Bays Mountain Astronomy Club
The Bays Mountain Astronomy Club meets at 7 p.m., the first Friday of each month in the Discovery Theater at Bays Mountain Park in Kingsport. For more information, visit www.baysmountain.com or call (423) 229-9447.
CALL FOR VENDORS
Mendota Heritage Festival
Arts and crafts vendors are needed for this year’s Mendota Heritage Festival, to be held Sept. 14 in Mendota, Va. For more information, call JoAnn Vicars at (276) 466-9533.
Warriors’ Path Folklife Festival
Warriors’ Path State Park will host its annual Folklife Festival July 27 in the park’s Open Air Chapel area in the field between the pool parking lot and the campground. Events include demonstrations, old-time music, tall tales, apple butter making, basketry, quilting, whittling, weaving, games and more.
GEMS AND MINERALS
Kingsport Gems and Minerals
The Kingsport Gems and Minerals Society will conclude its 10th annual Family Fun Rock and Gem Show from noon to 5 p.m., today at the Nature Center at Bays Mountain Park. Event is free and there will be no charge to enter the park. Call (423) 229-9447.
‘A Civil War Evening’
“A Civil War Evening” will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m., July 15 in the Kingsport Renaissance Center Theatre, 1200 E. Center St. Stephen Dean will speak, and Hello Stranger will provide Civil War music. Tickets are $5 each and are on sale at the Fun Fest office. For more information, call Wayne Strong at (423) 323-2306.
Rocky Mount’s Good Wyfe School
Rocky Mount Museum is offering “The School of the Good Wyfe” classes to teach the skills homemakers needed in the 1790s. Classes for participants age 16 and older will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 20 (18th-century Correspondence — Reservations due July 16); and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aug. 17 (Who Am I? Women’s Roles in 1791 — Reservations due Aug. 13). For more information, visit www.rockymountmuseum.com.
Budweiser Clydesdales in Abingdon
The world-famous, eight-horse Budweiser Clydesdales hitch will make a special appearance from 5 to 8 p.m., July 18 at The Farmers Market Pavilion, 100 Remsburg Drive, Abingdon, Va. Photo opportunities will be available.
Civil War lectures
East Tennessee State University will conclude its series of public lectures in conjunction with the “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” exhibit at ETSU’s Reece Museum. Dr. Andrew Slap will present “Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson and the Constitution” at 5:30 p.m., July 18. Admission is free. Call (423) 439-4392.
Jonesborough’s Movies on Main
Jonesborough’s Movies on Main will continue through Aug. 31 on Main Street in Historic Jonesborough. Movies are formatted for family-friendly viewing with no cursing. July 20: 8:45 p.m., “Ghostbusters.” July 27: 8:45 p.m., “Sandlot.” Aug. 3: 8:30 p.m., “Harry and the Hendersons.” Aug. 10: 8:30 p.m., “Goonies.” Aug. 17: 8:30 p.m., “Wreck-it Ralph.” and Aug. 31: 8:30 p.m., “Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Movie Night in Big Stone Gap, Va.
Tales of the Lonesome Pine Used Books holds a Movie Night from 7 to 9 p.m., the second Thursday of each month at 404 Clinton Ave. E., Big Stone Gap, Va. Call (276) 523-5097 or email email@example.com.
The Washington County, Va., Department of Economic Development and Community Relations is seeking entries for a photo contest. The winning photo will be featured on the cover of Washington County’s 2012-2013 Annual Progress Report. Photos, which should represent locations within Washington County, should accommodate a portrait orientation and be submitted in JPG file format and in 300 ppi resolution. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Email files, including contact information, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Multiple submissions will be accepted. Deadline is Aug. 9.
Buck P. Creacy performance
The Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center will host a performance by storyteller Buck P. Creacy at 7 p.m., July 18 and 19. Admission is $12. For more information, call (423) 753-1010.
Storytelling Live! series
The 21st annual Storytelling Live! series will continue with husband-and-wife team Jeri Burns and Barry Marshall, also known as The Storycrafters, at 2 p.m., daily, July 16-20 at the Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall in Jonesborough. Tickets are $12 for adults and $11 for seniors, students and children under 18. Reservations for all performances are recommended. Call (800) 952-8392, ext. 222 or (423) 913-1276, or visit www.storytellingcenter.net.
Jonesborough Storytellers Guild
The Jonesborough Storytellers Guild meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m., each Tuesday at the Creekside Restaurant in Historic Downtown Jonesborough. The event features up to four of the guild’s storytellers entertaining audiences of all ages. A donation of $5 for adults and $3 for students is encouraged. For more information, call (423) 753-6626.
The Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society and Museum will sponsor a Summer 2013 Excursion on Aug. 17 on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad through the Smoky Mountains and the countryside of Western North Carolina. The trip will begin in downtown Johnson City, where passengers will board a motor coach departing at 9:15 a.m. from the Legion Street (Big Burley) parking lot across the street from the Johnson City Recreation Center. Upon arriving in Bryson City, N.C., passengers will have time to shop, snack and visit the Smoky Mountain Train Museum before boarding the excursion train at 1:45 p.m. for the roundtrip to the Nantahala Gorge and return. There will be a layover at the gorge for sightseeing. Expected arrival back to Johnson City is 8:30 p.m. Ticket prices for Coach Class seats are $79 for adults and $58 for children ages 2-12. Crown Class seats are $92 for adults and $71 for children 2-12. First class-service Club Car seats are $139 for anyone 21 years and older. To order tickets (and lunch for Coach and Crown Classes, if desired), send your check or money order along with the number of tickets, the class of car you choose and lunch choices to Summer 2013 Excursions, Watauga Valley RHS&M, P. O. Box 432, Johnson City, Tenn. 37605-0432. A printable ticket/lunch order form is available at www.wataugavalleynrhs.org on the “Excursions” link.
Abingdon Tastes of the Town
Abingdon Va.’s Tastes of the Town Tours will continue at 5:30 p.m., July 16. Stops include the Wildflour Cafe and Bakery with wine tasting from Abingdon Winery on site; Sisters at the Martha Washington Inn; Wolf Hills Brewery with a tour of the brewery and Harvest Table food tasting; and The Tavern with a specialty cocktail pairing. Tickets are $35 each and can be purchased at www.tasteofthetowntours.com or by calling (276) 274-5483.
The annual Paleo-Camp for children in pre-K through eighth grade will be held through July 26 at the East Tennessee State University and General Shale Brick Natural History Museum and Visitors Center at the Gray Fossil Site. Paleo-Camp allows children to explore paleontology in the field and lab at the five-acre Gray Fossil Site as well as the museum and education center. Campers will dig at the fossil site to find fossils, rocks and minerals, wet-screen for micro-fossils and identify them in the lab, make casts of bones, tie dye a T-shirt and play Fossil Feud. Several sessions for children in all age divisions will be available. Sessions range in price from $90 to $185, with discounts available for museum members and ETSU faculty and staff. Reservation forms and camp schedules can be accessed online at http://www.etsu.edu/naturalhistorymuseum. For more information, send an email to email@example.com or call (866) 202-6223.