October 29, 2012
KINGSPORT - Kingsport’s Christmas Connection, an event sponsored by the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, is celebrating 33 years of arts and crafts. This year’s arts and crafts show will be Friday November 2 from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, November 3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday November 4, 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 33 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, floral arrangements, pottery, jewelry, delicate woodworking, Christmas ornaments, baked goods, toys, watercolors, paintings, figurines, baskets, candles, tapestries, heated pillows, needlework, dolls and much more. This year, courtesy of Bubba’s Book Store, several regional authors will be on hand each day to sign their books – a truly unique item for anyone in your family. Look for him in the Civic’s West Room.
Also joining us this year are the artists from Kingsport’s Senior Artisan Center. Make sure to stop in the Civic’s History room and check out their beautiful crafts.
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, the Ross Brothers. Acoustic Encounters is an ensemble of local guitar players featuring ‘Chet Atkins’ style arrangements, Gerald Sheppard plays acoustic finger style guitar. The Ross boys will also be back with their energetic old time fiddle and banjo.
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 their parking spot to eat elsewhere. Come visit the Christmas Connection. For more information or directions to the Christmas Connection, please call 423-392-8414.
The dates/hours are as follows:
Friday November 2, 2012 Noon-6pm
Saturday November 3, 2012 10am-6pm
Sunday November 4, 2012 12noon-5pm
Kingsport Civic Auditorium
1550 Fort Henry Dr.
About the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts:
The Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, part of the City of Kingsport, connects, coordinates and engages the public with a creative community. It operates a Public Art program, concert and theatrical events, the Carousel Project and a broad range of support to the area’s arts organizations. They work in tandem with a non-profit organization called EngageKingsport.com in order to facilitate their ambitious and broad agenda.
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To view pictures from previous Christmas Connections, please click here.