The week's events
December 3, 2018
Annual Christmas Concert
The Johnson City Community Concert Band, conducted by Dr. Christian Zembower, presents their annual Christmas concert at First Christian Church, 200 E. Mountcastle Drive, Johnson City, on Monday, December 3rd at 7:00 p.m.
Come enjoy beloved holiday music with friends and loved ones.
Admission is free. Donations are welcomed.
Tusculum University Community Chorus Free Concert
With the Christmas season now in full swing, many people are enjoying the music that highlights the beauty and wonder of this time of year.
The Tusculum University Community Chorus will contribute to the holiday spirit with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3. The event will be held in the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Theater on Tusculum’s Greeneville campus.
Conducted by Kathryn May, the concert will provide an opportunity for people to relax and hear some classic Christmas songs and other seasonal selections that will bring joy to the audience as Christ’s birth approaches.
“Our chorus is excited about sharing this evening of uplifting music with members of the Tusculum University family and the community,” May said. “We look forward to this concert every year and know it will help the audience appreciate what Christmas means for all of us.”
The concert is free. All seats are general admission.
For more information, please call TU Arts Outreach at (423) 798-1620.
December 4, 2018
MyRide TN to launch at the Jonesborough Senior Center
he Jonesborough Senior Center is launching a new transportation program for any senior in the town limits of Jonesborough ages 60 and up. On December 4th at 10:00 a.m. the new program, MyRide TN, is being introduced at the Senior Center as a volunteer-based program that provides door-through-door transportation for medical-related appointments for seniors. This project is funded under a grant contract with the State of Tennessee and through “Serving Tennessee’s Seniors,” administered by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee at the request of the Chancery Court. Also funded under a grant with Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability(TCAD).
MyRide TN is a volunteer transportation service aimed at improving the quality of life for older adults by providing courteous and safe door-through-door transportation to those eligible, enabling them to access essential services and maintain their independence, dignity, and quality of life. The program is supported by well-screened, trained and supervised volunteer drivers using their personal vehicles. The types of rides provided will give access to needed medical appointments. By utilizing volunteer drivers and their vehicles, older adults can obtain needed services with ease and with a cost that will be significantly lower than other methods.
Applications for riders and drivers will be available beginning December 4th. For more details on our service or to volunteer, contact Susan Katko @ 423-788-4770, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop in and visit her at the Senior Center M-F, 8-430.
December 5, 2018
Free Flu Shots
The Washington County Health Department is offering flu vaccines at no charge to the community during a special “FightFluTN” vaccination event December 5.
The Washington County Health Department will provide flu shots December 5 at no cost to anyone who wishes to receive one at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church at 225 Princeton Road from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
For anyone who cannot attend Wednesday’s event, the health department will provide flu vaccines on December 6 and 7 at 219 Princeton Road from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. No appointment is necessary and walk-ins will be welcome during the rest of the week. There will be no cost as long as supplies last.
For more information about the flu and getting a flu vaccine, call the Washington County Health Department at 423-975-2200 or visit www.tn.gov/health/cedep/immunization-program/ip/flu-in-tennessee/influenza-immunization.html.
December 7, 2018
MPCC offers holiday celebration: Who Stole Christmas?
Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites residents to a Christmas celebration on Friday, Dec. 7 from 4:30-6 p.m. Santa will join in the fun. Goodies, crafts and door prizes will also be available. A limited number of copies of the popular children’s book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” will be distributed.
The event is free. Register in person at MPCC through the day of the event.
For more information, please call 423-434-5749.
Rocky Mount's A Candlelight Christmas
The Christmas season seems to start earlier and earlier every year. The Christmas celebration of today is highly commercialized. Rocky Mount State Historic Site’s “A Candlelight Christmas” tours are a chance to look back at a simpler time and experience a simpler celebration – when people did not count down the shopping days until Christmas and when Christmas advertisements and reminders did not go up in October. Candlelight Christmas takes you to Christmas Eve of 1791. It is an evening with the Cobb family showing you their home and sharing their holiday traditions with you. You will take candle-lit walks through the buildings filled with handmade decorations of greenery as it would have been in 1791.
“A Candlelight Christmas” is a new way to come and see an old favorite. This tour is completely different from our daily tour and captures a different side of life in 1791. Come feel the warmth of the fire on your skin and the warmth of the season in your heart. Start a new tradition this year by attending our “A Candlelight Christmas” tour.
Tours begin at 4:30 p.m. each day (Nov. 30th and Dec. 1st & Dec. 7th and 8th) and leave the Massengill Museum every fifteen minutes with the last tour going out at 8:00 p.m. Guests will travel outside to get to the historic home and other buildings so make sure to dress for the weather. The tour lasts approximately an hour and a half and costs $12 for adults and $8 receive a fifty percent discount. Reservations are strongly encouraged, although walk-in visitors are welcome. Group rates are available for groups of twelve or more people. In order to receive group rates, reservations are required. Reservations are now being taken. To make a reservation or for more information, call (423) 538-7396 or 888-538-1791.
December 8, 2018
Santa at the Chuckey Depot/Museum
The Historic Southern Railway X450 Caboose at the Chuckey Depot/Museum at Jonesborough will be open for everyone to see Santa Claus greeting Guest on board the caboose on Saturday, December 8 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and., prior to the Annual Jonesborough Christmas Parade that begins at 6 p.m. Santa will greet guests from inside the caboose.
This will be a unique opportunity for both young and old to visit Historic Jonesborough, see Santa and step aboard this historic railroad car and attend the Jonesborough Christmas Parade, this will be a memorable event for the whole family for years to come.” Plenty of parking at the depot parking lot will be available. Many children and adults have never been on a real railroad caboose.
There is no charge for this event which is located at 210 Second St. in Jonesborough at the railroad crossing. Miss Historic Jonesborough will be on hand to greet everyone.
Visits with Santa and the historic train car are sponsored by the Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society & Museum. For information call Jonesborough Visitors Center at (423) 753-1010.