Community Calendar for 07/31/2015

Published 7:53 am Friday, July 31, 2015


Hampton Youth Club Motorcycle Ride
9:30 a.m. Saturday
Hampton High School
The club’s seventh annual Motorcycle Ride will raise money for youth athletics. Register from 9:30-10:45 a.m. at the high school.

Concert for Josh Wandell
6 p.m. Aug. 9
Valley Forge
Free Will Baptist Church,
1503 Riverview Drive
Featured musicians will include Loren Harris, Jeff Snyder, Kayla Story, the Valley Forge Praise Choir and the Valley Forge Praise Band. Admission is free, but a love offering will be received. Wandell, former principal at East Side Elementary School has ALS.

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Old-Time Games
10 a.m. today
Roan Mountain State Park
No TV, no problem. For the kid or the kid within, join Nathan at the Miller Farmstead for a guaranteed good time. Cost: FREE.

Salamander Hunt
2 p.m. today
Roan Mountain State Park
Do you like amphibians? Come out and learn about some of Roan Mountain’s coolest species. Join Amanda at the Camp Store. Cost: FREE.

Peg Leg Mine Adventure
3 p.m. today
Roan Mountain State Park
Come explore the Peg Leg Mine Trail to learn about Roan Mountain State Park’s unique history. Meet Nathan at the Visitor’s Center for a moderate 0.4-mile hike. Please wear appropriate hiking shoes. Cost: FREE.

Crepuscular Creatures
8:30 tonight
Roan Mountain State Park
After the sun goes down, the forest trails come alive with the sounds, smells and sensations of the night. Come explore the park in the dark. The differences are like night and day! Meet Amanda at the Amphitheater. Cost: FREE.

Thrill of the Hunt
4 p.m. today
Roan Mountain State Park
Come out to explore beautiful Roan Mountain with a nature scavenger hunt!. Meet Amanda at the Camp Store. Cost: FREE.

River Walk
2 p.m. Saturday
Roan Mountain State Park
Meet Nathan at the Camp Store for an up-close look at river critters. Wear shoes and clothes you do not mind getting wet. Program is weather-dependent. Cost: FREE.

Checkers Tournament
4 p.m. Saturday
Roan Mountain State Park
Meet Nathan at the camp store for a chance to become Roan Mountain’s next checkers champ. Cost: FREE.

Predator and Prey
5 p.m. Saturday
Roan Mountain State Park
Meet Amanda at the Amphitheater for this fun game where we explore the balance of life. Cost: FREE.

Campground Campfire
9 p.m. Saturday
Roan Mountain State Park
Meet Nathan at the Campground Campfire Ring just beyond the Tom Gray Trailhead for stories, s’mores and games. Cost: FREE.


Fall Gardening
9 a.m.-noon Saturday
Sycamore Shoals State Park,
1651 W Elk Ave.
It’s not too early to be planning and building your spring garden. Gardener extraordinaire Ben Hunter will share his experiences and techniques for growing the garden of your dreams. Sponsored by the Northeast Tennessee Master Gardeners. Cost: FREE.

Soap Making With the Hyders
noon Saturday
Roan Mountain State Park,
Miller Farmstead
Watch the Hyder family demonstrate traditional soap making, just as the Millers might have done at the farmstead years ago. Handmade soaps will be available for sale. Cost: FREE.

Tie-Dye Time
1 p.m. Saturday
Turn your boring whites into something groovy. Bring your own items to dye, and make sure to wear something you wouldn’t mind getting a bit of dye on. Meet Amanda at the Miller Farmstead. Cost: FREE.

Grief Share
2-4 p.m. Sundays
through Nov. 8
Sycamore Shoals Hospital
Grace Baptist Church’s grief recovery seminar and support group will meet weekly in Classroom B at Sycamore Shoals Hospital. Grief Share video sessions feature nationally recognized experts on grief recovery topics. Seminar sessions include “Living With Grief,” “The Journey of Grief,” “The Effects of Grief,” “Why?” and “Stuck in Grief.” Grief Share is co-sponsored by Sycamore Shoals Hospital Spiritual Care Department. The sessions are led by Grace Baptist Pastor Travis Tyler.

10 a.m. Sunday
Roan Mountain State Park
Pull together with Nathan at the Conference Center to learn the basics of knot tying. Cost: FREE.

Corn Husk Dolls
noon Sunday
Roan Mountain State Park
Meet Amanda at the Amphitheater to learn the traditional Native American craft of corn husk dolls (or make a modern corn husk ninja!). Cost: FREE.

Positively Pillows
1-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9
and Aug. 16
Sycamore Shoals State Park,
1651 W Elk Ave.
Class will focus on how to create and insert piping, cording and zippers in pillows, types of pillow forms, covered buttons, envelope closure. A different pillow will be sewn at each session. Check at the park Visitors Center for examples and supply list. Student needs to be familiar with the use of their sewing machines. Instructor: Donna Horowitz. Minimum class size, 3; maximum, 6. Cost: $45.00 plus supplies.

Natural Dyeing
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 15
Sycamore Shoals State Park,
1651 W Elk Ave.
Make beautiful color with all the bounty of nature. Learn to dye thread as Colonial settlers might have during the 18th century. Create stunning colors with the herbs and flowers of the field. Wear old clothes, and bring your lunch. Instructor: Carolyn DeWitt. Class minimum, 2; maximum, 10. Cost: $25.

Basketry — Cottage Hearth
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 15
Sycamore Shoals State Park,
1651 W Elk Ave.
Hearth baskets were used to hold kindling for the fireplace. This mini (8.5 inches by 12 inches by 10 inches) can hold anything from magazines to muffins. Students will learn how to make a slanted rim. If you want to line the bottom with an acrylic cutting board (wood is too heavy), bring it with you to class. We will adjust the size of the basket to fit it. Instructor: Candy Alexander. Class minimum, 4; maximum, 12. Cost: $30.


Thistle Dew
7 tonight
Roan Mountain State Park Amphitheater
A unique blend of Celtic-inspired old-time Appalachian tunes. Meet at Picnic Shelter 3 in case of inclement weather. Cost: FREE.

Covered Bridge Jams
7-9 p.m. Saturdays
Covered Bridge Park,
downtown Elizabethton
t Mayberry Deputy and John Goad & New Hawkins Co. Grass, Saturday
t Sacred Harmony, Aug. 8
t Hollow Ground Bluegrass, Aug. 15
t ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band, Aug. 29

Bandwagon Fallacy
7 p.m. Saturday
Roan Mountain State Park Amphitheater
Classic rock covers by the talented Odom family. Meet at Picnic Shelter 3 in case of inclement weather. Cost: FREE

Lakeside Concert Series
7-9 p.m. Thursdays
and 6-8 p.m. Sept. 13
Winged Deer Park,
Johnson City
• Hollow Ground, Thursday
• Model City Wrecking Crew, Aug. 13
• Kids Our Age, Aug. 20
• Johnson City Symphony, Sept. 13

Old Time Music Jam
Aug. 23
Sycamore Shoals
State Park,
1651 W Elk Ave.
Enjoy the rich musical traditions of our region each month. Old-time musicians of all levels are welcome. Don’t play an instrument? Come on over, kick back, and enjoy the tunes! Led by Art Lang. Cost: FREE.

Johnson City SymphonyOrchestra Auditions
Sept. 10
Milligan College,
Seeger Chapel, Room 200
The Johnson City Symphony Orchestra has opened auditions for the following positions:
• Principal viola;
• Section viola;
• Section violin;
• Asst principal french horn/utility horn; and
• Second oboe/english horn.


Carter Mansion Tours
2 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday
Carter Mansion, 1013 Broad St.
Meet Gillian at the oldest frame house in Tennessee for a look inside this beautiful frontier home and hear the stories of the family that built it. Cost: FREE.

Miller Farmstead Tour
10:30 a.m. Saturday
Roan Mountain State Park
Meet Amanda on the front porch of the Miller Farmstead, now on the National Register of Historic Places, for a tour of the home and grounds. Cost: FREE.

Newell Hendershot Exhibit
Aug. 8-28
Opening reception
1:30-4 p.m. Aug. 8
Sycamore Shoals
State Park,
1651 W Elk Ave.
Fun exhibit of miniature masterpieces, size 6 inches by 6 inches or smaller. Cost: FREE.


Watauga Valley Fife & Drum Corps
10 a.m.-noon Saturdays
Sycamore Shoals
State Park,
1651 W Elk Ave.
The Fife & Drum Corps performs at historical events, dedications and parades. It is open to anyone 13 or older. Musical experience welcome but not required. Lessons are free. Just call and let them know you’re coming.

Carter County Retired Teachers Association
11 a.m. Tuesday
Dino’s Restaurant, 420 E. Elk Ave.
For more information, call Shirley Ellis at 957-2119.

The Liberty Spinners
9:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 11 Sycamore Shoals
State Park,
1651 W Elk Ave.
This gathering of spinners and fiber artists is open to anyone interested in the art of spinning. Join us at 9:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, April to November.


Andrews Family Reunion
11 a.m. Aug. 8
Roan Mountain State Park, Picnic Shelter 3
Descendants of Calvin and Diana Adalaide Greenwell Andrews and their children James, Mary Andrews Sheets and William Andrews will hold their annual reunion. Lunch will be served at noon. Bring a covered dish. Paper products will be furnished.

Smith White Price Family Reunion
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 8
Hampton Christian Church,
810 Deerfield Lane,
Liz Street 725-3011
or Peggy Lewis 725-2453
The Smitth White Price family will hold its 32nd annual reunion in the church fellowship hall. Everyone is asked to bring a covered dish and memorabilia. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m.


13th annual Elizabethton Butterfly Count
9 a.m. Saturday
Sycamore Shoals State Park,
1651 W Elk Ave.
Meet naturalist Don Holt at Sycamore Shoals for this daylong winged adventure across town. Come for all or part of the day. Sponsored by the North American Butterfly Association & Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area. Rain date to be announced. Cost: FREE.

Old Butler Days Festival
10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday and Aug. 8
Babe Curtis Park, McQueen Street, Butler
The festival will feature food, rides, games, entertainment and continuous music. Local and specialty vendors will be on hand. Auctions will be expanded to include mini-auctions, silent auctions and live auctions, the proceeds of which help fund community support projects. Vendor applications accepted until Aug. 1. The price for a spot for both days is $25, and security is available for tents left overnight. For more information on obtaining a vendor application, call Nioka Markland at 423-768-3177.


Tour of Historic Washington County
Sept. 26
The Jonesborough Genealogical Society will host a tour of Washington County. Lunch will be provided. Cost: $35 for guild members, $40 for nonmembers. More information pending.

Annual Cranberry Festival
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 10
Shady Valley
Elementary School
Parade, quilt show, crafts, exhibits, music, demonstrations and food. Book signing by Darrell Brinkley, Mr. Shady Valley. Admission: FREE.

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