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

  • May The Johnson City Amateur Photographer’s Club, in partnership with the Sesquicentennial Commission, is asking all residents and admirers of Johnson City to submit photos for competition and exhibition. The purpose of this contest is to showcase “present day” Johnson City in a tasteful, artistic manner through photography.  We want to focus on the people, places, events, and environments that exist in Johnson City and display the many reasons why people choose to live, work, and visit here. Complete entry information can be found here. Entry forms can be found here
  • May 27 Memorial Day dedication. 9 a.m. at the Doughboy Statue in Memorial Park. At this year’s Memorial Day celebration, Kings Mountain Post 24 will add a third bronze plaque honoring all who served in the defense of our Nation since 1974. This event begins at 9 a.m. at the statue located on West Main Street across from City Hall next to the Post Office. The Doughboy Statue was purchased by Kings Mountain Post 24 as a gift to the people of Johnson City. Erected on Nov. 11, 1935, the statue bears a bronze plaque honoring those who served and died during World War I. IN 1974, when the statue was moved to its present location a second plaque was added to honor those who served and died during World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
  • May 31 - June 1 George L. Carter Railroad Museum on the campus of East Tennessee State University is sponsoring a Scale Model Train Show and Sale. This event will take place noon-6 p.m. Friday, May 31 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 1 at the ETSU Mini-Dome.

    Now in its fourth year, Big Train Show, is becoming one of the largest model train shows in the southeast. Vendors with hundreds of sales and display tables featuring model trains in all scales, model railroad accessories, books, DVDs, and clothing will be on hand.  Operating model railroad layouts including live-steam will also be showcased.  For information, including vendor information contact Big Train Show coordinator, Roger Teinert, at 423-791-4937. Admission: $6 per day. Free parking in adjacent parking garage

  • June 6 Winged Deer Park's Lakeside Concert Series. 7-9 p.m. Tri-Cities Jazz Orchestra, a 17-piece big band, jazz and swing ensemble. The Kingsport-based Tri-Cities Jazz Orchestra is directed by Eddie Dalton and comprised of musicians from Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia who favor the stylings of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and others. Winged Deer Park’s Lakefront Festival Plaza Goulding Amphitheater, 4137 Bristol Highway. 
  • June 7 Blue Plum Festival in Founders Park. Events include music and arts as well as a kid zone. Learn more at www.blueplum.org. 
  • June 8 Blue Plum Festival in Founders Park. Events include music and arts, 5K, a kid zone, and a silent disco. Learn more at www.blueplum.org. 
  • June 13 Winged Deer Park's Lakeside Concert Series. Victor Lawson & Boogie Chillen with Catfish Frye. 7-9 p.m. at Winged Deer Park’s Lakefront Festival Plaza Goulding Amphitheater, 4137 Bristol Highway. 
  • June 14 Founders After 5: Rhythm & The Roosevelts
  • June 20 Winged Deer Park's Lakeside Concert Series. Beach Nite Band. 7-9 p.m. at Winged Deer Park’s Lakefront Festival Plaza Goulding Amphitheater, 4137 Bristol Highway. 
  • June 21 Founders After 5:49 Winchester
  • June 26 The Johnson City Public Library and the Johnson City Symphony present "Symphony in the Stacks." This event will showcase the incredible talent of symphony members and provide accessible live classical music to the community. The library will host two performances. The children's performance will begin at 2:30 p.m. with a second performance open to all ages beginning at 6 p.m. 
  • June 27 Winged Deer Park's Lakeside Concert Series. Hillbilly Bad. 7-9 p.m. at Winged Deer Park’s Lakefront Festival Plaza Goulding Amphitheater, 4137 Bristol Highway. 
  • June 28 Founders After 5: The Keep
  • July 2 1-4 p.m. at Johnson City Public Library the Washington County-Jouhnson City Health Department will have a booth set up to discuss sun safety. They will have sunscreen sample and sunglasses to giveaway to people who stop by the booth. 
  • July 20 The Farmer's Market Health Fair. The Washington County-Johnson City Health Department will offer blood pressure and BMI screenings. Other vendors on site will inlcude: UT Extension, First Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability, ETSU College of Pharmacy students, Jones Chiropractic, Health Resource Center, and Insight Alliance.  
  • July 22 The Tri-City Beverage Story: A History of Dr. Enuf and Mountain Dew in Johnson City at Reece Museum. The exhibit will run through Sept. 13
  • July 27 5 p.m. Johnson City Community Concert Band to perform at Winged  Deer Park’s Lakefront Festival Plaza Goulding Amphitheater, 4137 Bristol Highway. 
  • August 23 Meet the Mountains Festival. 1-10 p.m. Founders Park. This free festival will serve as an annual coming together of Northeast Tennessee's outdoor recreation community. It serves as a one-stop shop to experience all of Northeast Tennessee's outdoor recreation opportunities. Classes, clinics, hands-on demos, off-site events, competitions, music and more. Visit www.mtmfest.com for more information. 
  • August 24 Meet the Mountains Festival. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Founders Park. This free festival will serve as an annual coming together of Northeast Tennessee's outdoor recreation community. It serves as a one-stop shop to experience all of Northeast Tennessee's outdoor recreation opportunities. Classes, clinics, hands-on demos, off-site events, competitions, music and more. Visit www.mtmfest.com for more information. 
  • September 11 Remembrance/Patriots Day. 7:30 a.m. at the Amphitheater in Memorial Park.
  • 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 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 A community worship service will be held to celebrate the 150th anniversaries of Central Baptist, West Main Street Christian, First Presbyterian and the City of Johnson City. More details to come. 
  • October 18 & 19 Johnson City Sessions Music Event. More details to come.
  • November 9 Second Annual American Legion Veterans Day Parade. 11 a.m. 
  • November 30 Black Tie Gala. More details to come.
  • December 1 Johnson City Birthday Celebration. More details to come.


Johnson City Amateur Photographer’s Club seeks entries for exhibition

The Johnson City Amateur Photographer’s Club, in partnership with the Sesquicentennial Commission, is asking all residents and admirers of Johnson City to submit photos for competition and exhibition.

“Our intent is for photographers to showcase present day Johnson City as part of the Sesquicentennial Celebration,” said Maureen Mulroy, spokesperson for the Amateur Photographer’s Club. “We want them to focus 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.”

Printed photo submissions, mounted on foam board and no larger than 11x14 inches, will be accepted 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays during the month of August at the Senior Services desk at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Submissions must have a completed entry form attached to the back of each entry. There is no limit to the number of entries that can be submitted; entry fee is $5 per photograph.

All entries will be displayed at MPCC during the month of October with an artists reception scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5. A panel of judges will award first, second, third and honorable mention ribbons to youth and amateur submissions in the color photograph category as well as the black and white category. A first place ribbon will be awarded in the professional category.

For complete entry information or to learn more about the yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, visit www.jctn150.com or follow @jctn150 (Johnson City 150 — Sesquicentennial Celebration) on Facebook.

The Amateur Photographer’s Club meets monthly at Memorial Park Community Center. The club’s purpose is to promote the use and appreciation of photography as a hobby and as a personal and artistic means of self-expression. Membership is free and open to anyone with a digital picture-taking device.

Community Involvement

The Johnson City Sesquicentennial Commission needs your input as they prepare for next year’s celebration. If your church, club or other organization is planning a Sesquicentennial-themed event or activity in 2019, please send details to COJCnews@johnsoncitytn.org to be included in promotional materials.