Out and About Tri-Cities – September 2019

Family Friendly Events In The Tri-Cities

Out and About Tri-Cities – September 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

Artist Exhibition – Collective Whimsy at The McKinney Center

September 2nd, 2019 through September 20th, 2019 (Monday’s through Friday’s)

Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts and the McKinney Center are featuring the original artworks of artists Aleta Chandler and Lauren Anderson, the exhibition will run through September 20th during the McKinney Center’s hours of operation Monday – Friday from 8 am – 5 pm. Most artwork on display will be for sale to the public.

The McKinney Center houses the Jonesborough Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts, with a mission to be, “committed to inspiring the people of our area through both the appreciation of and the participation in the arts as a form of personal and collective expression.” The objective of the program is to “bring the community at large closer together and show as an example to other communities the creative influence that the arts can bring to their quality of life.” The McKinney Center is a department within the Town of Jonesborough.

For more information, email Theresa Hammons at theresah@jonesborougtn.org or call 423-753-0562.

Tennessee Serves: Volunteer Clean-up Day at Sycamore Shoals Historic Site

Wednesday – September 4th, 2019 from ten am to noon

Take part in this great way to serve your local community by joining park staff for a morning dedicated to keeping our park beautiful. Projects may include litter clean-up and light trail maintenance. Please dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring your own snacks and drinking water. Meet at the Park Visitor Center for instruction and supplies. Register Here.

Scarecrow Planter Project at The Home Depot In Johnson City

Saturday – September 7th, 2019 from 9 am to noon

Harvest the fun during our hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a scarecrow planter. Your young farmer can learn how a seed grows while you help them construct a festive home for their plant. They will sand, glue, and paint pieces of wood to create this holiday planter. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Register here.

Sassafras Moon Herb Festival in Erwin

Saturday – September 7th, 2019 from 10 am to 4 pm

Three educational tracks: Herbal Propagation, Medicinal Herbs, and Appalachian Folk Herbal Medicine. A first-ever FREE herbal festival in beautiful downtown Erwin, TN! Come and connect, learn, taste, and grow with us as we celebrate HERBS!

Walking Trees, Flying Plants at Warrior’s Path State Park

Monday – September 9th, 2019 from 4 pm to 6 pm

You’ll never see a tree walk or a plant fly, but the SEEDS of trees and plants must travel. Hold a seed, and you are holding the future in your hand! Here’s YOUR chance to touch the future. We’ll learn how to mimic seed dispersal – the way seeds “walk” and “fly” to new places. We’ll process and prepare native tree seeds so they can sprout and grow. Each participant will get to take home some seeds ready to plant, and also a digital version of the Forest Service handbook on tree seed culture. Be prepared for some messy work, and come dressed for the weather. Meet at the Pool Parking Lot. Cost is $2 each. Register here.

Homeschool Days at Rocky Mount

Homeschool Days at Rocky Mount

Mondays – September 9th, 2019 and September 16th, 2019

This program allows homeschooled children the opportunity to participate in Rocky Mount’s Tour & Craft program without having to have a “classroom” sized group to come. The Historic Site will open for Living History Tours from 10-4 with a pause for lunch.

Admission is $5 for everyone ages 5 and older, with a family rate of $20 for families of 5 or more. (Members of Rocky Mount are $3 for everyone ages 5 and older, with a family rate of $10.)

Each craft is $3 per child per session.

Craft options this year are as follows: Candle making, Food Preservation, Soap making, 18th-century games, and pewter casting. You must call and signup for the classes as there is a limited amount of space for each time slot.

Make your reservations today by calling us at (423) 538-7396!

Food and Fiction Book Sale at Kingsport Civic Auditorium

Friday and Saturday – September 13th and 14th, 2019

Book sale featuring cookbooks and fiction! This is a two-day sale Friday, September 13, and Saturday, September 14, 2019. Please save the date. Admission is free!

Proceeds will support First Book Greater Kingsport and Friends of the Kingsport Public Library.

Umoja Festival In Downtown Johnson City

Friday and Saturday – September 13th and 14th, 2019

Umoja (U-moja) (Oomoja), is Swahili for “Unity” which is to be in harmony and on one accord, to combine include all. Unity is the heart of this regional event with a history of more than two decades of successful celebrations. Click here for a schedule of entertainment and activities. This is a FREE festival!

Homeschool Days at Oak Hill School

September 13th, 2019 and  September 18th, 2019 from 9 am to 2 pm

The Heritage Alliance is excited to offer two days of lessons at the historic Oak Hill School this fall. The award-winning Oak Hill School Heritage Education program is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, and homeschool students are encouraged to come and experience history on September 13th or September 18th.

Oak Hill School was built in 1886 to serve the community of Knob Creek. The building served local residents until it was closed in the 1950s. The school building was moved the seven miles from Knob Creek to Jonesborough and placed in its current location behind the Visitors Center. Today, Oak Hill School invites students to come for a day-long experience and enroll in school in 1893. Reading, writing, arithmetic, history, geography – even the pledge of allegiance – are all as they were prior to the turn of the last century. The school day will last from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm on September 13th and 18th. This program is limited to 26 students, grades 1st – 12th, so sign up now!

Registration information is available at www.heritageall.org. The cost is $5 per student for the day at Oak Hill School. Students must register in advance. We cannot accept registration on the day of the event.

Storytime and Activities Featuring Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party at Barnes and Noble (JC)

Saturday, September 14th, 2019 at 11 am

Special Event, Children’s Event, Storytime (Children’s) – Pete the Cat makes his perfect pizza – pepperoni! Will it be ruined when his friends come over and add their own toppings or will Pete learn that the best kind of pizza is the one you share with your friends? Activities to follow, plus, get a coupon from our Café for a $4 Flatbread with any Café purchase (Café stores only).

Tipton Haynes Historic Site

Sorghum Festival at Tipton-Haynes Historic Site

Saturday – September 21st, 2019 from 9 am to 4 pm

Join us as our Sorghum team teaches about how sorghum is made and watch as they cook down the juices into sweet sorghum. The team will be showing the step for step process in the making of sorghum molasses, including having Mules turning the mill. Regular admission is required. Members of Tipton-Haynes are also FREE. Others $5.00 each – Children 3-12 $2.50

Pumpkin Patch And Corn Maze At Saldana Farms

Saturday, September 21, 2019, from 12 pm to 7 pm

Come join us at our Pumpkin Patch this year! We have thousands of pumpkins in our field to pick from. Children can even paint the pumpkins that they pick. We also have a fun corn maze this year!! Throughout the pumpkin patch, there are tons of cute areas for couples and/or families to take pictures as well! We will also have face painting and pony rides available!
Admission to the event is free. Corn Maze- $5 per person. Pumpkins are priced according to size. Pumpkin painting is $2 per child.

fREADom Party at The Johnson City Public Library

Tuesday, September 24, 2019, from 6 pm to 7:30 pm

Celebrate Banned Books Week and come out to learn, discuss, and craft about banned books, censorship, and freedom of information. This program is intended for ages 12-18. Registration is required.

Pulitzer Project at Elizabethton/Carter County Library

September 24th, 2019 at 5:30 pm

The Elizabethton Carter County Public Library will be hosting a year-long Pulitzer Project Reading group. Join us as we look back over 100 years of literature to see if we can imagine what literature will look like in 100 years.

Art Struck Festival at Founder’s Park

Saturday – September 28th, 2019 from 10 am to 8 pm

The Art●Struck Festival will bring together artists and arts organizations to celebrate and support the arts community while highlighting the public art pieces that have been installed throughout downtown Johnson City. This festival will offer high-quality artwork for sale to the public, art demonstrations and activities for all ages. One defining feature of the festival will be the Puppet March with the Cattywampus Puppet Council, which will involve the display of giant, paper mache puppets as community members and the council march through Founders Park. Attendees will also have the opportunity to enjoy the Art Picnic, a participatory temporary art installation that involves the painting of an array of large canvas picnic “blankets”. Other highlights include pop-up theater performances and other types of performance art, pop-up exhibition space for the Reece Museum and William King Museum of Art, road roller printmaking, and more! Join us for this special event and celebrate all the latest additions to public art in Johnson City.

Solar Scope and Star Party at Hands-On Discovery Center

Saturday – September 28th, 2019 from 9 am to 9 pm

During the day, 9am-5pm – Solar Scope for Fall Astronomy Day
Join us for some stargazing of our Sun gazing in recognition of the upcoming Fall Astronomy Day!  Take a turn using our Celestron EclipSmart solar telescope, which is able to directly align to the Sun and filter the intense sunlight for safe solar observation!  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. Included with general admission.

At night, 7-9pm -Star Party
Join us for some out-of-this-world stargazing in recognition of the upcoming Fall Astronomy Day!  Take a turn using our Celestron NexStar computerized telescope or astronomy binoculars.  Weather permitting, stay tuned to social media for more information and for updates regarding weather.  Limited access to scopes and binoculars based on attendees.  Admission is $3 per person ages 4+, children 3 and younger are free.  Exhibit spaces are closed during this event.

Owl Feeding at Roan Mountain State Park

Saturday – September 28th, 2019 from 7:30 pm to 8 pm

Join Park Ranger Keifer Helle at the Park Headquarters at 7:30 pm to learn and observe all about owls and their eating behaviors. More information here.

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Dollywood Homeschool Days

September 1st through 30th, 2019

Special Rates Available to Homeschool Students & Families During Homeschool Days at Dollywood!

One-Day Admission To Dollywood

Homeschool Students (K-12) $37+tax
Adults $48+tax

PLUS – Homeschool students receive FREE LUNCH!

Reservations must be made at least 72 hours in advance by calling 888-428-6789. Homeschool tickets are NOT available for purchase at Dollywood’s front gate. One-Day Admission To Dollywood’s Splash Country – All Ages 4+ $37+tax
*Reservations must be made at least 72 hours in advance by calling 888-428-6789. Homeschool tickets are NOT available for purchase at Dollywood’s Splash Country front gate.*

Click here for more information plus deals on staying at Dreammore Resort

Autumn In Oz at Beech Mountain

September 6-8, 2019 and September 13-15, 2019

Celebrate the 80th Anniversary of this classic MGM film at the 26th Annual Autumn at Oz Festival – one of the world’s largest Wizard of Oz events! Skip down the Yellow Brick Road atop Beech Mountain – one mile high in the sky – where you will literally be over the rainbow.

If you’ve ever gone searching for your heart’s desire, look no further. You will experience the magic of Oz during this two-week event where the Scarecrow, TinMan, and Lion are ready to greet you on your travels, along with all of your other favorite characters from the classic story! This is the only event of its kind where you are immersed into the actual Land of Oz and may run into a Munchkin, Flying Monkey, or Toto, too!

18th Annual Homeschool Festival At Biltmore

September 19th through 20th, 2019

COST (pricing below does not include 7% NC tax)
$23.00 per person 4 years old and up.
Biltmore Annual Passholder adult free with paying child/youth.

Sustainability at Biltmore

For information, pricing and reservations, call our toll free number 866-851-4661 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Join us for hands-on activities and demonstrations that highlight sustainability at Biltmore. This one-day event (choose Thursday or Friday) includes a morning or afternoon time at the Homeschool Festival area. You may then enjoy the rest of your day with a self-guided visit to Biltmore House, Gardens, Conservatory, and Antler Hill Village and Winery. All Homeschool Festival activities will be held near the Antler Hill Farm area.

The Tweetsie Railroad Ghost Train 

  • 2019 Theme: “Terror in the Trenches”
  • Purchase a ticket for a specific night and train ride time
  • Advance tickets required
  • Admission $44 for adults and $38 for children (age 3-12)
  • Children 2 and under enter FREE
  • A limited number of Guests admitted nightly
  • Ghost Train Ride
  • Haunted House
  • Halloween Shows on Main Street
  • Black Hole™
  • Trick-or-Treating
  • Freaky Forest
  • Warp Tunnel
  • Tweetsie Palace Spooktacular Black Light Show

Old Mill Heritage Day in Pigeon Forge

Saturday, September 28, 2019, from 10 am to 6 pm

is a family-friendly way to experience the past and present of the area. This free event includes many exciting ways to see firsthand what life as a Smoky Mountain pioneer was like. Activities include mountain crafts & demos, such as pumpkin painting, quilting demonstrations, a farmer’s market, sorghum making demonstrations, and more! There will also be world-class bluegrass, traditional folk songs, cloggers, twirlers, and square dancing.

Be sure to bring the whole family, as there are plenty of kids activities. There will be a petting zoo, fire truck, kid’s music and also a special arts & crafts tent. These activities will be available until 4 pm.

Attendees will also be able to take a free guided tour of the 188-year-old Historic Old Mill and see how antique engines and farm tractors were used.

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Special Opportunity’s This Month

Auditions for Miracle on 34th Street at Theatre Bristol

September 28 at 10:30 am, September 29 at 2:30 pm, September 30 at 6:30 pm, October 1 at 6:30 pm

Auditions for men, women, and children. Auditions will consist of cold reading, singing Christmas carols a cappella with a small group, and performing simple movements. Auditions will consist of cold reading, singing Christmas carols a cappella with a small group, and performing simple movements.

Special Volunteer Opportunity This Month

Tennessee Serves: National Public Lands Day 2019 at Roan Mountain State Park

Volunteer work day event for participants ages 12 and up. Please dress for the weather and for wet and muddy conditions. Wear sturdy shoes/boots, pack lunch/snacks, and drinking water. Specific project details to be determined but could include light trail maintenance, river clean-up, or invasive species removal. Please meet at Park Headquarters and be prepared to caravan to work sites throughout the park. Register Here

Fall Hike Up Roan Mountain

We hope you have found a few options for family-friendly fun that you can not resist. Grab your calendar and schedule some time with the people you love most! And let us know if you have an event to share in the comments section below. We love to hear from you!

Be blessed,


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