Well, I started the month off getting rid of magazines, getting rid of lots of trash and recyclables, and buying groceries for massive soup making, tea and cornbread. Remember in an earlier column I confessed that I broke with tradition and went shopping the day after Christmas? Well, I stopped by the grocery store last Tuesday on my way home - when it was raining cats and dogs and “they” were calling for snow. Yes, it was the first time I have ever been to the grocery store (along with the rest of the county) when snow was in the forecast. Two and a half hours!!! I spent the first 30 minutes waiting for carts to be brought in. Then I shopped and I did not “dawdle.” But I did see a lot of people I hadn’t seen in years, such as Pearl Dotson, whom I adore! I got to know her when I spent a lot of time at Eastman talking about my agency, and Pearl was a very active volunteer with United Way. She was always so much fun.
On Monday, Jan. 8, I paid for enjoying New Year’s Day off; I had four meetings all rescheduled from Jan. 1. Unfortunately, I haven’t yet mastered the art of being in four places at once, so I emailed my regrets and asked for copies of minutes ASAP. Thankfully, they appeared by the end of the day. I will share with you all that one of my favorite events, the 2018 Keep Kingsport Beautiful Garden Tour, is scheduled for Saturday, June 16. Having just gotten over the great Junior League 2017 Holiday Tour of Homes, I am ready to tackle beautiful gardens, interesting plants and amazing creativity. Mark your calendars and I'll have more information later.
Speaking of the JLK Tour of Homes, a group of the Sustainers met for lunch the day we were supposed to get snow around noon. We kept watch, but luckily, the snow held off until much later, so we enjoyed ourselves and talked a mile a minute about how much fun we had working the different homes and meeting some of the homeowners and out-of-town guests.
I dropped by the Kingsport Public Library to get a schedule of computer classes and other activities, and spent about half an hour looking at the amazing display for Black History Month in the foyer. I really wish I could have taken some good photographs, but my camera does not like glass. If you haven’t seen the display, you owe it to yourself to make the effort.
I walked (carefully) across the street and snowy sidewalks to the Blue Ridge Property Building to see the coat/sweater “wall.” I had heard a lot about it, but was very moved by the small sign hanging amid the jackets and coats. I hope you can see it in the pictures I took. More evidence that the kindness factor is strong in our community. Thank you, Colette!
As I write this, I'm also looking forward to an event at First Broad Street United Methodist Church called “Serving Matters - How to Help.” By the time you read this, it will be over. But it bears mention because of the subject matter. The program addressed how we deal with a world full of needs, from a person needing medical attention to a person asking for money. How do we respond in a Christ-like manner when we are walking with our families and pass by someone who is collecting change? Each of us has to make those choices and I, for one, was excited to see it being addressed in a free seminar.
If you're looking to get "out and about" today, it's not too late to catch the Dobyns-Bennett Dramahawks and D-B Chorus production of “The Wizard of Oz,” at 2 p.m., today (Jan. 28) in the school's Little Theatre. This is a great theater production with outstanding music and choreography. Break a leg, guys!
I would be remiss if I didn’t take the opportunity to wish you all a belated “Happy Pie Day” (Jan. 23)! Stay warm and look out for neighbors and friends who might need some help! Hope to see you "out and about."
Feb. 1-4: The Paramount Chamber Players will present "For Love of Country" at 7:30 p.m,. Feb. 1 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Kingsport; at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 2 at Saint John's Episcopal Church in Johnson City; at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 3 at the Paramount Center in Bristol; and at 3 p.m., Feb. 4 as part of the Spencer-Miller Memorial Concert Series at Sinking Springs Presbyterian Church in Abingdon, Va. See more about the concerts on page 3 of today 's edition.
Feb. 3: Northeast Tennessee Master Gardeners will present "Raised Bed Gardening" with Ben Hunter from 9 a.m. to noon, Feb. 3 at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park in Elizabethton. The session is free and no pre-registration is required.
Feb. 9-18: Kingsport Theatre Guild will present "Winnie the Pooh The Musical" at 7 p.m., Feb. 9-10 and Feb. 16-17, and at 2 p.m., Feb. 10-11 and 17-18 at the Renaissance Center in Kingsport.
Feb. 11: The Watauga Valley Art League will meet at 1:30 p.m., Feb. 11 at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park. The meeting is open to all. Each monthly meeting includes a unique program.
Feb. 13: The Kingsport Diabetes Association will meet at 7 p.m., Feb. 13 in room 203 of Indian Path Hospital campus building 2002 in Kingsport. To learn more, call kingsportdiabetes.org.
Feb. 17: Kingsport Art Guild will present "Alla Prima Portraits" with Donna Bird on Feb. 17. Register with the instructor or online at www.kingsportartguild.com.
Feb. 18: The Sabine Hill Social Society will present an Early 19th Century Formal Sweetheart Tea from 2 to 4 p.m., Feb. 18 at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park. The cost is $12 per person or $20 per couple for adults; $8 per person for youth ages 6 to 12. Entertainment will be provided by harpist Frieda Winter.
Feb. 24: Symphony of the Mountains will present "Sensational Strings" at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 24, at First Presbyterian Church in Bristol, Tennessee. Visit http://www.symphonyofthemountains.org or call (423) 392-8423.
Feb. 25: Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park will hold auditions for "Liberty: The Saga of Sycamore Shoals" at 2 p.m., Feb. 25. The performances take place the last three weekends of July.
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 email@example.com.