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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Mar 24-25: First Annual Carousel Arts and Craft Show



 Cultural Arts Division of Kingsport Parks and Recreation announces the first annual Carousel Arts and Craft Show on Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25 at the Civic Auditorium on Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport, Tennessee.  The show will be free and open to the public and feature the carousel animals currently being hand carved by volunteers for a working 1956 Herschell Carousel to be installed next year.  40 of the finest local and regional vendors will have their woodworking and handmade items available for purchase – many with a carousel theme.


The Carousel Project is a volunteer-led effort to establish a working carousel in Kingsport.  The project came together 2.5 years ago under the leadership of Reggie Martin, Ted Heilig, George Gibson and Milton Nelson.  Since then over 18 local volunteers have joined the effort carving buffalo, frog prince, tiger, lynx, rabbit and of course horses.  The animals are being painted by lead-artist Suzanne Justis and a team of volunteer painters.  The 1956 Herschell frame is a gift to the City of Kingsport from the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, Connecticut.  The frame will be fully restored and painted before it is assembled in a new carousel building that will be constructed near the newly restored Farmers Market building on Clinchfield Street in downtown Kingsport


The Carousel Arts and Craft Show will feature vendors specializing in handmade unique items especially woodworking.  The show will have a carousel theme.  Hours for the show are Saturday, March 24 10 AM – 6 PM and Sunday, March 25 Noon – 5 PM.  The Civic Auditorium is located at 1550 Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport, Tennessee.  For more information call 423-392-8416.


Photo credit:  Jeffrey Stoner Photography










Bonnie Macdonald

Kingsport Renaissance Center  Cultural Arts Division 

1200 E. Center St.   Kingsport, TN  37660


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Kingsport is located on the Tennessee-Virginia border at the crossroads of I-81 and I-26 near the geographic center of the Eastern U.S. This city of 50,000 in a metro of 308,000, was planned by renowned American planner John Nolen in his office at Harvard Square. Located in the lush green foothills of the Tennessee Valley, it is surrounded by the Southern Highlands and mountain lakes. Kingsport is home to Marriott’s and thousands of acres of unique, natural amenities at Bays Mountain and Warriors Path Parks. The natural geography provides a temperate, well-balanced climate with four seasons and a natural shelter from extreme weather. Population growth has also been well-balanced, ensuring you will not outgrow your decision to relocate. With no personal property taxes, special assessments, or state income taxes on salaries/wages, you’ll find that Kingsport has a very low cost of living coupled with an exceptionally high quality of life (see for yourself at The regional airport (TRI) has direct flights to Atlanta, Charlotte, Orlando and St. Pete/Clearwater with easy access, parking, and virtually no security lines. The public education system was planned by Columbia University and Newsweek has repeatedly recognized the local high school as one of the best in America. Year in and year out our graduates go on to the top colleges and universities (and without costly private school tuition fees). Harvard also recognized Kingsport in 2009 with the Innovations in American Government Award for its higher education initiative. What are you waiting for? It’s time to leave the high costs, traffic jams, and stress behind and discover this hidden gem.