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10 Out and About things to do!

Brandon Paykamian • Updated May 16, 2019 at 10:14 AM

Free children's book event: Cierra Linka, a Roan Scholar at East Tennessee State University, has written a children’s book inspired by her interactions with “Peppy: The Easy-Going Racehorse.” Families and children are invited to a free community celebration for the new book on Thursday. “It’s a Peppy Party!” will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Bonnie Kate Theater, 115 S. Sycamore St. in Elizabethton. The first 100 families at the event will receive a free copy of “Peppy: The Easy-Going Racehorse.” For more information, visit www.etsu.edu.

Limestone Ruritan Fundraiser: There will be an “all-you-can-eat” Fish Fry on Friday, May 17, from 4:30 to 7:30 pm at the Limestone Ruritan Club, located on 121 Limestone Ruritan Road in Limestone. The meal is $12 per person. Church groups are welcome. For large groups, call 423-257-5995 or 423 257-6580 and let organizers know how many will be coming.

Appalachian Men’s Ensemble concerts: The Appalachian Men’s Ensemble will present a concert titled “On the Move” on Friday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Gray United Methodist Church, 2108 Oak St., and Sunday, May 19, at 3:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 105 S. Boone St., Johnson City. These concerts are open to the public on a donation basis. (a suggested $10 for adults and $5 for students)

Ballad Boots & Bow Ties fundraiser in Abingdon: Kick up your heels for a night of boot-scootin’, barbecue and bidding at Johnston Memorial Hospital Foundation’s annual Boots & Bow Ties fundraiser. The event starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at Woodbrook Farms in Abingdon. Tickets are $75 per person. A buffet of chicken, brisket and Southern-style fixings will be catered by Pratt’s BBQ. DanJoe Music for the Community – a pair of local DJs – will offer up tunes to get your two-step on.

Carter Fold concert in Hiltons: On Saturday, May 18 the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia will present a concert by the Hillbilly Gypsies, an old-time band from West Virginia. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, $2 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Seating is first-come, first-serve.

Watts Dance Studio event: The students and faculty of Watts Dance Studio in Elizabethton will present their annual spring stage production on Saturday, May 18, at 2 pm and 7 pm at Seeger Chapel on the campus of Milligan College. This production, titled, “Game On!,” will be celebrating Watts Dance Studio’s 67th year, and will include performances in ballet, tap, jazz, tumbling, hip hop and contemporary featuring the students and faculty from the Elizabethton studio including the auditioned Showcase Dancers.

Digitization Day: The Heritage Alliance is seeking your help. They need old photographs from the community to tell the story of Washington County. May 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Washington County Digitization Day will help capture, preserve and share historic photos from residents. To take part people are asked to birng old photographs and/or negatives, along with a flash drive, to the Jonesborough/Washington County Historic Museum located at the visitor center. 

JC Art Committee unveiling: The Johnson City Public Art Committee will unveil “Johnson City: 150 Years,” a multi-panel mural created by nine local schools and the Johnson City Parks and Recreation art group at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 18 behind Johnson City Transit. Participants were encouraged to include images that expressed what they find exciting about Johnson City. The mural captures the early history of Johnson City to the most recent.

Johnson City Orchestra fundraiser: The Johnson City Symphony Quartet will present a recital to benefit the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, May 19, at 3 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 500 N. Roan St. The recital is free to the public but donations are welcome & benefit the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra. For more information on this event and other upcoming orchestra events, visit www.jcsymphony.com

Heavenly Reflections performance: The Heavenly Reflections from Kingsport will be singing at the Church of Jesus, Sunday, May 19  at 6 p.m. The church is located at 809 W. Main St. in Johnson City. Pastor George Hall said the event is open to the public. For more information, call 423-845-0211.

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