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Kathy Millhorn Hawk is the newest artist featured in the City Hall Gallery exhibition and sale. The gallery’s exhibition, entitled “The canopy of God”, will present a collection of monotype prints and pastels depicting the outdoors, including landscapes and flowers. The “God’s Canopy” exhibition and sale will take place on the first floor of the City Hall Gallery at 415 Broad St., Kingsport, through November 29 weekdays 8 am to 5 pm. For more information, call 423-392-8414.

The Barr Photographics gallery will host an exhibition by Johnson City artist Donna Bird, “In the moment,” until November 30.

The gallery is located at 152

E. Main St., Abingdon, Virginia.

Call 276-628-1486 or visit


The 2021 “FL3TCH3R Exhibition: Social and Politically Engaged Art” will be on display at the Reece Museum at East Tennessee State University until December 10. Awards in excess of $ 1,500 from the exhibit will be announced and presented at the exhibit reception and jury conference at the Reece Museum on a date to be determined. To find out more about visiting the exhibition FL3TCH3Rexhibit.com.

Impressions Fine Art, 246 Broad St. in downtown Kingsport, will feature the watercolor paints by John Roberts, native of Kingsport. His work depicts lifelike images of local and regional landscapes that include humble farms, barns and mills and old trucks, set in their mountain landscapes. In addition to his original framed paintings, Roberts has offered a number of prints for sale. The show runs until December. Call 423-245-5422.


Bristol Legacy Theater presents “Nutcracker” by the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow on December 19 at 12.55 p.m. and December 20 at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $ 11 and $ 14. Call 276-446-1016.


Kingsport Carousel is a completely renovated 1956 Allen Herschell carousel located inside the temperature-controlled “Pal’s Roundhouse” at 350 Clinchfield Street. It is open Wednesday to Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. All trips cost $ 1.

To dance

Crossover strip will perform at the Outdoorsman in Kingsport on December 3 from 7 to 10 p.m. The cost is $ 6.

Outdoorsmen Club, 4535 Highway 11W, Blountville, will be holding a dance on December 4th with Shooter tape. Line dancing from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and dancing from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The cost is $ 10.


Sycamore Shoals State Park in Elizabethton will host a Living History Weekend in Fort Watauga on Nov. 28 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Stop for an afternoon tour of Fort Watauga and join a member of the interpretive staff as they demonstrate a particular side of colonial life on the border.


Christmas in the countryside will be held at Exchange Place, 4812 Orebank Road, Kingsport, December 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All activities will take place outdoors. Admission will be $ 5 for adults and free for children under 12. For more information, call 423-288-6071.

Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site will present “Visions of Christmas: 1862” December 4 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The reenactors will wear period clothing and recreate the atmosphere of the last months of 1862 for the Haynes family and northeastern Tennessee. Have family fun playing board games with the Haynes family and enjoying prepared holiday snacks and drinks on the cabin’s open fireplace. Admission is $ 5 for adults and $ 2.50 for children 12 and under. Please call 423-926-3631 or email [email protected] to make a reservation for the 1862 Christmas Candlelight Tour or for more information. Tours start at 2:15 p.m. and continue every 20 minutes until the last visit at 5:55 p.m. Reservations are strongly suggested. Tipton-Haynes is located at 2620 S. Roan St. in Johnson City.

Symphonie des Montagnes will present its ” At the Fireside “ Annual holiday concerts December 4 at 3 p.m. at the Marriott Meadowview Convention Center in Kingsport and December 5 at 3 p.m. at the Emory & Henry’s McGlothlin Center for the Arts. Masks are requested. Tickets cost $ 30. Call 423-392-8423 or visit www.symphonyofthemountains.org order.

The choirs of the Mountain Empire Children’s Choir Academy will perform on December 4 from 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Abingdon, Va., on the Barter Green and the Martha Washington Inn; December 11 at 7:30 p.m. at State Street United Methodist Church in Bristol, Virginia (suggested donation $ 10 per adult and $ 5 per child with a family maximum of $ 20); and December 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Central Baptist Church in Johnson City (suggested donation $ 10 per adult and $ 5 per child with a

family maximum of $ 20). Visit


The traditional Historic Blountville Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place outside the Old Sullivan County Courthouse at 6 p.m. on December 9. The ceremony will feature the traditional 30-foot Douglas fir lighting in front of the courthouse and a second tree lighting by the Hope for Victims Support and Victims of Violence Advocacy Group. Food vendors will offer hot chocolate and a variety of other food items.

Blountville Ruritanian Christmas Parade will take place on December 11 at 2 p.m. in the historic downtown district. National President Ruritan Linward Hedgspeth will be the Grand Marshal. Floats welcome without entrance fees. For more information, visit the club’s Facebook page – Blountville Ruritan Club.

The Jonesborough Rhythm Express, a traditional 17-piece big band, will host a Christmas concert on December 17 at 7 p.m. at the Jonesborough Visitors Center. Tickets cost $ 10 and can be purchased at the door or online at jonesborough.com/tickets.

Natural Tunnel State Park will host Christmas tunnel lighting events every Friday and Saturday until December 18 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will be thousands of colorful lights, shows, hot chocolate, roasted marshmallows and more. Parking is $ 5 per vehicle and chairlift rides are $ 5 per person round-trip and $ 4 one-way. For more information, call 276-940-2674.

The Pinnacle Speedway in lights at Bristol Motor Speedway is now open and runs until January 1. The event costs $ 20 for cars Sunday through Thursday and $ 25 Friday and Saturday evenings. For larger groups, vans cost $ 50 and buses $ 125. Visitors can take advantage of The Fast Lane presented by Citi, a fast $ 50 option that offers a shorter wait time on certain nights when traffic lines get long.

Christmas in candy country is back in downtown Johnson City with magical displays, 152 Christmas trees, a holiday market and more. The Christmas trees will stay lit every night until January 2.


The Legacy Theater in Bristol presents a performance by Matthew Aucoin “Eurydice” from the Metropolitan Opera on December 4 at 12:55 pm Ticket prices are $ 22.05 and $ 24.15. Call 276-446-1016.


Hands on! Discovery center is a science center for all ages that provides a guest experience that includes fun, interactive programs and immersive STEM-based exhibits for the whole family as well as exhibits and information at the Gray Fossil site, a dig site of active fossils dating back 5 million years. Tesla Experience shows are offered at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm Tickets are $ 2 per person with general admission. Paleo tours are offered at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets cost $ 2 per person with general admission. Hours of operation in December are Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. will be closed on December 24th and 25th. Tickets

can be purchased from https: //



“Holiday Inn” will be presented at the Jonesborough Repertory Theater from December 2 to 19. Tickets cost $ 17 for general admission and $ 15 for students and seniors. There is also a special group rate for groups of 15 or more. To purchase tickets, call 423-753-1010 or visit jonesboroughtheatre.com. The theater is located at 125.5 W. Main St. in Jonesborough. Masks are required for all clients attending performances.

The Barter Theater in Abingdon, Va., Has announced its winter vacation season. “A Christmas story” will be performed indoors on Barter’s Gilliam Stage until December 29. “The twelve dates of Christmas” will run until December 23 at Moonlite Drive-In. “Jingle All the Way” will be performed by the Barter Players from December 3 to 23 at Moonlite Drive-In. To purchase tickets and learn more about security measures

in progress, visit


The Bristol Theater will host performances by O. Henry’s “The gift of the Magi” and Hans Christian Andersen “The little girl with matches” on the ARTspace stage from December 3 to 19. The performances are Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Visit www.theatrebristol.org for tickets.

The trains

The Kingsport Model Trains Project and Engage Kingsport will present a performance of the Santa’s train the first and third Saturdays of each month at their new location at 1113 Lynn Garden Drive (the old hardware building). The exhibition is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All of Santa’s train communities like Elkhorn City, Dante, St. Paul, Clinchco and Kingsport are represented. For more information, visit Kingsportmodeltrainsproject on Facebook, email [email protected] or call 423-502-5359.

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