McKinney Center gets ready for new fall classes

The McKinney Center - Jonesborough Community Arts Center

Jonesborough’s Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts at the McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School will be accepting registrations for all ages now through August 13, for its fall visual & performing arts classes.

The classes will begin Saturday, August 20, and continue through November.

As part of the new semester, the center will hold a Fall Expo on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the center, located at 103 Franklin Avenue in Jonesborough.

This event is free and open to the public. Visitors will be able to tour the building and classrooms and get information on the fall classes. Class instructors will be conducting live demonstrations and will be on hand to answer your questions about specific classes.

The fall series will include nearly 40 classes and workshops as part of the growing arts program in Jonesborough.

“We have something for everyone,” said Director Theresa Hammons. “Our classes range from visual arts, to dance, to drama. We have classes in ceramics, watercolors, drawing, mosaics, print making, beading, drama, tap dance, and hip hop.” 

This semester the class series also will include the ever popular Bucket Drums class, a vocal performance course entitled, The Radiant Musical Performer, and new courses including Charcoal Portraits, Fun with Smalti Mosaics and Beginning Bead Embroidery. 

There are three classes specifically geared toward elementary and middle school students. The curriculum for Art Adventures, grades K-2 and Creative Construction, grades 3 – 6, will center around students making “selfies!”  Taking selfies for social media are all the rage but artists have been making self-portraits since the beginning of time. 

Students will explore the self-portrait and self-expression with various forms of media including paint and clay. 

Homeschool Art-Time, is for students grades K-5 and is specifically geared toward families and homeschool co-ops.

Several classes which have become core curriculum components will also return, such as The Potter’s Wheel Series, which offers a world of opportunity in ceramic construction.  Adventures in Drawing, Studio Art, Earthen Art: Hand-building with Clay and Watercolors.

There is also an After School Drama Class for grades K-5 at Jonesborough Elementary School which is open to students from other schools, and additional drama classes for all grade levels entitled, All the World’s a Stage. 

There are also Tap and Hip Hop classes for most ages.

The fall semester is packed full of one-day workshops including Glass Fusion Fun, Skyscape Oil Painting, Watercolor Painting Parties, Rhythm and Movement, Writers Group, Basic Digital Photography, Mosaics and DIY Wedding workshops.

Early registration secures a spot in classes as well as a $10 discount through August 13.  Individual class costs vary.

To register, or for additional information, contact McKinney Center Director Theresa Hammons at [email protected] or call 423-753-0562.

A full class schedule will also be available at http://www.jonesboroughtn.org/images/MBM_Fall2016_8.pdf.

Around Town: August 1 – 7, 2016

Friends of Jonesborough,
Beat the heat with Scoop Fest this coming Saturday, enjoy over 30 flavors of ice cream throughout downtown businesses. After consuming all those calories, lace up your sneakers and join DCHS for the 2nd Annual Pioneer Pride 5K! Lots more also planned for the week, so we hope to see you on Main Street!
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Monday,
August 1
  • Historic Downtown Walking Tour
    1 – 2 pm Starts at the Chester Inn Museum
    $5 Admission Call 423.753.9580 for more info

Tuesday,
August 2
  • Teller In Residence – Noa Baum
    2 pm atInternational Storytelling Center
    Admission requiredClick HEREfor more info
  • Tuesday Night at the Movies
    5:30 – 7:00 pm More info 423.753.1800
    Free event sponsored by the Friends of the Library
  • Public Meeting about Jonesborough’s Community Development Block Grant Application for Facade Improvements
    6 pm at ISC Community and Businesses encouraged to attend
    Call 423.753.1030 for more info
  • Jonesborough Storytellers Guild
    7 – 8:30 pm at the International Storytelling Center
    Admission Required Click HEREfor more information

Wednesday,
August 3
  • Historic Downtown Walking Tour
    1 – 2 pm Starts at the Chester Inn Museum
    $5 Admission Call 423.753.9580 for more info
  • Teller In Residence – Noa Baum
    2 pm atInternational Storytelling Center
    Admission requiredClickHEREfor more info

Thursday,
August 4
  • Teller In Residence – Noa Baum
    2 pm atInternational Storytelling Center
    Admission requiredClickHEREfor more info
    Call 423.913.1343 for more info
  • Historic Downtown Walking Tour
    7– 8 pm Starts at the Chester Inn Museum
    $5 Admission Call 423.753.9580 for more info

Friday,
August 5
  • Historic Downtown Walking Tour
    1 – 2 pm Starts at the Chester Inn Museum
    $5 Admission Call 423.753.9580 for more info
  • Teller In Residence – Noa Baum
    2 pm atInternational Storytelling Center
    Admission requiredClickHEREfor more info
  • Music on the Square – bring your chairs in front of the courthouse
    7 pm in front of the courthouse
    Click HERE for more info

Saturday,
August 6
  • Jonesborough Farmers Market
    8 am – noon on Courthouse Square
    ClickHEREfor more info
  • Salvage Warehouse Open
    8 – 11 am at 600 Depot Street
    Call 753-9580 for more info
  • Historic Downtown Walking Tour
    1 – 2 pm Starts at the Chester Inn Museum
    $5 Admission Call 423.753.9580 for more info
  • Teller In Residence – Noa Baum
    2 pm atInternational Storytelling Center
    Admission requiredClickHEREfor more info
  • Scoop Fest
    4 – 8 pm Downtown Jonesborough
    Admission required. Purchase tickets HERE
  • Artist Opening Reception – Beverly Jenkins & Jeff Mullins
    6 – 8 pm at the McKinney Center
    Part of the Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts
  • Movies on Main – Minions
    8 – 10 pm at 125 E Main St – The Lollipop Shop
    Bring your own chairs
  • Pioneer Pride 5K Run
    8 – 10:30 pm Run begins at Crockett and ends at Courthouse
    Block party and music after the race Sign up HERE

 

Sunday,
August 7
  • Main Street Brews & Tunes
    3 – 5 pm on the Plaza at the Storytelling Center
    Click HEREfor more infoscoop

Butterfly Watching Session at Ardinna Woods

Naturalist Larry McDaniel will lead a butterfly watching and identification session at Ardinna Woods Arboretum and its Butterfly Garden, Sunday, July 17, 2:00 to 3:30 PM.  The event is free and open to the public.  Interested participants are invited to come at any time during this period.

The arboretum is located at Highway 81 South and Britt Drive, Jonesborough, 0.9 miles from the downtown Courthouse in direction toward Erwin.  For more information call 753-5288.

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Washington County receives state grant for industrial park

Washington County was presented with a check for $473,405 from the state of Tennessee to be used to continue to prepare their industrial park. There were 72 sites that were eligible inside of the state, with 24 applying. Of those 24, 15 sites were selected after a presentation was given.

 

For more information, check the July 13 edition of the Herald & Tribune.

 

Alicia Summers, Business Development Director at the Washington County Economic Development Council; Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Randy Boyd; Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge; Tommy Burleson; Mitch Miller, CEO of the Washington County Economic Development Council

Alicia Summers, Business Development Director at the Washington County Economic Development Council; Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Randy Boyd; Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge; Tommy Burleson; Mitch Miller, CEO of the Washington County Economic Development Council.

Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Randy Boyd presented Washington County with a check for $473,405 to go towards Washington County's industrial Park.

Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Randy Boyd presented Washington County with a check for $473,405 to go towards Washington County’s industrial Park.

Tommy Burleson spoke during the presentation.

Tommy Burleson spoke during the presentation.

Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge gave his thoughts during the check presentation.

Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge gave his thoughts during the check presentation.

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46th Annual Jonesborough Days Festival June 30 through July 2

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Historic Jonesborough, Tennessee’s Oldest Town, will celebrate the 46th annual Jonesborough Days Festival on June 30 through July 2 with family activities, regional music, parade, fireworks and storytelling.

 The 2016 Jonesborough Days Festival will begin Thursday, June 30 at 5 p.m. and continue through Saturday July 2 at 10 p.m. The annual fireworks show will take place on Friday, July 1 at 10 p.m. and the parade will take place on Saturday, July 2 at 10 a.m.

 Thursday’s activities include the popular Food City Low County Shrimp Boil at the International Storytelling Center from 5 to 7 p.m.  Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the Jonesborough Visitors Center or International Storytelling Center.

Festival hours include Thursday, June 30 from 5 to 10 p.m., Friday, July 1 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, July 2 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Admission to the festival is free and open to the public.

 The festival has been voted as one of the top events in the southeast and is known for its community patriotism and nostalgic atmosphere. Various entertainment and activities will take place throughout the historic district on all three days. Doc’s Front Porch sponsored by Ferguson Enterprises will feature a variety of storytellers and musicians on the plaza at the International Storytelling Center.  The Main Stage will also feature entertainment each evening from 6 to 10 p.m. including The Beach Nite Band on Thursday, White Top Mountain Band and Blue Foxx on Friday and Jackdaw’s 7 and Amythyst Kiah on Saturday.  The festival will also host nearly 70 vendors, showcasing local handmade wares and a variety of marketplace items available. And of course, there will be some great festival food vendors serving a variety of foods from BBQ to funnel cakes.

 A new attraction for children and families this year will be the First Tennessee Foundation #OnlyInJonesborough Discovery Park located behind the Storytelling Center. There you will find lots of hands-on ways to experience activities only found in Jonesborough including McKinney Center art and performance classes, Oak Hill School sessions, period games from the Heritage Alliance and more. Visit Discovery Park on Friday and Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and see what all Jonesborough has to discover.

 The Tri-State Antique Power Association will have a variety of vintage tractors and equipment on display downtown.  The eating contests will also return beginning with the Pepper Eating Contest on Friday at 5 p.m., the Olde Town Pancake Eating Contest on Saturday following the parade and the newest addition includes the Bull Dog Hot Dog Eating Contest on Saturday at 5 p.m.

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The Jonesborough Repertory Theatre will also present its ever-popular 1940s USO Show with performances scheduled all weekend. And the Saratoga Social Connection will give folks a chance to relax, recharge their devices with free Wi-Fi and connect to Jonesborough’s social media accounts.

  Parking and shuttles are available at the Jonesborough Middle School for $5 per car. For a complete event schedule or for more information on the 46th Annual Jonesborough Days Festival, call 423.753.1010 or visit Jonesborough Days on Facebook.