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10 Out and About Things To Do

Jessica Fuller • Dec 13, 2018 at 12:00 AM

1. Stories, art and carols: Saturday afternoon at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton is bound to be full of holiday cheer with the annual Overmountain open house. Santa will be on hand during the event, which will also include crafts, carols and one more chance to browse the Watauga Valley Art League’s Annual Winterfest Art Show. The event is free and open to the public and will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

2. Meet the Town of Unicoi: Meet town staff and administrators during an open house at the Town of Unicoi Tourist Information Center, 106 Unicoi Village Place, from noon to 2 p.m. Guests will also enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres while browsing the Tanasi Heritage and Arts Gallery for locally handcrafted items or making crafts to take home. The event is free and open to the public. 

3. Santa Station: Jonesborough is starting a new town tradition Saturday at the Chuckey Depot Museum, off 2nd Avenue. Come by for Breakfast with Santa at 8 a.m., 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. at the museum, where children are encouraged to wear their favorite pajamas and climb aboard the restored caboose to enjoy breakfast provided by Chick-fil-A as Santa reads from the Polar Express. Tickets are $15 per person and include a breakfast of chicken minis, fruit and chocolate milk. Call 753-1010 or go to jonesborough.com/tickets to reserve your seat. 

4. A little sunshine: EmiSunshine, a 14-year-old prodigy from Madisonville, is taking the stage at The Paramount Center for the Arts, 518 State St., Bristol, on Sunday for a one-of-a-kind show showcasing her natural talents as a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Emi’s career has taken her to the Today Show, The Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman . . . and she’s just getting started. Tickets to her Christmas show range from $12-$37. Doors open at 4 p.m. on Sunday and the show will get underway at 5 p.m. 

5. Don’t forget Rudolph! Buckle up for a fast-paced romp through “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some!)” presented by the Blue Moon Theatre Company. The comedy is running at the theatre, 215 E. Main St., Johnson City, through next weekend, and you can get your fill of the holiday madness this weekend Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $21 for the show, with options for dinner available for extra charge. Visit bluemoontheatrecompany.com for tickets. 

6. Holiday jams: Doctor Ocular will be bringing groovy jam rock to Capone’s, 227 E. Main St., Friday at 10 p.m. for a Christmas rave. The show wraps up Doctor Ocular’s fall tour, which brought the band’s take on psychedelic rock around the Southeast, before returning to their Johnson City roots to celebrate the holidays. The show is 18-up with a $5 cover. DJ Tame The Beats will open the show. 

7. Touring through the lights: Experience the best holiday lights in Kingsport with a bus tour through the city highlighting the best in Kingsport’s holiday lights. A $7 ticket grants an experience on a luxury charter bus complete with holiday music and a tour around the city. Two dates remain for this year’s tours, and tickets are limited to 50 for each tour. Buses will depart at 6 p.m. from 400 Clinchfield St. on Friday and Saturday, and each tour will last for three hours. Visit www.freshtix.com/events/keep-kingsport-beautiful-christmas-lights-tour-2018 for tickets.

8. A Country Christmas: Singer-songwriter Austin Moody is returning to his Kingsport roots on Saturday for a country Christmas show at the Mountain Music Museum, 316 Broad St. Tickets to the show are $12 general admission. VIP tickets are still available for $30 and include a pre-show Christmas party beginning at 6 p.m. The show will start at 7 p.m. 

9. Nunsense rescheduled: Mother nature wasn’t feeling the nunsense last week, but there’s still a chance to catch Kingsport Theatre Guild’s production of “Nuncrackers” this weekend with performances Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Renaissance Center, 1200 E. Center St. Tickets to the comedy range from $10-$15. 

10. A (great) disaster at The Down Home: Johnson City-based ensemble, A Great Disaster, returns to The Down Home, 300 W. Main St., Johnson City, to share original songs and stories through their blend of Appalachian folk, classic country, jam-rock and indie-pop. Tickets to the show are $12 for general admission and $10 for students, and the show starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Proceeds from the concert will fund the band’s fifth album, “Over a Dark Water,” which is being recorded this winter. 

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