Photography exhibit “The Lens of 11” is on display until Sept. 11 at the Charles Harris Library Gallery at the Wise Library. The exhibit features the work of photographers Roddy Addington, Bonnie Aker, Morris K. Burchette, Chuck Clisso, Tim C. Cox, Stan Crabtree, Julie Williams Dixon, Bill Harris, Jennifer Fletcher Meade, Jason Wamsley and Addison Williams.

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.

The Gallery at Barr Photographics will host an exhibit by John F. Sauers titled “Change of Seasons” through Sept. 30. The Gallery at Barr Photographics is located at 152 E. Main St. in Abingdon, Virginia. Call 276- 628-1486.


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.


Vinyl Collectors Show will be held Sept. 19 and Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Double Tree Hilton, 211 Mockingbird Lane, Johnson City. Admission is $2. Masks are recommended for all customers and vendors. Come shop for rare vinyl LPs and 45s, plus CDs, music DVDs, memorabilia and more.


Music on the Square, one of Jonesborough’s live outdoor concert series, continues each Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. through Sept. 24 in front of the Washington County Courthouse on Main Street. Music on the Square is a free event, but event goers are encouraged to bring a chair or a blanket to ensure a seat.

The sixth season of Main Street Brews and Tunes in downtown Jonesborough continues through Sept. 26 with five concerts remaining before the close of the season. The event takes place on the International Storytelling Center Plaza every Sunday afternoon. Food and beer will be served at 4 p.m. with live music from 5 to 7 p.m.

A concert with Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen will be held at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, Virginia, on Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Cohen will bring Bourbon Street to Bristol. Purchase tickets to the concert only ($20) or to include a curator-led tour of the special exhibit Our Living Past: Platinum Portraits of Southern Music Makers prior to the show ($25). Tickets are available at


Duffield Daze will be held Sept. 3-5 featuring a full slate of activities including a parade, tractor pull, lawn mower pull, logging competitions, crafts, rides for kids, inflatables and a car show. There will be live bands from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and fireworks Saturday night.

On Sept. 5 the 18th annual Papa Joe Smiddy Mountain Music Festival will honor the memory and legacy of Dr. Joseph “Papa Joe” Smiddy. The event will be held in the amphitheater at Natural Tunnel State Park in Duffield, Virginia, starting at 5 p.m. There will be no admission charge to this year’s festival. Attendees may give a donation to the Cove Ridge Foundation to support its Scholarship Fund. This year’s performers will be Tennessee Border, The Appalachian Trail Bluegrass Band, and Dr. Joe Smiddy & Reedy Creek. For more information call 276-940-2674.

The Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival will be held Sept. 10-12. To view the musical lineup and purchase tickets visit

The 13th annual Historic Blountville Heritage Festival will be held Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Blountville. The festival will include arts and crafts, a flea market, live music, food vendors, inflatables and more.

Exchange Place Living History Farm will host its Fall Folk Arts Festival Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sept. 26 from noon until 5 p.m. Admission is $5, with children under 12 admitted free. Proceeds go toward the care of the farm’s animals and the continued restoration and preservation of the site, located at 4812 Orebank Road in Kingsport. For more information call 423-288-6071.

Racks by the Tracks returns to the Kingsport Farmers Market Sept. 25. The event will feature more than 100 unique craft beers, wines, seltzers and sangrias in addition to barbecue vendors, the SPF 10K and 5K Race Walk (featuring the Boss Hog Challenge) and plenty of music. Tickets can be purchased online at and at all Food City locations.

Hazzard Fest will be held Oct. 8-9 at the Greene County Fairgrounds. Highlights include Uncle Si, Justin Martin and John Godwin from “Duck Dynasty” doing a meet and greet on Oct. 8 along with Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Doyle Lawson and Ricky Skaggs headlining the concert that evening. Oct. 9th will feature a concert with headliner Mark Chesnutt and meet and greets with Catherine Bach, Tom Wopat, Rick Hurst and others. To see the full lineup of guests and entertainment visit


For the Heroes, a 9/11 anniversary fundraiser, will be held Sept. 11 at 4:30 p.m. at the Huff Farm, 125 Goshen Valley, Church Hill. Proceeds will benefit to the families of veterans and first responders in the area. Performances by Southern Rebellion and Wyldeheart. Tickets are $25 with helicopter rides for $30 and riverboat rides for $10. Bring your own chairs. To purchase tickets visit


The Jonesborough Genealogical Society’s Heritage Fair will be held Sept. 3-4. Oak Hill School will be open for tours Sept. 4 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. On Sept. 3, Oak Hill School will host author Marsha Honeycutt Marcela from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Appalachian author will be signing copies of her book “Mr. Rigney, Rigney, and Me (...or is it “I”).” Copies of the book will be available for $10.

The Tri Cities Civil War Round Table is hosting a lecture titled “Citizen- General: Jacob Dolson Cox and the Civil War Era.” Presented by Gene Schmiel, the event will be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 13 at the Renaissance Center Theater, 1200 E. Center St., Kingsport. Admission to the event is free. For more information contact Wayne Strong at

The Chester Inn Museum presents History Happy Hour at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. On Sept. 16, Kim Floyd and Jeffrey Irvin will present “In-Cider’s Scoop: The History and Significance of Hard Cider.”

Battle of Blountville Reenactment will be held Sept. 24-26 at the Old Hawley Farm, 1173 Hawley Road, Blountville. The main Civil War battle reenactments will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with other activities going on throughout the weekend. Friday events are reserved for school groups. Union and Confederate reenactors will perform continuous living history demonstrations throughout the event. The event will also include a Civil War Ladies Tea on Saturday and an outdoor period worship service Sunday beginning at 9 a.m. Admission on Saturday and Sunday is $3 for adults, with children 6 and under admitted free. For information contact the Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism at 423-323-4660.

The Netherland Inn offers tours on 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. Weekday group tours may be arranged by calling 423-245-5549.

Library fun

Join the Kingsport Public Library for a Tuesday morning walking group this fall. Participants will meet in the library’s parking lot and get moving with a walk downtown. Strollers, kids and friendly dogs welcome. Walks will be held Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m., August through October, weather permitting. Call 423-224-2539.


This September, visit the Bays Mountain Amphitheater for “Campfire Tales,” a free storytelling event sponsored by Knoxville TVA Credit Union. Each Friday night of the month, BMP will welcome tellers from the Jonesborough Storyteller’s Guild. “Campfire Tales” begins at 7 p.m. on Sept. 3, 10, 17 and 24. This program is free with park entry. The first 50 kids will receive swag bags, and Knoxville TVA Credit Union will give out lanterns while supplies last. For more information call 423-229-9447.


The Jonesborough Repertory Theatre will kick off its 2021-22 season with the musical comedy “Something Rotten!” Shows run Thursdays through Sundays through Sept. 12. Tickets are $17 general admission, and $15 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets call the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center at 423-753-1010 or go online to The theatre is located at 125.5 W. Main St., Jonesborough.

LampLight Theatre in downtown Kingsport will present a brand-new production, “In the Valley,” Sept. 3-19. “In the Valley” is a 1920s retelling of the story of Job in the familiar setting of the Appalachian Mountains. The show will feature favorite hymns and bluegrass music but will also debut some new original music. “In the Valley” will be presented on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for students, and free for children 5 and under. Call for group rates. Doors open one hour prior to the show. LampLight Theatre is located at 140 Broad St., Kingsport. For reservations and information contact the LampLight box office at 423-343-1766 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit online.


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 or call 423-502-5359.

The George L. Carter Railroad Museum, located in the Campus Center Building on the campus of East Tennessee State University, is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Heritage Day is held the last Saturday of each month. There is no admission fee to the museum, but donations are welcome. A preregistration link is provided to encourage patrons to schedule a time to visit: The Carter Railroad Museum can be identified by a flashing railroad-crossing signal at the back entrance to the Campus Center Building.

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