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Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 - Netherland Inn Heritage Quilt Show
C'mon out to the Heritage Quilt Show to be held at the old Netherland Inn from 10 AM to 4 PM, on Sat., Sept. 19, 2015! This year's event will include heritage quilts (50 years old or more) and antique clothing from the Netherland family. Antique appraisals ($5 per item) will be held from 11 AM to 2 PM for silver, local pottery, furniture and quilts. A Flea Market will include indoor and outdoor furniture, household items, new and gently used items. Lunch will be available from 11 AM to 2 PM and will consist of Soup Beans, Cornbread, Hot dogs, Dessert and Drink for $5. Admission to the event is $5. If you would like to share your Heritage Quilt to be displayed at the Inn, give us a call at 423.245.5449 or 423.246.3263. The Netherland Inn and Museum is located at 2144 Netherland Inn Rd., Kingsport, TN.
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.
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. Groups include Steve Earle & The Dukes, Dr. Dog, Delbert McClinton, Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band, Hot Rize ft. Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers, Rusted Roots, Moon Taxi, John Anderson, Mike Farris & The Roseland Rhythm Revue, The Districts, Ray Wylie Hubbard, The Black Lillies, Spirit Family Reunion, The Gibson Brothers, The SteelDrivers, Dale Watson, Kopecky, Strand of Oaks, Della Mae, Folk Soul Revival, Willie Sugarcapps, Balsam Range, and many more! Weekend passes now $75 ($85 at the Gate). 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
From 2:00-6:00 PM on Thursday September 24th the public will be invited to take a Living History tour of Rocky Mount, and discover the role of William Cobb, his family and Rocky Mount in the King's Mountain Campaign. Beginning at 7:00 PM, The Overmountain Victory Trail Association (OVTA) will present "An Overmountain Victory" a dramatic presentation of the 1780 King's Mountain Campaign, a victory decisive to America's Independence. Both the Living History tours, and the evening program will be free of charge to the public, due to funding from the Active Trails Grant received by the OVTA from the National Parks Service. These funds also cover a day program for schools, paying for both their admission and their transportation costs. About two hundred and fifty children from local schools will be coming to Rocky Mount during the day of the 24th to learn about the road to King’s Mountain, and life of the early settlers of the area. They will get to see how these pioneers lived, worked and entertained themselves in the 18th century. Rocky Mount is a stop on the Overmountain Victory National Trail. The trail recreates the march of the patriots through VA, TN, NC, SC as they tracked Patrick Ferguson and his British forces. On the evening of the 24th, some of the militiamen coming from Virginia and Sullivan county stopped on William Cobb's property for the night. William Cobb provided supplies to the cause; Mr. Cobb and his two sons joined with the militia. The next morning, the 25th, the soldiers continued on to the muster at Sycamore Shoals, joining forces with others from Washington and Sullivan Counties, Virginia and North Carolina. On the morning of October 7th, the Overmountain Men caught up to Ferguson's forces and were victorious, ending the British westward advancement in the South. Rocky Mount will also honor the return of the Overmountain Men. On October 10th Rocky Mount will host the "Overmountain Victory 10 Miler", a point to point race starting on Sycamore Shoals Rd, in Elizabethton and ending at Rocky Mount. More information and registration for the race are available at rockymountmuseum.com. For more information call (423) 538-7396 or 888-538-1791.
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.
Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 - Kingsport Oktoberfest
Taking place in Downtown Kingsport, TN, this the largest Oktoberfest in Tennessee and has been named by Blue Ridge Outdoor Magazine, as a ‘Top 50′ festival. From Gatlinburg’s German heritage to the original settlers in the Tri-Cities, German heritage plays an important role in the Appalachian Mountains. The Kingsport Oktoberfest embraces our German influences by having Oktoberfest, a celebration of German heritage and fun for everyone. Featuring the ever popular Wiener Dog races and award winning Craft Bier Garden (tickets required), this year is one to mark your calendar and go ahead and make your plans to join us for a fun filled Oktoberfest. http:// kingsportoktoberfest.com/.
Sun., Oct. 4, 2015 - History of First Baptist Church Sanctuary/Bristol
Bristol Historical Association Vice President, Dr. Bill Wade, will be presenting a program on the history of the First Baptist Church 100-plus year old sanctuary. The presentation entitled “First Baptist Church, Bristol: A Study in Architecture” will be held on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 6:00pm, at the First Baptist Church in Bristol. Dr. Wade, also a history professor, emeritus, of King University, will share his extensive research and photography about one of the finest structures in the cities of Bristol. The study will reveal the progress made in the early 1900’s, obtaining land and funding, the forward-looking architect and will detail the numerous features of the local landmark. First Baptist Church was organized in 1859 as Goodson Baptist Church when the Virginia side of Bristol was then called Goodson, Virginia. The first regular pastor was the Reverend J.D. Chambers who began his ministry in 1862 and the first building was dedicated in 1869 on a lot donated by Joseph R. Anderson. The congregation took the name of First Baptist Church in 1895. The current sanctuary was constructed in 1912 and later dedicated in September of 1926 with a presentation by Dr. George W. Truett of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas. The current building was designed by noted architect C.B. Kearfott. A reception and a display of photographs will follow Dr. Wade’s presentation. The program is free and the public is cordially invited to attend. For further details please contact the First Baptist Church, 276-669-8191 or visit their website, www.fbcbristol.org.
Fri.-Sun., 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.
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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
Saturday Oct. 10:
- 4-7 PM Packet Pickup & Late Registration at Rocky Mount Museum
- 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.
Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 - Camp Placid's Annual Fall Festival
Sat., Oct. 17, 2015, 10 AM to 5 PM, 224 Camp Placid Road, Blountville, TN 37617. Handmade arts and crafts, storytelling, fishing, homemade ice cream, kids' activities, silent auction, concessions, cornhole tournament and more! For more information, please visit www.campplacid.org or call 423.323.8844.
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.
April 23-24, 2016 - Battle of Tazewell
- 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, open June 6, June 20, July 4, July 11, July 18 from 10 AM to 2 PM. Additional 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.
- 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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