Out and About Tri-Cities – May 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 to get out and explore and learn together as often as possible. Our collection for May is loaded with amazing opportunities to create some memorable moments together.
Jonesborough Mythbusting Tour
Saturday – May 5th, 2018 at 1 pm
The Jonesborough Mythbusting Tour will be available the first Saturday of the month at 1:00 p.m.! Jonesborough is the Oldest Town in Tennessee and the Storytelling Capital of the World, so it’s only natural that the Town has some big myths that need busting. On the other hand, 238 years of history has produced some outrageously true stories. Think you can separate the myths from the facts? Put your detective skills and knowledge to the test with us. How outrageous is Jonesborough’s history? Come along and find out!
Jonesborough’s Mythbusting Tour will start at 1:00 p.m. Tickets are only $5.00 per person and can be purchased directly at the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum on Main Street. For more information, please contact the Heritage Alliance at 423.753.9580 or the Chester Inn Museum at 423.753.4580.
The Great Outdoors Festival in Downtown Erwin
Saturday – May 5th, 2018 from 10 am to 7 pm
A grassroots effort to promote recreational opportunities in Unicoi County, this festival has something interactive for everyone to try. Learn basic archery skills, cast a fly line, try out a paddle board, learn about native trout species, or bring your little red wagon and stock up on all your annuals for this year’s garden.
Festival will feature live music from Folk Soul Revival, Annabelle’s Curse, 49 Winchester, Ripple, and the UCHS Bluegrass Band. Outdoor-themed vendors, live demonstrations, food trucks, craft beer tent, hiker-friendly activities, kid’s zone with a petting zoo, fly fishing, film festival, and more!
Wilderness Wildlife Week In Pigeon Forge
May 8th to May 12th, 2018
A week-long celebration of the Smoky Mountains featuring guides hikes, classes, history, art, and music. From educational programs designed specifically for the youngsters to guided hikes into the Great Smoky Mountains for the more adventurous folks, Wilderness Wildlife Week offers a variety of programs for all ages and interests.
This spring celebration of the great outdoors is free and open to the public Seminars and workshops are offered daily at the LeConte Center.
*Note* If you attend don’t miss the Birds of Prey Show! It’s amazing! Worth the trip all by itself!
Junior Trout Tournament at Roan Mountain State Park
Saturday – May 12th, 2018 from 8 am to 12 pm
Young anglers will enjoy a spring morning of trout fishing in Roan Mountain State Park. The Doe River is stocked with tagged fish prior to the event, and prizes are awarded.
Registration begins at the Park Amphitheater at 8:00 AM and fishing starts at 9:00 AM. Sponsored by the Elizabethton Elks Lodge in partnership with Roan Mountain State Park.
Fishing only open to kids ages 6-14.
Meet at: Park Amphitheater
A Close Encounter With Magic
Saturday – May 12th, 2018 at 5 pm
Dave Vaught, along with magician, escape artist, wise guy, and prestidigitator Siraldi, will lead you through a mind-blowing experience with laughter, mystery, and amazement.
TICKETS: $8 for children under 16, $12 adults. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Only 30 seats available, so reserve yours now! Call Top Hat Magic Supply at (423) 968-3200.
History Happy Hour at the Chester Inn
Thursday – May 17th, 2018 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
JG Ramsey and The Annals Of TN History
The Heritage Alliance is proud to present the second season History Happy Hour at the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum! This monthly program will feature a wide range of topics, including 19th-century optical illusions, Sabine Hill, the Annals of Tennessee History, and much more! The region is full of history, and people who know about history, and History Happy Hour is a chance for them to share their exciting knowledge with the wider public. The program is a collaborative effort between local organizations, so audiences will have the chance to interact with multiple groups.
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 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.
Homeschool Days In Jonesborough
Friday – May 18th, 2018 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
The Heritage Alliance is excited to announce its first ever Homeschool Day on Friday, May 18. History and heritage based activities are planned from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm that day and will offer a wide variety of experiences for multiple ages. Students from first grade through senior year of high school are encouraged to come and experience history with their families in Tennessee’s Oldest Town.
Activities that day include lessons in Oak Hill School, a one-room schoolhouse restored to the year 1892, Town Tours, Old JonesboroughCemetery Tours, and hands-on activities with artifacts in the Jonesborough/WashingtonCounty History Museum. In addition, students can participate in history hunts at the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum, participate in train-based activities in the Chuckey Depot Railroad Museum, and listen to a Storyteller.Archeological activities will be offered in the morning, and older students will have the opportunity to solve the mysteries surrounding the cholera epidemic of 1873 through various primary sources. It will be a day full of history and fun!
Students and parents will be able to select their activities and schedule for the day. Registration is now open at www.heritageall.org. The cost is $7.00 per student. A second Homeschool Day is planned for Friday, August 10.
Organic Gardening Class at Home Depot In Johnson City
Saturday – May 19th, 2018 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Spend all day in your [garden] beds with our organic gardening workshop. Our green-thumbed Store Associate will walk you through the tips and tricks to successfully grow an organic garden from selecting essential tools, scouting the best location in your yard, preparing and organically enriching the soil, selecting the plants that will grow best in your region, suggesting when to plant to demonstrating proper maintenance techniques. Lastly, our Store Associate will teach you how to protect your garden with organic insect control leaving you with a wealth of knowledge and inspiration to play in the dirt. Register Here.
24th Annual Siege at Fort Watauga at Sycamore Shoals
Saturday – May 19th, 2018 and Sunday – May 20th, 2018 from 10 am to 4 pm
It is the Summer of 1776. As Patriot leaders meet in Philadelphia to draft a document of Freedom; those on the Frontier are fighting for it. Settlers strive to Hold the land while Native Cherokee Struggle to Preserve Their way of Life.
Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park will host living history re-enactors for the annual Siege of Fort Watauga. Colonial, British, and Native re-enactors will converge at the re-created Fort Watauga at Sycamore Shoals to relive the days when America’s first frontier was the land beyond the blue ridge.
The Siege of Fort Watauga is a live retelling of the Cherokee attack brought on the settlers of the Watauga Valley in the summer of 1776. At Sycamore Shoals, Fort Watauga offered protection to nearly 200 settlers during a two-week siege led by Cherokee War Chief, Old Abram, and 300 warriors.
Fife and Drum3Step back in time as you visit the fort, militia camps, British encampment, and Native camp. Be immersed in 18th-century frontier life as you witness daily aspects of colonial culture. Take advantage of colonial merchants selling period wares in “Sutler’s Row”. See the clash of two cultures as the attack on Fort Watauga is recreated both days.
Bring the entire family and see how your ancestors played a crucial role in our region’s history and in the formation of our nation. Hear the rattle of muskets, smell the campfire smoke, and see the 18th century come to life at the Siege of Fort Watauga. This event is sponsored by The Washington County Regiment of North Carolina Militia and The Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area.
Twilight Barge Ride at Bay’s Mountain
Wednesday – May 23rd, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Spend a relaxing evening on the lake enjoying the beautiful lakeside scenery from the comfort of the barge.
The twilight barge rides are $5 per person and free for park members. To reserve your spot for a twilight barge ride please call the Nature Center at 423-229-9447.
Wetlands End of School Bash
Thursday – May 24th, 2018 from 3 pm to 8 pm
The water park will open Thursday, May 24th, 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Tickets for ages 4 and up are $5.00.
Crockett Homestead Barn Raising at Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park
Friday – May 25th, 2018 from 9 am to 3 pm
Come witness history up close and personal as we raise a two crib, 18th-century primitive barn at the Crockett Homestead.
Beginner Roan Mountain Photography Class and Hike
Monday – May 28th, 2018 from 7 am to 10 am
Grab your camera and join Ranger Jesse Sexton and professional photographer David Duplessis of Tennessee Photographs, for a morning walk along the trails. Discover the basic principles and concepts of outdoor nature photography, while enjoying the scenic beauty of Roan Mountain State Park. This class is designed for beginner photographers. Please bring your DSLR and lenses. Prepare for changing weather conditions and bring appropriate footwear. There are only 12 spots available. Reserve your spot today! Cost is $40 Register Here.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Holston Habitat for Humanity is doing a Women’s Build! Learn all about it here!
I also have pulled together a list of Volunteer Opportunities for Our Youth! Check that out here.
And finally, hurry quick – Summer Camps are filling up fast! Check out this list of local Summer Camps Your Kids Will Love!
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