Out & About | Arts & Entertainment


Who is the person behind the portrait? The William King Museum of Art in Abingdon, Virginia, is presenting a survey of 18th and 19th century paintings titled “A Painting Tradition.” This exhibition looks at the importance of the portrait and the figure in Europe and America. From military portraits and members of the aristocracy, to the working class and beloved horses, it explores the various styles of portrait and figure painting that were prevalent from the Georgian to Victorian periods in Europe and through the Early and Revolutionary periods in America. “A Painting Tradition” will be on display through Sept. 19.

The Gallery at Barr Photographics will host an exhibit by John F. Sauers titled “Change of Seasons” through Sept. 30. The Gallery at Barr Photographics is located at 152 E. Main St. in Abingdon, Virginia. It is housed in the Greenway Trigg Building. For more information call 276- 628-1486.

The 2021 “FL3TCH3R Exhibit: Social & Politically Engaged Art,” will on display at East Tennessee State University’s Reece Museum Oct. 4 through Dec. 10. The exhibit’s more than $1,500 in awards will be announced and presented during the exhibition reception and juror talk at the Reece Museum on a date still to be determined. To learn more about the exhibit visit FL3TCH3Rexhibit.com.

“Mixed Americans,” an exhibition featuring works by a diverse group of artists of mixed racial heritage, is on display at Tipton Gallery, 126 Spring St., Johnson City, through Oct. 8. Tipton Gallery is open Thursdays and Fridays from 5-7 p.m., on First Fridays from 6-8 p.m., and other times by appointment. Call 423-439-3179.

“Tennessee Fancy: Decorative Arts of Northeast Tennessee” will be on display through Oct. 31 at the William King Museum of Art’s Cultural Heritage Gallery. Masks and social distancing are required in the building. The museum, located in Abingdon, Virginia, is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, or to schedule a tour, visit williamkingmuseum.org or call 276-628-5005 x113.


Theatre Bristol will hold auditions for “All Together Now,” which will come to the Paramount Center for the Arts Nov. 12-15. Solo and ensemble roles are available for men, women and teens ages 12 and up with audition form and details at www.theatrebristol.org/audition. Audition date options are Sept. 19 at 2 p.m., Sept. 20 at 6 p.m., Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. and Sept. 25 at 10 a.m. at Theatre Bristol, 512 State St. Vaccination against the COVID-19 virus is required for all singers and crew.


The Kingsport Carousel is a totally renovated 1956 Allen Herschell carousel located inside the temperature-controlled “Pal’s Roundhouse” at 350 Clinchfield St. It is open Wednesday through Sunday from 12:30 to 5 p.m. All rides are $1.


Vinyl Collectors Show will be held Sept. 19 and Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Double Tree Hilton, 211 Mockingbird Lane, Johnson City. Admission is $2. Masks are required of all customers and vendors. Come shop for rare vinyl LPs and 45s, plus CDs, music DVDs, memorabilia and more.


Music on the Square, one of Jonesborough’s live outdoor concert series, continues each Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. through Sept. 24 in front of the Washington County Courthouse on Main Street. Music on the Square is a free event, but event goers are encouraged to bring a chair or a blanket to ensure a seat.

Multi-Dove Award winning and multi-Grammy nominated trio The Martins will perform at the

Lamplight Theatre, 140 Broad St., Kingsport, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. Joining The Martins will be Phillips and Banks as well as comedian Mickey Bell. For ticket information call 423-343-1766 or visit www.lamplighttheatre.net or www.martinsonline.com.

A concert with Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen will be held at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, Virginia, on Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Cohen will bring Bourbon Street to Bristol with the dynamic, high-energy show she is known and loved for in New Orleans. Purchase tickets to the concert only ($20) or to include a curator-led tour of the special exhibit Our Living Past: Platinum Portraits of Southern Music Makers prior to the show ($25). Tickets are available at https://birthplaceofcountrymusic.org.

The sixth season of Main Street Brews and Tunes in downtown Jonesborough continues through Sept. 26 with five concerts remaining before the close of the season. The event takes place on the International Storytelling Center Plaza every Sunday afternoon. Food and beer will be served at 4 p.m. with live music from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Rescue Story Tour 2021 featuring Zach Williams will be held Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. at Freedom Hall Civic Center in Johnson City. Admission is $20 upper, $26 reserved, $30 day of show, and $45 artist circle. Call 423-461-4884 or visit www.premierproductions.com.

Larry Prevatte Memorial Duffied Jam will be held the first and third Thursday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Thomas Village Community Center, 355 Cecil D. Quillen Drive in Duffield, Virginia. For more information call 276-431-1083.


Exchange Place Living History Farm will host its Fall Folk Arts Festival Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sept. 26 from noon until 5 p.m. Admission is $5, with children under 12 admitted free. Proceeds go toward the care of the farm’s animals and the continued restoration and preservation of the site, located at 4812 Orebank Road in Kingsport. For more information call 423-288-6071.

Racks by the Tracks returns to the Kingsport Farmers Market Sept. 25. The event will feature more than 100 unique craft beers, wines, seltzers and sangrias in addition to barbecue vendors, the SPF 10K and 5K Race Walk (featuring the Boss Hog Challenge) and plenty of music. Tickets can be purchased online at www.racksbythetracks.com and at all Food City locations.

Farmhouse in the Valley fourth annual Fall Vendors Market will be held Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free and parking is free on the Farmhouse property. Call 423-956-3074 to pre-order a low country shrimp boil ($11.95 per person) by noon on Sept. 22. The Farmhouse request visitors to social distance and wear a mask for all indoor activities. Farmhouse in the Valley is located at 573 Carters Valley Loop Road, Rogersville. Call 423-956-307

Hazzard Fest will be held Oct. 8-9 at the Greene County Fairgrounds. Highlights include Uncle Si, Justin Martin and John Godwin from “Duck Dynasty” doing a meet and greet on Oct. 8 along with Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Doyle Lawson and Ricky Skaggs headlining the concert that evening. Oct. 9 will feature a concert with headliner Mark Chesnutt and meet and greets with Catherine Bach, Tom Wopat, Rick Hurst and others. To see the full lineup of guests and entertainment visit www.hazzardfest.com.

Due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in the Tri-Cities area, the TriPride Committee has announced that they have canceled the TriPride Parade and Festival scheduled for Oct. 16. The group is looking into alternative ways to celebrate pride this fall and will announce those plans on its Facebook page in the near future.


On Sept. 12 the State of Franklin Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will host its eighth annual bell ringing in honor of Constitution Week. The event will take place at 1:30 p.m. at Oak Hill School, located at 214 E. Sabin Drive in Jonesborough across from the Jonesborough Public Library.

The Tri Cities Civil War Round

Table is hosting a lecture titled

“Citizen-General: Jacob Dolson Cox and the Civil War Era.” Presented by Gene Schmiel, the event will be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 13 at the Renaissance Center Theater, 1200 E. Center St., Kingsport. Admission to the event is free, and the public is invited. For more information contact Wayne Strong at [email protected].

The Chester Inn Museum presents History Happy Hour at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. On Sept. 16, Kim Floyd and Jeffrey Irvin will present “In-Cider’s Scoop: The History and Significance of Hard Cider.” For more information visit www.heritageall.org.

The 22nd annual Sorghum Festival will be held Sept. 18 at the Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $2.50 for children 12 and under, and free for kids under 3. Members of the Tipton Haynes Historical Association are admitted free. Sorghum molasses will be available for purchase for $6 per pint and $3 per half pint. For more information call 423-926-3631. Tipton-Haynes is located at 2620 S. Roan St., Johnson City.

The Heritage Alliance is hosting a new dining experience in Jonesborough with its Summer Supper series. The suppers will take place on different historic lawns. The remaining Summer Supper is scheduled for Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. at a home on East Main Street. Tickets are $45 and include a three-course meal as well as beverages, live music, and a chance to explore the grounds and sections of the home. Tickets can be purchased at jonesborough.com/tickets.

Guests will have a chance to stay late at the Jonesborough and Washington County History Museum located inside the Jonesborough Visitors Center on Sept. 23. The Heritage Alliance will host a special reception from 6-7 p.m. for its current exhibits, “The Noblest Art: A Local History of the Circus” and “A Tale of Three Houses.” Visitors are invited to come out for some history, games and a chance to say what they would like to see in the museum. For more information call 423-753-9580 or email [email protected].

Battle of Blountville Reenactment will be held Sept. 24-26 at the Old Hawley Farm, 1173 Hawley Road, Blountville. The main Civil War battle reenactments will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with other activities going on throughout the weekend. Friday events are reserved for school groups. Union and Confederate reenactors will perform continuous living history demonstrations throughout the event. The event will also include a Civil War Ladies Tea on Saturday and an outdoor period worship service Sunday beginning at 9 a.m. Admission on Saturday and Sunday is $3 for adults, with children 6 and under admitted free. For more information contact the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism at 423-323-4660.

The Netherland Inn offers tours on Saturdays and Sundays through October at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for youth ages 7-17. Tours will begin at the visitors center off the parking lot behind the inn at 2144 Netherland Inn Road, Kingsport.

Library fun

Join the Kingsport Public Library for a Tuesday morning walking group this fall. Participants will meet in the library’s parking lot and get moving with a walk downtown. Strollers, kids and friendly dogs welcome. Walks will be held Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m. through October, weather permitting. For more information call 423-224-2539.


This September, visit the Bays Mountain Amphitheater for “Campfire Tales,” a free storytelling event sponsored by Knoxville TVA Credit Union. Each Friday night of the month, BMP will welcome tellers from the Jonesborough Storyteller’s Guild. “Campfire Tales” begins at 7 p.m. on Sept. 17 and 24. This program is free with park entry. The first 50 kids will receive swag bags, and Knoxville TVA Credit Union will give out lanterns while supplies last. For more information call 423-229-9447.


LampLight Theatre in downtown Kingsport will present a brand-new production, “In the Valley,” through Sept. 19. “In the Valley” is a 1920s retelling of the story of Job in the familiar setting of the Appalachian Mountains. The show will feature favorite hymns and bluegrass music but will also debut some new original music. “In the Valley” will be presented on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for students, and free for children 5 and under. Call for group rates. Doors open one hour prior to the show. LampLight Theatre is located at 140 Broad St., Kingsport. For reservations and information contact the LampLight box office at 423-343-1766 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit www.lamplighttheatre.com online.

“A Streetcar Named Desire” will be presented Sept. 12, 17, 18 and 19 at the Kingsport Renaissance Center. For tickets or more information email [email protected].


The Kingsport Model Trains Project and Engage Kingsport will present a representation of the Santa Train on the first and third Saturdays of each month at their new location at 1113 Lynn Garden Drive (the former hardware building). The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Represented are all the communities of the Santa Train like Elkhorn City, Dante, St. Paul, Clinchco and Kingsport. For more information visit Kingsportmodeltrainsproject on Facebook, email [email protected] or call 423-502-5359.

The George L. Carter Railroad Museum, located in the Campus Center Building on the campus of East Tennessee State University, is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Heritage Day is held the last Saturday of each month. There is no admission fee to the museum, but donations are welcome. A preregistration link is provided to encourage patrons to schedule a time to visit: https://tinyurl.com/y3ba5uto. The Carter Railroad Museum can be identified by a flashing railroad-crossing signal at the back entrance to the Campus Center Building. Visitors should enter ETSU’s campus from State of Franklin Road onto Jack Vest Drive and continue east toward 176 Ross Drive, adjacent to the flashing RR crossing sign. For more information call 423-439-6838.

Jonesborough’s Chuckey Depot Museum is hosting the exhibit “As Fast as Birds Can Fly: The ET & WNC (Tweetsie) Railroad.” The exhibit includes several artifacts from the ET & WNC’s storied history, as well as photographs taken by people who worked on and for the railroad line. The ET & WNC exhibit will be on display at the museum through August. The museum, located at 110 S 2nd Ave., is open to the public Thursday through Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Guests are encouraged to wear masks while visiting the museum. For more information call the Jonesborough Visitors Center at 423-753-1010.

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