 

Friday, July 24, 2015 - "Dinos Park in the Dark!
9pm-11pm. Bring your flashlights and your courage! The powers out and the dinosaurs are on the loose! Special Event, bring your own flashlights, no added cost, donation only as always! Every Fri-Sat night in July. Weather permitting, thunderstorms and heavy rain will cancel the event on those nights. Backyard Terrors Dinosaur Park, 1065 Walnut Grove Road, Bluff City, TN 37618 , 423-391-7017.

Saturday, July 25, 2015 - "Dinos Park in the Dark!
9pm-11pm. Bring your flashlights and your courage! The powers out and the dinosaurs are on the loose! Special Event, bring your own flashlights, no added cost, donation only as always! Every Fri-Sat night in July. Weather permitting, thunderstorms and heavy rain will cancel the event on those nights. Backyard Terrors Dinosaur Park, 1065 Walnut Grove Road, Bluff City, TN 37618 , 423-391-7017.

Friday, August 7, 2015 - Border Bash, Bristol, TN/VA
7:00 pm, Desert Noises
8:30 pm Fly Golden Eagle
Birthplace of Country Music and community partners Believe in Bristol are proud to announce the kick-off of Border Bash, May 15, in Historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA.  Border Bash, a free summer concert series held annually May through August, celebrates its "Sweet 16" anniversary year with children’s activities, arts, crafts, and food vendors, great live music, and much more. All the events will be in the 400 and 500 blocks of State Street this year, except for July 4th which will be held in Cumberland Square Park.

Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015 - "Frontier Medicine"
Have you ever wished you lived in America’s first frontier, carving out a life for your family?  Perhaps you have wished to embrace the pioneers’ attitude of self-reliance? Or, maybe you would like to try a new folk-art? Frontier Academy is Rocky Mount’s continuing series for 2015. Each session focuses on a unique aspect of the knowledge, crafts and skills used by the early settlers of our area.  The skill-sets and subject matters are designed for adults. Each session has limited number of spaces.  Reservations are recommended. 10 AM to 12 Noon. Visit with frontier Physician and Midwife as they discuss medicine in the 18th Century.  Then start your own medicinal garden from plants from Rocky Mount's medicinal garden.

  • Ages 16+ please
  • Class begins at 10:00
  • Cost is $5 per person (free for members of RMHA)
  • No Reservation Required
  • Additional information at 423.538.7396.

Monday, Aug. 10, 2015 - "Mexican-American War: Civil War Training Ground"
Mon., Aug. 10, 2015, Civil War Roundtable meeting, at 7 PM, Room 219, Eastman Employee Center, Kingsport, TN. Dr. Tim Johnson will give a presentation on "Mexican-American War as a Training Ground for Civil War Officers". For additional information, please contact Wayne Strong.

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 - UNOH 200 Race
The epic Wednesday night doubleheader is back. First, the brawlers of the Whelen Modified Series hit the high banks with high speeds and high expectations before giving way to the largest, most dramatic Camping World Truck Series Event on the circuit, the UNOH 200 presented by zLoop. With tickets starting at just $30, there's no reason to miss a minute of the action! Info at (866) 415-4158.

Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015 - Food City 300 & Bass Pro Shops Qualifying
NASCAR’s future stars (and a few current ones too!) suit up for the toughest Friday night fight on the schedule – the Food City 300! Info at (866) 415-4158.

Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015 - Irwin Tools Night Race
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Bristol Motor Speedway. Fierce clashes and heart-stopping finishes are hallmarks of the most popular race in NASCAR, and if history’s any indication the 2015 IRWIN Tools Night Race is guaranteed to entertain guests with yet another epic battle inside the Last Great Colosseum. Info at (866) 415-4158.

Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015 - Frontier Academy 2015: "Gaming/Gambling"
Have you ever wished you lived in America’s first frontier, carving out a life for your family?  Perhaps you have wished to embrace the pioneers’ attitude of self-reliance? Or, maybe you would like to try a new folk-art? Frontier Academy is Rocky Mount’s continuing series for 2015. Each session focuses on a unique aspect of the knowledge, crafts and skills used by the early settlers of our area.  The skill-sets and subject matters are designed for adults.  Each session has limited number of spaces.  Reservations are recommended. Sep 05th 11:00 am - 3:00 pm .Learn to play some of the most popular games in the 1700s, both dice and card games.  Explore the history of early gambling in America.  

  • Ages 16+ please
  • Cost is $5 per person (Free for members of RMHA)
  • Reservations are not required for this event.
  • Drop by any time between 11-2, games will be taught and played on demand.
  • Replica dice and playing cards available in the Gift Shop.
  • For additional information, please visit www.rockymountmuseum.com.

Monday, Sept. 7, 2015 - "September Suspense: Lincoln's Union in Peril"
Mon., Sept. 7, 2015, Civil War Roundtable meeting, at 7 PM, Room 219, Eastman Employee Center, Kingsport, TN. Dennis Frye will give a presentation on "September Suspense: Lincoln's Union in Peril". For additional information, please contact Wayne Strong.

Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 - 7th Annual Historic Blountville Flea Market
Sat., Sept. 12, 2015, Historic Downtown Blountville. Details to be announced. Sponsored by the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism. Information at (423) 323-4660.

Monday, Sept. 14, 2015 - Homeschool Days at Historic Rocky Mount
On Mondays, September 14 and 21, Rocky Mount Museum at Piney Flats will hold its annual "Homeschool Day." This program allows homeschooled children the opportunity to participate in Rocky Mount's Tour and Craft program, which usually requires a "classroom" sized group.The Historic Site will open for Living History Tours of the Cobb house and grounds from 10-4, with a pause for lunch. Admission is $4 for everyone aged five and older, with a family rate of $20 for families of 6 or more.  (Members $2, family rate of $10.) Each craft is $3 per child per session. Please pick up tickets 30 minutes before their first class. Gates will open at 9:45 to purchase tickets; reservations are forfeit 15 minutes prior to the class time. Reservations are highly recommended to assure you get the classes you want. Register at (423-538-7396) M-F 9-5.  


Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 - Constitution Day at Historic Rocky Mount
Rocky Mount, in conjunction with  the Ann Robertson Chapter of the daughters of the American Revolution and other local DAR chapters, will embark on an exciting and very appropriate celebration this September. The celebration of Constitution Day is most appropriate to be commemorated at Rocky Mount the Southwest Territorial Capitol for Governor William Blount from October 1790 until the Spring of 1792. Blount while representing North Carolina was one of the thirty-nine stalwart men and patriots that placed pen to paper in formally recognizing “all who are born in the United States or by naturalization have become citizens”.  As part of the program, the names and affiliation of each of the 39 signers will be read by the Governor William Blount. Attendees are requested to bring lawn chairs for the event.  Light refreshments will be served and a modest $2.00 per adult attendee (children free) will be requested for the event.  Details of an exciting flagpole project undertaken by the local Key Club and an outgrowth of the previous years' Constitution Day celebrations will be further discussed as well. Come, enjoy and learn more about our Constitution a constant topic in today’s political arena.  Let for yourself about its origin and formation. Additional information at www.rockymountmuseum.com.
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Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 19-20, 2015 - Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2015
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion isn’t just a music festival. It’s an infectious, three-day music experience, bursting with creative passion, electricity, and soul. It is, and isn’t, your Daddy’s country music. It’s not just bluegrass. It’s not a rock show, but it totally does; if you’ve never been you’ll never know how much. Located in the heart of the Birthplace of Country Music, State Street, Historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA. ALL PASSES ARE GENERAL ADMISSION, NO RESERVED SEATING. Visit bristolrhythm.com.

Monday, Sept. 21, 2015 - Homeschool Days at Historic Rocky Mount
On Mondays, September 14 and 21, Rocky Mount Museum at Piney Flats will hold its annual "Homeschool Day." This program allows homeschooled children the opportunity to participate in Rocky Mount's Tour and Craft program, which usually requires a "classroom" sized group.The Historic Site will open for Living History Tours of the Cobb house and grounds from 10-4, with a pause for lunch. Admission is $4 for everyone aged five and older, with a family rate of $20 for families of 6 or more.  (Members $2, family rate of $10.) Each craft is $3 per child per session. Please pick up tickets 30 minutes before their first class. Gates will open at 9:45 to purchase tickets; reservations are forfeit 15 minutes prior to the class time. Reservations are highly recommended to assure you get the classes you want. Register at (423-538-7396) M-F 9-5.  

Thursday, Sept. 24 2015 - Overmountain Living History Tours at Rocky Mount
Sep 24th 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Living History Tours 2-6, Program 7 PM. In 1780 the Overmountain Men camped on Mr. Cobb's property on the 24th of September on the march to King's Mountain.  Members of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association each year recreate this historic march by traveling in the footsteps of those Overmountain Men from Abingdon, VA to King's Mountain, SC .   Join them around the campfire at 7 PM as they tell the dramatic story of  that historic march of the patriots of our area, including William Cobb and his sons .   There is no admission charge for this program.  Living History Tours will offered free of charge from 2-6 PM on September 24th. Schedule of Events:

  • 2-6 PM: Living History Tours of Rocky Mount
  • 7 PM: The Overmountain Victory Story presented by OVTA
  • Information at 423.538.7396

 

Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015 - Fall Folk Arts Festival at Exchange Place
The Fall Folk Arts Festival is the last full weekend of September. Fall activities typical of a 19th century farmstead, demonstrations and sales of high-quality hand-made handicrafts and a Harvest Market are featured. Traditional music, old-fashioned foods, children’s activities, and animals are important parts of the event.  Event was begun in 1972.  2015 date: September 26 and 27.  For further information, please call Exchange Place Living History Farm, 4812 Orebank Road, Kingsport, TN 37664 at (423) 288-6071, or visit the website at www.exchangeplace.info.


Friday-Sunday, Oct. 9-11, 2015 - BATTLE OF BLOUNTVILLE REENACTMENT
THE 2015 BATTLE OF BLOUNTVILLE CIVIL WAR REENACTMENT will take place on Friday-Sunday, Oct. 9-11, 2015, at the scenic Old Hawley Farm, located at 1173 Hawley Road, Blountville, TN.  Step back in time with re-enactors at this award-winning event as they perform continuous living history demonstrations including infantry, mounted cavalry, artillery drills and full-scale reenactments of the Battle of Blountville.  Battles will take place at 2 PM on Saturday and Sunday.  Period Civil War music will be on hand throughout the weekend.  School Days activities will take place on Friday, along with a Ladies Tea and Civil War Ball on Saturday.  Event is hosted by the Battle of Blountville Civil War Military Park and Reenactment Committee in conjunction with the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism.  For more information, please call the office at (423) 323-4660 or Bob Dotson at (423) 366-5923.



Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 - 10 Mile/3K Overmountain Victory Run
Oct 10th 8:00 am - 1:00 pm. The fifth year for this event, the 10 Mile Overmountain Victory Run is a USATF point-to-point road race following the scenic and beautiful Watauga River where 235 years ago, the victorious Overmountain Men marched home after defeating the British at the Battle of Kings Mountain. In addition to the 10 Mile run there will be a 3K fitness walk/ fun run. REGISTRATION: Download the registration form here: Overmountain_Victory_Run_Form.pdf, or register online here: Overmountain Victory Run Online Registration

Friday Oct. 9:
  • 4-7 PM Packet Pickup & Late Registration at Rocky Mount Museum
Saturday Oct. 10:
  • 6:00-7:30 AM  Packet Pickup & Late Registration at Rocky Mount Museum
  • 8:15 AM Buses depart from Rocky Mount to the start line.
  • 8:30 AM Fitness Walk (3K) begins at Rocky Mount
  • 9:00 AM  Overmountain Men Victory Run begins
  • 12:00 PM Awards Ceremony
  • 11:00-4:00 Rocky Mount Museum open, Living History Tours available at regular price.

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 23-24, 2015 - "Witches Wynd" at Exchange Place
Listeners “Wynd” among five professional tellers of legends and love in the nooks and crannies of ancient log buildings. The evening concludes with hot cider and cookies. Advanced tickets, first available at the Fall Folk Arts Festival are required for this event which has sold out every year.  Event was begun in 1992.  Exchange Place needs no props after dark for a spooky atmosphere, with its shadowy corners of ancient log buildings where storytellers wait to relate chilling tales of the past. Guests assemble at the barn, divide into five groups, each of which is led by a lantern-bearing host to hear all of the five stories wind and through scenes relating to the story just heard.
Autumn weather in Tennessee can be cool enough to bundle up and windy enough to enhance the evening. 
Many autumn leaves are still clinging to the trees as October moves into November 2015 date: October 23 and 24. For further information, please call Exchange Place Living History Farm, 4812 Orebank Road, Kingsport, TN 37664 at (423) 288-6071, or visit the website at www.exchangeplace.info.

Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 - Doll and Bear Show at Kingsport
9:30 am to 3 pm, Oct., 24, 2015, Kingsport Civic Auditorium, 1550 Ft. Henry Dr., Kingsport, TN. Free admission. VENDOR INFORMATION: 8 Ft. tables $25 (no minimum). Set up 7 am until 9:20 am and take down 3 pm until 5 pm. Must not remove items prior to end of sale. Vendors must provide their own table coverings. Tables are available on a first-paid basis. Reservations must be made by Sept. 15, 2015. Contact The Dollhouse, 216, Headtown Road, JOnesborough, TN 37659. Checks should be made payable to The Dollhouse. For further information, contact Ellen at 423.753.0022 or Mary at 423.247.1639.

 

Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 - "Spirit of the Harvest" at Rocky Mount
Oct 24th 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. Join the Cobb family and their friends as they celebrate the harvest at Historic Rocky Mount, Piney Flats, TN. Living history demonstrations such as hearthside cooking, apple butter and apple cider will be on the historic site.  Storytelling and other activities will take place throughout the day. Featured Activities:

  • Saltmaking- Jim Bordwine, from Saltville VA, will be demonstrating traditional saltmaking
  • Storytelling- Members of Jonesborough Storytellers Guild will tell historic and family friendly stories
  • Crafts- for an additional $2 per craft, children can dip a candle or make a cornshuck creation
  • Living History Tours- Historic Interpreters will guide you through the historic home of Rocky Mount
  • Frontier Academy- special guided tours of food preservation activities, See more: Frontier Academy

$5 Admission per person. Children under age 5 are admitted free. Members are admitted free.  Other discounts do not apply. Group rates are available for groups of twelve or more that make reservations.

Monday, Nov. 9, 2015 - Edwin C. Bearss Civil War Presentation
Mon., Nov. 9, 2015, Civil War Roundtable meeting. Time and place to be determined. For additional information, please contact Wayne Strong.

Monday, Nov. 9, 2015 - Veterans Day at Historic Rocky Mount
Nov 09th 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. Veterans Day Candlelit Tour. Join Rocky Mount in remembering the veterans of all wars with this special program.  More information and details available in October. Monday November 9 — 7:00 PM. Free admission. Historic Rocky Mount, Piney Flats, TN.

Satruday, Nov. 14, 2015 - Frontier Academy 2015: Holiday Traditions
Have you ever wished you lived in America’s first frontier, carving out a life for your family?  Perhaps you have wished to embrace the pioneers’ attitude of self-reliance? Or, maybe you would like to try a new folk-art? Frontier Academy is Rocky Mount’s continuing series for 2015. Each session focuses on a unique aspect of the knowledge, crafts and skills used by the early settlers of our area.  The skill-sets and subject matters are designed for adults. Each session has limited number of spaces.  Reservations are recommended. Nov 14th 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Discover Christmas traditions of the 18th century and how early residents of the United States decorated using greenery, cornshucks and other simple materials to create beautiful ornaments. 

  • Ages 16+ please
  • Class begins at 10 AM and may last until 2:00
  • Bring a Sack Lunch, or a snack
  • Cost is $15 per person ($10 for members of RMHA)
  • RSVP for this session by Nov. 10th.  Reservations can be made M-F 9-5 at (423) 538-7396.


Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 - Christmas in the Country at Exchange Place
Christmas in the Country is the first Saturday of December. The sales of fresh greenery, roping and wreaths, traditional foods, and demonstrations of winter activities on a 19th century farmstead are featured. Artisans may offer workshops for visitors to create their own folk art.  The Yule Log Ceremony concludes the celebration.  2015 date: December 5. For further information, please call Exchange Place Living History Farm, 4812 Orebank Road, Kingsport, TN 37664 at (423) 288-6071, or visit the website at www.exchangeplace.info.

December 4, 5, 11, 12, 2015 - Candlelight Christmas at Historic Rocky Mount
Friday and Saturday Evenings: December 4,5,11,12. A special time of the year to join with the Cobb Family in celebration of Christmas in the year 1791 with candlelight and decorations as the custom of the late 18th century before the heavy commercialization we know today.  Music, dancing, decorations and sacred tales will all be part of your experience this magical evening. Tour Description: The tour begins with a orientation of the history of Rocky Mount and Christmas tradtions of the past. Lantern guides lead groups down the candlelit paths to the historic home of Rocky Mount, Christmas Eve 1791. Spending a few minutes in each room, the tour goes through the buildings of the historic site. Meet historical persons such as William Cobb, Gov. Blount, Mrs. Blount, and the people of the Southwest Territory. With a special emphasis on cultural history, the evening demonstrates the music, food, revelry and traditions of an 18th century Christmas. Tours begin every fifteen minutes starting at 4:30, with the last tour beginning at 8:00.  Each tour lasts around 60-90 minutes ending with a modern reception with light refreshments.  

  • $10.00 Adults 
  • $8.00 Children (ages 5-17)
  • Discounts for Members of RMHA
  • Group rates available for groups of 12 or more with reservation
  • Other discounts do not apply
  • Dress in layers for the weather, the evening takes you outside, some rooms heated only by fire, others get quite warm.

Due to the popularity of this event, reservations are highly recommended.  For more information and  to make reservations please call (423) 538-7396.

December 12, 2015 - Christmas at Historic Blountville
Historic Blountville Christmas Parade, 2 PM, Sat., Dec. 12, 2015, downtown Blountville. Tour the Old Deery Inn and join us in an Old-fashioned Christmas Tree Lighting and Christmas Caroling. Information at 423.323.4660.




ONGOING EVENTS

  • Blountville Farmers Market, 12 Noon, each Thurs., April through October, located behind the old Sullivan County Courthouse at Blountville. Info at 423.323.4660.
  • Kingsport Farmers Market, 7 AM to 1 PM, Wednesdays and Saturdays, corner of Clinchfield and Center Streets. Info at 423.246.6550.
  • Bristol Farmers Market, May 1 thru October 31, Saturdays 7 AM to Noon, and Wednesdays 3 PM to 7 PM.
  • Antique Car Show, Friday nights, 6 PM to 8 PM, May thru October, 2012, TriSummit Bank parking lot across from the train station in downtown Bristol. Info at 423.646.7780.
  • Appalachian Ghostwalks, ongoing daily/nightly tours. Reservations required. Interested parties should call (423) 743-WALK (9255) for reservations.
  • Netherland Inn, Open Saturday and Sunday - May through October. Hours: 2p.m. to 4p.m. Admission: Adults $4.00 and age 6 and under $1.00. Group Tours: April through October by appointment- School, Civic and Church Groups Welcome!
  • Old Deery Inn and Museum, open by reservation for group tours of 8 or more. Tickets are $5 per person; children under 12 are $3. (423) 323-4660.
  • Sons of the Confederate Veterans, John Singleton Mosby Camp #1409, meets at 6PM, 4th Monday of each month, Mama's House Buffet, John B. Dennis Parkway, Kingsport, TN.
  • Sons of the Confederate Veterans, Lt. Stephen Powell Camp, meets at 7PM, 3rd Monday of each month, 2nd Floor Commission Room, Sullivan County Courthouse, Blountville.
  • Sullivan County Historical and Genealogical Society meets at 7PM, 3rd Thursday evening of each month, 2nd Floor Commission Room, Sullivan County Courthouse, downtown Blountville. Free admission. General public is cordially invited. (423) 323-4660.
  • TAMHA Traditional Appalachian Music Heritage Association holds jam sessions at 6PM every Friday at the Anderson Townhouse in historic downtown Blountville. Jams are also held from 2-4 PM at the Bristol Tennessee Welcome Center on the 2nd Saturday of the month. Free and open to the general public.
  • Dino Park in the Dark - Backyard Terrors Dinosaur Park, 1065 Walnut Grove Rd., Bluff City, TN 37618. 423.391.7017. The power is out and the dinosaurs are LOOSE! Bring your flashlight and your courage! Every Friday and Saturday night frm 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., beginning July 4th. Website: www.backyardterrors.com.
  • Mountain Mysteries Bus Tours - An exciting year-round adventure. Explore the mysteries of your mountain heritage... Get ready for a fun group or family adventure that you'll treasure for a lifetime! The Appalachian GhostWalks Tour Bus is now available for regional tour and charter services for groups of five, or more, up to a maximum of fourteen of your friends and family. Beautifully restored, our bus features a fantastic audio/visual system, perfect for holiday and birthday parties as well as other special occasions. Enjoy transportation to and from any or all of our single evening tours, as well as our full-day vacation packages. Call 423.743.WALK (9255) to inquire about booking the bus for a day, or a night out with a group of your friends, family, or co-workers. Visit the website at AppalachianGhostWalks.com for full details. All tours are perfect for children as a positively spooky and fun family adventure!

         

 

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