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Bil Lepp is an internationally-known storyteller, author, and recording artist whose style has been described as a satisfying blend of Bob Newhart and Jeff Foxworthy. A five-time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest, his outrageous tall tales and witty stories are a signature of his repertoire.
Lepp has been featured at venues nationwide, including the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and Comedy Central’s Stage on Hudson in Los Angeles. He is a recipient of the NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence award, and his picture book, The King of Little Things, won a Parents’ Choice Gold award.
“[Lepp] goes for the funny bone. He stuffs his hands in his pockets and leans back as he nonchalantly lets drop the zinger to his tale.” – The Boston Globe
It was century in which all things seemed possible – it was the 19th Century, and it is when the Netherland Inn, Exchange Place and Hammond House all began. How they fit into this new world will be explored when the Netherland Inn-Exchange Place Association hosts its annual dinner on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at the Press Room on Roller Street in Kingsport, beginning at 5:30 pm.
Our guide for the evening will be noted local history researcher Tony Galloway. A graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School, he was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree from King College and a Master’s Degree from East Tennessee State University, and has taught local and regional history, advanced American history and AP Government at Dobyns-Bennett; was co-director of the Governor’s School for Tennessee Heritage; and has served in an adjunct faculty position at ETSU, King College, Northeast State Community College, Walters State Community College, Virginia Intermont College, and Tusculum College. He has served as a board member for a variety of local historical groups, including the Heritage Alliance TAH Advisory Board, Tipton-Haynes, Rocky Mount, and our own Netherland Inn/Exchange Place Association.
Mr. Galloway will be ably supported by members of the Appalachian Express Chorus. Entertaining throughout the Mountain Empire since 1968, the AEC is a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society and will be providing period-appropriate music. (For more information on the chorus, please see their website – appalachianexpresschorus.org.)
And since this is a dinner meeting, food, of course, will also be provided. Food City will be serving their always-excellent dinner of oven-fried chicken, potatoes, mixed vegetables, assorted cake slices, sweet and unsweetened tea, and soft drinks.
All guests are welcome! Please RSVP by Thursday, March 8, by contacting either Sara Selby (423-349-8372 or email@example.com), or Marshall Adesman (423-357-5352 or firstname.lastname@example.org), or by sending in your check for $18 per person to:
NI/EP Association, P.O. Box 293, Kingsport, TN 37662
The Netherland Inn/Exchange Place Association is a non-profit, 501(c)3, volunteer-run organization, whose purpose is to contribute to the better understanding and appreciation of the early history of this region, and to preserve the important landmarks (which also includes the Hammond House), antiques, relics, and documents as a part of our local, state, and national heritage.