Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Friday, April 17, 2015
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
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Beth@ 40 R.A.C.E. for the RACE
Fundraiser for the Foundation’s work helping stop the spread of infectious disease worldwide
The Elizabeth R Griffin Foundation (ERG) was established in honor of Beth Griffin, daughter of Caryl Griffin Russell, who died of a monkey virus in 1997 while working as a researcher at a primate center. How amazed Beth would be at the worldwide transformations that have happened in her name. On May 1, Beth would have been 40 years old. Due to local interest in celebrating Beth’s birthday and the work of the Foundation over the past 17 years, ERG will be holding two events on Saturday, May 2, to celebrate her life and keep the momentum of the Foundation's work going, the Beth@ 40 R.A.C.E. for the RACE and A Birthday Celebration dinner. Visit http://www.ergriffinresearch.org/about/beth40.php for more information and to register.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Monday, April 13, 2015
Kingsport, TN – We're pretty sure that the winter we just experienced was enjoyable only to Frosty the Snowman! Well, with all due respect to our musical/animated friend, we are happy to announce the official arrival of spring when the Exchange Place Living History Farm hosts its annual Spring Garden Fair on Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday, April 26, from 12 - 5 p.m. Now in its 31st year, the oldest garden fair in the region will feature thousands of plants for sale - perennials, annuals, trees and shrubs - with the emphasis on herbs, natives and a wide variety of heirloom tomatoes and plants.
A true celebration of heritage farming and heirloom gardening, the Spring Garden Fair offers wonderful agrarian experts, plus folk and yard artisans, scattered throughout the 1850s farmstead, which is located at 4812 Orebank Road in Kingsport and is proudly listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The festival will also feature demonstrations of springtime activities on the nineteenth-century farm, as well as ol' timey music, children's activities, and a variety of special events.
Life as it was lived in the years before the War Between the States is on display throughout the grounds, as iron is formed over the forge, sheep are shorn for the summer, and food is cooked over the open hearth in our kitchen, with this year's theme being an exploration of the culinary influences of three European cultures that settled in Appalachia and the back-country: the English, Scots-Irish, and Germans. And in addition to their chores in the hearthside kitchen, our Junior Apprentices will be offering demonstrations of shingle splitting.
Two of our most popular features will be returning. The Overmountain Weavers Guild continues their long tradition of “Sheep to Shawl,” with sheep being sheared and the wool carded, spun into yarn and woven into a shawl within hours. And for all you gamers, retired World Champion Whimmy Diddler Will Hines of Greeneville will direct the 7th Annual Edens Ridge Whimmy Diddle Competition at 3 pm on Sunday, which is open to all ages. (Mr. Hines and others will be available in the hour before the contest to offer pointers and practice time for all.)
Exchange Place prides itself on being an educational facility as well as a fun place to visit, and gardening experts will be leading “Talks and Walks,” and Master Gardeners and members of the Southern Appalachian Plant Society will be on hand to answer specific questions and provide information on home gardening throughout the weekend.
A Rain Barrel Workshop/Sale will be held both days of the Garden Fair. Rain barrel kits (including a 55-gallon food grade plastic barrel plus all the fittings) will be available for $40 (check or cash). Participants can assemble the kits into a finished rain barrel on site with assistance from volunteers, or take the kit and instructions with them to complete at home -- it takes less than 30 minutes to assemble!
There will also be many activities for children, under the guidance of the Girl Scouts, 4H and other volunteers, including “chores” done on an active working farm, and interaction with our resident cow and horses. And this year we have a new resident at Exchange Place – a donkey named Jenny! She will be hanging with her new BFFs, our ewes and lambs, in the pasture on the Roseland side of the road.
Throughout the weekend the farmstead will be alive with the sound of a wide variety of traditional music, performed by local artists such as Charlotte and Art Ellis, The Renaissance Strings, Thistle Dew, and The Baileys. A more complete schedule will be available as we get closer to the festivities. And don't worry, if you get hungry or thirsty, food, drinks and snacks will be available.
Admission is $3 for adults and is free for children under the age of 12.
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.
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
KINGSPORT -- The Kingsport Senior Artisan Center is pleased to present the May Senior Artisan Fair on Friday, May 1st from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Renaissance Center Atrium. The event is free and open to the public.Numerous Artisan crafts will be displayed and offered for sale, with this year's event adding new vendors, as well as woodworkers, basket weavers, quilters, and other crafts to the Artisan Gallery.Information on becoming a vendor will be available at the registration table on the day of the event, or by calling the Kingsport Senior Artisan Center at 423-765-9047 or 423-392-8400.
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