Riverbend Park Master Plan

Want to share your thoughts on Kingsport’s new park? Come by and share your thoughts and give input at the public workshop on January 17th at 6:00 p.m. at the V.O. Dobbins Senior Complex.

Riverbend Park is a 24-acre park that will be located along the Holston River adjacent to the Riverbend apartment complex and behind the Walmart Supercenter on Fort Henry Drive.

The master plan will facilitate the direction, type, location and scale of amenities to be located at the new park. Public thoughts and input are welcome. A current design of the park will be available for viewing at the workshop meeting.

The V.O. Dobbins Senior Complex is located at 301 Louis Street.

If you have any questions, please contact Nathan Woods at 423-224-2482 or Kingsport Parks and Recreation at 423-229-9401.


18th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade – January 15, 2018

The 18th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Parade will be held on Monday, January 15, 2018 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  Parade participates will need to assemble at 11:15 a.m. at the intersection of E. Sevier & Center Street (Rikki Rhoton Allstate Insurance Co.’s Parking Lot).

The parade route will follow Center Street and end on Shelby Street (City Parking Lot between Kingsport City Hall & The Justice Center). The theme is “ANSWER TO RACISM IS THE LOVE OF CHRIST”.  If you would like to enter a car, float, church/business van, bus, truck, other exhibits or take a 20 minute walk during lunch in the parade, please contact Elder Gwen Collins (TVFAR) at (423) 753-2345 or General Overseer Ronnie Collins (JGII) at (423) 956-0675 or email: gacssccc@aim.com or rcollins.j316@gmail.com

If you would like to contribute to some service projects from January 15 – March 31, 2018 they are as follows:

  • Butterball Turkey, Can Goods, Mac & Cheese, & Rolls $10/family (My Brother’s Keeper & Food City)
  • Tools-For-School $7/child (Joshua Generation & Office DEPOT)
  • Diapers & Wipes $10/baby (Putting Babies First & Upper East TN Human Dev. Agency)

Make your tax deductible contribution payable to: JGII, P.O. Box 3390, Kingsport, TN 37664-3390.

Parade sponsors include Food City, City of Kingsport, Office Depot, Joshua Generation (JGII), My Brother’s Keeper, Putting Babies First, Tennessee & Virginia Fellowship Against Racism, New Vision, H.O.P.E., & Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency. Please take time to help bring about positive change in the community in which we live and help us Change a Generation!

MLK DAY 2018 PARADE 2018

Let’s Glow Swimming At The Kingsport Aquatic Center

Get your glow on and swim in the New Year at the Kingsport Aquatic Center’s Let’s Glow Swimming Party. On Saturday, January 6th, the lights will be dimmed, and the indoor pools will be filled with glow sticks of all shapes and sizes.

From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., all 9 to 15 year olds are invited to party with their friends before heading back to school. There will be music, inflatables and swimming in the glow pools. Children are encouraged to bring their own glow sticks to the party.

Pre-registration admission is $5, and admission at the door is $7. Supervision will be provided by the Kingsport Aquatic Center staff, and parents will need to sign a code of conduct/waiver form when they pre-register or when they pay at the door.

For more information or to pre-register, please call 423-343-9758 or visit www.swimkingport.com.

Let's Glow Swimming Flyer

Back by Popular Demand: New Year’s Eve Street Party in Downtown Kingsport

Celebrate downtown with a live DJ, KidsZone and fireworks

Back by popular demand, the New Year’s Eve Street Party in downtown Kingsport is happening again! As the closing event to the city’s centennial, it’s going to be bigger and better than last year. There’s even going to be a spectacular fireworks show at midnight!

The Street Party is scheduled to take place from 8 p.m. to midnight on December 31st in the 100 block of Broad Street (where the downtown concert series is held) and will include a live DJ (Steve Bailey with DJ Express) with the fan-favorite emcee Josh Smith of WJHL.

“Our centennial New Year’s street party was a great opening to our centennial year,” said CeeGee McCord, co-chair of the Centennial Commission. “Everyone had such a great time last year so it was an easy decision to host this popular event again.”

The YMCA is sponsoring a KidsZone. It’s a ‘glow theme’ this year – complete with glow sticks, 9-Square, ladder ball and kids can make their own glitter slime while supplies last!

The crowd favorite Holston Valley scavenger hunt is back with more clues. Eugene the Illusionist will be performing, too!

Missed out on purchasing your centennial gear? All centennial merchandise will be available at the event from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. All centennial items will be marked down to $5!

If the temperatures get too cold for some, patio heaters and small fire pits will provide spots where individual can warm up.

Sleepy Owl Brewery will serve their signature brews and several downtown restaurants, such as Macados, Mr. Papa’s & Beer and Nutty Java, are staying open late and having specials. TK Hotdogs will be there, too!

Other happenings at the street party include a fire spinner, pony rides, swings, and more!

The street party is free and open to the public, and attendees are encouraged to bring a chair, just like with the summer concert series.

Road Closure: The 100 block of Broad Street, between East Main Street and West Market Street, will be closed from 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 31st to 2:00 a.m. on January 1st.

For more information, visit www.kingsport100.org.

Additional Planetarium Showings At Bays Mountain

The Bays Mountain Planetarium will be celebrating the holidays by giving you the gift of more planetarium shows. From December 18th through December 29th, the planetarium will add an extra show-time at 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, for their alternate double-feature Two Small Pieces of Glass and Galileo’s Skies.

“During this time of year we have visitors who travel here to spend the holidays with their families,” said Adam Thanz, planetarium director at Bays Mountain Park. “We want to give them, as well as our residents, the opportunity to see our shows before they are changed in January.”

The main feature through December is Cosmic Origins Spectrograph, but starting in January and showing through April, the main feature will be Out There – The Quest for Extrasolar Worlds. Using the world’s most powerful telescopes, we are now exploring oth­er solar systems. Learn how we search for these incredibly difficult to find objects and discover that our eight planets are not alone. The show is followed by a live tour of the current night sky. Bays Mountain Planetarium’s main features are shown at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on the weekends and at 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

The new alternative feature for January and February is Appalachian Skies: Winter. This in-house production will be a live presentation of the current night sky and will explore fascinating constellations and planets that are easily vis­ible. This show highlights the spectacular Carl Zeiss ZKP-4 star projector instrument. This alternative feature is shown at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Tickets are $5 per person. Children ages 5 and younger receive free admission with a paying adult. For more information on Bays Mountain’s planetarium shows, please visit baysmountain.com or call 423-229-9447.

Planetarium shows Jan-Feb

American Red Cross Swim Lessons offered at Kingsport Aquatic Center

Give your child or grandchild a gift that will last a lifetime this holiday season! Winter swim lessons at the Kingsport Aquatic Center will help prepare your child for summer fun when our Outdoor Water Park opens in May.

All group swim lessons at the Kingsport Aquatic Center are American Red Cross courses. Swimming lessons are offered in group, private, semi-private and adaptive settings. Each session includes eight classes, which are offered as Monday/Wednesday, Tuesday/Thursday or Saturday classes. A swim test is offered to help determine the correct class based on a child’s current skills.

Winter swim lessons begin January 8th, 2018. For Aquatic Center or YMCA members, lessons are $50 for the first child and $45 for additional children. For non-members, lessons are $60 for the first child and $55 for additional children.

Registration for the first session begins in person and online at 8 a.m. Saturday, December 16th and closes at 5 p.m. on Sunday, January 7th.  In order to register on time, the KAC recommends creating an account prior to the day of registration. A $10 late registration fee will be added if you sign up after registration closes.

If an account is created after 5 p.m. on Friday and before 8 a.m. on Monday, you will not receive a password until Monday at 8 a.m. Google Chrome and Firefox are compatible web browsers. YMCA members who plan to register online need to show their YMCA card to the KAC front desk staff, prior to registration, in order to update the system to reflect your YMCA membership.

Session dates and registration times are as follows:

Registration    Mon./Wed. Classes     Tues./Thurs. Classes   Sat. Classes

January            12/16-1/7        1/8-1/31                      1/9-2/1                        1/6-2/24

February          2/3-2/4            2/5-2/28                      2/6-3/1

March             3/3-3/4            3/5-4/4                        3/6-4/5                        3/10-5/5

April                4/7-4/8            4/9-5/2                        4/10-5/3

*No classes will be held 3/19/18-3/24/18.

For a detailed description of our classes, to set-up an account or register, visit www.swimkingsport.com or call the Aquatic Center at 423-343-9758.

Learn to swim program 2018 Learn to swim program 2018

Upcoming Holiday Events

The most wonderful time of the year is here and you are invited to celebrate this holiday season with a special evening at the Kingsport Carousel and a Holiday Open House at the Kingsport Model Trains Project.

  •  Christmas at the Carousel

Thursday, December 14 @ 5 – 7 p.m.

Make Christmas at the Carousel your new family tradition. This jolly, family event will allow your little ones a chance to visit with Santa Milt, who is one of our Carousel Carvers. Also in attendance will be award-winning author, Leigh Anne W. Hoover, who will be signing her well-known book, The Santa Train Tradition. Rides on the Carousel will be free during the event. Hot cider and cookies will be served. The Kingsport Carousel is located at 350 Clinchfield Street, Kingsport, TN.

  • Kingsport Model Trains Project Holiday Open House

Saturday, December 16 @ 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Volunteer members of the Kingsport Model Train Project invite you to come visit the magical working trains set up with their holiday themes. Visit the Santa Train room and see the wonderful progress, and hear plans for the creation of this local favorite tradition. The volunteers will have children’s tables set up as an opportunity for hands-on work on their own trains. The open house will take place on the 3rd floor of the Lynn View Community Center.

For more information on these events, please visit www.EngageKingsport.com, or call 423-392-8414.

Holiday Happenings in Kingsport on December 2

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

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


Christmas in Kingsport Poster.

Night Ride at Bays Mountain Park

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.

BMP night ride

It’s Christmas Connection Time!

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.

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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