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Saturday, June 4, 2016 - Vintage "Base Ball Game" at Rocky Mount
Rocky Mount State Historic Site is proud to partner with the ETSU Department of History and the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball to offer a day of family fun with a vintage (circa 1864 rules) “base ball” game. Rocky Mount’s gate will open at 10am June 4th to kick off the festivities before the game beginning at noon. There will be pennants for sale so you can root for your favorite team. There will be activities leading up the game including old fashioned games like hoop races. The picnic area will be open and concessions will be available. Bring your lawn chair and blankets and join us for a fun family afternoon at the old ballgame!
Friday, June 10, 2016 - The Honeycutters in Concert!
7 PM to 9 PM, Fri., June 10, Birthplace of Country Music, downtown Bristol. Tickets are $25 per person. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Click for more information.
Saturday, June 18, 2016 - "Old West Days at Historic Blountville"
Come on out for a rip-roaring day of fun as you visit the days of the Old West... Meet Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, the Clanton Gang and others! See a reenactment of the Shootout at the OK Corral! And enjoy some good old west food with barbeque, nachoes, deep fried funnel cakes and more! Don't miss some gold ol' foot-stompin' music from the days of the Old West! Sure to be lots of fun for the entire family! This event is free and open to the general public. Sponsored by the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism. Information at (423) 323-4660.
Thursday, June 23, 2016 - Sullivan County Heritage Tourism Summit
"The Advantage of Networking", a Heritage Tourism Summit, will be held from 9 AM to 12 Noon on Thursday, June 23, 2016, in the 2nd Floor Commission Room of the Historic Sullivan County Courthouse. This exciting summit is designed to provide a platform for better networking tourism partners in Sullivan County and beyond. Keynote speaker will be Commissioner Kevin Triplett, Commissioner of Tennessee Tourist Development. Claudia Moody, CEO of Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association will be speaking about the Economic Impact of Tourism on Sullivan County. Leah Ross, CEO of the Birthplace of Country Music, will speak about "Creative Ways to Partnership". Beginning at 11:30 AM, tours of the Old Deery Inn will be provided by the Sullivan County Historical Preservation Association. Anyone interested in heritage tourism is cordially invited. The event is free and open to the general public. Event is sponsored by the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism. Information at (423) 323-4660.
Monday, July 4, 2016 - Blountville Ruritan 4th of July Parade
2 PM, downtown Historic Blountville. Registration is not required, and parade entrants will line up at Keystone Drive beginning at 1 PM. Participants are encouraged to have entries with an Independence Day theme. The parade route will begin at Keystone Drive, continuing through downtown Blountville and ending at the Historic Sullivan County Courthouse. Event is sponsored by the Blountville Ruritan. The event is free and open to the general public.
Saturday, August 6, 2016 - "Oldies in the Park and Cruise-In"
6 PM to 10 PM, Blountville Community Park located behind the Historic Sullivan County Courthouse. Rock out to some fantastic Golden Oldies with Wanted Stranger! Hear "Under the Boardwalk", "This Magic Moment", "Mustang Sally", "Bring it on Home to Me", "Brown-Eyed Girl" and many more! Hamburgers, hot dogs, barbeque, funnel cakes. And to top it off, how about a Cruise-In with some old cars from the 50s-60s-70s! Wow, sure to be an evening you won't forget! Be there... Downtown Blountville, Sat., August 6, 2016, 6 PM to 10 PM. This event is free and is sponsored by the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism.
Wanted Stranger was formed in 1985 from a young group of men from Bristol TN-VA. Originally known as "Tony Malone and the Drifters", their first recording was made in 1985. Today, the groups plays a wide variety of music for various musical events across the region.
Friday, August 19, 2016 - "The Fun Side of Genealogy"
10 AM to 12 Noon, Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism. Learn an exciting way to track your ancestors. See a fun and easy way to Photoshop your historic photographs, and hear more about managing your genealogical collection. Donation of $10 is suggested and will be used toward preserving the county's oldest archival records. Registration is required by August 12 by calling (423) 323-4660.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - Tourism Planning meeting
4 PM at the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism. Meeting is an informal planning session for anyone interested in promoting tourism in Sullivan County. Information at (423) 323-4660.
Wednesday, August 20, 2016 - Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Bristol Motor Speedway
Saturday, August 20, 2016 - Bass Pro Shops NRA 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 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race is guaranteed to entertain guests with yet another epic battle inside the Last Great Colosseum. Information and ticketing at www.bristolmotorspeedway.com, or call (866) 415-4158.
Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 8th Annual Historic Blountville Flea Market
9 AM to 4 PM, Great Stage Road, downtown Historic Blountville. Registration is $15. Pre-registration and fees required by Friday, September 2, 2016. A flea market paradise! Info at (423) 323-4660.
Saturday, September 24, 2016 - Battle of Blountville marker dedication
The Battle of Blountville Civil War Military Park Executive Board cordially invites you to the special dedication of the Welcome Sign for the Battle of Blountville Civil War Military Park. Be sure to attend this park dedication and be a part of history in the making! Location is at the corner of Highway 394 and Blountville By-Pass in downtown Historic Blountville. Information at (423) 323-4660.
September 23-25, 2016 - Battle of Blountville Civil War Reenactment
Historic Brown's Meadows, Highway 394, just off Exit 69, Historic Blountville, TN. Don't miss 3 days of exciting fun as reenactors from across the country gather to recreate what it was like during the Battle of Blountville which took place on September 22, 1863. Friday is School Days, which is dedicated to living history segments for students from East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Students will enjoiy learning about soap-making, see artillery demonstrations, military drills, medical displays while visiting the Union and Confederate encampments to see what camp life was like during the Civil War. Saturday events will include a Ladies Tea at 11 AM, and the actual Reenactment will take place at 1 PM, followed by the Military Park Welcome Sign Dedication at 2:30 PM. An old-time outdoor Worship Service will begin at 10 AM on Sunday, followed by the Reenactment at 1 PM. Lots of other activities will take place during the weekend, and further details will be announced. Information at (423) 323-4660. Be sure to visit our Facebook page! Or, visit the Battle of Blountville Civil War website.
October 21, 2016 - Sullivan County Heritage Tourism Meeting
10 AM to 12 Noon, 2nd Floor Commission Room, Historic Sullivan County Courthouse, downtown Blountville, TN.
December 10-12, 2016 - Christmas at Historic Blountville
6 PM, Thursday, December 10, 2016. Blountville Christmas Tree Lighting will begin at 6 PM, followed by some joyous Christmas caroling led by the Blountville Middle School Choir under the direction of Darren Malcolm.
2 PM, Saturday, December 12, 2016. Blountville Ruitan Annual Christmas Parade in downtown Blountville. Registration is not required, and parade entrants will line up at Keystone Drive beginning at 1 PM. Participants are encouraged to have entries with an Independence Day theme. The parade route will begin at Keystone Drive, continuing through downtown Blountville and ending at the Historic Sullivan County Courthouse. Event is sponsored by the Blountville Ruritan. The event is free and open to the general public.
- 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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