The McKinney Center in Jonesborough will feature painter Merinda Crowder in its first exhibition of the year through March 24. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information call 423-753-0562.
Monotype Art Chat with Kathy Hawk, an opportunity for adult artists interested in learning and sharing experiences with creating monotype prints by painting on Plexiglas, will held March 25 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Kingsport Renaissance Center, Room 313. Sponsored by the Kingsport Art Guild. Preregistration is required at kingsportartguild.com. For more information call 423-246-1227.
Masterpiece Mingle will bring together art, music and food to the McKinney Center in Jonesborough April 28 from 7-9 p.m. This event, which sells out well in advance each year, will feature an exhibit of 125 different works of art, and each guest will take one of these works home. Guests will also enjoy live jazz music by the Jonesborough Rhythm Express, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction featuring more art, books and art supplies. Beer and wine will be for sale by Main Street Café and Catering. Tickets are $50. Tickets are limited to 125 as this is the number of works of art that have been donated. To purchase tickets call the Jonesborough Visitors Center at 423-753-1010 or purchase online at Jonesborough.com/tickets.
A three-day workshop titled “Predator and Prey” will take place May 19-21 at the Carousel Carvers Studio, 350 Clinchfield St. in downtown Kingsport. Participants will be guided through the process of creating two wildlife paintings — one of a coyote and the other of a jackrabbit — through a combination of painting demonstrations, lectures and one-on-one instruction. The cost of the workshop is $390 per person, and the classes are limited to the first 18 people who sign up. Sign up for this workshop on Eventbrite using the following link: http://bit.ly/3I1mCwn. For more information email Suzanne Justis at email@example.com.
The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas is accepting entries for the 2023 Irene Rosenzweig Biennial Juried Exhibition through June 1. The exhibition is open to artists 18 years or older who reside in Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee or Texas. Accepted art forms include paintings, drawings, original prints, fiber art, ceramics, sculpture and photography. Beginning this year, digital and video entries are also accepted. The prizes awarded are Best in Show — $1,000; first place — $500; second place — $200; three $100 merit awards; and $2,000 available in purchase awards. For information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 870-536-3375.
The Jonesborough Repertory Theatre will hold auditions for its July presentation of the 1940s USA Radio Show March 25 from noon to 2 p.m. and March 26 from 7-9 p.m. at the JRT Warehouse, located near Wetlands at 1533 Persimmon Ridge Road, Jonesborough. Please prepare a brief cut from a 1940s-style tune. There will be a tap audition for those who know how to tap. For more information contact the director, Jennifer Ross-Bernhardt, at email@example.com.
Birding Kingsport will meet March 28 at 7 p.m. Dr. Fred J. Alsop III will present a program on Spring Bird Migration. The meeting will be held in the fellowship hall of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, located at 584 Lebanon Road in Colonial Heights. Visitors are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information go to birdingkingsport.org.
A Book Launch will be held April 1 to celebrate Lorie Ann Simpson’s first novel, “Saving Faith.” The event will be held at 1200 Center St., Suite 224, Kingsport, from 4-6:30 p.m. Simpson will be on hand to sign books, and refreshments will be served.
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.
A Doll Sale and Show will be held March 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jonesborough Visitors Center. For more information call 423-753-0022 or 423-276-5273.
Comedian Nate Bargatze will bring his “Be Funny Tour” to Freedom Hall Civic Center in Johnson City April 14. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit natebargatze.com.
Terra Voce featuring cellist Andrew Gabbert and flutist Elizabeth Brightbill will perform March 22 at 7 p.m. at Park Avenue Theater in Norton. Tickets are $10 at the door, and all children and students are free to attend. This performance is sponsored by the Pro-Art Association and Park Avenue Theater in conjunction with Pro-Art’s 46th season and the W. Campbell Edmonds Concert Series. For more information and reservations visit proartva.org.
The Civic Chorale, under direction of its music director Dr. Rodney Caldwell, will present its next concert March 25 at 7:30 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 500 N. Roan St., Johnson City. The concert is titled “Spring Colors.” There is a $10 suggested donation at the door. For more information visit the chorale website at www.thecivicchorale.org.
Boozy Creek Community Center will host Bill Copas’ Steel Creek Band April 1 from 5-6:30 p.m. at 1989 Shelleys Road, Bristol, Virginia. Call 276-466-0026.
Morningstar Flute Ensemble will perform April 2 at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 600 W. Main St., Morristown. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information contact Charlotte Ellis at 423-323-4933.
Rhode Island Sound, Navy Band Northeast’s contemporary musical group known for performing everything from classic rock to rhythm and blues, will present a free concert at Bristol Tennessee’s Downtown Center April 6 as part of Tri-Cities Navy Week. The band will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. under Bristol’s iconic country music mural. Those attending are invited to bring a chair.
Larry Prevatte Memorial Duffield Jam will be held the first, third and fifth Thursday of each month from 6-8 p.m. at the Thomas Village Community Center, 355 Cecil D. Quillen Drive in Duffield, Virginia. For more information call 276-431-1083.
Historic Jonesborough Dance Society has moved to the Tusculum University campus, located at 60 Shiloh Road, Greeneville, Building 9 in the old gym in the Niswonger Commons. Contra dances will be held every second and fourth Saturday from 7-10:30 p.m. Contra dances are family-friendly, alcohol-, tobacco- and fragrance-free events. A beginners lesson is held prior to each dance where the basic moves are taught. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and $25 for families. Dress comfortably and wear soft-soled shoes. Bring a water bottle. No concessions available on site.
The Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport will debut The Greatest of All Time (G.O.A.T.) Festival: A Celebration of the Arts April 21-23 at the Kingsport Farmers Market. A preview party will be held from 5-8 p.m. on April 21, and the festival will run 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 22 and noon to 5 p.m. on April 23. Festival admission is $5 per person, with children under 12 admitted free. Preview party tickets are $40 per person. The preview party will include heavy hors d’ouevres, a drink ticket, early access to vendors, admission for the entire weekend, first look at the goat sculptures, and music by the Symphony of the Mountains. To purchase tickets and preorder a wine glass for the preview party visit http://bit.ly/3SC7aug. Wine glasses can also be purchased at the party for $10 while supplies last. For more information about the festival visit arts.kingsporttn.gov.
The Kingsport Public Library and Keep Kingsport Beautiful will host High Impact Habitat Gardening March 23 at noon in the first-floor auditorium of the library. For more information visit www.kingsportlibrary.org.
The Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum is open March and April on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sundays from 1-5 p.m. From May to October the museum has regular hours six days a week before returning to a four-day weekly schedule in November and December. The Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum in Jonesborough is open with no admission price, but there is a suggested $2 donation per visitor.
An exhibit titled “Eight Myths About Appalachia” is on display at the Jonesborough/Washington County History Museum, located at 117 Boone St. in the Jonesborough Visitors Center. Consisting of eight large panels, the exhibit tackles some of the prominent misconceptions about the region and explores the historical origins and inaccuracies that have been used to describe it and its inhabitants for hundreds of years. The exhibit will be available for viewing until fall 2023.
The Kingsport Public Library has StoryWalks next to the library in Glen Bruce Park, in Ridgefields Park and in Preston Forest Park. Each StoryWalk features a different story, and stories are changed quarterly.
“Forward! To the Moon” will be showing as the main planetarium show at Bays Mountain Park through April. Showings will take place Tuesday through Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at noon and 4 p.m. The 40-minute show is followed by a live tour of the night sky using the planetarium’s optical star projector. For more information visit www.baysmountain.com.
Hands On! Discovery Center is an all-ages science center that offers a guest experience that includes fun, interactive programs and immersive, STEM-based exhibits for the whole family as well as exhibits and information about the Gray Fossil Site, an active fossil dig site dating back 5 million years. Operating hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. General admission is $11 for adults and children 4 and older, free for children 3 and under, and free for members. Tickets may be purchased at https://visithandson.org/tickets.
The last performance of the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre’s production of “School of Rock” will be March 19 at the theater, located at 125.5 W. Main St. Tickets are $18 general admissionand $16 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets call the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center at 423-753-1010 or go online to jonesboroughtheatre.com.
The last performance of Theatre Bristol’s production of “The Diary of Anne Frank” will be presented March 19 at 2:30 p.m. at Theatre Bristol’s ARTspace stage, 506 State St. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors, plus processing fees and are on sale at theatrebristol.org/tickets. For more information call 423-212-3625.
LampLight Theatre in downtown Kingsport will present a new musical, “The Last Miracle,” through April 16. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. with matinees Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Admission is a suggested donation of $15 for adults and $10 for students. A dinner theater package will be offered April 1 at 5:30 p.m. Cost for dinner and show is $35 for adults and $25 for students. For reservations and information call 423-343-1766 or visit www.lamplighttheatre.com.
“Chicago” will be presented April 25-26 at East Tennessee State University’s Martin Center for the Arts. To purchase tickets visit ETSUMartinCenter.org or call the Martin Center box office at 423-439-2787.
Theatre Bristol will present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” at The Paramount Center for the Arts weekends Sept. 22 through Oct. 1. Tickets are on sale at Paramountbristol.org/event/oklahoma/. For more information call 423-212-3625.
The Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society and Museum will sponsor a train excursion on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad May 20. Passengers can ride a chartered tour bus out of Kingsport or Johnson City or drive directly to Bryson City, North Carolina. First class ticket price is $170 and includes a meal. Crown class ticket price is $110 for adults and $87 for children (2-12), Tourist coach or open-air coach class ticket price is $94 for adults and $77 for children. Tickets and pre-purchased meals must be ordered online by credit card at http://www.wataugavalleynrhs.org/. Click on the Excursions link.
The Kingsport Model Trains Project operates eight model train layouts in six rooms at the Lynn View Community Center including a 24-by-20 “O” scale representation of the Santa Train. There is a workday every Tuesday from 1-4 p.m. and an open house the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Special hours/days are possible for events/birthday parties. Call 423-502-5359, email Kingsportmodeltrains@gmail.com or check us on Facebook.
The Chuckey Depot Museum in Jonesborough is open free of charge, but donations are appreciated. Attendees can visit the museum Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information visit Jonesborough.com or call 423-753-1010.
Leesburg Ruritan will host a turkey shoot every Saturday night through April. It will be from 5:30-7 p.m. with a cost of $2.50 per round with a minimum of five rounds. The location is 1429 Old Stagecoach Road, Jonesborough. For more information call Carl Barker at 856-466-1695.