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10 Out and About Things To Do

Jessica Fuller • Updated Jan 3, 2019 at 12:08 PM

1. ”Lackluster”: Stop by Bloom Cafe and Listening Room, 606 State St., Bristol, starting on Friday to check out rejuvenated art by local artists Sterlin Hammond and Matthew Kilby. Pieces for sale include modified thrift store art, and the exhibit will open Friday from 7-10 p.m., and snacks will be provided.The exhibit will stay open through Feb. 3. 

2. Not ready for Christmas to be over? Christmas continues at Fort Watauga this weekend in Elizabethton with old-time celebrations in the spotlight. Christmas at Fort Watauga will open at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Explore how your ancestors might have celebrated Christmas in the 18th century. 

3. One last chance to catch Christmas at Carter: Christmas adorns Carter Mansion for one more weekend of tours Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on both days. The mansion will be decked in the same decorations that would have greeted guests in the 18th century. Tickets for the tours are $7 for adults, $3 for children ages 7 to 17 and free for children 6 and younger. Tours are limited to 15 people, so advanced reservations are encouraged and can be made at tnstateparks.com/parks/sycamore-shoals. 

4. Get movin’: Start the new year off in style with The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society’s first contra dance of 2019. Gluten Free is the guest band, and Tim Klein will serve as the dance caller for the evening. The dance floor will light up at the Jonesborough Visitors Center and Emporium, 117 Boone St., Saturday from 7:30-10:30 p.m. p.m., with a beginner dance lesson at 7 p.m. General admission is $7, and student admission is $5. Brand new contra dancers can enter for free.

5. Powerful stuff! Webb Wilder and the Beatnecks are bringing their own recipe for southern rock ‘n roll to The Down Home, 300 W. Main St., Johnson City, Saturday from 8-11 p.m. The door charge is $20 to experience the southern comfort and the mix of roots rock, Americana, blues and British influences of the band’s latest album, “Powerful Stuff!” 

6. Slimy salamanders: Learn more about salamanders at Bays Mountain Park, 853 Bays Mountain Park Road, Kingsport, Saturday at 1 p.m. through a special salamander seminar. For $3, participants can learn more about the animals’ habitats, breeding, life cycles, diets and examine life salamanders and newts. After the program, participants are invited to a short hike for those who may want to discover salamanders in their natural habitats at the park. 

7. Let’s glow! Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean there’s no time for a swimming party! Kingsport Aquatic Center, 1820 Meadowview Parkway, is having a special party for children ages 9 to 15  Saturday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The center’s indoor pools will be full of glow sticks of all shapes and sizes to create glow pools, and swimmers are invited to bring glow sticks of their own to the party. Preregistration tickets are $5, and admission at the door is $7. Parents will need to sign a code of conduct during registration. Register in advance at swimkingsport.com/special-events or call 343-9758.

8. Get out: Steele Creek Park, 80 Lakeshore Drive, in Bristol is offering a late chance for a first hike on Sunday starting at 11 a.m. Hikers should note the trail is strenuous with winter views, and bring water and a snack for the hike. Meet in the Mill Creek Parking Lot on Broad Street for the hike.

9. Crafty comfort: Perfectly Unhinged is hosting a painting party at Gypsy Circus Cider Company, 2645 Fort Henry Drive, Kingsport, Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. A pint of Rain Dancer or Queen of Swords cider (for painters 21-up) will accompany the creation of a painting of a lady dancing in the rain. Tickets to the event are $18 and include a canvas, painting supplies and one pint of cider. 

10. Bikes and pints: If getting in shape was on your resolution list, maybe bicycling is a way to achieve that goal. Stop by JRH Brewing, 458 W. Walnut St., Johnson City, to find out during Trek Bicycle Store’s Bike 101 class. The intro class will walk bicyclists through the bike industry and the mechanics of a bicycle. The event is free to attend on Tuesday from 7-8 p.m. 

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