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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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Monday, September 15, 2014 - Overmountain Victory Trail Event
Historic Rocky Mount, Piney Flats, TN - Members of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association will present a special night of 'candlelight narration’ in their campsites as they recreate the fateful evening of September 24, 1780, their encampment with the Cobb Family and the triumphant over-­the-mountains march to victory at Kings Mountain. For information, please call (423) 538-7396.

Monday, September 15, 2014 - Home-School Days at Rocky Mount
Rocky Mount Museum at Piney Flats, TN, 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 highly recommended to ensure you get the classes you want. Info at 423.538.7396 or visit http://www.rockymountmuseum.com.

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - Roadrunner Markets Street Fights #16
Bristol Motor Speedway, 151 Speedway Blvd., Bristol, TN 37620. Gates open 5:00 p.m.; Racing starts 6:00 p.m. Event ends 10:00 p.m. You can race your buddy, or try to top your last run down Thunder Valley's quarter-mile. Each event night serves up fun and exciting promotions, many of which racers and spectators can take home valuable prizes.  The 2014 Street Fights Season consists of 17 events from March through October. Info at 423.BRISTOL or visit http:www.bristoldragway.com.

Friday, September 19, 2014 - Appalachian Regional Car Show
Antique Automobile Club of America - Appalachian Region Car Show, 6 to 8 p.m., TriSummit Bank parking lot across from the Bristol Train Station in downtown Bristol. This car cruise-in is held every Friday night, end of April through October.

Saturday-Sunday, September 20-21, 2014 - Battle of Blountville CelebrationBattle of Blountville Commemoration Ceremony, Sat.-Sun., Sept. 20-21, 2014, downtown Blountville, TN. Sponsored by the Battle of Blountville Civil War Military Park.

Friday-Sunday, September 19-21, 2014 - Bristol Rhythm & Roots
A 3-day music experiences at historic downtown Bristol. This year's linup includes singer/songwrite Jeff Tweedy; Robbin Thompson; Honey Island Swamp Band; Mandolin Orange; Elliott Brood; Gregory Alan Isakov; Jerron Blind Boy Paxton; Blue Ridge Entertainers; Clay Prewitt; Earthy by Train; Good Rocking Sam; L Shape Lot; Logan Fritz; The Railsplitters; Ron Short & the Possum Playboys; Wires & Wood; and others. Info at 423.573.4898 or visit http://bristolrhythm.com.

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - Green Hill Cemetery Memorial Service
On Saturday, September 20th at 4 p.m., the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Lt. Robert J. Tipton Camp will participate in laying a “knitted poppy wreath” at the grave of Lt. Robert J. Tipton in Green Hill Cemetery of Elizabethton. The poppy memorial is being donated by the Veterans Association of the Friends of the Tipton Library of Tipton, England. The Association asked John Parrish, President of the Tipton Family Association of America to do the honors. The Lt. Robert J. Tipton Camp #2083 of Elizabethton is honored to be asked by Mr. Parrish to participate in the ceremony. The Confederacy is well thought of in England and we join our English brethren in celebration of Tipton Confederate veterans. The general public is cordially invited.

Friday-Saturday, September 20-21, 2014 - DER Bracket Racing Series
Bristol Motor Speedway, 151 Speedway Blvd., Bristol, TN 37620. From series Director Red Whitmore: "The DER Racing Series was formed to keep Bracket Racing alive here in Thunder Valley. It is my hope that you will join us this season for some of the best bracket racing in the area." Info at 423.BRISTOL. Website: www.bristolmotorspeedway.com.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - "An Overmountain Victory"
Historic Rocky Mount, Piney Flats, TN. Living History Tours from 2-6 PM, followed by program at 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. Info at 423.538.7396 or visit http://www.rockymountmuseum.com.

Friday, September 26, 2014 - Scythian
Performance by Scythian, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Sept. 26, 2014, Paramount Center for the Arts. $15 advance (plus tax & fee) or $20 day of show (plus tax and fee). Info at 423.274.8920.

Friday, September 26, 2014 - Appalachian Regional Car Show
Antique Automobile Club of America - Appalachian Region Car Show, 6 to 8 p.m., TriSummit Bank parking lot across from the Bristol Train Station in downtown Bristol. This car cruise-in is held every Friday night, end of April through October.

Friday-Sunday, September 26-28, 2014 - Super Chevy Show
Bristol Dragway, 151 Speedway Blvd., Bristol, TN. Thunder Valley historically hosts one of the largest Super Chevy Shows on the calendar. For more than 30 years, the Super Chevy Show has been known for some of the most exciting bracket and exhibition racing in the country. Add the Thunder Valley Mayhem on Saturday night and this show is a can’t-miss event. Info at 423.BRISTOL. Website: http://www.bristoldragway.com.

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - Bluff City's 20th Annual Heritage Days
8 AM to 5 PM, Community-wide Yard Sale and Craft Show, Main Street, Bluff City, TN. Main Stage is located beside Old City Hall. Performances by Southern Countrymen Band, Shooter, James Meadows and the Country Mile, The Drifters, the Scat Cats. Children's activities will be from 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM by Star's Big Top Amusements near the Rescue Squad on Main Street. Event includes a motorcycle show and car and truck cruise-in. Balloon-making animals will be conducted by Zappo the Clown. For additional information, contact Wanda Phillips.

Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 7th Annual Gospel Music Arts Celebration
Seventh Annual Gospel Music Arts Celebration
, 6 PM, Sun., Sept. 28, 2014, Shiloh FWB Church, 21508 Benhams Road, Bristol, VA 24201. Several gosepl bluegrass bands will be participating. For further information, please contact Millie Statzer.

Friday, October 3, 2014 - Appalachian Regional Car Show
Antique Automobile Club of America - Appalachian Region Car Show, 6 to 8 p.m., TriSummit Bank parking lot across from the Bristol Train Station in downtown Bristol. This car cruise-in is held every Friday night, end of April through October.

Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 1st Annual War Memorial Poker Run for Disabled Veterans
Beginning at 1 PM, Sat., Oct. 4, 2014, starting at Bristol War Memorial on Cumberland, Bristol, VA.
October 4th, 2014 will be the 1st motorcycle or vehicle run to War Memorials around the Tri-cities area.  This event will be in cooperation with Smith Brothers Harley Davidson in Johnson City Tennessee. The ride will begin at the War Memorial on Cumberland in Bristol, Virginia. Participants will then proceed to the local Disabled American Veterans Chapter on Carden Hollow Road. From there, the group will proceed to the War Memorials in Blountville, Kingsport, and Johnson City, ending at Smith Brothers Harley Davidson.  This ride not only raises money for the construction of a bigger building for Disabled American Veterans Chapter 39 and many other Veteran organizations to better serve our Veteran community, it is an educational experience as well.  These memorials are important because they act as historical touchstones that link the past to the present.  They allow and enable people to remember and respect the sacrifice of those who died, fought, participated or were affected by the conflicts these memorials represent.  These memorials are especially important as a source of information for young people in the area in understanding the sacrifices made by past generations. The public is encouraged to come out and participate in the ride whether on 2 wheels or 4.  They are also welcome to come to these stop locations for information that our local D.A.V. Chapter can provide as we are composed of Veterans from WWII to present.  Information about the D.A.V.  can be obtained at these stops as well.  In all, this will be a fun event that is also educational to participants.  Most of the public may even be unaware of what historical aspects to the Blountville area to where this memorial is set as well, even to the memorial itself.

Entry fee is $20. Each participant will receive a score card and will draw from a deck of cards at each stop. The winner will be announced at the end of the run. Those wishing to participate may contact Michael Harman at 423.612.3727.

Saturday, October 4, 2014 - Roadrunner Markets Street Fights #17
Bristol Motor Speedway, 151 Speedway Blvd., Bristol, TN 37620. Gates open 5:00 p.m.; Racing starts 6:00 p.m. Event ends 10:00 p.m. You can race your buddy, or try to top your last run down Thunder Valley's quarter-mile. Each event night serves up fun and exciting promotions, many of which racers and spectators can take home valuable prizes.  The 2014 Street Fights Season consists of 17 events from March through October. Info at 423.BRISTOL or visit http:www.bristoldragway.com.


Saturday, October 4, 2014 - Wilson Phillips concert at Greeneville, TN


Friday, October 10, 2014
- Appalachian Regional Car Show
Antique Automobile Club of America - Appalachian Region Car Show, 6 to 8 p.m., TriSummit Bank parking lot across from the Bristol Train Station in downtown Bristol. This car cruise-in is held every Friday night, end of April through October.

Friday-Sunday, October 10-12 - Battle of Blountville Reenactment
Battle of Blountville Civil War Reenactment, Oct. 10-12, 2014, Historic Blountville, TN. Event brought to you by 2014 Battle of Blountville Reenactment Committee, Battle of Blountville Civil War Military Park, and the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism. For information, please call Chairman Ric Dulaney at 423.863.5247, Co-Chairman Bob Dotson at 423.366.5923.
Battle of Blountville Civil War Re-Enactment 2014


Saturday, October 11, 2014 - Dobyns Bennett 10-Yr Reunion, Class of 2004
7 p.m., Sat., Oct. 11, Ridgefields Country Club, 2320 Pendragon Rd., Kingsport, TN 37660. Info at 423.392.8398.

Saturday, October 11, 2014 - Overmountain Victory 10-Mile Race
Overmountain Victory 10-Mile Race, Sat., Oct. 11, 2014. The public is invited to the 4th Annual Overmountain Men Victory Run from Sycamore Shoals to Rocky Mount to commemorate the victorious return route of the Overmountain Men following the Battle of King's Mountain on October 7, 1780. Runners and non-runners are invited to participate in the activities of the day.  For details check the Rocky Mount website: www.rockymountmuseum.com.

Monday, October 13, 2014 - Tri-Cities Civil War Roundtable Event
Tri-Cities Civil War Roundtable meeting, Mon., Oct. 13, 2014, Eastman Employee Center, Room 219, Kingsport, TN. For additional information, please contact Wayne Strong.

Friday, October 17, 2014 - Appalachian Regional Car Show
Antique Automobile Club of America - Appalachian Region Car Show, 6 to 8 p.m., TriSummit Bank parking lot across from the Bristol Train Station in downtown Bristol. This car cruise-in is held every Friday night, end of April through October.

Saturday, October 18, 2014 - "Spirit of the Harvest"
Spirit of the Harvest, Sat., Oct. 18, 2014, Rocky Mount Historic Site, Piney Flats, TN. Participate with the family and friends of the Cobb Family as they gather in the rewards of their labor throughout this productive year with the harvest of the crops and the preparations being made for the long winter season. For details check the Rocky Mount website: www.rockymountmuseum.com.

Friday, October 24, 2014 - Appalachian Regional Car Show
Antique Automobile Club of America - Appalachian Region Car Show, 6 to 8 p.m., TriSummit Bank parking lot across from the Bristol Train Station in downtown Bristol. This car cruise-in is held every Friday night, end of April through October.

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - Pumpkin Palooza
Downtown Center, 810 State Street, Bristol. Grab your Halloween costume and come down to the Farmer's Market for a spook-tacular event! Children are invited to participate in the pumpkin decorating contest. Pumpkins and decorating materials will be provided. There will also be a costume stroll and trick-or-treati​ng at participating stores downtown. Event starts at 9 am and will be over at 10:30, at which time trick-or-treati​ng and special activities on State Street begin. For more information please visit believeinbristo​l.org or call 423.573.2200.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - Kenny Loggins
7:30 p.m., Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Greeneville, TN.

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.

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

 

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 - "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!

         Appalachian Ghost Walks  

 

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