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First Thursday Sip & Stroll Feat. Wayne Culbertson

Join us for the First Thursday Sip & Stroll! Feat. Wayne Culbertson

Featuring many businesses throughout Downtown Kingsport! Stroll through Downtown Kingsport on the First Thursday of each month and enjoy unique shopping, delicious foods, wine bars, a beer brewery & moon shine.

Featuring businesses such as Turquoise Boutique, Cindy Saadeh Fine Art Galley, Art in the Heart Gallery, and many more businesses.

Starting at 5PM, sip and stroll your way throughout Downtown Kingsport!

Cindy Saadeh Fine Art Gallery will be featuring photographer, Mark Roberts, including many aerial shots such as Denali Mountain Range, Church Circle, and Kingsport Eastman Aerial shots! Featuring live music by Jared Williams. Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres including Bellafina Chocolates, and Little Cake. Featuring live music by Jared Williams!

In keeping with Kingsport’s Centennial year, ART in the HEART GALLERY is stepping back in time with our spotlight artist Wayne Culbertson. Wayne is a Revolutionary War History buff who has made some incredible “Tavern” signs with historical significance. He has painted them as they would have been done in that era and has even used the spelling they would have used.

Turquoise Boutique will be featuring their signature turquoise champagne, along with deals specially for Kingsport’s First Thursday Sip & Stroll!

Be sure to enter the Kingsport Centennial Art Contest, where you could win $100 plus other prizes!

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Sprouty Pea Children’s Clothing Trunk Show

Join Sprouty Pea Children’s Clothing for their Spring & Summer 2017 Trunk Show!!

You’re invited to our Trunk Show on March 10th (10am-6pm) & 11th (10am-3pm) at Sprouty Pea in Kingsport!

Tons of great deals on Sprouty Pea clothing, Livie & Luca’s shoes in any style & any size, as well as adorable matching outfits from Matilda Jane Clothing.

To learn more visit their Facebook page!

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Friends of the Library & First Book-Greater Kingsport Annual Book Fair

Friends of the Library & First Book-Greater Kingsport Annual Book Fair 


March 16-19
Kingsport Civic Auditorium
1550 Fort Henry Dr.
free admission Friday – Sunday
Friday-Saturday 9:00-7:00 PM

$10 Bag Sale Sunday 12:45-5:00 PM

Preview sale – $10 admission Thursday 5:00-9:00 PM

Over 20,000 used books
Sales under $25 – cash only
Sales $25 or more – cash or credit/debit card

All profits go to the Friends of the Kingsport Public Library & First Book-Greater Kingsport


12:00 noon – 1:00 PM
Library Auditorium

March 2: Nature’a Apothecary: Christy Shivell, of Shy Valley Plant Farm, will walk you through starting an herb garden and Linda Begley will give you a quick course in herbal essential oils.

March 9: Posies and Pollinators: Roy Odom will talk about how to grow a cutting garden that attracts bees and butterflies.

March 16: The ABC’s of Container Gardening: Phil Ramey of Harvest of Hope Community Garden will talk about growing your garden in pots.

March 23: Heirloom Vegetables and Seed Saving

Presented by: Keep Kingsport Beautiful and KPL. For more information call 392-8814.

Wednesdays from 1:30-3:00 beginning March 8 through April 12
library auditorium

Foreign policy issues discusssion series that will cover these topics:
The Future of Europe
Trade and Politics
Nuclear Security
US Foreign Policy & Petroleum
Saudi Arabia and Transition
Conflict in the South China Sea

Books for the series can be purchased for $22 at the library.

sponsored by the Friends of the Library and Kingsport Alliance for Continued Learning.

March 30th from 6:00-7:30 PM
at Main Street Pizza Company,
242 Main St. – upstairs.

The book to be discussed:
A Handmaid’s Tale.


March 13 from 4:00-5:00
Whose Price is Right?
Grades K-5th
library auditorium
Guess the exact price of items, play mini games, and cheer each other on at the March S.T.E.M Club meeting! Prizes are involved!

for adults!
Monday, March 6 from 6:00-7:30
library auditorium
Bring your craft to work on while visiting with other crafters, or enjoy board and video games.

To learn more, visit their website!

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The Carriage House: March Schedule

Join the Carriage House for Beginner Knit & Crochet


They’d like to welcome Jennifer Savell to their mix of fiber art teachers!  They’ve also scheduled another Free Felted Bag Workshop and will be knitting a different bag suitable for a farmer’s market tote. 

Katherine has an awesome gingham felted Easter basket just about finished. Stay tuned for upcoming class info.   

New merchandise arriving weekly!  You must go check out their new Parsley & Sage tops and bottoms.  Their brand new black ponte pants are a must and may be worn with any type of top. Very flattering!

Beginner Knit Class

Thurs., March 9, 16, 23, 30   5:30-7:30  Class fee $40 plus supplies

Instructor – Jennifer Savell

Learn the basics of knitting while having a fun time and creating a pair of really cute fingerless mitts.  This class has limited seating so sign up today!

Call the store or stop by



Beginner Crochet Class

Sat., Mar. 11, 18, & 25     11:00-12:30

Instuctor – Deb Burger

Class fee – $30 plus supplies

Learn the basics of crochet with Deb by creating a set of usable coasters.  Of course this is a super fun class too.  It’s always a great time learning and creating with friends old and new.

Limited seating available so sign up today by calling or stopping by the store.



Free Felted Bag Workshop

Sat., April 1   10:30 – 1:00
Instructor – Terri-  free class plus yarn
We’ve completed our first free bag workshop with 7 bags being knit.  I can’t wait to see them all finished!  The next bag may be used as a tote or farmer’s market bag! Basic knitting skills are required to attend but this is definitely suitable for a beginning knitter.  I love to make felted bags and use them all the time.

This class is limited to 7 or 8 so reserve your seat today!

For more information, visit their Facebook page!

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Flight Athletic Academy: Parents’ Night Out

Flight Athletic Academy invites you to head out for a night of fun

Parents’ Night Out is open to the public and consists of a night full of dinner, games, and crafts!

Every Saturday from 6PM-10PM, bring your family to Flight Athletics Academy for a night of fun.

Ages: 5-14

Ticket Pricing:

First Sibling: $25

Second Sibling: $15

Third+ Sibling: $5

Reserve your spot today!

To learn more, visit there website.

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New Spring Arrivals at the Carriage House

With spring just around the corner we’re stocking up with new apparel, accessories, jewelry, and of course yarn. 

All the new hot patterns and styles of KAVU bags are on the racks.  

For all you gals that love purple don’t linger KAVU has 2 new purple

fabrics that will indeed be the most popular and will sell out before the

season begins. 

Our premium brand of apparel has made an appearance in the shop and as always they never disappoint us with their awesome style. 

If you choose the correct size (which may be a size up) these tops will be extremely flattering.

Arriving Early Next Week!

Plymouth Yarn

ICantoo – the cotton v neck tops we all love plus more!

The Artist J – awesome aluminum jewelry from Greensboro, NC

Come check out our new portable LED lights.  These small light weight lights are perfect to bump up your lighting for reading or crafting. 

I brought one home last night and love it.  They operate by battery or USB connection.  Perfect to stick in your knitting bag for groups and classes. 

$16.99 & $22.99 ea.  I posted a picture on FB this morning.

Like us on Facebook to keep up with new stock arrivals and please

SHARE our posts:-) We’ll be posting another GIVEAWAY this this


We also have a presence on Instagram but I don’t use it as much as FB.

Remember our Free Felted Bag Workshop is this Sat. at 10:30-1:00 for

those of you attending. I just finished a large tote that I can’t wait to share with you!

State Theatre Company Presents: The 39 Steps

For those of you who may not have heard, the State Theatre Company is the company whose mission is to revitalize, repurpose, and operate the historic State Theater in downtown Kingsport. Their goal with the building is to create a professional multi-purpose venue; Live Theatre, Cinema, Concerts, Special Events, etc. Getting inside of the building is no easy task. They are currently seeking significant donors to help us begin renovations. If you are interested in learning more about their mission and how to donate, please respond to this email, or visit our website:

While they work towards the revitalization of the building, they have begun programming as a theatre company. Last year they put on several events, such as State of Affairs (bi-weekly variety show), Write Thru The Nite (24 Hour play festival), and their debut theatrical production “Romeo & Juliet,” which was well received with the community.

In the attempts to advance our programming, we have outlined an entire season for 2017:

The 39 Steps: March 16th – April 2nd

Model City Film Festival: June 3rd & 4th

Grease: June 23rd – July 9th

Twelfth Night (Shakespeare): Sept. 15th – Oct. 1st

One Act Showcase: Nov. 3rd – 12th

It’s a Wonderful Life: Dec. 1st – 15th

As you can see, this is quite the undertaking for a new theatre company, but we fully believe in the support of our community to bring to life each one of these productions.

Introducing The Popeye’s Club, the State Theatre Company’s new platform for giving back to the community.

With a minimum of donation of $50 you assure that 10% of that donation will go directly towards progressing programs for youth in our area and get exclusive updates and benefits from the State Theatre Company.


Available program ad space:

Full page 4.75″ x 7.5″ $250 – color $230 – b&w

Half Page 4.75″ x 3.75″ $125 – color $105 – b&w

Quarter Page 2.375″ x 3.75″ (Vertical or Horizontal) $60 – color $40 – b&w

Eighth Page 2.375″ x 1.875″ $30 – color $10 – b&w

Ads may be printed in color or black and white


Producer Credits and Other Forms of Support:

Executive Producer $2000 for large logo on promotional materials (trailers, posters, etc.), full page program ad space, 4 free tickets, 150 word sponsorship statement in the playbill

Producer $1000 for small logo on promotional materials (trailers, posters, etc.), full page program ad space, 3 free tickets

Associate Producer $500 for full page program ad space, 2 free tickets

Each of the above credits will also be listed on our website as well as in a special thank you section of the program and will get special recognition during the curtain speech preceding each performance.

Introducing the POPEYE’S CLUB, our new platform for giving back to the community and fostering young talent through the arts. With a minimum donation of $50 to sponsor a show you assure that 10% of that donation will go towards progressing community programs.

If interested in any of the available options or even helping in other means please email or visit their Facebook page for more information.


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Kingsport Ballet Prepares for Centennial Production: Seeds of Change

Kingsport, TN – Kingsport Ballet prepares to stage an all-new contemporary ballet, Seeds of Change, along with the short “ballet blanc” Les Sylphides in celebration of the city’s one hundredth birthday, March 16-19, 2017 at Wellmont Performing Arts Center.

The Production: Seeds of Change is made up of contemporary choreography exploring themes relevant to 1917, the year of Kingsport’s founding. This act will explore some of the realities of that time in history, through a warm story set in the East Tennessee meadows that become an industrial city. Les Sylphides is a short romantic ballet without a story line. Beautiful nymphs in long white romantic tutus alongside their “poet,” dance to the enchanting sounds of Chopin amidst a tree-shaded glen. This ballet was created simply for the sake of beauty in the early twentieth century as a form of escapism during troubling times.

Concept of the new ballet, Seeds of Change: Kingsport Ballet, in collaboration with various artists (local and guest artists) has been busy creating choreography, backdrops and costumes relevant to our city’s centennial. By exploring societal changes present in this time-period we intend to transport the audience to 1917, highlighting the charm as well and the challenges of that time.

As men were sent to fight in WWI, women sought employment opportunities in growing cities, such as Kingsport. This influx of non-traditional workers grew urban populations, gave fuel to increased social rights of women, and laid the foundation for an industrial boom that propelled the nation into the leading industrial world leader. In Kingsport specifically, this is seen with the arrival of the railroad, the growth of business and industry, and the migration to the city from farmland.

Artists and Organizations Involved: Kingsport Ballet artists Valeria Sinyavskaya, Bertina Dew, and chief choreographer Erika Ballard have collaborated with guest artists, such as Lyvan Verdecia of Ballet Hispanico, Akop Akopian with Ellison Ballet Academy as well as local teachers, artists and musicians, in creating this short, contemporary ballet. Venue/s: Seeds of Change and Les Sylphides will be performed at Northeast State’s Wellmont Performing Arts Center. Tickets: Tickets are on sale now ($20, $26, $10 for children 5 and under and college students) through the company’s Facebook page or website, or by calling Kingsport Ballet 423-378-3967.

School Performance = Thursday, March 16th, 2017 at 10am. Free of charge for students with one free chaperone per school or home schooled group. All other adults $10.

Educational Materials = Students and teachers will receive educational workbooks free of charge.

Kingsport Ballet is funded in part by general operations from the Tennessee Arts Commission, as well as by the City of Kingsport, Massengil De-Friece Foundation and TAC/Funds for at Risk Youth for outreach programs. Please visit their website for a full listing of corporate sponsors. For more information: Bertina Dew – 423-863-1280 – School performance information: Amy Ramey – Photo above: Les Sylphides.

To learn more visit their Facebook page.

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“Hip to the Groove” comes to Lamplight Theatre


“Hip to the Groove” Comes to LampLight Theatre

1950’s Musical Romantic Comedy


KINGSPORT, Tenn., February 3, 2017 Are you a fan of “Grease” or “West Side Story”?  If so, you don’t want to miss LampLight Theatre’s new musical romantic comedy, Hip to the Groove.  This nostalgic production will take you back to a time of poodle skirts and greasers.  Classic songs of the 1950’s underscore this hip, reminiscent performance.  

Prompted by his uncle (Rev. Callahan), a troubled teen (Rex Callahan) moves with his mother and sister to the small town of Porterville.  Due to his father’s death and his older brother being drafted to the Korean War, Rex is left shilly-shallied.  A local male gang (The Blue Knights) and female gang (The Diamonettes) vie for his attention.  Their efforts are intercepted by the friendship and faith of a modest young lady (Christina Jackson) and her outcast friends.  

The local chapter of the Red Cross led by Nurse Doris Ansell and her bumbling sidekicks (Gladys and Bonnie) host a fundraiser for the military troops.  They have caught the attention of Bobby Lee Ross, the host of American Jukebox.  This popular national teen television dance show comes to town with a host of celebrity performers including The Chenilles, Jeanette Bonicaro, and “heartthrob”, Frankie Dean.

This witty production also brings a deeper message.  Drama ensues as Rex stands at a crossroads and a crisis of personal belief.  Absentee fathers are the common denominator among the spectrum of broken teens in Porterville, but Providence will soon bring them all together.  Learning how to love will determine their futures.

Feel free to wear your favorite 50’s apparel!  Performances for Hip to the Grove will be held Feb. 17th thru 19th, and Feb. 25th & 26th.  Show times are 7:00 on Fridays and Saturdays with additional matinee performances on Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and on Sundays at 3:00 p.m.  Doors will open one hour prior to performances.

Dinner & Show Package:  Catered dinner on Saturday Nights. Meal is served beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Meals will be served at The Emporium Banquet Hall (Next door to theatre).  The cost is $30 per Adult / $17 per Student (12 & Under) / Children FREE (3 & Under). Advanced reservations are required for dinner.

Show Only: Admission is a suggested donation of $10 Adults, $5 Students, and FREE for children 5 and under. Doors will open one hour prior.

For reservations and more information, please contact the LampLight box office at 423-343-1766 or online at  LampLight Theatre is located 140 Broad Street, Kingsport, TN.

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