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REGIONAL CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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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Friday, October 31, 2014 - SCSO Annual Trunk-or-Treat
6 PM to 9 PM, Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, Blountville By-Pass, Blountville, TN. The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office invites the community to participate in its annual trunk-or-treat on Halloween from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the SCSO parking lot located at 140 Blountville Bypass in Blountville. The event was started by Sheriff Wayne Anderson six years ago to create a safer environment for children to collect candy and to give them an opportunity to meet officers of the SCSO. In addition to various displays set up in the parking lot there will be a haunted house inside the SCSO. All children must be accompanied by an adult. It is requested that parents bring a bag for their children to collect candy in.

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - Suzi Ragsdale and Luke Dolahenty in Concert, Birthplace of Country Music Museum
6:30 PM, Birthplace of Country Music, Bristol, TN. Birthplace of Country Music is proud to present renowned Nashville singer/songwriter Suzi Ragsdale with special guest Luke Dolahenty for an intimate concert in the Performance Theater of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. The performance will be held Saturday, November 1, at 6:30 p.m.  Suzi Ragsdale virtually cut her teeth in the recording studio. At age five she sang on her father's (Ray Stevens) Grammy-winning smash, “Everything Is Beautiful," and has been writing and performing ever since. Her voice can be heard on a number of artists' recordings including Guy Clark, Pam Tillis, and Randy Travis. In the 90s, Suzi's collaboration with former Restless Heart vocalist, Verlon Thompson, led to a number of recordings including two duet albums. The albums were so well received that many songs have been recorded by other artists including Anne Murray, Suzy Bogguss, and Rodney Crowell. Australia-born folk singer/songwriter Luke Dolahenty will perform with Ragsdale as her special guest. Dolahenty toured internationally with the band Sons of Summer, which included Crowded House's Matt Sherod and John Mayer's bass player David Labruyere, before settling in Nashville in pursuit of a solo career. The evening offers a unique opportunity to dine and socialize with special friends and featured artists. Never predictable, BCM's intimate concerts make lasting memories for those in attendance. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails are included. Reservations are $80 per person and includes a 5% Bristol, VA admissions tax fee. Seating is very limited so call 423-573-1927 to reserve without delay.

Thursday-Saturday, November 6-8, 2014 - Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show
Sponsored by the Kingsport Gems and Minerals Society, the event will be hosted at the Natural History Museum at the Gray Fossil Site, 1212 Suncrest Dr., Gray, TN. Activiteis include jewelry repair, stone setting, bead stringing, pearl knotting, wire wrapping, gems, mineral specimens. Event will be held 10 AM to 6 PM Thursday and Friday, Nov. 6-7, and from 10 AM to 5 PM on Sat., Nov. 8, 2014. For additional information, please call Robert Morgan at 423.956.9486 or Rowan Morgan at 276.796.4584.

Friday, November 7, 2014 - Kingsport Christmas Arts and Crafts Show
10 a.m., Fri., Nov. 7, Kingsport Civic Auditorium, 1550 Fort Henry Dr., Kingsport, TN 37664. Region's oldest arts and craft show. Fun for the whole family with 5,000 attendees expected. Info at 423.229.9457.

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - Veterans Day Parade at Bristol
Downtown Bristol. Traditional Veterans Day Parade begins at 10 am. All veterans are encourage to participate. Services at Cumberland Square Park following the parade to honor those who have served.  (Cumberland Square Park is located on Cumberland Street, Bristol, VA). No Entry Fee. Line-up is at 8 AM on Morrison Blvd.

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - lala-PAW-looza at Stickley Farm, Sat., Nov. 8, 2014, 2 PM to 8 PM. Fundraising Benefit Concert to help the lost and homeless animals in the area. Please help support the shelters to provide the best possible care for these pets. This family friendly event is also pet friendly, so please feel free to bring dogs that are fully vetted and on a leash to have a doggone good time. Also bring blankets and chairs to enjoy the wonderful music. All proceeds will fund the everyday care for SBK Animal Center, a non-profit 501-CD organization. Music includes Nickles Road, Model City Wrecking Crew, Samantha Gray and Blue Stone. Tickets are $15 before the event or $20 at the door. Children 6-12 years are $10, and children 5 and under are free. Stickley Farm, 531 Timbermill Private Drive, Bluff City, TN. Questions may be directed to BEcky Birdwell, SBK Animal Center, (423) 579-2775.

Monday, November 10, 2014 - "William T. Sherman... March to the Sea""William T. Sherman departs Atlanta on the March to the Sea: Leaving Atlanta in Ruins", presented by Ed Bearrs, Tri-Cities Civil War Roundtable meeting, Mon., Nov. 10, 2014, Eastman Employee Center, Room 219, Kingsport, TN. For additional information, please contact Wayne Strong.

Tri-Cities Civil War Roundtable meeting

Monday, November 10, 2014 - 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War
While U.S. historians are focusing on the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War, Europe and Africa are commemorating the beginning of World War I.  It was the “Great War” and centered in Europe, which claimed more than 9 million combatants and 7 million civilians.  At the outbreak of the war in 1914 the U.S. had a policy of non-intervention, avoiding conflict and trying to broker peace. Ultimately, direct threats to the American homeland and unrestricted submarine warfare brought President Woodrow Wilson to declare war on Germany on April 6, 1917. Association member Josh Blankenship will give an overview for the Bristol Historical Association General Membership Meeting on Monday, November 10th at 6:30pm..  The presentation is entitled “The Boiling Point: the Rise of Nationalism, the Fall of Nations, and Fighting the Gentleman’s War”.  He will discuss the world stage leading up to the beginning of the war and the events of 1914.  He is well studied and has keen interest in The Great War much overlooked by the overwhelming interest in the American Civil War and World War II. Blankenship has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Virginia Tech and specialized in European Imperial & Colonial history with a concentration in British Imperial & Colonial history (1870-1918) and World War I (1914-1918).  He devotes much of his free time to historic preservation of local cemeteries, primarily East Hill, where he is on the board of directors.  He has been instrumental in the preservation of historic monuments and stones and general promotion of the cemetery.  He is also actively involved in researching the U.S Army’s 30th Infantry Division during World War I, the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879, and a number of current association projects. The November 10 meeting will be held at the Bristol Public Library at 6:30pm in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room and is in conjunction with the library’s mission of “Expanding Minds and Building Community”.  In addition to this lecture from Blankenship there will also be a recognition of Charter Members of the Bristol Historical Association in commemoration of the organization’s 35th Anniversary.  The public is cordially invited to attend this free meeting.  Contact Tim Buchanan, president, for details of this or other upcoming meetings, buchanan03@bvu.net.

 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - Veterans Day Tribute at Rocky Mount
Veterans Day Candlelight Tribute at Historic Rocky Mount, Tues., Nov. 11, 2014 - A special walk through time to honor the men and women who have sacrificed to win and keep our freedom and way of life secure on the battlefield and at home. For details check the Rocky Mount website: www.rockymountmuseum.com.

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - Ruritan Bean & Soup Supper
3 PM to 6 PM, Sat., Nov. 15, 2014, Bluff city Rescue Squad Building, Main St., Bluff City, TN. Meal will include Beans, Soup, Dessert, Corn Bread Muffin and a drink. Children under 3 are free - All others $6 per person. or 423.538.6388. Please bring a non-perishable item for a needy family in our area. Music will be provided by Wells Brothers & Aaron Howard on sax. For additional information, please call 423.538.5877.

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - "Holiday Traditions" at Rocky Mount
10 AM to 2 PM, Piney Flats, TN. 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 and up. Bring a sack lunch. The cost is $15 per person ($10 for RMHA members). Reservations are required by calling 423.538.7396. Website: http://www.rockmountmuseum.com.  

Saturday, November 29, 2014 - Boxwood Wreath Workshop
10 AM to 2 PM, Rutledge House, Historic Blountville, TN. Make special Holiday memories as you build a wreath for your house or workplace from the boxwoods at the Old Deery Inn. All supplies will be provided, and light refreshments will be available. Workshop is $25, and you must pre-register by Nov. 15th. All proceeds go to Old Deery Inn. For additional information and pre-registration, please call Vickie Almaroad at 423.349.6580.

Friday, December 5, 2014 - Candlelight Christmas at Rocky Mount
Candlelight Christmas at Historic Rocky Mount, Piney Flats, TN. 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. For details check the Rocky Mount website: www.rockymountmuseum.com.

Saturday, December 6, 2014 - Candlelight Christmas at Rocky Mount
Candlelight Christmas at Historic Rocky Mount, Piney Flats, TN. 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. For details check the Rocky Mount website: www.rockymountmuseum.com.

Monday, December 8, 2014 - Tri-Cities Civil War Roundtable Event
Tri-Cities Civil War Roundtable meeting, Mon., Dec. 8, 2014, Eastman Employee Center, Room 219, Kingsport, TN. For additional information, please contact Wayne Strong.

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - Blountville Christmas Tree Lighting
Historic Blountville Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, 6 PM, Thurs., Dec. 11, 2014, historic Sullivan County Courthouse in downtown Blountville. Tours of the Old Deery Inn from 6:30 PM to 8 PM.

Friday, December 12, 2014 - Candlelight Christmas at Rocky Mount
Candlelight Christmas at Historic Rocky Mount, Piney Flats, TN. 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. For details check the Rocky Mount website: www.rockymountmuseum.com.

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - Blountville Christmas Parade
Blountville Ruritan Annual Christmas Parade, 2 PM, downtown Blountville, TN. Tours of the Old Deery Inn from 2-4 PM. Parade entrants should line up at Keystone Drive between 1 to 1:15 p.m. No fee for entries.

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - Candlelight Christmas at Rocky Mount
Rocky Mount Historic Site, Saturday evening. Candlelight Christmas at Historic Rocky Mount, Piney Flats, TN. 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. For details check the Rocky Mount website: www.rockymountmuseum.com.

 



ONGOING EVENTS

  • Blountville Farmers Market, 2:30 PM, each Thurs. beginning in April of each year, 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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