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REGIONAL CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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Nov. 15, 2018 - Meet the Stars of "The Mountain Minor"
6 PM, Thurs., Nov. 15, The Mountain Music Museum, 316 Broad St., Kingsport, TN. The Mountain Music Museum presents an evening celebrating "The Mountain Minor," a new, award-winning motion picture about five generations of an Appalachian family and the music they loved. Writer and director Dale Farmer and producer Susan Pepper will screen clips from their film and answer questions beginning at 6:00 p.m. Then, at 7:00, several musicians who appear in the movie will perform on stage at The Pickin' Porch Show, which will be broadcast live on 96.3, 100.7 and 963thepossum.com. Read more about the film at TheMountainMinorMovie.com and https://www.hcpress.com/news/locally-filmed-production-the-mountain-minor-takes-top-honors-at-film-festival.html#.W6j8T-Z8KUM.facebook.

 

Nov. 15, 2018 - Radio Bristol Session: Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen
2 PM, Thurs., Nov. 15, WBCM, Bristol, VA. See event data on Facebook.

Nov. 15, 2018 - Celebrating "The Mountain Minor"
6 PM, Thurs., Nov. 15, The Mountain Music Museum, Kingsport, TN. See event data on Facebook.

Nov. 17, 2018 - Pancake Breakfast with Santa's Helper
8:30 AM, Sat., Nov. 17, Kingsport, TN. See event data on Facebook.

Nov. 17, 2018 - Santa's Depot 2018
1 PM, Sat., Nov. 17, Centennial Park, Kingsport, TN. See event data on Facebook.

Nov. 19, 2018 - Bristol Historical Assoc: "Big Creek & Anne Armstrong"
6:30 PM, Bristol Public Library. The Bristol Historical Association is presenting the program “Big Creek, Anne W. Armstrong, and the Log House on Lavinder Lane” for their monthly meeting at 6:30 PM on November 19 at the Bristol Public Library.  The BHA Historic Markers Committee has conducted extensive research in anticipation of discovering whether the log house at 315 Lavinder Lane, owned by Ronald and Tanya Rogers, was the Anne Armstrong log house. Was it originally built at Big Creek community in Sullivan County, TN, disassembled and re-assembled at Lavinder Lane in Bristol, Tennessee? Big Creek was a former resort community that was ultimately flooded by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to construct South Holston Dam.

Linda Kirk, Committee Chair and BHA Board Member, is one of the researchers and presenters of this program.  Also presenting is Dr. Katherine Hoffman, founder and principal consultant for Appalworks (www.appalworks.com) in Johnson City, TN, a company designed to promote cultural heritage as a tool for both place-based, sustainable economic development and for the educational advancement of the region’s students.  Dr. Hoffman is also considered the literary expert of the works of Anne W. Armstrong, a prominent national author, novelist and pioneering businesswoman in the 1920s – 1950s.  Mrs. Armstrong, known particularly for her book, This Day and Time, which portrays rural life in an Appalachian community, lived in the Big Creek Community and was forced to relocate when her property was seized by the TVA.

Local oral history claims the log house at 315 Lavinder Lane was Anne W. Armstrong’s house from Big Creek, re-assembled in the exact, original design in which it was standing at Big Creek.  Is it the Armstrong house?  Answers to this and many more questions about Big Creek and the Armstrong family will be revealed at the presentation on November 19.  This BHA meeting is open to the public and held in conjunction with the library’s mission of “Expanding Minds and Building Community”.  Contact Tim Buchanan, BHA Program Chairman, for details of this and other upcoming BHA programs at buchanan03@bvu.net, or visit the association’s Facebook page, Bristol History.

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.

Nov. 23, 2018 - Tread-Away Turkey Day
9 AM, Fri., Nov. 23, Kingsport Aquatic Center, Kingsport TN. See event data on Facebook.

Nov. 23, 2018 - Steve Earle & the Dukes 30th Anniversary
8 PM, Fri., Nov. 23, Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN. See event data on Facebook.

Nov. 24, 2018 - Small Business Saturday Market
11 AM, Sat., Nov. 24, Model City Event Center, Kingsport, TN. See event data on Facebook.

Nov. 26, 2018 - Bristol Christmas Tree Lighting
6:30 PM, Mon., Nov. 19, downtown Bristol, VA. See event data on Facebook.

Nov. 30 - Dec. 8, 2018 - Christmas in Historic Blountville 2018

The Town of Blountville is welcoming a garland of festive events this holiday season. Gather with friends, family and loved ones to experience these annual holiday traditions in Historic Blountville, Tennessee.

Friday, November 30, 2018 - Christmas in Historic Blountville

  • 7 PM, Blountville Baptist Church presents Spirit of Christmas dinner and play. Tickets are $12 and go on sale November 2 and sell out quickly. This year’s play is “The Johnsons Almost Missed Christmas Again!”  For additional information, please call (423) 323-8033.

Saturday, December 1, 2018 - Christmas in Historic Blountville

  • 10 AM to 6 PM, Blountville Christmas Market.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Blountville Library at Blountville Methodist Church Family Life Center. Santa will be on hand for family photos for $5.
  • 10 AM  to 4 PM, Old Deery Inn Christmas Tours. Sabine Hill 18th Century Dancers will perform from 1 PM to 2 PM.
  • 10 AM to 4 PM, Quilt Show at Blountville Presbyterian Church
  • 3 PM and 7 PM, Blountville Baptist Church presents Spirit of Christmas dinner and play. Tickets are $12 and go on sale November 2 and sell out quickly. This year’s play is “The Johnsons Almost Missed Christmas Again!”  For additional information, please call (423) 323-8033.
  • Cub Scout Pack 215, Boy Scout Troop 113 and Old Fashion Country Kitchen will be serving hot dogs, sweets and desserts along with kettle corn during the day in the Rutledge House.

Sunday, December 2, 2018 - Christmas in Historic Blountville

  • 5 PM, Blountville Baptist Church presents Spirit of Christmas dinner and play. Tickets are $12 and go on sale November 2 and sell out quickly. This year’s play is “The Johnsons Almost Missed Christmas Again!”  For additional information, please call (423) 323-8033.

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - Christmas in Historic Blountville

  • 6:00 PM, Historic Blountville Christmas Tree Lighting and Victim’s Remembrance Tree Lighting at the old Sullivan County Courthouse, with performances by the Blountville Middle School Choir under the direction of Darren Malcolm.

Friday, December 7, 2018 - Christmas in Historic Blountville

  • 7 PM, Appalachian Express Chorus Benefit Concert at Blountville Baptist Church. Hot cider at church pavilion following the concert. Suggested donation is $10.

Saturday, December 8, 2018 - Christmas in Historic Blountville

  • 1 PM to 4 PM, Old Deery Inn Christmas Tours
  • 2 PM, annual Blountville Ruritan Christmas Parade, downtown Blountville. Lineup begins at 1 PM at Keystone Drive.

Dec. 1, 2018 - Downtown Kingsport Tree Lighting Festivities
2 PM - 7 PM, Sat., Dec. 1, Kingsport, TN. See event data on Facebook.

Dec. 1, 2018 - Sweethearts of the Rodeo
8 PM, Sat., Dec. 1, Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN. See event data on Facebook.

Dec. 1, 2018 - Exchange Place: Christmas in the Country
Sat., Dec. 1, 2018, Exchange Place Living History "Christmas in the Country". 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. See event details on Facebook.
Exchange Place will ring in the holidays, and the winter season, for young and old alike with its annual Christmas in the Country celebration on Saturday, December 1, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm at Kingsport’s historic Living History Farm, located at 4812 Orebank RoadThere is no admission fee for this final public event of the year at the tradition-rich farmstead, proudly listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Christmas in the Country features fresh greenery and trees, handcrafted wreaths and other seasonal decorations to give your home that special holiday cheer.  Unique folk arts and crafts will be found on both sides of Orebank Road, including pottery, handmade greeting cards, unique soaps, stained glass creations, vintage clothing, wood working and painting, paper quilling, glass artwork, and jewelry.  Your taste buds will be tempted with scrumptious breads, granolas and other baked goods. Activities for the young’uns will be found in several locales throughout the grounds, but children of all ages are always excited to meet our resident animals.  Our horses, cow and donkey will be found in the 1851 barn, while the sheep can be seen in different farmstead locations. But most especially, Christmas in the Country furthers the mission of Exchange Place by demonstrating a slice of pre-Civil War wintertime farm life in our region, and showing how our ancestors would have prepared for the holidays.  Over in the 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 by acclaimed young artisan Catherine Shook Hendershot. In the log kitchen, the Eden’s Ridge Hearth Cookery Society will be preparing dishes that the wealthy Gaines and Preston families might have enjoyed during the holidays, like roast pork and cinnamon waffles.  In the newly restored outdoor bake oven, they will be baking ginger cakes (cookies), using a Gaines family recipe, and replicas of Preston family tin cookie cutters. In the Cook’s Cabin, our Junior Apprentices will be demonstrating beloved holiday traditions such as popping popcorn, trimming an old-fashioned Christmas tree, and decorating the yule log that will be burned at the close of the event.  The Junior Apprentices, in fact, will be quite visible throughout the farmstead, helping with the food preparation, performing a variety of chores, and selling their own handmade crafts and decorations in the Schoolhouse. The Yule Log Ceremony, a community tradition, will be held near the Cook’s Cabin beginning around 4:15 pm, and will conclude the day’s festivities.  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 was brought to the New World by 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 emphasize the spirit of health and friendship. For more information, you may call Exchange Place at 423-288-6071, or write to
email@exchangeplace.info.

 

Dec. 1, 2018 - Blountville Baptist Church Spirit of Christmas dinner & play
7 PM, Friday, November 30, a Spirit of Christmas dinner and a delightful play sponsored by the Blountville Baptist Church. The play is “The Johnsons Almost Missed Christmas Again!”. Performances will be held Nov. 30 thru Dec. 2.  Tickets are $12 and go on sale November 2. For additional information, please call 323-8033.

Dec. 1, 2018 - Blountville Christmas Market
10 AM to 6 PM. Sponsored by the Friends of the Blountville Library at Blountville Methodist Church Family Life Ceneter. Santa will be on hand for family photos at $5 each.

Dec. 1, 2018 - Old Deery Inn and Museum Christmas Tours
The Old Deery Inn and Museum will open its doors for some festive Christmas tours on Sat., Dec. 1, from 10 AM to 4 PM.  Canjoe John will perform some delightful Christmas music, and the Sabine Hill 18th Century Dancers will perform from 1 PM to 2 PM.  The Blountville Presbyterian Church will host a Quilt show from 10 AM to 4 PM.  Cub Scout Pack 215 will serve hotdogs and Boy Scout Troop 113 will offer sweets and desserts along with old-fashion Country Kitchen kettle corn in the Rutledge House.

Dec. 1, 2018 - Quilt Show at Blountville Presbyterian Church
10 AM to 4 PM, downtown Blountville.

Dec. 1, 2018 - Blountville Baptist Church Spirit of Christmas dinner & play
3 PM and 7 PM, Saturday, December 1, a Spirit of Christmas dinner and a delightful play sponsored by the Blountville Baptist Church. The play is “The Johnsons Almost Missed Christmas Again!”. Performances will be held Nov. 30 thru Dec. 2.  Tickets are $12 and go on sale November 2. For additional information, please call 323-8033.

Dec. 2, 2018 - Downtown Kingsport Holiday Loft Tours
2 PM, Sunday, Dec. 2, Kingsport, TN. See event data on Facebook.

Dec. 2, 2018 - 31st Annual Christmas Luncheon, Bristol Historical Assoc.
12:30 PM, Bristol Train Station. The 31st annual Christmas Luncheon for the Bristol Historical Association will be held on Sunday, December 2 at the Bristol Train Station.  Our speaker will be John Flood who will present an exciting program entitled, Buffalo Bill Returns to Bristol.  The luncheon begins at 12:30pm and reservations are $30/each and are being accepted until November 24. William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody was one of the most colorful figures of the American Old West.  At only 11 years of age, in order to support his family, he was in the saddle and employed by gruff wagon bosses on the Western Frontier. In the middle of nowhere and quite alone, he rode the dangerous trails of the Pony Express as a 14 year old. By his 20’s he had been in multiple Indian fights, had scouted much of the American West, and was so proficient at killing bison he had earned the name he would be known by for generations to come, “Buffalo Bill”. From 1883 until 1916, William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody and his spectacular Wild West exhibition toured the nation, the world, and - yes indeed - even came right here to Bristol on four visits between 1897 and 1913. Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, a described combination of circus, vaudeville and rodeo, featured sharpshooter Annie Oakley, storyteller Calamity Jane, and Lakota Sioux Chief Sitting Bull accompanied by a band of 20 braves.  The pre-show event was the anticipated parade down the main street leading from the train station, followed by two performances, then overnight by train to the next stop.  His Wild West show has been featured around the world, including a performance before Queen Victoria and many heads of state.

Our speaker, John Flood, is a researcher, author and community speaker who has published national articles in Wild West and American Cowboy Magazines. He is the Founder and Co-Director of Winchester Frontier Days.  A number of years ago Flood stumbled upon the fact that Buffalo Bill Cody and his Wild West had performed in John’s hometown of Winchester, Va. way back in 1916. This was a shocking discovery and nearly no one in Winchester, including most historians, knew anything about this exciting event from the past. In 2016 as an outgrowth of this revelation, John, with the help of a good friend, launched Winchester Frontier Days to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Cody’s visit. For the past two years John has criss-crossed the state compiling all the information needed to tell this story. On December 2nd he will tell this tale with an emphasis on Bristol. His forthcoming book on the topic, Buffalo Bill in the Limelight Across Virginia, is due to be released in 2019.

The December 2nd luncheon meeting is open to the public but reservations and payment is required by Saturday, November 24.  Reservations for the BHA Christmas Luncheon are $30/each and should be mailed to Carter Miles, P.O. Box 204, Bristol, Tennessee 37621.  Contact Tim Buchanan, program chairman, for details of this or other upcoming programs, buchanan03@bvu.net. Get more details on Facebook at BRISTOL HISTORY.

Dec. 2, 2018 - Blountville Baptist Church Spirit of Christmas dinner & play
5 PM, Sunday, December 2, a Spirit of Christmas dinner and a delightful play sponsored by the Blountville Baptist Church. The play is “The Johnsons Almost Missed Christmas Again!”. Performances will be held Nov. 30 thru Dec. 2.  Tickets are $12 and go on sale November 2. For additional information, please call 323-8033.

Dec. 4, 2018 - Christmas with the Annie Moses Band
7 PM, Tues., Dec. 4, Celebration Church, Blountville, TN. See event data on Facebook.

Dec. 6, 2018 - Ribbon-Cutting for Heritage Tourism Information Center
4:30 PM. Just in time for the Christmas season, Historic Blountville will be cutting the ribbon on a huge present, a brand new sign for the Heritage Tourism Information Center.  The ribbon-cutting will take place at 4:30 PM, on Thurs., Dec. 6, at the newly restored Old Sheriff’s Home located at the corner of Hwy. 394 and the Blountville Bypass.  Anticipated opening date for the tourism center is Spring 2019.

Dec. 6, 2018 - HISTORIC BLOUNTVILLE CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING
6 PM, in front of the old Sullivan County Courthouse in downtown Blountville, TN. The Annual Historic Blountville Christmas Tree Lighting and Victims Remembrance Tree Lighting will be held at 6 PM on Thurs., Dec. 6, 2018, beginning at 6 PM in front of the old Sullivan County Courthouse.  The Blountville Middle School Choir will perform some delightful Christmas music under the direction of Darren Malcolm.

Dec. 7, 2018 - 49 Winchester Live at Gypsy Circus
6 PM, Fri., Dec. 7, Gypsy Circus Cider Company, Kingsport, TN. See event data on Facebook.

Dec. 7, 2018 - BCM Presents: Andrew Alli in Concert
6:30 PM, Fri., Dec. 7, Birthplace of Country Music, Bristol, VA. See event data on Facebook.

Dec. 7, 2018 - Appalachian Express Chorus Benefit Chorus
7 PM. Come hear the sounds of Christmas as you’ve never heard it before!  A special Appalachian Express Benefit Concert will be held at 7 PM on Fri., Dec. 7, at the Blountville Baptist Church, with hot cider served at the Church Pavilion afterwards.  Suggested donations are $10 per person.

Dec. 8, 2018 - Old Deery Inn and Museum Christmas Tours
1 PM to 4 PM, Old Deery Inn and Museum at Blountville, a beautiful way to start your Holiday tradition! Tickets are $5 per person and $3 for children ages 6 and under.

Dec. 8, 2018 - Blountville Ruritan Annual Christmas Parade
2 PM, downtown Historic Blountville, TN. Hosted by the Blountville Ruritan. Lineup begins at 1 PM at Keystone Drive. Be sure to look for Santa at the end of the parade! The hop on over to the Bluff City Christmas Parade beginning at 5 PM!

Dec. 8, 2018 - Bluff City Annual Christmas Parade
5 PM, downtown Bluff City, TN. One of the best parades in the area! Don't miss this one! See event data on Facebook.

Dec. 8, 2018 - Chapter 39 Christmas Party
6 PM, Sat., Dec. 8, Ron Ramsey Regional Agricultural Center, Blountville, TN. See event data on Facebook.

Dec. 9, 2018 - A Christmas Concert
3 PM, Sun., Dec. 9, First Broad Street United Methodist, Church, Kingsport, TN. See event data on Facebook.

Dec. 9, 2018 - A Clint Black Christmas
8 PM, Sun., Dec. 9, Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN. See event data on Facebook.

Dec. 11, 2018 - Dobyns-Bennett High School Holiday Concert
7 PM, Tues., Dec. 11, Eastman Toy F. Reid Auditorium, Kingsport, TN. See event data on Facebook.

Dec. 14, 2018 - Christmas Family Movie Night
6:30 PM, Fri., Dec. 14, Kingsport, TN. See event data on Facebook.

Dec. 14, 2018 - The Black Jacket Symphony: "Damn the Torpedoes"
8 PM, Fri., Dec. 14, Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN. See event data on Facebook.

Dec. 15, 2018 - Corey Smith
8 PM, Sat., Dec. 15, Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN.. See event data on Facebook.

Dec. 15, 2018 - Bluff City Annual Christmas Parade
5 PM, downtown Bluff City, TN. One of the best parades in the area! Don't miss this one! See event data on Facebook.

Dec. 20, 2018 - Farm & Fun Time Christmas Spectacular
7 PM, Thurs., Dec. 20, Birthplace of Country Music, Bristol, VA. See event data on Facebook.

Dec. 21, 2018 - Brinley Addington
7 PM, Fri., Dec. 21, Sleepy Owl Brewery, Kingsport, TN. See event data on Facebook.

 

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ONGOING EVENTS

  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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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