Out and About Tri-Cities – February 2019

Family Friendly Events In The Tri-Cities

Out and About Tri-Cities – February 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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New Exhibit: Reading Appalachia: Voices From Children’s Literature at The Birthplace of Country Music

Starting February 1st, 2019 through June 2019

Walk through the pages of your favorite storybook in Reading Appalachia: Voices from Children’s Literature, a groundbreaking exhibit on Appalachian children’s books and stories.

Sporting life-size characters from Appalachian children’s books, this exhibit looks at the seminal titles from the late 1800s through the modern story of Appalachia – you’ll feel like you’re walking through the pages of a storybook. Children can stand eye-to-eye with characters from Journey Cake HoA Mountain RoseWhen Otter Tricked the RabbitWhen I Was Young, and others.

The exhibit also includes representative clothes and toys from Appalachia, music, and hands-on activities that bring the subject to life for kids of all ages. Children are encouraged to try on masks of storybook characters and find themselves in a story. They can create their own story of childhood set in Appalachia and hear the voice of old-time storyteller Ray Hicks along with some of their favorite authors and illustrators. Each panel includes an interpretation of the text from a child’s perspective.

All are invited to walk into the pages of a story of childhood in Appalachia!

Survival Series at Bay’s Mountain

Starting February 2nd, 2019 at 1 pm (Multiple Dates – see below for details)

f you’re planning to spend time outside, whether at Bays Mountain or anywhere else, we want you to feel safe and prepared the moment you head out. We’re bringing back our popular Survival Series this February to teach you all the tips and tricks you need to make it in the great outdoors.

This four-week Survival Series is designed for outdoors enthusiasts of all skill levels. Come learn with our Park staff in a comfortable environment, and don’t be afraid to ask questions–we’re here to help!

This February’s programs include:
“Hiking with a Dog” — February 2 — Learn about how to care for your four-legged friend on our 39 miles of trails.
“Emergency Shelters — February 9 — What do you do if you get stuck outside overnight unexpectedly?
“Trail Etiquette” — February 17 — Learn the right-of-way on trails, when to use trails, and more.
“Winter Survival” — February 23 — What you should wear and pack when trailing changes depending on the season. Come learn about wintertime!

Programs begin promptly at held at 1 p.m. All but “Emergency Shelters” will be held Nature Center’s Discovery Theater. “Emergency Shelters” program will meet at the Farmstead Museum; attendees should dress for the weather and plan on hiking through the woods.

You can purchase tickets the day of the event at our gift shop. Tickets cost $3 per person or are free for Park Association members.

Complete all four sessions to receive a certificate!

Explore The Role of Wetlands In The Water Cycle and Make A Cloud In A Bottle at Roan Mountain State Park

Saturday – February 2nd, 2019 from 11 am to 12 pm

Join the fun with Ranger Jesse on World Wetland Day, meet at the Old Restaurant Building near Cabin #3. Inside, we will explore the role of wetlands in the water cycle and make a cloud in a bottle. Then we will head outside for a short walk (about ½ mile) on the Riverside Trail to check out the plants in our wetland restoration area.

All ages are welcome; activities are recommended for children in grades K-8. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please dress weather appropriate, we will be outside for part of this program. This is a free program with no registration required. More information here.

Raised Bed Gardening Seminar with Ben Hunter at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

Saturday – February 2nd, 2019 from 9 am to 12 noon

Join Master Gardener, Ben Hunter, as he shares his experiences and techniques for growing the garden of your dreams! Sponsored by the Northeast Tennessee Master Gardeners Association.

Jump Start Seed Swap and Pollinator Day at Memorial Park

Saturday – February 2nd, 2019 from 9 am to 12 noon

Join us from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., for this unique event at which native, heirloom and veggie seeds will be swapped.

It’s OK if you have no seeds to swap this year. There will be plenty to share to jump-start your gardens. Enjoy the exhibits, many emphasizing pollinator needs and citizen science opportunities, a guest speaker and children’s activities. Learn, enjoy, swap and leave with a part of your spring garden in your pocket.

The event is free and open to all ages.

Schedule: 9 a.m. Doors open.
9-9:45 a.m. Guests may visit and view exhibits.
9:45 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Dr. Darrell Moore, ETSU Biological Sciences professor.
10:15-noon: Open time. Guests welcome to visit exhibits and swap seeds.

Sponsors/partners: Boone Watershed Partnership, Build It Up TN, ETSU Art & Design Dept., HERBalachia, What’s the Buzz, Southern Appalachian Plant Society, Tennessee Smart Yards, Wild Ones, Zoo Knoxville, Carver Peace Gardens, ETSU Biology Dept. (staff and students), Jacob’s Nature Park at Sinking Creek, Tri-Cities Food Cooperative Interest Group.

For more information, call 423-283-5821.

Early 19th Century Card Games at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

Sunday – February 3rd, 2019 from 1 pm to 4 pm

Playing cards was a very common pastime and form of entertainment in the early 1800s. Join in the fun, and learn some early 19th-century card games with members of the Sabine Hill Social Society.

New Exhibit, Working on the Railroad, at The Chuckey Depot Museum in Jonesborough

Thursday – February 7 at 6 pm (Runs through July 2019) 

The exhibit explores the means of maintenance along the railroad. The exhibit will help museum visitors gain an appreciation for a wide variety of tools that were effectively used by the railroad for decades prior to modern tools. Two specific pieces that visitors will find most intriguing include a Model Tie Replacement Machine which was a model built locally for modern-day machinery that replaces railroad ties, and a refurbished Speeder Car that was used by maintenance workers along the railroad.

The Chuckey Depot Museum’s regular hours are Monday, Thursday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

Winter Naturalists’ Rally at the Roan Mountain State Park Conference Center

Saturday – February 9th, 2019

Join the Friends of Roan Mountain in celebrating the rich natural landscape at the 12th annual Winter Naturalists’ Rally. The Event will be held February the 9th at the Roan Mountain State Park Conference Center. There will be guided hikes by experienced trip leaders and scientists from the region, indoor educational lectures, and activities for the kids! A bagged lunch will be provided for those who pre-register by the 5th of February. There is a charge of 10 dollars per adult for non-members for the event; members are excluded from the event fee. We look forward to sharing this special event with everyone! Please, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! Hope to see you there!!

Visit http://www.friendsofroanmtn.org/ for more information or to register.

Valentine Type-In At Mill Spring Makers Market in Jonesborough 

Sunday – February 10, 2019, from 1 pm to  4 pm

Langley Shazor with Casual Word is bringing back a variety of typewriters from all eras for you to type a sweet sentiment or love letter for Valentine’s Day. He will also be offering his “Street Poetry” if you just can’t come up with the right words. Just give him a topic and he will do his magic…and we’ll never tell! This event is free and tips are appreciated.

Anti-Valentine’s Day Party at Johnson City Public Library

Tuesday – February 12th, 2019 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm

Who needs romance? Refuse to celebrate at our 3rd annual Anti-Valentine’s Day Party. Join us for games, crafts, and food without all the mushy gushy stuff. This program is intended for ages 12-18. Registration is required.

Becoming a Naturalist Class at Roan Mountain State Park

Friday – February 15th, 2019 from 10 am to 12 noon

Have you ever aspired to learn more about the natural world around you?  Many people who learn to make these observations and learn more about them have earned the title “Naturalist.”  Join Park Ranger Phil Hylen at 10 AM on Friday, February 15th at the old park restaurant above cabins 1-20 to awaken your inner naturalist and learn how to make deeper observations about nature.  This mini-workshop will give a very basic overview of how to notice details in nature, record your observations, and learn more about them.  This program will include a classroom portion and an outdoor session.  Be sure to dress in layers and be prepared for precipitation.  Be sure to bring a camera for any good wildlife photo ops.

Registration for this program is free but limited to 10 individuals.  Register today.

Dinner with the Owls at Roan Mountain State Park

Friday – February 15th, 2019 from 7 pm to 7:30 pm

Meet Park Ranger Keifer Helle and a few of our park wildlife ambassadors, Shiloh, Capone, and Sunshine (all native owls to TN), at the park headquarters to learn how these feathered hunters live their nighttime lives.  After a brief introduction, watch these guys chow down on their breakfast.  This event is free and registration is not required.  Please respect our park owls and do not bring dogs to the feeding.   More info here.

Maple Syrup Festival & Pancake Breakfast at Tipton-Haynes Historic Site

Saturday – February 16th, 2019 from 8 am to 3 pm

Help gather sap flowing from our trees and watch it being boiled down to sweet maple syrup. Pancake breakfast begins at 8 am through 11 am. Maple Syrup will be cooked down all day, so come on out and join us at any time! Admission will be $5 for adults and $2.50 for children twelve and under. Breakfast is $2.00 extra.

Storytime & Paint: “Wizard of Oz” At Into The Fire In Johnson City

Saturday, February 16th at 10 am

Looking for a fun event for your Kiddos? Bring them to storytime and pottery! We will be reading a classic kids book, then painting pottery to go along with the story. This month is “The Wizard of Oz” and painting ceramic Dorothy or lions. This is $15 per child.
Reservations required as seating is limited!  Call to reserve a spot 423-926-2529.

Eastman Black History Month Community Event – ‘Black Angels Over Tuskegee Play’ Toy F. Reid Employee Center

Thursday – February 21, 2019, from 6:30 pm to 9 pm

‘Black Angels Over Tuskegee Play’ An Off-Broadway and award-winning, historical docu-drama is a narrative of six men embarking upon a journey to become the first aviators in the United States Army Air Forces during a tumultuous era of racial segregation and Jim Crow idealism in twentieth-century American history. This is a free event.

Realistic Wilderness Survival for Kids at Johnson City Public Library

Saturday – February 23rd, 2019 from 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Presented by Connie Deegan, Nature Program Coordinator, and the ETSU Parks and Recreation Camp Leadership Class

Join an enthusiastic bunch of folks as we present obtainable, realistic survival objectives to the younger crowd. Age appropriate information for any child that spends time outdoors.
Older and younger siblings and parents/caregivers are welcome to attend along with children. Register here.

Adopt a Tree at Warrior’s Path State Park

Saturday – February 23rd, 2019 from 10 am to 12 noon

You can make a big difference for our future! Help us bring “re-leaf” to Northeast Tennessee by planting tomorrow’s forests. Your hard work will mean more wildlife homes, more natural beauty, more fresh air, and more fun for future children too!

On Saturday, February 23, from 10 AM until noon, you can help us plant thousands of new trees at Warriors’ Path State Park. For every tree seedling, you plant, you will also get one to take home, to plant in your own neighborhood. Be sure to come early because supplies of trees are limited!

We will have some digging tools, but you can also bring your own if you’d like. Come dressed for the weather, and be prepared to get your hands dirty! Follow signs from the park entrance to the tree distribution location.

Storytime and Activities Featuring I am Martin Luther King, Jr. at Barnes and Noble in Johnson City

Saturday – February 23rd, 2019 at 11 am

Join us for our biography kids’ book series as we read about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an inspiring leader who had a dream of peace and love for all children everywhere. Plus get a coupon from our Café for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4!


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