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Staff Report • Jul 25, 2013 at 8:40 AM

A look at some of the upcoming entertainment offerings across the region:

• Brad Blackwell will perform at 7 p.m., Thursday as part of the Twilight Alive summer concert series in downtown Kingsport. The Constant Change Bluegrass Band will take the stage at 7 p.m., Friday as part of the Bluegrass on Broad summer concert series. Both concerts are free. Bring a lawn chair, and non-perishables to donate to local food banks.

• Rob-Con 2013, the annual comic book, toy and fantasy convention, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday at Viking Hall in Bristol. Admission is $5 for adults, with children under 10 admitted free. Call 764-0188, or visit www.BristolRobCon.com.

• Warriors’ Path State Park will celebrate the good old days during its annual Folklife Festival, beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday at the park. The free event will feature old-time music and games, tall tales, apple butter making, basketry, quilting, whittling and weaving. All events will take place in the park’s open air chapel area, in the field between the pool parking lot and the campground. Call 239-8531.

• East Tennessee State University’s George L. Carter Railroad Museum will hold its free July Heritage Day on Saturday, when the museum will present “Big Sky, Prairie Life: Western Railroading in Action.” The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed. The museum can be identified by a flashing railroad crossing signal over the back entrance to the Campus Center Building at 100 Ross Drive. For more information, call Dr. Fred Alsop at 439-6838 or email him at alsopf@etsu.edu.

• Crooked Road General Store will present “The Memories of Conway” at 7 p.m., Saturday at the Paramount Center for the Arts, 518 State St., Bristol, featuring Conway Twitty’s son Michael and grandson Tre. Special guests will be Ron and Nancy OneSong. Tickets are $20. For tickets or more information, call 274-8920.

• Symphony of the Mountains will begin its 67th anniversary season with a free outdoor concert at 8:15 p.m., Saturday at the Lake at U.Va.-Wise. The concert will feature a wide range of musical offerings, from patriotic fare to Celtic favorites. “Danny Boy,” “The Patriot,” and “Amazing Grace” are among some of the more well-known pieces to be performed. Special guests will include internationally recognized tenor Randall Outland and award-winning bagpiper Gordon Warburton. The public is invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic. Boxed meals will be available through Pro-Art the evening of the event and may be pre-ordered by calling (276) 376-4520. For more information, call 392-8426 or visit www.SymphonyOfTheMountains.org.

• Natural Tunnel State Park will host “Pickin’ in the Park” from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday at the park amphitheater, with performances by Poplar Hill Reunion and Cracker Creek Bluegrass. Parking is $3 per vehicle and admission is free. Call (276) 940-1643.

• The East Tennessee State University 2013 Storytelling Institute Concert series will present Elizabeth Ellis, long-time regional and national storytelling favorite, in a program titled “The Company We Keep” at 7:30 p.m., Sunday in the Bud Frank Theater in Gilbreath Hall. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Call Dr. Joseph Sobol at 439-7863 or email him at sobol@etsu.edu.

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