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REGIONAL CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 

May 21, 2018 - Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting
7 PM, Mon., May 21, 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 speakers to be announced. General public is cordially invited. For further information, please contact Travis Merrill at (423) 502-7474.

May 26, 2018 - Memorial Day Event: "Decorate Speedwell"
On Saturday, May 26, 2018, at 10 am at Speedwell Cemetery, Cherokee Road, Johnson City, the Speedwell Cemetery Board of Trustees will host a Memorial Day event called Decorate Speedwell. The Trustees would like the community and descendants to participate in a Memorial Day celebration like no other. If you would like to just come and sit down and talk about your ancestor or relative and/or learn more about the cemetery, please bring a chair. Trustees also would like to see every grave covered in flowers. Trustees ask participants to bring cut flowers and place them on graves at Speedwell Cemetery from 10 am to 12 pm. Please no glass jars or plastic bottles. For more information on this event or Speedwell Cemetery, Decorate Speedwell call Elaine Scott Cantrell at (423) 257-2264 or email Chad Fred Bailey at chadfredb@gmail.com.

 

June 2-3, 2018 - Rocky Mount TimeLine Festival
On June 2-3, Rocky Mount State Historic Site will host the inaugural TimeLine Festivalshowcasing history of the region and beyond through the centuries. The Festival will be held on Saturday, June 2, from10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, June 3, from 12:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. The festival will look at not only military history but also daily life. The event will also feature storytellers, local authors and performers presenting various aspects of our local and regional heritage. Noted speakers will include Andy Hare, Chares Charlton, Captain William A. Coleman and Robert Rambo – who will perform as a noted Barbary Coast Admiral in the early 19th century. Performers will include Ted Olson, the Johnson City Blue Grass Band, the Old Field Shape Note Singers and Linda Wegner. Demonstrators will include basket weaving, blacksmithing, quill pen writing and historical surveying. Toys and games will also be available on grounds for children and families to play. Performances and presentations will be held throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday.  (See the following schedule) Admission is $10. Rocky Mount Historical Association members receive a $3 discount. For more information, contact Kristin Turner, education director (423) 538-7396 or kturner@rockymountmuseum.com or Sam Wegner, director at (504) 444-2888 or sam.wegner@rockymountmuseum.com

 

SCHEDULE OF PERFORMANCES AND PRESENTATIONS

Saturday, June 2:

  • 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.:  Ted Olson, author and performer. Will present on his book and perform music in the Overmountain Museum auditorium.
  • 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Andy Hare, author. Will be present on his book, History of Piney Flats, Tennessee, in the Overmountain Museum auditorium.
  • 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.: Charles Charlton, author and performer. Will present from his book of poetry, Songs of the Soul, in the Overmountain Museum auditorium.
  • 2:00 pm to 3:00 p.m.: Robert Rambo, performer. Will present on Peter Lysle, a Scottish Admiral in the Barbary Coast Pirates Fleet against the U.S. Marines at Tripoli in the early 19th Century, in the Overmountain Museum auditorium.

Sunday, June 3:

  • 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.: Captain William A. Coleman, author. Will present on his book, The Role of Black Americans in the Military, in the Overmountain Museum auditorium.
  • 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Robert Rambo, performer. Will present on Peter Lysle, a Scottish Admiral in the Barbary Coast Pirates Fleet against the U.S. Marines at Tripoli in the early 19th Century, in the Overmountain Museum auditorium.
  • 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Old Field Shape-Note Singers. Will perform at various times in the Overmountain Museum.
  • 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Andy Hare, author. Will be present on his book, History of Piney Flats, Tennessee, in the Overmountain Museum auditorium.

Throughout Both Days:

  • Johnson City Blue Grass Band
  • Linda Wegner
  • Storytellers
  • Overmountain Victory Men
  • Bristol Forge Blacksmiths
  • Craft Demonstrations
  • Period games for kids and families

 

June 2, 2018 - BBQ and Golf Tournament
Tri-Cities Golf Club, 2354 Feathers Chapel Road, Blountville, TN. Golf Tournament beginning at 12 Noon (4-man teams), $250. BBQ at 4 PM, tickets $10. The event is a 1st Annual Fundraiser for the Avoca Volunteer Fire Department. Door Prizes will given. For further information, please contact David Long at 423.612.0983 or Mark A. Vance at 423.914.8557.

June 2, 2018 - Paramount Bristol Mighty Wurlitzer Day
1PM to 3PM, June 2, Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN 37620. (423) 274-8920. Internationally known theater and classical organist Mark Andersen is coming to Paramount Bristol on June 2 for a special “open console” event. You will have a chance to play the Paramount’s Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ followed by a screening of the Charlie Chase silent film “Mighty Like a Moose," accompanied by an original live score played by Mr. Andersen. Directed by Leo McCarey and released in July 1926, “Mighty Like a Moose” is representative of Chase’s adroit blend of farce, surrealism, and sight gags. After a homely married couple separately undergo plastic surgery, they unwittingly flirt with each other. Scholars consider this two-reel short comedy to be Chase’s finest silent film. In 2007, “Mighty Like A Moose” was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, which recognizes American films deemed culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant. Mark Andersen’s music is well known throughout America and Europe. He served as organist to the Boston Symphony, and won the International Composer’s Competition in Amsterdam – twice. He has performed in prestigious concert halls around the world, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Royal Albert Hall in London, and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. While living in New York City, Mark worked for NBC and produced Off-Broadway shows. For the past 10 years, he has served as Artist in Residence to Daniels Recital Hall in Seattle, playing one of the largest pipe organs in the state. As a composer, Mark is well known for his original scores for many silent movies. Admission is free and open to the general public.

June 11, 2018 - Terry Baucom's Dukes of Drive at BCM
7 PM and 9 PM, Monday, June 11, Birthplace of Country Music Museum.


Tickets $20 Adults and $10 for Children 12 and under. Click here to buy tickets.

A native of Monroe, North Carolina, Terry Baucom has enjoyed a career in music that started in 1970 with Charlie Moore and continued over the years as a founding member of ground breaking bands like Boone Creek (with Ricky Skaggs and Jerry Douglas), Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, IIIrd Tyme Out and more. Winner of the 2013 IBMA Recorded Event of the Year for “What’ll I Do,” Baucom currently tours with his own band, Terry Baucom’s Dukes of Drive. His single “The Rock” finished 2015 as Bluegrass radio’s most played song on the Bluegrass Today chart. The band’s current Top 10 single “Around The Corner” is recieving heavy national and international airplay. In 2008, Deering Banjos introduced the Terry Baucom Signature model banjo, while the Dunlop company also uses Baucom as an endorser, offering Terry Baucom custom sets of banjo strings. A testament to his influence is evident when you listen to countless younger generation banjo players who use Baucom signature licks and emulate his driving technique. In addition to playing on numerous recording sessions and producing instructional materials, Baucom teaches banjo, both privately and in camp and workshop settings. The Dukes of Drive consists of Joey Lemons from King, North Carolina, on mandolin and vocals; Will Jones of Cana, Virginia, on guitar and vocals; and Joe Hannabach of Pfafftown, North Carolina on bass.

June 18, 2018 - Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting
7 PM, Mon., June 18, 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.

June 23, 2018 - Tennessee National at Muddy Creek Raceway
8 AM to 6 PM, Sat., June 23, 2018, Muddy Creek Raceway, 450 Ridgeway Dr., Blountville, TN 37617. Phone (423) 323-5497. Muddy Creek Raceway is home to the 6th Annual Tennessee National – Round 5 of the prestigious Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. Nestled within the scenic Smoky Mountains in eastern Tennessee, the Tennessee National is the best way to get outside and enjoy the sun, friends and family while watching the athletes of the most physically demanding professional action sport go bar to bar in intense, dirt-slinging action, that is only found on 12 of the best motocross tracks across the country. See Facebook page.

July 4, 2018 - Blountville Ruritan Annual Independence Day Parade
2 PM, downtown Historic Blountville, TN. Hosted by the Blountville Ruritan. Details at (423) 323-4660.

July 13-21, 2018 - Kingsport Fun Fest!
Event begun in 1981, its mission is "One Festival for All - All for Fun!". Visit the website, or call (800) 743-5282. Visit the all-new FunFest page!

July 15, 2018 - Exchange Place Living History Farm: Farmfest
Farmfest is the first Sunday afternoon of the community wide FunFest. The focus is on Children’s “play” and “chores” and demonstrations of summertime activities on a 19th century farmstead. No sales are made except at the John Gaines Store.  Further detailsails to be announced.

July 16, 2018 - Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting
7 PM, Mon., July 16, 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.

July 16, 2018 - Tri-Cities Civil War Round Table: "A Civil War Evening"
6:30 PM, Renaissance Center Theater, Kingsport, TN. A Fun Fest event. "First Person Reenactment of Grant (by Curt Fields) and Lee (by Thomas Jessee).

Aug. 4, 2018 - Piney Flats Day
Sat., Aug. 4, 2018, 9 AM to 4 PM, Mary Hughes School, 240 Austin Springs Rd., Piney flats, TN 37686. Further details to be announced.

Aug. 15, 2018 - Bristol Motor Speedway: UNOH 200 & Bush's Beans 150
Bristol Motor Speedway, 151 Speedway Blvd., Bristol, TN 37620. Tickets at 865.415.4158. See Bristol Motor Speedway Calendar of Events.

Aug. 17, 2018 - Bristol Motor Speedway: Food City 300 & Pinty's Qualifying
Bristol Motor Speedway, 151 Speedway Blvd., Bristol, TN 37620. Tickets at 865.415.4158. See Bristol Motor Speedway Calendar of Events.

Aug. 18, 2018 - Bristol Motor Speedway: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race
Bristol Motor Speedway, 151 Speedway Blvd., Bristol, TN 37620. Tickets at 865.415.4158. See Bristol Motor Speedway Calendar of Events.

Aug. 20, 2018 - Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting
7 PM, Mon., Aug. 20, 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.

Sept. 8, 2018 - 10th Annual Historic Blountville Flea Mkt & Heritage Days
9 AM to 4 PM, Sat., Sept. 8, downtown Historic Blountville. A heritage festival including a bargain-hunter's paradise of approx. 350 vendors of crafts, antiques, flea market items & more! Listen to some down-home music ranging from bluegrass & country to rock-n-roll! Enjoy everything from barbeque to funnel cakes! A fun opportunity for young and old alike, this event has drawn over 10,000 people! Don't miss this one! Further details to be announced. Hosted by the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism, (423) 323-4660.

Sept. 8, 2018 - Blountville High School 50th Class Reunion of 1968
6 to 10 PM, Shrine Temple, 1100 Jericho Drive, Kingsport, TN 37663. 50th Class Reunion for the last class to graduate form the Old Blountville High School. Contact Connie Gilley Boling for further information.

Sept. 10, 2018 - Tri-Cities Civil War Round Table: "Battle of Spotsylvania"
7 PM, Eastman Employee Center, Room 219, 400 S. Wilcox Dr., Kingsport, TN. Presentation by Frank O'Reilly, Historian at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania. "The Battle of Spotsylvania: Two giths at teh Mule Shoe Salient".

Sept. 17, 2018 - Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting
7 PM, Mon., Sept. 17, 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.

Sept. 21-23, 2018 - Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
See Birthplace of Country Music website.

Sept. 28-30, 2018 - 155th BATTLE OF BLOUNTVILLE Civil War Reenactment
155th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF BLOUNTVILLE CIVIL WAR REENACTMENT, Sept. 28th-30th, 2018, Old Hawley Farm, 1173 Hawley Rd., Blountville, TN 37617. Event hosted by the Department of East Tennessee Reenacting, the Battle of Blountville Civil War Military Park, and the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism. Further event details to be announced. Information at 423.323.4660.

Sept. 29, 2018 - Bluff City Heritage Day
Downtown Bluff City, TN. Further details to be announced.

Sept. 29-30, 2018 - Exchange Place Living History Farm: Fall Folk Arts Festival
The Fall Folk Arts Festival is the last full weekend of September. Fall activities typical of a 19th century farmstead, demonstrations and sales of high-quality hand-made handicrafts and a Harvest Market are featured. Traditional music, old-fashioned foods, children’s activities, and animals are important parts of the event.  Begun in 1972. Further details to be announced.

Oct. 8, 2018 - The Civil War: "The Winning Combination: Grant & Sherman"
7 PM, Eastman Employee Center, Room 219, 400 S. Wilcox Dr., Kingsport, TN. Presentation by John Marszalek, Historian and Author. Further details to be announced.

Oct. 12-14, 2018 - Rogersville Heritage Days
Year after year Rogersville’s historic downtown district provides a welcoming festival setting for Heritage Days – a traditional community celebration of Rogersville’s unique heritage. The festival showcases traditional music, storytellers, and dancers, special activities for Children, demonstrations of pioneer skills, antique quilts, cars and farm equipment, a juried craft show, and a food court to delight everyone! Further details to be announced.

Oct. 15, 2018 - Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting
7 PM, Mon., Oct. 15, 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.

Oct. 26-27, 2018 - Exchange Place Living History Farm: Witches Wynd
Listeners “Wynd” among five professional tellers of legends and love in the nooks and crannies of ancient log buildings. The evening concludes with hot cider and cookies. Advanced tickets, first available at the Fall Folk Arts Festival are required for this event which has sold out every year.  Begun in 1992. Further details to be announced.

Nov. 12, 2018 - Tri-Cities Civil War Round Table
7 PM, Eastman Employee Center, Room 219, 400 S. Wilcox Dr., Kingsport, TN. Presentation by Ed Bearss, Chief Historian Emeritus, National Park Service: "Farthest Forward: Pickett and Pettigrew at Gettysburg". Further details to be announced.

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.

Dec. 1, 2018 - Exchange Place Living History Farm: Christmas in the Country
Christmas in the Country is the first Saturday of December. 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.  Further details to be announced.

Dec. 8, 2018 - Blountville Ruritan Annual Christmas Parade
2 PM, downtown Historic Blountville, TN. Hosted by the Blountville Ruritan. Details at (423) 323-4660.

Dec. 8, 2018 - Bluff City Annual Christmas Parade
5 PM, downtown Bluff City, TN.

Dec. 17, 2018 - Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting
7 PM, Mon., Dec. 17, 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.

 

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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 the 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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