Out and About Tri-Cities – June 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
Scale Model Train Show and Sale at the George L. Carter Railroad Museum on the campus of East Tennessee State University
Saturday – June 1st, 2019
At the ETSU Mini-Dome. Now in its fourth year, The Big Train Show is becoming one of the largest model train shows in the southeast. Vendors with hundreds of sales and display tables featuring model trains in all scales, model railroad accessories, books, DVDs, and clothing will be on hand. Operating model railroad layouts including live-steam will also be showcased. For information, including vendor information contact Big Train Show coordinator, Roger Teinert, at 423-791-4937. Admission: $6 per day. Free parking in the adjacent parking garage.
29th Annual Native American Festival at Sycamore Shoals Historic Site
Saturday and Sunday – June 1st and 2nd, 2019 from 10 am to 6 pm
A two-day celebration of our Native American heritage! Award-winning dancers, storytellers, artists, and scholars gather at the circle to share knowledge and demonstrate their skills. Come and discover Native American arts, music, and legends, with an emphasis on the Cherokee culture. Admission Charge.
Summer In The Park at Warrior’s Path State Park
Week of June 4th, 2019
Come enjoy a week full of outdoor fun! You and your family can listen to the night, wake up with the birds, explore in the creek, share old-timey traditions, and much more. And it’s all free!
Rocks on Roan Mountain
Friday – June 7th, 2019 from 8:30 am to 9:30 am
Get ready to explore the geology of Roan Mountain State Park. Meet Ranger Jesse at the Gristmill Visitor Center, from here we will begin a guided hike on the Peg Leg Mine Trail (half-mile, easy to moderate). On the trail, we will take an up-close look at the old Peg Leg Mine and check out samples of the rocks and minerals found in the area. But the real fun comes when we get to discussing the mineral formation and each visitor will have the opportunity to check out the inside of their very own geode! Preregistration and a fee of $5.00 per participant are required. Space is limited.
Blue Plum Festival in Johnson City
Friday and Saturday – June 7th and 8th, 2019
Events include music & arts, a 5K, a kids zone, and even a silent disco (yes you heard that right!). There is so much to this year’s Blue Plum festival you have to attend to see it all.
Dragonfly Day – 10th Annual at Warrior’s Path State Park
Saturday – June 8th, 2019 from 9 am to 3 pm
Our region is rich in many varieties of these amazing insects. Dragonflies are fun and challenging to observe. They are also excellent indicators of the health of our natural places. Come spend a day learning to study dragonflies “at home” in their habitats, and also how best to record your observations with photographs.
Meet at the park’s Recreation Building for a short indoor talk on dragonfly observation and identification but will spend most of the day “out in the field” in the park’s rich wetland habitats.
Plan to spend a warm summer day outdoors in a variety of natural places, getting “up close and personal” with native dragonflies. You should bring a sack lunch, and dress for outdoor, wet field conditions. You should also bring close-focusing binoculars and a camera if you have them. You can also bring a few of your dragonfly photos to share and to have identified (time permitting).
You must pre-register if you plan to attend. $5 each
Storytelling with the Stars at ETSU Planetarium
Thursday – June 13th, 2019 from 6 pm to 8 pm
ETSU Planetarium Director Dr. Gary Henson will discuss constellation mythology and offer a full dome presentation of Orion and its ancient stories. This is a free event.
Reptile and Amphibian Foray at Steele Creek Park In Bristol
Saturday – June 15th, 2019 at 4 pm
Meet Lance at Rooster Front Park to search for some of the park’s most secretive and beneficial animals such as snakes, lizards, frogs, and salamanders, also known as herptiles. Along the way, you’ll learn about all their unusual behaviors and lifestyles. Trails may be muddy, so come prepared to get a little dirty.
Timeline and Heritage Festival at Rocky Mount State Historic Site
Saturday and Sunday – June 15th and 16th, 2019 from 10 am to 4 pm
Rocky Mount State Historic Site, in association with the Overmountain Victory Trail Association, is proud to present the 2019 Timeline and Heritage Festival! Come visit for historic reenactments, vendors, crafts, storytelling, and much more.
Solar-scope for Summer Solstice at Hand’s On Discovery Center
Friday – June 21st, 2019
Join us for some star gazing of our Sun on the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year! Take a turn using our Celestron EclipSmart solar safe finder telescope which allows the scope to align to the sun without directly viewing it. Programs by announcement periodically throughout the day. Weather permitting, stay tuned to social media for updates regarding weather. Limited access to scope based on participants. Free with paid general admission. This program made possible by TVA.
LibCon III: Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind at Johnson City Public Library
Saturday – June 22nd, 2019 from 10 am to 4 pm
All are welcome to attend our free, sci-fi fandom convention. This intergalactic gathering will include panels, games, trivia, vendors, food trucks, an art contest, and a cosplay contest!
2019 Rhododendron Festival at Roan Mountain State Park
Saturday and Sunday – June 22nd and 23rd, 2019 from 10 am to 5 pm
Since 1947, the community of Roan Mountain has celebrated each June to herald in the blooming of the famous Catawba Rhododendron along the highlands of the Roan. Join us at Roan Mountian State Park on Saturday and Sunday, June 22-23, from 10AM-5PM for a true mountain celebration. Aside from the natural beauty of the blooming Rhododendron, people from all over the world come to enjoy the flavors of local cuisine, browse local crafts and arts, and take in the music of the region.
The Festival will be held around the Roan Mountain State Park amphitheater and pool. Parking is by donation to local civic groups in the park fields along-side Hwy 143. For more information about this event, visit the Roan Mountain Citizen’s Club website.
The Johnson City Public Library and the Johnson City Symphony present “Symphony in the Stacks.”
Wednesday – June 26th, 2019
This event will showcase the incredible talent of symphony members and provide accessible live classical music to the community. The library will host two performances. The children’s performance will begin at 2:30 p.m. with a second performance open to all ages beginning at 6 p.m.
Independence Day Celebration at Roan Mountain State Park
Saturday – June 29th, 2019 at 9:30 am
Join Roan Mountain State Park on Saturday, June 29th for a 4th of July Weekend celebration! Starting at 9:30 AM, the park will be hosting a line-up of fun activities for kids and adults alike.
Our Field Game line-up will be announced closer to the event date, but expect the following:
- 4th July Bicycle Parade and Contest
- Corn Hole Tournament
- Various Relay Races
Meet at Picnic Shelter #3 in Campground
Mister Mystery Magic Show at Roan Mountain State Park
Saturday – June 29th, 2019 from 7:30 pm and 8:30 pm
How does he do it? It’s a mystery! This amazing magic show will have you gasping in wonder, scratching your head, and laughing out loud. Definitely family-friendly entertainment at its finest.
7:30-8:30 PM at the Park Amphitheater
** Concerts will be relocated to Picnic Shelter 3 in the Campground in case of bad weather.
FREE ADMISSION! Donations accepted.
Meet at: Park Amphitheater
Hometown Heroes Celebration at The Mall at Johnson City
Saturday and Sunday – June 29th and June 30th, 2019
The Mall at Johnson City Entrance A/Parking Lot 2 located between JCPenney and Ulta 2011 North Roan St. Johnson City, TN 37601
Join us for a day of celebrating members of the military and first responders and their families!
We will have a food truck junction!
Stuff a Cop Car event. Let’s see how many stuffed animals we can fit in the cruiser!
The police will have their remote substation set up for Identikid. Parents can have their child’s fingerprints take and an identification card made for free.
Stay tuned as more activities are added!
The event will wrap up with a concert sponsored by WXBQ.
All Month Long
Retro Sci-Fi Movie Mondays: Voyage to the Moon & Plan 9 from Outer Space at The Johnson City Public Library
All are invited to join us for a series of throw-back programs to the ’50s and ’60s sci-fi cinema on Mondays through the months of June and July. Movie showings are free and open to the public, and free popcorn will be available for all attendees. Movie showings start at 6 PM:
- June 17 – When Worlds Collide (1951, 83 min). Based on a 1932 science fiction novel by Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer, this film is about the coming destruction of the earth by a rogue star and planet and the efforts to build a space ark for a small group of survivors.
- July 1 – From the Earth to the Moon (1958, 100 min). Based on a Jules Verne novel and set in 1868, an inventor creates a new explosive that he plans to use to fuel a spaceship to the moon.
- July 8 – The Phantom Planet (1961, 83 min). Featured in an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, this film features a planet that miniaturizes people and giant aliens called “Solarites.”
- July 15 (due to film length, this showing will start at 5:45 PM) – Planet of the Apes (1968, 112 min). The original film in the popular science fiction franchise, it tells the story of a group of astronauts who crash-land on a planet where apes rule as the most advanced species and humans are pre-lingual and enslaved.
Every Thursday from 7 pm to 9 pm at Winged Deer Park – Lakeside Concert Series
- June 1 – Southern Countrymen;
- June 8 – Jerry Pierce & The Nightlife Band
- June 15 – Shades of Refinement
- June 22 – Asylum Suite
- June 29 – Beach Nite Band
Every Thursday at 10:30 am- Family Story Time at The Birthplace of Country Music
Join us in the museum’s Special Exhibits Gallery every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. for Story Time, where we will read books from the Reading Appalachia: Voices From Children’s Literature exhibit, along with enjoying related storybooks and a fun coloring page. This event is free and open to the public; the books are most appropriate for ages 5 and under.
This event will be held for the duration of the Reading Appalachia exhibit.
This Months Featured Volunteer Opportunity
Museum Volunteer Training at The Birthplace of Country Music
Saturday, June 1, 2019, from 9 am to noon
We need YOU as a museum volunteer!
Museum volunteers are needed to assist in the galleries on a daily basis, help in archives and collections, provide curatorial research and exhibit assistance, support special events and exhibit programming, assist in The Museum Store, and act as docents for guided adult and school tours. Training is provided at one 3-hour session that provides a detailed introduction to the museum and the volunteer program, including a chance for you to pinpoint your area of interest and learn more about the ins-and-outs of being a museum volunteer.
We will be holding our next volunteer training session on Saturday, June 1, at 9:00 am—12:00 noon. As a volunteer, you will also have many opportunities for continuous learning and training at the museum. Most of all, you will have fun as part of the volunteer team!
For more information on becoming a museum volunteer and to register your interest in these training sessions, contact us by email at email@example.com or by phone at 423-573-1927.
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