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Out and About Tri-Cities – March 2020

Out and About Tri-Cities – March 2020

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 Events

2020 Kingsport Book Fair at Kingsport Civic Auditorium

Friday – Saturday, March 6th and 7th, 2020 from 9 am to 7 pm

Over 20,000 used books at bargain prices.  Open to all, but no pets or companion animals, please.
Sales $25 or greater: Cash or credit card
Sales under @25: Cash only

Real Folk: Passing on Trades & Traditions Exhibit at Birthplace of Country Music Museum 

Opening Friday, March 6th, 2020

Real Folk: Passing on Trades & Traditions through the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program
Opening March 6, 2020!

Since 2002, the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program at Virginia Humanities has brought together over 150 experienced master artists and eager apprentices, ensuring various art forms are passed on in ways that are conscious of history and faithful to tradition. All forms of Virginia’s expressive culture – from the Appalachian hills and the Chesapeake shore to new immigrant traditions brought to the state – are represented, including letterpress printing, mandolin making, African-American gospel singing, quilting, old-time banjo playing, Mexican folk dancing, classical Iranian and Persian music, broom making, and more. The master artists comprise some of Virginia’s most celebrated practitioners of folk traditions both old and new to Virginia, and the apprentices learn their chosen craft not in classrooms or lecture halls, but in their traditional contexts, such as local dance halls, churches, woodshops, stables, and garages – making the passing on of these crafts even more meaningful.

Real Folk: Passing on Trades & Traditions through the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program gives viewers an inside look at these traditions and the people who are keeping them alive, helping to ensure that Virginia’s treasured folkways remain in good keeping for years to come.

“My Ties to the Railroad: Stories and Artifacts from the Line” Opening At Chuckey Depot Museum

Thursday, March 5, 2020, at 6:30 Ppm to 7:30 pm

The museum will be opening a new exhibit “My Ties to the Railroad: Stories and Artifacts from the Line” on Thursday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. The exhibit will run through August 2020. The reception is going to be hosted by the Town of Jonesborough.

The guest-curated exhibit features artifacts from train enthusiasts and railroad workers throughout the area. The Chuckey Depot Exhibit Subcommittee and the Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society asked the local community to submit their favorite train-related items and share why those items are their favorites. Many of the artifacts come with a personal story, like a train engine alarm clock that Gary Price received as a child. Looking at the clock every night sparked his interest in trains and led to his future career with the Norfolk Southern Railroad.

Per its mission, the Chuckey Depot focuses on regional railroads in its exhibits, like the Southern, Clinchfield, and East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad. This exhibit gives the Museum a chance to showcase items that come from all over the country, including a map of railroads in Ohio and a stock certificate for the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad Company.

Join the Chuckey Depot for its opening exhibit reception on Thursday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. Or visit during regular hours, which 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.

Hike Laurel Fork Falls in Hampton TN

Weed Wrangle at Warriors’ Path

Saturday – March 7th, 2020 from 1 pm to 4 pm

Bad News: Garlic Mustard plants choke out native wildflowers and kill rare butterflies. Good News: Garlic Mustard is easy to control without using any special tools or toxic herbicides if we start early in the season. YOU can help us control this nasty pest! Spend a few hours uprooting some nasty weeds along a scenic park trail. Make a difference for the future of your region’s natural resources! Come dressed for the weather, and prepared for a short walk to the weed-pulling location. If you have tender hands, be sure to wear your gardening gloves. Meet PROMPTLY at 1 PM at the park’s Pool Parking Lot, and we’ll carpool to the worksite. We’ll be done between 3 and 4 PM. Register Here!

Woodworking 101: Straight, Parallel, and Square

Thursday, March 12th, 2020 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Learn the basic in’s and out’s of the Jointer, Planer, and Table Saw.

This class is being offered in conjunction with the Holston Valley Woodworking Club’s regular monthly meeting and is open to the public. New woodworkers are encouraged to attend. The first part of the meeting will be the regular HVWC mingle and meet. The second part is the hands-on class.

Pi Day in The Jones Creativity Center at The Bristol Public Library

Saturday, March 14th, 2020 from 10 am to 1 pm

Visit the Jones Creativity Center on March 14 to celebrate “Pi Day” with an introduction to the inexpensive, single-board computer Raspberry Pi. Drop-in anytime between 10 AM and 1 PM to learn about the various uses for Raspberry Pi, including cool projects and live demonstrations.

No registration is required; drop-ins are welcome. For more information, please contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-645-8780.

Pi Day at Hands-On Discovery Center

Saturday, March 14th, 2020

Join us to celebrate the mathematical constant pi (π). Programs and activities by announcement throughout the day. Free with regular admission while supplies last.

Tree Keepers Workshop at The Discovery Center at Steele Creek Park

Saturday, March 14th, 2020

The Department of Parks and Recreation will be hosting Tree Keepers in the Nature Center during the day. This will be an in-depth event focusing on practical tips for planting and maintaining your home and garden trees. Sign up at!

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Spring Break Camp at Memorial Park Community Center

March 16-20, 2020 from 9 am to 4 pm daily

Got Spring Fever? We have the cure! Join the crew at Memorial Park Community Center for 5-days of FUN! Campers will enjoy recreational games, arts and crafts, movies, games, and swimming. Campers are asked to bring a sack lunch each day and don’t forget your swim clothes and towel.

Ages: 6- 12

Camp Fee: $40 per child

The camp is limited to the first 60 paid participants

Early drop off (7:30 a.m.) Late pick up (5:15 p.m.) is available for an additional charge of $10

Call: 423-434-5749 for more info

Leprechaun Science Family Pop-in Workshop at Hands-On Discovery Center

Tuesday, March 17th, 10 am-2 pm

Stop in anytime between 10 am and 2 pm to expose some Leprechaun secrets! Make Leprechaun slime, create your own solar-powered, color-changing rainbow Leprechaun bead bracelet, grow Leprechaun “eggs” that emerge and vanish in a blink of an eye, and make some sudsy Leprechaun “toothpaste”.

  • A materials fee of $5 per person for HODC members, $7 per person for non-members, while supplies last.
  • Museum admission is an additional cost.
  • Children must be supervised by an adult (18+) at all times.
  • Due to small parts, this workshop is recommended for ages 3+.

Teen Escape Room at The Johnson City Public Library

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 at 6 pm

Can you work as a team to solve clues and break out before the clock runs out?

*This program is intended for ages 12-18. Registration is required. 

History Happy Hour: Virgil Peters WWII Veteran at the Chester Inn Museum

Thursday, March 26th, 2020 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm

Virgil Peters, WWII Veteran – WWII and Beyond Through the Eyes of an Appalachian Country Boy
History Happy Hour is a collaborative, history discussion program hosted at the Chester Inn Museum.
This project is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Historical Commission.
For more information on the Chester Inn Museum, History Happy Hour, or the Heritage Alliance please call our office at 423.753.9580 or the Chester Inn Museum at 423.753.4580. You can also contact the organization via email at

Book Scouts: Nature Reads at Johnson City Public Library

Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 6 PM – 7 PM

A brand new series of programs for 8-12-year-olds featuring subject-based book recommendations and read-alikes for popular series! If you’re looking for what to read next, this is the place to start! We will look at picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, non-fiction, and audiobooks, so there is something for every reader! Children will earn a badge for each program they attend! Registration is required for this free program. The program also includes crafts and activities!

Beginning Beekeeping School at Appalachian Fairgrounds

Friday and Saturday, March 27th and 28th, 2020

Appalachian Bee Club will be offering a Beginning Beekeeping Course on Friday, March 27th from 6:00-9:00 pm and Saturday, March 28th from 9:00 am til 4:00 pm. at the Appalachian Fairgrounds Farm and Home Building in Gray, TN. This is a 2-day continuous event so it is important to attend both sessions.

OPEN REGISTRATION BEGINS AT 5:00 PM FRIDAY. Come early! Our Bee School is open to the public and no pre-registration is required. The cost of Beginning Bee School is $30 per person and $5 per extra family member 16 and over. Under 16 is free. This includes BOTH days and a full year’s membership in Appalachian Bee Club!

We will offer more than 10 Beginning Beekeeping classes taught by our area’s most experienced beekeepers and an afternoon workshop is included on Saturday for “hive building and assembly and smoker lighting”!

We will have plenty of refreshments, door prizes, vendors and a hive giveaway so plan to attend both days!

Just mark yourself as “interested” or “going” right here on their Facebook page! That helps us to plan. Come learn about the honey bee and have fun with Appalachian Bee Club!

Visit Anakeesta in Gatlinburg, TN

Out of Town Trips Worth Taking

Irish Month at The Titanic Museum

March 1st – 31st, 2020

Did you know that the Titanic was built in the heart of Ireland? In fact, as a passenger group, the Irish outnumbered all other nationalities on board. The entire Month of March at the Titanic Museum Attraction salutes everything Irish from Gaelic folklore, music, singing and dancing. Discover and learn about Titanic’s Irish roots galore all this month at the Titanic Museum.

The Titanic Museum Attraction honors the 159 Irish passengers and crew aboard Titanic. How do we pay tribute? By simply telling their stories.

  • Titanic was built in Belfast, (Northern) Ireland.
  • 159 Irish Passengers & Crew aboard Titanic
  • Mayo County, Ireland had 14 Irish traveling on RMS Titanic

Note: On Tuesday, March 3rd, Brynjar Karl will be at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge to meet visitors. Karl is the creator of the Lego Titanic replica that is on display in the museum. The model required around 65,000 Lego bricks and took around 11 months for him to construct. Reservations for this event are required. Kids are FREE (ages 5-18). Call 800-381-7670 to reserve as soon as possible.

Sleep With The Sharks At Ripley’s Aquarium Of The Smokies- Family Edition!

  • March 7th, 2020
  • April 4th, 2020
  • April 18th, 2020
  • June 6th, 2020
  • August 8th, 2020
  • September 9th, 2020

Sleep with the sharks at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies- family edition! Spend the evening watching a diving show, participating in a scavenger hunt and late-night activity, and then drift off to sleep while the sharks keep a watchful eye on you!

The cost for this program is $75 per person. The minimum age for participation is 5 years old.

Volunteer Opportunity:

One Acre Cafe – A Community Restaurant for Everyone

603 W Walnut St, Johnson City, TN 37604

Contact: Heather Logan at (423) 483-0517


The mission of One Acre Cafe is to nourish the body, replenish the spirit, and grow the community so that all might be fed. Their Vision is to see all of our community members, regardless of their means, dining together and supporting one another in building the strength and health of our community. And you can be a part of that!

If you have as little as an hour a week to volunteer, One Acre Cafe could use your help.

*Ages 14-15 do require an adult to accompany them.*

One Acre Cafe is a fun place to volunteer! You can help set up, man the drink station, wait tables, greet the guests, and much more.

Website: One Acre Cafe

Access Volunteer Application and Waiver here

If there is an event or opportunity that is not included in this list that you think would be a good fit, please share it with me by emailing me at or post it in the comments section below. Thank you so much for visiting today. We hope you find a lot of opportunities to enjoy your time with your family this month!

I am wishing you all a beautiful March and I hope it is marked with treasured moments, family adventures, and lots of love and laughter.

Be blessed,


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