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HARDTACK and HARD TIMES: 7th Annual Lo Country Boil is this Saturday.

August 5th, 2014 2:49 am by Ned Jilton

HARDTACK and HARD TIMES: 7th Annual Lo Country Boil is this Saturday.

Enjoy good food, good music and help maintain one of Kingsport's historic sites by attending the 7th Annual Lo Country Boil at the Kingsport Farmer's Market this Saturday.

The Lo Country Boil is the annual fund raiser for the Netherland Inn and this year is featuring Frogmore Stew with beverages, bread and homemade desserts. An alternative meal of chicken strips, baked potato, tossed salad and bread is available.

The musical entertainment for your dining and dancing pleasure this year is "Dueling Pianos" from Asheville, NC.

The Netherland Inn Complex is the "Centerpiece" of the City's 20-year "Riverwalk" / Kingsport on the Holston re-development project. It is essential the financial support for its continued existence be insured.

In the early years of the Netherland Inn Association, federal grants were available and much of the restoration was financed by these grants. Today, the Inn is maintained and expanded completely with Association dues, memorial donations, gift shop sales and fund raising events. Maintenance costs for the complex are major, and construction of historic additions (such as the bank barn and flatboat) has magnified the operating and maintenance expenses.

100 percent of the funds raised from past Lo Country Boils have gone to continuous repair and maintenance of building and grounds, replacement of the heating and cooling system in the Inn and the completion and furnishing of the Museum of Pioneer Transportation and replica flatboat.

Funds from this year's boil will go to exterior repair and re-painting the Inn, construction of a reproduction King's Warf and the salt ware house.

In addition, funds will be needed for the moving, reassembling, roofing and wiring of a pre-Civil War cabin to be used as an interactive children's pioneer museum.

Social hour Saturday is 6pm with dinner and entertainment at 7pm. Tickets for the event are $50 each, to purchase tickets call (423) 384-0135 or (423) 246-1104 or order online at www.TheNetherlandinn.com or by e-mail at freeman0219@gmail.com.

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