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Downtown Kingsport has much to offer, from restaurants and antique shops, theatre, and sweet treats, the downtown area is for everyone to explore. Come on down and see it for yourself!

Welcome to Downtown Kingsport

Downtown Kingsport Association is a private, non-profit membership organization dedicated to the revitalization of Downtown Kingsport. Our purpose is to promote Downtown Kingsport as the heart of our community, strengthen its economic viability by encouraging growth and diversity among businesses, and restore its unique historical characteristics and beauty.

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Jennifer Munro as Teller-in-Residence at Storytelling Live! @ International Storytelling Center
Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm – Oct 25 @ 2:00 pm

Born in a small English village where children were seen, but never heard, Jennifer learned the important arts of listening and watching. Her keen observations of life have translated into a repertoire of personal stories that resonate with the frailty and resilience of the human experience.
Populated with memorable characters that spring vividly to life, her carefully crafted tales, delivered with a masterful sense of timing, take the listener on a roller coaster ride of emotions that elicit both laughter and tears. Her performance venues include the Alabama Tale Tellin’ Festival, the Nebraska Storytelling Festival, and the Illinois Storytelling Festival.
“The highlight of the entire morning was listening to your story. I sat back in my seat mesmerized by your every word. You captivated every person in that room.” – Madison School District, CT

Henry Box Brown: Famous Fugitive, Trans-Atlantic Performer @ William King Museum of Art
Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Jeffrey Ruggles, former Curator of Prints and Photographs for the Virginia Historical Society, traces the fascinating life of Henry Brown, who escaped from slavery by shipping himself in a box from Richmond to Philadelphia. Will be held at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center.

This program has been organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and is supported, in part, by the Paul Mellon Endowment and the Jean Stafford Camp Memorial Fund

Sheila Kay Adams as Teller-in-Residence at Storytelling Live! @ International Storytelling Center
Oct 28 @ 2:00 pm – Nov 1 @ 2:00 pm

Sheila Kay Adams shares stories from the small mountain community in Western North Carolina where she was born, and passes on the rich musical heritage of her ancestors. A banjo player and seventh generation ballad singer, she is also an author of several books and recordings.
Her many awards include the North Carolina Folklore Society’s Brown Hudson Award for the Preservation of NC Folklore, the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Award for the Preservation of Traditional Music, and the National Heritage Fellowship Award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Adams has performed across the nation and the British Isles, including appearances at the National Book and Smithsonian Folklife Festivals.
“Pure mountain magic.” – Life Magazine