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Saturday, July 4th:  7:00 PM – Butler, TN   -   Cove Ridge Marina – Join the VW Boys for some great family fun at Cover Rider Marina in Butler, TN on Watauga Lake. Entertainment by the VW Boys from 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Fireworks display follows at 9:15 PM.  Music, food & fun for the entire family. 

947 Piercetown Rd., Butler, TN    More info call 423-768-3741 or 423-768-3760    www.coveridgemarina.com


Jonesborough Flag Committee to Host Flag Celebration July 3 & 4

Jonesborough’s Flag Committee will host a free event open to the public honoring the United States flag during two select days of the annual Jonesborough Days Festival in July. 

The activities will take place July 3 and 4 at the International Storytelling Center.  On Friday, July 3 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. presentations will take place inside the theatre covering the “Meaning of Old Glory from a Naturalized Citizen’s Perspective” and from 5 to 5:45 p.m. and 7 to 7:45 p.m. a children’s patriotic tribute, “Red, White and Blue: Saluting You” will take place with WSB Productions.  Also on Friday, from 6 to 7 p.m., folks will have the opportunity to meet Jonesborough Public Safety’s K-9s, as well as witness a K-9 demonstration outside of the International Storytelling Center in Jimmy Neil Smith Park.  

The festivities continue at the International Storytelling Center on Saturday, July 4 followed by a “Musical Patriotic Salute” by the Golden Heirs Community Choir in the storytelling theatre beginning at 6 p.m. 

“Jonesborough’s Flag Committee had a great public response from the Flag Day Celebration last year, and we wanted to partner with Jonesborough Days in 2015 in an effort to offer more activities for the public,” Flag Committee Chair Ruth Verhegge said. “We have been able to incorporate children and youth art contests with cash prizes, as well as two musical tributes to this year’s flag celebration program at the International Storytelling Center.” 

A silent auction will also take place both days inside the International Storytelling Center benefiting Jonesborough’s Flag Committee, as children’s coloring books and small handheld United States flags will also be given away. The children and youth art exhibit will be on display as part of the program at The Lollipop Shop. A static display of Jonesborough’s Public Safety Officers will also be open to the public for viewing inside the International Storytelling Center as a tribute to the department’s service to the community. 

“We also wanted to find a way to offer our gratitude for the service provided by the Jonesborough Department of Public Safety,” Verhegge said. “They represent patriotism and the community, what better way to do that than during the Flag Celebration held during Jonesborough Days.”  

Representatives will also be available to discuss Jonesborough’s flag adoption program. The flag adoption includes an initial $50 fee for a plaque and adoption of a flag along Main Street in downtown Jonesborough.  The adoption also includes an annual $35 renewal fee that assists with maintaining and purchasing flags throughout the year.  For a flag adoption application and additional information, visit jonesboroughtn.org. 

“Flags fly year round in Jonesborough and that is what makes Main Street so special,” Verhegge said. “Without the continued support provided through the flag adoption program from the community, we would not be able to make this happen.” 

For additional information on the Flag Committee and their participation in Jonesborough Days, contact Ruth Verhegge at 423-794-0237.


 The Lee Valley Music Barn, 500 Lee Valley Road, Whitesburg, TN, continues the 1st. Friday gospel music concert series Friday Night July 3 at 7:00 pm. Featured guests will be Amy Ladd from Richmond, VA, and Russell Bennett from Kingsport, TN. There is no charge for admission, a love offering is received, and there will be food and door prizes. Call 423-235-6152 or visit website www.theleevalleymusicbarn.com for information.


 3rd Annual Golf Fore Paws fundraiser

Happy Tails Animal Rescue of Washington County, VA is excited to announce an upcoming fundraiser, the 3rd Annual Golf Fore Paws on Saturday July 25th, 2015 at the Clear Creek Golf Course in Bristol, VA (732 Harleywood Rd.).  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 tournament is a 4 person Captains Choice Tournament with registration at 8:00 a.m. and a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m.  Registration fees are $75 per individual or $300 per team of four – includes green/cart fees, breakfast and lunch.  Door prizes will also be given at the end of the event.  RSVP with Tracy Garcia by July 18th by calling 276-791-0080.  Questions may also be sent to happytailsofwashcova@yahoo.com.


45th Annual Jonesborough Days Festival July 2 – 4

Historic Jonesborough, Tennessee’s Oldest Town, will celebrate the 45th annual Jonesborough Days Festival on July 2 through 4 with family activities, regional music, parade, fireworks and storytelling! 

The 2015 Jonesborough Days Festival will begin Thursday, July 2 at 5 p.m. and continue through Saturday July 4. The annual fireworks show will take place on Friday, July 3 at 10 p.m. and the parade will take place on Saturday, July 4 at 10 a.m. 

Festival hours include Thursday, July 2 from 5 to 10 p.m., Friday, July 3 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Admission to the festival is free and open to the public.

The annual festival fundraiser Kick-Off Dinner sponsored by Food City will be held Thursday, July 2 starting at 5 p.m. at the International Storytelling Center.  Tickets are $12, and can be purchased by calling 423.753.1010. This year’s dinner will feature a low country shrimp boil with entertainment provided by the Jonesborough Novelty Band.

The festival has been voted as one of the top events in the southeast and is known for its entertainment and nostalgic atmosphere. Various entertainment and activities will take place throughout the historic district on all three days. Doc’s Front Porch sponsored by Ferguson Enterprises will feature a variety of storytellers and musicians on the plaza at the International Storytelling Center.  The Main Stage will also feature entertainment each evening from 7 to 10 p.m. including The Beach Nite Band on Thursday, My New Favorites on Friday and The Wannabeatles on Saturday.  The Crafter’s Area will host nearly 70 vendors open during the festival, showcasing local handmade items and a variety of marketplace items.

Other popular attractions during the Jonesborough Day’s Festival include the First Tennessee Children’s Area, a People’s Choice Art Walk, Flag Celebration, The 1940s USO Show, several fun eating contests and more.

For a complete event schedule or for more information on the 45th Annual Jonesborough Days Festival, call 423.753.1010 or visit Jonesborough Days on Facebook.

The Jonesborough Parks and Recreation Department is currently accepting entries for the 45th Annual Jonesborough Days Parade to be held Saturday, July 4th 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 2015 parade is Stars and Stripes: Celebrating Old Glory. It is requested that entries be designed and decorated to focus on patriotism and heritage. 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 29 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


McKinney Center Now Offers Kiln Rental for Local Potters 

The McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School is now offering the opportunity for local potters to kiln fire their mid-range ceramic pieces through a kiln rental process. 

The kiln will have the ability to fire mid-range green ware to cone 04 and mid-range glazed ware at cone 5.  Skilled potters and ceramicists with a working knowledge of clay bodies and glaze applications may call Pam Daniels at 423-753-5097 to schedule a meeting and obtain a copy of Kiln Policies, Pricing, Firing Schedule and Rental Agreement.
Scheduled firing dates include:

July 17 – Bisque Firing

July 31 – Glaze Firing

August 7 – Bisque Firing

August 21 – Glaze Firing  

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