Out and About Tri-Cities – August 2019
Family-Friendly Events In the Tri-Cities and Just Beyond
If you are looking for family-friendly events in the Tri-Cities, you have come to the right place. Our mission at Geez, Gwen is to encourage families and couples to get out and explore and learn together as often as possible. We also strive to be a source of information for excellent volunteer opportunities that you can take part in to improve our community and the lives and well being of our neighbors. Welcome!
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Local Family Fun
Summer In The Park at Warrior’s Path State Park
Tuesday, July 30th through Sunday, August 4th, 2019
This week, you and your family can hike day & night, soak up wetland discoveries, meet native birds, create crafts, share traditional tales, and much more. And it’s all FREE! For full details and daily schedules – click here.
Rocket Pencil Box Project at Home Depot
Saturday, August 3, 2019
Take school work to another galaxy in our hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a rocket pencil box. Your young aerospace engineer can study the anatomy of a rocket while you construct a handmade case together. Once your rocket pencil box is built, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Register Here.
16th Annual Elizabethton Butterfly Count at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Site
Saturday, August 3, 2019, at 9 am
Meet naturalist Don Holt at Sycamore Shoals for this day-long winged adventure across town. Come for all or part of the day. Sponsored by the North American Butterfly Association & Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park.
Graveyard Tales Returns to Rocky Mount
Saturday, August 3, 2019, at 7 pm
Real? Imagined? Who knows!!
Creepy tales unfold from within the graveyards of Jonesborough, TN. (the oldest town in Tennessee, famous for its storytellers—and its ghosts). To celebrate 25 years of storytelling, the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild, the oldest continuing storytelling group in the nation, returns to Rocky Mount State Historic Site on August 3—with a special version of Graveyard Tales—focused on scary stories the ghosts of Jonesborough’s graveyards have told us we must tell! Graveyard Tales will take place on Saturday, August 3 at 7 PM at Rocky Mount Historic Site, located at 200 Hyder Hill Road in Piney Flats, Tennessee.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for students
Tickets are online at Jonesborough.com/tickets, or by phone at the Jonesborough Visitors Center (423-753-1010). Cash only at the door on a first-come, first-serve basis. Not recommended for children under 12.
Sign language interpretation will be provided for this event.
Back to School Movie Night at Kingsport Aquatic Center
Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 at 7:30 pm
On August 3, don your spidey suit and swing INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE for the Kingsport Aquatic Center’s Back to School Movie Night!
Join in on the KAC’s annual tradition where you’ll get to watch a movie right from the pool. Pools will remain open during the movie, and fresh popcorn, candy bars and drinks–all your essential movie treats–will be for sale.
Gates open at 7:30 p.m. and the movie will begin at nightfall around 8:40 p.m. Feel free to bring lawn chairs and blankets. INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE runs for 117 minutes.
Tickets are $3 per non-member and will be available at the KAC outdoor gate. KAC and YMCA members get in free.
Swim Camp at Roan Mountain State Park
Monday, August 5th, 2019 through Friday, August 9th, 2019 from 9 am to 12 pm
Swimmers ages 3-10 will get a chance to learn and improve on their swimming ability through various activities and games at the park pool from certified and skilled lifeguards. Cost is $50.00. For more information contact by phone at 423-547-3900 or by email Keifer.Helle@tn.gov .
Lions, Tigers, and Saber-Toothed Cats at Hands-On Discovery Center
Thursday, August 8th
Oh My! It’s World Cat Day, why not learn about the secrets of saber-toothed cats? Join us as we compare and contrast the saber-toothed cat with a variety of cats and learn about why the saber-toothed cat is noteworthy to the Gray Fossil Site. Programs announced periodically throughout the day. (Attention Homeschoolers: Homeschool Teachers get free admission with proof of homeschool. Students age 4 – 17 are $10 and 3 and under are free. – See this post for more local savings.)
Young Adult Book Club at Barnes and Noble
Thursday, August 8, 2019, at 7 pm
Join us for our monthly young adult book discussion. This month’s pick is Rory Power’s WILDER GIRLS.
The new YA Book Club continues the second Thursday of every month. Join us to discuss Wilder Girls, a story about three best friends living in quarantine at their boarding school, and the lengths they go to uncover the truth of their confinement when one disappears. Plus, get a coupon for $2 Teavana teas (Café stores only). Contact your local store or visit bn.com/yabookclub for details.
Thursday, August 15th, 2019 from 9 am to 10 am
Join Ranger Davis (Sycamore Shoals State Historic Site) for a ranger-led bike ride up the Tweetsie Trail to the Elizabethton Covered Bridge, then back to the park via the Elizabethton Linear Trail. The total loop will be about 6 miles and take approximately one hour depending on the average ability level of the attending participants. Portions of the route will not be suitable for pull behind child carriers. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring your own water. The program will be canceled/rescheduled in the event of severely inclement weather. $5.00 per person. Preregistration is required by the 14th. Register here.
History Happy Hour at The Chester Inn in Jonesborough
Thursday, August 15, 2019, from 6:30 pm to 8 pm
History Happy Hour will be held at the Chester Inn Museum on the third Thursday of the month. Admission is free, and the program will start at 6:30 p.m. The goal of the program is to offer an insightful history to the public, foster a collaborative relationship with various individuals and organizations, and increase the role of the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum as a community meeting place.
History Bee Children’s Event at Barnes and Noble
Saturday, August 17th, 2019 at 2 pm
Explore the popular Who Was? Series with games and activities for young readers who love history! Discover the imaginative leaders who have made an impact on our world today—presidents, scientists, writers, and more!
Monday, August 19th, 2019 through Saturday, August 24th, 2019
A fun, educational, entertaining event for all ages! Competitive exhibits for youth and adults, such as 4-H, FFA, FCCLA & CTE, Creative Arts, such as canning, arts and crafts, needlework, horticulture, creative cooking, photography and much more. Also, livestock – beef and dairy cattle and sheep. Tennessee Wildlife Resources Building with animals, fish, and fowl in their natural habitat and the ever-popular Barnyard Nursery! A Farm and Home Museum featuring past farm life and live demonstrations. Main Stage Country Entertainers, motorsports events, contests, and The Great James H. Drew Midway!
Cemetery Symbolism and Gravestone Rubbings at Carter Mansion
Friday, August 23rd, 2019 at 7 pm
Have you ever wondered what the artwork and symbols on old gravestones meant? Join Museum Curatorial Assistant Chad Bogart and spend an evening in the burial ground at the historic Carter Mansion. Learn how to translate the language of cemetery symbolism and how these images tell the stories of the deceased. Also, learn how to make gravestone rubbings, a safe and non-invasive way to capture the hard-to-see words and images on old tombstones. The program will begin at the Carter Mansion Visitor Center and proceed to the cemetery.
The Carter Mansion is located at 1031 Broad Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643
Program length 90 minutes.
$10.00 per person – register here.
Rooster Front Butterflies and Wildflowers at Steele Creek Park
Friday, August 23rd, 2019 at 10 am
Meet Don at Rooster Front Park for an easy hike looking for these plant and pollinator gems. Bring binoculars and a camera if you have them!
Family Hiking Program with Rocky Fork Ranger at The Johnson City Public Library
Saturday, August 24, 2019 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Ranger Gary from Rocky Fork State Park will be sharing information about what families should take hiking and where the best trails are to hike with children in the area. Come join us on Saturday, August 24 @ 10:30 a.m. for an informative outdoor program.
All Month Long
August Art Studio Programs at Hand’s On Discovery Center
Join us in August for Gustave Caillebotte perspective drawings, Andy Warhol-inspired pop art collages, and watercolor flowers in the style of Emile Nolde. All activities are self-guided with instructions provided, with facilitated programs announced periodically throughout each day. Stop by and get creative!
Winged Deer Park’s 2019 season of the Lakeside Concert Series!
The free lakeside concerts will be held 7-9 p.m. each Thursday through Aug. 8 at Winged Deer Park’s Lakefront Festival Plaza Goulding Amphitheater, 199 Carroll Creek Road, Johnson City. There will not be a concert held July 4.
Now in its 13th year, the Lakeside Concert Series continues to offer a local and diverse array of musical talent at a venue known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or folding chairs to relax on the grassy hillsides, or move and groove whenever the mood strikes. The location offers free parking, concessions, and a playground.
This year’s concert schedule is as follows:
Aug. 1 – Sound Travelers
Aug. 8 – Barefoot Movement
Aug. 15 – Rain date
The Lakeside Concert Series is presented by The News & Neighbor, 101.5 WQUT, Tri-Cities’ Classic Rock, Tennessee Department of Transportation, and Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
For more information, call 423-283-5815.
Day Trips – Out of Town Adventures Worth Taking
Saturday, August 17, 2019
Join us for a summertime spectacle, when several professional balloonist light up the evening sky with a beautiful balloon glow. The sky will be filled with a spectrum of color like never before, against a backdrop of a breathtaking Tennessee sunset.
The balloons begin to inflate at dusk and glow for around an hour. This means balloons are usually up from about 8 pm to 9:30 pm, conditional on weather. Parking for the event is $20 online and $25 day of the event.
Our four-legged friends are not discouraged from attending the GSM Hot Air Balloon Festival, but we understand that the Balloons can be frightening and noisy much in the same way a fireworks show creates stress for our furry pets. All pets must be leashed and poop bags are required.
This year we will offer tethered rides (weather permitting) and balloon glow. The balloons will not launch.
Saturday, August 24th, 2019 and Sunday, August 25th, 2019
A Once-a-Year Event for Railroad Enthusiasts of All Ages!
Celebrate the golden age of steam locomotives behind Tweetsie’s historic coal-fired, steam locomotives. Special attractions for railfans, plus enjoy all of the Wild West adventure Tweetsie has to offer! See the full schedule here.
Adults $50 – Children $32
All Railroad Heritage Weekend activities are included in Tweetsie Railroad’s regular daily admission price with one exception: A $5 per passenger donation will be required to ride the special 1870s No. 5 Vintage Coach Car, pulled by one of our historic locomotives. All donations will go towards supporting East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad preservation projects.
Special Opportunity’s This Month
Into The Woods Auditions at Bristol Theater
It’s into the woods and happily ever after as Theatre Bristol announces auditions for the Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine musicalIntotheWoodson August 3, 4, 5, and 10 at Theatre Bristol, 512 State Street, Bristol, TN. The award-winning Broadway musical is on stage this fall for the holidays at the Paramount Center for the Arts and we invite the community to audition. Show details, audition times, character roles, and rehearsal dates are available atwww.TheatreBristol.org/audition.
No preparation is required to audition and roles are available for men, women, and teens. Doors will open 30 minutes before the first audition on each of these dates: August 3 at 10:30 am, August 4 at 2:30 pm, August 5 at 6:30 pm, August 10 at 10:30 pm.
The audition will consist of singing, reading, and dancing. No preparation is necessary as musical pieces will be provided, but prepared material will also be welcome. Auditions will also include cold readings. For important details on preparation and auditions, please be sure to visitwww.theatrebristol.org/audition.
Auditions for The Crucible – Kingsport Theaters Guild
AUDITIONS: August 19 & 20, 6-8pm
Renaissance Center, 1200 East Center Street
Please prepare a 60-second monologue and be prepared to cold read from the script.
October 25, 26, November 1, 2 @ 7pm
October 26, 27, November 2, 3 @ 2pm
School Show November 1 @ 10am
The story focuses upon a young farmer, his wife, and a young servant-girl who maliciously causes the wife’s arrest for witchcraft. The farmer brings the girl to court to admit the lie—and it is here that the monstrous course of bigotry and deceit is terrifyingly depicted. The farmer, instead of saving his wife, finds himself also accused of witchcraft and ultimately condemned with a host of others.
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Homeschool Deals and Discounts Every Homeschooling Family Should Know About
Homeschooling is a lot of wonderful things! It’s a blessing, a gift, a full-time job, a sacrifice, a journey, and adventure and on and on and on. It can also be a financial challenge. Most, though not all, homeschooling families are operating on a single income. The costs of the curriculum can be high. In an effort to ease the load, I have put together a list of Homeschool Discounts to help homeschooling families stretch every dollar. Check out this list of Homeschooling Deals and Discounts.
It’s hard to let the last lazy days of summer slip behind us. This season of sunshine goes by way too fast. There is no way around it. But before we head back inside to hit the books, it’s worth it to take the time to say a proper farewell to summer vacation. For us, we mix it up. Our last day of summer traditions have changed as we’ve grown. Some years we have done a big BBQ, others we hit a favorite trail, there have been giant and elaborate ice cream sundae bars and movie nights at the drive-in. Each has done its part to soften the sting of loss and each has left us with one last beautiful summer vacation memory that we can look back on and smile at. To ease your pain as we bid farewell to late mornings and days at the lake, I have put together this list of ten summer traditions you can start now so that you can celebrate the Last Day of Summer Vacation.
We all have had a teacher that has really had an impact on us. Sometimes, it’s hard to find the right words to express that level of gratitude. In honor of the start of the new school year, I have gathered this collection of teacher appreciation sayings for you to share with your favorite teachers.