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Kingsport's Christmas Connection to celebrate 33 years of arts and crafts

October 27th, 2012 9:08 pm by staff report

Kingsport’s Christmas Connection will celebrate 33 years of arts and crafts beginning Friday, Nov. 2.

Sponsored by the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, this year’s show will be held from noon to 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2; from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3; and from noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 4 at the Civic Auditorium next to Dobyns-Bennett High School. Admission is free.

Christmas Connection is a charming old-fashioned festival hosting the region’s best arts and crafts vendors. The Civic Auditorium will be filled with hand-made clothing, floral arrangements, pottery, jewelry, delicate woodworking, Christmas ornaments, baked goods, toys, watercolors, paintings, figurines, baskets, candles, tapestries, heated pillows, needlework, dolls and more.

This year, courtesy of Bubba’s Book Store, several regional authors will be on hand each day to sign their books in the West Room. Artists from Kingsport’s Senior Artisan Center will have their crafts in the History Room.

All rooms on the east and west sides of the facility will be filled. A bake sale will feature everything from breads and cookies to slices of cake and whole cakes and pies, as well as the popular pumpkin rolls. Patrons wishing to purchase any baked goods are urged to come early because these items don’t last long, especially the pumpkin rolls. Outside, patrons will find kettle corn being made fresh all day. The Christmas Connection Café has concessions to enjoy.

Musical entertainment will be offered throughout the weekend. Performers will include Acoustic Encounters, an ensemble of local guitar players featuring Chet Atkins-style arrangements; Gerald Sheppard, who plays acoustic fingerstyle guitar; and the Ross Brothers, who will bring back their energetic old-time fiddle and banjo music.

For more information, call 392-8414.

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