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KINGSPORT – The first weekend of December is going to be full of cultural activities in Kingsport.‚  The following is a highlight of this incredible weekend. All these events and more can be found at the regions BEST Cultural Events calendar at EngageKingsport.com.‚  The public is invited to submit events to the calendar all year long.‚  We invite you to get ENGAGED in the ARTS!


2013 Downtown Kingsport Christmas Tree Lighting & Celebration

December 7th 5-7 PM

The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration will take place in Downtown Kingsport at Church Circle. We are expecting a large crowd in downtown again this year for the celebration. Come out and spend the day shopping and follow it up with a family tradition. We have some great entertainment and events lined up, so bring your hats and mittens and settle in near Church Circle for the evening.


Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion

Part of the NEW Skyflight Concert Series at the Renaissance Theatre

December 7, 2013 7:30 pm Renaissance Theatre

Skyflight Productions presents an evening with Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion at The Renaissance Theatre in Kingsport, TN on Saturday December 7, 2013. Nearly a decade after folk-rock duo Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion put out their first album together; the husband-and-wife pair feel like theyve finally hit their stride on Wassaic Way, a collection of 11 new songs to be released August 6th on Rte 8 Records.

Produced by Wilcos Jeff Tweedy and Patrick Sansone at the Loft in Chicago, Wassaic Way ‚¬¦finds Guthrie and Irion pushing further beyond the folky sound they established on 2005s Exploration, their first studio LP. After Irions solo album Ex Tempore in 2007, the live album Folksong in 2009 and the childrens collection Go Waggaloo in 2009, the pair began expanding their sonic horizons on 2011s Bright Examples, an album that drew praise from American Songwriter magazine for its lush, dreamy sound.

This record is a departure from a folk duo, Irion says. I think this is the best example weve been able to present that shows the many facets of what we can do. Theres loud guitars, theres soundscapes, theres a lushness to it, theres a popness, an edge. But that can be difficult sometimes to bring it all together and present it.

For tickets call (423) 392-8414 or go to www.EngageKingsport.com


Lamplight Theatre presents The Indescribable Gift: The Story of St. Nicholas

The Indescribable Gift is an inspiring musical presented in traditional Victorian fashion. It is a production based on the real person of St. Nicholas and the events surrounding his life and love for those in need. This heart-warming musical brings to the stage the sounds and images of Old World Christmases gone by. Carols and original songs herald the message of hope as they fill the streets of Shropshire, England. Come experience this magical production based on the true story of St. Nicholas.

December 6-8, 10-15, 17-21, show times available online at www.lamplighttheatre.com. Reservations recommended.


Exchange Place Living History Farm presents Christmas in the Country

Christmas in the Country, the annual celebration of winter and the holiday season at Exchange Place Living History Farm, 4812 Orebank Road in Kingsport, will take place on Saturday, December 7, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Admission is free.

The last public event of the year at the historic site, the festival will feature fresh greenery and trees, handcrafted wreaths and roping, and other holiday decorations. There will be unique folk arts and crafts, such as hand-crafted wood items, barn wood furniture, jewelry, handmade baskets, pottery, quilts, handmade greeting cards and hooked rugs. Your taste buds will be tempted with baked goods, hot sauces, jams and jellies, and goat cheese, and you can pamper yourself with a variety of herbal products, soaps and natural lotions. More than two dozen area and regional vendors will have their wares on display on both sides of the historic Gaines-Preston farm, and all will be available for sale.

But Christmas in the Country is more than just a shopping venue, it will also feature hands-on activities for all ages, such as dipping candles and making pomander balls (led by our Junior Apprentices) and decorating with natural materials, led by the Girl Scouts. Our hearthside kitchen will be up and running, offering demonstrations of 19th century cooking and baking with the theme of A Backcountry Plantation Christmas Feast, which may feature delicacies such as boiled puddings, nut pies, and stewed and roasted meats and vegetables. And Will Vogt from Graysburg Forge in Limestone will once again be working in the blacksmith shop, demonstrating how horseshoes and wagon wheels and even simple tools were made in the days before the Industrial Revolution.


THE NUTCRACKER presented by the Kingsport Ballet

Wellmont Performing Arts Center at Northeast State

Thurs, Dec 5th -School Performance 10am

Friday, Dec 6th – Public performance 7pm

Saturday, Dec 7th -Public performance 7pm

Sunday, Dec 8th – Public performance 2:30pm.

For Tickets: 423-378-3967


Symphony of the Mountains presents its Holiday Concert in Kingsport with Carl Tanner

Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center

Dec 7, 2013 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Join Symphony of the Mountains, Voices of the Mountains, Mountain Empire Childrens Choral Academy and Mountain Mission School Choir as we welcome back world-famous tenor Carl Tanner. After his Kingsport debut in the 12/13 Season, Carl Tanner fell in love with our area and will return to perform for both Holiday Concerts. Repertoire will include: ¢Ë†â„¢ Rimsky-Korsakov, Christmas Eve: Polonaise ¢Ë†â„¢ Little Drummer Boy ¢Ë†â„¢ O Holy Night ¢Ë†â„¢ Polar Express Concert Suite ¢Ë†â„¢ How Excellent Is They Name by Symphony of the Mountains Youth Orchestra Concertmaster and award winning composer Cameron Lugo.

For tickets call (423) 392-8423 or go to www.symphonyofthemountains.org


DKA Open Loft Tours

Sunday December 8th 2-5 PM

Please join us for the first annual Downtown Kingsport Holiday Loft Tour sponsored by Preaching Christ Church. This is a great way to experience loft style living in beautiful Downtown Kingsport, and further your Christmas spirit by viewing many elaborate decorations. The tour will include nine individual loft apartments in Downtown Kingsport, each with distinctive character and charm.

Tickets for the loft tours can be purchased before the day of the event for $20 at the Downtown Kingsport Association, 229 Broad Street, Charmed Southern, 117 E Market Street, or Bloom Boutique, 329 Commerce Street. If purchasing tickets on the day of the event, you may purchase at the Downtown Kingsport Association from 1:30-3:00pm.

Proceeds benefit the programs and projects on the Downtown Kingsport Association, a nonprofit membership based organization dedicated to the revitalization of downtown. The mission of the Downtown Kingsport Association is to bring people to the doors of downtown businesses in Kingsport, Tennessee, a great place to be.

For more information, please contact Sherri Mosley by calling 423-246-6550 or emailing sherri@downtownkingsport.org.


About Skyflight Productions & Toby Weisend

Kingsport will be host to national talent via Skyflight Productions. Former Ohio resident and president of Skyflight Productions, Toby Weisend, has focused his attention in adding a new cultural element to Kingsport, Tennessee. Over the last three years Weisend has welcomed artists of all genres, including several Grammy-nominated artists, to rural eastern Ohio from literally all over the globe including France, Canada and Australia. The concerts have been very successful, enhancing and enriching the small community of Barnesville, Ohio. Channeling his ideas, visions and goals into a small town setting certainly goes against the grain of most entrepreneurial promoters. Rather than competing for a reputable presence in an overcrowded metropolitan “scene”, Weisend firmly believes that a small community can support and prosper from cultural expression. “Many artistic/creative individuals in a small town have not had the opportunity or resources to experience the nourishment from some of the nation’s underappreciated musicians willing to share their creations.” Weisend believes that his project will survive from word of mouth, lack of competition and stellar performances. Every show I produce, I put my reputation on the line. He supports community efforts and energy and believes that this is the forum to make a community thrive. If the concert series is supported and well-attended, Weisend will expand his quest with a summer mini-festival, potentially acquiring larger-scale talent. There will be no boundaries in genre selection; national talent will be of utmost importance.‚  An incredible line up is set for Kingsport all the way through the summer of 2014 and beyond. This will be unlike any musical series Kingsport has ever had.‚  Get Engaged!