10 Out and About Things to Do

Jessica Fuller • May 17, 2018 at 8:47 AM

1. Siege of Fort Watauga: Travel back to the 18th century at Fort Watauga as 200 reenactors bring the Siege of Fort Watauga to life this weekend at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park in Elizabethton. In addition to programs and presentations on Saturday and Sunday, enjoy early American music from The Sons of Liberty and The Watauga Valley Fife & Drums throughout the weekend as well as ongoing activities like firearms demonstrations, art displays, the Native American Camp and colonial games, just to name a few. The event lasts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, with the attack on the fort at 1 p.m., and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, with the attack scheduled for 2 p.m.

2. A heavenly surprise: Barter Theatre is bringing the feel-good musical comedy “Sister Act” to the stage this summer starting this weekend. Based on the hit film starting Whoopi Goldberg, “Sister Act” follows the story of a woman hiding in a convent where she has trouble fitting in. When she is introduced into the convent’s choir, she helps her sisters find their voices while rediscovering her own. Showings this weekend are Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are available at bartertheatre.com or by calling the box office at 276-628-3991.

3. The Music of John Williams:  To close out their 2017-18 season, the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra with a finale ripe with excitement, drama and terror from the program filled with music from one of Hollywood’s most famous composers. Enjoy listening to famous scores from blockbuster movies like Star Wars, E.T., Harry Potter, Superman, Schindler’s List, Catch Me If You Can and Jaws as just a handful of Williams’ work throughout the last 60 years. The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the TVA Credit Union Ball Park in Johnson City. Tickets are $10 for students, $35 for adults and $50 for a family of four with two children 12 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at jcsymphony.com/events, can be reserved by calling 926-8742 and will also be sold at the door. In the case of rain, the concert will be moved to Seeger Chapel on Milligan College’s campus.

4. Happy Little Deadpool painting: Come for a movie, leave with a masterpiece. In celebration of the release of Deadpool 2, Tri-Cities Cinema 7 in Blountville will be hosting a painting party Sunday from 2-4:30 p.m. Artists can choose to create a Deadpool painting or the Bob Ross snow scene from the Deadpool 2 trailer – canvas, paint, brushes and aprons will be provided. The $20 ticket includes the painting class and a movie ticket to the movie of your choice as well as a drink and popcorn. Those who are accompanying a painter but don’t want to try their hand at the canvas can snag a $6 movie deal with a drink and popcorn. The painting party is kid-friendly, but rated-R Deadpool 2 is not. 

5. Long Island Iced Cider: In the latest of the Clash of the Long Islands, Kingsport’s newfound claim to the creation of the Long Island Iced Tea will be celebrated in the form of a special brew from Gypsy Circus Cider Company as brewers debut a one-time cask of Long Island Iced Tea Cider available Friday from 6-10 p.m. Songwriter Anthony Wayne will be providing the entertainment for the evening with the release of a new standalone single ahead of his second solo release.

6. Chuckey Day: It took years of patience and planning to save the Chuckey Depot, but last October the restored train depot opened in its new home next to the train tracks in Jonesborough. Chuckey residents and the general public are invited for a special day by the tracks for a celebration of the history of the Chuckey Depot and its preservation including its move from Chuckey and the story of the Babb family, who worked for years to make sure the historic building wasn’t lost to history. Chuckey Day will take place at the museum Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

7. Get in your soap box: The Johnson City and Erwin Kiwanis Clubs teamed up to host the second annual Soap Box Derby Race Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Borla Exhaust, 500 Borla Drive in Johnson City. Fourteen young racers put their STEM skills to the test to build their own Soap Boxes to race in Johnson City’s first soap box derby race. 

8. Kids to Parks: Saturday at Bays Mountain Park will center around connecting kids and their families with their local state and national parks in a nationwide celebration. Kids to Parks will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday with extra programs like a touch table from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of the Nature Center and a scavenger hunt from 2-5 p.m. in front of the Farmstead Museum. The extra programs are free, but nature program fees apply during the day.

9. Just around the river bend: For more seasoned adventurers, USA Raft is hosting a Whitewater SUP Weekend clinic this weekend so explorers can explore regional rivers. While prior whitewater experience is recommended, the clinic is designed to support paddlers of all skill levels, though participants should be fit and in good health. The $240 ticket includes professional instructors, transportation and meals for the entire weekend. Equipment packages can be reserved for an extra fee. Call 1-800-872-7238 for more information or to reserve your spot.

10. A Rory Kelly weekend: Capone’s is hosting a weekend of Good Ol’ Southern Rock n’ Roll with the rock trio Rory Kelly in two shows this weekend. Friday night will include sets by Sammy Guns Band and Silver Tongue Devils, and Saturday night Rory and the gang will be joined by HipGypsy and RevLow. Both nights are 18-up shows, and the cover is $5 for 21-up and $7 for 18-21.

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