Darian and Tiffany Chancellor will be offering swing dance lessons free of charge at the General Morgan Inn in Greeneville. Contributed photo.
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and if you’ve yet to make plans, now’s the time to do so. Here are a few suggestions to help you and your sweetheart celebrate the most romantic time of the year:
• East Tennessee Spay and Neuter will host a Hunka Hunka Furry Love pet fundraiser event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 8 at Tractor Supply in Elizabethton. Professional pet photographer Charlene Palmer Morton will be taking pet photos for $5 each. Other highlights of the day include microchipping for $25; special spay day vouchers; T-shirts; and more. Visit www.etnspay-neuter.org/12.html for more information.
• The City of Kingsport Parks and Recreation Department will hold its second annual Cupid’s Cornhole Tournament beginning at 1 p.m., Feb. 8 at the V.O. Dobbins Sr. Complex. Two divisions will be offered — Couples (Doubles) and Lonesome Hearts (Singles). Cost is $5 per participant. Prizes will be awarded. Pre-registration is required by Feb. 7 by calling (423) 224-2489 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Paramount Center for the Arts will host a silent film festival, “A Valentine’s Holiday,” featuring music by Paramount organist Rex Ward and Buster Keaton’s film “College” from 3 to 5:30 p.m., Feb. 9. Ward will perform some of the top love ballads of all time on the Paramount’s Mighty Wurlitzer organ, including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Music of the Night,” “Somewhere My Love,” “Wunderbar” and “You’re Just in Love.” Suggested donation is $5. Call (423) 274-8920.
• A Ladies Valentine’s Day Tea will be held Feb. 14 at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough. Beginning at 10 a.m., participants will enjoy a variety of teas, light pastries and “Valentine Ballads” performed by Jonesborough Repertory Theatre Players while relaxing in the Storytelling Center’s beautifully decorated Parlor. Each guest will also receive special offers toward shopping and eating lunch downtown. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center at (423) 753-1010.
• Twopence Productions and Hale Springs Inn, 110 Main St. W, Rogersville, will host “Wedding From Hale,” an evening of murder, intrigue and love, on Feb. 14 and 15. A three-course meal will be provided by the culinary team of McKinney’s Tavern at Hale Springs Inn. Seating begins at 5:45 p.m. each evening, to be followed by the play presented by the cast of Twopence Productions. Cost is $34.95 plus tax and gratuity. For reservations, call (423) 272-5171.
• Hands On! Museum will offer a Kids’ Night Out for children ages 6-13 on Feb. 14. Drop-off begins at 6 p.m., with pick-up any time between 9 and 10 p.m. Kids will be treated to pizza, healthy snacks, art projects, science experiments, movies and more. Cost is $15 per child. Pre-registration and payment are required by Feb. 13 by calling (423) 434-4263, ext. 100.
• River Place on the Clinch in Kyles Ford will host a Valentine’s Day event on Feb. 14 with Bishop and GrayHarr as the featured entertainment. First seating begins at 6 p.m. Those attending will have a choice of either steak or chicken with an appetizer, dessert and drink. Reservations are required. Call (423) 733-4400 or visit clinchrivercotourism.com.
• The Norton Community Hospital Foundation’s 2014 Winter Gala will be held Feb. 14 at Mountain Empire Community College’s Goodloe Center. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., with live entertainment provided by up-and-coming country singer Kaitlyn Baker at 8 p.m. Tickets for the evening are $50 per person and proceeds support the purchase of additional equipment for the hospital’s renovated surgical suite and FitOne. Attire is semi-formal. RSVP by Feb. 6 by calling (276) 220-2512 or emailing CrispLE@msha.com.
• The Tusculum College Pioneer Jazz Band will host a Valentine’s Day Dinner/Swing Dance benefit Feb. 14 at the General Morgan Inn in Greeneville. The reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. The event will include dinner and a performance of the Pioneer Jazz Band, along with special guests. The event is a fundraiser for equipment for the entire Tusculum band program. Swing dance lessons will be offered free of charge beginning at 5:30 p.m. Lessons will be provided by professional ballroom dancers Darian and Tiffany Chancellor. Tickets are $50 per person and include dance tickets, free dance lessons, an opening reception, a prime rib and shrimp dinner and a special dessert. Please call in advance to request a vegetarian substitution. A cash bar will be available. Tickets are available for purchase at the General Morgan Inn or by calling (423) 636-7303 or emailing email@example.com. A hotel package special is also available by contacting the General Morgan Inn at (423) 787-1000.
• LampLight Theatre will present “Imanol’s Epiphany” Feb. 14-16 and Feb. 21-23 at the theater on Broad Street in downtown Kingsport. Performance times are 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays with matinees at 2 p.m., Saturdays and 3 p.m., Sundays. A metaphorical production in “Cirque Du Soleil” fashion, this theatrical presentation exclusive to LampLight Theatre is told through a display of innovative, creative arts, including an extraordinary spectacle of the creation that encompasses the entire theatre. There is a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for children, with those 5 and younger admitted free. Doors open one hour prior to performances. Reservations can be made by calling the LampLight box office at (423) 343-1766.