Art

Kathy Millhorn Hawk is the new featured artist in the City Hall Gallery’s exhibit and sale. The gallery show, titled “God’s Canopy,” will showcase a collection of monotype prints and pastels featuring the outdoors, including landscapes and flowers. The “God’s Canopy” exhibition and sale will be on the first floor in the City Hall Gallery at 415 Broad St., Kingsport, through Nov. 29 on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call 423-392-8414.

The Gallery at Barr Photographics will host an exhibit by Johnson City artist Donna Bird, “In the Moment,” through Nov. 30.

The gallery is located at 152

E. Main St., Abingdon, Virginia.

Call 276-628-1486 or visit

http://barrphotographics.com.

The 2021 “FL3TCH3R Exhibit: Social & Politically Engaged Art,” will on display at East Tennessee State University’s Reece Museum through Dec. 10. The exhibit’s more than $1,500 in awards will be announced and presented during the exhibition reception and juror talk at the Reece Museum on a date still to be determined. To learn more about the exhibit visit FL3TCH3Rexhibit.com.

Impressions Fine Art, 246 Broad St. in downtown Kingsport, will present the watercolor paintings of Kingsport native John Roberts. His work depicts realistic images of local and regional landscapes that include humble homesteads, barns and mills and old trucks, set in their mountain landscapes. In addition to his original, framed paintings, Roberts has provided a number of prints for sale. The show runs through December. Call 423-245-5422.

Ballet

Bristol’s Legacy Theatre presents “The Nutcracker” from Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet on Dec. 19 at 12:55 p.m. and Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $11 and $14. Call 276-446-1016.

Carousel

The Kingsport Carousel is a totally renovated 1956 Allen Herschell carousel located inside the temperature-controlled “Pal’s Roundhouse” at 350 Clinchfield St. It is open Wednesday through Sunday from 12:30 to 5 p.m. All rides are $1.

Dance

Crossroad Band will perform at the Outdoorsman in Kingsport on Dec. 3 from 7-10 p.m. Cost is $6.

Outdoorsmen Club, 4535 Highway 11W, Blountville, will hold a dance Dec. 4 with Shooter Band. Line dance from 6:30-7 p.m. and dance from 7-10 p.m. Cost is $10.

Heritage

Sycamore Shoals State Park in Elizabethton will host a Living History Weekend at Fort Watauga on Nov. 28 from 2-4 p.m. Stop in for an afternoon visit at Fort Watauga and join a member of the interpretive staff as they demonstrate a particular aspect of colonial frontier life.

Holiday

Christmas in the Country will be held at Exchange Place, 4812 Orebank Road, Kingsport, on Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. All activities will take place outdoors. Admission will be $5 for adults and free for children under 12. For more information call 423-288-6071.

Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site will present “Visions of Christmas: 1862” on Dec. 4 from 2-6 p.m. Reenactors will be in period clothing and recreating the atmosphere of the late months of 1862 for the Haynes family and Northeast Tennessee. Enjoy family fun as you play parlor games with the Haynes family and enjoy holiday snacks and drinks that are being prepared over the open hearth in the cabin. Admission is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children 12 and under. Please call 423-926-3631 or email tiptonhaynes@outlook.com to make a reservation for the 1862 Christmas candlelight tour or for more information. Tours begin at 2:15 p.m. and continue every 20 minutes until the last tour at 5:55 p.m. Reservations are strongly suggested. Tipton-Haynes is located at 2620 S. Roan St. in Johnson City.

Symphony of the Mountains will present its “By the Fireside” annual holiday concerts Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. at the Marriott Meadowview Convention Center in Kingsport and Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. at Emory & Henry’s McGlothlin Center for the Arts. Masks are requested. Tickets are $30. Call 423-392-8423 or visit www.symphonyofthemountains.org to order.

The choirs of the Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy will perform Dec. 4 from 1:15-2:30 p.m. in Abingdon, Virginia, on the Barter Green and at the Martha Washington Inn; Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at State Street United Methodist Church in Bristol, Virginia (suggested donation $10 per adult and $5 per child with a family maximum of $20); and Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Central Baptist Church in Johnson City (suggested donation $10 per adult and $5 per child with a

family maximum of $20). Visit

www.meccacademy.org.

The traditional Historic Blountville Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will be held in front of the old Sullivan County Courthouse at 6 p.m. on Dec. 9. The ceremony will include the traditional tree lighting of the 30-foot Douglas fir in front of the courthouse and a second tree lighting by the Hope for Victims Support and Advocacy Group in remembrance of victims of violence. Food vendors will be offering hot chocolate and a variety of other food items.

Blountville Ruritan Christmas Parade will be held Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. in the downtown historic district. National Ruritan President Linward Hedgspeth will be the grand marshal. Floats welcome with no entry fee. For more information visit the club’s Facebook page — Blountville Ruritan Club.

The Jonesborough Rhythm Express, a traditional 17-piece big band, will host a Christmas Concert on Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Jonesborough Visitors Center. Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased at the door or online at jonesborough.com/tickets.

Natural Tunnel State Park will host Christmas Lighting of the Tunnel events every Friday and Saturday through Dec. 18 from 6-10 p.m. There will be thousands of colorful lights, live entertainment, hot chocolate, roasting marshmallows and more. Parking is $5 per vehicle, and chairlift rides are $5 per person for a round trip and $4 one-way. For more information call 276-940-2674.

The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights at Bristol Motor Speedway is now open and runs through Jan. 1. The event costs $20 for cars from Sunday through Thursday and $25 on Friday and Saturday nights. For larger groups, vans are $50 and buses are $125. Visitors can take advantage of The Fast Lane presented by Citi, a speedy $50 option that provides a shorter wait time on select nights when traffic lines get long.

Candy Land Christmas has returned to downtown Johnson City featuring magical displays, 152 Christmas trees, a holiday market, and more. The Christmas trees will remain lit every evening until Jan. 2.

Opera

Bristol’s Legacy Theatre presents a performance of Matthew Aucoin’s “Eurydice” from the Metropolitan Opera on Dec. 4 at 12:55 p.m. Ticket prices are $22.05 and $24.15. Call 276-446-1016.

Science

Hands On! Discovery Center is an all-ages science center that offers a guest experience that includes fun, interactive programs and immersive, STEM-based exhibits for the whole family as well as exhibits and information about the Gray Fossil Site, an active fossil dig site dating back 5 million years. Tesla Experience Shows are offered at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $2 per person with general admission. Paleo Tours are offered at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are $2 per person with general admission. Operating hours during December are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Hands On! will be closed Dec. 24-25. Tickets

may be purchased at https://

visithandson.org/tickets.

Theater

“Holiday Inn” will be presented at the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre Dec. 2-19. Tickets are $17 general admission and $15 for students and seniors. There is also a special group rate for parties of 15 or more. To purchase tickets call 423-753-1010 or visit jonesboroughtheatre.com. The theater is located at 125.5 W. Main St. in Jonesborough. Masks are requested for all patrons attending performances.

Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia, has announced its winter holiday season. “A Christmas Story” will be performed indoors on Barter’s Gilliam Stage through Dec. 29. “The Twelve Dates of Christmas” will run through Dec. 23 at the Moonlite Drive-In. “Jingle All the Way” will be performed by the Barter Players Dec. 3-23 at the Moonlite Drive-In. To purchase tickets and find out more information about safety measures

being put into place, visit

www.bartertheatre.com.

Theatre Bristol will host performances of O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi” and Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Match Girl” on the ARTspace Stage Dec. 3-19. Performances are Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Visit www.theatrebristol.org for tickets.

Trains

The Kingsport Model Trains Project and Engage Kingsport will present a representation of the Santa Train on the first and third Saturdays of each month at their new location at 1113 Lynn Garden Drive (the former hardware building). The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Represented are all the communities of the Santa Train like Elkhorn City, Dante, St. Paul, Clinchco and Kingsport. For more information visit Kingsportmodeltrainsproject on Facebook, email kingsportmodeltrains@gmail.com or call 423-502-5359.

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