Entries Now Being Accepted for Annual Jonesborough Days Parade
Jonesborough Parks and Recreation Department is currently accepting entries for the Annual Jonesborough Days.
Parade to be held Saturday, June 30th at 10 a.m. The parade is part of the Jonesborough Days Festival held each year, and celebrates the community and its heritage. It is requested that entries be designed and decorated to focus on patriotism to tie in with the Fourth of July holiday and Jonesborough Days Festival. Also encouraged, is live music being played from floats during the parade. Entry fees are $50 for commercial and political entries and $25 for non-commercial entries. A mandatory safety meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 26 at the Jonesborough Visitors Center at 6 p.m. to review rules and line-ups of the parade. A refund of $10 will be given for attendance to the meeting.
For a parade application and additional information, visit www.jonesboroughtn.org. Call Rachel Conger at 791-3869 with questions.
“Tail-Waggin’ Tutors” Program at Gray Library
Magpie, a female Goldendoodle, will be available to listen to young readers at the Gray Library on Wednesday afternoons this summer at the Gray Library. As part of the Therapy Dogs International Tail Waggin’ Tutors program, Magpie will encourage children to read by providing a non-judgmental listener and furry friend that won’t criticize or laugh at them if they make a mistake or stumble over a word. This will help the child gain confidence over time as they practice their skills in a fun environment. Parents may call or come by the library to sign up their child for one of the 15-minute sessions. They will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on May 30, June 13 and 27. Bennett, the Setter, will also be available for sessions on June 8. For more information, call the library at (423) 477-1550.
Rocky Mount Timeline Festival
On June 2-3, Rocky Mount State Historic Site will host the inaugural TimeLine Festival showcasing history of the region and beyond through the centuries. The Festival will be held on Saturday, June 2, from10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, June 3, from 12:00 p.m. to 5 p.m.The festival will look at not only military history but also daily life. The event will also feature storytellers, local authors and performers presenting various aspects of our local and regional heritage. Noted speakers will include Andy Hare, Chares Charlton, Captain William A. Coleman and Robert Rambo – who will perform as a noted Barbary Coast Admiral in the early 19th century. Performers will include Ted Olson, the Johnson City Blue Grass Band, the Old Field Shape Note Singers and Linda Wegner. Demonstrators will include basket weaving, blacksmithing, quill pen writing and historical surveying. Toys and games will also be available on grounds for children and families to play. Performances and presentations will be held throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. (See the following schedule) Admission is $10. Rocky Mount Historical Association members receive a $3 discount. For more information: Contact Kristin Turner, education director (423) 538-7396 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The JRT to present Welcome to Mitford
The Jonesborough Repertory Theatre is delighted to bring the Jan Karon fictional town of Mitford to their stage in Welcome to Mitford. The show runs through June 3 at the theatre located at 125½ West Main Street in Jonesborough. Shows are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $16 general admission, $14 for students and seniors. There is also a special group rate for parties of 15 or more. To purchase tickets, call the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center at 423.753.1010 or go online to www.jonesboroughtheatre.com.
Jonesborough to Welcome Storyteller Elizabeth Ellis
The 2018 season of the Storytelling Live!, the International Storytelling Center’s popular performance series, is underway. The next person to take the stage will be Elizabeth Ellis, award-winning teller and daughter of Appalachia (though she now resides in Texas). All ticketholders can present their ticket stubs for a 10 percent discount on same-day dining at JJ’s Eatery and Ice Cream; Main Street Café (lunch only); Medley Vegan Vegetarian; Olde Towne Pancake House; and The Corner Cup. Boone Street Market is offering 10 percent off prepared meals and 5 percent off any other purchase. Information about all performers, as well as a detailed schedule for 2018, is available at www.storytellingcenter.net. The premier sponsor of Storytelling Live! is Ballad Health. Additional program funding comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Niswonger Foundation, Eastman Credit Union, and Food City. Media sponsors include News 5-WCYB, FOX Tri-Cities, Tri-Cities CW, Johnson City Press, Kingsport Times-News, Herald & Tribune, and Cumulus Media. The International Storytelling Center is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information about Storytelling Live! or to make a group reservation, call (800) 952-8392 ext. 222 or (423) 913-1276.
Johnson City Community Drum Circle
The Johnson City Community Drum Circle meets every Wednesday evenings through October 24, 7pm – 8:30pm, inside the Farmers’ Market Pavilion next to Founders Park. Everyone is welcome and any body can play. Come drum, hoop/holler, dance, or just relax and take in the scene, no experience or “talent” necessary. There are shared instruments and of course you can bring your own drums or percussion. It’s all improvised, so there are no mistakes. We just smile and keep playing. Shine or rain, the pavilion has us covered. Bring your own seating!