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Come out to the “Walk for Cash!”  T.C.G.C., Taking Care of God’s Creatures is a non-profit no- kill animal shelter trying to help a pit bull that was hit by a car. The accident broke 2 places in his hip & possible nerve damage in his back. There will be a Walk-a-Thon this Sunday, December 4th at 2 pm on Duck Island at Warrior’s Path State Park. Register the day of the event or at their website at .  A $10.00 donation will enter your name in a drawing for prizes! Please come out & lend support!

Cantemus, the region’s premiere women’s choral ensemble, will hold its Christmas concert, “A Rose in Winter”, at 7pm, December 11th.  The Sunday evening performance will take place at Waverly Presbyterian Church in Kingsport, and will include works by John Rutter, Randall Thompson, William Byrd, Randall Stroope and Craig Courtney. 
Now entering its third season, Cantemus – “Let us sing” – was started by Patricia Denmark, who is also Director of Music at St Christopher’s Episcopal Church. 
In addition to her musical leadership of Cantemus and at St Christopher’s, Denmark serves as Assistant Director in the Dobyns-Bennet High School Choral Department. 

The Concert is free,  though donations are accepted with gratitude.  For more information contact Patricia Denmark at

The Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park is pleased to present the annual “Tea with Mrs. Claus” program on Sunday, December 11 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

You are cordially invited to an afternoon tea with our very special guest, Mrs. Claus. A proper tea will be served, and Mrs. Claus will read classic Christmas stories and lead guests in singing traditional Christmas carols.

Seating is limited, and advance reservations are required, so be sure to reserve your seats early.

For more information, or to register, please call the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park at 276-523-1322.

  You are invited to the East TN Autism Society's Christmas Party from 3-5pm on Saturday, December 10 at the Elizabethton Parks and Rec Center.  It is open to all families affected by autism and there is no age limit on the kiddos. 

There will be food, games and fun!

Santa comes to this party every year and gives out gifts and we hope to make every child happy with the gift they receive so please visit the link below to tell us their specific interests.  While we wish we could purchase electronics and other such items for all of the kids, we just don't have that kind of funding.  So, when we ask about your child's interests we mean things like cartoon characters or special interests like: Minecraft, My Little Pony, bugs, books, dolls, cars, etc. 

For instance you might write something like: I will be bringing my 6 year old son, John Smith who is interested in Pokemon cards, Legos and dinosaurs.  And I will be bringing my 4 year old daughter, Jane Smith who is interested in Hello Kitty, drawing/art, and Barbie.
We will do our very best to ensure that on the day of the party we will have a wrapped gift with your child's name on it that he/she will enjoy. :-) 

Please include siblings without disabilities also because they will receive a gift as well. :-)

To attend fill out these 2 links BEFORE Nov. 10 to ensure your child receives a gift:

1.  RSVP here:


2.  Register for gifts here: 2016 Christmas Gift Request

December 2016- Special Events and Workshops

Watauga Valley Fife & Drum Corps
Saturdays  10:00 am – 12 pm
The Fife & Drum Corps performs at historical events, dedications, and parades.  This group is open to anyone ages 13 & up.  Musical experience is welcome but not necessary; just come with a willingness to learn.  Meet our volunteer coordinator John Large at the Sycamore Shoals Visitors Center.  Lessons are free of charge, just call and let us know you’re coming!

Lamplight Christmas Wreath Exhibit
November 27th until January 3rd, 2017
Tuesday - Saturday  9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm                      
A visit to the park Visitors Center is sure to inspire as the rooms will be graced with wreaths of all designs and colors hung from old time lampposts.  Please contact the park to request a place in this show.  Wreaths will be made by community members, civic groups and schools to bring to life the Christmas spirit of our region. 

Winterfest Art Show
December 1st until January 3rd , 2017
Opening Reception:  Sunday, December 4   1:30 pm – 4:00 pm             
Kick off the holidays at Sycamore Shoals!  The Watauga Valley Art League exhibition and sale begins with a reception on December 4 with great opportunities for holiday shopping! Artwork from the Watauga Valley Art League will remain on display during regular park hours throughout the month of December until January 3rd, 2017.

Christmas at the Carter Mansion
Friday & Saturday, December 2 & 3  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm             
Spend a candlelit evening in the oldest frame house in Tennessee, decorated with bright greenery for the holidays.  Enjoy music, refreshments and historic interpreters acting out scenes from an 18th century Christmas.  This Christmas celebration is by reservation only and space is limited. Contact the park at regular operating hours for more information.

The Liberty Spinners
Cancelled for December!
Merry Christmas!  See you in April 2017!
This gathering of spinners and fiber artists is open to anyone interested in the art of spinning.  Join us at 9:30 am on the 2nd Tuesday of each month (April to November). 

Old Time Music Jam – Led by Art Lang
Cancelled for December!
Merry Christmas!  See you in January 2017!
Enjoy the rich musical traditions of our region each month.  Old time musicians of all levels are welcome.  Don’t play and instrument?  Come on over, kick back, and enjoy the tunes!

Traditional Arts Workshops
To join one or more classes, you must register in advance by
calling 423-543-5808 and pre-pay.  

Civic Chorale continues its 2016-17 season December 17, 2016
The Civic Chorale, under direction of its Music Director, Dr. Rodney Caldwell, presents its annual seasonal concert on Saturday, December 17 at 7:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church, 105 South Boone Street, Johnson City, Tennessee.  The concert repertoire features Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, as well as other holiday selections. There is a $10 suggested donation at the door.

The Civic Chorale, founded in 1973, is the region’s premiere auditioned volunteer adult chorus.  Dr. Caldwell is also the director of choral studies at Mars Hill University in Mars Hill, North Carolina.

For additional information, visit the Chorale web site at  

The Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park is pleased to present the 21st Annual Festival of Trees through December 31. An incredible feat of community creativity and involvement, the Festival of Trees leaves all four floors of the stately Victorian home, that houses the museum’s collections, lavishly decorated for the holiday season.

Visitors may tour the Festival of Trees through December 31 during regular museum hours and during special “night viewings” on December 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Regular admission rates apply, and group rates are available for parties of 10 or more. For more information about the Festival of Trees, please contact the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park at (276) 523-1322.

For more information about Virginia State Parks’ activities and amenities or to make reservations in one of the more than 1,800 campsites or 300 climate-controlled cabins, call the Virginia State Parks Reservation Center at 800-933-PARK or visit

 Boones Creek Middle School's STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math Night) Science night will be held at Boones Creek Middle School on Thursday, December 15th from 4-6pm after the school day. Located on North Roan Street near Zak's furniture store. The JC Power Board, NFS, our Robotics Team, a 4-H exhibit, an Art Hallway, Solar System Projects, as well as Science Fair Projects from earlier that day will be displayed. Also be selling concessions. The community is invited to come out and enjoy this night.

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