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This May, Jonesborough Repertory Theatre takes us back to Jane Austen’s 19th Century England, where beautiful gowns, balls, tea parties and handsome beaux are sure to abound.

Or at least, they should have.

But Sense & Sensibility tells the tale of two sisters who have been made destitute by the death of their father, the law of primogeniture and an unkind brother. Forced to move to the distant county of Devon and to rely on the kindness of a stranger, they attempt to make a new life despite their inconvenient circumstances.

The eldest, Elinor, is marked by her good sense and calm nature, while the younger, Marianne, delights in life with a near-reckless exuberance. The girls must learn from each other’s strengths as they encounter the adventures, heartbreaks, challenges and loves their new life brings their way.

And—not to worry—Austen makes sure a few of those gowns, balls and handsome fellows make it into the story before all is said and done.

The cast includes Catherine Squibb as Elinor, Caroline Garber as Marianne and Natalie Justice as their mother, Mrs. Dashwood. Into the girls’ lives come also Edward Ferrars (played by Sam Harrod), Mr. Willoughby (played by Ryan Gray) and Colonel Brandon (played by Joseph Gumina). Included in the rest of the cast are Christopher Sutton, Summer Boothe, Kari Tuthill, Jason Headen, Tayler Jones, Abigail Anderson, Brooklynn DeFreece, and Matthew Anderson.

Sense & Sensibility runs May 13 through May 29. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $16 general admission, $14 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets, call the Jonesborough Visitors Center at (423)753-1010 or go online at www.jonesboroughtheatre.com. Season passes are also available.


Flower lovers from across the region will venture to Jonesborough for the 20th Annual Garden Gala on Saturday, May 28. This year’s event brings back several private gardens featured during the first annual Garden Gala in 1997, as well as a live before-and-after project on the grounds of a home located within the Historic District of Jonesborough.

This day-long charity event is hosted by members of the Schubert Club and the Tuesday Garden Club, and supported by the Northeast Tennessee Master Gardeners and the Southern Appalachian Plant Society.  The Annual Garden Gala is considered the official welcoming of spring in Tennessee’s Oldest Town and has been recognized nationally as an award-winning event.

An added attraction to this year’s event includes a special ticketed seminar and lunch featuring a complete do-it-yourself landscaping project. Led by extraordinary outdoor visionary Jonathan Adams, the audience will witness a live transformation with a complete before-and-after reveal at a location within the Historic District of Jonesborough.  Adams will demonstrate ways folks can renovate dated landscaping into a work of art, while working within the guidelines of a historic district.  The seminar begins at 9 a.m. and will be followed by lunch.

After the seminar and lunch, attendees can enjoy the many unique items that are available from various Garden Gala vendors on the International Storytelling Center Plaza from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., or they can purchase a ticket to the self-guided walking tour that begins at 12:30 p.m. and ends at 5 p.m.

A separate ticket for the morning seminar and lunch is $25 in addition to the garden tour which includes the afternoon tea. A limited quantity of morning seminar and lunch tickets are available and can only be purchased at the Jonesborough Visitors Center. Tickets for the afternoon garden tour and tea are $13.50 in advance and $16.50 on the day of the event. Tickets may be purchased online at jonesboroughtn.org or by calling the Jonesborough Visitors Center at 423-753-1010.  Tickets are also available from a Schubert Club or Garden Club member. 


There’s a new event coming to Tennessee’s Oldest Town June 4 and it’s guaranteed to spark the interest of both young and old.

Soda Fest will take place June 4th from 4 to 8 p.m. with soda stop tastings all along Main Street and Jonesborough’s Historic District. Each soda stop will include a soda jerk who will be pouring the samples in 2 oz. cups for festival goers to enjoy. Beginning at 7 p.m. there will be live music and a sock hop.  At 8 p.m., Bottle Cap Bingo will take place in front of The Lollipop Shop, followed by the popular Movies on Main featuring a family friendly outdoor movie at 8:45 p.m. 

Soda Fest will also feature a separate "Root Beer Garden" with more than 30 flavors of Root Beer to sample from vendors all over the United States.  The Root Beer Garden will be available 5 to 7 p.m. and will require a separate ticket that will be available for purchase during Soda Fest at 4 p.m.

Soda Fest will take place on June 4th and will be similar to the popular Chocolate Fest event held in Jonesborough this past February, with each soda tasting requiring one ticket. Ticket packs are available in increments of 15 tickets for $11.50.  Each ticket pack purchase will include a commemorative 2016 Soda Fest bottle and each child attending Soda Fest will get their own soda jerk hat while supplies last. 

For more information on Soda Fest visit their event on Facebook or call 423-913-2663.  Tickets will be available May 11 by visiting jonesboroughtn.org or calling the Jonesborough Visitor Center Box Office 423-753-1010.


 

Jonesborough’s Senior Center will host an emergency preparedness event in conjunction with the Department of Public Safety and Fire Department on Monday, June 20 at 10 a.m. The event is free and open to the public with required registration by Monday, June 13.

Jonesborough Public Safety will discuss ways to be safe in the Senior Center, in your home and public settings in the event an active shooter situation or other threat. Yellow Dot information will also be available for(to) educate attendees on vital information that should be kept in vehicles in for emergency situations.

Jonesborough Dept. of Public Safety will also be completing Senior ID cards and the Jonesborough Fire Department will conclude the program with a fire drill exercise at the Center. 

For additional information about the Jonesborough Senior Crime Prevention Academy on June 20, contact 423-753-4781 by the June 13 deadline.


The Jonesborough Parks and Recreation Department is currently accepting entries for the 46th Annual Jonesborough Days Parade to be held Saturday, July 2nd at 10 a.m.
The parade sets the stage for the final day of the Jonesborough Days festival with a celebration of the community and its heritage. The theme of the 2016 parade is “Only In Jonesborough.” It is requested that entries be designed and decorated to focus on the Only In Jonesborough theme. Music and historic representations of the theme are encouraged as it is a great way for businesses, churches and individuals to help reflect on history and community.

Entry fees include $50 for commercial and political entries and $25 for non-commercial entries. A mandatory safety meeting will take place on Monday, June 28 at the Jonesborough Visitors Center at 6 p.m. to review rules and line-ups of the parade.  A refund of $10 will be given for attendance to the meeting.

For a parade application and additional information, visit www.jonesboroughtn.org.

In honor of both living and deceased veterans Jonesborough’s Memorial Day celebration will include a musical tribute featuring songs performed by the Johnson City Community Concert Band, under the direction Dr. Christian Zembower.  Presenters will also include Jonesborough Veterans Affairs Committee Chair Marion Light, Heritage Alliance Special Projects Coordinator Anne Mason, Town of Jonesborough Operations Manager Craig Ford with presentation of colors by Tennessee Highway Patrol Honor Guard and Daniel Boone Marine JROTC and taps by Jim Culp.
Marking the 34th event Jonesborough has hosted in honor of veterans, the tribute will take place on Sunday, May 29 at 2:30 p.m. at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, followed by a reception that is open to the public.  For additional information, call 423-753-1010 or visit jonesborough.com

   

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