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REGIONAL CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Want to find something great to do this weekend, or plan ahead for a group tour? See our Calendar of Events below. There's something for everyone in historic Sullivan County and the entire region... Whether you are interested activities in the great outdoors, or simply want to go to a play or concert, check out our list.

Planning to host an event in the region? Send us an email with the details and we will review for listing on our website and social media, all free of charge! Email info to shelia.hunt@sullivancountytn.gov.

OCTOBER 2021

SATURDAYS IN OCTOBER 2021 – Spooky Express, each Saturday 11am – 6pm, each Sunday 1pm – 6pm, Steele Creek Park, 4 Little Ln. Bristol, TN. Ride the little train at Steele Creek Park past ghost, skeletons, spiders and creepy sights. For additional information contact Bristol, TN Parks and Recreation (423) 764-4023

OCT. 2, 2021 - The Black Jacket Symphony: Pink Floyd's The Wall, 7pm, Sat., Oct. 2, Paramount Bristol, 518 State St., Bristol, TN 37620. For additional information, please call (423) 274-8920.

OCT. 6, 2021 - Trace Adkins (Rescheduled from original date and time on Historic Sullivan) Doors at 7pm – Show at 8pm, Paramount Bristol, 518 State St., Bristol, TN 37620. For additional information, please call (423) 274-8920.

OCT. 8 & 9, 2021 – Junk & Treasure Sale, 10am – 4pm. Netherland Inn, Netherland Inn Rd. Kingsport, TN 37660. For additional information (423) 245-5449.

OCT. 9 & 10, 2021 – Harvest Festival at Rocky Mount State Historic Site

OCT. 9, 2021 - Diamond Rio, 7pm, Sat., Oct. 9, Paramount Bristol, 518 State St., Bristol, TN 37620. For additional information, please call (423) 274-8920.

 

OCT. 11, 2021 - "JEB Stuart's Mortal Wounding at Yellow Tavern and the Impact on the Army of Northern Virginia", 7pm, Oct. 11, presented by Historian and Author, Gordon Rhea, hosted by the Tri-Cities Civil War Round Table, Renaissance Center Theater, 1200 E. Center St., Kingsport, TN.

The Tri Cities Civil War Round Table is hosting a lecture entitled “Jeb Stuart and the Battle of the Yellow Tavern.”  Presented by Gordon Rhea, the event will be held at 7pm, on Monday, October 11, 2021, at the Renaissance Center Theater, 1200 E. Center St., Kingsport, TN 37660.  There is no charge for the event, and the general public is cordially invited.

Jeb Stuart was a flamboyant, young general for the Army of the Confederacy under Robert E. Lee.  Gordon Rhea, the guest speaker, recounts in program:  talking about Jeb Stuart, the person, his life, his performance as a cavalry commander, and his cultivation of the “Bold Dragoon.” After his death in the Battle of Yellow Tavern, he will dive into the controversial question of whether his replacement – Wade Hampton – was more suited to the changing nature of warfare.

Gordon Rhea is a nationally acclaimed historian.  He has lectured extensively on topics of military history at the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, at several National Military Parks, and at historical societies and civil war round tables across the country. He had been a member of numerous boards of directors of historical societies, magazines, and historic preservation organizations, including the Civil War Library and Museum, Philadelphia, and North and South magazine.  Mr. Rhea has appeared on History Channel, A&E Channel, and Discovery Channel in programs related to American history.  He has written scores of books and articles for various scholarly and popular publications.  Rhea's previous works on the Virginia Campaigns of 1864 (the Overland Campaign), has established him as the most knowledgeable scholar about the period.  Gordon’s last book, Stephen A. Swails: Black Freedom Fighter in the Civil War and Reconstruction, will be out in Nov 2021.

For further information, please contact Wayne Strong.

OCT. 15, 2021 - Josh Turner, 7pm, Fri., Oct. 15, Paramount Bristol, 518 State St., Bristol, TN 37620. For additional information, please call (423) 274-8920.



OCT. 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd , 29th , 30th 2021 – Haunting on the Mount, Rocky Mount State Historic Site , 200 Hyder Hill Rd. Piney Flats, TN 37686. For additional information call (423) 538-7396

OCT. 15 – 17, 2021 – NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, NHRA Camping World Series, Bristol Dragway, 151 Speedway Blvd., Bristol, TN. The NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals returns triumphantly in 2021, this time in October for some Nitro, 300 MPH Drag Racing Action. For additional information (866) 415-4158.

OCT. 16, 2021 – Pumpkin Carving Contest + Fall Fling, 8am – 12pm, Kingsport Farmers Market, 308 Clinchfield Street, Kingsport,, TN. Kingsport Famers market is hosting its annual Fall Festival! Live music, mini pumpkin painting for kids (while supplies last), Fall produce, artisan crafts and Pumpkin Carving Contest. For additional information (423) 224-2821.

OCT. 17, 2021 – Heritage Autumn Sunday... The very first Heritage Autumn Sunday! 2pm – 4:30pm, The Exchange Place, 4812 Orebank Rd., Kingsport, TN. Experience three prominent craftspeople display their skills in blacksmith and iron work, weaving, and basket making. The resident animals will be there too! Admission is $5 per person, with those under the age of 12 admitted free. As always, proceeds will go toward the care of the farm's resident animals, and the continued restoration and preservation of the site located at 4812 Orebank Road in Kingsport. It will follow in the footsteps of the Heritage Summer Sunday inaugurated back in August, and will honor the beauty and creativity of Fall with an afternoon filled with individual ingenuity, common among the artisans who can often be found at Exchange Place. Three prominent craftspeople will be displaying their skills. Isaac Hendershot is a blacksmith and iron worker who has been "forging in fire" since 2015, and demonstrating at Exchange Place for the past three years. In the years before the War Between the States, a blacksmith was a very essential person in every community, and Isaac will put those skills on display, and answer questions, in our blacksmith shop. Vickie Almaroad, a member of the Overmountain Weavers Guild and a producer of flax and linen, will show how one can process flax into fiber. For additional information (423) 288-6071.

OCT. 23, 2021 – The Blind Boys of Alabama, Doors at 7pm – Show at 8pm, Paramount Bristol, 518 State St., Bristol, TN 37620. For additional information, please call (423) 274-8920.
The Blind Boys of Alabama are recognized worldwide as living legends of gospel music. Celebrated by The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) with Lifetime Achievement Awards, inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and winners of five Grammy® Awards, they have attained the highest levels of achievement in a career that spans over 70 years.

OCT. 23, 2021 – Downtown Tailgate & Cornhole Tournament, 12pm – 6pm, Downtown Center, 810 State Street, Bristol, TN. Live music, food, drinks, and college football on the big screen all for $1 donation. Hosted by Believe in Bristol and Bristol, TN Parks & Recreation. For additional information (423) 764-4023.

OCT. 24, 2021 – Tab Benoit, Doors at 7pm – Show at 8pm,  Paramount Bristol, 518 State St., Bristol, TN 37620. For additional information, please call (423) 274-8920. Our favorite guitar-slinging powerhouse is bringing his Cajun-infused blues back to the Paramount stage and we can’t wait.

OCT. 29, 2021 – Clay Walker, Doors at 7pm/Show at 8pm, Cameo Theater, 703 State Street, Bristol, VA. Clay Walker is recording artist, songwriter, and entertainer with 31 charted singles, a dozen No. 1s, four platinum albums and decades of performances to his credit. For additional information (276) 296-1234.

OCT. 30, 2021 – HISTORICAL MARKER DEDICATION CEREMONY
2pm, Sat., Oct. 30, 2021, rain or shine, Cumberland Square Park in Bristol, VA
The Bristol Historical Association, with the support of community partners, invites the public to the dedication of two Virginia Department of Historic Resources highway markers recognizing the importance of distinguished African Americans with Bristol roots:  Charles Spurgeon Johnson, the first African American president of Nashville’s Fisk University, a leading sociologist and scholar specializing in race relations; and Spurgeon’s father, the Reverend Charles Henry Johnson along with the church he led for 42 years, Lee Street Baptist Church, founded by formerly enslaved people.  “This event marks and honors the historical significance of the lives and actions of Charles Spurgeon Johnson and Reverend Charles Henry Johnson,” said Tina McDaniel, an organizer of the task force that championed the markers.  Sid Oakley, former president of the Bristol Historical Association and task force organizer, adds that “We are pleased that the Virginia Department of Historic Resources granted our petition for the markers, which was a thorough process. There are only a limited number of marker projects awarded annually.” Former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, who is the grandson of Charles S. Johnson and great-grandson of Charles H. Johnson, will be a featured speaker at the dedication ceremony. Secretary Johnson will talk about the significance of his forebears’ contributions to the Bristol community and the nation, as well as their influence on his life as a lawyer and public servant. Additional speakers include Dr. Colita Fairfax, member of the Virginia Board of Historic Resources and professor at Norfolk State University and other special guests.

Charles Henry Johnson was born a slave in southwest Virginia. After emancipation, he put himself through Virginia Union University, learned multiple languages, and became a Baptist minister. Rev. Johnson served the congregation of Lee Street Baptist Church until his death in 1932 during his 42nd year as church pastor. In 1865, at the dawn of their freedom from slavery, 42 former members of the Bristol (now First) Baptist Church organized the Anglo-African Baptist Church of Bristol. The members of that church met in a number of buildings with various names until, in 1905, under the leadership of Rev. Charles Henry Johnson, Lee Street Baptist Church was built on the corner of Lee and Sycamore Streets. Lee Street Baptist served as a hub for the African American community during segregation. Bristol native Charles Spurgeon Johnson, a sociologist, author, civil rights leader, and World War I veteran, was a scholar on race relations. He was a driving force behind the Harlem Renaissance as editor of Opportunity magazine and became Fisk University’s first Black president in 1947. Though Charles Spurgeon Johnson lived and died in the Jim Crow South, he had an abiding optimism about this nation. One month before he died in 1956, Charles Spurgeon Johnson wrote “A Southern Negro’s View of the South” for the New York Times Magazine. In it he said: “Bitterness grows out of hopelessness, and there is no sense of hopelessness in this situation, however uncomfortable or menacing and humiliating it may be at times. Faith in the ultimate strength and code of the nation as a whole has always been stronger than the impulse to despair.”

The event is free and open to the general public.

 

OCT. 30, 2021 – SULLIVAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE "TRUNK OR TREAT"
Blountville Middle School, Blountville, TN, beginning at 5pm.

 

 

NOVEMBER 2021

NOV. 3, 2021 – Robert Earl Keen: Feelin’ Good Again Tour, Doors at 7pm/Show at 8pm, Cameo Theater, 703 State Street, Bristol, VA. With 21 records to his name, a band of stellar musicians, and thousands of shows under his belt, there is no end in sight to the road ahead for Robert Earl Keen. For additional information (276) 296-1234.

NOV. 5, 2021 – Galic Storm, Doors at 7pm/Show at 8pm, Cameo Theater, 703 State Street, Bristol, VA. This multi-national, Celtic juggernaut grows stronger with each live performance. For additional information (276) 296-1234.

NOV. 6, 2021 – Fall into Christmas Vendor Market, 10am – 4pm, Stickley Farm, 531 Timber Mill Private Dr., Bluff City, TN. Get your Christmas shopping started at the 2nd annual Fall into Christmas Vendor Market. For additional information (315) 777-2004.

NOV. 6-7, 2021 – WALK IN THEIR BOOTS 2021 - A Salute to the American Soldier, Veteran's Day Weekend, Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site, Johnson City, Tennessee.

 

NOV. 6, 2021 – James Gregory, Doors at 6:30pm/Show at 7:30pm, Paramount Bristol, 518 State St., Bristol, TN. For 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 James Gregory’s comedy: rib-tickling reflections on life from the front porch. For additional information (423) 274-8920.

NOV. 8, 2021 - "Major General George H. Thomas, the "Rock of Chickamauga", 7pm, Nov. 8, presented by Professor at Kennesaw University, Historian and Author, Brian Wills, hosted by the Tri-Cities Civil War Round Table, Renaissance Center Theater, Room 239, 1200 E. Center St., Kingsport, TN. For further information, please contact Wayne Strong.

Major General George Henry Thomas will always represent a conundrum as the Virginian who sided with the North in the American Civil War and emerged as one of the best of the Union’s general officers.  Ezra Warner, the compiler of two volumes of biographical sketches of Union and Confederate commanders has described Thomas as the “third of the triumvirate who won the war for the Union.”  George Thomas enjoyed many nicknames that reflected his character.  Whether “Old Pap” to his men or “Old Slow Trot” to critics, Thomas found early success at Mill Springs in 1862 and demonstrated his reliability and dependability on many others until his fateful performance at Chickamauga. Born in Southampton County, Virginia, on July 31, 1816. and raised to adulthood in the paternalistic world of Southern slavery, Thomas survived Nat Turner’s slave uprising.  He proceeded in his education to the United States Military Academy at West Point from which he graduated in 1840, ranked twelfth and went on to a broad and distinguished career in the “Old Army.” Despite his West Point credentials and a long period of military service that included recognition in the War with Mexico, doubts concerning George H. Thomas existed from the opening of the War Between the States.  Even so, the outcome of an engagement in the misty rain near the Cumberland River in Kentucky, known as Mill Springs or Logan’s Cross Roads, on January 19, 1862, resulted in the destruction of the opposing army. Subsequent service at Stones River and in the Kentucky Campaign set the stage for Thomas’s involvement in the Tullahoma and the Chickamauga Campaigns.   Thomas exhibited his best traits as a military commander at Chickamauga.  In fighting that stretched across September 18-20, 1863, Confederates under James Longstreet ultimately broke through the Union lines and drove most of William S. Rosecrans’s army from the field.  Only the stubborn defense of the Union left flank at Snodgrass Hill and Horseshoe Ridge by George Thomas prevented the entire collapse of the Union command.  From that point, the Virginian in Blue became known as “the Rock of Chickamauga.”

NOV. 12 & 13, 2021 – Christmas Connection! 2021, Artistic Creations Fair, 10am – 7pm, Kingsport Civic Auditorium1550 Fort Henry Drive, Kingsport, TN. Sponsored by the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts. Celebrating 42 years of artistic creations. For additional information (423) 392-8414.

NOV. 12 – 15, 2021 – All Together Now, Paramount Bristol, 518 State St., Bristol, TN. Theatre Bristol and the Paramount Center for the Arts celebrate local talent performing a fantastic selection of songs in a brand new musical revue from shows including Disney’s Frozen, Les Misérables, Into the Woods, Matilda, Hairspray, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Fiddler on the Roof, Once on This Island, Little Shop of Horrors, Rent, My Fair Lady, Godspell, Waitress, Annie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Mamma Mia! and many more! Funds from this event support Theatre Bristol and the Paramount Center for the Arts. For showtimes and additional information (423) 274-8920.

NOV. 16, 2021 – The Robert Cray Band, Doors at 6pm/Show at 7pm, Paramount Bristol, 518 State St., Bristol, TN.  Guitarist and singer Robert Cray has been bridging the lines between blues, soul, and R&B for the past four decades. With five Grammy Awards, a Blues Hall of Fame inducting and an Americana Lifetime achievement award, Cray has created a sound that rises from American roots and arrives today both fresh and familiar. For additional information (423) 274-8920.

NOV. 16, 2021 - The Robert Gray Band, 7pm, Tues., Nov. 16, Paramount Bristol, 518 State St., Bristol, TN 37620. For additional information, please call (423) 274-8920.

NOV. 27, 2021 – Christmas with The Nelsons, Doors at 7pm/Show at 8pm, Cameo Theater, 703 State Street, Bristol, VA. This is the Christmas show all ages of boys and girls have been waiting for. The entire Nelson family invites you to celebrate, Christmas with the Nelsons. For additional information (276) 296-1234.

 

DECEMBER 2021

DEC. 3, 2021 – The Wizards of Winter, Doors at 7pm/Show at 8pm, Cameo Theater, 703 State Street, Bristol, VA. A Holiday Rock event for the whole family featuring former members of Classic Rock Giants – Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Def Lepard, Rainbow, Alice Cooper, Blue Oyster Cult, along with Broadway and Theatre veterans. For additional information (276) 296-1234.

DEC. 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th 2021 – Candlelight Christmas. Rocky Mount State Historic Site, 200 Hyder Hill Rd. Piney Flats, TN 37686. For additional information call (423) 538-7396.

DEC. 4 & 5, 2021 – “Christmas at Allandale” tours. Allandale Mansion, 4444 West Stone Drive, Kingsport, TN 37660. For additional information, please call (423) 229-9422.

DEC. 5, 2021 - Sara Evans,
Sun., Dec. 5, Paramount Bristol, 518 State St., Bristol, TN 37620. For additional information, please call (423) 274-8920.

DEC. 7, 2021 – The Fab Four, The Ultimate Tribute, doors at 7pm/Show at 8pm, Cameo Theater, 703 State Street, Bristol, VA. If you want to experience the best Beatles tribute ever, you won’t want to miss The Fab Four-The Ultimate Tribute. For additional information (276) 296-1234.

Dec. 9, 2021 - HISTORIC BLOUNTVILLE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING, 6pm, Thurs., Dec. 9, hosted by the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism, downtown Historic District, Blountville, TN. For additional information, please contact Shelia Hunt.

DEC. 10 – 12, 2021 – 1818 Christmas at the Inn, 10th and 11th, 6pm – 8pm and the 12th, 2pm – 4pm. Netherland Inn, Netherland Inn Rd. Kingsport, TN 37660. For additional information (423) 245-5449.

DEC. 11, 2021 - Blountville Ruritan Annual Christmas Parade, 2pm, Sat., Dec. 11, hosted by the Blountville Ruritan, downtown Historic District, Blountville, TN. For further information, please call 423.323.4660.

DEC. 12, 2021 - Ronnie Milsap, Sun., Dec. 12, Paramount Bristol, 518 State St., Bristol, TN 37620. For additional information, please call (423) 274-8920.

 

 

JANUARY 2022

JAN. 17, 2022 - Lecture presented by Jim Ogden, Chief Historian at Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Park, 7pm, Jan. 17, hosted by the Tri-Cities Civil War Round Table, Renaissance Center Theater, 1200 E. Center St., Kingsport, TN. For further information, please contact Wayne Strong.

JAN. 21, 2021 - An Evening with Leo Kottke, 7pm, Fri., Jan. 21, Paramount Bristol, 518 State St., Bristol, TN 37620. For additional information, please call (423) 274-8920.

 

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ONGOING EVENTS

  • Antique Car Show, Friday nights, 6 PM to 8 PM, May thru October, TriSummit Bank parking lot across from the train station in downtown Bristol. Info at 423.646.7780.
  • 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.
  • Sullivan County Historical and Genealogical Society meets bimonthly at 7PM, 3rd Thursday evening of each month,Sullivan County Department of Archives & Tourism, downtown Blountville. Free admission. General public is cordially invited. (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 Confederate Veterans, Lt. Stephen Powell Camp, meets at 7PM, 3rd Monday of each month, 2nd Floor Commission Room, Sullivan County Courthouse, Blountville.
  • 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.
  • Bristol Farmers Market, May 1 thru October 31, Saturdays 7 AM to Noon, and Wednesdays 3 PM to 7 PM.
  • Sullivan County Preservation Association, 3rd Thursday of each month, 7pm, Community Center at Blountville.
  • Kingsport Farmers Market, 7 AM to 1 PM, Wednesdays and Saturdays, corner of Clinchfield and Center Streets. Info at 423.246.6550.
  • 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.
  • Appalachian Ghostwalks, ongoing daily/nightly tours. Reservations required. Interested parties should call (423) 743-WALK (9255) for reservations.       

 

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