Out and About Tri-Cities – July 2018

Family Friendly Events In The Tri-Cities

Out and About Tri-Cities – July 2018

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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First, a quick re-cap of June!

June was exciting, to say the least! The appearance of two Black Rat Snakes climbing my chimney was not the way I had hoped to get started. Black Rat Snakes are all over this area and if you have had an encounter you probably understand that the fact they are non-venomous isn’t exactly the relief it should be. You can read about how I handled this situation, what I learned from the snakes, and how you can prevent them from climbing your very own chimney or entering your own home here.

Black Rat Snake

That was exciting but when I think about the highlights of our month I believe our hike up Roan Mountain takes the number one spot.

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Events Happening This Month In The Tri-Cities

Jonesborough Days

Sunday – July 1st, 2018 from 12 pm to 10 pm

Tennessee’s Oldest Town will celebrate the 48th Annual Jonesborough Days Festival on June 29 through July 1 with family activities, an exciting music line-up, handmade arts and crafts, patriotic parade, fireworks, storytelling and much more!
On Sunday, July 1 activities start at noon and the event wraps up with the annual fireworks display at 10 p.m. Admission to the festival is free and open to the public. The festival has been voted as one of the top events in the southeast and is known for its community patriotism and nostalgic atmosphere.
For a complete event schedule, tickets or for more information on the 48th Annual Jonesborough Days Festival, call 423.753.1010 or visit their website at jonesboroughdays.com.

Independence On The Frontier

Sunday – July 1st, 2018 starting at 10 am

Experience the 4th of July, 18th century-style! What did colonists think about a new nation? Be a guest in Fort Watauga as news of Independence arrives at the colonial frontier. Walk among historical characters and hear their varied reactions to the Declaration, from fear of war to the hope of a brighter future. Step back in time to a colorful revolutionary world and witness life as it was on the 18th-century frontier during a very tumultuous time. In the summer of 1776 colonial leaders met in Philadelphia to draft a document that would forever change the world. Get an early start on your Independence celebrations and bring the entire family out for a weekend full of history, patriotism, education, and family fun.

Paper quilling Woodland Critters Class at Bristol Public Library

Saturday – July 7th, 2018 Starting at 2:30 pm

Bristol Public Library offers another free summer Creative & Crafty project! Join them for a sneak peek of our paper quilling kits and a free class on how to create your very own woodland critter. No registration is required, simply drop in and pick up a kit to learn how to create either a frog, an owl, a fox, a bird, or a rabbit.

Limited numbers and colors of kits will be available for each woodland critter. Starting on July 9, remaining paper quilling kits will be available in the Jones Creativity Center to pick up.

For more information, contact the library at 276-645-8780 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org.


Robert Beatty – Willa of the Wood Book Signing At Barnes & Noble

Monday – July 9th, 2018 at 6 pm

Join us as we welcome New York Times bestselling author Robert Beatty and his newest release Willa of the Wood; a new book series set in the Great Smoky Mountains. The fun will be had by all! Come early and get your ticket to meet, greet, and get your book signed.

AMC Theater Summer Kid-Friendly Movie

Wednesday – July 10th, 2018 (and every Wednesday after through August 29th, 2018)

Get admission to a kid-friendly movie and a KidsPack for just $4+tax, every Wednesday at 10:00 am all summer long! Tickets available soon at the box office only.

KidsPack Included! Every ticket comes with an AMC KidsPack with a popcorn, drink and FrootiTooti fruit snacks.

Fun Fest

From Friday – July 13th, 2018 to July 21st, 2018

From Scavenger hunts to Fishing Derbies to Crazy Cardboard Boat Races, Fun Fest has something for everyone. To see the full schedule click here.

Fun For All Friday at Wetlands

Friday – July 27th, 2018 from 10 am to 8 pm

This year’s Fun For All Friday is happening on Friday, July 27th! Take advantage of extended hours from 10 am to 8 pm and spend the entire day enjoying the thrills of three flume water slides, two family otter slides and lounging around in the lazy river. Discounted tickets will be available after 3 pm for $5.00. 

Spend the rest of your evening under the stars while watching an outdoor movie (See our “Movie in the Outfield” Facebook page for more). The movie will begin at 8:45 pm on Field #2 of the Persimmon Ridge Ballfields, which is just a short walk from Wetlands Water Park. The movie will be projected on a screen and it’s encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. This movie will be free and open to the public. Jonesborough Little League will be operating their concession stand for refreshments.

For more information please call 423-753-1553 or go to wetlandsjonesborough.com

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Planet Party at Bay’s Mountain

Friday – July 27th, 2018 and August 3rd, from 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Come and join the Bays Mountain Astronomy Club and the ETSU Physics Department on the ETSU campus to view the four brightest planets with the aid of a small fleet of telescopes! On July 27th and August 3rd, from 9:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m., Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars will be visible! The observing events are free and open to the public. The group will meet at Parking Lot 22A, which runs parallel to the Go Bucs Trail, near West State of Franklin. Enter campus to access the lot from Jack Vest Drive. If it is too cloudy or raining, the event is canceled.

For more information on Bays Mountain’s planetarium shows, please visit baysmountain.com or call 423-229-9447.

33rd Annual RobCon

Friday – July 27th, 2018 through July 29th, 2018

The 33rd Annual RobCon is nearly here! This year will see the convention move to the Meadowview Conference Resort in Kingsport, TN from July 27th to July 29th. RobCon is a regional tradition spanning 33 years, with a lifespan that has seen it grow from a single room with a few vendors to the huge Meadowview Conference Resort; always growing and evolving to the wants and needs of the long list of fans of both Mountain Empire Comics and all things nerdy! We’re ready to kick off the 30th anniversary of RobCon the right way and we want you there to celebrate with us!

Mountain Empire Comics has been a staple of the comic and gaming communities in the Tri-Cities since 1984 and has helped countless people find fun and friendship through their stores in both Johnson City and Bristol. RobCon is happy to welcome bigger names than ever before to the convention with the likes of Tyler Mane (Sabertooth from X-Men, Michael Myers from Halloween), voice actor Bob Carter (Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Full Metal Alchemist, Dragonball), artist Gregbo Watson (Grimm Tales of Terror, Spirit Hunters), artist Michael Golden (Avengers, Doctor Strange, Micronauts, co-creator of the Rogue from X-Men), and many more!

Folklife Festival at Warrior’s Path

Saturday – July 28th, 2018 from 11 am to 9 pm

Celebrate the “good old days” with, Old Time Music, Ghost Tales, Apple Butter Making, Basketry, Spinning, Chair Caning. Traditional Toys, and Old Timey Games.

AND SO MUCH MORE!

Family Fun Day At The Birthplace of Country Music

Saturday – July, 28th, 2018

FREE!!! Now that summer is here, it’s the perfect time to have fun with the family at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum! Join us for Family Fun Day and explore lots of fun, games, and activities the whole family will enjoy! The day will offer a variety of wonderful activities, including square dancing, Banjo Bingo games, an instrument petting zoo giving kids the chance to handle and play instruments, coloring or crafts, and the Bristol Public Library doing a fun 3D printer demo!

This special event is free and open to the public. Admission prices apply to tour permanent exhibits.

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