To view a list of the monthly themes click here. Upcoming events are listed below and will be updated as events are finalized.
- July 18 4-7 p.m. TownView of Johnson City, 114 West Fairview Ave., is hosting a reunion party for people born at or employed by Appalachian/Memorial Hospital. Open to everyone, this reunion party will allow guests to see the building, share stories and leave their mark on the history wall. The first 100 guests receive a vintage style commemorative t-shirt. Call 423-328-9068 for more information.
- July 19 9 a.m. Corner of West Walnut and Cherokee Street. Dedication ceremony and unveiling of a Tennessee State Historic Marker naming Johnson City the "Home of Mountain Dew." Fred Sauceman, Associate Professor of Appalachian Studies and Director for WETS-FM Radio, will lead the unveiling. He will explain the story behind the sign, introduce guests and then the sign will be uncovered by Chuck Gordon and Bill Bridgforth Jr. Following the unveiling (at approximately 10:00 am) there will be a reception back at the Carroll Reece Museum on the ETSU campus. During the reception the museum staff will be previewing their upcoming exhibit The Tri-City Beverage Story: A history of Dr Enuf and Mountain Dew.
- 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 include: 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. Winged Deer Park’s Lakefront Festival Plaza Goulding Amphitheater, 199 Carroll Creek Road. The Johnson City Community Concert Band, conducted by Dr. Christian Zembower, will celebrate Johnson City’s 150th anniversary with an outdoor concert that includes the world premiere of “Echoes of 1869,” a piece commissioned for the community by the City’s Sesquicentennial Commission. The concert is free and open to the public. Attendees are also encouraged to bring a blanket or folding chair. The location offers easy access, free parking, a playground and a relaxed atmosphere.
- August The Johnson City Amateur Photographers 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.
- 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 Photographers 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 Photographers 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.
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.