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Christmas Festivities in Downtown Kingsport

Kingsport, Tennessee – The Downtown Kingsport Association will kick off the holidays beginning with a merchant open house on November 3 from 5 to 8 pm. Merchants will be celebrating the holidays with a fun atmosphere, Christmas decor and in-store specials. Over 30 retail stores and restuarants will stay open late to offer live music, beverages and appetizers. Once again, a beautiful, traditional, horse-drawn carriage will be available starting at P&J Antiques on Broad and Market Street for people to ride through the downtown streets and enjoy the new beautiful Christmas decorations.

Keta Hawley, promotion chair for DKA and owner of Turquoise Boutique said that last year’s open house had a huge turn-out with standing room only in all the shops. “It’s a festive night that everyone in downtown is excited about,” said Hawley. “I’ve got a band coming from right here in downtown called Model City Groove School for live music at my store.”

The day after Black Friday is Small Business Saturday. Merchants in downtown will offer their own individual specials and promotions, and will stay open during regular business hours. Check individual stores for more details.

On December 1 from 5 to 8 pm, the same stores will be open while there will be local choirs, buskers and actors strolling the sidewalks serenading the shoppers for the Jingle and Mingle event.

Kingsport’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will take place on Saturday, December 3 from 5 to 7 pm at Church Circle. Local school choirs and bands will be on hand playing Christmas music, fire pits and warming benches will be available again this year too compliments of Jackson Jones Construction. Commemorative t-shirts to highlight the Christmas tree lighting ceremony will once again be available to the public and can be purchased at the DKA office or the evening of the Christmas Tree Lighting.

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“CarnEvil of Death” to be performed at LampLight Theatre

As October ushers in the season of fright, LampLight Theatre will be debuting a new Mortality Room production. Prepare your heart for the scare of your life with “CarnEvil of Death.”  This Halloween show plunges to the dark-side as an old beat up carnival rolls into a small town with a motley cast of sideshow oddities who cast a demonic curse on a group of teens.  This chilling production is not for the weak at heart.


As part of the City Youth League, high school students prepare for the town’s All Hallows Eve celebration.  Little do they know that their traveling carnival troupe of demons will soon wreak havoc and terrorize the souls of the most unexpected victims.  The “CarnEvil of Death” is hosted by a malevolent evil entity named Furia and assisted by the sinister Drudge Twins.  They will introduce you to a legion of nefarious demons.  These “fallen ones” summon Lucifer, who masquerades as Decessus, the Grande Marshal for this disturbing carnival.   


“CarnEvil of Death” exposes the dark realities of true life, which can be very disturbing.  When you step inside the big tent, the Grande Marshal will introduce you to a world of disbelief.  He uses his disguised sinister spirits to entice you to believe his lies.  Evil necromancers, sorcerers, and conjurors are only a part of his haunting menagerie.  When this legion of principalities is done with this band of teens, their mortal souls will hang in the balance of the “after life.” Perhaps yours will as well.


LampLight Theatre’s cast and crew are ready to present their ultimate Halloween experience.  This creepy production is staged under the big tent, complete with sideshow freaks and ominous carnies.  Mesmerizing illusions and special effects add to this gruesome production. Things aren’t always as they seem at 140 Broad Street in Downtown Kingsport.  Our fiendish ghouls are preparing to give you the scare of a lifetime, if you dare accept our invitation to the “CarnEvil of Death.”


We do want to warn that Mortality Room’s “CarnEvil of Death” is NOT for everyone.  Due to its true-to-life situations and scary images, this show is rated PG-13.    Performances will run October 7-31, Fridays through Sundays and Halloween night. Performances nightly at 6:30 PM with additional performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 9:00 PM.  The show’s seating is general admission with a suggested donation of $8. Reservations are recommended in order to guarantee times and seating.  Concessions will be available from 5:30 until 9:00.    


For Reservations and information please contact the LampLight box office at (423) 343-1766, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or online at



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Kingsport Public Library Events

Free- library auditorium
Registration not required

October 6: Who is Your Grandaddy and How Did He Get Here?
Learn the basics of beginning your genealogy research.  Presenter: Charlotte Dade, DAR Genealogy Consultant

October 13: Writing About Your Ancestors
Create a timeline and find sources to fill in the gaps.
Presenter: David Attrice, author of One Tough German: George Cress (1738-1823) and His Descendants

October 20: Using Photographs in Genealogical Research
Learn ways to identify types of photographs and search tips.
Presenter: Jessica McCroskey, Holston River Regional Library

October 27  2:00-3:00
The Basics of DNA for the Family Historian
Overview of the 4 types f DNA used by genealogists.  Information on testing companies.

Using 3rd Party Tools
Learn about 3rd party DNA testers with results beyond those obtained through testing companies, enabling many adoptees to locate birth parents.  Looks at GEDmatch, DNAGEDcom, Genome Mate Pro, etc.
Presenter: Lori Thornton, Professional Genealogist

For more information, contact 224-2539.

Author Program:
Rita Quillen

October 18 @ 6:30
public reading and signing of her new book, The Mad Farmer’s Wife

Friends of the Archives Annual Meeting & Betty Gibson Memorial Presentation
5:45 Archives open house & refreshments
6:30 Program begins

Speaker: Wayne Winkler
October 25

Director of WETS-FM and author of Walking Toward the Sunset: The Melungeons of Appalachia.

job clinic
Computer lab time to locate job opportunities, complete job applications, create resumes, etc.

copyright free seniors computers

Computer Classes
October 3,17, 25 @ 3:00
October 5,12,19, 26 @ 10:00
iPad October 26 @ 10:00
    three girls reading
TEEN BookLeague
October 6, 20
lego club
October 17
elementary age childrenstorytime 3For 2 year olds
Thursdays @ 10:30For preschoolers
Tuesdays @ 10:30

Lapsit infants
October 6,11,20,25
@ 9:30

egg drop


ages K-5th grade
October 10



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Kingsport’s Centennial Signature Events


We’re Ready To Celebrate – Are You?

Kingsport is unique. In fact, there’s only one Kingsport in the entire United States. She’s special as our parents and grandparents, and even great-grandparents, have worked to make sure we progress as a city and continue to be the best place to be.
In 2017, there will be 4 centennial signature events. Below is a brief description of each one. Make sure you save the date!
We’ll kick off the centennial in style with a New Year’s Eve party in downtown Kingsport. With a DJ playing your favorite tunes and Josh Smith from WJHL as your emcee, it’s sure to be a fun time!
March 2 is Kingsport’s date of incorporation so we’re throwing a big birthday party at the Farmers Market. We also are celebrating those who turn 100 with Kingsport.
On July 4, we’re taking our normal July 4th event to the next level. It’s called Kingsport Pops. While it can mean fireworks, it really means that the Symphony of the Mountains will be joining us!  
Our culminating event will be Friday, November 17. It is the Centennial Park Celebration. The park is our gift we leave to the city and our children.  We will be unveiling the Santa Train sculpture and burying a time capsule to commemorate the centennial year.

Be a part of the celebration…..and share that COMMUNITY SPIRIT we are known for.

For more information about Kingsport’s history, celebrations and centennial park, please go to

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Art in the Heart Fall Classes

The Fall Class Schedule is in full swing at Art in the Heart. There are so many great classes for and they just added 2 more! It’s a great way to spend some time with friends or do something for yourself.

Beginning Acrylic Painting
Saturday September 24, 2016 Acrylic painting class for beginners. Introduction to the wide range of possibilities for both figurative and non-figurative artwork using acrylic paint and collage, . Taught by Anne Thwaites. Call gallery for supply list.
Jeweled Trinket Box Workshop
Saturday October 1, 2016 Learn to make this unique Jeweled Trinket Box with Mosaic Artist Fran Rathburn. This box will be crafted from your own personal items such as buttons, tiny sea shells, beads, etc. or choose from Fran’s collection. You will be guided through the entire process to make this personalized keepsake. Contact the gallery for complete list of tools and items to bring to class.
Fused Glass Plate
Thursday October 13, 2016 Originally from Rochester, New York, Karen Hitchock has taught fused glass classes for over 10 years. Students will learn how to safely handle glass while cutting shapes and assembling pieces to make a beautiful glass plate. They will also learn about different types of glass and their usage. At completion of class, instructor will take completed projects to fire for the student. All supplies are furnished.
Shaker Spoon Basket with Joy Smith
Saturday October 15, 2016 Joy Smith is an expert in Nantucket and Shaker style basketry, with over 25 years’ experience. She splits her time between Kingsport, Tennessee and Norfolk, Virginia. In this class students will learn to make the Shaker Spoon Basket with Woven Black Ash splint Handles or Bonnet Handle. All materials will be provided. Each student will leave class with a finished basket.
Fused Glass Pendant Class
Wednesday October 19, 2016 Fused Glass Pendant workshop with Karen Hitchcock – Originally from Rochester, NY, Karen Hitchcock has over 12 years experience making and teaching the art of fused glass. She studied at Corning Glass Center, Oatka School of Glass and Alfred University perfecting her craft. Each student will have the opportunity to make up to 10 different pendants using glass provided by the instructor. The cost of the class is $50 and all supplies are provided. Come make gifts of art in glass for your friends and family…or yourself!
Portrait Drawing
Saturday October 22, 2016 In this class students will learn a basic approach to drawing the portrait in charcoal on paper. Working from a model, the class will cover analyzing form, proportions in features, perspective and using line and edges. Drawing experience is must for the this intermediate class. Students will need to provide charcoal drawing paper, charcoal pencils or sticks, a kneaded eraser and a large drawing board for class. Instructor – Donna Bird
Watercolor: Painting Without a Safety net
Wednesday October 26, 2016 Unleash watercolor in all its lusciousness! Dance with color. Be bold. Be free. Your paintings will stem from simple suggestions that invite you to experiment with technique and design in order to make the medium your own. Instructor Nancy Jane Earnest will offer personal assistance as needed. Suitable for those new to watercolor as well as seasoned painters who would like to work with more spontaneity. Ages: high school and up.

For more information, please call 423-480-9702.


CrossFit Fast Break Open House

CrossFit Kingsport is hosting a completely FREE open house for their brand new FAST BREAK class! Join them October 3-7 at noon. Perfect for those who want to fit in a quick workout during their lunch break!

If you already have CrossFit experience, you can jump right into class! Sign the release and you are off!

For those of you that are new to the Crossfit world, they will also be hosting their 101 classes during this hour. If this is you, call so they can get you scheduled to start!

For more information call (423) 390-8599 or visit

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Kingsport Welcomes Model City Event Center


Contemporary elegance is what comes to mind when describing the feel of this place. The Model City Event Center (MCEC) is a new 10,000 square foot venue located in the heart of Downtown Kingsport at 201 E. Center Street (across from WKPT). From weddings, parties, to corporate functions – the possibilities are infinite with this space.
One of the goals is to be a prominent event center for the region. Another purpose is to create awareness for our community’s needs by hosting events for non-profit and civic organizations. Model City Event Center wants to be venue for the community. Friday, August 26th, two different logos will be uploaded their Facebook page and fans will vote for the logo used in the business.
Chelsie Gregory, MCEC manager, added, “There are so many remarkable things happening downtown, I’m thrilled to be a part of the movement.”
To schedule a tour or get more information call 423-765-4122 or check out


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