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Tennessee Ernie Ford 100th Birthday Celebration – Special Display

February 1 - February 28

In celebration of the anniversary of Tennessee Ernie Ford's 100th birthday, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum will have several objects, photographs, and items of memorabilia on loan from Tennessee Ernie Ford Enterprises and the museum’s collection on display during the entire month of February. This display will supplement the section of the permanent exhibit, including a short film, focused on Ford’s life and career. February 13, 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of Tennessee Ernie Ford’s birthday, and his hometown…

Reading Appalachia: Voices From Children’s Literature

February 1 @ 10:00 am - June 30 @ 5:00 pm

Coming February 2019! Reading Appalachia: Voices From Children’s Literature, a new special exhibit coming to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum! Walk through the pages of your favorite storybook in Reading Appalachia: Voices from Children’s Literature, a groundbreaking exhibit on Appalachian children’s books and stories. Sporting life-size characters from Appalachian children’s books, this exhibit looks at the seminal titles from the late 1800s through the modern story of Appalachia – you’ll feel like you’re walking through the pages of a…

Special Exhibit “I Have A Voice: Tennessee’s African American Musical Heritage”

February 14 - April 30

Dates: February 14—April 30, 2019 The Volunteer State has been the birthplace of some of the most influential music in the world, illustrated by the Beale Street blues clubs in Memphis, the R&B scene on Nashville’s Jefferson Street, and Knoxville’s Gem Theater. I Have a Voice gives a snapshot of African American Tennesseans’ important contribution to American music, including spirituals, blues, ragtime, jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, and soul music. In turn, their music has influenced and…

Johnson City: Screening of award-winning film “306 Hollywood”

February 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

On Monday, Feb. 18, the award-winning documentary film “306 Hollywood,” which chronicles a journey through the life of two siblings’ late grandmother, based on the objects she left behind, will be shown in the ongoing South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers series.  The free film begins at 7 p.m. in the Ball Hall auditorium.   “All three of our spring Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers films and filmmakers have been part of the Sundance Film Festival,” DeAngelis…

Moonrise over Sinking Waters

February 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

SOLD OUT Come watch the full moon rise above the high ridges at Sinking Waters! February's full moon is called the "Full Snow Moon." Whether or not it snows, we'll enjoy a fine hike through the gathering dusk, and then "toast" the rising moon with a Moon Pie. We'll supply the snacks, you supply the moonlit enthusiasm! Be sure to come dressed for the weather, and wear good hiking boots. (It's a mostly uphill hike to the view.) Also be…

OMTU Chili Cook-Off & Gear Swap

February 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

We're having a cookoff and you're invited. Join OMTU members and friends for our first ever chili cookoff and gear swap. Bring your best pot of chili to see if you can be crowned champion of the night. The top 3 dishes, as judged by the audience, will win a prize. We will also be hosting a gear swap. You know you have fishing or outdoor gear stored away that you haven't touched in months or years. Now is a…

Pool Session

February 19 @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

WE MUST EXIT THE BUILDING WITH ALL BOATS AND GEAR BY 9:00 P.M. Come join the Jackson Action Wagon (J.A.W.), APEs, and other paddlers from around our region at the Freedom Hall Pool in Johnson City, TN for tips & tricks about basic kayaking skills and learning how to roll. Already mastered the basics and have a bomb proof roll? There is still a lot of fun to be had at our pool session by practicing your flat-water freestyle moves…

Imagineer It! Homeschool Drop-off Workshop

February 20 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Wednesday, February 20th, 9am-noon - Imagineer It! Homeschool Drop-off Workshop Celebrate National Engineering Week with a workshop to test your craftsmanship, skill, and ingenuity.  Create  a wearable LED light-up gadget/jewelry, build a 2-liter bottle rocket launcher, then craft and race your own alternative energy contraption.  Ages 7-12.  A healthy nut-free snack will be included.  Payment in full is required to complete registration and hold each registrant's spot.  Register early and save big!  Cost: Early registration prior to Friday, February 8th is…

Elizabethton: Sabine Hill Tour

February 20 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Sabine Hill Tour Wednesday, February 20                                                        11:00 am Cost: $7.00 for adults. $3.00 ages 7 – 17 6 and under free                                                                      Max: 16 Pre-registration required - Choose “Upcoming Events” in the left hand menu Join Ranger Hayslett for a tour of Tennessee’s most remarkable example of Federalist architecture. The home of the Taylor family, Sabine Hill is a unique and beautiful home that documents the period of East Tennessee in transition from frontier to sophistication. The historic…

Kayak Session

February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Interested in kayaking but don’t know where to start? Basic kayaking training and practice is now available in Kingsport on Thursdays at the Kingsport Aquatic Center! During the winter months (October-April), the indoor pool is sectioned off specifically for kayakers to practice basic paddling techniques. Admission is only $3 for 2 full hours of fun and Aquatic Center members may attend free! If you have equipment, you may drop it off outside the door closest to the pool then enter…

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