November 2, 2010
31st Annual ARTS & CRAFTS Show
(Fri-Sun) November 5-7 @ Civic Auditorium
FREE ADMISSION AT THE DOOR!! Fun Shopping for All!
Friday, November 5 (12noon--7pm)
Saturday, November 6 (10am--6pm)
Sunday, November 7 (12noon--5pm)
423-392-8416 / 392-8414
KINGSPORT - Kingsport’s Christmas Connection, an event sponsored by the Cultural Arts Division of Kingsport’s Parks and Recreation, is celebrating 31 years of arts and crafts. This year’s arts and crafts show will be Friday November 5 from noon to 7 p.m., Saturday, November 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday November 7, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium located on Fort Henry Drive next to Dobyns-Bennett High School. Admission to this fun-filled, shopping event is free and open to the public.
Christmas Connection has been around for 31 years because it is a charming old-fashion festival hosting the region’s best arts and crafts vendors. The Civic Auditorium will be filled with hand-made clothing, beautiful glass, jewelry, original photography, delicate woodworking, floral arrangements, Christmas ornaments, baked goods, toys, watercolors, paintings, figurines, pottery, baskets, candles, tapestries, heated pillows, needlework, dolls and much more. Vendors from 5 states are represented including: Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, and West Virginia.
Along with the artists and crafters in the Main Hall all rooms on the east and west sides of the facility will be filled to capacity. A bake sale at the entry of the building will feature everything from breads and cookies to slices of cake and whole cakes and pies and the famous pumpkin rolls. Patrons wishing to purchase any baked goods are urged to come early because these items don’t last long, especially the pumpkin rolls. Outside, patrons will find that sweet and salty treat, kettle corn, being made fresh all day. The holiday show is free and open to the public. Musical entertainment will be offered throughout the event including Acoustic Encounters, Gerald Sheppard and others. Acoustic Encounters is an ensemble of local guitar players featuring ‘Chet Atkins’ style arrangements, Gerald Sheppard plays acoustic finger style guitar.
The Holidays are fast approaching and this is an excellent opportunity to grab some holiday cheer, support master craftsmen and find unique gifts and treasures. Shoppers can spend the day shopping inside; out of the weather and amongst quality art and crafts. The Christmas Connection Café has concessions to enjoy. Shoppers won’t have to lose your parking spot to eat elsewhere. Come visit the Christmas Connection. For more information or directions to the Christmas Connection, please call 423-392-8414.