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Out & About with Katherine: Staying busy is easy these days

Katherine Scoggins • Jun 15, 2018 at 10:30 AM

New Vision Youth Busy This Spring

A large group of New Vision Youth came out and participated in the local Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, handing out water bottles and cheering the runners on. Unome added his energetic percussion, setting a good rhythm and tempo for the runners. The runners seemed to enjoy the beautiful day and the crowds that cheered everyone on knew the importance of the race and the funds it brought in to fight breast cancer in the region. Thanks to everyone who got behind this great cause and this life saving event!

Almost as soon as the runners congregated at the finish line, the New Vision young men joined the girls who had worked the race to head downtown to help clean up the area. Large trash bags were filled quickly with trash found on the streets and in the landscaping. Dumpsters were soon filled with overflowing amounts of trash bags, cups and other kinds of trash and litter. This is one of the New VisionYouth’s favorite community service projects and one that, unfortunately, needs doing all too often. Kingsport is lucky to have young people that will donate their time and energy helping to keep Kingsport clean! After their time spent trash-busting, they gathered to enjoy Chef’s Pizza for lunch. Chef’s is another community partner for so many volunteers! We appreciate you so much!

Great Things Are Happening at the Farmers Market!

If you haven’t visited the Kingsport Farmers Market yet, there are many new surprises to discover! First, log on to KingsportFarmersMarket.org and sign up for the newsletter. The market is open Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Every Saturday at 9 a.m. in June and July, there is “Saturdays with the Chef,” a fun and informative session (approximately one hour in length) with a local chef preparing an exciting dish from many of the delicious fruits, vegetables and items available at the market.

Last Saturday, Chef Robert Siguenza (MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center) and his wife prepared Honey Garlic Chicken Stir Fry, using five kinds of vegetables and local honey they chose earlier in the morning from the vendors. It is so nice to learn a new dish, shop the market, take home the required ingredients and have a delicious lunch or dinner in a matter of 30 minutes or less. Samples of the dishes are available and the incredible aroma alone will keep you coming back for more! There were also several musicians playing that morning at the market (Market Jams). It was a beautiful day and we hope the market is full of many visitors over the summer and fall!

Keep Kingsport Beautiful Presents “Saturday in the Gardens”

Don’t forget the upcoming Saturday in the Gardens Tour on June 16. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce or at the homes on the morning of the tours.

Looking Ahead

Mark your calendars for July 7 “Paint the Town” Block Party - the Kingsport Art Guild and Kingsport Carousel Fun Fest Block Party with visiting artist Dawn Whitelaw and 10 additional KAG artists. This free Fun Fest event will be held on the grounds of the Farmers Market and Carousel. More details to come!

And, speaking of the art guild, congratulations to Kingsport Art Guild treasurer Alice Payne on her retirement. Thank you for your years of service - and we hope to see you at our paint-ins and classes, now that you are a “civilian” and have lots of free time!

Here are some other activities to add to your calendars:

June 15-16: Tea at Netherland Inn will be held from noon to 2 p..m, June 15-16. Admission is $15 per person with payment requested in advance. Reservations are limited to 25 per day. Please call (423) 276-6747 to find out if there is space available.

June 16: Keep Kingsport Beautiful presents Saturday in the Gardens, a tour of private gardens in Kingsport, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 16. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce or at the homes on the morning of the tour. Call (423) 392-8814.

June 16: The Abingdon Garden Club will host the 19th Annual Historic Abingdon Home & Garden Tour, a self-guided and leisurely-paced tour, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 16. Admission is $10 in advance or $12 on the day of the tour. Tickets will be available beginning June 1 at Greer Jewelers and Necessities in downtown Abingdon and at the Abingdon Visitors Center. Tickets are also available at participating gardens on the day of the tour.

June 18-22: The Broadway Show Choir Camp for students in grades K-8 will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 18-22, at Cherokee High School. Campers will need to bring a bag lunch each day. Performances will be held at 6 p.m., June 22-23 and 3 p.m., June 24. Tickets will be available online or at the door for $7. All proceeds go toward arts programs and education for citizens of Rogersville and Hawkins County. Registration deadline is June 13. To register, visit www.rogartscouncil.org.

June 19: All are welcome to our join Nolachuckey-Grand View No. 194 Order of the Eastern Star, on Tuesday, June 19 from 5 to 9 p.m. for dinner at Freddy’s Steakburgers, 928 N. State of Franklin Road in Johnson City. This event is a fundraiser for our chapter. Please make sure to mention Nolachuckey-Grand View, at the register, when placing your order.

June 29-July 1: The 48th Annual Jonesborough Days Festival will be held in and around Historic Jonesborough. Admission to the festival is free. The parade will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday with a fireworks finale at 10 p.m., Sunday night.

June 30: The Oasis of Kingsport Women's Ministry will hold a rummage sale called “Picker’s Paradise” on Saturday, June 30, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Model City Event Center, located at 201 East Center Street, in Kingsport.

July 7: The Kingsport Art Guild and Kingsport Carousel will host the "Paint the Town" Fun Fest Block Party. Admission is free. Details TBA.

Saturdays: Free cooking demos called Saturday with the Chef are held at 9 a.m., every Saturday in June and July at the Kingsport Farmers Market.

Katherine Scoggins is a Sunday Stories columnist who highlights local happenings and community organizations twice a month in Out & About with Katherine. To share photos from a community event, add an event to our calendar or invite Katherine to attend, email us at [email protected]

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