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Applications are sought for the Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition. There are three levels of competition: youth, amateur and proficient. The categories are Nature, Pictorial, and Carrie Penley’s Special Theme: Geometric Shapes. The contest begins April 26 and the deadline to enter is May 8 at 3 p.m. Entries can be dropped off at Rainbow’s End Floral and Gift Shop, 214 E. Center St., Kingsport, or mailed to Ann Fortney, 154 W. Wanola Ave., Kingsport. The exhibition will be held from May 23 to June 29 at the Kingsport Renaissance Center. The registration fee is $ 5 per draw. For more information, contact Ann Fortney at [email protected] or (423) 914-5453.

The Kingsport Art Guild will host the 55th Appalachian Art Exhibition until May 17 in the main gallery on the second floor of the Renaissance Center in Kingsport.


Kingsport Carousel reopened to the public with limited hours and limited capacity. The carousel will be open Wednesday to Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The carousel will close between 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. for cleaning. Guests should wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines. Customers will enter either the Farmer’s Market side or the Food City side of the building and exit through Carousel Park.


Exhibition of vinyl collectors will be held May 23 and September 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Double Tree Hilton, 211 Mockingbird Lane, Johnson City. Admission is $ 2. Masks are required from all customers and suppliers. Come buy rare vinyl records and 45s, as well as music CDs, DVDs, memorabilia and more.


The StoryTown radio show takes a trip through the great outdoors as they explore the wild side of eastern Tennessee on April 26 at 7 p.m.

The Netherland Inn will reopen to the public for tours from May 1. Tours will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays until October at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Admission is $ 6 for adults and $ 4 for children aged 7 to 17. Tours will begin at the Visitors Center next to the car park behind the Inn at 2144 Netherland Inn Road, Kingsport. Guests are requested to wear a mask and follow small group protocols. Weekday group tours can be arranged by calling (423) 245-5549.

The Chester Inn Museum’s award-winning History Happy Hour series returns for a fifth year. The presentations take place at 6.30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month from March to November. On May 20, Kim Floyd with the North Carolina Craft Beverage Museum and Jeffrey Irvin with the Craft Beverage Institute of the Southeast will speak on “A friend in mead is a friend indeed.” For more information visit www.heritageall.org.

Library fun

Kingsport Public Library invites adults to join an online meeting of the After Hours Book Club April 29 at 6 pm The April book selection is “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan Stevenson. A link to Google Meet will be posted on the library’s events calendar and on Facebook on the day of the event.


Natural Tunnel State Park will host spring bird walks at 9 a.m. on May 1, 8 and 22. Join volunteer Randy Smith for an easy guided walk with the birds. Binoculars and field guides will not be available due to COVID restrictions, so customers are encouraged to bring your own. The hike will be on the bird and wildlife viewing trail, and sturdy shoes are recommended. Meet at the blockhouse parking lot. Release.

Treasure hunt

Fifteen bronze animal sculptures have been installed at various locations in downtown Johnson City. Clues for the “Wildabout Walkabout” Treasure hunts are available at various downtown businesses and by curbside pickup at the Johnson City Public Library. The clues can also be found on the Downtown Johnson City website at www.downtownjc.com/wildabout. The sculptures are located around the Johnson City Public Library, in and around King Commons, and along Main and Market streets.


Winds, brass and percussion players will present the family outdoor concert “Spring winds” at the Allandale Mansion Amphitheater on May 2 at 3 p.m. Admission is $ 20 for adults, with children and students admitted free. Tickets are on sale at the symphony office or online at www.symphonyofthemountains.org. For more information, call (423) 392-8423.


The Highlands Youth Ensemble will present “A trip to the past” April 26 at the Moonlite Theater in Abingdon, Virginia. Tickets start at $ 20 for adults and $ 10 for youth. Please order online at www.bartertheatre.com or call the box office at (276) 628-3991. Customers can also order a “Moonlite Munchies” snack (gluten and allergy free) by calling (276) 628-3991. For more information visit www.barter theater.com or www.meccacademy.org.

LampLight Theater to present its brand new musical “Just dream” until May 2. Show hours are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m., with mornings Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. The doors will open one hour before the performances. Admission is a suggested donation of $ 12 for adults and $ 7 for students. (Free for children 5 and under.) For reservations and more information, contact the LampLight Box Office at (423) 343-1766 Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit www.LampLightTheatre.com online.

Barter Theater announced its Spring 2021 season at Moonlite Drive-In. At the start of spring is William Shakespeare “Storm,” visible until May 14. Also at Moonlite this spring is CS Lewis’ “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” on view until May 15. At Barter’s Moonlite Drive-In, families can watch the theater live from the comfort of their cars in a completely safe environment. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.bartertheatre.com or by calling the barter ticket office (276) 628-3991.

The trains

On May 16, the Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society and Museum will sponsor its spring excursion – a walk on the Great Smoky Mountains Railway through the mountains and countryside of western North Carolina, from Bryson City to the Nantahala Gorge. Passengers can choose to sit in either tourist coach class or open coach class. All cars have toilets. Prices are $ 94 for adults and $ 75 for children. Meal options are available. Pre-purchased tickets and meals can be ordered online by credit card at wataugavalleynrhs.org. Click on the “Excursions” link. Ticket purchases must be made no later than May 6 at 6 p.m. For more information, email [email protected]

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

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