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 William King Museum of Art presents The 16th Annual Mistletoe Market, November 7th through 9th at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center. This three-day shopping event offers fun for the whole family with arts and crafts, holiday gift shopping, live entertainment and an on-site cafe. Admission is just $6, and Sunday is family day, children under 12 get in free! For more information, visit WilliamKingMuseum.org 

 One of Ireland’s finest actors and the world’s foremost interpreter of Samuel Beckett is coming to ETSU.

Barry McGovern has appeared in the film ‘Braveheart’ and TV series ‘Game of Thrones’ and has performed the role of Vladimir in ‘Waiting for Godot’ more than any other living actor.

McGovern will perform a reading and discuss Beckett and his work Monday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. In Ball Hall room 127. The event, sponsored by Mary B. Martin School of the Arts and ETSU’s department of literature & language, is free and open to the public with refreshments to follow. For more information, visit www.etsu.edu/martin or call 423-439-8587.

November is the month of Thanksgiving. Morrison

Chapel U.M.C. of Kingsport wants to make it the month of giving thanks. On November 8th, at 7:00 p.m. the 3rd annual GIVING THANKS benefit singing for the Kitchen of Hope will be held at the church, located on Chapel Drive of W. Carters Valley Rd. We’ll have a mixed bag of great gospel music, including Southern, Bluegrass, and Traditional, by talented performers including Daniel Steele, DOUNPOUR, HIS SINGING SERVANTS, Mark Stayton and Becky Blaney. Please join us for this fun evening and worthy cause. There will be no charge but donations will be accepted.

The Town of Jonesborough is set to host the 33rd Annual Holiday Craft Show on Friday and Saturday, November 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. both days.

Hundreds of beautifully handcrafted gifts and Christmas decor will be on sale featuring local and regional artisans and crafters, as well as residents from surrounding states.  Items include holiday and fall décor, handbags, woodcarvings, jewelry, books, quilted items, local photography, aprons and clothing, among other unique items.  Nearly 40 vendors will be showcasing their talents inside the Visitors Center, as well as an additional marketplace located outside in the main parking lot area.

Admission is $1 for adults and free for children 12 & under to attend the Craft Show.  Proceeds from admission benefit Jonesborough’s free At Home With Santa event in December. For more information about the 33rd Annual Holiday Craft Show visit historicjonesborough.com or call 423.753.1010.
Jonesborough to Host Veterans Tribute, Nov. 9 

Jonesborough’s Board of Mayor & Alderman and Veteran’s Affairs Committee will host the town’s 31st tribute to veterans in conjunction with the 200th Anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner on Nov. 9 at 2:30 p.m. at the Visitors Center. 

In honor of Veterans Day, the event will feature the Tennessee Highway Patrol Honor Guard presenting and retiring colors, along with the David Crockett Navy Junior ROTC.  Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the National Anthem, the popular Appalachian Express Chorus will provide musical entertainment including a medley of patriotic themes. Taps will also be provided by Jim Culp, and a presentation on the Washington County/Jonesborough History Museum’s Veterans Exhibit with Deborah Montanti of the Heritage Alliance.  

Marking the 31st event Jonesborough has hosted in honor of Veterans, the tribute will take place on Sunday, Nov. 9 at 2:30 p.m. at the Jonesborough Visitors Center.  For additional information, call 423-753-1010.

Scary Stories at Fort Watauga


Thursday, October 30 @ 7:30 pm

Scary Stories at Fort Watauga is soon to be upon us! On Thursday, October 30th at 7:30 pm, the walls of the historic recreation of the fort will be alive with tales of haints and happenings of days gone by. An annual event not to be missed, Scary Stories is set inside the fort, creating a unique atmosphere for an evening of spooky tales geared to the entire family. 

We are excited to welcome three exceptional storytellers to the fort this year; C. Keith Young, and the Front Porch Storytellers - Mary Jane Kennedy, and Chad Bogart. Each of these talented tellers is sure to bring a smile to your face and a chill to your spine!

C. Keith Young, Raconteur, has performed as the featured storyteller/emcee for the Virginia Highlands Festival, First Night Kingsport, Kingsport Funfest Showtime, Fayetteville Christmas Past Festival, Erwin Strawberry Festival, the Stone Soup Festival (South Carolina), Elizabethton’s Covered Bridge Celebration, Roan Mountain State Park Miller Homestead Days, Sycamore Shoals State Park, plus numerous appearances at Tellabrations and Jonesborough Days. His work as a storyteller, emcee, humorist and professional musician spans more than three decades. He serves the area as director of the off-campus teaching site in Elizabethton for Northeast State Community College.

The Front Porch Storytellers developed and co-founded by Mary Jane Kennedy, Sherri Hyder and Chad Bogart is actively presenting storytelling programs throughout the area and in Elizabethton. Be sure to check out their Historic Ghost Walks in downtown Elizabethton! They have been telling stories together for five years at many schools, civic functions, senior homes and organizations throughout the Mountain Empire.

Mary Jane Kennedy spent 30 years teaching in Orlando. She has a background in music, voice over, historical research and storytelling. She is the Co-Founder of The Overmountain Singers, The Homespun Storytellers and The Front Porch Storytellers. She has been actively performing in the area for the last nine years both in music and storytelling.

Chad Bogart comes from a long line of storytellers. His abilities are enhanced by a background in music, living history, and historical interpretation. Chad's interest in scary stories stemmed from family ghost tales told by his Grandmother, and are a favorite among his listeners.

Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and make it a point to mark your calendar now for an exciting evening with family and friends!

Featuring a unique melding of blues, African, jazz, gospel and R & B, the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts will present a performance by a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock on Thursday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m. In the ETSU Culp Auditorium.

Grammy nominee Sweet Honey mixes harmony, cultures, issues and sign language for a ‘powerful, beautiful’ celebration.

For more information, visit http://www.etsu.edu/cas/arts/or call 423-439-8587.




Hales Community Ruitan Haunted Forrest-All New Themes- 152 Hales Rd. Jonesborough, TN. Sponsors Road Runner Markets/Paranormal Technology/ Quick pack and ship. 423-202-8348

Open at 7:30 pm

Oct 16,17 18, 23,24,25, 29,30,31




The Lee Valley Music Barn, 500 Lee Valley Road, Whitesburg, TN,continues the 1st. Friday concert series Friday night Nov. 7 at 7:00 pm. Featured group of the month will be Mountain Joy from Waynesville, NC.  
Admission is free and there will be food and door prizes. Visit www.theleevalleymusicbarn.com or call 423-235-6152 for information.
 Jeanne Robertson 2014 FABulousy Funny Tour Live at Memorial Park Community Center, Johnson City, Tennessee.  November 11th at 6:00pm is Veterans Appreciation show. 

November 12th at noon is Laughter is Medicine Lunch (lunch will be provided). All tickets are $25.00, you can purchase tickets now at Memorial Park Community Center or online at http://apm.activecommunities.com/jcparks 



Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area - Where Our Heritage Comes to Life! October 2014- 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!

Carter Mansion Autumn Tours
Tuesdays                                                                                 noon – 3 pm

Join historic interpreter Ramona Invidiato for a tour of Tennessee’s oldest frame house, the John and Landon Carter Mansion. Walk through the rooms of this elegant frontier home and listen to the walls of raised paneling echo stories of days gone by. The Carter Mansion is located at 1031 Broad St.., Elizabethton, TN.

Scary Stories at Fort Watauga

Thursday, October 30              7:30     pm             Strange Strange things happen around All Hallows Eve, especially at an old fort by the river! Bring the family and join us for tales of woe and terror, the weird and macabre, with a touch of wit thrown in for good measure. Don’t be afraid, Fort Watauga at Sycamore Shoals isn’t haunted… we think!

Traditional Arts Workshops
To join one or more classes, you must register in advance by
calling 423-543-5808 and pre-pay.

If you would like to receive updated information throughout the year, please send your email address to jennifer.bauer@tn.gov

               Visitors Center Hours:

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Tuesday through Saturday             1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Sunday
Closed Mondays
Our Visitors Center is closed on most State holidays.
Park grounds are open from dawn until dusk.
For more information contact:
Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area
1651 West Elk Avenue
Elizabethton, TN 37643
(423) 543-5808





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