Impressions Fine Art, 246 Broad St., Kingsport, will be hosting an exhibit of paintings by award-winning artist Jeff Chapman Crane. The exhibit, titled “Images of Appalachia,” will be available for viewing through the month of May. The opening reception will be held May 6 during the downtown Kingsport Shop and Hop from 5 to 8 p.m.

Entries are being sought for the Kingsport Spring Spectacular Photography Contest and Exhibition. There are three levels of competition: youth, amateur and proficient. Categories are nature, pictorial and the Carrie Penley Special Theme: geometric shapes. The deadline to enter is May 8 at 3 p.m. Entries can be turned in at Rainbow’s End Floral and Gift Shop, 214 E. Center St., Kingsport, or mailed to Ann Fortney, 154 W. Wanola Ave., Kingsport. The exhibition will be held May 23 through June 29 at the Kingsport Renaissance Center. Entry fee is $5 per print. For more information contact Ann Fortney at or (423) 914-5453.

The Kingsport Art Guild will host the 55th Appalachian Art Show now through May 17 in the Main Gallery on the second floor of the Renaissance Center in Kingsport.

Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts is now accepting registration for summer camps and workshops for all ages at the McKinney Center. Classes will take place at the end of May, June and July with a variety of offerings. Early bird registration is taking place now through May 28. Scholarships are available for students K-12 if families have a financial need. Class sizes are small with six to 16 spots available, depending on the camp or workshop. Students will be spread out as far as space allows and will have breaks outside. The registration fee includes all materials, supplies, snacks and a camp T-shirt. To register and for more information, visit

The William King Museum of Art in Abingdon, Virginia, has announced a call for artists for its biennial exhibition, “From These Hills: Contemporary Art in the Southern Appalachian Highlands.” The call is open to artists working in any media — painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics, glass, textiles, mixed media, video or performance art — in the geographic areas of Southwest Virginia, Northeast Tennessee, Western North Carolina, Southern West Virginia, and Eastern Kentucky. The exhibition will open Sept. 30. Deadline for submissions is July 19. For more information email or call (276) 628-5005 x106, or apply online at under “Call for Artists.” Submission fee of $20 is required upon entry.

Who is the person behind the portrait? The William King Museum of Art in Abingdon, Virginia, is presenting a survey of 18th and 19th century paintings titled “A Painting Tradition.” This exhibition looks at the importance of the portrait and the figure in Europe and America. From military portraits and members of the aristocracy, to the working class and beloved horses, it explores the various styles of portrait and figure painting that were prevalent from the Georgian to Victorian periods in Europe and through the Early and Revolutionary periods in America. “A Painting Tradition” will be on display through Sept. 19.

“Tennessee Fancy: Decorative Arts of Northeast Tennessee” will be on display through Oct. 31 at the William King Museum of Art’s Cultural Heritage Gallery. Masks and social distancing are required in the building. The museum, located in Abingdon, Virginia, is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, or to schedule a tour, visit or call (276) 628 5005 x113.


The Kingsport Carousel has reopened to the public with limited hours and limited capacity. The carousel will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. The carousel will close between 2:30 and 3 p.m. for cleaning. Guests should wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines. Guests will enter on the farmers market side or Food City side of the building and will exit through Carousel Park.


Vinyl Collectors Show will be held May 23 and Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Double Tree Hilton, 211 Mockingbird Lane, Johnson City. Admission is $2. Masks are required of all customers and vendors. Come shop for rare vinyl LPs and 45s, plus CDs, music DVDs, memorabilia and more.


Jonesborough Repertory Theatre and Jonesborough Rhythm Express will present a “Concert in the Park” on May 8 at 4 p.m. at the gazebo at Mill Spring Park. The concert will feature the Jonesborough Rhythm Express (a 17-piece big band) and several vocalists from the JRT. Tickets are $10. Please make your reservation at (423) 753-1010 or visit Bring your own chairs.


The Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival will be held Sept. 10-12 featuring headliners Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, Tanya Tucker, and Blackberry Smoke. To view the full lineup and purchase tickets visit

The 2021 TriPride Parade and Festival will be held in downtown Bristol — in both Tennessee and Virginia — on Oct. 16. The parade will go down State Street and culminate with the festival held in Cumberland Square Park in Virginia. Organizers said if COVID-19 is still an active health concern in October, the parade and festival will be postponed to the following year. TriPride is accepting volunteer applications, sponsorships, and parade and festival exhibitor applications online at


Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site will host “Springtime in Haynesville – A Civil War Re-enactment” on May 2. The site and camps will be open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. A small battle will take place at 2 p.m. Before the battle, visit the camps of Confederate and Union soldiers and learn how the soldiers lived during the war. Admission is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children 12 and under. For more information call (423) 926-3631.

The Tri-Cities Civil War Round Table will host a program on May 10 in the Renaissance Center Theater, 1200 E. Center St., Kingsport. The doors open at 6 p.m. Entry to the Renaissance Center building must be made through the back door. The theater is on the second floor. Masks are required. Guest speaker will be Rick Hatcher from Charleston, South Carolina, who will discuss “The Wilson’s Creek Campaign.”

The Netherland Inn has reopened to the public for tours. Tours will be offered Saturdays and Sundays through October at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for youth ages 7-17. Tours will begin at the visitors center off the parking lot behind the Inn at 2144 Netherland Inn Road, Kingsport. Guests are asked to wear a mask and to follow small-group protocols. Weekday group tours may be arranged by calling (423) 245-5549.

The Chester Inn Museum’s award-winning series History Happy Hour is returning for a fifth year. Presentations are held at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month from March through November. On May 20, Kim Floyd with the North Carolina Craft Beverage Museum and Jeffrey Irvin with the Craft Beverage Institute of the Southeast will speak on “A Friend in Mead is a Friend Indeed.” For more information visit

The Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum is now open for 2021, and visitors can expect to find two new exhibits on display. The first exhibit is “Black in Appalachia: African American History in Kingsport,” a traveling exhibit on loan from the Kingsport Archives. It will be on display through July 4. The second exhibit is “From Here to There: A Brief History of Transportation in Jonesborough.” This exhibit traces the evolution of travel from horse and carriage through railroad and automobile and explores the impact that road, railroad, and air travel had on the area. The museum will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m, There is no admission price, but there is a suggested $2 donation per visitor. Face coverings are available for a $1 donation. For more information call (423) 753-4580.

Library fun

Interested in World of Warcraft Classic, but don’t have any friends playing? Join the Kingsport Public Library’s WoW Classic Social Guild the Model City Murlocs meeting Saturdays in May from 8 to 10 p.m. on the Ashkandi Server (Alliance Side). For more information and a link to the guild’s Discord server, visit the library’s event calendar at

Are you a superfan of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”? The Kingsport Public Library is hosting an online trivia event via Kahoot on May 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. This is a virtual event. A link to the Kahoot trivia will be posted on the library’s facebook and event calendar at

The Kingsport Public Library has installed a StoryWalk in Glen Bruce Park to encourage reading and outdoor activity for families in an interactive format. The library plans to change the stories quarterly, and new books will be announced on Facebook at


Natural Tunnel State Park will host spring bird walks at 9 a.m. on May 8 and 22. Join volunteer Randy Smith for an easy guided bird walk. Binoculars and field guides will not be available due to COVID restrictions, so guests are encouraged to bring their own. The hike will take place on the Birding and Wildlife Trail, and sturdy shoes are recommended. Meet at the Blockhouse Parking Lot. Free.

Natural Tunnel State Park will host National Kids to Park Day May 15 featuring Stock Creek Passage at 9 a.m. for $5 per person, a free Critter Crawl at 1 p.m., and the Wildlife Olympics at 3 p.m. Preregistration is required for all programs. To reserve a spot call (276) 940-2674.

Garden lovers from across the region will venture to Jonesborough for the 25th annual Garden Gala on May 29 featuring a self-guided walking tour as well as gardening presentations. The garden tour is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration will be held at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets for the Garden Gala are $15 in advance or $20 at the door and may be purchased online at or by calling (423) 753-1010. Other features are Marketplace Vendors outside the Visitors Center and a seminar on “Square Foot Gardening.” Cost for the seminar is $15. Call (423) 571-7673 or email to reserve tickets.

Scavenger hunt

Fifteen bronze animal sculptures have been installed in various locations throughout downtown Johnson City. Clues for the “Wildabout Walkabout” scavenger hunt are available at various downtown businesses and through curbside pickup at the Johnson City Public Library. The clues may also be accessed online at


Symphony of the Mountains’ Winds, Brass and Percussion players will present the family-friendly outdoor concert “Spring Winds” at the Allandale Mansion amphitheater May 2 at 3 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults, with children and students admitted free. Tickets are on sale at the symphony office or online at For more information call (423) 392-8423.


Barter Theatre’s Moonlite Drive-in will show William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” through May 14 and C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe” through May 15. “Alice In Wonderland” will be presented May 21 through June 5. At Barter’s Moonlite Drive-In, families are able to watch live theater from the comfort of their cars in a completely safe environment. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at or by calling (276) 628-3991.


On May 16, the Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society and Museum will sponsor its spring excursion — a ride on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad through the mountains and countryside of western North Carolina from Bryson City to the Nantahala Gorge. Passengers may choose seating in either tourist coach class or open coach class. All cars have restrooms. Prices are $94 for adults and $75 for children. Meal options are available. Tickets and pre-purchased meals may be ordered online by credit card at Click on the “Excursions” link. Ticket purchases must be made no later than May 6 at 6 p.m. For more information email

Jonesborough’s Chuckey Depot Museum has debuted its newest exhibit, “As Fast as Birds Can Fly: The ET & WNC (Tweetsie) Railroad.” The exhibit will include several artifacts from the ET & WNC’s storied history, as well as photographs taken by people who worked on and for the railroad line. The ET & WNC exhibit will be on display at the museum through August. The museum, located at 110 S 2nd Ave., is open to the public Thursday through Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

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