Out and About Tri-Cities – November 2017

Family Friendly Events In The Tri-Cities

Out and About Tri-Cities November 2017

Family Friendly Events In The Tri-Cities

November? Really! Is it just me or has this year started running in fast forward? The good news, this is in my opinion, the best time of the whole year! Here we are just weeks away from Thanksgiving. And then comes Christmas with all of its glory! I absolutely love everything about this season, except the cold.


There are so many ways to get out there and make some amazing holiday memories with your family. Grab your calendar and set some dates! We better grab on to every moment we have left of 2017!

Milligan Orchestra Fall Concert

Saturday – November 4th, 2017 at 7:30 pm

The Milligan Orchestra, under the direction of Professor of Music Dr. Kellie Brown, will present a fall concert featuring 500 years of rich and varied compositions by English and American composers. Works will encompass staples of the string orchestra repertoire, such as Charles Avison’s “Concerto in G Minor” and Benjamin Britten’s Simple Symphony, in addition to works drawn from literary characters such as Sherlock Holmes in 221B Baker Street and TV themes from Downton Abbey and Young Frankenstein. Senior vocal education major Grant Coakley will perform Purcell’s ethereal An Evening Hymn, and one of the college’s premier a cappella groups, Heritage, will perform a rollicking set of English madrigals with the orchestra. In addition, Milligan Librarian Mary Jackson will make her debut playing the typewriter in a performance of Leroy Anderson’s classic, The Typewriter. This event is free.

Sabine Hill Is Finally Open and Offering Tours

Various Dates Available Beginning November 5th, 2017

Built by the widow of Brigadier General Nathaniel Taylor, Mary Patton Taylor, this beautiful surviving example of Federal architecture is a must see.   Restored by the Tennessee Historical Commission and operated by Tennessee State Parks, the house has been returned to its 1818 splendor. During your tour, you will have the opportunity to take in the colorful and architecturally detailed interior while learning about the Taylor family who called Sabine Hill home in the early 19th century. Several dates are already sold out. Cost is $7.00 for adults and $3.00 for children age 7 and up. Meet at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 W. Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643. Register Here for your tour.

Great Volunteer Opportunity – Day of Service at Darrell’s Dream Boundless Playground

Saturday – November 11th, 2017 from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm

We are excited to partner with our friends at the Kiwanis Club of Kingsport to assist with the Day of Service dedicated to Darrell’s Dream “Boundless” Playground. This is a special playground built by the community and a place where all children of all abilities can play and learn. Volunteers are needed from 8:30 AM – 1 PM, but are not required to work an entire shift. Lunch and refreshments will be provided for the volunteers. Assist with weeding, mulching, cleaning playground equipment, removing leaf debris, painting and more.To learn more about how you can help click here.

Colonial Harvest Celebration at Sycamore Shoals

Saturday and Sunday – November 11th and 12th, 2017

The Washington County Regiment of North Carolina Militia, host living history organization for Sycamore Shoals, will present a Colonial Harvest Celebration inside Fort Watauga. In Colonial America, before Thanksgiving was declared a national holiday, each colony or community observed days of thanksgiving usually after the harvest had been brought in or after a significant military victory. Join the Washington County Militia for their annual Harvest Home Activities. Harvest events throughout the weekend will include; a reading of colonial governor Richard Caswell’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, open-hearth cooking, flintlock musket and rifle demonstrations, militia drill and training, and many more aspects and demonstrations of daily life on the colonial American frontier. Learn more here.

Preserving Family History Workshop at Bristol Public Library

Tuesday – November 14th, 2017 at 5:00 pm

With the holiday drawing families together, it’s the perfect opportunity for genealogists—amateurs and experts alike—to record precious family memories and preserve family history. But how do you make genealogy fun and interesting for everyone? It’s easy! Visit Bristol Public Library on November 14 for a free workshop on “Preserving Family History for the Next Generation” and learn how to make family genealogy fun, fast, and easy. Starting at 5:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room, Kristin will provide participants with organizational strategies, fun ideas, and jumping off points for families who want to learn more about their history and grow a little closer this holiday season. Registration is not required. To learn more about the genealogy workshop, contact BPL at 276-645-8781

The Diary of Anne Frank Play at ETSU

November 16th through 19th, 2017

See the story of Anne Frank performed at ETSU in the Bud Frank Theatre. Tickets are available here and the costs are $10.00 for General Admission and $5.00 for youth.

The Diary of Anne Frank – In this transcendently powerful new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, Anne Frank emerges from history a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination. An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence—their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief. Each day of these two dark years, Anne’s voice shines through: “When I write I shake off all my cares. But I want to achieve more.”

Early Bird Special Doorbuster – Roan Mountain State Park

Friday – November 24th, 2017 at 6:30 am

No, you won’t be fighting crowds at the mall to save a few bucks on a new television or waiting in line in the early hours of the morning to snag some “doorbuster” special… This Black Friday, set your alarm to get out of bed early and join a Park Ranger to enjoy the sunrise over Roan Mountain. No stress, no crowds, no over-hyped commercialization of your holiday weekend in an effort to make you spend more money. Just the peace and tranquility provided by observing a quiet moment of beauty in nature. Meet a Park Ranger at the Miller Farmstead Entrance Gate just off Hwy 143 in Roan Mountain State Park at 6:30 AM to caravan to the Farmstead Overlook for sunrise viewing. Please dress in WARM layers. You may bring a camp chair and/or blankets if you choose.
This program will be canceled in case of bad weather. Meet at: Farmstead Gate – Register here!

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Collection Week is November 15th through 20th this year. To learn more and find drop off locations click here.

Veterans Day is the 7th. We have a tradition where we get the family together and we fix treats and good coffee, and hot cocoa, and settle in for about three or four hours to fill out Christmas cards for the troops.

T insisted when we first started this tradition that we write a genuine Christmas message inside each card, so it takes us awhile.It is time well spent. This is a tradition that we all deeply value. Honoring our troops is a part of our lives all through the year but our hearts break when we think of them sacrificing the holidays to protect us. It’s hard to imagine how difficult it would be to find yourself so far away from home and all the people that make it home on Christmas morning. So, we encourage you to start this tradition with your family too. You will give a lot of gifts this Christmas season, why not make these your first ones and get the season started right. Here is a post that will explain what you can and cannot include and where to send your cards when you are finished. The deadline is November 25th this year but that is when they have to be received. If you are mailing them to Georgia, better have them ready a few days early.

Christmas Events are starting this month!

Instead of including them in this post I have a separate post – Christmas Events in the Tri-Cities where you can find everything from Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies, Christmas Parades, and Christmas Plays plus more. I will be adding to this throughout the month so make sure to come back and keep checking for more fun and family-friendly opportunities! Check it out!

One last quick reminder – World Kindness Day is November!

This is something T and I love to celebrate and we do so every year. You can get inspired and find out how we do it by checking out this post!

Thank you for visiting our blog today! We wish you a blessed holiday season! You’re invited to sign up for our monthly newsletter for more family-friendly posts! Also, please feel welcome to make suggestions for great events I have not listed in the comments section below. We love to hear from you!

Be Blessed,



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