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10 Out & About Things To Do

Jessica Fuller • Aug 2, 2018 at 8:59 AM

Funny ladies, local art, a crowned idol and more things to do this weekend in the region.

1. Kick back in the rocking chair: Jeanne Robertson is bringing her wit and humor to Paramount Bristol, 518 State St., Saturday beginning at 8 p.m. Her national tour “Rocking Chair” puts Robertson’s clever depiction of everyday life in a family-friendly and engaging brand of comedy full of charm. Robertson’s career as a humorist has taken her across the country with regular appearances on the Grand ‘Ole Opry, produced eight nationally-released DVDs, three books, hundreds of hours on SiriusXM satellite radio and more than 49 million YouTube views. Tickets to the show range from $32 to $57 and are available at paramountbristol.org or by calling 274-8920.

2. Tickle your funny bone: With a bushel of southern charm sprinkled on top of her life as a stay-at-home mom, Leanne Morgan has made her national rounds as a comedian, and is making a stop in Greeneville this weekend at the Capitol Theatre, 104 S. Main St. Morgan’s comedic career has taken her to the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, ABC’s The View and the finals on Nick at Nite’s Funniest Mom. The show is Friday at 8 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for $25, and VIP tickets complete with meet and greet packages are available for $40. Tickets and more information are available at capitolgreeneville.org or by calling 638-1300. 

3. An evening with Mark Twain: If you’ve ever wondered what an evening with a legendary American writer is like, Heritage Hall Theatre, 211 N. Church St., Mountain City, has got you covered. The theatre will be putting on a special act Saturday night beginning at 7 full of wit and satire that follows an elderly Samuel Clemens, an intellectual icon who created Mark Twain as a means of telling stories. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and $5 for youth. As Twain was well known for his humor, the evening is sure to be full of laughter. Buy tickets by calling 727-7444.

4. 5 X 5: More than 40 local artists will be limelight at a special art exhibition and fundraiser Friday at Tipton Gallery, 126 Spring St., in downtown Johnson City. The 5 X 5 Art Exhibition will have a variety of art on sale for $25, all of which was donated by local artists. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the Johnson City Public Art Committee and the Boys and Girls Club. The exhibition will open at 5:55 p.m. and remain open until 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and wine and free refreshments will be available.

5. Swing your partner: Dancing queens and kings are invited to the next in a summer contra dancing series presented by the Historic Jonesborough Dance Society Saturday at Serenity Knoll Farm, 542 Bacon Branch Road in Jonesborough. Asheville group Boom Chuck will be providing the tunes for the growing local dance community to learn a traditional American folk dance. Don your dancing shoes at 7 p.m. to dance or watch. General admission is $7 and Historic Jonesborough Dance Society members are admitted for $5. Family rates are available for $15. 

6. Camp Comeback: It’s been a rebirth four years in the making, but the new Buffalo Mountain campsite is ready to be revealed at a special open house this weekend. Come see the changes to the monumental Allison Lodge and several other landmarks of the longstanding campsite that were renovated after a flood and landslide forced camp operations to close in 2012. Check out the new services offered by visiting the campsite, 201 Methodist Camp Rd, Jonesborough, from 4-7 on Saturday.

7. Sip and stroll and shop: Downtown Kingsport businesses are extending their hours for a monthly sip and stroll, where wine and shopping go hand in hand. From 5-8 p.m., explore the business district of downtown Kingsport with wine in hand, browsing the latest deals from local retailers. 

8. Crowning an idol: The region’s largest talent competition is drawing to a close for another season after eight weeks of competition, and the winner of Kingsport Idol will be crowned Saturday at 2 p.m. at Robinson Middle School, 1517 Jessee St., in Kingsport. Admission is $5. 

9. Time to get jiggy: It’s about time for a mini-festival in downtown Elizabethton, and Jiggy Ray’s Pizzaria, 610 E. Elk Ave., is happy to provide the tunes. Saturday night beginning at 6, BIG Son and 7 Mile Mushroom will be rocking in the breezeway in downtown Elizabethton for the evening. Tickets to the event are $5. 

10. Friends of music: Kingsport native Kyle Jones is returning for a solo saxophone concert Sunday at 3 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 500 N. Roan St. in Johnson City. The program, part of the Friends of Music series, features classical solo saxophone pieces with accompaniment by pianist Robert Jeter, in addition pieces featuring local musicians Dr. Amanda Johnson on flute and Eric Black on clarinet. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. A wine reception will follow the concert.

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