Thursday, March 10, 2016
Overflowing with heart, humor and spectacular stagecraft, Big Fish reminds us why we love going to the theatre – for an experience that’s richer, funnier and BIGGER than life itself. This whimsical, touching Southern story centers on Edward Bloom, whose incredible, larger-than-life adventures thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their grown son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s enormous passions and epic tall-tales. Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish is a tribute to the power of dreaming big.
For ticket information contact Barter Theater.
Join The Symphony of the Mountains for a special event with a six-course dinner and specially selected wine pairings. The evening will feature a live and silent auction with items such as spectacular vacation packages, hand-crafted jewelry and wines from around the world.
Music will be provided by Symphony of the Mountains musicians and special guest artists.
Please RSVP by March 31, 2016 by following the link.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Freedom Hall in Johnson City on March 22. If you would like more information on tickets click here.
Marion Downtown & Marion Police Department to Host
Second Annual Blue Line 5k Run/Walk and Gear Run
Following the success of last year's inaugural Blue Line 5k Run/Walk and Gear Challenge, Marion Downtown and Marion Police Department are once again making plans to raise awareness of law enforcement by hosting a 5k run/walk and gear challenge on Saturday, May 21st at 8:30am.
Everyone is encouraged to come out and participate in the event by showing their support for Law Enforcement Officers - active, retired and fallen. To show support, folks are encouraged to run/walk for an officer. Each participant will have a badge that will include there officers name written on it. If someone wants to run for a specific person(s), they are encouraged to do so by specifying the individuals name when registering for the race.
The race will take place in front of the historic Smyth County Court House in downtown Marion and end at Holston Hills Community Golf Course. Registration for the race starts at 7:30am on the Court House Steps. The race will begin promptly at 8:30am, where participants will then make their way to the Golf Course. First, second and third place men and women winners will receive metals as well as a gift certificate to one of the many great restaurants in downtown Marion. Shuttles will be available for participants to ride back to downtown once the race is completed. Participants are encouraged to enjoy a bite to eat at one of the many local restaurants downtown after the race. Selected restaurants will have discounted prices available for Law Enforcement Officers who participate in the event.
For ages 12 and under, there will be a 1K race at Holston Hills Community Golf Course, immediately following the 5k Run. Winners will receive metals and gift cards.
In addition, participants will be able to compete in a "Dummy Drag" immediately following the race. Ever wonder how difficult it is to drag 150-170 lbs of dead weight? That's what a dummy drag consists of. Officers are required to do so during training, and it isn't as easy as it looks. Participants are encouraged to see how fast they can drag a fake body 30 yards across the grass. The person with the fastest time will receive an additional prize.
And that's not all! Officers are encouraged to participate in a gear challenge during the 5k race. As if running a 5k isn't difficult enough, Law Enforcement Officers are encouraged to run in full uniform, duty belt and all. That's an additional 20+ lbs of weight, and the officer who completes the 5k race in the shortest amount of time will receive a metal and prize!
Proceeds from the race will go to the national Adopt-A-Cop foundation and Marion Downtown Revitalization Association, Inc.
As part of the "Adopt-A-Cop" program, folks are encouraged to adopt an officer for the year. Officers know the importance of back up all too well. Nothing is more comforting than hearing the sounds of a distant siren coming to help regardless of the color of the uniform or department name. "For an officer, to know that you're in someone's prayers is a relief, if even for a second," said Olivia McDonald, executive director of Marion Downtown and event coordinator. "We're wanting to do something different to let our community LEO's know that they're life's matter - that those who have sworn to protect and serve are always in our thoughts and prayers." The Adopt-A-Cop program will allow individuals to adopt an officer - they are encouraged to pray for them, send them thank-you notes and even care packages if able. "Their jobs are tough, and they don't get the support or appreciation they deserve," McDonald added. "I'm wanting the community to stand together and show their support for our community officers - no matter the circumstance."
For questions or if you want to register for the event, contact Olivia McDonald at (276)783-4190 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also register online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blue-line-5k-runwalk-and-gear-challenge-tickets-22703009312
Admission for the race is as follows:
General Admission (Ages 13+) - $20.00
Police Officer Admission - $10.00
Children 1k Admission (Ages 12 and under) - $10.00
You MUST register by May 6th in order to guarantee a t-shirt
Donations are also accepted for the national Adopt-A-Cop Organization as well as Marion Downtown Revitalization Association, Inc.
Friday, March 4, 2016
Nathan Stanley Live in Lebanon, Virginia. The show is Saturday, March 5, 7:00 pm in the Lebanon Middle School Auditorium. For tickets or more info: (276) 415-9966 or visit Nathan's website.
Here's some of the events coming up this month at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Site:
1. Vegetable Gardening with Instructor: Ben Hunter
Saturday March 5 from 9 am - Noon
Cost: No Charge – Registration is NOT necessary for this session
Gardener extraordinaire, Ben Hunter, will be joining us to share his experiences & techniques for growing the garden of your dreams! Sponsored by the Northeast Tennessee Master Gardeners.
2 Overmountain Weavers Guild Fibers Show and Sale
Saturday, March 19 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Don’t miss this great opportunity to visit with some of the best fiber artists of our region! If you love fibers, this is the place for you! Demonstrations include weaving, spinning, knitting, natural dyeing, and more. A variety of handmade items will be offered for sale.
3. Arboretum Ramble - Spring Hike!
Saturday, March 19 at 10:00 am
Celebrate Spring at Sycamore Shoals State Park! Join retired forester Martin Miller, for a special guided tour of Sycamore Shoals' arboretum. Discover a variety of native trees and fun facts about their unique qualities, historical uses, and contributions to local culture. Dress appropriately for the weather as we will be taking a casual stroll on the park grounds adjacent to the front parking lot. Meet in the Visitor Center lobby, tour will begin at 10:00 am. Please no pets. Tour is by reservation only and subject to cancellation due to significantly inclement weather. Contact the park for more information at 423-543-5808.
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
If you would like to find the new Pal's Sudden Service game devloped by ETSU click here.