Johnson City Press: 10 Out and About Things To Do

10 Out and About Things To Do

Jessica Fuller • Aug 10, 2018 at 2:47 PM

1. For whom the “Belles” toll: Local trio Bill and the Bells are bringing a slice of the golden era of music for this month’s Music in the Concert series, organized by  Southside Neighborhood Organization. The show is filled with tunes reminiscent of the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s with a spirited sound that falls somewhere between old-time country and vaudeville. The free concert is from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday at Veterans Park, which is right in front of South Side Elementary School, 1005 Southwest Ave. in Johnson City. 

2. Get the scoop: What’s better than a free movie? A free movie with a side of ice cream. Unicoi’s ice cream social event will be held in Buffalo Creek Park, 5012 Unicoi Drive, from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, with a showing of “Ferdinand” to follow. The movie is free and ice cream is $1 per bowl. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs, blankets, jackets and snacks to this family-friendly event.  

3. All is fair in games and fun: This weekend closes out the Greene County Fair, 410 Fairgrounds Road, but there’s still plenty of music to enjoy, shows to watch and rides to ride through Sunday evening. Catch the Demolition Derby Saturday night at 6:30, the Youth Talent Competition Thursday at 7 p.m., or one of the many musical acts yet to grace the stage: Hillbilly Bad, Eric Daniels and the Foundations on Friday night and Threads of Faith and the Duggar Band on Saturday night. Find a complete schedule of events at

4. High Voltage turns 1: Celebrate one year of business with High Voltage with an anniversary weekend bash in Kingsport at 101 Cherokee St., suite 30. Stop by Thursday through Saturday after 5 p.m. for a quick bite from local food trucks like Opie’s Pizza Wagon and tri-a-BITE, plus entertainment by local talent: EC Frazier on Friday and HB Beverly and A Night With Jimmy Buffet on Saturday. Keep an eye out for games and prizes throughout the weekend.

5. Get Odd: Kingsport Theatre Guild is kicking off their new season this weekend with “The Odd Couple,” a classic comedy that follows an odd couple of roommates. Catch the show at the Renaissance Arts Center, 1200 E. Center St., Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, students and military, $10 for children 4-12 and free for children 3 and younger. 

6. A Grateful Birthday Bash: Celebrate Jerry Garcia’s birthday with delightful Dead tunes served by local musicians. The 14th annual Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash will take place at The Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room, 216 E. Main St., Saturday starting at 6 p.m. with Shadow of the Moon taking the stage at 9:30 p.m., but don’t forget to stop in earlier in the day for Dead Tune Open Mic, which gets started after 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and dancing is strongly encouraged. Donations will be accepted for the Downtown Johnson City Day Center.

7. Highland Games, Jr.: It’s the kids’ turn at the caber this weekend for the first annual Kids Highland Games hosted by the Upper East Tennessee Celtic Society at Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site, 2620 S. Roan St., Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Kids can learn the ropes of traditional Highland games such as the caber toss, stone throwing, hammer toss, archery, tug of war and more throughout the day. The event is free and open to the public.

8. What the wack? What in the world is a wacky whimmy diddle? Find out for yourself, and maybe even take one home, at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave. in Elizabethton. The class, lead by Corbin Hayslett, will take place at in the lower picnic area to make the old-timey toy, Thursday at 10 a.m. Adults participate for $5, and ages 17 and younger can participate for free. 

9. Fabulous Formal: Special needs dancers and their guests are invited to the annual community formal at Holiday Inn Bristol Conference Center, 3005 Linden Drive, Saturday from 3-7 p.m. sponsored by Highland Community Services. The event features a night of dancing, a photography booth and beauty stations. Tickets are free for HCS members and $10 general admission. Those who are not HCS members and would like to attend or volunteer should contact Debra Rowe by calling her at 276-623-8027 or sending her an email at

10. Out of the Wood:  Christopher Robin is all grown up, but Pooh still needs his help in this return to the wood adventure to rediscover the joys of life. “Christopher Robin,” is playing theaters, check your theater for showtimes and tickets. 

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