Events

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The Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park is pleased to present the annual “Breakfast with the Grinch” program on Saturday, December 2.

Join the Grinch and Cindy-Lou Who for a fun-filled holiday event in the Museum’s Victorian Parlor. Participants will dine on green eggs and ham while enjoying a reading of the Dr. Seuss classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

“Breakfast with the Grinch” offers two seatings on Saturday, December 2: one at 9 a.m. and one at 10:30 a.m. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your seats early.

For more information, or to register, please call the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park at 276-523-1322.


Are you tired of the hustle and bustle that always accompanies this time of year? If so, step back in time to the 18th century and enjoy a colonial Christmas at the beautiful Carter Mansion. Join Colonel John Carter, the Carter family, and all their friends for a glimpse into simpler time, when Christmas was the grandest celebration of the entire year. In colonial America the Christmas season was celebrated as a month long array of merriment and festivities signaled by caroling, feasting, dances, foxhunts, and the firing of Christmas guns. Christmas on the colonial frontier would have been much different though, with only the simplest of pleasures being offered by the humble backwoods settlers. However, in contrast, the Carters would have displayed an opulence only seen in the finest homes of Williamsburg or Philadelphia. Spend a candlelit evening in the oldest frame house in Tennessee, decorated with bright greenery for the holidays. Enjoy music, hot cider, and 18th century interpreters as they transport you to a Colonial American Christmas. We look forward to your visit for this one-of-a-kind holiday gathering!

For more information please contact:
Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park (423) 543-5808


The Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park is pleased to present the 22nd Annual Festival of Trees. The Festival of Trees will begin Sunday, November 12 through Sunday,December 31. An incredible feat of community creativity and involvement, the Festival of Trees leaves all four floors of the stately Victorian home that houses the museum’s collections, lavishly decorated for the holiday season.

The tradition of the Festival of Trees began as a way to celebrate the holiday traditions of the Victorian era as well as to honor the role that C. Bascom Slemp—the driving force behind the establishment of the museum—played in establishing the American tradition of a “national Christmas tree.” Mr. Slemp served as the personal secretary to President Calvin Coolidge. In 1923, a group from the Electrical League and the Washington, D.C. public schools approached him with an idea for a Christmas tree to be erected on the White House lawn. Mr. Slemp took the idea to the First Lady, Grace Coolidge, who took up the cause. She recommended that the tree be placed on the ellipse south of the White House, and a tradition was born.

Volunteers from the Southwest Virginia region continue these traditions by decorating holiday trees, mantels, doorways and banisters throughout the Southwest Virginia Museum, sharing their creative talents and holiday spirit with all who visit the site. This year, 81 groups contributed their time and talent to create truly beautiful displays.

Visitors may tour the Festival of Trees through December 31 during regular museum hours and during special “night viewings” on December 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Regular admission rates apply, and group rates are available for parties of 10 or more. For more information about the Festival of Trees, please contact the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park at (276) 523-1322.


The Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park continues its 2017 Artisan Series of programs with the November theme of “Evergreen Wreath Making,” taught by park staff. The “Evergreen Wreath Making” workshop will be held on Monday, November 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Museum’s Victorian Parlor.

Participants who register for the “Evergreen Wreath Making” workshop will join park staff for a fun-filled evening learning how to create their own unique Evergreen Wreath.
The fee for the “Evergreen Wreath Making” workshop is $35 per person. All supplies and materials are included. Spaces are limited, so register early by calling (276) 523-1322.

The Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park’s Artisan Series will offer a craft project on the third Monday of every month from March through December, providing visitors with opportunities to create handmade crafts with regional artisans.

For more information about upcoming workshops, please contact the park at (276) 523-1322.


The Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park will host its First Saturday Community Coffee House on Saturday, December 2, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Poplar Hill Reunion will serve as the featured host for this month’s Coffee House.

Poplar Hill Reunion is a local acoustic string band that enjoys performing Appalachian mountain music. The group’s blend of old time melodies, traditional tunes, and original songs usually brings a smile to those who lend an ear. Current band members include Ann Smith on fiddle, Joey O’Quinn on banjo, Bill Newman on mandolin, Les Bailey on bass, Larry Mullins on autoharp/guitar, Dawn Bays on dulcimer, and Jim Gates on guitar. Their shared love of regional music led them to Mountain Empire Community College and the old time music/string band classes offered by the school. There they developed a lasting friendship. About ten years ago this group of friends began coming together for weekly “reunions” on top of the Poplar Hill area in Big Stone Gap to jam, tell stories, and enjoy fellowship around a pot of coffee.
The First Saturday Community Coffee House is an open-mic event and is open to all family-friendly performers. All interested musicians, storytellers, and poets should arrive by 6:30 p.m. for sign-up and scheduling. Admission is free to this program. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

For more information, please call the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park at 276-523-1322.


The Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park’s Artisan Series will offer a craft project on the third Monday of every month from March through December, providing visitors with opportunities to create handmade crafts with regional artisans.

For more information about upcoming workshops, please contact the park at (276) 523-1322.

The award-winning Virginia State Parks are managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.
For more information about Virginia State Parks’ activities and amenities or to make reservations in one of the more than 1,800 campsites or 300 climate-controlled cabins, call the Virginia State Parks Reservation Center at 800-933-PARK or visit www.virginiastateparks.gov.


Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park  

November 2017- Special Events and Workshops

Watauga Valley Fife & Drum Corps

Saturdays                                      10:00 am – 12 pm

The Fife & Drum Corps performs at historical events, dedications, and parades.  This group is open to anyone ages 13 & up.  Musical experience is welcome but not necessary; just come with a willingness to learn.  Meet at the Sycamore Shoals Visitors Center.  Lessons are free of charge, just call and let us know you’re coming!

 

Walking in Frontier Footsteps – After Thanksgiving Day Hike

Friday, November 24                          4:00 pm

Join Ranger Davis for a special guided interpretive walk through the grounds of Sycamore Shoals and along portions of the walking path on Friday, November 24. Discover the historical events that took place surrounding Sycamore Shoals and their significance to the formation of our State and Country.  Dress appropriately for the weather as we will be taking a casual stroll on the walking path and through the park grounds. Meet in the picnic area beside the Visitor Center, at 4:00 pm. Please no pets. Hike is by reservation only and subject to cancellation due to significantly inclement weather. Reservations must be made by Tuesday, November 21 at 3:30 pm EST. 

Old Time Music Jam – Led by Art Lang

Sunday, November 26           1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Enjoy the rich musical traditions of our region each month.  Old time musicians of all levels are welcome.  Don’t play and instrument?  Come on over, kick back, and enjoy the tunes!

Winterfest Art Show

November 19th until January 7th , 2018

Opening Reception:  Sunday, December 3       1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Kick off the holidays at Sycamore Shoals!  The Watauga Valley Art League exhibition and sale begins with a reception on December 3 with great opportunities for holiday shopping! Artwork from the Watauga Valley Art League will remain on display during regular park hours throughout the month of December until January 7th, 2018.

Lamplight Christmas Wreath Exhibit

November 19th  until January 7th, 2018

Tuesday – Saturday          9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday                                1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

A visit to the park Visitors Center is sure to inspire as the rooms will be graced with wreaths of all designs and colors hung from old time lampposts.  Please contact the park to request a place in this show.  Wreaths will be made by community members, civic groups and schools to bring to life the Christmas spirit of our region.

Traditional Arts Workshops

To join one or more classes, you must register in advance by calling 423-543-5808 and pre-pay. 

If you would like to receive updated information throughout the year, please send your email address to jennifer.bauer@tn.gov 


Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

Where Our Heritage Comes to Life! 

December 2017- Special Events and Workshops

Watauga Valley Fife & Drum Corps

Saturdays               10:00 am – 12 pm

The Fife & Drum Corps performs at historical events, dedications, and parades.  This group is open to anyone ages 13 & up.  Musical experience is welcome but not necessary; just come with a willingness to learn.  Meet at the Sycamore Shoals Visitors Center.  Lessons are free of charge, just call and let us know you’re coming!

The Liberty Spinners

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  Join us again in April 2018!

This gathering of spinners and fiber artists is open to anyone interested in the art of spinning.  Join us at 9:30 am on the 2nd Tuesday of each month (April to November).

Winterfest Art Show

November 19th until January 7th , 2018

Opening Reception:  Sunday, December 3           1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Kick off the holidays at Sycamore Shoals!  The Watauga Valley Art League exhibition and sale begins with a reception on December 3 with great opportunities for holiday shopping! Artwork from the Watauga Valley Art League will remain on display during regular park hours throughout the month of December until January 7th, 2018.

Lamplight Christmas Wreath Exhibit

November 19th until January 7th, 2018

Tuesday – Saturday            9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday                                 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

A visit to the park Visitors Center is sure to inspire as the rooms will be graced with wreaths of all designs and colors hung from old time lampposts.  Please contact the park to request a place in this show.  Wreaths will be made by community members, civic groups and schools to bring to life the Christmas spirit of our region.

Christmas at the Carter Mansion

Friday & Saturday, December 1 & 2         6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Spend a candlelit evening in the oldest frame house in Tennessee, decorated with bright greenery for the holidays.  Enjoy music, refreshments and historic interpreters acting out scenes from an 18th century Christmas.  This Christmas celebration is by reservation only by visiting http://tnstateparks.com/parks/events/sycamore-shoals/    Tours are $7.00 for adults, $3.00 for ages 7 to 17 and 6 and under are free.

Old Time Music Jam – Led by Art Lang

Happy Holidays!  See you again in January 2018!

Enjoy the rich musical traditions of our region each month.  Old time musicians of all levels are welcome.  Don’t play and instrument?  Come on over, kick back, and enjoy the tunes!


It’s going to be a white Christmas in Abingdon this season, regardless of the weather forecast.  Beginning Friday November 17, Abingdon celebrates “An Old-Fashioned White Christmas,” a month of family-friendly holiday activities.  At the heart of the holiday schedule is Barter Theatre’s “White Christmas,” which provided inspiration for the Town’s holiday celebration.

Experience a Christmas “just like the ones we used to know,” with a month of holiday celebrations in Abingdon, November 17th through December 9th.   Abingdon’s quaint downtown will be transformed in to a Christmas wonderland, with carolers, magical storefront displays, the scent of roasted chestnuts on the air and special events to celebrate the season.  There will be plenty of opportunities to find the perfect gift, as Abingdon’s merchants will stay open late each weekend to accommodate shoppers.

The Christmas season begins in Abingdon with the opening of Barter Theatre’s “White Christmas,” Friday November 17th.  Barter is a holiday tradition for many families in the region, and this year’s offering is a lavish production of the beloved Christmas movie. It’s a timeless tale of joy and goodwill filled with Irving Berlin’s best songs, topped off with glorious dancing and lots of snow, making this a show a holiday classic for all audiences. The fun continues with “Rudolph,” a holiday story for young audiences, and the hilarious comedies “A Tuna Christmas,” and “The Santaland Diaries,” (better suited for adults).

With plenty to see and do each weekend, families will want to plan to spend the entire day in Abingdon.

The Abingdon Farmers Market will hold a Holiday Market each Saturday morning from 10am to 12pm with baked goods, crafts and gifts, and Abingdon’s merchants will compete for the best store window, with “White Christmas” themed displays.  Other activities include free Christmas concerts, holiday craft workshops for kids, and photos with Santa, hosted by Abingdon’s businesses and non-profits. For a full list of holiday activities for families, go to VisitAbingdonVirginia.com/Christmas.

Town-wide events include:

Abingdon Merchants’ Holiday Open House

Sunday November 19th, 1pm to 6pm

Kick off the holiday season with a town-wide open house, hosted by Abingdon’s merchants. Jump-start the holiday season, with extended shopping hours (1pm to 6pm), free holiday concerts, and free refreshments at many stores. New this year, Abingdon’s businesses will compete for the most over-the-top window display, inspired by Barter Theatre’s “White Christmas.”

Small Business Saturday

Saturday November 25th, 11am to 7pm

Skip the Black Friday madness, and head to downtown Abingdon for Small Business Saturday.  Abingdon will celebrate with free family activities and extended merchant hours 11am to 7pm. Roasted chestnuts will be on sale at Main Street Town Park starting at 11am until supplies run out, and the cast of Barter Theatre’s “Rudolph” will be caroling 11am to 1pm on West Main Street. block between Cummings and Russell Road.

Santa’s Mailbox

November 15 – December 10

Make the holidays extra special for your little ones this year with a personal letter from the big guy, postmarked from North Pole, Alaska.  Write your letter to Santa, and drop it in Santa’s Mailbox, located next to The Candy Shed at 272 W. Main Street in downtown Abingdon.  Letters must be dropped off between November 15 and December 10, and must include a name and full return address.

Abingdon Christmas Tree Lighting and Christmas Parade

December 1st and 2nd

Friday December 1st is the annual Abingdon Christmas Tree Lighting, at 6:00pm At the Market Pavilion on Remsburg Drive. Saturday December 2nd is Abingdon’s Annual Christmas Parade, presented by the Kiwanis Club, 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  Abingdon Baptist Church will offer free cocoa and hot cider during the parade, while the American Chestnut Foundation will offer roasted chestnuts for sale.  Both events are free, and Abingdon’s merchants and restaurants will be open late to welcome families.

Go to VisitAbingdonVirginia.com/Christmas for a full list of holiday events and promotions.


If you would like your local event listed here, please send it to psa@wtfm.com

Or add it yourself to our Community Calendar