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 Award-winning bluegrass artists The Kruger Brothers – with the Symphony of the Mountains – will bring ‘Music from the Spring’ to the Tri-Cities Saturday evening, Feb. 28, at 7:30 pm at the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center in Kingsport. The original music suite by Jens Kruger combines rich orchestral tones with the unique folk/bluegrass soul of the Krugers.
The ETSU pride band will open the show. For more information, visit www.symphonyofthemountains.org, or call 423-392-8432.
 Pianist, composer and author Robin Spielberg will explore the transforming power and medical benefits of music at this year’s ‘Evening of Health, Wellness, and the Arts at ETSU. The ‘informance’ will be Thursday, March 5, at 7 p.m. In Culp Auditorium, with a reception with the guest artist preceding the event in the alumni gallery starting at 6. Spielberg will share ‘Tales and Music from the Bench’ about the healing effects of music on the body and spirit. This event, which is part of the leading voices in public health lecture series, is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.etsu.edu/martin or call 423-439-8587. 

As literacy continues to remain a focus for the Junior League of Bristol, the volunteer organization announces their new project to benefit people of all ages in Bristol Tennessee and Virginia.   The Little Free Library launch will be held March 2 at the YMCA in Bristol, Tennessee.  There will be a Little Free Library at the following locations: Wellmont Hospice in Bristol TN, Girls Inc. in Bristol VA, Healing Hands in Bristol TN, Slater Center in Bristol TN, YMCA in Bristol TN, and Sugar Hollow Park in Bristol VA.
The community and supporters of Junior League of Bristol donated all of the books that will be placed in the Little Free Libraries, but the “Give a Book, Take a Book” philosophy will continue to involve the community as they utilize the Little Free Libraries. The Junior League of Bristol would like to thank partners who have been instrumental in the success of the project including: D & B Construction and Berry Home Center in Abingdon, Virginia.
Lea Powers, Mayor of Bristol, Tennessee, and Past President for the Junior League of Bristol will kick off the launch and ribbon cutting on March 2, 2015 at 2pm at the Bristol, Tennessee YMCA.
The Junior League will also offer crafts for children and a Dr. Seuss themed snack at 4pm. The organization is committed to promoting literacy and this project provides a convenient way to get books in the hands of the community.

 Sheila Kay Adams & The Scofflaws Present Old Time Music and Stories March 13

Get ready for an eclectic mix of a toe-tappin’ old time fiddle, mixed with stories of Appalachia when Sheila K. Adams & the Scofflaws visit Jonesborough Friday, March 13 at 7 p.m.

 Sheila Kay Adams & the Scofflaws are a traditional Appalachian/Americana trio who perform a diverse mix of southern Appalachian music full of ballads, stories and early American folk songs. The Scofflaws bring some 90 years of collective musical experience to the stage and draw material from a span of 400 years. From the 16th century to honky-tonk, just when you think you have it figured out, think again!  

Sheila Kay Adams is one of the most famous women in traditional Appalachian folk music and storytelling. Musician, storyteller and author, she's been performing on the national level for over 40 years. Her credits include 1976 and 2003 Smithsonian Folklife Festivals, many appearances at the National Storytelling Festival and some the best folk music festivals in the USA. A native of western North Carolina, whose family goes back seven generations, she's been awarded the highest honors that exist in traditional American folk music.  

Sheila joins guitarist/songwriter/recording artist Dan Lewis, another music veteran of western North Carolina for over 40 years, and Branson Raines, a truly gifted young traditional and bluegrass fiddler whose music skills and tonality are decades beyond his actual age.  

Sheila's banjo is a perfect rhythmic melodic engine, her voice chimes high and clear, richly flavored with tradition and times gone by. Dan is known for his intricate rhythm guitar driving and accenting the clawhammer banjo, while Branson's fiddle is the tuneful melodic icing on the cake. Their music inspired every toe in the house to tapping on one song and every eye tearful on the next.  

And, just when you think you've got the Scofflaws figured out, they pitch curveballs from the roots of early country music and honky-tonk that surprise and delight listeners every time.  

Sheila K. Adams & The Scofflaws will take the stage at the Jonesborough Visitors Center on March 13 at 7 p.m. 

General admission is $15, children 12 and under is $13 and groups of 15 or more purchasing their tickets together are $10. Tickets may be reserved by calling 423.753.1010 or visiting jonesboroughtn.org. 


   The Lee Valley Music Barn, 500 Lee Valley Road, Whitesburg, TN, continues the 1st. Friday gospel concert series Friday night, March 6, at 7:00 pm. Featured for this event will be The Virgil Webb Family along with The J. R. Bewley Singers from Morristown, TN. Admission is free, a love offering will be received. There will be food and door prizes from area businesses. Visit website at: www.theleevalleymusicbarn.com or call

423-235-6152 for information.


Theatre Bristol’s "Rumpelstiltskin" Opens March 13, Kicks Off 50th Season


Classic fairy tale with lots of twists features a cast and crew of 40 for three weekends in the Theatre Bristol ARTspace


Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia, February 2015 - Theatre Bristol is proud to open its 50th anniversary season with the classic fairy tale "Rumpelstiltskin" on March 13 and running for three weekends in the ARTspace Theatre, 506 State Street, Bristol, TN.

Once upon a time there was a dwarf named Rumpels... wait, you probably know that part already. This reimagining of the classic fairy tale features two strong-willed sisters: Anya, shy and romantic, and Ingrid, outspoken and sensible. When their widowed mother is once again victim to the judgments of others, she tells a tiny lie -- Anya can turn straw into gold. Soon, the story "spins" out of control when the King believes Anya is the reason their nation is out of money and demands she perform her special skill for the royal coffers. Mix in magical companions, mistaken identities, a short villain, and princess wannabes -- is this a recipe for disaster? Or happily ever after? 

It’s only fitting that the opening show of Theatre Bristol's golden season is a story about spinning gold. 

It’s also fitting that directing the show will be long time Theatre Bristol veteran, Chris McVey.  McVey has been a valuable friend to Theatre Bristol and the theatre community over the years as a talented and respected actor and director. Recently, McVey has directed Theatre Bristol’s 2013 production of “Anne of Green Gables, a New Musical” and 2014’s production of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

In the title role as Rumpelstiltskin is Hunter Johnson. Playing Anya Mueller is Rachel Locke, with Frau Mueller by Jane Bass, and Ingrid Meuller by Sara Harless. Jacob Alvis is King Rolfe. Minister North is played by Steve Baskett, and Minister South by Jerry Matthews. They are joined by Aunt Marta played by Lee Ann Hitch, Captain Tanner by Coy Owens, Sweeps by Abram Moore, Jughead by Rori Simmons, and Pansy by Olivia Stevens. The South sisters are played by Katelyn Briggs (Sarah), Gracie Cunningham (Senta), Gabrielle Harman (Sigrid), Asha Parker-Holloway (Sonja), and Alayna Walker (Sally). Guide is played by Sarah Countiss, Frau Gudhoff by Mary Johnson, Frau Kinder by Terri McCall, and Frau Blixen by Cherry Stewart. The soldiers are Aaron Blankenship, Cody Wendt, Caleb Hale and Austin Blake. John Mullins plays Corporal Dern. The servants are Emmersyn Hardy, Molly Johnson, Grace Johnson, Hope Oliver, Carolyn Hitch, Mary Hitch, and Lucy Tester.

Sarah McCall is assistant to director Chris McVey, and stage manager. Assistant stage manager is Sabrina Briggs and costumer is Coy Owens. Mike Musick is the producer.

This show opens Friday, March 13, and runs three weekends:
Fridays, March 13, 20, and 27 at 7:30 pm;
Saturdays, March 14, 21, and 28 at 7:30 pm; and
Sundays, March 15, 22, and 29 at 2:30 pm.

Tickets can be reserved for Rumpelstiltskin by calling the ticket line at 383-5979. Please leave a message with the date you would like to attend; the number of reservations needed for adults, seniors, and students; name to contact; and telephone number. The reservation will be confirmed with a call and tickets held at the door.

Founded in 1965, Theatre Bristol is the oldest continually running children’s theatre in northeast Tennessee and now celebrating its 50th season. Its Main Stage season consists of up to five productions. Some of its performances take place in the ARTspace, a multi-purpose, black box theatre which seats up to 120. Theatre Bristol is entirely volunteer run and we invite you to get involved. 

For more information, visit the Theatre Bristol's website or Facebook page, contact Theatre Bristol at 423-383-5979, or email info@theatrebristol.org.


   Join us at The Health Resources Center in the Kingsport Town Center on Saturday, February 28 for two exciting and educational activities that might save your life or the life of someone you love! 

Mega Heart Display- 10am-3pm 

Hands Only CPR- 1pm-5pm 

Both activities will be located on the upper level of the Kingsport Town Center near JCPenney. The Mega Heart Display is a large, inflatable model of a heart that adults and children can walk through to see the different parts of the heart and learn their function.

 The MSHA American Heart team will be instructing the public on the use of Hands Only CPR in a life threatening emergency. This is the most current recommendation from the American Heart Association.

Please call (423) 857-7981 for more information!

High school youth, teachers and educators are invited to participate in the Clinch River Youth Summit, Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Estonoa Learning Center in St. Paul from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. 

The summit will include presentations by representatives of local nonprofit organizations and government agencies involved in environmental conservation and improvement projects.

Two high school programs, Team Estonoa and Gate City High School, will offer presentations about their environmental education programs and outdoor classroom work.

Participants will also be invited to apply for mini-grants for student-led environmental projects, which will be highlighted at the Clinch River Valley Initiative’s Environmental Education Symposium May 9.

Keynote speaker for the summit will be Shane Barton, program coordinator at the University of Kentucky Appalachian Center. Barton is a regional planner by training and uses his experience and expertise to support regional initiatives in Central Appalachia. He holds a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. Barton is a ninth generation Appalachian whose roots are deep in the coalfields of Virginia.

The summit will conclude with a tour of Wetlands Estonoa, a student-initiated, place-based, service learning project in St. Paul. This environmental learning center grew out of a student-led project on a former swimming hole-turned illegal trash dump. Today, the members are known as Team Estonoa with a mission of protecting and conserving the wetlands.

Lunch and T-shirts (for the first 50 registrants) will be provided.

The summit is being coordinated by Upper Tennessee River Roundtable, Southwest Virginia Environmental Education Team (SWEET), Clinch River Valley Initiative and Team Estonoa with funding provided by the Virginia Department of Forestry. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

To register for the summit, contact Willie Dodson at CRVIvista@gmail.com, Kathy Knotts at UTRR_VISTA@yahoo.com or Adam Wells at guestriverproject@gmail.com. For more information, call 276-679-1691 or 276-628-1600.

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