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Good Samaritan Ministries will be giving out food boxes through our Summer Food Program on Tuesday, June 28 at 9:00am. This program benefits families who have school age children that receive reduced or free lunches and have applied for and/or referred to us through schools, agencies and others throughout the 8 counties in East Tennessee. Over 250 families receive a substantial amount of food to include meats, canned foods, rice, breakfast items, and other foods for meal preparation as well as necessary paper and hygiene products. We are inviting the whole community to partner with us to complete the third and final distribution. You can send your donations to PO Box 2441, Johnson City, TN, 37604 or give online at www.goodsamjc.org. We also welcome groups to host food drives as well, please call us at 423-928-0288.
This distribution will take place at 100 North Roan St. Johnson City, TN 37601. The last Summer Food Program distribution is scheduled for July 26 at 9am, followed by our annual Back to School Picnic on July 31.

The annual Remote Area Medical event will be held at the Wise County Fairgrounds July 22-24th. It includes free women’s health services, Urinary consults, a free skin cancer screening, as well as foot & nail and dental issues.  All RAM services are free and appointments are not required. It is first come first served. For more information call the Health Wagon at (276) 328-8850.

The Jonesborough Repertory Theatre is taking a trip back in time for its annual production of the 1940s USO Show. A true local favorite, the 1940s USO Show will run June 24 through July 9.The 1940s USO Show is a family-friendly play that is like jumping inside a time machine and turning the date back to 75 years ago. Playwright and artistic director of the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre, Jennifer Schmidt created this truly patriotic play to honor local veterans during the Fourth of July. With its small-town, American charm and vintage charisma, the 1940s USO Show is a one-of-a-kind production that can only be seen at the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre in Tennessee's oldest town. 
Directed and written by Jennifer Schmidt, the 1940s USO Show features patriotic, time-period costumes, singing, dancing and acting all under on the set of a live radio show broadcast from the 1940s. 

The cast includes Heather Allen, Josh Baldwin, Janette Gaines, Madelyn Goward, Joe Gumina, Shawn Hale, Megan Knight, Lindy Ley, Jaclyn Loreal, Emily Nagy, Drew Ogle, Jennifer Schmidt, Lucas Schmidt, Jessica Shelton, Don Squibb, Sharon Squibb, Craig Thompson, Alex Vanburen and Brittany Whitson

Tickets are $16 general admission, $14 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets, visit jonesboroughtheatre.com or call the Jonesborough Visitors Center Box Office at (423)753-1010. 2016-2016 season passes are also available.

Step back in time 240 years to a colorful revolutionary world and witness life as it was on the 18th century frontier during a very tumultuous time. In the summer of 1776 colonial leaders met in Philadelphia to draft a document that would forever change the world. As our guest to Fort Watauga, you too can be part of the excitement as news of American Independence reaches the colonial frontier. What did the colonists think about a new nation? Walk among historical characters and hear their varied reactions to the Declaration, from fear of war to the hope of a brighter future.
The Washington County Regiment of North Carolina Militia, host living history organization at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, will be encamped in and around Fort Watauga giving visitors a glimpse of life in 1776. A myriad of activities will unfold throughout the weekend such as militia drill and training, artillery firing demonstrations, open hearth cooking, tomahawk throwing and a special reading of the Declaration of Independence on Saturday at 1:00.
Get an early start on your Independence celebrations and bring the entire family out for a weekend full of history, patriotism, education, and family fun. The event will run from 10:00 until 4:00 on Saturday, July 2nd and 10:00 until 3:00 on Sunday, July 3rd   Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park is located at 1651 W. Elk Ave. Elizabethton, TN 37643. For more information about this event please contact the park at 423-543-5808.

Godmothers, grandmothers, mothers, and all those with a fairy spirit in your heart are invited to spend an afternoon with your little fairy! Saturday, June 25 from 1-3pm at Cumberland Square Park, Bristol Ballet will host a Fairy Party. The Fairy Party will feature a Scavenger Hunt, Fairy Treats, a Belk Fashion Show, and more! Fairy wings and accessories are provided.  Tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for children.

The funds raised at the Fairy Party benefit the Bristol Ballet’s operations, performances and two scholarship programs:  The Jerry Goodpasture Tuition Assistance Fund and the Teresangela Memorial Scholarship Fund.  The Jerry Goodpasture Tuition Assistance Fund is a need-based fund that provides tuition assistance to qualifying students aged 5 and older.  The Teresangela Memorial Scholarship Fund is a competitive scholarship fund for advanced students.  Tuition for regular season classes, summer intensive classes, dance wear and other fees are provided for through the scholarship. 

Please contact Bristol Ballet at 276-669-6051 or info@bristolballet.org to RSVP to the Fairy Party.  If you are unable to attend and would still like to donate, you may visit our website www.bristolballet.org

 Historic Jonesborough, Tennessee’s Oldest Town, will celebrate the 46th annual Jonesborough Days Festival on June 30 through July 2 with family activities, regional music, parade, fireworks and storytelling.

The 2016 Jonesborough Days Festival will begin Thursday, June 30 at 5 p.m. and continue through Saturday July 2 at 10 p.m. The annual fireworks show will take place on Friday, July 1 at 10 p.m. and the parade will take place on Saturday, July 2 at 10 a.m.

Thursday’s activities include the popular Food City Low County Shrimp Boil at the International Storytelling Center from 5 to 7 p.m.  Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the Jonesborough Visitors Center or International Storytelling Center.

Festival hours include Thursday, June 30 from 5 to 10 p.m., Friday, July 1 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, July 2 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Admission to the festival is free and open to the public.

The festival has been voted as one of the top events in the southeast and is known for its community patriotism and nostalgic atmosphere. Various entertainment and activities will take place throughout the historic district on all three days. Doc’s Front Porch sponsored by Ferguson Enterprises will feature a variety of storytellers and musicians on the plaza at the International Storytelling Center.  The Main Stage will also feature entertainment each evening from 6 to 10 p.m. including The Beach Nite Band on Thursday, White Top Mountain Band and Blue Foxx on Friday and Jackdaw’s 7 and Amythyst Kiah on Saturday.  The festival will also host nearly 70 vendors, showcasing local handmade wares and a variety of marketplace items available. And of course, there will be some great festival food vendors serving a variety of foods from BBQ to funnel cakes.

A new attraction for children and families this year will be the First Tennessee Foundation #OnlyInJonesborough Discovery Park located behind the Storytelling Center. There you will find lots of hands-on ways to experience activities only found in Jonesborough including McKinney Center art and performance classes, Oak Hill School sessions, period games from the Heritage Alliance and more. Visit Discovery Park on Friday and Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and see what all Jonesborough has to discover.

The Tri-State Antique Power Association will have a variety of vintage tractors and equipment on display downtown.  The eating contests will also return beginning with the Pepper Eating Contest on Friday at 5 p.m., the Olde Town Pancake Eating Contest on Saturday following the parade and the newest addition includes the Bull Dog Hot Dog Eating Contest on Saturday at 5 p.m.

The Jonesborough Repertory Theatre will also present its ever-popular 1940s USO Show with performances scheduled all weekend. And the Saratoga Social Connection will give folks a chance to relax, recharge their devices with free Wi-Fi and connect to Jonesborough’s social media accounts.

Parking and shuttles are available at the Jonesborough Middle School for $5 per car. For a complete event schedule or for more information on the 46th Annual Jonesborough Days Festival, call 423.753.1010 or visit Jonesborough Days on Facebook.


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