Archives for July 2019

PARANORMAL BIGFOOT!

Coming up Wednesday July 31st, its Family Fun Movie Screening – Paranormal Bigfoot at the SWVA Cultural Center. Join us at Southwest Virginia Cultural Center on Wednesday, July 31st for an evening of the mysterious “Paranormal Bigfoot”! This is one of the latest films written and directed by Bill & Amy Lancaster. Together, they are small business owners in SWVA who also enjoy following cryptozoology and other fringe subjects. “Paranormal Bigfoot” is an investigation into a segment of the Sasquatch Community that believe there is more to the mysterious creature than a simple animal. “Paranormal Bigfoot” exposes an uncomfortable and divisive topic for those who look to represent themselves as scientifically credible. Yet the question remains, can the scientific process validate even the strangest of evidence? Doors open at 7:30 and beer, wine, and snacks will be available.

SOUTHERN CRAFT!

Southern Craft Restaurant is expected to open a second Tri-Cities location later this year at The Sessions Hotel. The hotel, which is currently under construction in the 800 block of State Street near Commonwealth Avenue, announced last year it was revising its food service plans. Southern Craft features award-winning, wood-fired smokehouse barbecue, sauces by Tony Wilson of Stony Creek, Tennessee, along with side dishes. “As we entered construction and developed the project, we learned a lot about what the Bristol community wanted in a restaurant, what downtown needed and what would complement the concept of the Sessions Hotel,” said Hal Craddock, partner in project developers Creative Boutique Hotels. The restaurant will also offer cocktails, wines and award-winning craft beers brewed by Great Oak Brewing, which is inside the original Southern Craft in Johnson City.

Get the Led Out

The Paramount Bristol presents Get the Led Out on Friday, August 9th at 8 p.m. The Philadelphia-based group consists of six veteran musicians, intent on delivering Led Zeppelin live; No wigs or fake English accents, they bring what the audience wants…a high energy Zeppelin concert with honest, heart-thumping intensity. The show includes a special “acoustic set”, with Zep favorites “Tangerine”, and the “Battle of Evermore” being performed in its’ original instrumentation with guest singer Diana DeSantis joining the band. Get your tickets now at www.paramountbristol.org

38 Special

38 Special will play Friday, August 23rd at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville. After more than four decades together, 38 Special continues to bring a signature blast of Southern Rock including arena-rock pop smashes, “Hold On Loosely,” “Rockin’ Into the Night,” and “Fantasy Girl,” to name just a few. Since 1976, the band has released more than 15 albums. From the start, they have toured relentlessly, bringing their signature brand of “muscle and melody” to fans worldwide. Find out more at www.npacgreeneville.com/

Jonesborough’s Scoop Fest

Jonesborough’s Scoop Fest is returning to Tennessee’s Oldest Town on Saturday, August 10 from 3 to 6 p.m. There will be 30+ flavors of ice cream to sample throughout Main Street shops and eateries. Tastings include flavors that range from traditional to unexpectedly delicious and everything in between. Ticket packs are available in increments of 15 tickets for $10.00. Each tasting will require one ticket. It is recommended to purchase tickets online as there will be a limited amount of tickets available. Go to jonesborough.com for details.

Alabama

Get your tickets to see Alabama on Saturday, July 27th at the Thunder Valley Amphitheatre in Bristol. They’re available at www.thundervalleymusic.com It’s been 40 years since a trio of young cousins left Fort Payne, Alabama, to spend the summer playing in a Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, bar called The Bowery. It took Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook six long years of tip jars and word of mouth to earn the major label deal they’d been dreaming of, but then seemingly no time at all to change the face of country music.

VIRGINIA HIGHLANDS FESTIVAL!

On July 26th, Come celebrate the Virginia Highlands Festival in historic Abingdon, VA. Named “Best Art Event” in the region by readers of Virginia Living magazine, the Festival offers activities and entertainment for the whole family. Anchored by an antiques market and an award-winning juried arts and crafts show, the Festival includes live music, historical re-enactments, fine art and photography competitions, performances, creative writing workshops, guided nature hikes, and numerous activities for kids. The Festival, over the past seven decades, has grown in scope to represent all of Southwest Virginia.

BRISTOL SENIOR SHOWCHOIR!

Wednesday, July 24, at noon and Thursday, July 25, in the evening finds the extraordinary Bristol Virginia Senior Showchoir at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol, Tennessee. About 45 local citizens comprise the show choir. “It’s an unexpected experience,” said Danny Hill, recreation superintendent for Bristol, Virginia, and senior showchoir director. “Grandma and grandpa get up there and sing songs. We’re not professionals, but it’s the type of a show you would see in Pigeon Forge or Branson.” . Many a member of the senior showchoir predate the onset of rock ’n’ roll. Some were born during the 1930s, many in the 1940s, and at least one in the late 1920s. Admission: Free, though a $5 suggested donation will be accepted at the Paramount performances.. For more info call 276-654-7275.

The Little Chicago Downtown

The Little Chicago Downtown is an annual Music & Arts Festival in Downtown Johnson City set for August 10th and 11th. Families can enjoy fantastic regional music, fine arts and crafts, and the best in local and regional foods. For more information, visit www.littlechicagofestival.com

Virginia Highlands Festival

Come celebrate the Virginia Highlands Festival in historic Abingdon on Friday, July 26th. Named “Best Art Event” in the region by readers of Virginia Living magazine, the Festival offers activities and entertainment for the whole family. Anchored by an antiques market and an award-winning juried arts and crafts show, the Festival includes live music, historical re-enactments, fine art and photography competitions, performances, creative writing workshops, guided nature hikes, and numerous activities for kids. Find out more at visitabingdonvirginia.com