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Talent pool overflows here in the Tri-Cities

Katherine Scoggins • Apr 30, 2017 at 10:49 AM

I was so fortunate to spend a Saturday at Dobyns-Bennett High School to help judge the District 5 Forensics Tournament, the last competition before State. There was so much talent - which you would expect so near the state competition, and many words of encouragement, support and appreciation. I know it sounds trite, but all these young people were winners. I hope they continue to work hard on their chosen craft and continue to show each other the respect and support I saw in abundance on Saturday.

Congratulations to the Dobyns-Bennett Dramahawks, who qualified for state competition this weekend.

They include: Madi Codispoti, TV Broadcasting; Mia Waugh and Cody Minton, Solo Acting; Logan Perry and Raine McKee, and Jordan Guest and Hannah Sheppard, Duet Acting; Konnor Beck and J.T. Roberts, Duo Interpretation; Jac Ward, Prose; Hannah Smith, Storytelling; Maddi Rimer, Dramatic Interpretation; Ethan Harbin, Pantomime and Mia Lane, Extemporaneous Speaking. Other notable achievements include: Raine McKee, Best Actress; and Logan Perry, Best Actor; One Act, second place; Mia Waugh, all-star cast.

Also, the curtain recently fell on KTG’s fantastic production of “Oklahoma!” It says a lot that a small community theatre would undertake such a HUGE musical, but it’s one of the really great things about community theatre that they expose young actors to the classics. Few people have any idea how difficult it is to do a show like this: the sets, costumes, music, choreography, it all adds up to so many late nights, weekends, and hours learning pages of lines. Well done cast, directors, techies and musicians!

My favorite singer, world-class operatic tenor Carl Tanner returned to Kingsport on Saturday, April 29 to join the Symphony of the Mountains for an unforgettable evening of opera, operetta and Broadway favorites. If you are not familiar with his personal story, it is something straight out of a movie. From truck driver and bounty hunter to the world’s greatest stages, Tanner performs some of the most famous and beloved music in the world.

April 29-30: The 33rd annual Exchange Place Spring Garden Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, at Exchange Place Living History Farm in Kingsport. Thousands of plants will be for sale, with an emphasis on natives, herbs, perennials and heirloom plants, along with garden accessories and related crafts. The fair will also feature garden experts, children’s activities, music and traditional foods as well as demonstrations of springtime activities on an 1850s farm. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children under 12. Call 423-288-6071 or visit www.exchangeplace.info.

Saturday, May 6: Netherland Inn will kick off its 2017 season with opening day festivities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will feature food, music, stories, demonstrations of vintage crafts and the first public showing of the Hale Boatyard Journal. Admission is free, and tours of the historic inn and Pioneer Transportation Museum are included; donations will be gratefully accepted. Call 423-246-1104 or 423-948-0361, or visit www.thenetherlandinn.com.

Tuesday, May 9: Shepherd Center of Kingsport presents Carson Peters and his father in concert at 7 p.m. at First Broad Street United Methodist Church, Church Circle. Suggested donation at the door: $10. The Shepherd Center is a United Way agency providing transportation, medical equipment, information and referral to older adults in the Greater Kingsport area.

Until next time, I’ll see you Out & About!

Katherine Scoggins is a Sunday Stories columnist who highlights local happenings and community organizations twice a month in Out & About with Katherine. To share photos from a community event, add an event to our calendar or invite Katherine to attend, email us at communitynews@timesnews.net.