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Sesquicentennial Kickoff Celebration – January 5

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Join us this Saturday, January 5 for Johnson City’s Sesquicentennial Kickoff Celebration. The event will be held at the former Penney’s building at 309 E. Main Street in Downtown Johnson City from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Festivities will begin promptly at 11 a.m. with the unveiling of the time capsule from 1969. More than 50 items buried for the City’s centennial celebration will be placed on display for public viewing following the big reveal. Additional activities include an update on the Sesquicentennial Commission’s Legacy Project, a children’s time capsule project, complimentary birthday cake by Cakebuds Bakery, and an opportunity for community members to record a video message for inclusion in the 2019 time capsule.

For more information about this event and other upcoming Sesquicentennial events for 2019, visit www.jctn150.com.

*Free parking for the event will be available at Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church and the Northeast State University parking garage.

2018 Downtown in December Events

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Christmas Tree Lighting

The annual, Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on Friday, November 30 at 6:00 PM in King Commons located in Downtown Johnson City in front of the Johnson City Public Library. Join us for music and holiday cheer as we revive a tradition for Johnson City. The Indian Trail Chorus will sing familiar holiday songs.

Hometown Holiday Street Fest

The merchants of Downtown Johnson City invite you to join us after the tree lighting on Friday, November 30 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM for a magical evening of shopping, live holiday music, refreshments, petting zoo, and more! Art and Craft vendors will be set up in the streets of downtown to sell their wares along with holiday songs, hot cider, FREE pictures with the Frozen Princess Elsa and FREE rides on the Holiday Bus from the Tree Lighting to Main Street. Look for llamas dressed in red pajamas, sheep in holiday bows, and many more friendly animals at the petting zoo!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Johnson City Christmas Parade

This year’s Johnson City Christmas Parade theme is “The 12 Days of Christmas”. The parade will be hosted on Saturday, December 1 at 11:00 AM. It will travel down W. Walnut Street, to Buffalo Street, turns right on Main Street, to Colonial Way, left on State of Franklin and ends at Legion Street. For parade registration and more information about the parade, visit jcchristmasparade.org.

Whoville Village

Following the parade on Saturday, December 1, we’d like to invite you to visit Whoville Village. Community organizations will be providing kids activities from 12:00 to 2:00 PM in the Pavilion at Founders Park. Music, storytelling, crafts, games and much more! Bring your camera to take the kids picture with the Grinch and our other famous storybook friends. Make sure you visit the food trucks at Whoville Village or one of the wonderful local restaurants in downtown on Saturday. The event is free and open to the public.

 

Saturday, December 8, 2018

 Holiday Splash Art Market

Looking for unique gifts for the holidays? Stop by the JCPA Holiday Splash Art Market on Saturday, December 8 between 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. You’ll find one-of-a-kind fine arts and handcrafted items for everyone on your list! Artisans will offer everything from fiber art and jewelry to paintings and photography (and more!). Enjoy light refreshments and live music while you shop! The market will be held in the old JC Penney’s building (309 E. Main St.) in downtown Johnson City.

Gallery on the Square Reveal


Join us on Saturday, December 8 at 10:30 AM for the the unveiling of new art in the breezeway between the King’s Centre and the old Massengill’s building (off S. Roan St.).  Some of the new art pieces were completed by local high school students. In addition, JCPA will unveil a community art piece that community members have been contributing to throughout the year.

For more information on the Downtown in December events, visit the Facebook Events page.

GROWN & GATHERED

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The Downtown Johnson City Foundation is fusing farm, fresh food with a good cause for their annual farm-to-table experience. The intimate dinner, Grown & Gathered, will benefit Downtown Johnson City Foundation’s efforts towards downtown improvements.

The Downtown Johnson City Foundation is fusing farm, fresh food with a good cause for their 3rd annual farm-to-table experience. The intimate dinner, Grown & Gathered, will benefit Downtown Johnson City Foundation’s efforts towards downtown improvements.

Grown & Gathered will take place on Sunday, September 30. The dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and passed appetizers and the family style served dinner in the Pavilion at Founders Park.

Grown & Gathered is a seasonal feast prepared by Jamie Dove and Elise Clair and their team from The Main Street Pizza Company and River Creek Catering. The dinner will feature the bounty from 30 local farms and producers. each year, this team provides a bounty of delicious items and this year will be the same. The menu will be released on September 14.

Tickets for the farm-to-table dinner will be $90 per person. Last year was a sell out, so we recommend getting tickets early. Advance ticket sales for past attendees will be available September 7, with open sales beginning Monday, September 10 at 9 am. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite or at the JCDA office, 300 E. Main Street, Suite 406 (4th floor of the King Building).

To purchase tickets online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grown-gathered-a-farm-to-table-experience-tickets-49992275241?aff=ehomecard

Downtown Strong Start Up Shop

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Downtown Strong Start Up Space Program:

 

The goal of the Downtown Strong Start Up Space Program is to create vibrancy and ensure a healthy business diversity in Downtown Johnson City by supporting new business concepts. Through the generosity of the City of Johnson City, the financial support of the Tennessee Economic & Community Development Council, Johnson City Development Authority and the leadership of the Economic Vitality Committee an underutilized storefront in the heart of downtown has been refurbished and is being offered at a reduced market rate to new small business owners.   In addition to a reduced rate, the future participant in the program will receive close business mentorship and coaching to help encourage business success.  By supporting and investing in local entrepreneurs the Downtown Strong Start Up Space Program intends to develop local and regional talent to strengthen our downtown community and promote a healthy, vibrant, and diverse business environment.

 

The following are the important dates for program:

  • Friday, February 23, 2018: Application to the program is available to the public.  Look for it and all the program details at: https://downtownjc.com/
  • Thursday, March 29, 2018:    Application, Statement of Understanding & Agreement, and Business Plan are due.
  • Thursday, April 4, 2018: Top three applicants will be notified.
  • Tuesday, April 10, 2018 from 5-7pm.  The top three applicants will pitch their business to a panel of community judges
  • Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 7:30pm: A reception will take place at the Downtown Strong Start Up Space to announce the business awardee
  • Opening in June: The first business participant in the Downtown Strong Start Up Space Program is open for business.

For application and more details, go here.

Light the Stars!

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We did it! The funds were raised to save our Landmark Sign and it is quickly becoming the iconic image we hoped for Johnson City. Now, before the new King Commons opens officially, we have the opportunity to Light the Stars. Each star costs $2,000 or you can give a smaller amount towards the project. We have a goal to raise $12,000 in the next few weeks, will you help?

To make a donation online using a credit or debit card, follow this link. This service charges us a 3% fee, so if you send a check, your entire amount goes directly to the campaign.

Mail your check to Downtown Johnson City Foundation, 300 E. Main Street, Suite 406, Johnson City, TN 37601 or call 423-202-3510. Donations to the Foundation can be deducted as a gift, since we are a 501c(3) organization.

Any donation over $500 received by December 31, will be listed as a donor on the art that will be installed in King Commons.

Grown & Gathered

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The Downtown Johnson City Foundation is fusing farm, fresh food with a good cause for their annual farm-to-table experience. The intimate dinner, Grown & Gathered, will benefit Downtown Johnson City Foundation’s efforts towards downtown improvements.

The Downtown Johnson City Foundation is fusing farm, fresh food with a good cause for their 3rd annual farm-to-table experience. The intimate dinner, Grown & Gathered, will benefit Downtown Johnson City Foundation’s efforts towards downtown improvements.

Grown & Gathered will take place on Sunday, September 30. The dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and passed appetizers and the family style served dinner in the Pavilion at Founders Park.

Grown & Gathered is a seasonal feast prepared by Jamie Dove and Elise Clair and their team from The Main Street Pizza Company and River Creek Catering. The dinner will feature the bounty from 30 local farms and producers. each year, this team provides a bounty of delicious items and this year will be the same. The menu will be released on September 14.

Tickets for the farm-to-table dinner will be $90 per person. Last year was a sell out, so we recommend getting tickets early. Advance ticket sales for past attendees will be available September 7, with open sales beginning Monday, September 10 at 9 am. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite or at the JCDA office, 300 E. Main Street, Suite 406 (4th floor of the King Building).

DINE JC IN DOWNTOWN JOHNSON CITY

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dineJCRestaurants in the downtown district have come together to offer a night to savor. dineJC is an event where local restaurants will offer samples of their newest creations and their beloved recipes. On May 23 at 6 pm at the Gallery, guests can sample the many tastes Downtown Johnson City has to offer.

Participating restaurants will feature special menu items, chef’s specials, and new this year, the restaurants are bringing their best bartender with a signature cocktail. Diners can sample our newest restaurants, dine at old favorites and taste a variety of exceptional dishes being prepared by chefs and the best bartenders in town.

Restaurants participating in dineJC include: Cake Buds, Holy Taco, The Label, Main Street Pizza Company, Southern Craft, Sharp’s Deli, Tipton Street Pub, Wellingtons, Wild Wing Café, and White Duck Taco Shop. Also YeeHaw and JRH Breweries will be pouring. More to be announced.

The event is ticketed entry and costs $25 in advance or $30 at the door.  The proceeds go to fund the Achieving Landmark Status project to revitalize the sign on Commerce Street and make Johnson City impossible to ignore.  What used to be an old treasure, the 60-foot-tall structure that began in 1959 as Thomas Laguardia Jr.’s Giant Food sign, is becoming Johnson City’s newest landmark. At dineJC, people have an opportunity to eat local, drink local, and fund-raise for a local campaign.  It’s the locals’ night.

Dine JC is sponsored by the Johnson City Development Authority and Ameriprise Financial, The Torbett Group.

Tickets are available online on Eventbrite, and at the Washington County Economic Development Council, 300 E. Main Street, Suite 406, in downtown Johnson City from 9 am – 4 pm. For more information go to DowntownJC.com or call 423-202-3510.

https://www.eventbrite.com/d/tn–johnson-city/dinejc/?crt=regular&sort=best

Great Day of Yoga

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Tri-cities largest yoga event set to take place Mother’s Day weekend

The largest yoga event in the Tri-Cities will be held on May 13, from 3pm-5pm on the Great Lawn at Founders Park.  This event will consist of two 45-minute yoga classes to be instructed by area yoga instructors on a large stage in the park. Participants will pay $5 upon entry and receive a raffle ticket for giveaways to be announced after the yoga sessions. Participants should bring their own yoga mat or towel.

The Great Day
of Yoga is being organized by the Johnson City Downtown Foundation, Downtown Yoga Studio and sponsored by Ameriprise.  Yoga Studios from each of the Tri-Cities will be providing instruction. Studios participating include Downtown Yoga Center, Bristol Yoga, Real Hot Yoga, River and Stone Yoga, Vida Hot Yoga, and Wellness Yoga of Bristol. The event will kick off the weekly Barefoot in the Park yoga classes that will continue through the summer.

“We are excited to bring the entire region together for a wonderful day of yoga outdoors in the beautiful Founders Park”, said Kim Blaine, from Downtown Yoga, who has helped organize the event. “It will be so fun to have hundreds, maybe thousands, all enjoying yoga together.”

“This is the first time we’ve ever seen all these local yoga studios coming together for an event with a cause.  We hope, since it is the day before Mother’s Day, that sons or daughters will bring their moms and share this activity together”, says Blaine.

Vendors will be at the event with yoga supplies and health and wellness information. Rain date will be the following Saturday, May 20.

For more information, call 202.3510.

Achieving Landmark Status

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A new landmark is currently in the works from an existing structure in downtown at Commerce Street between Market and North Roan Streets. The 60-foot-tall structure began as a sign for Thomas Laguardia Jr.’s Giant Food Markets in 1959 and afterwards was sold along with the accompanying building to U-Haul in the late 1980’s. This year, the sign will undergo its latest transformation and become Johnson City’s newest landmark, adding a unique element to the downtown area. The sign will read bright and bold in a retro design – JOHNSON CITY, TENNESSEE.

The landmark features a design inspired by historic railroad signs and logos and a Tri-Star element representing Tennessee’s three regions created by Johnson City resident Colonel LeeRoy Reeves.

The greenspace surrounding the new landmark where U-Haul’s building previously stood is also undergoing a major transformation, becoming a new park for Johnson City locals and visitors to discover nature, art and walking paths while also adding a new sense of security to the area.

John Bosio of MERJE Design, the company that has designed the wayfinding plan for Johnson City, says, “I can tell you, I work throughout the country with cities of all sizes and aspirations, helping them develop identity and wayfinding programs, many of them only wish they could establish a landmark sign or feature element that will promote their town. But because they are starting from scratch, often approvals, size limitations, engineering and cost often get in the way.

In Johnson City, you have the unique opportunity to accomplish this, because you are working with an existing structure and many of the largest hurdles are already cleared. The Johnson City sign can be a landmark element that will promote the city as it appears advertising, social media and television … well beyond your city borders.”

With these new additions to downtown comes sponsorship opportunities. All donations will be accepted and recognized at the ribbon cutting event, and those of $500 or above will be included on a custom piece of metal art located in the new park. Sizes of names will depend upon the level of donation, with donations of $10,000 or more receiving the largest font design and a space on the Downtown Johnson City website with a featured logo for 12 months.

The Achieving Landmark Status Campaign is a project of the Downtown Johnson City Foundation. All gifts to the foundation are tax deductible. Previous projects include the restoration of the Lady of the Fountain Plaza and the Grown and Gathered event in the Pavilion at Founders Park. The redesign of the structure must be funded by private donations, checks should be made to the Downtown Johnson City Foundation, and mailed to 300 E. Main Street, Suite 406, Johnson City, TN 37601.

Downtown Johnson City is where buildings have meaning and where there is a distinctive sense of place; where the community’s story is told, it’s culture is on display and its history is narrated. Johnson City’s new landmark gives those who support it the opportunity to have their own sense of place in our downtown region.

To make a donation online using a credit or debit card, follow this link. This service charges us a 3% fee, so if you send a check, your entire amount goes directly to the campaign.

For more details….view our donation brochure: Achieving Landmark Status Brochure

Lady of the Fountain Bricks

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The Lady of the Fountain Commemorative Bricks Project

Purchase a brick and leave your mark on Downtown Johnson City!

Bricks and plaques surround our newly restored Lady of the Fountain sculpture located at the corner of Main and Buffalo Streets. Reminding us of our history, the fountain and it’s beautiful lady was installed in 1904 to honor Congressman Walter Brownlow for establishing Soldiers Home (Mountain Home VA) in Johnson City. The fountain and recast of the statute were returned to Fountain Square and dedicated in September of 2013. The statue that now graces Fountain Square is actually a recast of the original. Her older sister is posted in the city municipal and safety building.

The purchase of bricks and plaques by the community helped fund the restoration of the fountain. Contiuned sale of bricks will help fund other beautification and projects in Downtown Johnson City. Bricks can be purchased for $80 each, plaques are $500 each.

Each brick is 4″ by 8″ in size and can be engraved with three lines of text with 20 characters per line (a space counts as a character). You can put any text you would like on your brick. Popular ideas for text of bricks include your name or family member(s), favorite quotes and graduation dates.

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