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March 25, 2017 - Birthplace of Country Music: Shape Note Sing
10 AM to 3 PM, The Learning Center, Birthplace of Country Music. The Old Field Singers will lead a Shape Note Sing in the Christian Harmony style (as opposed to Sacred Harp) at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum on Saturday, March 25 from 10:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m. Participants will learn the tradition of shape note singing in a group with no experience necessary. The event is free and open to everyone of all ages. Shape notes are a music notation, or symbols, used to help teach congregational singing. The shapes were used to help singers find their pitch without having to read music. The first publications using shape notes were published in 1801; the practice of shape note singing is still used in churches across the American south. A lunch break is incorporated into the class. Attendees may leave the premises to eat or they are invited to bring a covered dish to share with the group in the Learning Center. Click here for Registration Form.

 

March 30, 2017 - Old Hollywood Murder Mystery Themed Party
Your presence is requested at the A-list party hosted by Believe in Bristol on Thursday, March 30th from 6-9 pm at Bristol Ballet. After a night of accolades at the Noscar Awards Show, you will attend the A-list after-party. While socializing and schmoozing with Hollywood’s elite, careers will be made, secrets will be revealed, scandals will be broken and a homicide will happen. With a V.I.P. victim and the celebrities all suspect, you will be called upon to find the criminal by cracking this red carpet caper. Will it be an aspiring actress, tired of living in the shadows? A livid lover who has been pushed too far? Or possibly the teen starlet trying to attract a more mature audience?
As the night unfolds, so will a web of lies and scandals intricately woven to point you to a killer. It is up to you to uncover the clues or the culprit will remain concealed. Come walk the blood red carpet for a night of secrets, celebrities & scandal. Call 276-644-9700 or email info@believeinbristol.org for more information or to order your tickets.

 

April 1, 2017 - Vintage Base Ball Game at Rocky Mount
Rocky Mount is proud to partner again with the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball to offer a family fun event this April. On April 1st, Rocky Mount will be hosting the Knoxville Holstons and the Emmett Machinists of Knoxville as they play a vintage (circa 1864 rules) “base ball” game. This event is a great way to see how one of America’s favorite pastimes began and how it has changed into the game we see now. The gate will open at 11 a.m. and admission for the event is free. There will be pennants available for purchase so you can rout for your favorite team. The game will be played in the large field in front of the pond. For seating you will need to bring a blanket or lawn chair. You might also consider an umbrella as there is no shade in the field. The historic home will be open for tours as well. During the game feel free to throw out some expressions from the 1860s like hurrah and huzzah or give three cheers and a tiger. Bring your peanuts and crackerjacks and join us for a day of family fun! The game will go on rain or shine, but will be canceled if there is any lightning. For more information, please call (423) 538-7396 or toll free 888-538-1791, or feel free to email info@rockymountmuseum.com.

 

April 1, 2017 - Speedwell Cemetery Clean-up Day
On Saturday, April 1, 2017, at 10:00 a.m., at Speedwell Cemetery on Cherokee Road, Jonesborough. Volunteers are needed to prepare the cemetery for Decoration Day. The Speedwell Cemetery Board of Trustees ask that volunteers bring equipment to clean the cemetery, clip and trim the trees and bushes, as well as trash bags to put debris and trash in for the day. For more information on Speedwell Cemetery, or this clean up day, please contact Elaine Cantrell at (423) 257-2264. or Chad Fred Bailey, chadfredb@gmail.com.

 

Apr. 1, 2017 - Verdi's Messa da Requiem
7:30 PM, Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center, 400 S. Wilcox Ave., Kingsport, TN. Verdi’s Messa da Requiem combines the theatrical flair of virtuoso singers with the symphonic weight of the orchestra for an exhilarating performance! Soloists: Jennifer Barnett, Mary Gayle Greene, Wesley Morgan, and Zack Rabin. Also featuring Voices of the Mountains and East Tennessee State University Choirs. Tickets are $25. See Symphony of the Mountains website for furthe information.


Apr. 1, 2017 - James Gregory
8 PM, Paramount Center for the Arts, 518 State St., Bristol, TN 37620. Phone 423.274.8920. Click here for information and ticketing.

Apr. 8, 2017 - YWCA East Eggstravanganza at Bristol
YWCA Bristol will host its 14th annual Easter Eggstravaganza Saturday, April 8 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 106 State Street in Bristol, Tenn. Join the YWCA for a fun-filled morning complete with a pancake breakfast, pictures with the Easter Bunny, and other fun activities. Bring the family, sample sweet treats at the bake sale, and peruse handmade crafts. Specialty themed Easter baskets will also be on sale. The pancake breakfast and pictures with the Easter Bunny will be available from 9 to 11 a.m.; Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 10. Reservations are required for breakfast and can be made by calling the YWCA at 423.968.9444. All proceeds from this event benefit the YWCA Children's Center.  The YWCA Children's Center is Bristol's only sliding-scale childcare facility, it is licensed by the state of Tennessee, and has been 3- STAR rated since 2000 when the rating system began. 

 

Apr. 21, 2017 - Tanya Tucker - Benefit Performance
7:00 PM, Paramount Center for the Arts, 518 State St., Bristol, TN 37620. Phone 423.274.8920. Click here for information and ticketing. In 1974, Rolling Stone ran a cover story on Tanya Tucker with the headline that said "You're Gonna Hear From Me." Truer words have never been spoken. For four decades, her sultry voice and vivacious stage presence has helped to make her one of the most admired and respected female vocalists in the Country Music genre. Part of that appeal lies in the fact that Tucker's resume contains some of the most groundbreaking songs of the format's history. Songs like Alex Harvey's "Delta Dawn," Dallas Frazier's "What's Your Mama's Name" and David Allan Coe's "Would You Lay With Me (In A Field Of Stone)" firmly established Tanya Tucker as an artist from whom you could always expect the unexpected. Her early hits also contained some kick-up-your-heels moments, like "Texas (When I Die)," "San Antonio Stroll," and "Here's Some Love." In the 1980s, Tucker's star continued to shine as she moved over to Capitol Records in the middle part of the decade. It was there that she released some of the most potent material of her illustrious career, such as "One Love At A Time," "Just Another Love," and "Strong Enough To Bend." The next decade showed no let down in her momentum, as she hit with songs that continued to touch her fan base – like "Two Sparrows In A Hurricane," "Soon," and "Little Things." However, Tanya Tucker represents much more than just a collection of hit songs – not that her resume isn't impressive. But, what makes the singer unforgettable is her stage show. On one side of the coin, she can show her vulnerable side – through the emotional lyrics of many of her heartbreaking ballads. But, there's that other side of Tucker – which she showcases her flirtatious and sensual side. Both of these elements have kept Tucker a crowd favorite for many years – and are among the reasons that her fans are grateful that she is returning to the road after an absence of a few years. And, the best is yet to come for this future Country Music Hall of Fame member. With a new album forthcoming, the power house vocalist is set to remind listeners just why artists such as Miranda Lambert and Gretchen Wilson consider her to be one of their biggest influences. She's lived a life full of love and heartbreak, and bounced back no matter the odds. In the crazy world of the music business, Tanya Tucker defines the word "legend," but also "survivor."

 

April 22, 2017 - Arcadia United Methodist Church grave dedication
The Order of Confederate Rose Chapter 11, Wild Mountain Roses of Elizabethton, will be dedicating the graves of three Confederate soldiers buried in the Arcadia United Methodist Church Cemetery in Kingsport, TN. The ceremony will be held at 3 PM on April 22, 2017. The general public is cordially invited to attend. For additional information, please contact Clara Craft.


April 22, 2017 - NASCAR Xfinity Series - Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300
Saturday, 12:30 PM, Bristol Motor Speedway. Click here for information and ticketing.

April 23, 2017 - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - Food City 500
Sunday, 2 PM, Bristol Motor Speedway. Click here for information and ticketing.

 

April 29-30, 2017 - Spring Garden Fair at Exchange Place
The Garden Fair 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. Begun in 1984.  2017 date: April 29 and 30. Information at 423.288.6071.

 

Apr. 29, 2017 - The Return of Carl Tanner
7:30 PM, Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center, 400 S. Wilcox Ave., Kingsport, TN. World-renowned tenor Carl Tanner returns to the Eastman stage with opera, operetta and Broadway favorites. Repertoire includes... Puccini: Preludio sinfonico; Mascagni: La Cavalleria Rusticana, Intermezzo; Verdi: Rigoletto, La Donna e mobile; and Puccini: Nessun Dorma. Tickets are $30. See Symphony of the Mountains website for furthe information.

 

May 8, 2017 - Kingsport Chamber 25th Annual Golf Scramble
Tow Flights (shotgun start) 8:45 AM or 2 PM (Rain Date: Monday, May 15). Download the Entry Form.

 

May 13, 2017 - Colbaugh Cemetery Dedication
3 PM, Sat., May 13, 2017, Colbaugh Cemetery, Elizabethton, TN. The Order of the Confederate Rose [OCR] will be honoring four Confederate soldiers buried in the Colbaugh Cemetery. The general public is cordially invited to attend.

May 19, 2017 - Triumphant Quartet
7:00 PM, Paramount Center for the Arts, 518 State St., Bristol, TN 37620. Phone 423.274.8920. Click here for information and ticketing. The one consistent thing about life is change. Things around us are constantly changing. So when a group like Triumphant Quartet maintains consistency, it speaks volumes about whom they are and what all they have accomplished. Triumphant is the face of quality Gospel Music, Christian integrity, family values, friendship and dedication. Their smooth harmonies, and rich quartet sound quickly gained them national attention, recognition and concert demand.

 

May 21, 2017 - 2017 Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Celebration
9 AM Sun., May 21, 2017 to Monday, May 29, 2017 12 PM. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 800 Broad Street, Kingsport, TN 37660.

May 22, 2017 - 30th Annual Golf Classic
The Dawn of Hope Foundation is delighted to announce the 30th Annual Golf Classic,  presented by Cantech, to be held on Monday, May 22nd at the Johnson City Country Club! Come enjoy a fun-filled day on the course with complimentary breakfast, lunch, beverages, an event polo and opportunities to win prizes all while networking with the more than 150 top business and community leaders who participate in the tournament! The tournament will be a 2-person team, select shot event with both 8:30 am and 1:30pm tee times. Coed teams are welcomed.  The registration fee for each player is $150, which will include cart and green fees at the Country Club. Breakfast and lunch will be provided by Chik-fil-A of Elizabethton, Outback Steakhouse and Honey Hot Dogs.  There will be prizes for putting, long drive, closest to the pin, and closest to the line contest winners. All participants receive a complimentary moisture wicking polo, a bag of goodies, and entrance into the door prize drawing.  Proceeds from this event benefit the Developmental, Residential, Vocational and Health Service Programs, which aim to increase independence, healthy living, active participation in the community, access to employment opportunities and an overall higher quality of life for adults with intellectual & developmental disabilities in the Northeast Tennessee Region. 


June 24, 2017 - 2017 Tennessee National Pro Motocross at Muddy Creek Raceway
8 AM, Muddy Creek Raceway, 450 Ridgeway Drive Blountville, TN 37617. Come spend the weekend with us and be a part of this great experience! The Tennessee National at Muddy Creek Raceway in Blountville debuted as part of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship in 2013.  Held at the highly regarded Muddy Creek Raceway, a top destination for regional motocross enthusiasts since the 1970s. This marked the pro national series’ return to the Southeast region of the U.S. for the first time in nearly two decades. Nestled in a natural amphitheater and lined by the rolling hills of Eastern Tennessee, the Muddy Creek circuit is popular with both racers and fans. The rich soil makes for superb traction, and the natural setting makes for almost 100% viewing of the action on the racetrack from almost any spectator vantage point. Hosted by Sam Gammon of Victory Sports, the highly respected organizer of the United States Mega Series, the Carolina Ultra Series, The Best In Georgia Series, the Southern All-Stars Series, the Indoor Winter Series, and numerous other youth and amateur events, the Tennessee National will become a permanent fixture on the Lucas Oil Pro National Series and most likely remain in June. Click here for additional information.


 

July 4, 2017 - Blountville Ruritan Annual Independence Day Parade!
2 PM, downtown Blountville, TN. Lineup will begin at Keystone Drive, and parade route will continue down Hwy. 126, ending at the Sullivan County Courthouse. There is no registration. Parade participants will lineup at Keystone Drive beginning at 1 PM. Phone 423.323.4660.

 

July 4, 2017 - Bluff City Annual Independence Day Parade
5 PM, downtown Bluff City, TN. Contact Wanda Phillips at Bluff City City Hall.

 

July 4, 2017 - Kingsport Annual Independence Day Parade
Details to be announced.

 

July 4, 2017 - Kingsport Pops!
7 PM to 12 Midnight, downtown Kingsport. On July 4, we’re taking our normal July 4th event to the next level. It’s called Kingsport Pops. While it can mean fireworks, it really means that the Symphony of the Mountains will be joining us!  


July 14-22, 2017 - Fun Fest 2017

A week long celebration of family-oriented festivities in the heart of downtown Kingsport, TN. Phone 800.743.5282 or visit the event website.


July 16, 2017 - 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.  2017 date: July 16. Information at 423.288.6071.

 

August 16, 2017 - NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - Bristol 200
Wednesday, 8:30 PM, Bristol Motor Speedway. Click here for information and ticketing.

 

August 18, 2017 - NASCAR Xfinity Series - Food City 300
Friday, 7:30 PM, Bristol Motor Speedway. Click here for information and ticketing.


August 19, 2017 - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - Bass Pro Shops NRA Race
Saturday, 7:30 PM, Bristol Motor Speedway. Click here for information and ticketing.


Sept. 9, 2017 - 2017 Historic Blountville Flea Market and Yard Sale

9 PM to 4 PM, downtown Historic Blountville.

 

Sept. 15-17, 2017 - Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
Click here for tickets.

 

Sept. 23-24, 2017 - 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.  Begun in 1972.  2017 date: September 23 and 24. Information at 423.288.6071.

 

Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, 2017 - 2017 Battle of Blountville Civil War Reenactment
1173 Old Hawley Farm, Blountville, TN 37617.

Oct. 27-28, 2017 - 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.  Begun in 1992.  2017 date: October 27 and 28. Information at 423.288.6071.

Nov. 3-5, 2017 - "A Walk In Their Boots 2017"
Nov. 3 at 9 AM to Nov 5 at 4:30 PM, Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site, 2620 S. Roan St., Johnson City, TN 37601.

Nov. 17, 2017 - Kingsport Centennial Park Celebration
4 PM - 8 PM, Centennial Park, downtown Kingsport, TN. Our culminating event will be Friday, November 17. It is the Centennial Park Celebration. The park is our gift we leave to the city and our children.  We will be unveiling the Santa Train sculpture and burying a time capsule to commemorate the centennial year. Info at 423.229.9400.

 

Dec. 2, 2017 - 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.  2017 date: December 2. Information at 423.288.6071.

 

Dec.7, 2017 - Historic Blountville Christmas Tree Lighting
6 PM, Historic Sullivan County Courthouse, Blountville, TN.

 

Dec. 9, 2017 - 2017 Historic Blountville Christmas Parade
2 PM, downtown Blountville, TN. Lineup will begin at Keystone Drive, and parade route will continue down Hwy. 126, ending at the Sullivan County Courthouse. There is no registration. Parade participants will lineup at Keystone Drive beginning at 1 PM. Phone 423.323.4660.


 

 

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ONGOING EVENTS

  • 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. Step back in time as you visit this lovely hidden gem in downtown Historic Blountville! Tours include rooms of beautiful antiques inside the 2-story inn, and visitors will also enjoy seeing the dependency buildings including the old brick kitchen, slave quarters, blacksmith shop and more! A must-see for early Tennessee history! 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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