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A Prodigal Story

An Original Prodigal Tale Comes to the Stage at LampLight

“Across: A Prodigal Story” written by a Local High School Senior

KINGSPORT, Tenn., April 20, 2017 – In an original production written by a high school senior from Volunteer High School, LampLight Theatre proudly brings Across: A Prodigal Story to the stage at the end of this month. Having risen from the ashes of a divided nation, two leaders, aptly named Phoenixes, have each led their people for many years to follow either their own heart or the heart of “The Anointed One”. One leader governs a people that think only of themselves and their possessions. Another leader governs a people that follow “The Anointed One” by putting others before themselves. A selfless and a selfish generation continue to grow together, never seeing eye to eye.

Across: A Prodigal Story follows two families who are members of these opposing factions, and their young pre-teen children are coming of age. On the cusp of a child’s twelfth birthday, they are given the opportunity to dabble on the “other side” and see if they enjoy what the other faction has to offer. It is then that they must choose where to spend the rest of their lives. David, from the tribe of Ofa, who follow “The Anointed One”, sets off to get what he has always wanted: more than he has. Ely, from the tribe of Pae, who follow their ever-shifting desires, finds it hard being in a materialistic family where nothing they have is ever good enough. These two children pursue life’s meaning as all of us do, really. What in this life will give us the meaning we desire? Are our desires worth finding? Will these two find what they are longing for? Can they return home after they leave their own kind? Come and seek for the truth along with the cast of Across: A Prodigal Story. Your heart will be touched in the journey for each child’s place in the world. Perhaps you will find yours as well…

Across: A Prodigal Story is produced by a LampLight Children’s Theatre program called G.L.O.W. that works with kindergarteners through eighth graders on Saturday mornings to develop their skills and interests in theatre arts and ministry. G.L.O.W. strives to develop the interests of these young students as well as offer older students a chance to direct, write, and choreograph these original productions.

Performances will be given April 28-30 and May 5-7 with show times on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00 pm, Saturday matinees at 2:00 pm, and Sunday matinees at 3:00 pm. Suggested Donation for these performances is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and Free for children age 5 and under. Doors open one hour prior to the performance. Make your visit with us over the top! Treat your children to a Hot Dog Lunch at 12:30 pm before the 2:00 pm show on April 29th or a mouth-watering Ice Cream Sundae after the 2:00 pm show on May 6th. Find pricing and information and make reservations on our website at or call our Box Office 10am – 5pm, Monday through Friday at 423-343-1766.

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Carriage House: Spring News and Class Schedule

Happy Spring!   The store is loaded with new fresh merchandise come check us out!  Our new line of awesome vegan leather bags has been well received not only for the great look but also the $48.95 price point.  I must say I love these bags!  I’m also very excited about adding the Erimish Bracelet Bar to our mix of accessories. Of course we have lots of great new apparel and new warm weather yarns to tempt you as well. 
I’m very pleased to add Susan Chadwell and Penelope Baker  to our team of fiber art teachers.  Below you’ll find a list of upcoming classes if interested please reply to this email or call the store to sign up. You’ll need to come in to pay your class fee and purchase your supplies at your earliest convenience.
Katherine’s Weekly Drop In Classes 
Every Tuesday 11:00-1:00 & Every Thursday 5:30-7:30
We’ll be hosting a Dye Workshop on a Sat. in May or June so stay tuned.  If you’re interested let me know we’ll have to limit the class to 8 students.  If we have more students interested we’ll schedule a second class.  This is going to be loads of fun!  

Intro to Brioche

Instructor – Betty Berry
Sat. Apr. 15 & 22 11:00-1:00
Class fee $20 plus yarn
Brioche knitting is a reversible pattern that creates a thick, lofty, stretchy fabric similar to a 1 x 1 rib. In this technique class you’ll be creating a beautiful cowl. This class has limited seating so sign up quickly!


Knit Socks 2 at-a-Time

Instructor – Penelope Baker
Tues., Apr. 18, May 5, & May 9
5:30-7:30 Class fee $30 plus yarn
In this fun class you’ll be learning the technique of knitting 2 socks at a time on 2 circular needles. Just think “when you’re done you’re done!!” To sign up for this class you need to have knit socks before. This is a limited seating class so check your calendar!

Learn to Knit a Little Cotton
RabbitInstructor – Susan Chadwell
Sat., June 10, 24, & July 8
10:00-12:00 Class fee $30 plus yarn
and paid pattern downloaded from
These absolutely adorable critters are all the rage and I’m sure once you’ve knit one you’ll be hooked. Check out all the different critters and clothes you can knit by searching Little Cotton Rabbits on Ravelry. This class is for an intermediate knitter and has limited seating. Sign up today!


Free Shoulder Shawl Pattern by Carolyn White

This is a new free pattern with yarn purchase. We have the pictured model in the store. I love this very fashion forward piece that may be worn with your favorite broche or shawl pin. It may also be simply drapped over your shoulders with the fringe on the top.


Intermediate Crochet Class

Instructor – Deb Burger
Sat., June 10, 17, 24, & July 1
11:00-12:30 Class fee $40 plus yarn
This class is suitable for any student that’s completed Deb’s Beginner Crochet Class or someone that has basic crochet skills. I just love this “tiny scarf”! Sign up today!


New Travel Mugs from HeartMoss Pottery

These beautiful travel mugs are handcrafted in Independence, VA
by one single potter! The lids don’t leak and they are microwave and dishwasher safe. We have 4 glazes available and the Solmate cozy is extra. Great gift idea!


New Vegan Leather Bags

I hope you love this new line from Joy Susan as much as I do. This style bag is the perfect size with an attached coin purse, inside zipper pocket, and a magnetic closure. The super cute wallets shown have a cross body & wristlet strap that is optional.

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Dear Kingsport

Dear Kingsport,

Where do I begin? Over the last four years you have given me something difficult to describe, but I’m going to try because I want you to understand what a gift it is. I want you to know what it feels like when the Kingsport Spirit grabs a hold of you, makes you apart of its family and makes you feel valued.

Four years ago, when I accepted the position as Executive Director of the Downtown Kingsport Association, I was nervous and overwhelmed. Excited but also aware of the level of responsibility I had been given. This community loves its Downtown, values it, respects it and wants to see it prosper and grow. I was determined to use my past experiences as a Downtown Development Director in Kentucky to build a game plan for the future of Downtown Kingsport. Kentucky, you ask? Yes, I moved here from Kentucky and yes I was worried I would be viewed as an outsider, but I wasn’t. You embraced me and welcomed me with open arms into this new position and into this community.

My first order of business was to enlist volunteers; stakeholders in the community. This is where I first started to experience the true spirit of Kingsport.  Everyone I talked to had a story to tell regarding their experiences while growing up here. The excitement of shopping Downtown for a new pair of shoes at Penny’s and then to the candy counter for a treat or browsing Sobel’s Department Store, Fuller & Hillmans and then ending your day with a Mountain Dew slushy and popcorn at Wallace News Stand. Cruising Broad Street in their 1950’s mustang and then catching a movie that weekend at the State Theater with their high school sweetheart. These were just some of the heart-warming stories that I heard from people who love this community and they were thrilled to volunteer their time to serve on a committee that would help us put work plans into action.

The enthusiasm of volunteers is vital to an organization like this one and they are the ones that helped us accomplish projects that we enjoy today. The park lets with red umbrellas along Broad Street, the Verdin Street Clock at New and Broad, the new Christmas Lights and banners,  the beautiful hanging baskets along Center St and the flower pots in front of all the businesses are just a few of the accomplishments from the volunteers of the Design Committee.

The Downtown Kingsport Wine Festival, First Thursday Sip N Strolls and the Busker Festival, the Holiday Loft Tours are fun and new events that were put together by volunteers of the Promotion and Organization committees.  PEAK, the Young Professionals organization, was instrumental in the building of the Downtown Dog Park.  It took numerous volunteers and selfless hours to organize this project and it continues to have volunteers maintain it each and every day.

The Economic Vitality Committee had a number of volunteers working on many projects to help strengthen existing business in the Downtown core and recruit new ones to locate Downtown. Examples of these are: taking inventory of all the Buildings and Businesses Downtown and uploading them on the DKA website. They hosted ribbon cuttings to celebrate new businesses and received an Entrepreneur grant that will encourage entrepreneurs to participate in a co-starter class and ultimately end up in a maker space.

This is by no means the end of the list of projects that I have enjoyed working on but it is a sample of some of the projects that I got to witness come to fruition while being the Executive Director of the Downtown Kingsport Association. My family and I have created our own memories here and I will always be grateful for this opportunity you have given me but most of all I am grateful for instilling in me the Kingsport Spirit.


All my best,

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First Thursday Sip & Stroll Feat. Wayne Culbertson

Join us for the First Thursday Sip & Stroll! Feat. Wayne Culbertson

Featuring many businesses throughout Downtown Kingsport! Stroll through Downtown Kingsport on the First Thursday of each month and enjoy unique shopping, delicious foods, wine bars, a beer brewery & moon shine.

Featuring businesses such as Turquoise Boutique, Cindy Saadeh Fine Art Galley, Art in the Heart Gallery, and many more businesses.

Starting at 5PM, sip and stroll your way throughout Downtown Kingsport!

Cindy Saadeh Fine Art Gallery will be featuring photographer, Mark Roberts, including many aerial shots such as Denali Mountain Range, Church Circle, and Kingsport Eastman Aerial shots! Featuring live music by Jared Williams. Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres including Bellafina Chocolates, and Little Cake. Featuring live music by Jared Williams!

In keeping with Kingsport’s Centennial year, ART in the HEART GALLERY is stepping back in time with our spotlight artist Wayne Culbertson. Wayne is a Revolutionary War History buff who has made some incredible “Tavern” signs with historical significance. He has painted them as they would have been done in that era and has even used the spelling they would have used.

Turquoise Boutique will be featuring their signature turquoise champagne, along with deals specially for Kingsport’s First Thursday Sip & Stroll!

Be sure to enter the Kingsport Centennial Art Contest, where you could win $100 plus other prizes!

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Sprouty Pea Children’s Clothing Trunk Show

Join Sprouty Pea Children’s Clothing for their Spring & Summer 2017 Trunk Show!!

You’re invited to our Trunk Show on March 10th (10am-6pm) & 11th (10am-3pm) at Sprouty Pea in Kingsport!

Tons of great deals on Sprouty Pea clothing, Livie & Luca’s shoes in any style & any size, as well as adorable matching outfits from Matilda Jane Clothing.

To learn more visit their Facebook page!

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Friends of the Library & First Book-Greater Kingsport Annual Book Fair

Friends of the Library & First Book-Greater Kingsport Annual Book Fair 


March 16-19
Kingsport Civic Auditorium
1550 Fort Henry Dr.
free admission Friday – Sunday
Friday-Saturday 9:00-7:00 PM

$10 Bag Sale Sunday 12:45-5:00 PM

Preview sale – $10 admission Thursday 5:00-9:00 PM

Over 20,000 used books
Sales under $25 – cash only
Sales $25 or more – cash or credit/debit card

All profits go to the Friends of the Kingsport Public Library & First Book-Greater Kingsport


12:00 noon – 1:00 PM
Library Auditorium

March 2: Nature’a Apothecary: Christy Shivell, of Shy Valley Plant Farm, will walk you through starting an herb garden and Linda Begley will give you a quick course in herbal essential oils.

March 9: Posies and Pollinators: Roy Odom will talk about how to grow a cutting garden that attracts bees and butterflies.

March 16: The ABC’s of Container Gardening: Phil Ramey of Harvest of Hope Community Garden will talk about growing your garden in pots.

March 23: Heirloom Vegetables and Seed Saving

Presented by: Keep Kingsport Beautiful and KPL. For more information call 392-8814.

Wednesdays from 1:30-3:00 beginning March 8 through April 12
library auditorium

Foreign policy issues discusssion series that will cover these topics:
The Future of Europe
Trade and Politics
Nuclear Security
US Foreign Policy & Petroleum
Saudi Arabia and Transition
Conflict in the South China Sea

Books for the series can be purchased for $22 at the library.

sponsored by the Friends of the Library and Kingsport Alliance for Continued Learning.

March 30th from 6:00-7:30 PM
at Main Street Pizza Company,
242 Main St. – upstairs.

The book to be discussed:
A Handmaid’s Tale.


March 13 from 4:00-5:00
Whose Price is Right?
Grades K-5th
library auditorium
Guess the exact price of items, play mini games, and cheer each other on at the March S.T.E.M Club meeting! Prizes are involved!

for adults!
Monday, March 6 from 6:00-7:30
library auditorium
Bring your craft to work on while visiting with other crafters, or enjoy board and video games.

To learn more, visit their website!

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The Carriage House: March Schedule

Join the Carriage House for Beginner Knit & Crochet


They’d like to welcome Jennifer Savell to their mix of fiber art teachers!  They’ve also scheduled another Free Felted Bag Workshop and will be knitting a different bag suitable for a farmer’s market tote. 

Katherine has an awesome gingham felted Easter basket just about finished. Stay tuned for upcoming class info.   

New merchandise arriving weekly!  You must go check out their new Parsley & Sage tops and bottoms.  Their brand new black ponte pants are a must and may be worn with any type of top. Very flattering!

Beginner Knit Class

Thurs., March 9, 16, 23, 30   5:30-7:30  Class fee $40 plus supplies

Instructor – Jennifer Savell

Learn the basics of knitting while having a fun time and creating a pair of really cute fingerless mitts.  This class has limited seating so sign up today!

Call the store or stop by



Beginner Crochet Class

Sat., Mar. 11, 18, & 25     11:00-12:30

Instuctor – Deb Burger

Class fee – $30 plus supplies

Learn the basics of crochet with Deb by creating a set of usable coasters.  Of course this is a super fun class too.  It’s always a great time learning and creating with friends old and new.

Limited seating available so sign up today by calling or stopping by the store.



Free Felted Bag Workshop

Sat., April 1   10:30 – 1:00
Instructor – Terri-  free class plus yarn
We’ve completed our first free bag workshop with 7 bags being knit.  I can’t wait to see them all finished!  The next bag may be used as a tote or farmer’s market bag! Basic knitting skills are required to attend but this is definitely suitable for a beginning knitter.  I love to make felted bags and use them all the time.

This class is limited to 7 or 8 so reserve your seat today!

For more information, visit their Facebook page!

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Flight Athletic Academy: Parents’ Night Out

Flight Athletic Academy invites you to head out for a night of fun

Parents’ Night Out is open to the public and consists of a night full of dinner, games, and crafts!

Every Saturday from 6PM-10PM, bring your family to Flight Athletics Academy for a night of fun.

Ages: 5-14

Ticket Pricing:

First Sibling: $25

Second Sibling: $15

Third+ Sibling: $5

Reserve your spot today!

To learn more, visit there website.

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New Spring Arrivals at the Carriage House

With spring just around the corner we’re stocking up with new apparel, accessories, jewelry, and of course yarn. 

All the new hot patterns and styles of KAVU bags are on the racks.  

For all you gals that love purple don’t linger KAVU has 2 new purple

fabrics that will indeed be the most popular and will sell out before the

season begins. 

Our premium brand of apparel has made an appearance in the shop and as always they never disappoint us with their awesome style. 

If you choose the correct size (which may be a size up) these tops will be extremely flattering.

Arriving Early Next Week!

Plymouth Yarn

ICantoo – the cotton v neck tops we all love plus more!

The Artist J – awesome aluminum jewelry from Greensboro, NC

Come check out our new portable LED lights.  These small light weight lights are perfect to bump up your lighting for reading or crafting. 

I brought one home last night and love it.  They operate by battery or USB connection.  Perfect to stick in your knitting bag for groups and classes. 

$16.99 & $22.99 ea.  I posted a picture on FB this morning.

Like us on Facebook to keep up with new stock arrivals and please

SHARE our posts:-) We’ll be posting another GIVEAWAY this this


We also have a presence on Instagram but I don’t use it as much as FB.

Remember our Free Felted Bag Workshop is this Sat. at 10:30-1:00 for

those of you attending. I just finished a large tote that I can’t wait to share with you!