Johnson City Press: 10 Out and About Things To Do

10 Out and About Things To Do

Jessica Fuller • Jan 10, 2019 at 1:09 PM

 10 things to do 

1. One, two, three: You have one chance to catch Kingsport Theatre Guild’s production of “Two on the Aisle, Three in a Van,” in a special fundraising event on Saturday. The guild is hosting two showings of the play at 2 and 6 p.m., and a silent auction and reception will take place between performances at 4:30 p.m. at the Kingsport Renaissance Center, 1200 E. Center St. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for students and seniors, and $10 for children. Tickets include seating for one show and admission to the auction and reception. Visit or call 392-8427 for tickets.

2. The path less traveled: Rocky Fork State Park rangers will guide hikers on a hike through a rock field and up the summit of Whitehouse Cliffs on Saturday. The off-the-trail adventure begins at 10 a.m. at Rocky Fork State Park in Flag Pond, and hikers should bring plenty of food, water and a sturdy pair of hiking boots for the three-mile round-trip hike. Hikers should note the strenuous difficulty of the hike and hikers must be at least 12 years old. Tickets are $5 and reservations can be made at

3. So you want to grow hemp? Prospective hemp farmers are invited to a special free workshop on Monday in building #1 on the Appalachian Fairgrounds, 100 Lakeview St., Gray. Topics will include how to get a permit, state rules and regulations for growing hemp, the economics of hemp and first-hand account from an experienced hemp farmer. Speakers from the UT Extension Office, Tennessee Department of Agriculture and a local hemp farmer will be on hand to answer questions during the presentation. The workshop begins at 6 p.m. 

4. From Tokyo to Kingsport: JP Mathis and Fiddling Leona are usually pickin’, strummin’ and singin’ in Tokyo, Japan, but bluegrass lovers have a chance to catch the duo for a two-hour show at the Mountain Music Museum, 316 Broad St., Kingsport, from 6-8 p.m. Tickets to the live show are $10, but if you can’t make an appearance, catch the show on 96.3 The Possum or on Facebook live.

5. Farming and fun: Family fun is at the center of this year’s Appalachian Farm Expo this weekend at the Ron Ramsey Regional Agricultural Center, 140 Spurgeon Lane, Blountville. From Master Gardener tips to cooking demonstrations to interactive play areas and more than 30 vendors, the Farm Expo has a little something for everyone in store. The expo will take place on Saturday from noon-6 p.m. and Sunday from 1-6 p.m. Admission is free and on-site parking is $5 per vehicle. Free shuttle services from Northeast State Community College will also be available. 

6. Appalachian charm: The next miss Appalachian Charm will be crowned Sunday at the Kingsport Renaissance Center, 1200 E. Center St. The pageant, hosted by Miss Southeast Pageantry, will begin at 11:30 a.m. with check-in at 11 a.m. for contestants. Each age category will crown winners in Elite Supreme,  (Grand Supreme, Mini Grand Supreme and Novice Supremes, and no contestant will leave empty-handed. 

7. Boogie Collective: Local singer-songwriters Jake Quillin and Daniel Byrd are bringing an evening of electric blues and soul music to The Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room, 216 E. Main St., Johnson City, tonight beginning at 8 p.m. Admission is $10. 

8. All about art: Get a sneak peek of what the McKinney Center will have to offer in its upcoming season of classes Saturday for an open house that will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center, 103 Franklin Ave., Jonesborough. Spring classes will be available for children, teens and adults and include a myriad of options from ceramics to hip-hop to filmmaking classes. Registration for spring classes is open with early bird $10 discounts available through Saturday. The deadline to register for McKinney Center classes is Jan. 19. Call 753-0562 for more information. 

9. Working with watermedia: Learn to work with watercolor and acrylics on paper in a special workshop provided by Friends of Sycamore Shoals at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton. Leave the workshop with your very own snowy scene, spring flowers or mountain vista after the class lead by Barbara Jernigan. Class costs are $12 if you bring your own supplies, or $20 if you need supplies provided. The workshop will last from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Call 543-5808 to register.

10. Quid pro quo: Test your knowledge of “The Silence of the Lambs” in a special trivia session at Bloom Cafe and Listening Room, 606 State St., Bristol Monday from 7-9 p.m. Bring your best trivia game and you might just leave with a gift card to Bloom.

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