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2017 REGIONAL CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 

Ongoing thru Jan. 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.

 

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

DECEMBER 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!

HISTORIC BLOUNTVILLE TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY, 6 PM, THURS., DEC. 7
This year’s festivities will begin with the traditional Historic Blountville Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in front of the old Sullivan County Courthouse at 6 PM on Thurs., Dec. 7, 2017. Chris McIntosh of WJHL will preside as Master of Ceremonies, and special guests include Rep. Bud Hulsey, District Attorney General Barry Staubus, along with Sullivan County Mayor Richard Venable who will do the honor of lighting the town Christmas tree, a massive thirty-foot blue spruce that adorns the front lawn of the historic courthouse.  Christmas carols and other special holiday music will be brought by the Blountville Middle School Choir under the direction of Darren Malcolm.  A special rendition of "Silent Night" will be presented by Assistant District Attorney Emily Hutchins on violin along with Carolyn Barry on flute.

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! …

TOURS OF THE OLD DEERY INN, 1-4 PM, SAT., DEC. 9
The Old Deery Inn and Museum will be open from 1 PM to 4 PM on Sat., Dec. 9.  The historic inn will showcase its own 1800s Christmas tree and period Christmas decorations.  Docents in period attire will be on hand to lead the tours. Such an exciting way to ring in the holidays with your entire family!

BLOUNTVILLE RURITAN ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE, 2 PM, SAT., DEC. 9
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.

 

DECEMBER 7, 2017

Historic Blountville Christmas Tree Lighting
6 PM, Thurs., Dec. 7. This year’s festivities will begin with the traditional Historic Blountville Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in front of the old Sullivan County Courthouse at 6 PM on Thurs., Dec. 7, 2017. Chris McIntosh of WJHL will preside as Master of Ceremonies, and special guests include Rep. Bud Hulsey, District Attorney General Barry Staubus, along with Sullivan County Mayor Richard Venable who will do the honor of lighting the town Christmas tree, a massive thirty-foot blue spruce that adorns the front lawn of the historic courthouse.  Christmas carols and other special holiday music will be brought by the Blountville Middle School Choir under the direction of Darren Malcolm.  A special rendition of "Silent Night" will be presented by Assistant District Attorney Emily Hutchins on violin along with Carolyn Barry on flute. 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.

Bristol Christmas Parade
7 PM to 9 PM, Dec. 7. 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 details.

 

DECEMBER 8, 2017

Bristol Ballet presents "The Nutcracker"
7:30 PM, Dec. 8, presented by Bristol Ballet at the Paramount Theatre, Bristol, TN.

1818 Christmas at the Netherland Inn
6-8 PM, Dec. 8-9, and 2-4 PM on Sun., Dec. 10. See details.

"A Candlelight Christmas" at Historic Rocky Mount
Rocky Mount State Historic Site’s “A Candlelight Christmas” tours are a chance to look back at a simpler time and experience a simpler celebration. Guests will travel back to Christmas Eve of 1791 where the Cobb family home is adorned with handmade decorations of greenery and lit by candles. Meet the Cobb family, Governor Blount and his family, and many of the Cobb family’s friends and neighbors. Listen to the stories of firing the anvil, the kissing ball, poor man’s punch, and more. Watch the dances of the time and even be invited to join in. Tap your toes and clap your hands to the traditional music being played. Smell the apple fritters frying in the kitchen, the pies waiting to be eaten in the dining room, and the smoke of the bonfire.At the end of the tour, warm up in our reception area with coffee or hot chocolate and other goodies while listening to Christmas music. “A Candlelight Christmas” is a new way to come and see an old favorite. This tour is completely different from our daily tour and captures a different side of life in 1791. Come feel the warmth of the fire on your skin and the warmth of the season in your heart. Start a new tradition this year by attending our “A Candlelight Christmas” tour. Tours begin at 4:30 p.m. each day (Dec. 1st, 2nd, 8th, and 9th) and leave the Visitor’s Center every fifteen minutes with the last tour going out at 8:00 p.m. Guests will have to travel outside to get to the historic home and other buildings so make sure to dress for the weather. The tour lasts approximately an hour and a half and costs $10 for adults and $8 for children ages 5 and up. Members of Rocky Mount receive a $2 discount off admission. Reservations are strongly encouraged, although walk-in visitors are welcome. Group rates are available for groups of twelve or more people. In order to receive group rates, reservations are required. Reservations are now being taken. To make a reservation or for more information, call (423) 538-7396 or 888-538-1791.

 

DECEMBER 9, 2017

Historic Blountville Christmas Parade
2 PM, Sat., Dec. 9 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.

1818 Christmas at the Netherland Inn
6-8 PM, Dec. 8-9, and 2-4 PM on Sun., Dec. 10. See details.

Bristol Ballet presents "The Nutcracker"
Shows at 12 Noon and 4:30 PM, Dec. 9, presented by Bristol Ballet at the Paramount Theatre, Bristol, TN.

Bluff City Christmas Parade
5 PM, Sat., Dec. 9, Main Street, Bluff City, TN. The theme 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.

Christmas at the Old Deery Inn
1-4 PM., Sat., Dec. 9, downtown Historic Blountville.

Rocky Mount's "A Candlelight Christmas"
Rocky Mount State Historic Site’s “A Candlelight Christmas” tours are a chance to look back at a simpler time and experience a simpler celebration. Guests will travel back to Christmas Eve of 1791 where the Cobb family home is adorned with handmade decorations of greenery and lit by candles. Meet the Cobb family, Governor Blount and his family, and many of the Cobb family’s friends and neighbors. Listen to the stories of firing the anvil, the kissing ball, poor man’s punch, and more. Watch the dances of the time and even be invited to join in. Tap your toes and clap your hands to the traditional music being played. Smell the apple fritters frying in the kitchen, the pies waiting to be eaten in the dining room, and the smoke of the bonfire.At the end of the tour, warm up in our reception area with coffee or hot chocolate and other goodies while listening to Christmas music. “A Candlelight Christmas” is a new way to come and see an old favorite. This tour is completely different from our daily tour and captures a different side of life in 1791. Come feel the warmth of the fire on your skin and the warmth of the season in your heart. Start a new tradition this year by attending our “A Candlelight Christmas” tour. Tours begin at 4:30 p.m. each day (Dec. 1st, 2nd, 8th, and 9th) and leave the Visitor’s Center every fifteen minutes with the last tour going out at 8:00 p.m. Guests will have to travel outside to get to the historic home and other buildings so make sure to dress for the weather. The tour lasts approximately an hour and a half and costs $10 for adults and $8 for children ages 5 and up. Members of Rocky Mount receive a $2 discount off admission. Reservations are strongly encouraged, although walk-in visitors are welcome. Group rates are available for groups of twelve or more people. In order to receive group rates, reservations are required. Reservations are now being taken. To make a reservation or for more information, call (423) 538-7396 or 888-538-1791.


DECEMBER 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.

 

DECEMBER 15, 2017

"The Nutcracker"
Friday, Dec. 15 at 7 PM, Saturday, Dec. 16 at 7 PM, and Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2:30 PM, Wellmont Performing Arts Center at Northeast State. Tickets are $10-$20. Call 423.378.3967.

 

DECEMBER 16, 2017

Clara's Tea and Chocolate
Saturday, Dec. 16 at 5 PM, Wellmont Performing Arts Center at Northeast State. Tickets are $10. Info at 423.378.3967.

"The Nutcracker"
Friday, Dec. 15 at 7 PM, Saturday, Dec. 16 at 7 PM, and Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2:30 PM, Wellmont Performing Arts Center at Northeast State. Tickets are $10-$20. Call 423.378.3967.

 

DECEMBER 17, 2017

"It's a Wonderful Life"
2 PM, Dec. 17, presented by Oakley Cook at the Paramount Theatre, Bristol, TN.

"The Nutcracker"
Friday, Dec. 15 at 7 PM, Saturday, Dec. 16 at 7 PM, and Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2:30 PM, Wellmont Performing Arts Center at Northeast State. Tickets are $10-$20. Call 423.378.3967.

DECEMBER 31, 2017

Kingsport 100: New Year's Eve Street Party
8 PM to 12 Midnight, 1st block of Broad Street in Downtown Kingsport. Join us for a DJ, live entertainment, giveaways, YMCA kidzone, scavenger hunt, food trucks, Sleepy Owl, a midnight fireworks show and more!

 

 

2018 CALENDAR...

May 20, 2018 - Cars for Kids Cruise-In
10 AM to 2 PM, Sat., May 20, downtown Historic Blountville, TN. Skponsored by the Central Heights Elementary School PTA. Event includes Silent Auction, face painting and oldies music. Further details to be announced.

 

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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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