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Enjoy one of the last days of summer with a free Labor Day Concert on Monday, Sept. 7 at the Visitor Center in Historic Jonesborough featuring the Johnson City Community Concert Band beginning at 6 p.m.

The Johnson City Community Concert Band is an all-volunteer, non-profit, concert band whose members are from all over Northeast Tennessee. The band is made up of approximately 60 members who have a diverse background in music, from professional band directors to non-music professionals of all ages The band was originally formed with the goal of performing for community events and providing adult citizens of Northeast Tennessee an opportunity to practice and perform music as a community service. 

For more information visit jonesboroughtn.org or call 423.753.1010.

A Spot on the Hill, the original, research based play by Anne G’Fellers-Mason, returns to the Old Jonesborough Cemetery this October.  The show premiered last fall to sold-out performances, and this season’s production will feature a number of changes, including new stories, live music, and a stationary location inside the cemetery.  Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to sit on.  Come and listen to real stories of real lives among real tombstones. Performances for A Spot on the Hill will take place at 6:30 p.m. on October 10 and October 24.  Tickets are limited, so make sure you buy yours today!  Tickets are $8 and proceeds benefit the Heritage Alliance’s cemetery preservation and tombstone restoration fund.  Audience members should arrive 15 minutes prior to show time.  Parking is available downtown.  It is a short walk up East Main Street to the cemetery.  A golf cart courtesy shuttle will be available for guests who park behind the downtown Courthouse.  This program is not suggested for children under 10 years of age.  In case of inclement weather, performances will be moved inside to the Jonesborough/Washington County History Museum.

Tickets must be purchased ahead of time.  To purchase tickets, visit jonesboroughtn.org  or call the Heritage Alliance at 423.753.9580. On the day of the event, tickets should be purchased at the Jonesborough Visitors Center. 

The Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia is dedicated to the preservation of the architectural, historical, and cultural heritage of our region and to providing educational experiences related to history and heritage for a wide range of audiences.  For more information, please call our office at 423.753.9580, or contact the organization via email at info@heritageall.org.  Further information can also be found online at www.heritageall.org.

Jonesborough welcomes the public to its annual fall town-wide yard sale on Sat., Sept. 5 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The yard sale is a fundraising effort to assist with the Jonesborough Area Merchants & Services Assoc.  Spaces are 10 x 10 and will cost $15 for a single, $25 for two and $30 for three. Reservations are required.

The sale will take place along the sidewalks throughout the Historic District. Other shops and restaurants along Jonesborough’s Main Street will be participating in the event with a variety of bargains.

For more information on the yard sale or to participate, contact Jeff Gurley at 423-913-2663 or visit www.visitjonesborough.com.

Main Street Jonesborough is excited to continue its Main Street Brews and Tunes event this Sunday, August 30, with musical guest Annabelle’s Curse and beer selections from Holston River Brewing Company starting at 3 p.m. The Noli Food Truck will also be serving up their delicious tacos and sandwiches from 1-5 p.m. All of this will be taking place on the Plaza outside of the International Storytelling Center in Downtown Jonesborough.

There will be a free growler and fill-up giveaway from our event sponsor Chuggernaut at RoadRunner Markets, and registration will take place at the Furniture Warehouse in Downtown Jonesborough this Sunday from 1-4:45 p.m. The winner will be announced at the International Storytelling Center Plaza at 5 p.m. and participants must be present to win.

The band, Annabelle’s Curse, is a very talented group out of Bristol, TN/VA whose preferred music genre is Alternative Folk. Last but certainly not least, Main Street Café and Catering will will be serving 423 Blonde Ale, Wooly Bugger Brown Ale and Osceola Island American Pale Ale on tap from Holston River Brewing Company out of Bristol, Tenn. For more information on Main Street Brews and Tunes visit Main Street Jonesborough on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 

Fre$h $tart, which begins Sept. 1, will provide financial literacy counseling at no cost to low-income families. The counseling will be provided along with the legal assistance they need to resolve their existing legal problems related to finances.Typical debt-related problems can include garnishments, repossessions and foreclosures, as well as loss of benefits or income.

Southwest Virginia Legal Aid is a non-profit law firm providing free civil legal assistance to low-income families in the 17 counties and four small cities of southwestern Virginia.

Those eligible for service will live in Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Floyd, Giles, Grayson, Lee, Montgomery, Pulaski, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise or Wythe Counties, or the Cities of Bristol, Galax, Norton or Radford.

They must also meet income guidelines. In most instances, families living at or below 125% of the federal poverty level will be eligible, and many at 200% may be eligible.

Legal aid attorneys and paralegals can talk with clients in person or over the phone, help negotiate with a landlord, employer, creditor or agency worker, or represent clients in court or administrative hearings. They will also provide the financial counseling.

Support for Fre$h $tart is provided, in part, by a Community Impact grant from United Way of Southwest Virginia.

To apply for services, call 1-888-201-2772 toll-free Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm, or apply online 24 hours a day at www.svlas.org.

Happy Tails Animal Rescue of Washington County, VA is excited to announce an upcoming fundraiser, the 3rd Annual Run Fur Their Lives 5K/10K and Strut Your Mutt Walk, on Saturday October 17th, 2015 at 10am on the Virginia Creeper Trailhead in Abingdon, VA (300 Green Spring Road).  Happy Tails is often the last line of defense between life and death for many dogs and cats that have been abused, neglected, or are simply no longer wanted, and to-date we have saved over 10,000 animals in Washington County. 

The race will be timed by We Run Events, walk is untimed. T-shirts for all pre-registered by September 25th.  Registration is available online through We Run Events or at http://www.htar.org/events.html. Registration fees are $20 for all pre-registered participants ($25 late registration the day of). Packet Pick Up and Late Registration is 8:00 to 9:30 the morning of the event. Door prizes will be given post race and awards for male/female top overall, male/female masters (40+), and top 3 male/female in each age group.
Friendly dogs are welcome, must be properly vaccinated, leashed, and properly controlled at all times. Awards for top dog in each event will be given as well. Questions may be sent to happytailsofwashcova@yahoo.com or call Amanda at 423-967-4892

  The Jonesborough Senior Center will host a Pampered Ladies Event & Luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Jonesborough Visitors Center.

The event includes a time of relaxation, inspiration and fun for ladies of all ages, open to the public.  The lunch buffet will be provided by Fatz Restaurant & Catering including grilled chicken, pasta, vegetable lasagna, salad, rolls, dessert and beverage.

Kaley’s of Jonesborough will also exhibit at fashion show at 1 p.m.  Additional activities and vendors include:
Chocolate Elegance, LLC-Bob Scibor
Make Up Consultant & Face Artist-Ren Allen Faces by Ren
Professional Photographer-Keith Dixon Studios
Herbal Teas for Healing-Barbara Desso Master Gardner
Hand & Nail Care, Facial Skin Care, Perfume Testers-Walgreens
Beauty in Stone Custom Jewelry-Suzanne McKinney
All Natural Handmade Soaps-Nakisha Smith, Mountain Suds
Paraffin Hand Therapy-Barbara Keesecker LMT
Chair Massage-Kevin Gravelle LMT Bamboo Massage
Handcrafted handbags-Donna Gillespie

Cost to attend the Jonesborough Senior Center’s Pampered Ladies Event & Luncheon is $12. For more information please call the Jonesborough Senior Center 423-753-4781.


The McKinney Center Drama classes will begin in September and there are still several spots available for students in grades 1-8 to participate.

Look at Me! Drama Class for Primary Students, is for grades 1-4.  This class, specifically created for lower elementary students provides unique opportunities to develop clear speech, fluent delivery, social skills and to have fun!  Students will build confidence and learn basic acting and performing skills.

And. . . ACTION! Drama Class, is designed for grades 5 – 8 and will build confidence, prepare students to be on stage, learn dramatic movement, improvisation and participate in creative activities. 

Young Actors Theatre Ensemble, for grades 9 – 12 is open to students who wish to explore and expand their speaking, acting and auditioning skills.  Students will fine tune the abilities to perform on stage.

All classes are designed to build stage presence and confidence through theater games, improvisations, small skits and scenes, leading to a final performance for parents at the end of the semester. The 11 weeks course is only $120 ($10 per session!) and takes place on Wednesdays at the McKinney Center. Download the registration form online at: jonesboroughtn.org or come by the McKinney Center at 103 Franklin Ave, Jonesborough.

For more information contact Theresa Hammons at 423-753-0562 or theresah@jonesboroughtn.org

Beginning Banjo and Beginning Guitar Classes Now Available at the McKinney Center

Have you always wanted to learn how to play the guitar or banjo? Instructor James Edgar, who hails from ETSU’s Bluegrass, Old-time and Country Music Studies Program, has several openings for new students at the McKinney Center in Jonesborough.

Edgar’s relaxed, step-by-step lessons will have students mastering the skills necessary to learn the basics and able to play their instruments by the end of the course. The group setting allows students to work with, perform and have fun with each other, all while taking part in the rich musical heritage of this community.

The nine-week course is $125, and begins the week of September 14.  Download the registration form online at: jonesboroughtn.org or come by the McKinney Center at 103 Franklin Ave, Jonesborough.

For more information contact Theresa Hammons at 423-753-0562 or theresah@jonesboroughtn.org 








  Set sail on the U.S.S. American with Jonesborough Repertory Theatre’s season opener, Anything Goes. Romance, hijinks, disguises, and of course singing and dancing come to the JRT stage August 21 through September 13.
The musical, directed by Jennifer Schmidt, features music and lyrics by Cole Porter and is home to such memorable songs as I Get a Kick Out of You, You’d Be So Easy to Love, De-Lovely, You’re the Top and the title song of Anything Goes.
The story follows Billy Crocker, a down-on-his-luck stockbroker, as he stows away on a luxury liner in hopes of wooing the debutante Hope Harcourt away from her rich fiancé Lord Evelyn Oakley.  Also aboard the ship are Reno Sweeney, an evangelist turned nightclub performer, and the not-so-famous gangster Moonface Martin.
Just like the previous 1940s USO Show and Singin’ in the Rain productions, tap dancing is back on stage at the JRT.  Choreographer Lindy Ley leads the cast in several dance numbers.  Two group numbers, Blow Gabriel Blow and Anything Goes, are both seven minute long song and dance numbers and highlights of the show.
The cast includes Jill Janaitis, Lucas Schmidt, Brittney Whitson, Tim Reynolds, Corey Tickles, Holly Marshall, Shawn Hale, Janette Gaines, Blake Yarbrough, Austin Bird, Heather Allen, Kate Anderson, Jen Fields, Jessica Shelton, Austin Wingate, Megan Knight, Stephen Howard, Don Squibb, Sharon Squibb, Karen Elb, Ryan Gray and Alex VanBuren.
Anything Goes runs August 21 through September 13. Show times are Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m..
Tickets are $16 general admission, $14 for students and seniors. Group rates are available for parties of 15 or more. To purchase tickets call the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center at 423.753.1010 or visit jonesboroughtheatre.com


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