10 Out and About Things To Do

Jessica Fuller • Aug 23, 2018 at 8:53 AM

Brews, hemp, bluegrass, theater and more ways to enjoy your life in the Tri-Cities:

1. Got Hops? If you’ve got any hops sitting around, bring them to be used in a brew at Johnson City Brewing Company’s new production facility at 410 E. State of Franklin Road on Monday beginning at 5:30 p.m. Home brewers are also invited to bring any homebrews to share. Even hop-less and homebrew-less community members are invited to check out how brew is made. 

2. Hemp 101: Want to know more about hemp and its medicinal properties? Maybe you want to become a hemp farmer yourself, or sample some products. Stop by The Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room, 216 E. Main St., Johnson City, on Monday for an educational hemp seminar from 6-7 p.m. presented by Greeneville-based Green Hemp Solutions. Visit greenhempsolutions.com for more information.

3. An exhibit and a show: Bluegrass, vintage country, gospel and old-time mountain music is wrapped up into one package with Gary Brewer, who has played in all 50 states and 18 other countries across a 40-year career that has also yielded 50 recordings. The Brewer family legacy goes back six generations, and will on display at Kingsport’s Mountain Music Museum, 316 Broad St., and Gary will be stopping by with his Kentucky Ramblers Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. for a celebratory show. Tickets are $15. 

4. ”If these walls could talk”: Being Tennessee’s oldest town, Jonesborough has a lot of history behind the walls of its buildings. Comb through the history of some of Jonesborough’s oldest buildings Monday night at the McKinney Center, 103 Franklin Ave., for the Yarn Exchange Live Radio Show. Musical guest Marian Short will be in the cast this time with her her style of Gospel and spiritual music. Tickets to the show are $5 and available at jonesborough.com or by calling 753-1010. A broadcast of the show will air on the last Wednesday of the month at 8 p.m. on WETS 89.5 FM and streams online at wets.org on HD channel 1. 

5. An evening with Third Day: Join Mac Powell, former lead singer of Third Day, for a Christian Storytelling Concert this Saturday at Providence Academy, 2788 Carroll Creek Road, in Johnson City. The band just came off their farewell tour after a 25-year run, and Powell will share his story about his journey as he begins another chapter in his life and music. Laura Story, a Bible teacher and singer-songwriter, will kick off the night at 7 p.m. in the school’s gym. General admission is $20, and the concert is a fundraiser for the academy. 

6. Roll out the red carpet: Summer film students will have their work on display at the Kingsport Theatre Guild, 1200 E. Center St., for a red carpet premiere of two short films: “Hush” and “Finding Copper.” The red carpet walk begins at 5:45 p.m. with the screenings following at 6:30 p.m. Admission is by donation, and funds will go toward scholarships for next year’s youth and teen film camps.  

7. Botanical jewelry: Get crafty this weekend at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., in Elizabethton and leave with one-of-a-kind jewelry made from dried plants. The class is no cost and runs from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, led by members of the Shady Oaks Garden Club. Participants are also encouraged to show their creations at the Shady Oaks Flower Show on Sept. 7 and 8. 

8. So you want to be an archaeologist? Celebrate Tennessee Archaeology Awareness Month on Saturday at the The Gray Fossil Site and Hands On! Discovery Center, 1212 Suncrest Drive, where experts will be leading demonstrations in flintknapping, pottery making in addition to showing different artifacts. A documentary, “Secrets of the Nolichucky” will screen at 11 a.m., and other activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the site. Archaeology Day is free and open to the public, and tickets to the Hands On! Discovery Center is $10 for adults and children 4-up. 

9. Tunes at RTE 23: Back for a fifth year at University of Virginia’s College at Wise, 1 College Ave., the RTE 23 Music Festival is bringing several bands to the campus for a night of music Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. The New Respects, Cordovas and Young Mister are on the roster for the festival, and all are also featured at Bristol’s Rhythm and Roots Reunion this year. The festival is free and open to the public of all ages. 

10. Join the Dark Side The Johnson City Cardinals are hosting a Star Wars-themed night Saturday from 7-10 p.m. at Cardinal Park, 510 Bert St. The first 1,000 fans of the night will be get a free lightsaber, and the rest of the night will consist of themed music, field games, specialty jerseys and post-game fireworks. 

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