The Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition will be held through June 29 at the Kingsport Renaissance Center.
The William King Museum of Art in Abingdon, Virginia, has announced a call for artists for its biennial exhibition, “From These Hills: Contemporary Art in the Southern Appalachian Highlands.” The call is open to artists working in any media — painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics, glass, textiles, mixed media, video or performance art — in the geographic areas of Southwest Virginia, Northeast Tennessee, Western North Carolina, Southern West Virginia, and Eastern Kentucky. The exhibition will open Sept. 30. Deadline for submissions is July 19. For more information email email@example.com or call 276-628-5005 x106, or apply online at williamkingmuseum.org. under “Call for Artists.” Submission fee of $20 is required upon entry.
Who is the person behind the portrait? The William King Museum of Art in Abingdon, Virginia, is presenting a survey of 18th and 19th century paintings titled “A Painting Tradition.” This exhibition looks at the importance of the portrait and the figure in Europe and America. From military portraits and members of the aristocracy, to the working class and beloved horses, it explores the various styles of portrait and figure painting that were prevalent from the Georgian to Victorian periods in Europe and through the Early and Revolutionary periods in America. “A Painting Tradition” will be on display through Sept. 19.
“Tennessee Fancy: Decorative Arts of Northeast Tennessee” will be on display through Oct. 31 at the William King Museum of Art’s Cultural Heritage Gallery. Masks and social distancing are required in the building. The museum, located in Abingdon, Virginia, is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, or to schedule a tour, visit williamkingmuseum.org or call 276-628-5005 x113.
The Kingsport Carousel is open Wednesday through Sunday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. The carousel will close between 2:30 and 3 p.m. for cleaning. Guests should wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines. Guests will enter on the farmers market side or Food City side of the building and will exit through Carousel Park.
Vinyl Collectors Show will be held Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Double Tree Hilton, 211 Mockingbird Lane, Johnson City. Admission is $2. Masks are required of all customers and vendors. Come shop for rare vinyl LPs and 45s, plus CDs, music DVDs, memorabilia and more.
Johnson City’s Lakeside Concert Series continues June 24 at Winged Deer Park’s Lakefront Festival Plaza Goulding Amphitheater with the Samantha Gray Band. The concert will be held from 7 to 9 p.m.
Symphony of the Mountains’ string ensemble, the “Mountain Strings,” goes on the road this month playing eight concerts in three states. Thanks to special grants the group will present free concerts in Jonesville and Big Stone Gap, Virginia, on June 26 as well as on June 27 in Kingsport and Bristol. They will also play two ticketed concerts in Banner Elk, North Carolina on June 28. The tour schedule is June 26 at 3 p.m. in Jonesville, Virginia, at the Cumberland Bowl Park Amphitheater; June 26 at 7 p.m. in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, at the June Tolliver Playhouse; June 27 at 3 p.m. at the Kingsport Farmers Market; June 27 at 7 p.m. in Bristol, Virginia, at the Cumberland Square Park Amphitheater; and June 28 at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m in Banner Elk, North Carolina, at Lees-McRae College. Symphony of the Mountains will conclude its summer season July 23-25 with a tour through Blowing Rock, North Carolina; Wise, Virginia; and the Allandale Mansion Amphitheater in Kingsport. For more information visit www.symphonyofthemountains.org or call 423-392-8423.
Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia, is hosting a summer concert series, Music at the Moonlite, at the Moonlite Drive-in stage. Doo-Wop At the Drive-In will be held July 23-24 at 9 p.m. nightly. Barter Sings Broadway will be held July 30-31, Aug. 1 and Aug. 6-7 at 8:50 p.m. nightly. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.bartertheatre.com or by calling the Barter box office at 276-628-3991.
Larry Prevatte Memorial Duffied Jam will be held the first and third Thursday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Thomas Village Community Center, 355 Cecil D. Quillen Drive in Duffield, Virginia. For more information call 276-431-1083.
Saturdays with the Chef has returned to the Kingsport Farmers Market. The free cooking demo series showcases local chefs and their recipes using produce available at the farmers market. The series takes place every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. in June and July at the Kingsport Farmers Market. There will be no event on July 3 due to the holiday weekend.
The Jonesborough Days kick-off dinner returns with the popular Low Country Shrimp Boil on July 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will take place in Jimmy Neil Smith Park behind the International Storytelling Center and will include food and entertainment. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased individually or as a table. Curbside pickup is also an option for to-go meals. Tickets can be purchased online at www.jonesboroughdays.com. The Jonesborough Days Festival will take place July 3 and 4. For full details visit the festival website, Jonesborough Days on Facebook or call 423-753-1010.
The Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival will be held Sept. 10-12 featuring headliners Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, Tanya Tucker, and Blackberry Smoke. To view the full lineup and purchase tickets visit http://bristolrhythm2021.com.
Exchange Place Living History Farm will host its Fall Folk Arts Festival Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sept. 26 from noon until 5 p.m. Admission is $5, with children under 12 admitted free. Proceeds go toward the care of the farm’s animals and the continued restoration and preservation of the site, located at 4812 Orebank Road in Kingsport. For more information call 423-288-6071.
Hazzard Fest will be held Oct. 8-9 at the Greene County Fairgrounds. Highlights include Uncle Si, Justin Martin and John Godwin from “Duck Dynasty” doing a meet and greet on Oct. 8 along with Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Doyle Lawson and Ricky Skaggs headlining the concert that evening. Oct. 9th will feature a concert with headliner Mark Chesnutt and meet and greets with Catherine Bach, Tom Wopat, Rick Hurst and others. To see the full lineup of guests and entertainment visit www.hazzardfest.com.
The 2021 TriPride Parade and Festival will be held in downtown Bristol — in both Tennessee and Virginia — on Oct. 16. The parade will go down State Street and culminate with the festival held in Cumberland Square Park in Virginia. TriPride is accepting volunteer applications, sponsorships, and parade and festival exhibitor applications online at tripridetn.org/pride2021.
The Heritage Alliance will host Trivia Night at the Eureka Inn in Jonesborough on June 24 and Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. featuring general
history-based trivia questions, friendly competition, and a ton of fun! The Eureka Inn will host both events in their outside courtyard and feature a “light bites” menu. Teams of up to six people can register up until the evening of the event. Cost is $5 per team. Sign up at Heritageall.org. For more information call 423-753-9580.
The Chester Inn Museum presents History Happy Hour at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. On July 15, Jacey Augustus with the Cedar Grove Foundation will present “History of Elizabethton’s Cedar Grove Community.” For more information visit www.heritageall.org.
The Heritage Alliance is hosting a new dining experience in Jonesborough with its Summer Supper series. The suppers will take place on different historic lawns. The remaining Summer Suppers are scheduled for July 24 at the Warner Institute, Aug. 14 at the Historic Embree Farm in Telford, and Sept. 18 at a home on East Main Street. All suppers will start at 6 p.m., and tickets for each supper are limited to 26 guests. Tickets are $45 and include a three-course meal as well as beverages, live music, and a chance to explore the grounds and sections of the home. Tickets can be purchased at jonesborough.com/tickets.
The Netherland Inn has reopened to the public for tours. Tours will be offered Saturdays and Sundays through October at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for youth ages 7-17. Tours will begin at the visitors center off the parking lot behind the inn at 2144 Netherland Inn Road, Kingsport. Guests are asked to wear a mask and to follow small-group protocols. Weekday group tours may be arranged by calling 423-245-5549.
The Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum has two exhibits on display. “Black in Appalachia: African American History in Kingsport” is a traveling exhibit on loan from the Kingsport Archives. It will be on display through July 4. The second exhibit is “From Here to There: A Brief History of Transportation in Jonesborough.” This exhibit traces the evolution of travel from horse and carriage through railroad and automobile and explores the impact that road, railroad, and air travel had on the area. There is no admission price, but there is a suggested $2 donation per visitor. Face coverings are available for a $1 donation. For more information call (423) 753-4580.
Pick up a free Murder on the Titanic Mystery Pack from the Kingsport Public Library’s circulation desk between June 21 and July 10. A gentleman has been murdered. Can you figure out who committed this crime before the RMS Titanic makes it to port? This free take-home activity is for adults, ages 18+. Registration is not required. For more information call 423-224-2539.
Kingsport Public Library invites adults to join us for an outdoor meeting of the After Hours Book Club on June 24 at 6 p.m. in Glen Bruce Park. June’s book selection is Taylor Jenkins Reid’s “Daisy Jones and the Six.” In the event of poor weather, this event will be held online via Google Meet. For more information call 423-224-2539.
The Kingsport Public Library has installed a StoryWalk in Glen Bruce Park to encourage reading and outdoor activity for families in an interactive format. Glen Bruce Park is located at 414 Broad St. in downtown Kingsport, adjacent to the library. Free parking is available.
Warriors Path State Park is hosting its award-winning Summer in the Park series through mid-
August. Each week, guests can enjoy guided nature hikes, campfire talks, nature crafts and more, all at no charge. For information on each week’s activities visit tnstateparks.com/parks/warriors-path.
Search for the natural secrets of Bays Mountain Park with the Bays Mountain Nature Quest. This fun, family-friendly activity for all ages is part of the park’s 50th anniversary celebration. Nature Quest is a free activity booklet that helps kids and their families explore the park through 30 different scavenger hunt-style challenges, from finding a beaver lodge to figuring out what fills the reservoir. Activities range from easy to hard and are marked in the booklet with paw print difficulty levels. Completing 10 items on the Nature Quest earns a prize. For more information, visit baysmountain.com/nature-quest or call 423-229-9447.
Fifteen bronze animal sculptures have been installed in various locations throughout downtown Johnson City. Clues for the “Wildabout Walkabout” scavenger hunt are available at various downtown businesses and through curbside pickup at the Johnson City Public Library. The clues may also be accessed on the Downtown Johnson City website at www.downtownjc.com/wildabout. The sculptures are located around the Johnson City Public Library, in and around King Commons, and along Main and Market streets.
The Jonesborough Repertory Theatre will present “The Sound of Music” through June 27 at the Bonnie Kate Theatre in Elizabethton. Tickets are $17 general admission and $15 for students
and seniors. To purchase tickets, call 423-753-1010 or visit
Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia, will present “Always … Patsy Cline” through July 10 at the Moonlite Drive-in. Tickets can be purchased online at www.bartertheatre.com or by calling the Barter box office at 276-628-3991.
The George L. Carter Railroad Museum, located in the Campus Center Building on the campus of East Tennessee State University, will wrap up its Tweetsie Celebration June 6. Attendance is limited.
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Jonesborough’s Chuckey Depot Museum is hosting the exhibit “As Fast as Birds Can Fly: The ET & WNC (Tweetsie) Railroad.” The exhibit includes several artifacts from the ET & WNC’s storied history, as well as photographs taken by people who worked on and for the railroad line. The ET & WNC exhibit will be on display at the museum through August. The museum, located at 110 S 2nd Ave., is open to the public Thursday through Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Guests are encouraged to wear masks while visiting the museum. For more information call the Jonesborough Visitors Center at 423-753-1010.
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