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Kingsport Parks and Recreation is now accepting registration for the 2021 Fall Adult Softball Leagues.

Leagues offered this year include Church, Coed, Men’s Open and 35+ Open. The registration deadline is Monday, August 16, and the registration fee is $350 per team with a non-city resident fee of $10 per player (with a cap of $50). Teams can register online at www.kingsportparksandrecreation.org or on-site at the Civic Auditorium, located at 1550 Fort Henry Drive, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, please visit www.kingsportparksandrecreation.org, email JasonWilburn@KingsportTN.gov or call 423-229-9459.

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Cloud Park will be closed to the public beginning August 1 due to Domtar beginning an expansion project. The Scott Adams Memorial Skate Park will remain open, with parking being available at the Greenbelt Cloud Park Trail Head.

See a parking map at this link.

For more information, please call 423-229-9381 or visit www.kingsportparksandrecreation.org for other city parks to visit.

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Everyone gather around the campfire, and let Bays Mountain Park tell you a tale. This September, visit the Bays Mountain Amphitheater for “Campfire Tales,” a free storytelling event sponsored by Knoxville TVA Credit Union.

Each Friday night of the month, BMP welcomes tellers from Jonesborough Storyteller’s Guild, who belong to one of the oldest continuing groups of storytellers in the nation. You’ll hear two exciting stories each night, with a different lineup of tellers every Friday.

“’Campfire Tales’ is one of the most exciting events in our 50th Anniversary lineup,” said Bays Mountain Park Manager Rob Cole. “We hope families and folks of all ages will come up to enjoy a great night at the park.”

For more than 50 years, and even well beyond that by those early settlers and families who lived here, Bays Mountain’s history has been filled with storytellers spinning yarns about topics related from mountain living in the olden days or, more recently, tales about animals found throughout our region or even the wonders found in the night skies above us.

Today, as educational interpreters, BMP park naturalists and astronomy staff have developed wonderful storytelling skills to the benefit of thousands of students and visitors who come to the park seeking to grow their knowledge in any of those areas.

“We have a rich tradition of storytelling on Bays Mountain,” Cole said. “So it seems very fitting to have Jonesborough’s Storytellers at the park for some good, ol’ fashioned, creative fun as told by those who do it best.”

“Campfire Tales” begins at 7 p.m. on September 3, 10, 17 and 24. This program is free with park entry, and each night will last about an hour and a half. The first 50 kids will receive swag bags, and Knoxville TVA Credit Union will give out lanterns while supplies last.

The amphitheater is bench seating, and you are welcome to bring stadium chairs for your comfort. Bag/lawn chairs and outside food/drink are not allowed.

The Jonesborough Storyteller’s Guild have told stories live every Tuesday night in Jonesborough for over 25 years. After a year on Zoom, they are now back to live performances. You can find information on their shows on their website at storytellersguild.org or by calling 423-730-8977. Tellers are available for private shows and events.

To learn more about Bays Mountain Park, visit baysmountain.com or call 423-229-9447.

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Join Kingsport Public Library and the Friends of the Kingsport Public Library for the final Friday Lunchtime Live Concert in Glen Bruce Park on Friday, July 30 at noon.

The show features Beth Snapp and Jason Crawford. Bring a lawn chair, grab some lunch from Fork in the Road food truck and settle in to enjoy the music in Glen Bruce Park.

Singer-songwriter Beth Snapp might be considered pop-infused roots, but her appeal has little to do with the box of a genre. It’s a connection. She flits around and between folk, bluegrass, pop, early R&B and jazz to create a unique sound with one purpose – to serve a story. Beth highlights the complex emotions that fall on every day moments, and reels the listener in with an “I’ve been there before” kind of sensation. Regardless of style, Beth hovers where modern meets tradition, to create an experience that speaks to the listener. For more information contact Beth Snapp, contact@bethsnapp.com.

“Friday Lunchtime Live has been a wonderful way to share the music of local performers with the community,” said Chris Markley. Kingsport Public Library Manager. “The response has been amazing! We are planning to offer Friday Lunchtime Live Concerts again next summer.”

Visit the library’s website at www.kingsportlibrary.org for more information or contact Kingsport Public Library at 423-224-2539.

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Friends of Allandale (FOA) will present its 7th season of August concerts beginning August 5 at the Allandale Amphitheater. All shows are free and present a great opportunity for family entertainment.

“After having to cancel our 6thseason because of the pandemic, Friends (of Allandale) is very excited to bring our series back to the Tri-Cities regional community,” said FOA President Jan Stapleton. “We are also very fortunate that our sponsors stuck with us and provided us with their support.”

All concerts will be on Thursday evenings during August with the first concert featuring Folk Soul Revival. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. and food services open at 6 p.m. This year, the food trucks for each concert include Oppie’s Pizza and Backdraft BBQ, with Bays Mountain Brewing returning as the beer vendor for adults 21 and older.

“We were fortunate to be able to keep three out of four of our entertainers from the canceled 6th season, including Folk Soul Revival (August 5), Benny Wilson with Ivey Road (August 12), and SPANK – The 80s (August 19),” said FOA Vice President Colette George. “We are also excited to have Beth Snapp and her band (August 26) return after an absence of several years. It should be a very exciting season.”

Eastman Credit Union and Visit Kingsport have been sponsors for all seven seasons and Eastman is sponsoring for their third year. Other major sponsors include: Citizens Bank, Allandale Package Store, Champion Chevrolet, Bank of Tennessee and Blue Ridge Properties. On-site signage is provided by MYCROFT Signs. Parking is free and supervised by Kingsport Police officers.

“If you want to see how a concert comes together, come early and watch as Express AV sets up the sound system and the groups do their sound checks and musical warm-up,” recommended Master of Ceremonies Ken Maness. ”You can see the singers and musicians in a very casual atmosphere, relaxing and enjoying themselves before the concert begins.”

Those attending are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and a picnic dinner, or take advantage of some great food from vendors on-site. In case of rain, the concert will be held in the Brooks’ Pavilion at the rear of the property.

For more information, please visit http:///augustunderthestars.com.

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It’s that time – Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts is seeking art for Kingsport’s 13th Sculpture Walk!

The exhibition will run from October 2021 to October 2022. Works can be in any media form, must be suitable for outdoor public space and may be functional or non-functional. The Sculpture Walk, located within Kingsport city limits, will be curated by sculpture artist Charlie Brouwer.

”We are happy to be returning to the annual Sculpture Walk this year,” said Hannah Powell, Cultural Arts program coordinator. “Not only do we celebrate our local artists, but we also welcome artists from all over the country so that Kingsport can enjoy their work and learn from it. We always look forward to the variety of artists that display in Kingsport and having been a featured artist before, Charlie Brouwer is going to be a great curator for the show.”

Application Information

Submissions: Functional or non-functional work in any media suitable for outdoor public space. Works may be available for purchase. Up to eight works will be selected for this exhibition.

Eligibility: Open to all professional artists over the age of 18.

Exhibition: 12 months. October 2021 – October 2022

Stipend: Each artist who is selected for the exhibition will receive a $1500 stipend per artist/piece. Selected artists are responsible for transportation to and from the site, and are encouraged to be on site to oversee installation. Most installation costs regarding site prep will not be the responsibility of the artist.

Purchases: Art may be open to public purchase.

Deadline: Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on September 1, 2021 (no late applications will be accepted). The application will be available at arts.kingsporttn.gov. Applications can be sent to KingsportArtEntry@gmail.com.

Contact:
Hannah Powell, Cultural Arts Program Coordinator
Renaissance Center
1200 East Center St
Kingsport, TN 37660

Phone: 423-392-8414

E-mail: hannahpowell@kingsporttn.gov

Timeline:
September 1                                                   Deadline for application materials
September 1 – 15                                           Selection
September 16 – 30                                         Artist Notification
October 1 – 22 by appointment                     Installation Dates
October 23                                                      Sculpture Walk / Reception

For more information about this year’s Sculpture Walk, please visit arts.kingsporttn.gov or call 423-392-8414.

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Kingsport Parks and Recreation is now accepting registration for the 2021 Fall Youth T-ball, Baseball and Softball League.

Children ages 5 to 15 can now register for T-ball, baseball, or softball. The registration deadline is Friday, August 6, and the registration fee is $20 (excluding the price of a jersey and hat). Parents can register their child online at www.kingsportparksandrecreation.org or on-site at the Civic Auditorium, located at 1550 Fort Henry Drive, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Participants must live inside Kingsport city limits, attend Kingsport City Schools and/or own Kingsport city property to be eligible to participate.

For more information, please visit www.kingsportparksandrecreation.org or call 423-229-9460.

The City of Kingsport’s Parks and Recreation Department has been maximizing activities and events to celebrate National Parks and Recreation Month! Join us at Borden Park on July 22 at 9:30 a.m. to celebrate the month with a proclamation reading by Mayor Shull.

What: Parks and Recreation Proclamation Reading

Where: Borden Park, 901 Lamont Street, Kingsport

When: July 22 at 9:30 a.m.

Please direct any questions to 423-440-0442.

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School will soon be back in session for the Kingsport area, but the summer season isn’t over just yet. The Kingsport Aquatic Center still has plenty of options for fun and fitness!

The KAC is a year-round facility, so the swimming never has to stop. Beginning on Monday, August 2, here’s how you can enjoy the pools at the KAC:

Indoor Pools incl. HMG Pool, PCF Warm Pool and Indoor Play Pool
Monday – Friday
6 – 11 a.m. – Lap swim, swim team practice; only one lane in Warm Pool starting at 8:30 a.m.
11 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Open swim, some lap lanes available; low diving board and rock wall
available; water slide in Indoor Play Pool available at 4 p.m.
Saturday
8 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Lap swim
11 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Open swim; low diving board, rock wall and water slide available
Sunday
Noon – 6 p.m. – Open swim; low diving board, rock wall and water slide available

Outdoor Lap Pool                     
Monday – Friday
6 – 11 a.m. – Lap swim
11 – 7 p.m. – Open swim, one lane available until 4 p.m.; basketball hoops available at 4 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Open swim
Sunday: Noon – 6 p.m. – Open swim

Outdoor Water Park
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: noon – 6 p.m.

The Kingsport Aquatic Center also has a full calendar of water aerobics classes this August, where you can hop into the water with the KAC’s instructors for some aquatic exercise that’s easy on the joints but fun for all. Plus, stay tuned for more details on the KAC’s Rock Wall Challenge on August 21. Do you have the best time to the top?

To learn more about everything the KAC has to offer, visit swimkingsport.com or call 423-343-9758.

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The next Friday Lunchtime Live Concert will take place on Friday, July 23 at noon and features the musical guest Trombone Trio. Bring a lawn chair, grab some lunch from the food truck Baked and Loaded, and settle in to enjoy the music in Glen Bruce Park.

The Trombone Trio features Dr. Justin Waller, Mr. Spenser Weese, and Mr. Hunter Mullins. Waller is an active musician and teacher across the United States. He has performed and recorded with such groups as the American Brass Quintet, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, and numerous others. He is currently the Lecturer of Trombone at East Tennessee State University.

Weese is the Assistant Band Director at Greeneville High School. He plays Bass Trombone with multiple ensembles, including the Johnson City Symphony and the Tri-Cities Jazz Orchestra. He lives in Jonesborough with his wife, Bernie.

Mullins is the Music Teacher at Jefferson Elementary School, as well as adjunct music faculty member at Milligan College. He plays with many ensembles and is the coordinator for Kingsport’s Tuba Christmas. He lives in Kingsport with his wife, Leslie, and their four young daughters. For more information on the Trombone Trio, contact Hunter Mullins at hunter.b.mullins@gmail.com.

This concert series is sponsored by the Kingsport Public Library and Friends of the Kingsport Public Library. Attendance at both previous concerts has been over 100 individuals.

Upcoming Friday Lunchtime Live Concerts will feature Beth Snapp and Jason Crawford on July 30 with the food truck Fork in the Road. Visit the library’s website at www.kingsportpubliclibrary.org for more information or contact Kingsport Public Library at 423-224-2539.