Hands-On! Events: On Tuesdays and Wednesdays in December, the Hands-On! Discovery Center will allow visitors to stop by its Discovery Cart to build something creative with K’nex. Until Sunday, Dec. 8, the center will host “Table Trick Science,” to “bring flair and fun to your holiday meals with fun experiments.” From Tuesday, Dec. 3 to Sunday, Jan. 5, the center’s Art Studio Programs will feature a Henri Matisse inspired collage, Georges-Pierre Seurat inspired pointillism drawings and crayon resistant watercolor snowflake paintings. For more info on these and other events, visit www.visithandson.org.
Storytelling and more at Tusculum: The Tusculum University Doak House Museum will host enjoyable storytelling and gingerbread programs for families and homeschool groups on Wednesday, Dec. 4. The event will consist of four learning stations. Children will decorate gingerbread cookies they can eat afterward as they learn about food traditions of the 19th Century. They will also make a craft to take home, hear an original story and be treated to a reading of a “Gingerbread Man” book. The event will be offered at two times, 9:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. Reservations are required. The cost is $4 per participating child. One chaperone per family group can attend for free. All other adults pay $2 each. For more info, visit www.tusculum.edu.
Clinchfield Railroad reflections at Carter Railroad Museum: The ETSU George L. Carter Railroad Museum will pay homage to a very important legacy with its monthly Heritage Day Saturday, focusing on the Clinchfield Railroad. The museum’s layouts will showcase some of the equipment that once ran on the Clinchfield line, such as the legendary Challenger-design steam engines and colorful diesels. The museum is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Heritage Day is held the last Saturday of each month. There is no admission fee to the museum, but donations are welcome. For more info, visit www.etsu.edu.
Unicoi Christmas Parade: The Town of Unicoi’s annual Christmas parade, themed “A Fairytale Christmas,” will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, just off Exit 32 in Unicoi. The parade will feature floats, characters, classic cars, horses and more, as well as Santa himself. Visit UnicoiTn.net/events to register. For more details, call 423-735-0517 or email [email protected].
Appalachian Christmas: Paramount Bristol presents "An Appalachian Christmas" featuring Grammy Award-winning composer and violinist Mark O'Connor at 7 p.m. on Sunday. Visit ParamountBristol.org for tickets and more details.
Christmas Around the World: The McKinney Center and Yarn Exchange Radio Show present “Christmas Around the World,” a fundraiser featuring locally made pottery bowls, stories, music and dinner at 6 p.m., Dec. 2, at the McKinney Center in Jonesborough. Guests arrive at 6 p.m.
Live music in Bristol: Blackbird Bakery will host Swing Band, Saturday at 8 p.m., followed by State Street String Band, Monday at 7 p.m. Bloom Cafe will host Demon Waffle with Regular of the Obscene, Saturday at 8 p.m. Quaker Steak and Lube will feature Matt Smile, Friday at 8 p.m., followed by Jason Lloyd, Saturday at 8 p.m. Shades of Grey will perform at O’Mainnin’s Pub, Friday at 10 p.m.
Live Music at Capone’s: Downtown Johnson City’s Capone’s will host 1134, Bound by the Crown and Blighted, Friday at 10 p.m., followed by Doctor Ocular and Box Era, Saturday at 10 p.m. Sunday’s lineup will include Otherwise, Set to Fire and Another Fable at 7:30 p.m. For more info, call 423-928-2295 or visit www.caponesjohnsoncity.com.
Music and Open Mic at Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room: Daniel Byrd, Jon Dwyer and Sammy Guns will take the stage at Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room, Saturday at 8 p.m. Every Wednesday at 6 p.m., Willow Tree hosts its Open Mic Night. For more information on these and other Willow Tree events, visit www.facebook.com/willowcoffeehouse.