Archives for November 2016

Teens Cook!

Got an aspiring Junior Chef at home…you might want to sign them up for Teens Cook! Holiday Party Food and Gifts with Matt Shy. The instructional event will take place on December 10th, at 9:00 AM, at Virginia Highlands Community College in Abingdon

Pet Hunger Drive

Foods City stores across the region kicked off their annual Pet Hunger Drive on Monday. They are inviting customers to purchase pre-packaged pet food bags for $10. Once purchased, the bags can be placed in the special collection bins located inside the store. Customers can also buy food and treats individually. The drive will end on January the sixth.

Christmas In Jonesborough

Celebrate the spirit of Christmas in Historic Jonesborough on December 10th with the annual event, At Home With Santa. Activities include snacks and games! Kids will also get the opportunity to do a bit of Christmas shopping all their own in the Santa Mart. At Home With Santa will be held on December 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center, International Storytelling Center and Downtown Historic Jonesborough. The theme this year is the Polar Express, so come dressed in your pajamas!

Bristol Christmas Parade

The annual Bristol Christmas Parade will be held Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. Lineup is at 5 p.m. near the Bristol Herald Courier on Morrison Boulevard. Call (423) 989-4850 for more information.

Rogersville Arts Council’s Second Annual Gingerbread House Contest

Entries for the Rogersville Arts Council’s Second Annual Gingerbread House Contest are due Dec. 2 between 3 and 5 p.m. at Hale Springs Inn in Rogersville, where they will remain on display through Dec. 25. Entry categories are children, adults and groups (families, businesses and clubs). Registration fees are $10 for individuals and $20 for groups, families and businesses. Detailed guidelines and registration forms can be picked up at Hale Springs Inn, the Chamber of Commerce office, Luella’s or online at

C.C. Holiday Express

The Town of Abingdon Parks and Recreation Department’s second annual C.C. Holiday Express event will be held Dec. 2 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Market Pavilion with the annual tree lighting, followed at 7:15 p.m. at Market Pavilion and the Coomes Center with trolley rides, reindeer games and a Santa’s workshop. Tickets are free for pre-registered guests; tickets are $1 per person the night of the event. Call (276) 623-5279 for reservations or more information.

Christmas at Allandale Mansion

The halls are decked once again at the historic Allandale Mansion. This year’s Christmas at Allandale Mansion tours will run Dec. 3rd and 4th starting at 1 p.m. The mansion will continue the 20-plus-year tradition of opening its doors to the public, allowing folks to enjoy the Christmas decorations, tour the home and have the kids spend some time with Santa Claus. It takes about a week to get the house fully decorated witha tree in each room. Tours are self-guided and normally take around 30 minutes to an hour. The mansion will have people on hand throughout the house to answer any questions about Allandale and its history.

The First Saturday Community Coffee House

The First Saturday Community Coffee House at the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park in Big Stone Gap will feature Tyler Hughes as host for the December 3rd event. The museum offers the open mic event the first Saturday of each month for all family-friendly performers including musicians, storytellers and poets. Hughes, who’s been performing since he was 12, is a regionally well-known old-time and country musician, square dance caller and educator. Anyone who wants to perform should arrive by 6:30 p.m. for sign-up and scheduling.

National success for the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass Pride Band

National success for the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass Pride Band with its new single, “Did You Hear Me Say Goodbye” The band debuted the song during a concert on Facebook Live, that reached over 22,000 people, and the song went on to hit the number 12 spot on the Bluegrass Today It was written by band member Max Etling and his father. The school says it’s the first time they are aware of that a university bluegrass band has made the national airplay charts. It was recorded in the ETSU Recording Lab in Roy S. Nicks Hall, and is available online at

The Universal Language of Music

The Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy has announced it’s 2016-17 concert theme will be “The Universal Language of Music” The Christmas concert season will be highlighted by collaborations with area ensembles, concerts in the Tri-Cities, performances at the Biltmore Estate and Christmas tree lightings at the Johnson City Library and the Niswonger Children’s Hospital. The first show of the season is set for December 3rd at the Toy F. Reid Auditorium in Kingsport.