Johnson City 150

Johnson City 150

Johnson City Sesquicentennial Commission

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150_logoThe City of Johnson City was founded on Dec. 1, 1869 in Northeast Tennessee, where three railroads — the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina, the Clinchfield, and the Southern Railway — converged. This year, the City of Johnson City will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its establishment with a yearlong celebration, and community members are invited to take part in activities to celebrate the City’s past, present and future.

To view a list of the monthly themes click here.  Upcoming events are listed below and will be updated as events are finalized.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • October  Poetry Society of Tennessee - Northeast Chapter, in partnership with the Sesquicentennial Commission, is hosting a poetry contest for high school students and adults. Contest entries must be original, unpublished, the work of one poet and may not have won a cash prize in any other contest. Poets may only submit one poem for consideration. There is no entry fee. All poems should be about Johnson City (i.e. the city’s history, culture, people, iconic architecture, environment, parks, gardens, growth, etc.). Submissions in the student category are required to be in the form of an acrostic poem using either the letters in Johnson City or those in Sesquicentennial. Submissions in the adult category may be in any form with a maximum of 30 lines. Full contest rules and entry requirements can be found here
  • October 1 Johnson City: Then and Now at Reece Museum. An exhibition in partnership with the Archives of Appalachia at ETSU featuring archival and same-site contemporary photographs of downtown Johnson City. Exhibit runs through Dec. 20.
  • October 3 2 p.m. The Sesquicentennial Commission invites community members to join them at King Commons (near Rensant Bank) for the groundbreaking of the second phase of the Sesquicentennial Legacy Project, the Natural Adventure Area.
  • October 5 The Johnson City Amateur Photographer’s Club will host an artists reception 1-3 p.m. at the Memorial Park Community Center. Submissions to the club's photography competition will be on display at MPCC throughout the month of October but winners in all categories will be announced at this event. The competition is intended for photographers to caputre present day Johnson City, focusing on the people, places, events and environments that exist in the City that reflect the many reasons people choose to live, work and visit here.  
  • October 6 10 a.m. A community worship service will be held to celebrate the 150th anniversaries of First Presbyterian Church and the City of Johnson City. 
  • October 10 10 a.m. A tree dedication event will take place in the space beside the soccer stadium. 
  • October 10 Grown and Gathered. More details to come. 
  • October 17 The ETSU Wind Ensemble will perform a free public concert at Seeger Chapel on the campus of Milligan College that will include a performance of “Echoes of 1869,” a piece commissioned for the community by the City’s Sesquicentennial Commission.  The composer of the piece, Dr. Joe Moore will serve as guest conductor.
  • October 19 Tell it to me: The Johnson City Sessions 90th Anniversary Celebration. 11 a.m.-noon: Maint Stage, panel discussion about Johnson City Sessions-related topics, featuring Colin Escott, Bob Cox, Roy Andrade and Ted Olson. Moderator Kris Truelsen. Noon:  Walking tour of 1928 and 1929 Johnson City Sessions sites. Noon- 6 p.m. Roan Street: Youth Music Area with half hour sets from area students/ JAM old-time bands. Noon-9 p.m. Fountain Stage Tent: Record Fair, coordinated by Lonnie Sayler with Brody Hunt, Ivy Sheppard, Corbin Hayslett, County Sales, and Big Tone Records. Noon- 10 p.m. Main Stage performances: sparky and Rhonda Rucker, Hunter Holmes and Corbin Hayslett, The Brother Boys, Bill and the Belles, Nora Brown, Amythyst Kiah, Dom Flemons, and Willie Watson. 
  • November 9 Second Annual American Legion Veterans Day Parade. 11 a.m. 
  • November 17 1-3 p.m. Poetry Society of Tennessee - Northeast Chapter, in partnership with the Sesquicentennial Commission, will host a recognition ceremony in the Jones Room of the Johnson City Public Library for winners of the sesquicentennial poetry contest.
  • November 17 6 p.m. The Road Home: a Musical Celebration of Johnson City's 150th Anniversary. will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 211 Mayflower Rd. Various  classical and folk musicians from the community will present an evening of sacred music that celebrates a common thread we all share: our beautiful mountain home of Johnson City. Come join together as we celebrate Johnson City's 150th birthday through a variety of musical settings, from gospel bluegrass to classical. The theme revolves around the concept that though we are all different (our backgrounds, our interests, our livelihoods, our family compositions), we are all the same in that we share the same HOME. Attendance is free. 
  • November 30 Black Tie Gala held at Venue at the King Centre. Cotcktail hour starts at 7 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. The late party begins at 9:30 p.m. Guests will participate in a birthday toast Johnson City at midnight. Live music by Lucky Pocket.  
  • December 1 Johnson City Birthday Celebration. More details to come.


Poetry Society of Tennessee - Northeast Chapter seeks entries for contest

Poetry Society of Tennessee - Northeast Chapter, in partnership with the Sesquicentennial Commission, is hosting a poetry contest for high school students and adults.

“The Sesquicentennial celebration has served as an opportunity to reflect on Johnson City’s history, its progress and the many reasons people call it home,” said Rose Klix, president for the Poetry Society of Tennessee-Northeast Chapter. “We believe poetry is a fantastic method of capturing the feelings these reflections evoke.”

Contest entries must be original, unpublished, the work of one poet and may not have won a cash prize in any other contest. Poets may only submit one poem for consideration. There is no entry fee. All poems should be about Johnson City (i.e. the city’s history, culture, people, iconic architecture, environment, parks, gardens, growth, etc.). Submissions in the student category are required to be in the form of an acrostic poem using either the letters in Johnson City or those in Sesquicentennial. Submissions in the adult category may be in any form with a maximum of 30 lines. Full contest rules and entry requirements can be found here.

All entries will be blind-judged. Monetary awards will be given to the first- ($25), second- ($15), and third- ($10) place winners in each category, and up to seven honorable mentions may be named in each category. All winners will be notified by mail. Winning poets’ names and poem title will be posted on the Facebook page of Poetry Society of Tennessee – Northeast Chapter (@poetrysocietytnne) as well as the Johnson City Sesquicentennial Celebration (@JCTN150). Winning poems will be included in the 2019 Sesquicentennial Time Capsule.  Winners and honorable mentions will be invited to read their submissions at a recognition ceremony in November.  

The Poetry Society of Tennessee - Northeast Tennessee chapter represents a group of authors dedicated to the promotion and encouragement of poetry and poetry writing. Group members strive to perfect the craft while supporting poetry through education of the community.