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Join us for the Kingsport Carousel’s birthday party & Fun Fest block party

Carousel birthday party balloon imageThe Kingsport Carousel is turning 3!!!

You are invited to help us celebrate on July 7th from 10 am -1 pm at the Kingsport Farmers Market and Kingsport Carousel.  There will be FREE Carousel Rides, rock painting, music, games, Kona Ice, plein air paining, Joe P signing his book and more!  We hope to see you there!

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Art Classes for Kids at Impressions Fine Art Gallery

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Have you heard about the art classes?

Drawing and painting for children ages 5-16 are being offered at Impressions Fine Art, 246 Broad St. in Kingsport. Led by Anne Thwaites.  Home School classes for ages 5-8, Wed. 1pm to 2 pm. Home school class for ages 9-16, 3-4pm. After school art classes- Fridays from 3:30 to 7pm: One hour classes for kids ages 8 to 16. Cost per hour-$20. Pre-registration required).

Saturday Sculpture with Miss Pancake (Patti Lawrence), for kids ages 8-14, 1pm -3pm., every Saturday. $25 per class. (Pre-registration required).

For more information or to register, email pattilawrence@charter.net

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Events

Kingsport Ballet performs The Nutcracker

The Kingsport Ballet presents The Nutcracker

Kingsport Ballet prepares for an exciting season kickoff with The Nutcracker, December 13th-16th, 2018 with five performances at Northeast State’s Wellmont Performing Arts Center. A holiday favorite around the world, this ballet is a popular family outing during the holiday season. The school performance of The Nutcracker will be staged on Thursday, December 13th at 10am.

A new Thursday evening performance will take place this year in order to accommodate the sold-out event.

Public performances will take place: December 13th 14th and 15th, at 7pm, and Sunday, December 16th at 2:30pm.

Tickets are now on sale through www.kingsportballet.org or through the Kingsport Ballet facebook page. Purchasers may print their tickets at home, or pick them up at ‘will call’ the night of the performance.

Children ages 4-11 will enjoy the traditional Clara’s Tea and Chocolate, which takes place just prior to Saturday evening’s performance on December 15th The tea party is 5-6pm, and tickets are sold separately at $10 per child, by calling Kingsport Ballet: 423-378-3967 or following the ticket link provided on their website. Parent chaperons attend the tea party free of charge. All tickets to performances and tea party may now be purchased online through the website: kingsportballet.org. This
popular event has a capacity of hosting 60 children. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Christmas Connection 2018

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Kingsport’s 39th Annual Christmas Connection

A FREE admission event, is to be held November 9 – 11 at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium. Sponsored by the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, Christmas Connection hosts some of the region’s best arts and crafts vendors.

The Civic Auditorium will be filled with holiday wreaths & floral arrangements, primitive & country crafts, Christmas ornaments, pottery, stained glass, woodcrafts, handmade soaps and lotions, fabric crafts, needlework, doll clothing, jewelry, dichroic glass, handmade greeting cards and paper art, leather crafts, paintings, figurines, candles, baked goods and much much more!

In 2018, courtesy of Bubba’s Book Store, several regional authors will be on hand each day to sign their books in the Civic Auditorium West Side.  Also in attendance this year are the artists from Kingsport’s Senior Artisan Center & Senior Center. Their crafts will be set up in the Civic Auditorium West Room.

Outside, attendees will find kettle corn and fried food items available for purchase. Country favorites will be served on stage at the Christmas Connection Café, and baked goods from Kingsport Ballet and Suzuki Talent Education will be at the entrance of the Civic Auditorium.

DATES/HOURS:
Friday             Nov. 9              12 Noon – 7 PM
Saturday        Nov. 10            10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday           Nov. 11            12 Noon – 4 PM

 

For more information on the Christmas Connection event, please visit www.EngageKingsport.com or call 423-392-8414.

Christmas Connection 2018

Christmas Connection 2018

Kingsport’s 39th Annual Christmas Connection

A FREE admission event, is to be held November 9 – 11 at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium. Sponsored by the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, Christmas Connection hosts some of the region’s best arts and crafts vendors.

The Civic Auditorium will be filled with holiday wreaths & floral arrangements, primitive & country crafts, Christmas ornaments, pottery, stained glass, woodcrafts, handmade soaps and lotions, fabric crafts, needlework, doll clothing, jewelry, dichroic glass, handmade greeting cards and paper art, leather crafts, paintings, figurines, candles, baked goods and much much more!

In 2018, courtesy of Bubba’s Book Store, several regional authors will be on hand each day to sign their books in the Civic Auditorium West Side.  Also in attendance this year are the artists from Kingsport’s Senior Artisan Center & Senior Center. Their crafts will be set up in the Civic Auditorium West Room.

Outside, attendees will find kettle corn and fried food items available for purchase. Country favorites will be served on stage at the Christmas Connection Café, and baked goods from Kingsport Ballet and Suzuki Talent Education will be at the entrance of the Civic Auditorium.

DATES/HOURS:
Friday             Nov. 9              12 Noon – 7 PM
Saturday        Nov. 10            10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday           Nov. 11            12 Noon – 4 PM

 

For more information on the Christmas Connection event, please visit www.EngageKingsport.com or call 423-392-8414.

Christmas Connection 2018

Christmas Connection 2018

Kingsport’s 39th Annual Christmas Connection

A FREE admission event, is to be held November 9 – 11 at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium. Sponsored by the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, Christmas Connection hosts some of the region’s best arts and crafts vendors.

The Civic Auditorium will be filled with holiday wreaths & floral arrangements, primitive & country crafts, Christmas ornaments, pottery, stained glass, woodcrafts, handmade soaps and lotions, fabric crafts, needlework, doll clothing, jewelry, dichroic glass, handmade greeting cards and paper art, leather crafts, paintings, figurines, candles, baked goods and much much more!

In 2018, courtesy of Bubba’s Book Store, several regional authors will be on hand each day to sign their books in the Civic Auditorium West Side.  Also in attendance this year are the artists from Kingsport’s Senior Artisan Center & Senior Center. Their crafts will be set up in the Civic Auditorium West Room.

Outside, attendees will find kettle corn and fried food items available for purchase. Country favorites will be served on stage at the Christmas Connection Café, and baked goods from Kingsport Ballet and Suzuki Talent Education will be at the entrance of the Civic Auditorium.

DATES/HOURS:
Friday             Nov. 9              12 Noon – 7 PM
Saturday        Nov. 10            10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday           Nov. 11            12 Noon – 4 PM

 

For more information on the Christmas Connection event, please visit www.EngageKingsport.com or call 423-392-8414.

hades of Blue Jazz Ensemble

*SOLD OUT* The USAF Band of Mid-America’s Shades of Blue live in concert

This veteran’s day, join the USAF Band of Mid-America’s Shades of Blue in honoring those who have have fought to defend our freedom. This jazz ensemble will present a concert at the Renaissance Center Theatre in Kingsport, TN on Nov 11, 2018 at 2:30 pm. The concert is SOLD OUT.

The Renaissance Center is located at 1200 E Center St, Kingsport, Tennessee 37660. For any additional information please contact bandofmidamerica@gmail.com or the Office of Cultural Arts at 423-392-8414.

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Dobyns-Bennett Culinary Arts Students to prepare locally sourced meal at the Farm To Table Dinner

Farm To Table Dinner Tickets Available

Dobyns-Bennett Culinary Arts Students to prepare locally sourced meal

 

KINGSPORT, TN – Come celebrate the harvest season at the first annual Farm to Table Dinner at the Kingsport Farmers Market on November 1st. Enjoy a meal prepared by Dobyns-Bennett Culinary Arts students and instructors to raise funds for the Dobyns-Bennett Career and Technical Education Programs.

The Kingsport Farmers Market and Kingsport City Schools will host the farmers’ market-themed event focusing on community connection, locally grown food awareness and a fun fall celebration.

The dinner starts at 6:00 p.m. at the Kingsport Farmers Market, 308 Clinchfield St.

The menu will be comprised of regional and seasonal food featuring salad, baked spaghetti with roasted vegetables, fresh bread and apple crisp for dessert. All ingredients for the meal are locally sourced from the Dobyns-Bennett greenhouse, school garden or the Kingsport Farmers Market – a true Farm to Table experience.

Tickets are $25 per person in advance only. All event proceeds support the Dobyns-Bennett Career and Technical Programs. Tickets are now for sale at the Kingsport City Schools Office at 400 Clinchfield St., Suite 200.

For more information, call Misty Keller at 423-378-2147.

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Come to the- Fall Folk Arts Festival At The Exchange Place

Exchange Place Living History Farm will welcome in the beautiful season of autumn when it hosts its annual Fall Folk Arts Festival. Always eagerly anticipated, this celebration of pioneer arts and crafts and the harvest season will be held on Saturday, September 29, from 10 am until 5 pm, and Sunday, September 30 from noon until 5 pm. Admission is $5, with those under the age of 12 admitted free. Proceeds go towards the care of the farm’s animals and the continued restoration and preservation of the site, located at 4812 Orebank Road in Kingsport, Tennessee and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

For the 47th consecutive year, artists from the region will gather to demonstrate 19th century crafts, as well as to sell a wide array of traditional folk arts and hand-crafted arts of today. Pumpkins and other autumn produce, dried flowers, and plants for fall planting, as well as a wide range of baked goods and goat milk cheeses, will be available.

Festival visitors will be able to learn about, and purchase, some centuries-old crafts, such as hand-made oak rockers, cuckoo clocks, paintings on slate, dough bowls carved from one single log, and jewelry and utilitarian household items created out of wire (popularized in the 1800’s by tinkers). With cooler weather on its way, socks will definitely be a necessity, and you can see them being crafted on a 19th-century knitting machine. Other artisans will be offering a wide range of wares, from framed photographs to primitive dolls to handmade soaps to paper quilling to unique hand-thrown pottery.

This year’s featured Heritage Artist is acclaimed basket maker George McCollum, from Athens, TN. A long-time member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, Mr. McCollum has been making his award-winning miniature white oak baskets for almost four decades. (Please note that Mr. McCollum will only be present on Saturday, September 29.)

Guilds have thrived over many centuries. These associations of craftspeople from a particular trade of craft will be well-represented at the Festival as the Overmountain Weavers’ Guild will demonstrate spinning and weaving; the Tri-State Basket Guild teaches basket-making to children and youths; and the Senior Artisans, the First Frontier Quilters, and the Renaissance Wood Artists demonstrate their skills.

Introduced at last year’s Fall Festival, sorghum will be cooked once again, in a special area located behind the blacksmith’s shop. Sorghum cane planted earlier this year will be cut, stripped and washed in preparation for the time-consuming task of making sorghum. Mules will turn the mill to squeeze the juice from the cane on Saturday, September 29, beginning with the opening of the gates at 10:00 am and continuing until around noon. (We request, by the way, that the mules be observed from a distance; no one will be allowed to ride them or pet them.) The juice will then be boiled until the water has evaporated, to the point where only pure sorghum is left in the pan. This process will take most of the afternoon, with the sorghum likely be taken off the fire around 4:00 or 5:00 pm. On Sunday, September 30, with the milling and cooking completed, volunteers will be on hand during the afternoon to talk about the mill, the cane, and the process of making sorghum. Guests may visit the cane patch and compare the sorghum cane with the sugar cane to see the differences up close. (Please note that the syrup we produce is for demonstration purposes only, but we will be offering for sale some 100% pure sorghum syrup, made fresh this year by the Guenther family in Muddy Pond, TN.

History, as always, comes alive throughout the farm. In the log kitchen, the Eden’s Ridge Hearth Cookery Society, and our energetic Junior Apprentices, will prepare some of the foods the Preston family would have eaten in the mid nineteenth century, and outside – weather permitting, of course – they will fire up the newly-covered bread oven to bake sweet potato biscuits. Nearby, apple butter will be cooking, and everyone will be invited to take a turn stirring the kettle. The blacksmith’s shop will be open, demonstrating the various tasks that made the “smithy” such a valuable crafts person in antebellum America. Kendy Sawyer will be on hand on throughout the weekend with her working steers, Cannon and Cole. She will be available to answer all questions, and explain, for instance, that a “working steer” means the animal is trained to work but is not yet old enough to officially be classified as an ox.

Children’s activities are always prominent during the Festival, and this year’s focus is on heritage toys and games. Modern-day youngsters (and their parents and grandparents!) will learn that, in the years prior to the War Between the States, toys and games were usually made from scraps of materials left from things that were built or made around the farm. Kids will be able to make and take home “buzz saws,” and they will have the opportunity to hand-crank a jump rope on a machine that was typical of the kind used at that time. Children of all ages will also be encouraged to try their hands at some of the “chores” that were expected of them on the farm. New this year will be the first annual Tom Lane Top Challenge. Tom was a very active volunteer at Exchange Place, as well as a gardener and wood crafter, who passed away unexpectedly this summer. In his honor, a Top Challenge has been devised, with a large top scheduled to be given to the winner.

Even with all of the new features, many popular Festival traditions remain. Visitors can still see the heritage breed of animals living on the farmstead. The Sullivan County 4-H Club will again be organizing the popular Scarecrow Challenge, which encourages individuals, groups and families to be creative as they continue the tradition of making a scarecrow. To be judged Scarecrows must be on site by 11 am Saturday. A variety of food items will be available for purchase, including kettle corn, funnel cakes, fried pies, lunch items, and more. And as always during festivals, the grounds of the farmstead will be alive with music, with old and new favorites will be playing throughout the weekend.

One of Exchange Place’s most popular events every year is Witches Wynd, a Halloween-based storytelling adventure, which will take place on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27, beginning each night at 8 pm. Tickets go on sale for the first time during the Fall Folk Arts Festival. Only a limited number of tickets are available every year and they sell out quickly, so we encourage people to purchase them at the Festival. Tickets are $10 apiece and will be found at the Museum Store.

For more information, you may call Exchange Place at 423-288-6071, write to exchangeplacefestivals@gmail.com, or visit our website at https://www.exchangeplace.info.

Exchange Place is a living history farm whose mission is to preserve and interpret the heritage of mid-nineteenth century farm life in Northeast Tennessee. Exchange Place is a non-profit organization maintained and operated entirely by volunteers and is supported by donations, fundraisers, memberships and grants.

“My View” Photography by Fred J. Martin

“My View”

Photography by Fred J. Martin

 

Featured at Impressions Fine Art Gallery
246 Broad Street, Downtown Kingsport

Opening: Thursday, September 6, 2018, 5 – 8 pm

Exhibited Through Month of September

Refreshments and Plenty of Art

Walk for Wellness Expo

Be present for the history-making 2 Million Mile City announcement
at the region’s largest health and wellness expo.

This free event features complimentary health screenings and services, 50-plus vendors all with giveaways, a farmer’s market alley with fresh produce and healthy treats, a kid’s corner packed full of fun games, and two, community walks on the Greenbelt. Pets and strollers are welcome! For more information see our website by clicking here.

Beth Snapp 2018

Beth Snapp – ‘Don’t Apologize’ EP Release – Friday, August 31st!

‘Don’t Apologize’

Come hear the new songs by Beth Snapp.  Presented in conjunction with Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, Beth Snapp and NewSong Music proudly present the official EP Release! Be ready for the first opportunity to purchase physical EP copies as well as other merch! Stay tuned for some new songs, and maybe a surprise or two!

 

Words straight from Beth “To me, this EP is a continuation of a journey. My second project was largely an account of just coming out of a storm. I had survived, I knew things were going to get better, but there was some healing and processing to be done. As time passed, and I did the work to heal, I emerged into a new place. I realized that surviving the storm wasn’t enough. I realized I was put on this Earth to do more than survive.”

We hope that you’ll join us!!

For ticket link click here——> https://goo.gl/MZY2bh