10 Out and About Things To Do

Jessica Fuller • Updated Jun 14, 2018 at 7:37 PM

1. In full bloom: Roan Mountain State Park’s Rhododendron Festival is back for a 72nd year of handmade arts and crafts, live music and old-time demonstrations. The two-day festival runs on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. 

2. Suit up: Elastigirl saves the world while Mr. Incredible takes on his biggest challenge yet – the problems of their three children. “Incredibles 2” slams into theaters this weekend 14 years after its predecessor. 

3. Garden Tour: Six private gardens are on the agenda for the 19th annual Historic Abingdon Garden Tour Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The self-guided tour will take guests through variety of gardens throughout historic Abingdon from quaint patio settings to breathtaking mountain views chock full of annuals, perennials, tall grasses and outdoor sculptures, and even a peek inside of one of the gardeners’ homes. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at Greer Jewelers, 253 W. Main St. and Necessities, 266 W. Main St. in downtown Abingdon. Proceeds will be used to support public projects such as JMH Cancer Center, Blue-star memorial, Shakespearean Garden at the William King Museum and Eberhardt Park.

4. ”Hairspray”: Johnson City Community Theatre is bringing the Tony-award-winning musical “Hairspray” to the stage starting this weekend. Winner of eight Tony awards including Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Male and Female Lead, “Hairspray” is a romantic musical comedy that follows Tracy Turnbald with her big hair and dreams as she does whatever it takes to dance her way onto television’s most popular show. Showtimes are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 general admission.

 5. Wine and art after dark: Nashville artist Dennis Greenwell’s latest work “Tragic Disclosures” will be on display at The Model City Event Center, 201 E. Center St., Kingsport, in addition to 20 other artists and their work for a special exhibit on Friday from 7-11 p.m. Greenwell’s work derives from the last written words of a teen who died by suicide combined  with art representing their emotion, and Greenwell will be present for discussion. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be provided, and reservations are required. Make a reservation by calling Model City Event Center at 765-4122.

6. Tea and a little history: Richard Netherland purchased the historic Netherland Inn 200 years ago, and to celebrate, guests are invited for Tea at the Netherland Inn Friday and Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. Admission is $15 per person and includes refreshments, a selection of teas and musical entertainment. Tammie Davis will provide the music on Friday with the hammered dulcimer, and Cade and Chloe Campbell, junior apprentices from the Exchange Place, will be taking over for Sunday’s entertainment. Reservations are limited and can be made by calling 276-6747.

7. “James and the Giant Peach”: Watch the enchanting story of James, his conniving aunts, an unlikely family and one truly magical fruit this weekend as the Greeneville Theatre Guild puts on the children’s novel-turned-musical at the Capitol Theatre, 104 S. Main St. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for students, seniors and children. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

8. Purple Masquerade: Prince tribute band Purple Masquerade is stopping by Wild Wing Cafe in Johnson City Saturday from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. to bring a high energy concert complete with Prince’s greatest hits and elaborate costumes. Purple Masquerade has performed all over the country and in Canada, celebrating the life and music of late musical icon.   

 9. Interactive murder mystery dinner theatre: Team up with the Off Broad Street Players to to puzzle out a murder mystery Friday at 6 p.m. for an interactive whodunit penned and directed by Judy Womack titled “Murder at the Hi Skool Reunion.” The show will start at 6 p.m. on Friday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 161 Ravine St., in Kingsport. Tickets are $50 and include the interactive play, dinner and wine. Proceeds will benefit Contact 211 of Northeast Tennessee, an organization dedicated to connecting people in need with resources that provide services such as food, financial assistance for utilities, free or low-cost medical care, area shelters, counseling services, support groups and battered women’s shelters. Call 211 or 530-6335 for tickets or more information. 

10. Get ready for thunder: Bristol Dragway will roar to life this weekend for the Fitzgerald USA National Hod Rod Association Thunder Valley Nationals all weekend with extreme machines from Friday through Sunday. Tickets are available online at bristoldragway.com or by calling 423-Bristol.



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