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2017 REGIONAL CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 

Nov. 17, 2017 through January 6, 2018 - BMS "Speedway in Lights"
Presented by Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights Powered By TVA is the largest holiday light show in the South. Speedway in Lights benefits programs and organizations supporting the needs of children in the Tri-Cities region by producing one of the largest holiday light shows in the country. A route of approximately four miles and two million lights provides entertainment for thousands and raises money for children charities in and around the region.

Nov. 17, 2017 - Kingsport Centennial Park Celebration
4 PM - 8 PM, Centennial Park, downtown Kingsport, TN. Our culminating event will be Friday, November 17. It is the Centennial Park Celebration. The park is our gift we leave to the city and our children.  We will be unveiling the Santa Train sculpture and burying a time capsule to commemorate the centennial year. Info at 423.229.9400.

Dec. 2, 2017 - Kingsport Christmas Parade
5 PM to 7 PM, downtown Kingsport. For additional information, please call (800) 743-5282.

Dec. 2, 2017 - Christmas at Tipton-Haynes
Tipton-Haynes Historic Site, Johnson City, TN.

Dec. 2, 2017 - Christmas in the Country at Exchange Place
10 AM to 4 PM at Exchange Place, 4812 Orebank Rd., Kingsport, TN. Exchange Place Living History Farm will celebrate the holidays and the winter season with Christmas in the Country on Saturday, December 2, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.  Admission is free to everyone for this final public event of the year at the historic site, which is proudly listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is located at 4812 Orebank Road in Kingsport.


Christmas in the Country will feature fresh greenery and trees, handcrafted wreaths and roping, and other holiday decorations.  More than two dozen area and regional vendors, displaying unique folk arts and crafts, will be on display on both sides of Orebank Road.  This will include a variety of hand-crafted items such as hooked rugs, baskets, pottery, quilts, greeting cards and jewelry.  Your taste buds will be tempted with a variety of baked goods, hot sauces and goat cheese, and you can pamper yourself with unique handmade soaps and an assortment of herbal products. Visitors to the 1850’s farm will see the simpler wintertime activities from our region, including a look at how our ancestors would have prepared for the holidays.  Over in the blacksmith shop, for instance, the skills that were needed to make hardware and tools for the farm, fix wagon wheels and, of course, make shoes for the horses, will be demonstrated throughout the day by acclaimed local blacksmith Catherine Shook.  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, salsify fritters, and cinnamon waffles.  In the nearby Cook’s Cabin, our Junior Apprentices will be demonstrating the Christmas-time food traditions of slaves, tenants, and Appalachian mountaineers, while also giving the public the opportunity to help decorate an old-fashioned Christmas tree and 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, which should feature tulip poplar bark baskets, tin cookie cutters, paper ornaments, games, and toys.  And hands-on activities for children will be found all around the grounds, including the always-popular making of candles. The traditional Yule Log Ceremony, beginning around 4:15 pm, concludes the day and is highlighted with the singing of carols around the bonfire and a cauldron of wassail.  The burning of the Yule Log can be traced back to the Vikings, who were honoring their gods and requesting good luck for the coming year.  Later part of the harvest festival in Germany and Scandinavia, it moved to England with the Normans, and eventually migrated to the New World with the Pilgrims.  In the 1850s, the Preston family would have celebrated Christmas in a very plain, non-commercial way, and a Yule Log was probably not a part of their holiday, but we have traditionally added it to 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.  We encourage everyone present to bring their own sprig to cast onto the fire, and to also wear fine, colorful headgear to the event. For more information, you may call Exchange Place at 423-288-6071, visit our website at exchangeplace.info, or write to email@exchangeplace.info.

Dec. 3, 2017 - 7th Annual Piney Flats Community Christmas Tree Lighting
4 PM, Dec. 3, 2017. Come join us for fun, food and a special Christmas Pageant located at the 4-way stop sign, in the vacant lot at the Historic Village Welcome sign. Free parking at Mary Hughes School. Tree lighting at 6 PM. Music, choirs, live manger scene and photos with Santa. Hot dogs, warm cider, hot chocolate and cookies provided. Donations will be accepted for the local food bank. Piney Flats Christmas t-shirts and commemorative ornaments will be for sale. Bring a lawn chair and join friends and neighbors for an old-fashioned community festival and leave with a wonderful Christmas memory. Event is sponsored by the Piney Flats Ruritan Club and area churches.

 

Dec. 3, 2017 - "A Lifetime of Railroading", Bristol Historical Association
12:30 PM, Bristol Train Station, downtown Bristol. Each year the Bristol Historical Association begins the holiday season with a festive Christmas Luncheon.  On Sunday, December 3, 2017 the association will celebrate the season with their 30th Annual luncheon at the Bristol Train Station at 12:30pm in downtown Bristol.  The guest speaker for this year’s event will be Ron Flanary, a resident of Big Stone Gap, Virginia.  An avid railroad enthusiast, he will present the program entitled, A Lifetime of Railroading. Flanary is the former Executive Director for Lenowisco Planning District Commission in Duffield, Virginia and an accomplished railroad enthusiast and consultant. He served in the U.S. Army as a personnel manager, then, served as a teacher in the Lee County Public Schools for three years before beginning at Lenowisco. The organization focuses on Community Development, Economic Development, Transportation and Public Utility Infrastructure in the counties of Lee, Scott, Wise and the town of Norton, Virginia. He retired in 2008. The cost is $30/per person paid in advance.  Please make your reservation by Monday, November 27 by mailing your check to Carter Miles, 92 Winding Way Road, Bristol, Virginia 24201.  Seating will be limited and the public is invited to attend.

Dec.7-9, 2017 - CHRISTMAS AT HISTORIC BLOUNTVILLE
"One Special Town... Two Special Trees"

Want to ring in the Christmas Season with family and friends? Do you have a special someone you would like to remember at Christmas? How about an old-fashioned Christmas Parade right here in the heart of Sullivan County?  Historic Blountville is the place to be!

TRADITIONAL TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
This year’s festivities will begin with the traditional Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in front of the old Sullivan County Courthouse at 6 PM on Thurs., Dec. 7, 2017. Christmas carols and other special holiday music will be brought by the Blountville Middle School Choir under the direction of Darren Malcolm. Continuing last year’s theme of “One Special Town… Two Special Trees”, the ceremony will include the traditional tree lighting of the beautiful 30-foot Douglas fir in front of the courthouse, and a second tree lighting by the Hope for Victims Support and Advocacy Group in remembrance of victims of violence.  Area residents are encouraged to participate by bringing an ornament in honor of family members lost to violence. Victims Remembrance Tree Organizer Joan Berry said, “It is in remembrance of everyone that has lost a loved one to homicide. Holidays can be extremely sad for families who have lost a loved one to violent crime. The remembrance tree gives families from East Tennessee the opportunity to do something special for their loved ones.”  Food vendors will be offering hot chocolate and a variety of other items including hamburgers, hot dogs, barbeque, funnel cakes, deep fried oreos, nachos, chili cheese fries and more. But wait, there’s more! …

BLOUNTVILLE RURITAN ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE
Nothing says it better than a parade!  Join us at 2 PM for the Blountville Ruritan Annual Christmas Parade on the  main thoroughfare through Blountville.  The parade route will line up at Keystone Drive, and proceed on Great Stage Road, ending at the Sullivan County Courthouse.  Those wishing to participate in the parade should line up at Keystone Drive at 1 PM. Participants are asked to have a Christmas theme on floats or vehicles. There is no registration fee, and anyone may participate.

The Historic Blountville Christmas Festivities  are sponsored by the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism, the partnership of First Judicial District Attorney General’s office and the local chapter of the Hope for Victims Support and Advocacy Group, and the Blountville Ruritan. For additional information, please call the Department of Archives and Tourism at 423.323.4660.

 

Dec. 7, 2017 - Bristol Christmas Parade
7 PM to 9 PM. Thousands of area residents will line State Street Thursday night, Dec. 7 for the Bristol Christmas Parade to kick-off the holiday season.  The parade, which has been taking place in the downtown area for more than a century, is a program of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce.
The nights festivities, which will start on Bob Morrison Blvd., make its way through the center of town before finishing up at the Train Station. As always, jolly ole Saint Nick will make his presence known, riding in the final float. More than 150 floats from local businesses, civic and volunteer organizations, church groups, bands, schools, neighborhood groups, etc. make up the parade. Registration deadline is Fri., Dec. 1, 2017. See https://www.bristolchamber.com/events/details/bristol-christmas-parade-789887.

Dec. 8, 2017 - Civil War Reenactment, Battle of Kingsport
Old Kingsport.

Dec. 9, 2017 - 2017 Historic Blountville Christmas Parade
2 PM, downtown Blountville, TN. Lineup will begin at Keystone Drive, and parade route will continue down Hwy. 126, ending at the Sullivan County Courthouse. There is no registration. Parade participants will lineup at Keystone Drive beginning at 1 PM. Phone 423.323.4660.

Dec. 9, 2017 - 2017 Bluff City Christmas Parade
5 PM, Main Street, Bluff City, TN. The tehme for this year's parade is "Under the Christmas Tree". Lineup will begin at 4 PM at Bluff City Middle School. Emergency vehicles line up at Elementary School. Cars will line up behind Methodist Church on Smith Street. (Please no Santa Claus on floats... Santa will be on City float only.) Cars and trucks will be judged and plaques given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Places. Judges Choice Awards given for floats: 1st Place $100; 2nd Place $50; 3rd Place $25.


Dec. 13, 2017 - "A Charlie Brown Christmas"
7 PM to 8:30 PM, Wed., Dec. 13, Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Tusculum Blvd., Greeneville, TN 37745. Tickets: Orchestra: $30 | Mezzanine: $25 | Balcony: $20 A Charlie Brown Christmas, the Emmy and Peabody award-winning story by Charles M. Shultz, has warmed the hearts of millions of fans since it first aired on television over 50 years ago. Now the classic animated television special comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation featuring all of your favorite characters and classic Vince Guaraldi score. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they mount a play, save a tree and uncover the true meaning of Christmas. “A sweet and touching, live action version that is itself an instant holiday classic.” — Broadway World “All the right notes.” — The Chicago Tribune “It’s like watching the television special come to life!” — Around the Town Chicago 2017-18 Season Sponsor Parker Hannifin Ticket Fee: $1.50 per ticket No processing or delivery fees

 

 

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ONGOING EVENTS

  • 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.
  • Kingsport Farmers Market, 7 AM to 1 PM, Wednesdays and Saturdays, corner of Clinchfield and Center Streets. Info at 423.246.6550.
  • Bristol Farmers Market, May 1 thru October 31, Saturdays 7 AM to Noon, and Wednesdays 3 PM to 7 PM.
  • 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.
  • Appalachian Ghostwalks, ongoing daily/nightly tours. Reservations required. Interested parties should call (423) 743-WALK (9255) for reservations.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mountain Mysteries Bus Tours - An exciting year-round adventure. Explore the mysteries of your mountain heritage... Get ready for a fun group or family adventure that you'll treasure for a lifetime! The Appalachian GhostWalks Tour Bus is now available for regional tour and charter services for groups of five, or more, up to a maximum of fourteen of your friends and family. Beautifully restored, our bus features a fantastic audio/visual system, perfect for holiday and birthday parties as well as other special occasions. Enjoy transportation to and from any or all of our single evening tours, as well as our full-day vacation packages. Call 423.743.WALK (9255) to inquire about booking the bus for a day, or a night out with a group of your friends, family, or co-workers. Visit the website at AppalachianGhostWalks.com for full details. All tours are perfect for children as a positively spooky and fun family adventure!

         

 

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