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REGIONAL CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 


Mar. 3, 2018 - Confederate Flag Day
A Confederate Flag Day ceremony will be held at 11 AM on Sat., Mar. 3, 2018, at the Sullivan County Courthouse in downtown Blountville, Tennessee.  Confederate Flag Day is set aside to remember those who fought in the Confederacy, to honor them in their heroic war for Southern Independence, and to promote education about the American Civil War.  Hosted by Vaughan’s Brigade of the Tennessee Sons of Confederate Veterans, the Blountville ceremony will feature a welcome address by Sullivan County Mayor Richard Venable, followed by an address by Tennessee State Representative Timothy Hill.  Vaughan’s Brigade Commander, Billie Joe Holley, will be Master of Ceremonies. The Color Guard will be present, along with reenactors from various units in Northeast Tennessee.  For further information, please contact Billie Joe Holley at (775) 750-2028.  The general public is cordially invited to attend.

Mar. 8, 2018 - Farm and Fun Time at Birthplace of Country Music
7PM, March 8, Birthplace of Country Music Museum. Show features Bumper Jacksons and Roochie Toochie and The Ragtime Shepherd Kings, with host band Bill and the Belles. Click here to buy tickets.

 

Mar. 9, 2018 - Professional Development Geared for Women
9 AM to 1 PM, Eastman Lodge, Bays Mountain Park, Kingsport, TN. YWCA Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia will be kicking off their 2018 EMERGE Women's Professional Development Workshop on March 9. Incepted in 2015, the female focused, expert led workshop series is geared to empower women at all levels of their career. The spring session will be held at the Eastman Lodge in Kingsport from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The half-day workshop for professional women will feature four accomplished presenters with a diverse set of expertise in global public affairs, lobbying, higher education, leadership, and professional counseling. With decades of experience and wisdom to share, each session promises take-aways that directly address the challenges and potentials of professional women. Key take-aways include (1) An understanding of strategic focus and advantageous momentum while identifying "unconscious bias" for maximum impact and productivity; (2) How to embrace your authentic self for greater confidence, empowerment, and engagement; (3) How to cultivate self-acceptance to overcome unhealthy emotional patterns and be proactive towards wellness and balance. The half-day workshop will include a light breakfast and lunch.  Attendees of EMERGE Women's Professional Development Workshop will also be awarded .4 Continuing Education Unit credit by Northeast State Community College. For pricing and registration, visit www.ywcatnva.org/emerge.htm or contact the YWCA at 423-968-9444.


Mar. 11, 2018 - Netherland Inn-Exchange Place Association Annual Dinner
5:30 PM, Sun., Mar. 11, 2018, Press room on Roller Street, Kingsport, TN. " The Annual Dinner of the Netherland Inn-Exchange Place Association will be held at 5:30 PM on Sunday, March 11, 2018, at the Press Room on Roller Street in Kingsport, TN.  Guest speaker Tony Galloway will be conducting an exciting presentation on “Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear: Come Explore 19th Century America”.  The presentation will be accompanied by period-appropriate music from members of the Appalachian Express Chorus who have been entertaining throughout the Mountain Empire since 1968.  The dinner will include oven-fried chicken, potatoes, mixed vegetables, assorted cake slices, sweet and unsweetened tea and soft drinks. All guests are welcome. Please RSVP by Thursday, March 8, by contacting either Sara Selby at (423) 349-8372 or sbselby@juno.com, or Marshall Adesman (423) 357-5352 or msadesman@gmail.com, or by sending your check for $18 per person to NI/EP Association, P.O. Box 293, Kingsport, TN 37662.


E. P. Cook's cabin, 1913

Netherland Inn-Exchange Place Annual Dinner, 5:30 PM, March 11, 2018
From the Netherland Inn-Exchange Place press release: “It came in on the back of a mule and left behind the wheel of a Bradley Gasoline Runabout.  It featured 5.3 million people, predominantly farmers, living in 16 brand-new entities called “states,” mostly adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean, and ended with 76.2 million people, still with a great many farmers but now also including ranchers and engineers and industrialists and architects, living in 45 states and spread out as far as the Pacific Ocean.  It saw a brutal war fought to end the abomination of slavery.  Two Presidents were assassinated, a national park was created, candlelight gave way to Thomas Edison’s incandescent bulb, and the twin mechanized marvels of the telegraph and telephone began to slowly replace paper and pencil as a major means of communication.  It was century in which all things seemed possible – it was the 19th Century, and it is when the Netherland Inn, Exchange Place and Hammond House all began.  How they fit into this new world will be explored when the Netherland Inn-Exchange Place Association hosts its annual dinner on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at the Press Room on Roller Street in Kingsport, beginning at 5:30 pm.”

Tony Galloway is a graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School. He was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree from King College and a Master’s Degree from East Tennessee State University, and has taught local and regional history, advanced American history and AP Government at Dobyns-Bennett; was co-director of the Governor's School for Tennessee Heritage; and has served in an adjunct faculty position at ETSU, King College, Northeast State Community College, Walters State Community College, Virginia Intermont College, and Tusculum College.  He has served as a board member for a variety of local historical groups, including the Heritage Alliance TAH Advisory Board, Tipton-Haynes, Rocky Mount, and the Netherland Inn/Exchange Place Association.

Please RSVP by Thursday, March 8, by contacting either Sara Selby at (423) 349-8372 or sbselby@juno.com, or Marshall Adesman (423) 357-5352 or msadesman@gmail.com, or by sending your check for $18 per person to NI/EP Association, P.O. Box 293, Kingsport, TN 37662.

 

Mar. 12, 2018 - Tri-Cities Civil War Round Table: "The Battle of Cold Harbor
7 PM, Eastman Employee Center, Room 219, 400 S. Wilcox Dr., Kingsport, TN. Program presented by Gordon Rhea, Historian and Author.

 

Mar. 15, 2018 - Independent Lens: Dolores
7:00 PM, May 17, Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN 37620. (423) 274-8920. East Tennessee PBS and the Paramount Center for the Arts invite you to a free screening of "Dolores". With intimate and unprecedented access, Peter Bratt's Dolores tells the story of Dolores Huerta, among the most important, yet least-known, activists in American history. Co-founder of the first farmworkers union with Cesar Chavez, she tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the 20th century. Admission is free and open to the general public.

Mar. 17, 2018 - Wynonna & The Big Noise
8 PM, Mar. 17, Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN 37620. (423) 274-8920. Respected by the millions of fans who are drawn to her music and her undeniable talent, WYNONNA’s rich and commanding voice has sold over 30 million albums worldwide spanning a remarkable 33-year career. Charting countless singles, including 20 #1 hits and over 60 industry awards, the iconic performer was dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline.” The show will feature incomparable musical arrangements from The Big Noise, putting WYNONNA’s voice front and center for what promises to be a truly memorable evening of music. Get tickets.

Mar. 19, 2018 - Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting
7 PM, Mon., Mar. 19, 2018, Historic Sullivan County Courthouse, 2nd Floor Commission Room, downtown Blountville, TN. Meeting is sponsored by the Lt. Robert D. Powell Camp #1817 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of each month. Guest speakers to be announced. General public is cordially invited. For further information, please contact Travis Merrill at (423) 502-7474.

Mar. 29, 2018 - Ted Yoder - "Dulcimer Dad"
7:30 PM, Mar. 29, Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN 37620. (423) 274-8920. Ted Yoder’s cover of Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” became one of the most-watched Facebook Live posts in 2016, with more than 101 million views from fans around the world. When a barefooted Yoder performed the hit on his hammered dulcimer in his Indiana family’s backyard with their pet raccoon, he immediately became an Internet sensation known as “Dulcimer Dad.” His unique performance style in popular songs including Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing,” The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby,” and classics such as “Amazing Grace” and “The Little Drummer Boy” has become known as “Yoderizing.” For all the Internet hoopla, Ted Yoder is a musician with real chops. His talent and showmanship are steeped in an Appalachian musical tradition with origins that can be traced back to 300 BCE in Greece. He has played the dulcimer for decades and even won America’s National Hammered Dulcimer Championship in 2010. Until you hear Ted Yoder, it is impossible to imagine that one wooden stringed instrument can sound like an entire rock band or a whole symphony orchestra all in one. Buy tickets here.

Mar. 31, 2018 - Confederate Railroad with special guest Jim Brown
7:00 PM, Mar. 31, Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN 37620. (423) 274-8920. Confederate Railroad first rolled onto the national country music scene in the early 90s with its unique style and sound. Headed by founder and frontman Danny Shirley, the former backup band for both David Allan Coe and Johnny Paycheck got their big break by signing with Atlantic Records. The first single from their debut album ("Confederate Railroad") was "She Took It Like A Man". It went to No. 26, a preview of what was to come. "The next two singles, "Jesus and Mama" and "Queen of Memphis" went to the top of the charts. Three more huge hits followed, "Trashy Women", "When You Leave That Way You Can Never Go Back", and "She Never Cried". "Trashy" would lead to a Grammy nomination and become their signature song. That album with six hits and nearly three million sales brought Confederate the Academy of Country Music's Best New Group Award in 1993 as well as numerous nominations from the Country Music Association and the British Country Music Foundation. The second album, "Notorious", produced one of the group's most popular songs "Daddy Never Was the Cadillac Kind" which became a No. One video as well. "Elvis and Andy" and "Summer in Dixie" would further establish the Railroad as one of the most versatile acts in the business. This album would sell more than one million. Their overal totals are 18 charted hits and five million albums sold. From rowdy country to raw emotion, a Confederate Railroad concert today covers a wide range of feelings. Young people will be there rocking to "Trashy Women", while their parents and even grandparents will likely be singing along to "Jesus and Mama". The band plays 100 or so dates each year. Whatever the venue, they are right at home…be it a fair, a club, or a biker show. Shirley, the lead singer and vocalist, and his mates, Mark Dufresne on drums, Mo Thaxton on bass and vocals, Rusty Hendrix on lead guitar and Joey Recker on keyboards and vocals are obviously having fun right along with their appreciative audience. At the end of each show, the band stays around until every fan who wants an autograph, or to pose with the group for a picture or just say "hello" is taken care of. Click here for tickets.

Apr. 6, 2018 - The Black Jacket Symphony: Guns n' Roses "Appetite for Destruction"
7:00 PM, Apr. 6, Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN 37620. (423) 274-8920. The Black Jacket Symphony offers a unique concert experience through recreating classic albums in a live performance setting. A selected album is performed in its entirety by a group of handpicked musicians specifically selected for each album, with no sonic detail being overlooked--the musicians do whatever it takes to musically reproduce the album.  The performance is separated into two sets. The first set features the album being recreated as a true symphonic piece. The second set, which features a selection of the album artist's "greatest hits," opens in full contrast to the first set with an incredible light display and the symphony being much more laid back. The tone is set very quickly that the show will feature the high level of musicianship of the act being covered and will also be accompanied by all the bells and whistles of a major rock and roll show. Click here for tickets.

Apr. 7, 2018 - Phil Vassar
8:00 PM, Apr. 7, Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN 37620. (423) 274-8920. American country singer and songwriter, born May 28, 1964 in Lynchburg, Virginia. Click here for tickets.

Apr. 9, 2018 - Tri-Cities Civil War Round Table program
7 PM, Eastman Employee Center, Room 219, 400 S. Wilcox Dr., Kingsport, TN. James I. Robertson, Historian and Author, will present "The Western & Eastern Military Theaters: Which Is Most Important?" Further details to be announced.

Apr. 9, 2018 - Bristol Motor Speedway: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Bristol Motor Speedway, 151 Speedway Blvd., Bristol, TN 37620. Tickets at 865.415.4158. See Bristol Motor Speedway Calendar of Events

Apr. 12, 2018 - Independent Lens: Look & See
7:00 PM, Apr. 12, Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN 37620. (423) 274-8920. Look & See: Wendell Berry's Kentucky is a portrait of the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture, as seen through the mind’s eye of award-winning writer and farmer Wendell Berry, back home in his native Henry County, Kentucky. Admission is free.

Apr. 13, 2018 - Bristol Motor Speedway: Bush's Beans Pole Day
Bristol Motor Speedway, 151 Speedway Blvd., Bristol, TN 37620. Tickets at 865.415.4158. See Bristol Motor Speedway Calendar of Events

Apr. 14, 2018 - Bristol Motor Speedway: Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 & Zombie Auto 125
Bristol Motor Speedway, 151 Speedway Blvd., Bristol, TN 37620. Tickets at 865.415.4158. See Bristol Motor Speedway Calendar of Events

Apr. 15, 2018 - Bristol Motor Speedway: Food City 500
Bristol Motor Speedway, 151 Speedway Blvd., Bristol, TN 37620. Tickets at 865.415.4158. See Bristol Motor Speedway Calendar of Events.

Apr. 16, 2018 - Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting
7 PM, Mon., Apr. 16, 2018, Historic Sullivan County Courthouse, 2nd Floor Commission Room, downtown Blountville, TN. Meeting is sponsored by the Lt. Robert D. Powell Camp #1817 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of each month. Guest speakers to be announced. General public is cordially invited. For further information, please contact Travis Merrill at (423) 502-7474.

Apr. 20, 2018 - Triumphant Quartet
7 PM, Paramount Bristol, 518 State St., Bristol, TN 37620. 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. The group has been that way since their beginnings in 2003, when the four friends first walked out on to the stage of the Louise Mandrell Theater, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee as a headlining talent. Each current Triumphant group member was there in that defining moment, and has continued together ever since. Their smooth harmonies, and rich quartet sound quickly gained them national attention, recognition and concert demand. That popularity promoted the group in 2008, from singing daily at the theater, to touring nationally and performing in major concert venues, auditoriums and churches. It has also voted them the Fan Favorite Quartet in the Gospel Music field for the last six years, and each group member also being nominated for and receiving various awards. Triumphant Quartet has had three #1 Songs and several others have climbed the Top 40 music charts, which has also contributed to their popularity. Gospel music fans agree that the triumphant sound is distinctive, solid quartet singing. But Triumphant excels in diversity, and also expands their musical borders to a wide variety of styles, that is enjoyed by church audiences and music lovers. When Triumphant takes the stage, the audience is entertained by the musical variety, the engaging personalities and a bond that is brought together by years of friendship. Audiences will find themselves smiling, laughing, crying, encouraged and uplifted. And most of all, they will walk away having had the Gospel Message presented to them in a powerful way, with a hope that many will receive Christ as their Lord and Savior. Jesus Christ is the focus of Triumphant. He is the reason they sing, and these four gentlemen stay consistent and steadfast in their goal of giving their very best in all they do and every song sung. Get tickets.

Apr. 22, 2018 - Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives
7:00 PM, Apr. 22, Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN 37620. (423) 274-8920. With legends like George Jones, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard all passed on, country music purists often echo the question Jones himself asked: “Who’s going to fill their shoes?” The answer, in part, is Marty Stuart. While he’s too gracious to admit it himself, the Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and musician is living, breathing country-music history. He’s played alongside the masters, from Johnny Cash to Doc Watson to Lester Flatt, who discovered him, before going solo. He built his fanbase not only on the strength of his voice, but on his hotshot guitar playing too. Now Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives are coming back to the Paramount ready for a good time. Their new album, Way Out West, his 18th studio album, pays tribute to Marty’s life-long fascination with California. The album is a cinematic tour-de-force, an exhilarating musical journey through the California desert that solidifies Stuart as a truly visionary artist. Get tickets here.

Apr. 28, 2018 - EmiSunshine with Etta May
7:00 PM, Apr. 22, Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN 37620. (423) 274-8920. Born Emilie Sunshine Hamilton, Emi was raised in a musical family in Madisonville, Tennessee. She started performing at age four, wrote her first song at age five, recording two albums by the time she turned seven. A “mind-bogglingly” talented singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, EmiSunshine is “one of the 10 new country artists you need to know” according to Rolling Stone Magazine. This teenage musical Phenom writes “intense Appalachian folk tunes in the Carter Family tradition and sings them with wisdom and ferocity.” Influenced by country music trendsetters Bessie Smith, June Carter, Loretta Lynn and Hank Williams and The Louvin Brothers, EmiSunshine is a throwback to an earlier era of country music. Her charismatic stage presence, honest lyrics and gutsy voice evoke comparisons to “a modern-day Janis Joplin.” She will be appearing on NBC's Little Big Shots this spring. Get tickets here.

Apr. 28-29, 2018 - Exchange Place Living History Farm: Spring Garden Fair
The Spring 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.  Further details to be announced.

Apr. 30, 2018 - 31st Annual Golf Classic, Johnson City Country Club
Monday, April 30. Come enjoy a fun-filled day on the course, all while networking with top business and community leaders who participate in the tournament!

  • The tournament will be a 2-person team, select shot event
  • Both 8:30 am and 1:30 pm tee times.
  • Co-ed teams are welcomed. 
  • The registration fee for each player is $150, which includes cart and green fees at the Country Club.
  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided. 
  • 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. 


May 4, 2018 - James Gregory
8:00 PM, May 4, Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN 37620. (423) 274-8920. For over two decades, the unforgettable caricature of veteran comedian James Gregory has stood grinning: his shirt untucked, his arms outstretched, a carefree welcome to a down-home, hilarious comedy experience. It’s storytelling at its best. The trademark caricature is the essence of humorist James Gregory’s comedy: rib-tickling reflections on life from the front porch. James is constantly touring. He’s on the road about three days a week, forty six weeks a year. He continues to entertain sold-out crowds in theaters and comedy clubs and remains in demand for corporate events. James has been the featured entertainer for over 200 corporations, including the Coca Cola Company, Kimberly Clark Corporation, Hewlett Packard and Kroger. James has also been the featured speaker for events sponsored by various civic and church groups. James is heard weekly on syndicated radio shows such as Rick and Bubba, John Boy and Billy and Bob and Tom. Combined, these shows are broadcast to people in over 220 cities nationwide. As a result, he now has a grass-roots following that numbers in the millions. James was born in a rural area about twenty five miles east of Atlanta, GA. He got his first job at the age of twelve at a small country grocery store. By the time he was fifteen, he was working thirty-seven hours a week, as well as going to school. As an adult, James has worked for the U.S. Postal Service, the Department of Defense, and spent almost ten years as a salesman before discovering the wonderful world of stand-up comedy. James does not “tip-toe” through life as if he’s walking on broken glass or egg shells. That style is evident on stage as well. He is not politically correct. Much of his humor is centered on brilliant observations of crazy relatives and people obsessed with the slightest change in weather conditions – now referred to as global warming. He delights in poking fun at modern sensitive parents and out-of-control environmentalists. Gregory has been quoted as saying, “If you want me to be concerned about endangered species, you need to convince me that we’re about out of chickens.” The James Gregory show turns the clock back to a time when life was simpler; to a better time, before the death of common sense; a time when people sat on the front porch and actually talked to each other without a cell phone in their ear. James’ success, like his comedy, is the direct result of the values he grew up with. And now, twenty something years later, it is this unique brand of humor that packs the crowds into his sold-out shows. The absence of vulgarity sets James apart and his stories are carefully crafted art. “I have lived long enough to know people, know life”, Gregory reflects. “My comedy is based on my life experiences. It’s real, it’s funny and the audience loves it. That’s why I’m still in business.” Get tickets here.

May 7, 2018 - Tri-Cities Civil War Round Table: "East Tennessee Reconstruction"
7 PM, Renaissance Center, Room 310, Kingsport, TN. Presentation by Aaron Astor, Historian & Author. Further details to be announced.

May 17, 2018 - Independent Lens: Served Like a Girl
7:00 PM, May 17, Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN 37620. (423) 274-8920. Served Like a Girl provides a candid look at a shared sisterhood to help the rising number of homeless women veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and suffer from PTSD, sexual abuse, and other traumas. By entering into the “Ms. Veteran American” competition, these amazing ladies unexpectedly come full circle in a quest for healing and hope. Admission is free.

May 18-20, 2018 - Bristol Motor Speedway: Short Track U.S. Nationals
Bristol Motor Speedway, 151 Speedway Blvd., Bristol, TN 37620. Tickets at 865.415.4158. See Bristol Motor Speedway Calendar of Events.

May 21, 2018 - Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting
7 PM, Mon., May 21, 2018, Historic Sullivan County Courthouse, 2nd Floor Commission Room, downtown Blountville, TN. Meeting is sponsored by the Lt. Robert D. Powell Camp #1817 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of each month. Guest speakers to be announced. General public is cordially invited. For further information, please contact Travis Merrill at (423) 502-7474.

May 19, 2018 - Cars for Kids Cruise-In
10 AM to 2 PM, Sat., May 20, downtown Historic Blountville, TN. Skponsored by the Central Heights Elementary School PTA. Event includes Silent Auction, face painting and oldies music. Further details to be announced.

June 2, 2018 - Paramount Bristol Mighty Wurlitzer Day
1PM to 3PM, June 2, Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN 37620. (423) 274-8920. Internationally known theater and classical organist Mark Andersen is coming to Paramount Bristol on June 2 for a special “open console” event. You will have a chance to play the Paramount’s Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ followed by a screening of the Charlie Chase silent film “Mighty Like a Moose," accompanied by an original live score played by Mr. Andersen. Directed by Leo McCarey and released in July 1926, “Mighty Like a Moose” is representative of Chase’s adroit blend of farce, surrealism, and sight gags. After a homely married couple separately undergo plastic surgery, they unwittingly flirt with each other. Scholars consider this two-reel short comedy to be Chase’s finest silent film. In 2007, “Mighty Like A Moose” was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, which recognizes American films deemed culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant. Mark Andersen’s music is well known throughout America and Europe. He served as organist to the Boston Symphony, and won the International Composer’s Competition in Amsterdam – twice. He has performed in prestigious concert halls around the world, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Royal Albert Hall in London, and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. While living in New York City, Mark worked for NBC and produced Off-Broadway shows. For the past 10 years, he has served as Artist in Residence to Daniels Recital Hall in Seattle, playing one of the largest pipe organs in the state. As a composer, Mark is well known for his original scores for many silent movies. Admission is free and open to the general public.

June 18, 2018 - Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting
7 PM, Mon., June 18, 2018, Historic Sullivan County Courthouse, 2nd Floor Commission Room, downtown Blountville, TN. Meeting is sponsored by the Lt. Robert D. Powell Camp #1817 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of each month. Guest speaker to be announced. General public is cordially invited. For further information, please contact Travis Merrill at (423) 502-7474.

June 23, 2018 - Tennessee National at Muddy Creek Raceway
8 AM to 6 PM, Sat., June 23, 2018, Muddy Creek Raceway, 450 Ridgeway Dr., Blountville, TN 37617. Phone (423) 323-5497. Muddy Creek Raceway is home to the 6th Annual Tennessee National – Round 5 of the prestigious Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. Nestled within the scenic Smoky Mountains in eastern Tennessee, the Tennessee National is the best way to get outside and enjoy the sun, friends and family while watching the athletes of the most physically demanding professional action sport go bar to bar in intense, dirt-slinging action, that is only found on 12 of the best motocross tracks across the country. See Facebook page.

July 4, 2018 - Blountville Ruritan Annual Independence Day Parade
2 PM, downtown Historic Blountville, TN. Hosted by the Blountville Ruritan. Details at (423) 323-4660.

July 13-21, 2018 - Kingsport Fun Fest!
Event begun in 1981, its mission is "One Festival for All - All for Fun!". Visit the website, or call (800) 743-5282. Further details to be announced.

July 15, 2018 - Exchange Place Living History Farm: Farmfest
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.  Further detailsails to be announced.

July 16, 2018 - Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting
7 PM, Mon., July 16, 2018, Historic Sullivan County Courthouse, 2nd Floor Commission Room, downtown Blountville, TN. Meeting is sponsored by the Lt. Robert D. Powell Camp #1817 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of each month. Guest speaker to be announced. General public is cordially invited. For further information, please contact Travis Merrill at (423) 502-7474.

July 16, 2018 - Tri-Cities Civil War Round Table: "A Civil War Evening"
6:30 PM, Renaissance Center Theater, Kingsport, TN. A Fun Fest event. Further details to be announced.

Aug. 4, 2018 - Piney Flats Day
Sat., Aug. 4, 2018, 9 AM to 4 PM, Mary Hughes School, 240 Austin Springs Rd., Piney flats, TN 37686. Further details to be announced.

Aug. 15, 2018 - Bristol Motor Speedway: UNOH 200 & Bush's Beans 150
Bristol Motor Speedway, 151 Speedway Blvd., Bristol, TN 37620. Tickets at 865.415.4158. See Bristol Motor Speedway Calendar of Events.

Aug. 17, 2018 - Bristol Motor Speedway: Food City 300 & Pinty's Qualifying
Bristol Motor Speedway, 151 Speedway Blvd., Bristol, TN 37620. Tickets at 865.415.4158. See Bristol Motor Speedway Calendar of Events.

Aug. 18, 2018 - Bristol Motor Speedway: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race
Bristol Motor Speedway, 151 Speedway Blvd., Bristol, TN 37620. Tickets at 865.415.4158. See Bristol Motor Speedway Calendar of Events.

Aug. 20, 2018 - Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting
7 PM, Mon., Aug. 20, 2018, Historic Sullivan County Courthouse, 2nd Floor Commission Room, downtown Blountville, TN. Meeting is sponsored by the Lt. Robert D. Powell Camp #1817 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of each month. Guest speaker to be announced. General public is cordially invited. For further information, please contact Travis Merrill at (423) 502-7474.

Sept. 7-8, 2018 - 10th Annual Historic Blountville Flea Mkt & Heritage Days
9 AM, Fri., Sept. 7 to 5 PM, Sat., Sept. 8, downtown Historic Blountville. A 2-day Heritage Days event including a bargain-hunter's paradise of approx. 350 vendors of crafts, antiques, flea market items & more! Listen to some down-home music ranging from bluegrass & country to rock-n-roll! Enjoy everything from barbeque to funnel cakes! A fun opportunity for young and old alike, this event has drawn over 10,000 people! Don't miss this one! Further details to be announced. Hosted by the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism, (423) 323-4660.

Sept. 10, 2018 - Tri-Cities Civil War Round Table: "Battle of Spotsylvania"
7 PM, Eastman Employee Center, Room 219, 400 S. Wilcox Dr., Kingsport, TN. Presentation by Frank O'Reilly, Historian at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania. Details to be announced.

Sept. 17, 2018 - Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting
7 PM, Mon., Sept. 17, 2018, Historic Sullivan County Courthouse, 2nd Floor Commission Room, downtown Blountville, TN. Meeting is sponsored by the Lt. Robert D. Powell Camp #1817 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of each month. Guest speaker to be announced. General public is cordially invited. For further information, please contact Travis Merrill at (423) 502-7474.

Sept. 21-23, 2018 - Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
See Birthplace of Country Music website.

Sept. 28-30, 2018 - 155th BATTLE OF BLOUNTVILLE Civil War Reenactment
155th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF BLOUNTVILLE CIVIL WAR REENACTMENT, Sept. 28th-30th, 2018, Old Hawley Farm, 1173 Hawley Rd., Blountville, TN 37617. Event hosted by the Department of East Tennessee Reenacting, the Battle of Blountville Civil War Military Park, and the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism. Further event details to be announced. Information at 423.323.4660.

Sept. 29, 2018 - Bluff City Heritage Day
Downtown Bluff City, TN. Further details to be announced.

Sept. 29-30, 2018 - Exchange Place Living History Farm: Fall Folk Arts Festival
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. Further details to be announced.

Oct. 8, 2018 - Tri-Cities Civil War Round Table: "Sherman: The South's Best Friend"
7 PM, Eastman Employee Center, Room 219, 400 S. Wilcox Dr., Kingsport, TN. Presentation by John Marszalek, Historian and Author. Further details to be announced.

Oct. 12-14, 2018 - Rogersville Heritage Days
Year after year Rogersville’s historic downtown district provides a welcoming festival setting for Heritage Days – a traditional community celebration of Rogersville’s unique heritage. The festival showcases traditional music, storytellers, and dancers, special activities for Children, demonstrations of pioneer skills, antique quilts, cars and farm equipment, a juried craft show, and a food court to delight everyone! Further details to be announced.

Oct. 15, 2018 - Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting
7 PM, Mon., Oct. 15, 2018, Historic Sullivan County Courthouse, 2nd Floor Commission Room, downtown Blountville, TN. Meeting is sponsored by the Lt. Robert D. Powell Camp #1817 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of each month. Guest speaker to be announced. General public is cordially invited. For further information, please contact Travis Merrill at (423) 502-7474.

Oct. 26-27, 2018 - Exchange Place Living History Farm: Witches Wynd
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. Further details to be announced.

Nov. 12, 2018 - Tri-Cities Civil War Round Table
7 PM, Eastman Employee Center, Room 219, 400 S. Wilcox Dr., Kingsport, TN. Presentation by Ed Bearss, Chief Historian Emeritus, National Park Service. Further details to be announced.

Nov. 19, 2018 - Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting
7 PM, Mon., Nov. 19, 2018, Historic Sullivan County Courthouse, 2nd Floor Commission Room, downtown Blountville, TN. Meeting is sponsored by the Lt. Robert D. Powell Camp #1817 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of each month. Guest speaker to be announced. General public is cordially invited. For further information, please contact Travis Merrill at (423) 502-7474.

Dec. 1, 2018 - Exchange Place Living History Farm: Christmas in the Country
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.  Further details to be announced.

Dec. 8, 2018 - Blountville Ruritan Annual Christmas Parade
2 PM, downtown Historic Blountville, TN. Hosted by the Blountville Ruritan. Details at (423) 323-4660.

Dec. 8, 2018 - Bluff City Annual Christmas Parade
5 PM, downtown Bluff City, TN.

Dec. 17, 2018 - Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting
7 PM, Mon., Dec. 17, 2018, Historic Sullivan County Courthouse, 2nd Floor Commission Room, downtown Blountville, TN. Meeting is sponsored by the Lt. Robert D. Powell Camp #1817 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of each month. Guest speaker to be announced. General public is cordially invited. For further information, please contact Travis Merrill at (423) 502-7474.


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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.

         

 

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