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Thursday, July 20th, 2017

  • Kingsport Civic Auditorium
    1550 Ft. Henry Drive Kingsport TN 37660
    Kingsport Parks and Rec 423.224.2489
  • | 8:30am - 5:30pm | Sports and Recreation
    Kingsport Civic Auditorium
    1550 Ft. Henry Drive Kingsport TN 37660
    Kingsport Parks and Rec 423.224.2489
  • | 9:00am - | Seniors, Retirement
    - Senior Fest 9am Kingsport Senior Center
    Kingsport Senior Center
    1200 E. Center St. Kingsport TN 37660
    Kingsport Senior Center/Amber Quillen 423.392.8402
  • Kingsport Public Library
    400 Broad Street Kingsport TN 37660
    Kingsport Public Library 423.229.9489
  • | 12:00pm - 6:00pm | Sports and Recreation
    - The first time ever that a Smithsonian Museum On Main Street exhibit is being hosted by a State Park!
    Come dive into water! “Water | Ways” helps us to consider how we use water and what water symbolizes to us; how water unites and divides communities and how people resolve conflicts over this resource; how water affects the way we live, work, create, play and worship; and how we care for our water and protect it for future generations.
    This exhibition covers many themes, including:
    ≈ A Water Planet
    ≈ Where is Our Water?
    ≈ What's a Watershed?
    ≈ Water and Humanity
    ≈ Availability of Water
    ≈ Water as a Critical Resource
    ≈ Harnessing the Power of Water
    ≈ Climate and Water
    Warriars Path Park
    490 Hemlock Road Kingsport TN 37663
    Warriors' Path State Park 423.239.8531
  • | 12:00pm - 5:00pm | Kids
    - Join us each Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from June 24 to July 23 for Family Summer Camp.

    Games and Activities :12:00 to 5:00 each day
    Crafts: 12:00 to 2:00 each day
    Workshops: 12:00 to 3:00 each day
    Catch & Release fishing 12:00 to 5:00 (July 1-2 only)
    Free Photo Download 12:00 to 5:00 (July 1-2 only)

    *Adult required to stay with child during all activities
    Bass Pro Shops
    1 Bass Pro Shop Dr. Bristol TN
    Bass Pro Shops 423.990.5200
  • | 1:15pm - 2:30pm | Kids
    - Every Thursday this Spring, families meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. In a 5-part class each week, Tinkergarten Leader, Shannon Ryals, will facilitate an expert-designed play scenario, allowing children of various ages and needs to explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate, and create together. Parents and caregivers learn, too, as we’ll share insight into your child’s development. The program progresses to meet each child’s need season after season.
    Warriars Path Park
    490 Hemlock Road Kingsport TN 37663
    Tinkergarten 413.397.2800
  • | 2:00pm - 3:00pm | Arts and Entertainment, storytelling
    - Ingrid Nixon is a world-traveled storyteller whose exploration nail-biters, tall tales, traditional and personal stories whisk listeners of all ages away on journeys of the imagination. Known for her voices, gestures, and animated facial expressions that bring characters to life, her creative approaches to traditional tales make her ancient stories relevant to modern audiences.

    Nixon is a champion liar many times over, a claim that makes her mother both proud and worried. After living in Alaska for many years working in the wilds as a National Park Service ranger, she currently hails from Washington State.
    “You will want to travel along as Ingrid recounts her journeys; whether they are imagined, stretched, or actually true, you are guaranteed an adventure!” – Forest Storytelling Festival

    Matinee Performances Tuesday- Saturday at 2pm.
    For reservations or more information call (800) 952-8392 or (423) 913-1276
    International Storytelling Center
    100 W. Main Street Jonesborough TN 37659
    Customer Service 800.952.8392
  • | 4:00pm - 12:00am | Community and Civic Groups, Clubs
    - Holston Valley Medical Center wants you! We are looking for volunteers for various areas of the hospital and surrounding outpatient areas.
    Please contact Karen Fox at (423) 224-6041 or via email at for more information.

    Holston Valley Medical Center
    130 West Ravine Road Kingsport TN 37662
    Karen Fox 423.224.6041
  • | 6:00pm - 7:00pm | Schools and Education
    - Have you heard about the new Tennessee Reconnect Grant? It is an initiative that allows adults to return to school without paying tuition and mandatory fees. We will have information about the new grant as well as information about Tennessee Promise, Admissions, Financial Aid, Career Services, Veterans Affairs, and the Northeast Tennessee Reconnect Community available. Come learn how a college degree can be a reality for you.
    Northeast State at Johnson City
    101 E. Market St. Johnson City TN
  • | 6:00pm - 8:00pm | Health Seminars and Screenings
    - July breastfeeding class is set for July 20th from 6-8 pm. Kingsport location. Please message me or text 423-737-5794 to sign up. Significant others and grandparents are encouraged to attend. Labor and deliver or pediatric nurses can attend the class any month for no charge. A donation of $5, if you can afford it is appreciated to cover materials and travel expenses. Spread the word. Share. Tag. I suggest taking the class 2-3 months before your due date!
    Second floor conference room.
    2002 Brookside drive!
    The Nursing Nook
    2002 Brookside Dr. Kingsport TN
    The Nursing Nook 423.737.5794
  • | 6:30pm - 8:00pm | Local Events, History Education
    - History Happy Hour, the Chester Inn Museum’s new monthly program for 2017, is off to a strong start! This month’s History Happy Hour features former ETSU History Department chair and professor Dr. Colin Baxter talking about the fascinating & tragic life of James Baxter Bean at 6:30 pm at the Chester Inn State Historic Site & Museum in Jonesborough. This History Happy Hour includes a special, artifact unveiling from the Heritage Alliance’s museum collection. The program is free and open to the public with free refreshments.

    James Baxter Bean was perhaps the single most important dental surgeon of the Civil War, but chances are you’ve never heard of him. He was the great-grandson of William Bean, the first European settler to settle permanently in what would become Tennessee. A resident of Washington County, James Baxter Bean was educated at Washington College, and he married Hester M. Bovell in 1860. During the Civil War, he worked for a Confederate hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, where he revolutionized the field treatment of facial wounds with the “Bean Splint.” After the war, Bean relocated to Baltimore where he opened a dental practice.

    Throughout his life, Bean also enjoyed nature and adventure. He avidly collected wildlife and ornithological specimens, many of which are currently held at the Smithsonian Museum. His life of adventure led him to explore European mountains and excerpts from his travel journal were used by Mark Twain in his book A Tramp Abroad. In 1870, tragedy simultaneously struck both Bean in Europe and his family who had returned to Washington County to live with Hester’s family while Bean traveled. According to Special Projects Coordinator Anne Mason, “We will also be showing a new, rare artifact at this program that was donated by the family of Hester Bovell. The artifact is very interesting, somewhat macabre, and helps to tell the tragic story of James Baxter Bean and his family.”

    History Happy Hour is a collaborative program that features speakers and researchers from various local organizations, museums, and schools. Presenters for 2017 include independent researchers, National Park Service rangers, and professors. The programs are usually on the third or fourth Thursday each month at 6:30 pm. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information on the Chester Inn Museum, History Happy Hour, or the Heritage Alliance please call our office at 423.753.9580 or the Chester Inn Museum at 423.753.4580. You can also contact the organization via email at Additional information about the Heritage Alliance and its mission can be found online at click for details Be sure to follow the Chester Inn and Heritage Alliance Facebook pages for updates about events at the Chester Inn and other Heritage Alliance programs.
    Chester Inn Museum
    116 West Main Street Jonesborough TN 37659
    Heritage Alliance 423.753.9580
  • | 7:00pm - | Arts and Entertainment
    - Dean Dillon’s songwriting has thrived. He has recently written songs for famous faces like Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith and Lee Ann Womack. His association with George Strait over the years has brought him to an ICON STATUS in country music. It’s the relationship with Strait that has, to a large extent, defined both of their careers. And in a genre built on great songwriters writing for great singers, there has never been another team like it. Dillon has composed or co-written 55 songs for Strait, including 19 singles, 11 which went to number 1. Even in a career like Strait’s, the Dillon titles stand out: “Marina del Rey”, “The Chair”, “I’ve Come to Expect it From You”, “Easy Come, Easy Go”, “She Let Herself Go”, and “The Best Day.” His songs all pair instantly catchy melodies with gutbucket country lyrics, signature qualities of a Dillon composition that would also become hallmarks of Strait’s own style and sound.

    As producer Tony Brown explained “they are the elements that allow Strait to sound traditional without sounding old-timey.

    At his ranch home in Gunnison, Colorado, Dean Dillon’s walls display an array of timely photographs and awards consisting of: 1985 Billboard Country Music Artist Of The Year Award; 1986 Nashville Song Writers Award; 1995, 1996, 1998 CMA TRIPLE PLAY AWARD ; Three Time Grammy Nominee; Lee Iacocca Award (American Automotive Division); Twenty Six (26) Number 1 Records Award; and the coveted 2013 BMI Icon Award.
    Paramount Center for the Arts
    518 State Street Bristol TN 37620
    Paramount Center for the Arts 14232748920
  • | 7:30pm - | Arts and Entertainment
    - The Official Outdoor Drama of the State of Tennessee begins its 39th season July 13, 2017 at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park in Elizabethton, TN and continues for a three-weekend run – Thursdays through Saturdays – beginning each evening at 7:30 in the Fort Watauga Amphitheater.

    Tennessee’s official outdoor drama is presented by a cast of local performers against the backdrop of Fort Watauga. Liberty! portrays the significant history of Sycamore Shoals during the late 18th century.

    The concept of outdoor drama offers a very unique format in which to present a theatrical performance. Without a doubt, experiencing live theater, beside the cool waters of the Watauga River, with Fort Watauga as the backdrop to the play, is unlike any other. Theatrical lighting, professional sound, and a host of unexpected effects completely immerse the audience in the lifestyles of the late 18th century.

    IMG_1099As the story unfolds, long hunters and settlers begin leaving the protection of the English Colonies, crossing the Appalachian Mountains in violation of the British Proclamation of 1763. Historically, along the Watauga Old Fields, families soon made their homes, formed a new government, bought and traded land from the Cherokee, and ultimately, during the American Revolution, fought for the freedom we hold so dear today.

    The series of events that unfolded at Sycamore Shoals were critical to state and national history in the 18th century. These dramatic chapters in America’s westward expansion set the tone for a number of events that helped propel the British colonies towards independence and a democratic form of government. These stories are proudly shared with our guests during each performance of Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals.

    The 2017 season will also mark the 8th exciting year for Carter’s Trading Post, a venue named in honor of the original store opened by pioneers Carter and partner William Parker shortly after they arrived on the frontier in 1771. A fine menu of mouth watering treats will be offered each evening for Liberty! guests. During your visit to Sycamore Shoals, please plan the time to visit our new interpretive exhibit which opened in June of 2013.

    Sponsored by Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park.

    Liberty! runs Thursdays-Saturdays, July 13 - 15, 20 – 22, and 27 - 29, 2017 in the Fort Watauga Amphitheater at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park in Elizabethton, TN.

    Performances begin nightly at 7:30 PM. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Concession stand opens at 6:30 PM.
    Sycamore Shoals State Park
    1651 W. Elk Ave. Elizabethton TN 37643
    Sycamore Shoals State Park 423.543.5808
  • | Kids
    - There's something happening every day at Bays Mountain, which is Tennessee's largest city-owned park. Bays Mountain Park, located in beautiful Kingsport, Tennessee, is a 3,550-acre nature preserve and the largest city-owned park in the state of Tennessee. Offering a variety of features, visitors to Bays Mountain Park can enjoy a picturesque 44-acre lake, a Nature Center with a state-of-the-art Planetarium Theater, Animal Habitats featuring wolves, bobcats, raptors and reptiles, and an Adventure Ropes Course complete with a 300-ft. zip line. Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of the park’s 38 miles of trails for hiking, running, sight-seeing, exploration and mountain biking.

    Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium
    853 Bays Mountain Park Road Kingsport TN 37660
    Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium 423.229.9447
  • | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs
    - Come play at Fun Fest, the best part of summer in the area. Join us for 9 days of sporting events, musical performance, children's activities and much more.July 14-22, 2017. For a complete list of Fun Fest events, go to click for details
    Kingsport Area
    FunFest 800.743.5282
  • | Special Interest
    Kingsport Ballet Studio
    201 Cherokee St. Kingsport TN
    Kingsport Ballet/Bertina Dew 423.863.1280
  • - From the authors of "The Dixie Swim Club" and "The Red Velvet Cake War"
    By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten

    A laugh-a-minute comedy about four Southern women, all needing to escape their day-to-day routines, drawn together by fate—and an impromptu happy hour. Randa, a perfectionist and workaholic; Dot, still reeling from her husband’s recent demise; earthy and boisterous Marlafaye, a good ol’ Texas gal; and new to town, Jinx, a spunky fireball, offers her services as a life coach for these women. Hilarious misadventures and the occasional liquid refreshment lead the ladies to discover lasting friendships and a renewed determination to live in the moment.
    Barter Theatre
    127 West Main St. Abingdon VA 24210
    Barter Theatre 276.628.3991
  • | Arts and Entertainment
    - One of the most explosive movie musicals to burst onto the stage in recent memory! The soundtrack reached #1 on the Billboard charts with top 40 rock score, it is a story of rebellious teens and the families who learn to listen to and guide them with warm and loving hearts. Based on a true story; features the hit songs: “Footloose,” “Somebody’s Eyes,” “Holding Out for a Hero,” “Let’s Hear it for the Boy,” and “Almost Paradise.”
    Barter Theatre
    127 West Main St. Abingdon VA 24210
    Barter Theatre 276.628.3991
  • - Bays Mountain is proud to announce their latest planetarium show creation, “Totality,” running now through August 20, 2017. “Totality” is a fascinating look at all the wonders of eclipses, especially total solar eclipses.

    An eclipse is described as when one celestial object blocks another from view. The staff of the planetarium and exhibits departments at Bays Mountain produced this program. It examines what eclipses are, how and when they occur, and what wonderful sights they create. The program also looks back to a fascinating period in scientific discovery when general relativity was proven with the photographic recording of a total solar eclipse.

    The show is followed with an update on the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse and a brief tour of the current night sky.

    The production includes a variety of wonderful styles – from spectacular space environments to humorous pop-up books. A very special part of the show relates, in a very human way, what happens when you are caught in the shadow of the Moon and the Sun is plunged into a total solar eclipse.

    The show runs about 35 minutes in length. During May, the show will be offered at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and at 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. During the months of June-August, the show will be offered at 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and at 1:00, 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

    To see a trailer and learn more about the show, please visit here.

    At Bays Mountain, understand that the upcoming total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, will be of major importance to the US and generate a lot of excitement worldwide. A total solar eclipse means the moon will fully cover the sun for up to 2 min. 40 sec. if you are on the exact path of the moon. Those in the path, if clear weather, will witness the corona being revealed as well as the brighter stars and planets. This eclipse stretches across the contiguous United States. The United States is the only country that will be in the exact path. The last major eclipse like this was in 1918!

    For East Tennessee, the best viewing spot for the August 21 eclipse will be about a four-hour drive to the south. East Tennessee is at about 96% obscuration. We will enjoy partial phases up to 96% of the sun’s surface being blocked by the moon. We won’t see the corona here, but the temperature will drop and daylight will become an eerie, silvery tone.

    To see any of the partial phases of the eclipse, you must be safe and take care of your eyes. The easiest way to ensure your eye’s safety is to project the image from a pinhole or to use safe, solar glasses. Those glasses are available at the Bays Mountain gift shop. Never look at the sun, even at 96% obscuration. The sun is incredibly bright and can damage your vision.
    Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium
    853 Bays Mountain Park Road Kingsport TN 37660
    Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium 423.229.9447
  • - You might be caught rubbernecking when you see the fun and mystifying experiments we try out with polymers. Write and stretch a secret message on a polymer chain and even make your own silly putty to take home! Programs in the Eastman Discovery Lab will be announced periodically throughout each day.
    Hands On! Regional Museum
    315 E. MainSt. Johnson City TN 37601
    Hands On! Regional Museum 423.928.6509
  • | Arts and Entertainment
    - The true meanings of fate, identity and marriage are called into question as a surprising, hilarious web of secrets unravels in this potentially (not quite) murderous romantic comedy.
    Barter Theatre
    127 West Main St. Abingdon VA 24210
    Barter Theatre 276.628.3991
  • | Arts and Entertainment
    - The spark behind Leaving Iowa comes from being children of parents from the now dubbed “greatest generation.” The story is a toast to their idealism and character and a little roast of their undying dedication to the classic family road trip. More specifically, it is the story of Don Browning, a middle-aged writer, who returns home and decides to finally take his father’s ashes to his childhood home, as requested. But when Don discovers Grandma’s house is now a grocery store, he begins traveling across Iowa searching for a proper resting place for his father. This father-and-son road trip shifts smoothly from the present to Don’s memories of the annual, torturous vacations of his childhood. Don’s existential journey leads him to reconcile his past and present at the center of the United States. Leaving Iowa is a postcard to anyone who has ever found him or herself driving alone on a road, revisiting fond memories of his or her youth.
    Barter Theatre
    127 West Main St. Abingdon VA 24210
    Barter Theatre 276.628.3991
  • - For more information go online to click for details or visit the Kingsport Carousel at 308 Clinchfield Street in Kingsport, or call the Carousel directly at (423) 343-9834.

    The Kingsport Carousel Project has been a joint effort of more than 300 volunteers and 700 sponsors along with the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, Engage Kingsport Inc. and a wide variety of community partners. The dream became a reality and on July 10, 2015 the completed Kingsport Carousel opened to the public.
    Kingsport Carousel
    308 Clinchfield St. Kingsport
    Kingsport Carousel 423.392.8414
  • | Arts and Entertainment
    - This thrilling tale begins with Bastian, a lonely boy who discovers a curious book—The Neverending Story. As he begins to read, a huge adventure surges to life, full of fascinating creatures, heroes, dragons, danger and excitement. As Bastian is drawn in deeper and deeper, he realizes that only he can save his new friends in the book, and in doing so, he finds his destiny.
    Barter Theatre
    127 West Main St. Abingdon VA 24210
    Barter Theatre 276.628.3991

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