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REGIONAL CALENDAR OF EVENTS
See full calendar of Regional Events listing at www.facebook.com/historicsullivan.

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. The “most wonderful time of the year” gets its formal kickoff when Exchange Place hosts its annual Christmas in the Country celebration on Saturday, December 7, from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm, at Kingsport’s tradition-rich Living History Farm, located at 4812 Orebank Road.  This is the final public event of the year scheduled at the historic site -- proudly listed on the National Register of Historic Places -- and admission is free for everyone. Christmas in the Country features more than two dozen area and regional vendors offering their fresh greenery and trees, handcrafted wreaths and roping, and other holiday decorations.  Unique folk arts and crafts will be found on both sides of Orebank Road, including hand-crafted wood items, unique lamps and clocks, pottery, handmade greeting cards, kitchen and garden art, cat and dog treats, and jewelry.  Your taste buds will be tempted with baked goods, small batch roasted coffee beans, hot sauces, jams and jellies, plus kettle corn and perhaps even Brunswick stew.  You will also be able to pamper yourself with a variety of herbal products, soaps and natural lotions.  More than two dozen area and regional vendors will have their wares on display and for sale on both sides of the historic Gaines-Preston farm. Most especially, Christmas in the Country furthers the mission of Exchange Place by depicting wintertime farm life in the mid-nineteenth century, and demonstrating how our Northeast Tennessee ancestors would have celebrated the holidays in the antebellum period.  In the log kitchen, the Eden’s Ridge Hearth Cookery Society will be preparing dishes that the Gaines and Preston families might have enjoyed during the holidays, like roast pork, salsify fritters, 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. Meanwhile, Exchange Place’s Junior Apprentices will be busy in the Preston House Gathering Room, making the home festive for the holidays.  (They will also be selling handmade crafts to help support their program, which teaches middle school and high school aged youngsters about antebellum life and historic preservation.)  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.  For children -- or just the young at heart! -- there will be “chores” to do, such as candle-dipping, decorating the traditional tree for the birds, and creating an old-timey toy. Capping off the day will be the traditional Yule Log Ceremony, which will expect to begin around 4:15 pm.  It was originated by the Vikings, who used it to honor their gods and request good luck for the coming year.  Later it was incorporated into the harvest festivals of Germany and Scandinavia, then moved to England when the Normans conquered the British Isles, and eventually was brought to the New World by the Pilgrims.  While the Preston family may not have burned a Yule Log, we have made it a part of our Christmas in the Country as a symbol of peace and good will for our wonderful community.  The Yule Log was often decorated with evergreens, and sometimes sprinkled with grain or cider, before it was finally lit, and after it died down (anywhere from twelve hours to twelve days), its ashes were scattered over the fields to bring fertility, or cast into wells to purify and sweeten the water.  In this spirit, we encourage everyone present to bring their own sprig to cast onto the fire, and to also wear fine, colorful headgear to the event.  We conclude the day 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. 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 shelia.hunt@sullivancountytn.gov.

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... Santas not allowed on floats as the only Santa will be at the end of the parade.. For additional questions, please contact the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism at 423.323.4660.

Dec. 14, 2019 - Old Deery Inn - Christmas Tours
Come see the magic of Christmas as you tour Historic Blountville's Old Deery Inn! Tours will be available from 1 PM to 4 PM on Saturday, December 14, 2019, in downtown Historic Blountville. Tours are $5 per adult, and $3 for students. For additional information, please call (423) 323-4660.

Dec. 14, 2019 - "Down Home Mountain Christmas"
7 PM, Sat., Dec. 14, 2019, Blountville Baptist Church. A benefit concert by Appalachian Express Chorus and "Build a Better Blountville". 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 Sat., Dec. 14, at the Blountville Bpatist Church, 3358 Hwy. 126, Blountville, TN. Proceeds will support community programs for Build a Better Blountville, a new 501C3 non-profit organization with the goal to improve Blountville through an active community. Suggested donations are $10 per person. This event is sponsored by the Sullivan County Historical Preservation Association.

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 line 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 plaques 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. 15, 2019 - Bristol Historical Association Christmas Luncheon
Author and historian Michael Shaffer will present a program for the Bristol Historical Association on Sunday, December 15 for their 32nd Annual Christmas Luncheon, to be held at the Bristol Train Station. Shaffer’s will speak about the recollections of Thomas Wallace Colley who served in the 1st Virginia Calvary during the American Civil War.   The luncheon meeting is open to the public but reservations are required in advance of the deadline of December 8. Thomas W. Colley served in one of the most active and famous units in the Civil War, the 1st Virginia Cavalry, which fought in battles from First Manassas/Bull Run to the defense of Petersburg. In May 1861, along with the other members of the Washington Mounted Rifles, Colley left his home in Washington County, Virginia, and reported to camp in Richmond. During the war, he received wounds on three different occasions: first at Waterloo Bridge in 1862, again at Kelly’s Ford in 1863, and finally at Haw’s Shop in 1864. The wound received at Haw’s Shop resulted in the amputation of his left foot, thereby ending his wartime service. Shaffer is a Civil War historian, author, instructor, and frequent lecturer.  A member of the Society of Civil War Historians, Historians of the Civil War Western Theater, and Georgia Association of Historians, he serves as a Civil War consultant for the River Line Historic Area.  He is a native of Bristol and holds BA and MA degrees, with honors, in Military History – Civil War Studies from American Military University.  He frequently lectures to various groups across the country. After the program, he will have copies of his book available for purchase at $40, and accepts cash, checks, or credit cards. The public is invited to attend the BHA Christmas Luncheon and enjoy a great meal and program. Reservations are $30 per person and will be accepted until December 8. Mail your check to the Bristol Historical Association, P.O. Box 204, Bristol, Tennessee 37621. Contact Tim Buchanan, Program Chairman, for details of this or other upcoming programs, by e-mail; buchanan03@bvu.net. Visit their Facebook page for details, BRISTOL HISTORY. Sid Oakley is the president of the Bristol Historical Association.

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.

January 1, 2020 - New Year's Day Fun-Fly
8 am – 3 pm
JC Radio Controllers Field
120 Laster Road, Kingsport, TN 37663
The Johnson City Radio Controllers Club would like to invite you and your family to our New Year’s Day Fun Fly. Come on out to the field New Year’s Day and enjoy a bracing (exhilarating, breath taking, and/or cold!) flying day.
webmaster@flyjcrc.com

January 1, 2020 - 3rd Annual Polar Plunge
3rd annual Polar Plunge
12:45 pm – 2 pm
Kingsport Aquatic Center, 1820 Meadowview Pkwy. Kingsport, TN 37660
Get ready to brave the icy waters for a great cause! It's time to start picking a charity or organization that you are passionate about and encouraging your friends and family to support you in our 3rd Annual Polar Plunge.
423-343-9758

January 2, 2020 - The First Rainbow Coalition
Doors open at 6 pm/ Show at 7 pm
Paramount Center, 518 State Street, Bristol, TN 37620
The First Rainbow Coalition charts the history and enduring legacy of a groundbreaking multi-ethnic coalition that rocked Chicago in the 1960s
423-274-8920 | www.paramountbristol.org

January 3, 2020 - An Evening with Dailey & Vincent
Doors open at 7 pm/ Show at 8 pm
Paramount Center, 518 State Street, Bristol, TN 37620
Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent, backed by one of the best bands on tour today, are some of the most reputable and elite entertainers in American music; bluegrass, traditional country and gospel music.
423-274-8920 | www.paramountbristol.org

January 9, 2020 - Farm & Fun Time at WBCM Radio
7 pm – 9 pm
WBCM Radio Bristol, 101 Country Music Way, Bristol, VA 24201
Music Featuring CW Stoneking, Vaden Landers Band! Kris Truelsen and his house band Bill & the Belles will also perform.
423-573-1927 | www.listenradiobristol.org

January 9-10, 2020 - Black Jacket Symphony: Led Zeppelin
Doors open at 7 pm/ Show at 8 pm
Paramount Center, 518 State Street, Bristol, TN 37620
The Black Jacket Symphony returns to Paramount Bristol for TWO shows to perform music from Led Zeppelin.
423-274-8920 | www.paramountbristol.org

January 11-12, 2020 - Appalachian Farm Expo
January 11, 9 am – 6 pm | January 12, 10 am – 4 pm
Bristol Motor Speedway (South Building) 151 Speedway Blvd., Bristol, TN 37620
Farm Expo 2020 will be an event for farmers, gardeners, and those who love farming and gardening (whether you're a farmer or not!). 
423-722-0554 | www.appalachianfarmexpo.com

January 17, 2020 - Henry Cho at the Paramount
Doors open at 7 pm/ Show at 8 pm
Paramount Center, 518 State Street, Bristol, TN 37620
Join us for an evening of good clean fun with comedian Henry Cho. As an East Tennessean of Korean descent with a distinct Appalachian accent, Cho was already distinctive.
423-274-8920 | www.paramountbristol.org

January 17-25 - The Glass Menagerie
Kingsport Theatre Guild, The Glass Menagerie
17, 18, 24, 25 @ 7 pm | 18, 19, 25, 26 @ 2 pm
1200 East Center Street, Kingsport, TN 37660
Amanda Wingfield is a faded remnant of Southern gentility who now lives in a dingy St. Louis apartment with her son, Tom, and her daughter, Laura, who has a physical handicap and debilitating shyness. The father has left home; Tom supports his mother and sister with a shoe-factory job he finds unbearable. When Amanda convinces Tom to bring home from his workplace a “gentleman caller” for Laura, the illusions that Tom, Amanda, and Laura have each created in order to make life bearable collapse about them.
423-392-8427

January 18, 2020 - Monthly Community Jam at BCM
2 pm – 5 pm, Birthplace of Country Music Museum, 520 Cumberland Street Bristol, VA 24201
Calling all musicians! Join us at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum for a full-on community jam session! The sessions will be held in the Learning Center at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.
(423) 573-1927

January 18, 2020 - Gardening for the Birds
10 am, Warriors Path State Park
Dr Fred J. Alsop III Ph.D. will present a Saturday morning program on how to make  your yard more attractive, while also making it more attractive to our native birds
423-239-6786

January 20-21, 2020 - The Legacy Lives
MLK JR Day The Legacy Lives
20th @ 1;30 pm | 21st @ 11 am
The Bristol Train Station Board, YWCA NETN and SWVA and APEC will host a community observance of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The commemoration event will be held on the national King holiday. Our theme, “The Legacy Lives” reminds us that the work Dr. King began is still important and unfinished.
Bristol Train Station, 101 Martin Luther King Blvd. Bristol, VA 24201
276-644-1573

January 24, 2020 - The Oak Ridge Boys
Doors open at 7 pm/ Show at 8 pm
Paramount Center, 518 State Street, Bristol, TN 37620
This award-winning country quartet from Hendersonville, TN has one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry.
423-274-8920 | www.paramountbristol.org

January 30 - February 12, 2020 - "I'll Never Be Hungry Again"
3,10 @ 7pm | 4,5,11,12 @ 2pm | Dinner Shows 4,11 @ 6 pm
1200 East Center Street, Kingsport, TN 37660
David is a black grad student assigned to read Gone With The Wind for a Southern Lit class. But David doesn’t want to read any novel about “white crackers getting rich off the sweat of their black brethren” so he puts it off until the night before the test. Then, under the influence of too much partying, David passes out in the middle of the story only to wake up and find himself at Terra Firma, the plantation home of Starlett O’Hara.
423-392-8427

January 31, 2020 - Jake Shimabukuro
Jake Shimabukuro
8 pm
Paramount Center, 518 State Street, Bristol, TN 37620
Hawaiian-born Shimabukuro has virtually reinvented the ukulele. No one else in the world plays, or has ever played, the instrument with anything that approaches his skill and artistry. He is a true master of styles and his playing has a wonderful innocence to it, as if each phrase feels new to him.
423-274-8920
www.paramountbristol.org

 

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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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