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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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Saturday, November 22, 2014 - Santa Train & Parade at Kingsport
3 PM, Downtown Kingsport, East Main Street. Bring the entire family to greet the Santa Train as it arrives in downtown Kingsport. Christmas Parade begins at 3:30 PM and will begin at the corner of Main and Cherokee, proceeding down Main, turning right onto Clay, then right onto Center Street, right onto Wexler and will disband at the corner of Wexler and Market Streets. Click here for parade entry form.For further information, please contact Karen Jobe at 423.392.8800.

Monday, November 24, 2014 - Christmas Open House at Bristol
5-8 PM, Mon., Nov. 24, Historic Downtown Bristol. Ready or not, it’s time to GET INTO THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT! Believe in Bristol will again sponsor the Annual Christmas Open House in Historic Downtown Bristol on Monday, November 24, 2014, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  Come kick off the holiday season with merriment and good cheer! Santa Claus will be giving out candy canes, Bristol Ballet will have dancers in costume, the Washington –Lee Warblers from Washington Lee Elementary After School Program will perform, Quaker Steak & Lube to host a fundraising event benefiting Celebrate Bristol, MedExpress will again partner in the BELIEVE scavenger hunt, and last, but most certainly not least, the downtown Horse & Carriage rides are back.  Don’t miss an evening planned for the entire family’s enjoyment! A special thank you to Serendipity and Be.Ella Boutique’s for allowing us to bring back an old favorite, Horse and Carriage rides to the Open House event.  There are 2 locations planned for pick-up / drop-off, The Downtown Center (Country Music Mural/Farmers Market area) and TriSummit Bank parking lot, a small charge of $2 per person for a one-way ticket down State Street or $4 per person for a round-trip ride.  Keep a look out for your favorite decorated window as the downtown merchants will be participating in the Merry Merchants Window Decorating Contest.  The theme this year is from the movie “The Christmas Story” and A Major Award will be given to the winner! The Open House has traditionally been a customer appreciation night when merchants stay open late, have special discounts, and refreshments are served at participating locations. Join us and support your downtown shops; it’s a great way to stimulate our local economy and find special one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your holiday list!

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.

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - Bristol Christmas Parade
7 PM, Thurs., Dec. 4. One of Bristol’s most anticipated celebrations, the 32nd Annual Downtown Bristol Christmas parade, takes place Dec. 4 this year. Helping usher in the holiday season, the parade, which starts on Bob Morrison Blvd. and travels down State Street to the historic Bristol Train Station, brings out thousands of area residents who can’t wait to see the beautifully decorated floats, as well as the jolly old man himself. Yes, that’s right, Santa will be part of the parade too, watching to see who’s been naughty or nice! Local businesses, civic and volunteer organizations, church groups, bands, schools, neighborhood groups and beauty contestants are all invited to participate in the parade, which starts at 7 p.m. Lineup will be at 5 p.m. near the Bristol Herald Courier on Morrison Blvd. There is a cost associated with entering floats/vehicles (starting at $25 per vehicle).  Vehicles without the appropriate passes will be charged upon arrival. Please note that the deadline for entry is Thursday, Nov. 13. We look forward to seeing you there as we celebrate the holiday season in Bristol! For more information, please call 989-4850.

Friday, December 5, 2014 - Battle of Blountville Military Park: Design Concept Presentation
10 AM, Fri., Dec. 5, 2014, Historic Sullivan County Courthouse, downtown Blountville, Tennessee. Kenneth Soergel, ASLA, and Cathy Marshall, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at LSU, will present, will present the overall design concept for the Civil War Military Park. Both Mr. Soergel and Ms. Marshall are graduates of Harvard, and have worked on significantly large scale municipal park developments across the U.S. The meeting will be held in the 2nd Floor Commission Room of the Courthouse. The general public and media are cordially invited. For further information, please call the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism at 423.323.4660.


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. Rocky Mount Historical Association Museum will present "A CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS" on the Friday and Saturday evenings of Dec. 5,6,12, and 13. Tours begin every 15 minutes from 4:30 until 8:00. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for children (ages 5-17). Members of RMHA receive discounted admission, group discounts available.  Reservations can be made through Rocky Mount Museum (423) 538-7396, Mon-Fri 9-5. In this day of a highly commercialized Christmas, a visit to Rocky Mount Historical Association Museum can readily provide a glimpse back to an earlier time when Christmas was recognized simply as the birth of Christ, rather than the shopping frenzy it is today. The "Candlelight Christmas" Living History Tour takes through the historic home of Rocky Mount, transformed to Christmas Eve of 1791, meeting historic interpreters portraying the Cobb family of Rocky Mount, Gov. Blount and his family, and friends and neighbors. The historic two-story log cabin and the other outbuildings are decorated simply with attractive traditional decorations, made from locally available greenery such as pine and holly, and colorful fruits such as apples.  Hand dipped candles, which adorn each room and illuminate the walkways, complete the cozy look and feel of a frontier home in the eighteenth century. Traditional music, dancing, heart-warming stories, are all part of this Christmas celebration perfectly demonstrating that though the traditions may have changed , the "Spirit of Christmas" and the warmth of fellowship with friends and family, transcends the centuries. After the tour, which takes about 90 minutes, visitors are welcomed back to the 21st century with a modern reception. For more information or to make a reservation call (423) 538-7396 or 888-538-1791.

 

Saturday, December 6, 2014 - Christmas in the Country at Exchange Place
Kingsport, TN – Christmas in the Country, the annual celebration of winter and the holiday season at Exchange Place Living History Farm, 4812 Orebank Road in Kingsport, will take place on Saturday, December 6, from 10 am to 4 pm.  Admission is free. The last public event of the year at the historic site, the festival will feature fresh greenery and trees, handcrafted wreaths and roping, and other holiday decorations.  There will be unique folk arts and crafts, such as hand-crafted wood items, barn wood furniture, jewelry, handmade baskets, pottery, quilts, handmade greeting cards and hooked rugs.  Your taste buds will be tempted with baked goods, hot sauces, jams and jellies, and goat cheese, and you can pamper yourself with a variety of herbal products, soaps and natural lotions.  More than two dozen area and regional vendors will have their wares on display and for sale on both sides of the historic Gaines-Preston farm. But this is more than just another shopping opportunity.  In keeping with the mission of Exchange Place, Christmas in the Country will show a slice of 1850s wintertime farm life in our region, and how our ancestors would have prepared for the holidays.  Inside our hearthside kitchen there will be day-long demonstrations of 19th century cooking and baking, as volunteers prepare seasonal meals on the open hearth (no gas or electric stoves in those days!), returning to the theme of African-American food ways first explored at our Fall Folk Arts Festival in September.  Dishes like Hoppin’ John, sweet potato pudding, collard greens, and country ham will be prepared, and our Junior Apprentices will be making seasonal favorites like cinnamon waffles and popcorn.  Meanwhile, in our blacksmith shop, the skills that were needed to make hardware and tools for the farm, fix wagon wheels and, of course, shoe the horses, will be demonstrated throughout the day.  There may also be demonstrations of candle-dipping and the making of ly soap. Capping the day is the traditional Yule Log Ceremony, which will begin around 4:15 pm.  Originated by the Vikings, it served as a way for them to honor their gods and request good luck in the coming year.  Later it was incorporated into the harvest festivals of Germany and Scandinavia, then moved to England when the Normans conquered the isles and eventually migrated to the New World with the Pilgrims.  While the Preston family may not have burned a Yule Log, we like to make it a part of our Christmas in the Country as a symbol of peace and good will for our wonderful community.  Since it was often decorated with evergreens and sometimes sprinkled with grain or cider before it was finally lit, we encourage everyone to bring a sprig to cast onto the fire, and also to wear fine, colorful headgear to the event, which will conclude with the singing of carols and, of course, a cup of hot wassail!  Derived from the Anglo-Saxon “waes hael,” which meant “Be in Health” or “Here’s to You,” wassail helps us to emphasizes the spirit of health and friendship. For more information, you may call Exchange Place at 423-288-6071, or write to
email@exchangeplace.info.

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. Rocky Mount Historical Association Museum will present "A CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS" on the Friday and Saturday evenings of Dec. 5,6,12, and 13. Tours begin every 15 minutes from 4:30 until 8:00. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for children (ages 5-17). Members of RMHA receive discounted admission, group discounts available.  Reservations can be made through Rocky Mount Museum (423) 538-7396, Mon-Fri 9-5. In this day of a highly commercialized Christmas, a visit to Rocky Mount Historical Association Museum can readily provide a glimpse back to an earlier time when Christmas was recognized simply as the birth of Christ, rather than the shopping frenzy it is today. The "Candlelight Christmas" Living History Tour takes through the historic home of Rocky Mount, transformed to Christmas Eve of 1791, meeting historic interpreters portraying the Cobb family of Rocky Mount, Gov. Blount and his family, and friends and neighbors. The historic two-story log cabin and the other outbuildings are decorated simply with attractive traditional decorations, made from locally available greenery such as pine and holly, and colorful fruits such as apples.  Hand dipped candles, which adorn each room and illuminate the walkways, complete the cozy look and feel of a frontier home in the eighteenth century. Traditional music, dancing, heart-warming stories, are all part of this Christmas celebration perfectly demonstrating that though the traditions may have changed , the "Spirit of Christmas" and the warmth of fellowship with friends and family, transcends the centuries. After the tour, which takes about 90 minutes, visitors are welcomed back to the 21st century with a modern reception. For more information or to make a reservation call (423) 538-7396 or 888-538-1791.

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. Rocky Mount Historical Association Museum will present "A CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS" on the Friday and Saturday evenings of Dec. 5,6,12, and 13. Tours begin every 15 minutes from 4:30 until 8:00. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for children (ages 5-17). Members of RMHA receive discounted admission, group discounts available.  Reservations can be made through Rocky Mount Museum (423) 538-7396, Mon-Fri 9-5. In this day of a highly commercialized Christmas, a visit to Rocky Mount Historical Association Museum can readily provide a glimpse back to an earlier time when Christmas was recognized simply as the birth of Christ, rather than the shopping frenzy it is today. The "Candlelight Christmas" Living History Tour takes through the historic home of Rocky Mount, transformed to Christmas Eve of 1791, meeting historic interpreters portraying the Cobb family of Rocky Mount, Gov. Blount and his family, and friends and neighbors. The historic two-story log cabin and the other outbuildings are decorated simply with attractive traditional decorations, made from locally available greenery such as pine and holly, and colorful fruits such as apples.  Hand dipped candles, which adorn each room and illuminate the walkways, complete the cozy look and feel of a frontier home in the eighteenth century. Traditional music, dancing, heart-warming stories, are all part of this Christmas celebration perfectly demonstrating that though the traditions may have changed , the "Spirit of Christmas" and the warmth of fellowship with friends and family, transcends the centuries. After the tour, which takes about 90 minutes, visitors are welcomed back to the 21st century with a modern reception. For more information or to make a reservation call (423) 538-7396 or 888-538-1791.

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
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. Rocky Mount Historical Association Museum will present "A CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS" on the Friday and Saturday evenings of Dec. 5,6,12, and 13. Tours begin every 15 minutes from 4:30 until 8:00. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for children (ages 5-17). Members of RMHA receive discounted admission, group discounts available.  Reservations can be made through Rocky Mount Museum (423) 538-7396, Mon-Fri 9-5. In this day of a highly commercialized Christmas, a visit to Rocky Mount Historical Association Museum can readily provide a glimpse back to an earlier time when Christmas was recognized simply as the birth of Christ, rather than the shopping frenzy it is today. The "Candlelight Christmas" Living History Tour takes through the historic home of Rocky Mount, transformed to Christmas Eve of 1791, meeting historic interpreters portraying the Cobb family of Rocky Mount, Gov. Blount and his family, and friends and neighbors. The historic two-story log cabin and the other outbuildings are decorated simply with attractive traditional decorations, made from locally available greenery such as pine and holly, and colorful fruits such as apples.  Hand dipped candles, which adorn each room and illuminate the walkways, complete the cozy look and feel of a frontier home in the eighteenth century. Traditional music, dancing, heart-warming stories, are all part of this Christmas celebration perfectly demonstrating that though the traditions may have changed , the "Spirit of Christmas" and the warmth of fellowship with friends and family, transcends the centuries. After the tour, which takes about 90 minutes, visitors are welcomed back to the 21st century with a modern reception. For more information or to make a reservation call (423) 538-7396 or 888-538-1791.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

2015 Events

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, TN 37659. For additional information, please contact Ellen at 423.753.0022 or Mary at 423.247.1639.




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.
  • 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!

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