A look at some of this weekend's entertainment options throughout the region.
• The Northeast State Department of Theatre will present “The Odyssey Abridged: A Puppet Journey of Epic Proportions” at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, with a matinee at 2 p.m., Saturday at Northeast State’s main campus in Blountville. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at www.northeaststate.edu; admission is free for Northeast State students with valid ID. Call 354-2479 or email emsloan@NortheastState.edu.
• Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway’s Speedway in Lights will open on Friday and continue through Jan. 4, 2014. Guests must enter the route at the Dragway entrance, just off Highway 394. Cost is $12 per car Sunday through Thursday and $15 on Fridays and Saturdays. Activity van tickets are $20 each night; bus tickets are $85 each night. Call (855) 580-5525.
• East Tennessee State University’s George L. Carter Railroad Museum will celebrate its sixth anniversary on Saturday, with guided tours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., a Thomas the Tank Engine Film Fest at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:45 p.m., and other events for children. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed. The museum can be identified by a flashing railroad crossing signal at the back entrance to the Campus Center Building at 176 Ross Drive. For more information, visit http://johnsonsdepot.com/glcarter/cartermuseum.htm, call Fred Alsop at (423) 439-6838 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area will host a Harvest Celebration & Militia Muster at Fort Watauga from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday. Re-enactors in period dress will provide demonstrations of old-time skills and scenes from daily life in America’s colonial past. Call 543-5808.
• The Johnson City Symphony Orchestra will present music by Gioacchino Rossini, Felix Mendelssohn and Ottorino Respighi at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at the Mary B. Martin Auditorium of Seeger Chapel at Milligan College. Joining the symphony will be members of the East Tennessee State University symphonic wind ensemble and concert band. Tickets are $35, $30 for seniors (65+) and $10 for students. For tickets or more information, call 926-8742.