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 "Godspell" Dinner Theatre Production by Bluff City UMC Opens May 13

Contact: Samantha Gray
Bluff City United Methodist Church
"Godspell" Dinner Theatre Production by Bluff City UMC Opens May 13
Four performances of this classic Broadway musical for one weekend only!
Bluff City, TN -- Bluff City United Methodist Church presents the Broadway award-winning musical, Godspell, and dinner theatre with matinee and evening performances May 13, 14, & 15 at Bluff City UMC’s Wesley Center 265 Main Street, Bluff City, TN, with tickets on sale now.

Bluff City UMC’s presentation of Godspell is a high school senior final project production, directed by Camille Gray. Camille will be attending Emory & Henry College Fall 2016 to pursue a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. She began her theatre career in 2003 with Theatre Bristol at the age of five. Since then, Camille has been involved in more than 30 productions in the Tri-Cities area. Camille's project benefits Bluff City UMC ministries and missions.


This May, Jonesborough Repertory Theatre takes us back to Jane Austen’s 19th Century England, where beautiful gowns, balls, tea parties and handsome beaux are sure to abound.

Or at least, they should have.

But Sense & Sensibility tells the tale of two sisters who have been made destitute by the death of their father, the law of primogeniture and an unkind brother. Forced to move to the distant county of Devon and to rely on the kindness of a stranger, they attempt to make a new life despite their inconvenient circumstances.

The eldest, Elinor, is marked by her good sense and calm nature, while the younger, Marianne, delights in life with a near-reckless exuberance. The girls must learn from each other’s strengths as they encounter the adventures, heartbreaks, challenges and loves their new life brings their way.

And—not to worry—Austen makes sure a few of those gowns, balls and handsome fellows make it into the story before all is said and done.

The cast includes Catherine Squibb as Elinor, Caroline Garber as Marianne and Natalie Justice as their mother, Mrs. Dashwood. Into the girls’ lives come also Edward Ferrars (played by Sam Harrod), Mr. Willoughby (played by Ryan Gray) and Colonel Brandon (played by Joseph Gumina). Included in the rest of the cast are Christopher Sutton, Summer Boothe, Kari Tuthill, Jason Headen, Tayler Jones, Abigail Anderson, Brooklynn DeFreece, and Matthew Anderson.

Sense & Sensibility runs May 13 through May 29. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $16 general admission, $14 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets, call the Jonesborough Visitors Center at (423)753-1010 or go online at www.jonesboroughtheatre.com. Season passes are also available.

 Wetlands Water Park, located at 1523 Persimmon Ridge Road in Jonesborough is pleased to announce that the park’s season passes for 2016 will go on sale April 11.

The best value for local summer time fun just got a whole lot better as Wetlands Water Park will once again offer season passes at a discounted rate for a limited time.

Purchase 2016 adult or child season passes between April 11 through May 13 and save $10 on each pass. Passes can be purchased at the Jonesborough Water Department Office, located at 123 Boone Street, online by visiting wetlandsjonesborough.com and printing off the registration form or by visiting jonesboroughtn.org.

“We had such a positive response from folks that purchased the season passes last year, that we thought it would be a great way to extend our appreciation and offer the discount again,”   Wetlands Water Park Director Matt Townsend said.

Celebrating its 23rd season of being East Tennessee and West North Carolina’s local destination for fun in the sun within a safe family environment, Wetlands Water Park, operated by Jonesborough’s Department of Parks and Recreation, offers:

• A comfortable heated pool
• Three flume water slides
• Two child’s otter slides
• A relaxing lazy river
• Zero depth entry pool
• An affordable full service café
• Beach volleyball court 
“Wetlands Water Park also features great deals on after-hours park rentals, birthday parties, swim lessons and group incentives,” Townsend said.

Jonesborough’s Wetlands Water Park opens for the 2016 summer season on Saturday, May 28. For additional information, visit wetlandsjonesborough.com or call 423-753-1561.

On Saturday, May 7 the Jonesborough Farmers Market will kick off their 2016 season on Courthouse Square in downtown Jonesborough from 8 a.m. to noon.

This year, the market expects to have at least 50 vendors over the course of the summer, with nearly 25 vendors featured during their weekly Saturday market. 

You’ll see some new products including produce farmers and the earliest tomatoes they've ever had from McAnally Farm located in Grainger Co.

Another new vendor at this year’s Market is Crow Bar Farm from Little Switzerland, NC, who will be selling jams, jellies and baking mixes. Local favorite, Free Reign Farm from Elizabethton will also be expanding to sell their GMO-free chicken and pork.
“At the first Market, customers can expect goat cheese, baked goods, plants and herbs, spring produce including greens such as baby kale, lettuce mix, bok choi, bunching onions, watercress as well as eggs, chicken, pork and beef,” Kruse said.

The Jonesborough Farmers Market also features select crafts and live acoustic music starting at 9 a.m. with breakfast and coffee from 8 to 10 a.m. each Saturday.  Breakfast items include local products from a joint venture between Boone Street Market, the Farmers Market and community volunteers. 

Also located in downtown Jonesborough, the year round farmers market store, Boone Street Market, will open at 10 a.m. so customers can complement their Jonesborough Farmers Market purchases with Boone Street Market’s local products such as milk, butter, cow cheese, lamb, cheese, crackers, coffee, ice cream and chocolate.

The Jonesborough Farmers Market started in 2008 by residents and is known for being a producer-only market. The Market offers 100% local products and customers have the opportunity to meet the farmer that grows their food every week.

For more information visit www.jonesborough.locallygrown.net or call 423-458-2122.

Featuring more than 30 artists with over 50 works from around the region and attracting numerous visitors, Jonesborough’s Open Juried Art Show has been noted as one of the region’s premier exhibitions. The exhibit runs April 15 through May 7, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The juror, Mark Scala, Curator of American Art at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, Tennessee selected the exhibition’s final pieces.  He will be present on April 15 to provide a lecture at the International Storytelling Center at 6 p.m., and will be assisting with the presentation of awards at the opening reception at 7 p.m. at the McKinney Center.  The lecture, reception, and the exhibit is free and open to the public. 

The exhibit runs April 15 through May 7, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. An opening reception will take place April 15 at 7 p.m.
For more information on Jonesborough’s Open Juried Art Show, contact Theresa Hammons at 423.753.0562 or theresah@jonesboroughtn.org.

 Bristol Ballet presents the annual Student Concert, Cinderella, at the Paramount Center for the Arts on Saturday, May 21 at 5:00 p.m.

Cinderella tells the well known rags to riches story of a hardworking, beautiful soon-to-be princess. The music of Sergei Prokofiev, who finished the score for the ballet in 1945, provides the backdrop for this moving performance.  Your emotions will soar as drama, sorrow, comedy, and happiness are all wrapped into the classic ballet.

Special guest artist Israel Rodriguez appears as the Prince.  Mr. Rodriguez is a former Orlando ballet dancer and instructor who performs and teaches in central Florida and across the world with various groups.  Camille Clark, guest artist and former Bristol Ballet Company member, will accompany Mr. Rodriguez as Cinderella.  To complete the story, students in Pre-ballet to Senior Company will put their best foot forward dressed as fairies, mice, and even a clock! 

Tickets to the performances are $6 for children, $8 for students and seniors, and $10 for adults (plus box office fees and taxes). Tickets may be purchased at The Paramount Center for the Arts box office or online at www.paramountbristol.org. Call 423-274-8920 to purchase by phone.

For more information about other Bristol Ballet programming, visit www.BristolBallet.org.


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