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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.

May 2022

May 8, 2022 – Symphony of the Mountains presents When Instruments Roamed the Earth, Doors at 2:00pm/Show at 3:00pm, Paramount Bristol 518 State Street, Bristol, TN. Through the decades the musical enrichment included classical concerts, entertaining pops, and light musical offerings, captivating soloists, and empowering opportunities for young musicians. The Kingsport Symphony Youth Orchestra was formed in 1965 and presently consists of 80 young people representing the entire region. The mid-1980s brought the premier run-out performance in Bristol plus the beginning of the Education in the Schools Outreach program. In 1994 Musicians in the Schools began. In 2003, Kingsport Symphony was renamed Symphony of the Mountains. The chorus merged with the Bristol Concert Choir under the name Voices of the Mountains. For additional information (423) 274-8920

May 9, 2022 –TriCities Civil War Round Table Lecture Series “Valley Thunder: The Battle of New Market” Author Charles Knight. Valley Thunder is the first full-length account in more than four decades to examine the sweeping combat at New Market on May 15, 1864 — the battle that opened the pivotal 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign. A poplular battle among Civil War enthusiast in large part due to the participation of the cadets of Virginia Military Institute. 250 Cadets were pulled from their classrooms to then serve in battle. The two armies met on a rainy Sunday, May 15, at New Market, a small crossroads town in the central Shenandoah Valley. In a day-long battle, Breckinridge’s Confederates defeated Sigel’s forces, largely due to mismanagement by the Federal commander. During the battle’s climatic stage, the VMI cadets earned themselves a place in history by capturing a Federal cannon in the final charge. Sigel retreated to the vicinity of Winchester and was replaced several days later, and operations in the Valley would escalate shortly after Sigel’s removal.

The event will be held at 7:00pm on Monday, 9 May, 2022, at the Renaissance Center room 239, 1200 E. Center St., Kingsport, TN.  The presentation is free and open to all and the general public is cordially invited to attend.  Individuals wishing to dine with Mr. Knight at 5:00pm that Monday at The Chop House (1704 N. Eastman Rd., Kingsport) should request reservations by contacting Wayne Strong at trustwrks@aol.com.

May 14, 2022 – Cinderella, Doors at 2:00pm/ Show at 2:30pm, Paramount Bristol 518 State Street, Bristol, TN. Join Bristol Ballet for the beloved classic fairytale, Cinderella, on May 14. This performance features all of the students and company members of Bristol Ballet, as well as community members and guest artists. The ballet tells the delightful and well-known rags-to-riches story of Cinderella, accompanied by the beautiful music of Sergei Prokofiev, who finished the score for the ballet in 1945. There will be drama, sorrow, comedy, and happiness all wrapped into one ballet. For additional information (423) 274-8920

May 14, 2022 – Racks by the Tracks, Kingsport Farmers Market, 308 Clinchfield Street, Kingsport, TN. The 14th Annual Racks by the Tracks Festival will feature more than 100 unique craft beers, wines, seltzers and sangrias in addition to BBQ vendors. We’ll kick things off with the Racks by the Tracks 10K/5K featuring the Boss Hog Challenge and have plenty of great music from Pandora's Box The Ultimate Aerosmith Tribute, 7 Bridges : The Ultimate EAGLES Experience and Gents & Liars. For additional information email at info@racksbythetracks.com

May 14, 2022 –Bristol Forest Rally, Welcome to the Bristol Forests Rally based in Bristol, TN! For 2022, the race will be sanctioned by the American Rally Association and allow stage rally competitors to challenge the twisty, gnarly, and beautiful gravel trails of the Cherokee National Forest. Pull those belts tight, and get ready for racing in May 2022!! Bristol Forests Rally

May 15, 2022 - Scotty McCreery, Doors at 7:00pm/Show at 8:00pm, Paramount Bristol 518 State Street, Bristol, TN. All four of Scotty’s albums have debuted at #1 on the Billboard Album Charts, with current combined sales surpassing 3 million copies. He’s earned one Double Platinum, four Platinum and two Gold singles; won the 10th season of “American Idol” in 2011; was named the ACM New Artist of the Year in 2011; won the CMT Music Award for Breakthrough Video of the Year (“The Trouble with Girls”) in 2012; American Country Awards for New Artist of the Year in 2011 and Breakthrough Artist of the Year in 2013; BMI Awards for writing One of the Top 50 Country Songs of the Year three times (in 2015 for “See You Tonight,” in 2018 for “Five More Minutes,” and in 2019 for “This is It”); a Carolina Beach Music Award for National Dance/Shag Song of the Year (“Barefootin’”) in 2018; and the NSAI Nashville Songwriter Award for One of the Top Ten Songs I Wish I’d Written (“Five More Minutes”) in 2018!

May 20, 2022 - The Bellamy Brothers, Doors at 7:00pm/Show at 8:00pm, Cameo Theater 703 State Street, Bristol, VA.  Howard and David continue to prove that the trail they’ve ridden to fame has been as unique as their music itself—music that is now celebrating 40 years of success. The road that started on the pop music charts in the ‘70’s, took a winding turn into country music in the ‘80’s, paving the way for duos to come, such as Brooks & Dunn, Montgomery Gentry, Big & Rich, and previously—The Judds. For additional information (276) 296-1234

May 20 – 22, 2022 – State St. Tattoo Festival, Friday, 2:00pm – 10:00pm and Saturday 11:00am – 10:00pm and Sunday 11:00am – 6:00pm, Downtown Bristol, 620 State St., Bristol, TN. The Bristol Tattoo Company presents the 3rd annual State St. Tattoo Fest! Artists from all over the country, tattooing all weekend! For additional information email at statesttattoofest@gmail.com

May 22, 2022 – Symphony of the Mountains presents Woodwinds and All That Jazz, Doors at 6:30pm/Show at 7:30pm, Paramount Bristol 518 State Street, Bristol, TN. Through the decades the musical enrichment included classical concerts, entertaining pops, and light musical offerings, captivating soloists, and empowering opportunities for young musicians. The Kingsport Symphony Youth Orchestra was formed in 1965 and presently consists of 80 young people representing the entire region. The mid-1980s brought the premier run-out performance in Bristol plus the beginning of the Education in the Schools Outreach program. In 1994 Musicians in the Schools began. In 2003, Kingsport Symphony was renamed Symphony of the Mountains. The chorus merged with the Bristol Concert Choir under the name Voices of the Mountains. For additional information (423) 274-8920

May 28, 2022 - Million Dollar Quartet, Doors at 7:00pm/Show at 8:00pm, Paramount Bristol 518 State Street, Bristol, TN. Million Dollar Quartet is the Tony® Award-winning smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions ever. For additional information (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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