That is not going to be the case on Friday, Sept. 28m and Saturday, Sept. 29, as there will be plenty of music, contests, art celebrations and other activities going on around the old town.
Several groups have selected the cooler weather of early fall to schedule such events as Paws and Tails IV to benefit the Elizabethton/Carter County Animal Shelter; the Downtown Art Walk to promote and celebrate local artists; and the Tails on the Tweetsie Dog Walk.
The Downtown Art Walk will take place from 5-8 p.m. This event is intended to help everyone welcome fall with a walk through historic downtown Elizabethton. It includes a visit to the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library, a trip back to the ’80s art at Duck Crossing, storytelling and much more.
The event includes a passport contest in which door prizes will be awarded. The passports are stamped at each downtown merchant open for the event and stores will host local artists making art. There will also be street art and street performers. There will be lots of activities and refreshments.
The Tails on the Tweetsie gets started with an 8 a.m. registration on Sept. 28, with the lineup at the old Tweetsie Station on West Elk Avenue. It is a 2-kilometer dog walk and requires a $15 donation to the Animal Shelter.
The admission to the dog walk also means free admission to the Parrots and Tails Concert and free entry into the Mutteritaville Dog Contest, which takes place at 11 a.m. at the Covered Bridge Park.
The contest features four categories: Best Dressed, Best Wiggle Butt, Best Dressed Owner and Dog Couple and Most Unusual Talent.
The Parrots and Tails concert will begins at the bridge at 10 a.m. The bands and soloists scheduled to appear include:
• 11:30 a.m.: Jim Miller, Appalachian hammer dulcimer.
• Noon: JB and the Heebinator featuring John. Bland and Steve Hebert.
• 1 p.m.: Mike White and Scotty Melton, acoustic duo.
• 2 p.m.: H.B. Beverly: Tri-Cities premiere parrothead.
• 3 p.m.: Under the Table, a five-piece classical rock band.
• 4 p.m.: Half Moon Trench, featuring a rock and roll electric mix.
• 4:45 p.m.: Luke Broyles, master of beat boxing.
• 5 p.m.: Accousifried, pure country rock and roll.
Of course the weekly Cruise-in by the Carter County Car Club will be filling up East Elk Avenue by the time Accoustifried is set up.