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Calling all singers, dancers, movers and shakers! The Junior League of Bristol would like to invite local talent to join the 2015 Follies cast for “Shaken with a Splash of Sublime.” Directed by New York producer, Jamie Donegan, this year’s show is sure to be two back-to-back evenings of entertaining music coupled with colorful choreography and more.
The women of the Junior League are hosting a “Meet the Director Party” on Monday, October 12, 2015 once Donegan arrives in town. The gathering is to take place at Quaker Steak & Lube in Bristol, VA from 6 to 8 pm.
The Junior League of Bristol is eager to recruit local talent to be showcased in this year’s Follies show on November 6 and 7, 2015 at the Paramount Center of the Arts. “Follies is a such an exciting event,” says Junior League Bristol President, Dawn Roller, “and it is truly a work of the community for the community.”
All proceeds from the shows benefit the construction of Bristol’s first Splash Pad in Steele Creek Park. In conjunction with Bristol Tennessee Parks and Recreation Department, the Junior League of Bristol Tennessee and Virginia has been hard at work raising funds to pave the way for the Splash Pad which is sure to become a favorite summer spot for children of all ages.

For more information please visit www.jlbristol.org or follow the Junior League of Bristol TN-VA on Facebook to stay up-to-date on Follies and fundraising efforts for the Splash Pad. Tickets are available through all League members and at the door at the Paramount Center of the Arts.

Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts will present Fine Art in the Park at the International Storytelling Center on October 24-25. The event is free and open to the public on Saturday, October 24 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 25 from noon – 5 p.m. 

Nearly forty artists were carefully chosen for this unique exhibition, which includes sculpture, pottery, oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, photography, hand-made furniture, jewelry and more. Artists will be on location with their art to talk to visitors about their various techniques, as well as to display and sell their work.

Each day will also feature a special tasting session.  On Saturday and Sunday Chocolate Elegance will be present to provide samples of their delectable treats.  Sunday events include Jabo Joe’s Coffee with samples of roasted coffee and guests may taste various olive oils and vinegars from Olive Oil Divine.  

Another new feature to this year’s Fine Art in the Park is an interactive art project for the Jonesborough Community.  On Saturday, October 24 from noon - 2 p.m. visitors will be able to work with local artist William Bledsoe to paint one of the Boone Street Murals.  The mural will feature a scene of Jonesborough in the fall.  Also on Saturday, from 2 - 4 p.m. visitors will also assist in painting four smaller abstract murals that will hang in Jonesborough’s new Senior Center.

Immediately after the event on Sunday, October 25, a special reception will take place that is open to the public on the upstairs patio of the International Storytelling Center. Awards will be given to the artists for Best in Show, Second and Third Places. The awards are based on the artist’s booth presentation and quality of work.  Light refreshments will be served during this brief award ceremony. 

This year’s Fine Art in the Park is sponsored by the Town of Jonesborough, the Jonesborough Area Merchants Association and donations from local residents.

For more information about Fine Art in the Park, or sponsorship opportunities, please contact McKinney Center Director Theresa Hammons at: theresah@jonesboroughtn.org, or call 423-753-0562. Updates on this event can be found on the McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School Facebook page.

 Come join us for the 8th annual Marathon Ministry golf tournament benefitting our "Adopt a child-Appalachia" program.
The tournament will be October 17th at Baileyton golf club in Baileyton, TN, exit 36 off I 81.
100% of the event proceeds will benefit our "Adopt a Child-Appalachia" program. Help us provide basic living items, coats, shoes, etc to the most poverty stricken children in Appalachia.
Registration begins at 8am tee off at 9am
Contact Brian Traynor, brian@marathonministry.org  (423) 946-5447 for registration and sponsorship information.

Think you’ve got what it takes to take home the coveted title of Jonesborough’s best chili?  The Jonesborough Area Merchants and Services Assoc. is now accepting entries for its 4th Annual Chili Cook-Off on Sun., Oct. 11 from noon to 4 p.m. in the park just behind the International Storytelling Center.Entry rules include:

•         Chili must be cooked from scratch at home or an alternate location.
•         Teams must produce 5 gallons of chili for judging and public tasting. Sides to compliment chili are allowed.
•         Teams will be expected to bring their chili entries hot and ready to eat.  Teams may bring their own heating source to keep their chili hot and to serve out of at a discounted entry fee of $15.  If a team needs a chafing dish and sterno, the entry fee is $20. No electricity will be provided to any entry.
•         Teams may provide a pop up canopy tent and chairs if they desire.  *Chafer, sterno, one table, spoons and napkins for tasting will be provided.
•         Booth set up begins at 10 a.m. with judging at 11:30 a.m.  The event opens to the public at noon on Sun., Oct. 11.
•        Entries will be judged on taste, color, aroma, consistency and aftertaste. Prizes will be given in three categories Chili Champion, People’s Choice and Best Booth Decorations.
Other activities to take place during the Jonesborough Chili Cook-Off include a children’s area, family storytelling, craft vendors and live music.  Craft beer and other food items will also be available for purchase. A limited number of chili cook-off entries will be accepted through Oct. 1.
$20 if a chafing dish and sterno are needed for heating
$15 if the entry provides their own heating source
$10 for members of JAMSA

Proceeds will benefit the Jonesborough Area Merchants & Services Assoc. and Jonesborough Area Ministerial Assoc.
To register email jw2654@gmail.com or call 423-791-1941.  

 Jonesborough Repertory Theatre is taking its 2015-2016 season to the Land of Oz with its performance of The Wizard of Oz. Follow the yellow brick road to the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre to see Dorothy, Lion, Tinman, Scarecrow and the Wizard of Oz, October 16 through November 8. Based on the popular stories by L. Frank Baum. The principal cast includes Ryan Gray, Shawn Hale, Hollie Matthews, Tuesday Reynolds, Lucas Schmidt, Derek Smithpeters, and Kari Tuthill. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Shows will also take place on Thursdays after the opening weekend at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $16 general admission, $14 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets, please call the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center at (423)753-1010 or go online to www.jonesboroughtheatre.com. Season passes are also available.



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

 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



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