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10 Out and About Things to Do

Hannah Swayze • Jan 31, 2019 at 9:39 AM

1. Jump-start your garden: Get a jump start on collecting seeds for your garden at the Memorial Park Community Center Jump Start Seed Swap in Johnson City. Beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, guests can view exhibits for the on pollination, science and kids’ activities. Explore exhibits and swap seeds until 9:45 a.m. Then, Darrell Moore, ETSU biological Sciences professor will speak until 10:15 a.m. After the presentation, the floor will open up again for seed swapping and festivities. For more information, call 423-283-5821.

2. Treat yourself: The Wine and Chocolate Festival at the Bristol Train Station will be held Friday evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. This is the event’s third year raising money for the Highland Community Services and Children's Advocacy Center. Guests (21 and up) can enjoy wine tastings paired with select chocolates, hors-d'oeuvres, live music, dancing, a silent auction and cork pull. General admission tickets are $50. Guests under 21 are also invited. 

3. A night of live music: Enjoy some local rock performed by local bands, The Kindest People and Achy at The Hideaway in downtown Johnson City. Inside Voices, another local group, will make their public debut! The show starts at 10 p.m. at 235 East Main St. in downtown Johnson City.

4. Super (Puppy) Bowl! Before the big Super Bowl event, spend the morning contributing to a good cause and enjoying some local cider and food. Gypsy Circus Cider Company will hold a Puppy Bowl and brunch on Sunday before the big game beginning at 3 p.m. All day, $1 of each pint will go to Petworks of Kingsport, an organization that cares for lost and homeless pets in Kingsport. The A.M. Kingsport food truck will be serving brunch all day. 

5. Learn to survive: Learn to keep yourself and others around you safe in the great outdoors, at Bays Mountain’s Survival Series. The series of programs begins Saturday at 1 p.m. with a presentation on hiking with dogs in the Nature Center’s Discovery Center. Tickets are $3 or free for Park Association members. Those who complete all four sessions will receive a certificate.

6. Step back into time: Spend an afternoon with the Sabine Hill Social Society at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area on Sunday. The group will be teaching and playing early 19th Century card games. Admission is free for the whole family and no registration is required. The event starts at 1 p.m.

7. Brotherly music: Join brothers Ed Snodderly and Eugene Wolf for a night of Americana music by people who were playing Americana before it was even called that. The Brother Boys show will start at 8 p.m on Saturday at The Down Home at 300 West Main St. in Johnson City. Tickets at $16 and can be purchased in advance at downhome.com.

8. Test your knowledge: Open Doors Coffeehouse will close Saturday evening for a night of trivia fun. Beginning at 6 p.m., enjoy waffles, pretzels, coffee and trivia challenges. Tickets are $10 per person or $35 for a team of four. Prizes for winning teams include gift cards and free drinks. Tickets will be sold the night of the event. Open Doors Coffeehouse is located at 101 East 8th Ave. in Johnson City.

9. Student Hike: ETSU Outdoor adventure will lead a hike in Ground Hog Day at Lamar Alexander Rocky Fork State Park. The group will explore the Appalachian Cove Forest and exposed ridgeline hiking. ETSU students can sign up at the Basler CPA Member Services Desk.

10. Is it too early to start preparing for spring gardening? Not according to Ben Hunter. The local gardener will be sharing experiences and techniques on raised-bed gardening for you to grow your own come spring! The event is sponsored by the Northeast Tennessee Master Gardeners and will from 9 a.m.-noon at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area. There is no charge for this event and no registration is required.

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