REGIONAL CALENDAR OF EVENTS
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Nov. 8, 2019 - "When The West Was Tennessee"
7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, Historic Rocky Mount, Piney Flats, TN. Bill Landy, former host of "The Heartland Series", will be speaking at Historic Rocky Mount about his new book, "When the West was Tennessee". Come out to Rocky Mount on Friday, November 8th at 7:00 p.m. for a special evening program in which author, performer, and producer Bill Landry joins us to discuss his newest book, When the West Was Tennessee.
Bill Landry has long been considered the voice of the region. In 1984 he became the host, narrator, and co-producer of "The Heartland Series," a short TV show about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Produced by WBIR-TV in Knoxville for over 30 years and 1,900 episodes, Bill told stories about the unique aspects of mountain culture, and in the process uncovered the character of a region and mysteries of southern Appalachia.
Bill has received two Emmy Awards for directing a variety of film and television projects. He is the author of several books including Appalachian Tales & Heartland Adventures, Tellin’ It for the Truth, and Buddy, Dog of the Smoky Mountains.
In his newest book When the West Was Tennessee, Landry takes readers on an adventure to explore the unique stories, customs, and personalities of those who settled the frontier of Tennessee.
Copies of Landry's books will be available for purchase, and he will sign books following the program. This event is free and open to the public, and donations are greatly appreciated to help support future programming here at Rocky Mount. Rocky Mount State Historic Site is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from the first Tuesday in March through the second Saturday in December. For more information, call (423) 538-7396 or visit our website (www.rockymountmuseum.com).
Nov. 11, 2019 - "Civil War Life and Times in Knoxville 1861-1865"
7p.m., Mon., Nov. 11, 20o19, Eastman Employee Center, Room 219, 400 S. Wilcox Dr., Kingsport, TN. The presentation will begin by setting the stage of what Knoxville was like in 1861; businesses, population, sympathies, importance geographically, and the complexion of the three Grand Regions of the State. This explanation leads into the two secession attempts. Emphasis shifts to many of the noteworthy families and individuals living in Knoxville; discussing their sympathies, politics, and what happened to them during and after the war. Many of these families and individuals are generally unknown except to those who read and study Knoxville Civil War history. The presentation is gleaned from many sources including first-hand research. The death of General William P. Sanders and the Siege of Knoxville is briefly covered, though this is not a military focused talk. My purpose is to stimulate interest in Civil War Knoxville and encourage additional reading as well as to show that these were real people living experiences that influenced them for the remainder of their lives.
Dennis D. Urban is a life-long student of the Civil War; his intense interest beginning in elementary school. He grew up in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC and within an hour’s drive of many of the significant eastern theater battlefields. He attended high school in Washington, DC near the Civil War site of the Harewood Hospital. Mr. Urban is a 1969 graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in Secondary Education. His major area of study was the Civil War through which he took many courses and seminars during his college career. He is a consummate researcher, reader, and Civil War historian. Mr. Urban is retired from the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education; having moved to the Oak Ridge in 2004. He previously had concurrent careers in sales and marketing for 25 years and in the volunteer fire service for 35 years. Mr. Urban is a retired fire chief from Montgomery County, Maryland. Mr. Urban is a past president of the Knoxville Civil War Roundtable having served three terms from 2013 to 2016. Since his move to the area, he studies the Civil War history of Knoxville and East Tennessee. He is designated as a Master Local Historian by the East Tennessee Historical Society. This interest and research led to the development of several Knoxville-centric presentations. Mr. Urban’s first book, The Making of a Civilian Soldier in the Civil War; The First Diary of Private William J. McLean Along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal and the Affair at Edwards Ferry was published September 17 by New Academia Publishing. Mr. Urban is a frequent speaker to groups, civic organizations, schools, churches, and clubs.
Nov. 22, 2019 - Visitors Center Grand Opening, Blountville
2 p.m., Nov. 22, 2019, 1575 Hwy. 394, Blountville, TN 37617.
Come celebrate the Grand Opening of the new Heritage Tourism Information Center for Sullivan County! Formerly the Old Sheriff's Home, this historic building has been renovated through grants over the past few years and is slated to formally open on November 22, 2019. The visitors center will be utilized as a marketing tool and museum for historic Sullivan County. The center will serve as a museum for the Battle of Blountville, and will also contain exhibits on the history of Sullivan County and surrounding area. One of the Visitors Center's first exhibits is a brand new Civil War display which will showcase the history of the Battle of Blountville which occurred on September 22, 1863. Mayor Richard S. Venable will provide a Welcome address. Shelia Hunt, Director of Archives and Tourism, will provide brief comments and an introduction to Angela Crane, the department's new marketing associate who will assist with staffing the new Visitors Center. Come be a part of this historic moment!
Nov. 23, 2019 - Santa Train at Kingsport
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Nov. 23, 2019 - Santa's Depot at Kingsport
1PM-4PM - In conjunction with the 77th Annual Santa Train, our Santa's Depot event will take place in Centennial Park and includes entertainment stage with live performances, inflatables, reindeer, food trucks, interactive kids activities, kids mini-train rides and more. For additional information, please contact Robin Cleary at (423) 392.8814 | email@example.com.
Dec. 1, 2019 - Mark O'Connor
6 PM, Dec. 1, 2019, Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN.
Dec. 1, 2019 - Country Christmas Show
12 Noon to 5 PM, Dec. 1, 2019, Viking Hall, Bristol, TN.
Dec. 3, 2019 - Carrollton Band
7 PM, Dec. 3, 2019, Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN.
Dec. 5, 2019 - Downtown Bristol Christmas Parade
7 PM, Dec. 5, 2019, State Street, Bristol.
Dec. 5, 2019 - Jingle and Gingerbread
1 PM to 8 PM, Dec. 5, 2019, Meadowview Conference Center, Kingsport, TN.
Dec. 6-8, 2019 - Christmas Trade Days Craft Show & Flea Market
10 AM - 5 PM, The Vintage Cowgirl Antique Mall, Kingsport, TN.
Dec. 7, 2019 - Exchange Place Christmas in the Country
10 AM - 5 PM, Dec. 7, Exchange Place, 4812 Orebank Rd., Kingsport, TN.
Dec. 7, 2019 - Robert Earl Keen
8 PM, Dec. 7, 2019, Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN.
Dec. 7, 2019 - Appalachian Trail Bluegrass Band
7 PM, First Baptist Church, Blountville, TN.
Dec. 7, 2019 - Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
7 PM, Dec. 7, 2019, Northeast State Community College, Blountville, TN.
Dec. 7, 2019 - Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting
5 PM, Kingsport, TN.
Dec. 7, 2019 - By the Fireside with Symphony of the Mountains
3 PM, Dec. 7, Eastman Employee Center, Kingsport, TN.
Dec. 12, 2019 - Historic Blountville Christmas Tree Lighting
6 PM, Thurs., Dec. 12, 2019, Sullivan County Courthouse, Blountville, TN. Event is sponsored by the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism. Continuing with the theme "One Special Town... Two Special Trees", the event will include lighting of the 30' blue spruce that adorns the front lawn of the courthouse, and a lighting of the special tree in remembrance of victims of violence sponsored by the Hope for Victims Support and Advocacy Group. Christmas caroling will be presented by the Blountville Middle School Choir under the direction of Darren Malcolm. For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dec. 12-15, 2019 - The Nutcracker
7 PM Dec. 12-14 and 2:30 PM on Dec. 15. Kingsport Ballet, Kingsport, TN.
Dec. 13-14, 2019 - The Nutcracker
7:30 PM on Dec. 13 and 12 PM and 5:30 PM on Dec. 14
Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN.
Dec. 14, 2019 - Blountville Ruritan Christmas Parade
2 PM, Sat., Dec. 14, Downtown Historic Blountville. One of the biggest parades in the area, you won't want to miss this annual event hosted by the Blountville Ruritan Club! Lineup starts at Keystone Drive at 1 PM, and Parade starts at 2 PM. There is no Registration fee. Floats, vehicles and other entries must be decorated with a Christmas theme. For additional questions, please contact the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism at 423.323.4660.
Dec. 14, 2019 - Bluff City Christmas Parade
Main Street in Bluff City, TN. This year's theme is "The Twelve Days of Christmas". Parade starts at 5 p.m. and floats will ine up at 4 p.m. at Bluff City Middle School. Emergency Vehicles will line up at the Elementary School, and cars will line up behind the Methodist Church on Smith Street. Please, no Santa's on flats as Santa will be on the City Float only. Judges Choice Awards will be given for floats as follows: 1st Place $100; 2nd Place $50; 3rd Place $25. Car and trucks will be judge and plaquest given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.
Dec. 14, 2019 - Christmas Camp 2019: There is Hope
8:30 AM to 7 PM, Camp Bays Mountain, Day Camp, Kingsport, TN.
Dec. 14, 2019 - Bloomingdale Ruritan Christmas Parade
10 AM to 12 PM, Dec. 14, Bloomingdale Community, Kingsport, TN.
Dec. 14, 2019 - Naughty Elf Pub Crawl
3 PM - 9 PM, Dec. 14, State Line, Bristol, TN.
Dec. 14, 2019 - Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
8 PM, Dec. 14, The Cameo Theater, Bristol, VA.
Dec. 21, 2019 - Catfish Cooley's Nitro Comedy Tour
7:30 - 9:30 PM, Dec. 21, State Street, Bristol, TN.
Dec. 22, 2019 - The Wizards of Winter: The Christmas Dream
6 PM to 9 PM, Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN.
- 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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