Elizabeth A.S. Brooke

Crafting, traveling and everything in between.


Suggestions for things to do in Johnson City, Tenn.

Last week I asked Facebook friends of things I should see and do while in Johnson City, Tenn. I am planning a trip there in a few weeks and was wondering what I shouldn’t miss.

Besides warnings about zealous traffic cops, one friend suggested Pal’s for hotdogs and fries. I’m hoping to get a few more ideas before I head there in a few weeks.

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New Feature: Upcoming Events Calendar

I’ve added a new page — Upcoming Events. This is for community events,  such as festivals. Anyone can post if you’re interested, just use the contact form listed under the calendar.

If you have any questions, please let me know. I’ll try to post events as I receive them, but it could take me awhile to get to them all. So, make sure you send requests far enough in advance. It’s good to get it posted as soon as possible, too, because that’ll give people enough time to plan to attend your event. 🙂


Harvest Time at Booker T. Washington National Monument

On our trip to Smith Mountain Lake State Park, we stopped for a picnic at Booker T. Washington National Monument in Hardy, Va. It was raining, but we refused to let it keep us from our picnic! It was only a light sprinkle. 🙂

We didn’t get to check the monument out, so would like to go back to check it out.

When Chris went in to quickly check out the visitor center, an interpretive guide told him about Harvest Time, an event that the monument will host on Sept. 21. It features wood working, doll and soap making, pottery, farm animals and costumed interpreters.


Hillsville, Va., Downtown Celebrations 2011

It’s about that time again! I can’t wait for Hillsville’s first beach music concert series of the year.

Each show also features a Classic Car Cruise-in. Admission is free and the show starts around 5 p.m.

Here’s the dates and line-up.

May 14 — The Holiday Band

June 25 — The Tim Clark Band

July 23 — The Embers

August 20 — The Craig Woolard Band

September 10 — Jim Quick and Coastline

Need more info? Call (276) 728-2128, ext. 16; visit www.townofhillsville.com; or email hillsville@embarqmail.com.


Autumn Leaves Festival

Chris and I went to the Autumn Leaves Festival in Mount Airy, N.C., pretty late on a a Sunday afternoon.

I thought this display was cute.
Some musicians jamming downtown.

We thought there was still quite a crowd, but vendors said the crowd had thinned out a lot.

Crowd shot!

I believe some of the vendors had left also. There weren’t as many booths as we expected and there appeared to be several empty spots along the curb.

We explored new wine shop downtown — Uncorked. Very nice couple. Nice selection of wines. No, we didn’t buy any. But the store is set up very nice and offers tastings. Check it out!

Checking out the wine selection at Uncorked, downtown Mount Airy.

We also stumbled across a new location for Yesterdays, a book, comic, collectables store that used to be located on the 2nd floor of an antiques store. They’re now at 160 N. Main St., Unit 100.

One of the owner’s wives is also selling most of her yarn stock. I expect the yarn supplies will be there for quite awhile. There was a lot of yarn and supplies in a room off of the main store’s shopping area. I plan to go back and browse more of the yarn and supplies.