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The first annual Virginia Creeper Fest will be held Saturday April 29, 2017 in Abingdon. The family-friendly festival celebrates the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Virginia Creeper Trail, and highlights the multitude of outdoor recreation opportunities along the trail.  The festival includes hands-on activities and demos for all ages, live music, food trucks, and information about how to get outside and enjoy the Creeper Trail.
Designed to be a hands-on experience, the VA Creeper Fest encourages attendees to practice, interact and get involved.  From bouldering practice, stand-up paddleboarding demos, disc dog exhibitions, and field games for the kids, to tree identification along the trail and guided nature walks, there will be plenty to keep the hard core outdoor enthusiasts and novice nature lovers busy all day.
There will be also be live music, food trucks and local outfitters throughout the day, as well as raffle giveaways.
The festival takes place in Abingdon, at the intersection of Green Spring Road and A Streets, near the trailhead.  Additional activities, like nature walks and bike rides, will take place on the trail itself. A full schedule and festival guide will be available on www.vacreeperfest.com .

The Friends of the Southwest Virginia Museum are accepting ticket reservations for the St. Patrick’s Day Bash on Saturday, March 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. “Fire In The Kitchen” will provide entertainment to accompany a selection of Irish-themed dinner options and a wine tasting with MountainRose Vineyard. The St. Patrick’s Day Bash offers an opportunity to enjoy a taste of Ireland in the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park’s Victorian Parlor with an evening of flavorful foods and delectable music!

The wine tasting will be provided by MountainRose Vineyard of Wise, VA. MountainRose produces a small number of cases of wine annually from hand-picked and hand-sorted grapes to ensure quality. Most of the grapes go to their classic “mines to wines” series with fun coal seam names, such as Jawbone and Pardee, and the rest head to the new varietal line of premium wines, such as Riesling and Cab Franc. MountainRose entered their first wine, Autumn Gold Vidal Blanc, into competition in 2007, winning a gold medal in the dessert wine competition and Best of Show in the Virginia State Fair. They have also won two Best of Shows and one Best of Reds as well as many individual awards.

The ticket price for the St. Patrick’s Day Bash is $20.00 per person, which includes dinner and the show. Beverages provided by MountainRose Vineyard must be purchased separately. All ages are welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult. The event is limited to 44 participants, so purchase your ticket today! The registration and payment deadline is Friday, March 3.

All proceeds from the St. Patrick’s Day Bash support the Friends of the Southwest Virginia Museum, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The mission of the Friends of the Southwest Virginia Museum is to act as a Citizens Support Organization (CSO) in assisting to identify and promote activities to conserve, enhance, and interpret the cultural and historic resources of the Southwest Virginia Museum.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, please contact the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park at (276) 523-1322. 

The Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park will host its First Saturday Community Coffee House on Saturday, March 4 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Strawberry Jam will serve as the featured host for this month’s Coffee House.

Buddy Delp and Jane Branham formed the Strawberry Jam musical duet in 2010.

The First Saturday Community Coffee House is an open-mic event and is open to all family-friendly performers. All interested musicians, storytellers, and poets should arrive by 6:30 p.m. for sign-up and scheduling. Admission is free to this program. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

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

 Passionate about our heritage?  Interested in performing in Tennessee’s Official Outdoor Drama?  The time has come to audition for the 2017 season!

This year we offer two options for you to join us for auditions –

Sunday, February 26 at 2 pm OR Saturday, March 4 at 5 pm in the Visitors Center at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park.

Liberty! tells the stories of the Watauga Settlement during the late 18th century during the early formative years of our country.  The Watauga Association, the Transylvania Purchase, the Cherokee Siege of Fort Watauga, and the Muster of the Overmountain Men are the focus of the play and the primary historic events of the 1770-1780 era.  These stories of national significance are a ‘must see’ - we invite you to be a part of our cast who are dedicated to keeping our history alive.

For the 2017 season we welcome a new director and assistant director, each with a great deal of experience in theater and production. During auditions you will have the opportunity to meet Director Tony DeVault and Assistant Director C. Keith Young.  

Performances are held in the Fort Watauga Amphitheater the last three weekends in July.   Dates for 2017, our 39th season of outdoor drama, are Thursdays- Saturdays, July 13 – 15, 20 – 22, and 27 – 29; shows beginning at 7:30 pm.

Additional Information:

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park
1651 W. Elk Avenue – Elizabethton, TN 37643


Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park announces a new way to enjoy & learn more about our history in the Elizabethton area. In connection with Sabine Hill   our newest property, the Sabine Hill Social Society will be having its first meeting on Sunday, March 5 from 1:00 to 5pm. 

The Sabine Hill Social Society (SHSS) is a group of dedicated volunteers who focus on helping the park with educational events, social activities, and early 19th century period clothing assistance as it relates to Sabine Hill and the Federalist period of time in America (1790-1820).

To celebrate the initial start of the group, an informal English Country dance will be held at The Pine Room (behind Sycamore Shoals Hospital-1501 W. Elk Ave, Elizabethton).  Guest dance instructor Bob Thompson will be guiding the group with this entry level dance session. 

Cost: $7.00 payable at the door. Lite refreshments will be served. We encourage those attending to wear casual & comfortable clothing.

To reserve your spot on the dance floor: contact Sycamore Shoals State park: (423) 543-5808    
For additional information on SHSS, please contact Donna Horowitz - (423)434-0424 or mailto:donnasdesigns1@yahoo.com 

The Civic Chorale, under direction of Music Director Dr. Rodney Caldwell, presents its third concert of this year’s season on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 7:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church, 105 South Boone Street, Johnson City, Tennessee.  The concert repertoire features the Wedding Cantata by Daniel Pinkham as well as other 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 www.thecivicchorale.org.

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

March 2017- 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!

Vegetable Gardening                                                             
Instructor: Ben Hunter
Saturday March 4     9 am - Noon
Cost:     No Charge – Registration is NOT necessary for this session
Gardener extraordinaire, Ben Hunter, will be joining us to share his experiences & techniques for growing the garden of your dreams!  Sponsored by the Northeast Tennessee Master Gardeners.

Audition for Liberty: The Saga of Sycamore Shoals!
Sunday, March 4    4:30 pm
Passionate about our heritage?  Interested in performing in Tennessee’s official outdoor drama? Audition for this fun and unique interpretation of the American Revolution as told by the Overmountain Men: colonists who defied British law and settled on Cherokee lands.  Performances take place at Sycamore Shoals the last three weekends of July! 

Dance with History –
Meeting at the Pine Room behind Sycamore Shoals Hospital
1501 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN
Sunday, March 5    1 – 5 pm
Join us at the 1st meeting of the Sabine Hill Social Society for an informal English Country dance with beginning lessons taught by instructor Bob Thompson. This event celebrates the kickoff of this new group and is comprised of dedicated volunteers whose focus is on educational events, social activities, early 19th century period clothing assistance, and home tours of Sabine Hill representing the Federalist period of time in America -1790 to 1820. (Note: Sabine Hill is not yet open to the public)
Cost at the Door:  $7.00.    Light refreshments will be served.  Wear casual/comfortable clothing.

Watercolor Painting:  Spring Flowers – Still Life
Instructor: Barbara Jernigan
Saturday, March 11, 2017             9 am  - noon
Cost:  $12 (plus supplies) or $20 (includes supplies)   Min: 5        Max:  open
Learn and practice watercolor techniques and style. 

Beginning Knitting
Instructor: Margaret Crouch                                                                             
Saturday, March 11, 2017      1 pm – 4 pm
Cost: $25 (includes supplies)   Min: 2      Max 6             
Knitting is really big right now, and if you haven’t learned yet this is the class for you! You’ll probably finish your project at home, but in class we’ll start at the very beginning and you’ll learn both the knit and purl stitches, as well as how to cast on the yarn for your next project!

Watauga Valley Art League Meeting and Program
Sunday, March 12             1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Everyone is welcome to join the Watauga Valley Art League for their monthly meetings that feature a guest speakers and fellowship with area artists. WVAL meets the 2nd Sunday of each month, except October.

The Liberty Spinners
Cancelled for March!
Please join us 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). 

Overmountain Weavers Guild Fibers Show and Sale      
Saturday, March 18     10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Don’t miss this great opportunity to visit with some of the best fiber artists of our region!  If you love fibers, this is the place for you!  Demonstrations include weaving, spinning, knitting, natural dyeing, and more.  A variety of handmade items will be offered for sale. 

Arboretum Ramble - Spring Hike!
Saturday, March 18       11:00 am
Celebrate Spring at Sycamore Shoals State Park! Join retired forester Martin Miller, for a special guided tour of Sycamore Shoals' arboretum on Saturday, March18.  Discover a variety of native trees and fun facts about their unique qualities, historical uses, and contributions to local culture. Dress appropriately for the weather as we will be taking a casual stroll on the park grounds adjacent to the front parking lot.  Meet in the Visitor Center lobby, tour will begin at 11:00 am. Please no pets. Tour is by reservation only and subject to cancellation due to significantly inclement weather. Contact the park for more information at 423-543-5808.

 Sunday, March 19, 2017
Jonesborough, Tennessee
Jonesborough United Methodist Church

Time: 07:00 pm.
Address: 211 W Main St.
Venue phone: (423) 753-3942


The African Children's Choir melts the hearts of audiences with their
charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances.
The program features well-loved children's songs, traditional
Spirituals and Gospel favorites. Concerts are free and open to all. A
free-will offering is taken at the performance to support African
Children's Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and
development programs.

The African Children's Choir is a nonprofit humanitarian and relief
organization dedicated to helping Africa's most vulnerable children
today so they can help Africa tomorrow.



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