1) Heritage Hall Theatre News from Mountain City
On Saturday, Sept. 7, Celtic Group Fire in the Kitchen, a trio who specializes in presenting Appalachian and Celtic music to its audiences. Instrumentation of the ensemble includes: hammered dulcimer, Irish flute, Irish whistles, classic flute, Irish bodhran, guitar, bass, banjo and more. Members of the group are natives of Washington County, Va., and still proudly call this area home. They have been featured at the Lincoln Theatre’s Song of the Mountains, and they are featured on the Song of the Mountains CD, sponsored by Johnson County Bank. On Saturday, Sept. 21, Wayne Henderson, Jeff Little and Helen White, a fixture at Heritage Hall. They are not only extremely talented and entertaining, they are also so comfortable in this setting that they create a homelike atmosphere. They all grew up in this area of the nation where jamming bluegrass music is a tradition from old store buildings to concert halls. Every show turns into a part where they audience are their guests, and we’re all just sitting around taking, listening to good music and amusing stories and we all like that. Sponsored by Farmers State Bank. On Saturday, Sept. 28, Gary Flegal, Magician. An award-winning entertainer whose performances have been called “charismatic, professional and truly dynamic, they best we ever had, a rare find in today’s sophisticated world and a masterpiece.” Awarded best of 2012 by Gigmasters, voted best entertainer of the year by the readers of Nashville Parent magazine. A great treat for the entire family. Sponsored by Johnson County Community Foundation, Farm Bureau Insurance and Mountain City Care and Rehabilitation. Heritage Hall is a nonprofit organization whose mission it is to bring quality performing arts events for affordable pricing to Johnson County and the surrounding area and to provide nice facility for local schools and organizations to perform. Tickets may be purchased by phone with a credit or debit card and retrieved the night of the performance at the door. For further scheduling information, visit. www.heritagehalltheatre.org. For tickets or reservations, visit the box office at 126 College Street or call 423-727-7444 and leave a message. A staff member will contact you within 48 hours.
2) September Programs for Elk Knob State Park
- Trail Work Days: Warmer weather has finally returned along with the Volunteer Trail Work Days at Elk Knob State Park. Every Saturday beginning April 27 and running through the middle of November (except June 22 and Sept. 14), staff and volunteers will meet at the Summit Trailhead at 9 a.m. and work until approximately 3:30 p.m., weather permitting. Tools are provided but volunteers should wear closed-toed shoes and bring work gloves, lunch and water. Most of the time will be spend building our new one mile loop trail, the Beech Tree Trail, although we may include some repair work on the Summit Trail. If you would like to be involved in a fulfulling project that will fill you with a well-deserved sense of pride, then join us on Saturdays at Elk Knob State Park. For more information please call 828-297-7261.
- Web Weavers: Spiders are something that many people fear, but if you educate yourself about them, they are not nearly as intimidating. Come learn about the different types of spiders that call North Carolina home and find out if your fear is really founded. Meet at the Park Office at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1 for a PowerPoint presentation about our beneficial arachnids.
- Tom Dooley Hike: Did Tom Dooley murder Laurie Foster in the shadow of the Blue Ridge? Join a ranger on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. as he dispels myths and stereotypes associated with the legend. Participants will learn about the murder and music of Tom Dooley. Hiking attire to include boots in recommended. Program is weather dependent. Meet at the Summit Trailhead.
- Headwaters Community Day: Enjoy a day filled with live music, games, nature activities, hikes, wagon rides, craft and cultural demonstrations, hands-on activities, history and food. Please bring a dish of food to share and join us between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14 for our 9th annual Elk Knob Headwaters Community Day sponsored by the Elk Knob Community Heritage Organization (EKCHO, Inc.). Enjoy a day of community heritage and pride. Please note that if you are interested in participating in the potluck, you should bring a dish of food to share and plan to be at the park by noon.
- The Nature of Night: When you’re out at night you may not be able to see as well as you can during the day but you do have other senses to rely on. During this program we will use several of our senses to identify things and also see how we are just as dependent on them as we are with our vision in a lower lit setting. Nighttime will be just as fun as the daytime once you participate in activities planned for this program. Meet at the trailhead parking area on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
- Otto Wood Hike: Join a ranger on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. as he presents Otto Wood, celebrated Appalachian folk hero and convicted felon. Participants will hike as they learn how the criminal genius broke the law, escaped from prison and captured the imagination of the American public. Hike is weather dependent. Hiking attire to include boots is recommended. Meet at the Summit Trailhead.
- Clouds (In Celebration of ‘Take a Child Outside’ Week): Clouds form in different shapes, sizes and colors. So what makes these clouds form this way? Join a ranger on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. to learn how they are formed and why there are different types. Also, we will talk about how you can predict the weather based on the clouds that you see in the sky. After a PowerPoint presentation will will head outside to see what clouds if any are in our daytime sky. Meet at the park office.
3) Hospital Volunteers Present Healthcare Scholarships
The Cannon Memorial Hospital Volunteer Program is proud to announce the presentation of $8,000 in scholarships to students from area schools pursuing a degree in the healthcare field. On Aug. 14, Cannon Memorial Hospital Volunteer Chair, Paul Hagen, presented scholarships to the following twelve students:
- Katrina Chapman is pursuing an associates degree in nursing at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute
- Rebecca Mise is pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute
- Justin Wright is pursuing a degree in cardiopulmonary science at ETSU
- Melissa Robbins is pursuing an associates degree in nursing at CCC&TI
- Kelly Gibson is pursuing an associate degree in nursing at Mayland Community College
- Kayla McGuire is pursuing an associates degree in nursing at CCC&TI
- Jessica Downie is pursuing an associates degree in nursing at Mayland Community College
- Kayla Knecht is pursuing a degree in microbiology at ETSU in anticipation of entering into a physician assistants program
- Rachel Verkade is pursuing an associates degree in nursing at Mayland Community College
- Patricia Potter is pursuing an associates degree in nursing at CCC&TI
- Meggan Lytle is pursuing an associates degree in nursing at CCC&TI
- Diana Bare is pursuing an associates degree in nursing at CCC&TI
The Volunteer Program at Charles A. Cannon, Jr. Memorial Hospital congradulates each of these outstanding individuals and wishes them success as they pursue their futures in the healthcare field. For more information about the volunteer program at Charles A. Cannon, Jr. Memorial Hospital or the scholarships for students, contact Sallie Woodring at 828-737-7538.