10 Out and About Things To Do

Jessica Fuller • Updated Nov 29, 2018 at 8:34 AM

Symphony, bluegrass, comedy, pop-up market and more ways to enjoy life in the Tri-Cities.

1. By the fireside: Symphony of the Mountains is bringing some warmth to the cold weather with two evenings of favorite holiday carols this weekend. The first of two concerts will be at the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center, 400 S. Wilcox Drive, in Kingsport Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. The second concert is Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, One Partnership Circle, Abingdon. Tickets to the show are $25, and students and children are admitted for free in selection sections. Call 392-8423 or visit symphonyofthemountains.org to purchase tickets.

2. A splendid showcase: East Tennessee State University’s Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music Studies students are closing out the semester with a five-night showcase at The Down Home, 300 W. Main St., Johnson City, beginning Friday night through Wednesday. Each night will feature different student bands, with the show starting at 7 p.m. The Country Band show case is on Friday, bluegrass, old-time and Celtic bands will take the stage on Saturday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Student-led bands perform on Monday. Admission is $10 for adults and $6 for students with valid ID. 

3. Order up: Comedy special: Improv troupe Blue Plate Special will be serving up a special comedy show at Capitol Theatre, 104 S. Main St., Greeneville, Friday from 7-9 p.m. Throw in your suggestions as the group creates hilarious characters and scenarios using only audience suggestions. General admission is $5 and doors open at 6 p.m. 

4. Tea time: Moms and daughters are invited to Tea with the Sugar Plum Fairy and her friends Saturday from 2-3 p.m. at the reNEWed Coffee Company, 213 E. Center St. in Kingsport, presented by Intercity Ballet Theatre. Purchase tickets at the Centre for the Performing Arts, 727 Eastman Road, 246-2199 or at Holloway Dance Studio, 2605 E. Center St., 246-8541.  

5. A Candlelit Christmas: Join the Cobb family this weekend at Rocky Mount State Historic Site, 200 Hyder Hill Rd, Piney Flats, for a special tour of the historic site and a taste of a 1791 Christmas season. Guests will take candle-lit walks Friday and Saturday beginning at 4:30 p.m. for a new twist on a longtime favorite tradition at the site. Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for children. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling 538-7396. 

6. Pop-up art: The Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room, 216 E. Main St., Johnson City, will be home to a holiday pop-up market on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with works by local artists Jocelyn Mathewes and Ruby Berry to make a unique holiday gift.

7. Every Christmas story ever told: See all your favorite Christmas classics on stage at once at Blue Moon Dinner Theatre, 215 E. Main St., for Blue Moon Theatre Company’s production of “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some).” The tinsel-tinged rollercoaster will take you through holiday classics in one production that opens Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22-$22 and available at facebook.com/BlueMoonTheatreJC.

8. Iliad and cider: Indie-rock group Iliad is new to the music scene, and you can catch them at Gypsy Circus Cider Company, 2645 Fort Henry Drive, Kingsport, Friday at 7 p.m. Admission is free. 

9. Christmas at Allandale: This weekend, tour Allandale Mansion, 4444 W. Stone Drive, Kingsport and enjoy the decked halls for the 2018 Holiday Tours. Tours begin Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m., and admission is $3 for adults, $1 for children ages 7-12 and free for children 6 and younger. 

10. Sweetheart of the Rodeo: The Byrds co-founders Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the band’s pioneering album, “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” on a national tour that is coming to The Paramount Center for the Arts, 518 State St., Bristol this weekend. Country all-star Marty Stuart and his amazing band join McGuinn and Hillman onstage, where they will perform songs and tell the stories behind the 1968 LP. Tickets are $87-$112, and the show starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Doors open at 7 p.m. 


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