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Monday, Nov. 30, 2015 - Lighting of Community Christmas Trees
6:30 PM, Cumberland Square Park, Bristol, VA. Bring your bells, join in singing Christmas carols, have hot chocolate and see BVU light up the huge community trees for the Holiday Season!
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 5, 2015 - "Christmas in the Country" at Exchange Place
The “most wonderful time of the year” gets its formal kickoff when Exchange Place hosts its annual Christmas in the Country celebration on Saturday, December 5, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm at Kingsport’s tradition-rich Living History Farm is located at 4812 Orebank Road. This is the final public event of the year scheduled at the historic site, which is proudly listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and admission is free for everyone. Christmas in the Country features fresh greenery and trees, handcrafted wreaths and roping, and other holiday decorations. Unique folk arts and crafts will be found on both sides of Orebank Road, including hand-crafted wood items, barn wood furniture, handmade baskets, hooked rugs, pottery, quilts, handmade greeting cards and jewelry. Your taste buds will be tempted with baked goods, hot sauces, jams and jellies, and goat cheese, and you can pamper yourself with a variety of herbal products, soaps and natural lotions. More than two dozen area and regional vendors will have their wares on display and for sale on both sides of the historic Gaines-Preston farm. Most especially, Christmas in the Country furthers the mission of Exchange Place by demonstrating a slice of 1850s wintertime farm life in our region, and showing how our ancestors would have prepared for the holidays. Inside our hearthside kitchen there will be day-long demonstrations of 19th century cooking and baking, as the Eden’s Ridge Hearth Cookery Society will be preparing traditional holiday fare, focusing on the European cultures that settled in Appalachia — English, Scots/Irish, and German. They will be making boiled plum pudding, Moravian sugar cake, and Christmas meat pie, with salsify fritters and mashed parsnips rounding out the meal, and of course everything will be cooked on the open hearth (no gas or electric stoves in those days!). Meanwhile, Exchange Place’s Junior Apprentices will be popping popcorn for stringing in the Cook’s Cabin and chopping wood and splitting shingles in the barn. Over in the blacksmith shop, the skills that were needed to make hardware and tools for the farm, fix wagon wheels and, of course, shoe the horses, will be demonstrated throughout the day. There may also be demonstrations of candle-dipping and lye soap making. Finally, capping off the day will be the traditional Yule Log Ceremony, which will begin around 4:15 pm. Originated by the Vikings, it served as a way for them to honor their gods and request good luck in the coming year. Later it was incorporated into the harvest festivals of Germany and Scandinavia, then moved to England when the Normans conquered the isles, and eventually was brought to the New World by the Pilgrims. While the Preston family may not have burned a Yule Log, we like to make it a part of our Christmas in the Country as a symbol of peace and good will for our wonderful community. Since it was often decorated with evergreens and sometimes sprinkled with grain or cider before it was finally lit, we encourage everyone to bring a sprig to cast onto the fire, and also to wear fine, colorful headgear to the event, which will conclude with the singing of carols and, of course, a cup of hot wassail! Derived from the Anglo-Saxon “waes hael,” which meant “Be in Health” or “Here’s to You,” wassail helps us to emphasize the spirit of health and friendship. For more information, you may call Exchange Place at 423-288-6071, or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 10-12, 2015 - CHRISTMAS AT HISTORIC BLOUNTVILLE
TREE LIGHTING | CHRISTMAS CAROLING | CHRISTMAS PARADE | OLD DEERY INN TOURS
Get ready for a wonderful Christmas season chocked full of festivities in downtown Historic Blountville! Please join us for an old-fashioned Christmas on December 10th thru 12th! Events begin at 6 PM on Thursday, December 10th with the Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting, followed by some joyous Christmas caroling by the Blountville Middle School Choir under the direction of Darren Malcolm. Festivities continue on Saturday with the annual Blountville Ruritan Christmas Parade beginning at 2 PM. And, Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without a candlelight tour of Blountville's hidden gem, the Old Deery Inn! The Christmas Tree Lighting and Christmas Caroling are free and open to the general public. Tours of the Old Deery Inn are suggested donation of $5 for adults and $3 for students. Come one, come all... Blountville is the place to start your Christmas celebrations! Information at 423.323.4660.
- Dec. 10, 6 PM, Christmas Tree Lighting, outside Historic Sullivan County Courthouse (free admission)
- Dec. 10, 6:05 PM, Christmas Caroling by Blountville Middle School Choir, outside Historic Sullivan County Courthouse (Hot chocolate and refreshments will be available.) (free admission)
- Dec. 10, 6 PM to 9 PM, Candlelight Tours of the Old Deery Inn, downtown Blountville ($5/adult)
- Dec. 12, 2 PM, Annual Blountville Ruritan Christmas Parade, main street in Blountville
- Dec. 12, 1 PM to 5 PM, Candlelight Tours of the Old Deery Inn, downtown Blountville ($5/adult)
December 11-13, 2015 - Netherland Inn 1818 Christmas
The Christmas Season is not complete until you visit The Netherland Inn for its special recreation of an 1818 Christmas! This year's celebration will take place from 6 to 8 PM on December 11-12, and again from 2 to 4 PM on December 13. See the Inn with its traditional period decorations in the Inn and Bank Barn. Delicious foods and cider will be available, and Christmas music will be provided by local musicians. Reclaimed Wood Art will be on display by Robin Hillman. Special appearances will be made by Richard and Margaret Netherland, along with Col. Mosby's Sons of Confederate Veterans. And don't miss Old Saint Nick himself on Sunday! Admission is $10. Tickets are available at the door, and parking is free. All proceeds support The Netherland Inn.
December 12, 2015 - Bluff City Christmas Parade
Get ready for the annual Bluff City Christmas Parade beginning at 5 PM on Main Street in downtown Bluff City. The theme for this year's parade is "The Magic of Christmas". (Santa Claus on City Float only). Judges Choice Awards given for floats: 1st Place $100; 2nd Place $50; 3rd Place $25. Floats will line up at 4 PM at Bluff City Middle School. Cars will ine up behind Methodist Church on Smith Street, and emergency vehicles will ine up at the Bluff City Eelementary School. See you there!
December 12, 2015 - Holiday Concert at Bluff City
On Sat., Dec. 12, at 7 PM, the Bluff City Rescue Squad will welcome The Church Sisters, Bill & The Belles, and Duty Free for a fun night of great music at the Bluff City Elementary School. This special concert will benefit WBCM Radio Bristol and the Bluff City Rescue Squad. The night will be filled with great live bluegrass, old-time, gospel and country music.
The Church Sisters recently performed as part of the opening act for the 49th Annual CMA Awards, singing back up vocals for Hank Williams Jr. and Eric Church. The Church Sisters also appear on Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited alongside Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, and many more.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets are available at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum (Bristol, VA), Boyd’s Bicycle Shop (Bristol, TN), and Pizza Plus (Tri-Cities locations). Click here to order tickets online.
December 15, 2015 - Birthplace of Country Music presents John Cowan
Click here to purchase tickets.
April 23-24, 2016 - Battle of Tazewell
September 23-25, 2016 - Battle of Blountville Civil War Reenactment
- Blountville Farmers Market, 12 Noon, each Thurs., April through October, located behind the old Sullivan County Courthouse at Blountville. Info at 423.323.4660.
- Cooper's Gem Mine, 11 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday, and 12 Noon to 5 PM on Saturdays, from the 1st of April through October 31. For group tours and information, please call (423) 323-5680. Beginning in October 2015, an online store will be available at coopersgemmine.com and will include natural artifacts.
- 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, Tours are 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.
- 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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