Thunder Valley Fly & Wine, a new two-day event to benefit the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, will kick off Friday evening at the Bruton Smith Building at Bristol Motor Speedway with a celebrity dinner featuring some of the best-known names in the sport of the fly fishing.
Fly fishing greats Jeffrey Cardenas, Bob Clouser, Blane Chocklett and Beau Beasley will entertain dinner guests with fishing stories and will bring along donated items for a live auction to be held following the dinner. Dinner tickets are $50 and available in advance online at bristol.speedwaycharities.org and at the BMS ticket office.
A Fly and Wine Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in BMS’s Hospitality Village, located off Tenn. Highway 394 between the dragway and race track, and will include a wine garden featuring vineyards from across the Southern Appalachians.
The expo will feature casting and fly-tying instructions and demonstrations by the featured pros, lectures on fly fishing opportunities from the South Holston River to Bermuda, a Fly 101 Kids Clinic, children’s casting competitions (bring your own gear), and fly fishing gear and art work from vendors across the region. Expo tickets are $10 or $30 for the expo and admission to the wine garden.
The day will also include “Flies, Lies & Other Fish Tales,” a private lunch with Clouser, Cardenas, Chocklett and Beasley to begin at noon in the Bristol Dragway suite. Seating at lunch will be limited and is expected to sell out. Tickets are $100 per person and include entry into the expo and the wine garden.
The benefit will conclude with an 8 p.m. showing of “Where The Yellowstone Goes,” a Hunters Week film about a monthlong drift boat excursion along the Yellowstone River. Doors will open at 7:15 p.m. Movie tickets are $10 and include a canned beverage and a bag of popcorn.
For more information, including a full schedule of expo events, visit bristol.speedwaycharities.org or call the BMS ticket office at 989-6900.
Also on the water, registration is under way for a first-of-its-kind Dragon Boat Race and Clean Water Regatta to support the Tennessee Clean Water Network. The event is scheduled for June 8 at Warriors Path State Park in Kingsport.
Teams of 20 paddlers, drummers and steer persons are being recruited to compete in dragon boating’s ancient test of synchronicity and fundraising finesse for Tennessee Clean Water Network. The network is an advocacy organization that empowers Tennesseans to claim their right to clean water and healthy communities through its work to connect policymakers with community watershed organizations. The event is open to competitors of all ages and skill levels. Businesses looking for a team-building experience with a unique opportunity to benefit their community are encouraged to sign up.
Registration is under way online at cleanwaterregatta-eorg.eventbrite.com and event sponsorship opportunities are available. More information about the event is available at the website or may be obtained by contacting Renee Hoyos at 865-522-7007, ext. 100, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Operation Love, a group of community minded women who have been working since last fall to make a positive difference for the Johnson City community through donation drives based at the Atlantis shop downtown, has kicked off a two-month collection for the Johnson City-Washington County Animal Shelter.
The following list of needed items was compiled by the animal shelter in priority order: cat litter; bedding, including fleece blankets and throws, sheets and towels; chlorine bleach and scented Pine Sol brand cleaners; plastic, squeaky dog toys; rawhide chews and brand name dry dog and cat food.
Donations may be dropped off through June 30 at the shop at 242 E. Main St. Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 1-5 p.m.
Operation Love’s next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Holiday Lanes and will include a discussion of fundraising for the animal shelter and some free bowling time. Members and others interested in joining Operation Love are encouraged to attend.
If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at email@example.com, P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605 1717 or 929-3111, ext. 335.