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Jingle and Mingle
When shops open, come experience guaranteed snow the first Saturday in December. Downtown merchants and restaurants will offer sales and specials. The always popular horse and carriage rides will return again this year.
Various locations in Downtown Kingsport – info@downtownkingsport.org

Christmas in the Country
The Exchange Place invites the community to experience demonstrations of traditional crafts by noted craftsmen, sale of craft items and home baked goods, tours of historic site, and beautiful decorations in grand holiday tradition.
Exchange Place – 423-288-6071
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Symphony of the Mountains Presents
“A Season to Believe in Kingsport”
Filled with the beauty of the holiday spirit, A Season to Believe will renew your sense of wonder with performances by Voices of the Mountains, Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy, Mountain Mission School Choir and Academy of Strings. Join us afterwards for a cookie and punch reception with a special visit from Santa.
Eastman’s Toy F. Reid Employee Center – $25 ticket required
3:00PM

Church Circle Ribbon Cutting
Please join us for a special ribbon cutting for our iconic Church Circle on December 2 at noon.
Church Circle – 423-246-6550

Kingsport’s Christmas Parade
The North Pole agrees that floats look beautiful with lights. You won’t want to miss the children’s faces lighting up with magic as our iconic parade moves to dusk and becomes part of a daylong celebration!
Downtown Kingsport – info@downtownkingsport.org – 5:00 PM

Tree Lighting in Church Circle
Join the community as we gather around our newly renovated church circle and celebrate the inaugural lighting of a brand new community Christmas tree.
Church Circle I info@downtownkingsport.org I 6:30 PM

Allandale Holiday Tours
Allandale Mansion is hosting its annual holiday tours! This yearly event is a great chance for the community to come enjoy the beauty of the mansion. Tours happen on December 2 from 1-6pm and December 3 from 1-5pm. Admission is $3.00 (adults and children 12+), $1.00 (children 7-12), and free for children under 7. Santa Claus will be at the mansion on Sunday only from 2:00 -4:00. The elegant Allandale Belles will be at the Mansion both days.
Allandale Mansion – 423-229-9422

 

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Experience the thrill of a nighttime mountain bike ride at Bays Mountain Park. On November 14 and 28, Bays Mountain Park and Reedy Creek Bicycles will lead a free mountain bike ride at Bays Mountain.

The rides will start at the Farmstead Museum at 6 p.m. and will last for approximately three hours. Participants will need to provide their own mountain bike for the ride.

All participants must follow safety guidelines including wearing a helmet and are required to complete and sign a waiver prior to the ride.

For more information on Bays Mountain, please visit baysmountain.com or call 423-229-9447.

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The Civic Auditorium will be filled with holiday cheer starting November 3 at noon! Wreaths, floral arrangements, primitive and country crafts, Christmas ornaments, pottery, stained glass, woodcrafts, handmade soaps and lotions, fabric crafts, needlework, doll clothing, jewelry, chronic glass, handmade greeting cards and paper art, leather crafts, candles and baked goods are just some of the gifts people can find at the Christmas Connection!

Kingsport’s 38th Annual Christmas Connection, a free admission event, will be held November 3rd through 5th at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium. Sponsored by the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, Christmas Connection hosts the region’s best arts and crafts vendors.

Continuing in the 2017 show, courtesy of Bubba’s Book Store, several regional authors will be on hand each day to sign their books in the Civic Auditorium West Room.  Also in attendance this year are the artists from Kingsport’s Senior Artisan Center. Their crafts will be set up in the Civic Auditorium History Room.

Outside, attendees will find kettle corn and food items available for purchase. Country favorites will be served on stage at the Christmas Connection Café and baked goods from Kingsport Ballet and Suzuki Talent Education will be at the entrance of the Civic Auditorium.

With the holidays fast approaching, Christmas Connection is a great place to find unique gifts and support master craftspeople in our region.

DATES/HOURS:
Friday             Nov. 3             12 Noon – 7 PM
Saturday        Nov. 4             10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday           Nov. 5             12 Noon – 4 PM

For more information on the Christmas Connection event, please visit www.EngageKingsport.com and search ‘Christmas Connection’ or call 423-392-8414.

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to all citizens of the Kingsport Tennessee-Virginia area and the public at large, there will be a Public Meeting of the Kingsport Area Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization (MTPO) Executive Board on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 1:30 P.M. (EST) 2nd Floor Council Room, Kingsport City Hall, 225 West Center Street, (downtown) Kingsport, Tennessee. Copies of the agenda and supporting documentation can be found in the Improvement Building, City Hall, and Kingsport Public Library in addition to the following website: https://www.kingsporttn.gov/city-services/kmtpo. The primary items for this meeting include an amendment to the current Kingsport Area Transportation Improvement Program to provide funding for Railroad Crossing Safety Improvement Projects for Scott County, Virginia, the Annual Federal Funds Obligations Report for FY2017, and Ranking of MPO Area Improve Act Projects. A public hearing will also be held in order to receive comments and questions on these or other items pertaining to the Kingsport Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization. Disabled citizens wishing to attend and needing special accommodations or anyone seeking further information on the MTPO meeting should contact William A. Albright at (423) 224-2677. For persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency, contact VDOT’s Civil Rights Division at 804-786-2085 or by mail 1401 E Broad St, Richmond, Virginia 23219. In Tennessee you may contact TDOT’s Civil Rights Office at (615) 714-3169. If you have a hearing or speech disability or use a TTY please use the FCC 711 dialing code to access a Telecommunications Relay Service to forward your comment. Kingsport MTPO ensures nondiscrimination and equal employment in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Si usted necesita la traducción por favor entre en contacto con el MPO en por el teléfono en 423-224-2677.

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On Thursday, November 2, 2017, the Junior League of Kingsport will launch a limited edition children’s book featuring Kingsport, Tennessee as part of the city’s centennial celebration. The launch is scheduled to take place as part of the Downtown Kingsport Association Sip-N-Stroll Holiday Open House. The book launch will be held at Little Cake, 231 Broad Street, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., including book sales and author signing throughout the evening.

The children’s book, Experiencing 100, is written and illustrated by League member, Leah Adinolfi. It features charming hand-drawn scenes of Kingsport accompanied by whimsical metered rhyme and verse, offering a unique read-aloud experience for both adults and children. Experiencing 100 was created to be a gift to the community—given by the author who, after a serious car accident in 2016, began drawing scenes of Kingsport as a means of therapy and entertainment.

“I was inspired by the outpouring of support I received during my convalescence,” said Adinolfi. “I decided to compile my drawings into a children’s book and donate its proceeds to the community through the Junior League of Kingsport and the Centennial Park Committee.”

In appreciation for Adinolfi’s gift, the Junior League of Kingsport has provided the leadership for the book’s publication and launch along with community sponsors: Guest, Guest & Guest Dentistry, Eastman Credit Union, Holston Medical Group, Citizens Bank, Food City, and Rae Design.

In addition to the Holiday Open House, Experiencing 100 will be available for purchase during the Junior League of Kingsport Holiday Tour of Homes (December 9-10) and throughout the holiday season at downtown retailers including Bear and Friends, Carriage House, Kingsport Chamber Gift Shop, Kingsport Carousel, Little Cake, Sprouty Pea, and Style Boutique.

The limited edition book will be available through January 1, 2018.  The retail cost for each book is $15 plus tax while supplies last. All proceeds from sales of Experiencing 100 benefit the Junior League of Kingsport and the Centennial Park Committee.

For more information about Experiencing 100 and other projects of the Junior League of Kingsport, please visit www.jlkingsport.org or email jlkingsport@gmail.com.