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Come listen to the “stand-up chameleon” Jackson Gillman

For over thirty years Jackson Gillman has performed throughout the country, with a repertoire of stories that sparkle with energy, wit and warm-hearted honesty about his perceptions of life. He’s been dubbed the “stand-up chameleon” for his quick-change characterizations, physical comedy, and treasure trove of voices.
Gillman’s performances are seasoned with song, dance, mime, and sign language, and infused with an underlying foundation of hope and spirit.

“Gillman is a masterly storyteller. Everything about him – his body, his voice, his choice of movements – has a breathtaking economy that lets the simplicity of the story speak for itself. ” –Christian Science Monitor

Ticket Prices: Adult $12 Senior $11
Time: 2 PM – 3 PM Daily Tuesday – Saturday

Celebrate the glorious and gut-wrenching lives of four generations of Carpenters told by Regi Carpenter

Regi Carpenter’s tales celebrate the glorious and gut-wrenching lives of four generations of Carpenters raised on the Saint Lawrence River. Tales of underwater tea parties, drowning lessons and drives to the dump give voice to multi-generations of family life in a small river town with an undercurrent. Carpenter is a recipient of the J.J. Reneaux Emerging Artist Award, a Leonard Bernstein Teaching Fellowship Award, and the Parent’s Choice Gold Award.

“I am thoroughly charmed by how seamlessly she weaves the threads of genuine reflection, baby boomer sensibilities and whimsical song. In a word, captivating.” – Director, Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival

Ticket Prices: Adult $12 Senior $11
Time: 2 PM – 3 PM Daily Tuesday – Saturday

R&M Tribute Entertainment returns to Kingsport!

R&M Tribute Entertainment returns to the Renaissance Center in Kingsport, TN.

Join us for an evening of outstanding entertainment on Saturday, June 9 at the Renaissance Center Auditorium located at 1200 E. Center Street, Kingsport, TN. Show time is at 7:00 PM.

Elvis & Legends Tribute Show features tributes to the King of Rock N’ Roll – Elvis Presley, Ann Margaret, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette and Jeff Foxworthy.

Tickets are available for advanced purchase by contacting Missy Miller with R&M Tribute Entertainment at 865-684-6082. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the show. VIP/Reserved seats are $20 and General Admission are $15 (12-6 years old $7.00 and 5 and under are FREE). DEBIT/CREDIT is available for advanced purchase.

Brandon E will perform the ‘70’s concert era along with our special guest and Pigeon Forge headliner, Stewart Chapman to perform the 50’s & 60’s era. Chloe Paige as Ann Margaret will also be making a guest appearance. Ronnie Miller will pay tribute to Johnny Cash, Makenna Harmon performs her tribute to Loretta Lynn and Donna Kestler performs her tribute to Tammy Wynette. Along with our tributes we have incorporated some comedian humor. Jamie Simpson has been voted #1 in the world for his Jeff Foxworthy tribute. Jamie is also our emcee for the show.

Ronnie Miller is from Maryville, TN. He is a multi-award winning, professional Elvis Tribute Artist, entertainer, singer, and performer. Ronnie has won several local and national singing awards. He was inducted into National Elvis Organizations. He is also a Johnny Cash Tribute Artist as well as performs a wide variety of country & gospel entertainment. Ronnie will be performing his tribute to Johnny Cash.

Brandon E is from Athens, TN. Brandon grew up surrounded by all of the music Elvis loved so much; blues, country, rock and gospel. Brandon developed a love for Elvis and his music at an early age. He has performed Elvis tributes in many venues all over the Southeast. Brandon has won many awards and accolades in his many years as an Elvis Tribute Artist. He most recently (2017) placed in the Smoky Mountain Elvis contest held in Pigeon Forge, TN. Brandon will be performing the ‘70’s stage concert era.

Stewart Chapman is from Stanardsville, Virginia, but recently relocated to Pigeon Forge, TN. In 2016, Stewart won second place in an Elvis contest at the Lake George Elvis Festival. He current performs as a headliner in Pigeon Forge, TN. He will be performing the ‘50’s & ’60’s era of the Kings of Rock N’ Roll.

Chloe Page is from GA. She currently resides in Pigeon Forge, TN. She performs Ann Margaret along with other tributes. She is a new and upcoming performer in the PF area.

Jamie Simpson is known as the number one Jeff Foxworthy impersonator in the world. He has met and performed with the real Jeff Foxworthy and currently travels the country performing his tribute. He has performed at theaters in and around Pigeon Forge for decades.

Makenna Harmon is from Seymour, TN. She has a passion for traditional country music. She performs tributes to Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline. She was named the 2018 Entertainer of the Year and Vocalist of the Year in traditional country music in the North American Country Music Association International.

Donna Kestler is from Maryville, TN. She has been performing for over 30 years. She performs her Tammy Wynette tribute as well as a wide variety of country artists. She was the first female in East Tennessee that brought the popular karaoke to the area. Since then she has developed her tributes to country music and performed in the East TN and surrounding areas.

For more information about the show or to purchase tickets contact Missy Miller at (865) 684-6082 or tribute.entertainment@yahoo.com.

Peter Cook: Teller-In-Residence

Peter Cook is an internationally renowned deaf performing artist whose work incorporates American Sign Language, pantomime, storytelling, acting and movement. Cook has presented his work both nationally and internationally, including at the Kennedy Center, the National Book Festival and in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Japan. He has also appeared on PBS and traveled extensively with Flying Words Project to promote ASL literature. Cook teaches at Columbia College, where he received an Excellence in Teaching award. He calls Chicago home, where his favorite audience is still his son.

“Cook incorporates … the most elastic facial maneuvers this side of Robin Williams.” – LA Weekly

Ticket Prices: Adult $12 Senior $11
Time: 2 PM – 3 PM Daily Tuesday – Saturday

Come listen to Jennifer Munro: Teller-In-Residence

Born in a small English village where children were seen, but never heard, Jennifer learned the important arts of listening and watching. Her keen observations of life have translated into a repertoire of personal stories that resonate with the frailty and resilience of the human experience. Populated with memorable characters that spring vividly to life, her carefully crafted tales, delivered with a masterful sense of timing, take the listener on a roller coaster ride of emotions that elicit both laughter and tears. Her performance venues include the Alabama Tale Tellin’ Festival, the Nebraska Storytelling Festival, and the Illinois Storytelling Festival.

“The highlight of the entire morning was listening to your story. I sat back in my seat mesmerized by your every word. You captivated every person in that room.” – Madison School District, CT

Ticket Prices: Adult $12 Senior $11
Time: 2 PM – 3 PM Daily Tuesday – Saturday

International Storytelling Center Presents Elizabeth Ellis: Teller-In-Residence

Designated an American Masterpiece Touring Artist by the NEA, Elizabeth Ellis grew up in the Appalachian Mountains hearing stories from her grandfather, a mountain minister. Ellis is a versatile, riveting teller of Appalachian and Texas tales and stories of heroic American women as well as poignant and hilarious personal stories, told Southern style. An award-winning author, she is a recipient of the John Henry Faulk award from the Tejas Storytelling Association, and the NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence and Lifetime Achievement awards.

“A breathtaking performance to witness. Her timing impeccable. Her delivery effortless and casual. Her impact extraordinary.” – Ann Arbor Observer

Ticket Prices: Adult $12 Senior $11
Time: 2 PM – 3 PM Daily Tuesday – Saturday

Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton live at the International Storytelling Center

Although only in his twenties, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton has earned a reputation for transporting audiences back to the 1920’s and making them wish they could stay there for good. An amazing multi-instrumentalist, his ability to transform traditional jazz, blues, folk, and country into the here and now – coupled with his humor and storytelling – makes for a uniquely engaging performance. Paxton was nominated this year for the International Folk Music Artist of the Year.

“Paxton seems to effortlessly embody the spirit of early music including ragtime, ‘20s jazz and Dust Bowl-era blues, delivering them through a dizzying display of virtuosity on guitar, piano, banjo, and fiddle.” – Living Blues

Ticket Prices: Adult $12 Senior $11
Time: 2 PM – 3 PM Daily Tuesday – Saturday

Mountain Music Museum to Unveil Roy Acuff Fiddle

Fiddle on loan to museum for one year unveiled.

A rare fiddle, once owned by the late country music legend Roy Acuff, will be unveiled at the Mountain Music Museum in Kingsport, Tennessee on Tuesday, May 1. Members of the Acuff family will be present, and there will be live music and free admission during the celebration, from 11:00-1:00.

The fiddle is on loan to the museum for one year, courtesy of its owner, Lamar Peek, in memory of his late brother, Bobby Peek, who purchased it at a pawn shop in Alabama. The fiddle received national attention last January, when a family member of Peek’s family donated it to Goodwill in Kansas City, without realizing its historical significance.

Peek discussed the fiddle during an interview with former Arkansas Governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on his weekly program “Huckabee” on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). The interview can be seen here: https://youtu.be/6DU_VyQ9wTo.

The Roy Acuff fiddle was made in 1945 by the singer’s uncle, Evart Acuff, in Maryville, Tennessee, just south of Knoxville. Evart was an acclaimed fiddle maker in the region.

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Birding Kingsport meeting with presenter Gary Bailey

Interested In Birds?

Birding Kingsport, a club formed to connect area birders with all things birds, will meet Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center, 400 S. Wilcox Drive, Kingsport, at 7:00 in Room 225. Gary Bailey, well-known area birder, will present the program ‘Alaska Adventures in Birding’. For more information see birdingkingsport.org

Spring Garden Fair 2018

Spring Garden Fair 2018 at Exchange Place Living History Farm

In a time-honored area tradition, Exchange Place Living History Farm will once again celebrate spring and the planting season with its annual Spring Garden Fair. Turning 34 this year, the oldest garden fair in our region will be held on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Sunday, April 29, from noon until 5 p.m., at the 1850s farmstead located at 4812 Orebank Road in Kingsport.

Eagerly anticipated by area gardeners — from beginners to experts – the Fair will feature thousands of plants for sale, from old favorites to rare and hard-to-find varieties. Growers will offer perennials, annuals, trees and shrubs, with an emphasis on herbs, natives and heirloom plants, including a wide assortment of heirloom tomatoes. Gardening experts will be available throughout the weekend to share their knowledge about plant selection and care, and folk and yard artisans will also be found throughout the farmstead with unique plant and garden-related arts and crafts.

True to its mission, Exchange Place will offer slices of 19th century life in almost every corner. Over on the Roseland side, the Burow Museum will be eagerly welcoming visitors, while just a few feet away, in an area between the Museum and the barn, our sheep will be getting their hair cut! Historically known as shearing the sheep, this will take place on Saturday, April 28, between 11 am and 3 pm. The Overmountain Weavers Guild will then take that wool and continue their long “Sheep to Shawl” tradition of carding (cleaning, separating and straightening) the wool, spinning it into yarn and weaving that yarn into scarves and, perhaps, other beautiful and wearable items.

A new component this year will be a Fiber Fair, to be held on the back porch of Roseland. Textile artisans skilled in spinning, weaving and wool felting will on hand to demonstrate their skills and offer hands-on instruction to anyone interested in having a go at these venerable arts.

Across the road on the historic farm side of Exchange Place, the hearth kitchen will be filled with wonderful aromas supplied by the Eden’s Ridge Hearth Cookery Society, while our Junior Apprentices will be seen in a variety of places, including the kitchen and the garden, performing their chores and offering insights about how life was lived on an antebellum Northeast Tennessee farm. And the blacksmith’s shop will be active all weekend as our very own Catherine Shook will be demonstrating the importance of a blacksmith in the years before the Industrial Revolution.

A wide variety of hands-on children’s activities will be found all around the grounds, and young’uns will certainly want to say hello to our resident animals, including Delilah (our cow), Jenny (our donkey), and our three horses, plus our sheep and pigs.

Two other popular features of the Garden Fair will be back again. Retired World Champion Whimmy Diddler Will Hines of Greeneville will be on hand to direct the 9th Annual Edens Ridge Whimmy Diddle Competition at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Open to all ages, Mr. Hines and others will be under the main tent, just a few yards away from the Preston House, starting at 2 p.m., to offer valuable pointers and practice time prior to the contest. And there is a reward, as the winners will receive trophies made by local woodworker Gary Albertson! Meanwhile, the joyous Maypole decoration and dance will take place at 2 pm on Sunday. Brought to this country by our European ancestors, it is a traditional and colorful celebration of spring.

As always, music will fill the air during the Spring Garden Fair, as an overabundance of local talent is scheduled to perform throughout the weekend. A complete schedule will be posted on the music tent and the front gate each day. And don’t worry, if you get hungry or thirsty, baked goods, lunch, drinks and snacks (including the ever-popular funnel cakes and kettle corn!) will be available.

The Spring Garden Fair strives to be as environmentally friendly as possible with recycling, composting, and re-using. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own plant carriers and to bring used nursery pots for recycling/reusing.

Admission is $5 for adults and is free for children under the age of 12. Proceeds from the event helps keep our animals fed and with the restoration and upkeep of the site, which is proudly listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Exchange Place is a non-profit, volunteer-run living history farm, educational facility and regional attraction that seeks to preserve, protect, interpret, and manage the history, heritage, and artifacts pertaining to mid-19th century farm life in Northeast Tennessee. For more information, please call
423-288-6071, or visit our website: www.exchangeplace.info.