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Bingo & Bubbly, art, music and drama make fun start to fall

Katherine Scoggins • Oct 15, 2018 at 10:41 AM

The end of September brought a fun, rowdy new fundraiser into my life ~ Bingo & Bubbly! More accurately, musical bingo, soft drinks and gourmet snacks. The Junior League Board Room was full with members and friends. For those not familiar with musical bingo, imagine listening to playlists of music from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80, 90s, movies, TV shows, Disney movies and more. Then, singing along, dancing and lots of laughing!! It was fun and a little sad to remember some of the songs, but not remember all the words. The funniest experience was competing in the Disney category. I, who have no children and have only seen one Disney movie (“Mary Poppins”) won the Disney category. Strange, for sure. Can’t wait for our next musical bingo game - in October, hmmmm. Probably Halloween-themed, better be brushing up on my “Monster Mash.”

I hope everyone has had a chance to visit the Kingsport Public Library to see the commissioned artwork of Charles Vess in the children’s section. What an absolute JOY! Karen Todd and the Friends of the Kingsport Public Library did such a beautiful job pulling everything together and creating a magical evening for a good crowd at the library during the book talk and artwork unveiling. I just can’t say it enough: we are so fortunate to have such talented and creative partners making our city so beautiful.

It will be fun to see the jack o'lanterns come to life in the Kingsport Public Library's Mead Auditorium closer to Halloween. I had so much fun watching and decorating pumpkins with paint, glitter, feathers and googly eyes last year. Since I have no costume myself, it’s a fun way to express creativity along with children and budding artists. This year's drop-in decorating event will be held from 2 to 5 p.m., Oct. 22. It's open to all ages ~ just bring your own pumpkin. Basic decorating supplies will be provided.

On Thursday, Sept. 27, the Kiwanis Clubs of Kingsport held their annual meeting in the Model City Event Center. The venue was wonderful, decorated beautifully in black and white with touches of bright colors on the tables. The food by B.J.’s Catering was amazing. Congrats to all the newly-inducted officers and thanks to all the outgoing officers, especially to Ralph “Abe” Lincoln who won Kiwanian of the Year.

And what a treat to see an original murder mystery by Dobyns-Bennett’s Dramahawks. Can’t wait to see your first big screen epic production some day, Mr. Ethan Walker; we will say “we knew you when.” And Laura Humphrey (drama teacher extraordinaire), you’re a great teacher and inspiring coach. It was a great evening, thanks!

For those of you that heard the fantastic choral group Cantemus (Sept. 30), you understand why I am so enamored of them. I have had my calendar marked for their December concert since they announced the 2018-19 season. “A Ceremony of Carols” by Benjamin Britten is one of my most favorite choral works ever written. Even though it was originally written for male voices, I love hearing it in the female voices and sang it with treble voices while touring in North Carolina at Salem School of Music in Winston-Salem. I am sure it will be a wonderful Christmas gift to everyone in attendance! Ladies, thank you all so much for sharing your time and talent with our community!

Looking ahead

* You can celebrate Family History Month by attending the Kingsport Public Library's Genealogy Workshop Series from 2 to 4 p.m., Thursdays in October. The first class was held Oct. 4, but there are three more, including “A Re-Introduction to Genealogy” (Part 2) on Oct. 11, “The World Wide Wayback Machine” - an intro to historical research on the web on Oct. 18, and “Tracing Hard to Find Ancestors – From Females to Criminals and Beyond” on Oct. 25.

* It’s fall and you know what that means - it’s Lunch on the Circle time! The Shepherd Center of Kingsport’s popular fundraiser will once again be held in the Fellowship Hall at First Baptist Church from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Nov. 8. Come enjoy beef-veggie soup, vegetarian soup, soup beans with onions and ham, corn bread and drinks. Be sure to check out all manner of cakes, pies, cookies, candies and BREADS at the Bake Sale Table. Soup will also be sold by the quarts. Please join us!

Other Happenings

Oct. 27: The Kingsport Halloween Bash featuring Acoustifried will be held from 6 until midnight, Oct. 27, at the Kingsport Farmers Market, 300 Clinchfield Street, Kingsport. Tickets are $7 in advance and $12 at the door. Must be 18 or older to enter (ID required).

Oct. 27: "Exploring the Zorn Palette and Paintings" with Donna Bird, has been rescheduled and will now be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Oct. 27, at the Renaissance Center, room 313. Cost is $55. Oil painting will be provided for this class. Bring your own brushes and canvas. Register online at www.kingsportartguild.com.

Nov. 1: A Farm to Table Dinner will be held at the Kingsport Farmers Market on Nov. 1. Enjoy a meal prepared by Dobyns-Bennett culinary arts students and instructors to raise funds for the D-B Career and Technical Education programs. The dinner starts at 6 p.m. with a menu of regional and seasonal food featuring salad, baked spaghetti with roasted vegetables, fresh bread and apple crisp for dessert. All ingredients for the meal are locally sourced from the D-B greenhouse, school garden or the Kingsport Farmers Market. Tickets are $25 per person in advance only. Tickets are on sale at the Kingsport City Schools Office at 400 Clinchfield St., Suite 200. Call Misty Keller at (423) 378-2147.

Nov. 8-11: Northeast State Theatre invites you to explore the frightening depths of the deep seas and the human soul in its adaptation of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea." Opening night is Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theatre on the Blountville campus. Evening performances continue Nov. 9-10 at 7:30 p.m. There is a special matinee performance at noon, Nov. 9 and another matinee on Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 for Northeast State faculty and staff, and $5 for non-Northeast State students and children. Admission is free to current Northeast State students presenting valid student identification at the door. Get your tickets at www.northeaststate.edu/boxoffice or call (423) 354-5169.

Nov. 9-18: Theatre Bristol will present "Fiddler on the Roof" at the Paramount Center for the Arts. For more information, visit Theatre Bristol’s website or Facebook page, contact Theatre Bristol at (423) 212-3625 or email info@theatrebristol.org.

Nov. 15-18: ETSU's Department of Theatre and Dance will present Ken Ludwig’s "Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery," Nov. 15-18, at the Bud Frank Theatre. For more information about the season, visit www.etsu.edu/theatre.

Katherine Scoggins is a Sunday Stories columnist who highlights local happenings and community organizations twice a month in Out & About with Katherine.

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