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Saturday, January 31, 2015 - Mike Farris: Live from BCM
Former front man for the Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies, Mike Farris is known as a powerhouse vocalist with blue-eyed soul. As a solo artist, Farris has earned an Americana Music Award and the Dove Award. He has also performed at Bonnaroo, Merlefest, SXSW, and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. Artists such as Rodney Crowell, Buddy Miller, Patty Griffin, and Marty Stuart are struck by Mike Farris' incomparable voice. He has opened for Patti LaBelle, Mavis Staples, Blind Boys of Alabama, Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby. Mike's spirited soul-gospel fusion also led to an invitation to perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 16th Annual American Music Masters Concert honoring Aretha Franklin. Concert takes place at 7:30 PM in the Performance Theater at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. $30 per ticket, purchase print-at-home tickets at BirthplaceofCountryMusic.org.
Saturday, February 5, 2015 - Songs & Stories from A.P. Carter's Martin Guitar with Dale Jett and Wayne Henderson
In the 1930s, A. P. Carter bought a Martin 000-28 guitar to play on border radio from Mexico. A fancy guitar for the time, it is now considered one of the finest examples of the "golden age" of Martin production. That guitar was later handed down to A.P.'s grandson, Dale Jett and is currently on display in the museum's Carter Family exhibit, running through February 28. When a guitar of this caliber needs repair, Jett trusts friend and luthier Wayne Henderson to do the job. Songs and Stories is an intimate concert experience and rare occasion to hear A.P. Carter's guitar played by Jett and Henderson. Concert takes place at 7 PM in the Performance Theater at Birthplace of Country Music Museum. $25 per ticket, doors open at 6:00 p.m. Purchase print-at-home tickets BirthplaceofCountryMusic.org.
Thursday, February 19, 2015 - Sullivan Historical and Genealogical Society
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, 7 PM, Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism, 3425 Hwy. 126, Blountville, TN (adjacent to the Sullivan County Courthouse in the downtown Historic District. General public is cordially invited. Information at (423) 323-4660.
Monday, March 9, 2015 - "1865 Petersburg and Robert E. Lee"
Mon., Mar. 9, 2015, Civil War Roundtable meeting, at 7 PM, Room 219, Eastman Employee Center, Kingsport, TN. Will Greene will present "Civil War Petersburg: Confederate City in the Crucible of War (A Nation Divided: Studies in the Civil War Era)". For additional information, please contact Wayne Strong.
Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 150th Battle of Bentonville Reenactment
Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site in Four Oaks, North Carolina.
Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 1st Annual Doll, Bear & Toy Show
Sat., Apr. 11, 2015, 9:30 AM to 3 PM, Kingsport Civic Auditorium, 1550 Fort Henry Drive, Kingsport, TN.
VISITORS: Admission is $2. Free parking is available. VENDOR SETUP: Cost for setup is $25 for each 8-ft table. Setup begins at 7 AM and close 3:30 PM to 5 PM. Vendors must provide their own table coverings and lunch/snacks. All items must be marked, and vendors must not remove items until end of sale. Tables will be available on a first-paid basis. Fees must be turned in by March 1, 2015, to The Dollhouse, 216 Headtown Rd., Jonesborough,
For additional information, please contact Ellen at 423.753.0022 or Mary at 423.247.1639.
Monday, April 13, 2015 - "Appomattox: The Place of Lee's Surrender"
Mon., Apr. 13, 2015, Civil War Roundtable meeting, at 7 PM, Room 219, Eastman Employee Center, Kingsport, TN. Thomas Flagel will present "Appomattox: The Place of Lee's Surrender and a National Resurrection". For additional information, please contact Wayne Strong.
Saturday, April 18, 2015 - Xfinity Series 300 and PittLite 125
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Bristol Motor Speedway. The Xfinity Series races at Bristol routinely put on one of the best shows in the motorsports. If you have not experienced it, now is the time to get your tickets and be a part of it all at the World’s Fastest Half Mile Info at (866) 415-4158.
Sunday, April 19, 2015 - Food City 500
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Bristol Motor Speedway. Spring NASCAR weekend, April 17-19, 2015. Info at (866) 415-4158.
Saturday-Sunday, April 25-26, 2015 - Spring Garden Fair at Exchange Place
Spring Garden Fair at Exchange Place is the last full weekend of April. Demonstrations of springtime activities on a 19th century farmstead and sales of plants, garden accessories, farm products, and related arts are the focus. Traditional music, old-fashioned foods, children’s activities, animals, and educational “talks and walks” are important parts of the event. The event was begun in 1984. 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.
Thurs.-Sun., April 30-May 3, 2015 - 150th Anniversary: Civil War in East TN
Knoxville, TN - Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event: The 150th anniversary of the Civil War in East Tennessee will be remembered during an April 30-May 3, 2015, sesquicentennial commemoration in Knoxville. Area groups and the State of Tennessee are coordinating the event. The Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has hosted a commemorative event in a select city for each year of the sesquicentennial. Knoxville is the chosen city for the sesquicentennial’s last year; the statewide theme of the East Tennessee event is Reconstruction Tennessee. East Tennessee played a major role politically after the Civil War with the presidency of Andrew Johnson and the election of William “Parson” Brownlow as the state’s governor in 1865. Events will also include tours of Knoxville historic homes and cemeteries as well as sites where Civil War forts stood in the area. Museum exhibits, an 1860s-era baseball game, period church services and re-enactments of historic speeches will be part of the four-day commemoration.
Monday, May 11, 2015 - "Celebration of the Tri-City Civil War Round Table's 25th Anniversary"
Mon., May 11, 2015, Civil War Roundtable meeting, at 7 PM, Room 219, Eastman Employee Center, Kingsport, TN. James I. "Bud" Robertson will give a presentation on the Civil War. For additional information, please contact Wayne Strong.
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.
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-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,a nd 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.
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.
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.
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. No sales are made except at the John Gaines Store. 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, 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.
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.
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 Civil War Reenactment
3-day event to be held Oct. 9-11 at the Old Hawley Farm, 1173 Hawley Road, Blountville, TN. Details to be announced. Information at (423) 323-4660.
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. 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.
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.
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.
- 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!
GET YOUR EVENT LISTED HERE! To have your event listed with us, email us or call (423) 323-4660.