Warrior's Canvas Veterans Art Center Exhibit in Jonesborough

The “A Military Life” exhibit in the Jonesborough/Washington County History Museum began in May of 2012 as a way to honor Washington County veterans and share their stories. The rotating exhibit is a collaborative effort between the Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia and the Veterans Affairs Committee chaired by Marion Light. Past exhibits have honored veterans from World War One through Operation Enduring Freedom, and have displayed uniforms, personal equipment and mementoes, medals, and much more. The goal of the exhibit has always been to focus on aspects of military service that people usually don’t think about, such as the food, down time, distance from family and friends, and training information. Aspects of the exhibits have touched on war time, but they’ve also discussed peace time service and what happens after a soldier returns home. The seventh installment of “A Military Life” features work from The Warrior’s Canvas and it is the first veterans’ art exhibit to be on display in the Jonesborough/Washington County History Museum.

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We were thrilled when Marion Light approached us earlier this year and proposed a meeting between The Warrior’s Canvas and the Heritage Alliance. That initial meeting led to the exhibit currently on display, and we’re very proud to partner with The Warrior’s Canvas to share the artwork of local veterans and their powerful mission. Established two years ago by veterans David Shields and Jason Sabbides, the Warrior’s Canvas and Veterans Art Center is a 501C3 nonprofit organization whose “purpose is to build an artist community of military veterans, to provide a professional gallery for artist veterans to display and sell their work, and to be a rallying point and gathering place for veterans of all branches of military service.” In addition to providing studio space for veterans and their families, the Warrior’s Canvas also holds art classes in various media, from drawing and painting, to photography, and much more. They are currently organizing the first casino Northeast Tennessee Ruck and Roll on November 14th that will include a series of ruck marches and runs to honor local veterans.


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The artwork featured in the exhibit includes paintings, ceramics, wood carvings, and more. The pieces display a wide array of color and themes, some depict scenes that deal with military service, and others show expression in the forms of flying fowl and ships at sea. The artists are diverse, and they span different genders, ages, branches of service, wars/conflicts, and artistic mediums. Information on their studio/gallery located at 320 East Main Street in Johnson City, and their upcoming programs and classes is also available in the museum. The “A Military Life” exhibit will be a part of Jonesborough’s 32nd tribute to veterans hosted on November 8th at 2:30 at the Jonesborough Visitor’s Center. If you can’t make it out on November 8th, the exhibit will be on display through the first months of 2016.


New Cooking Exhibit and Recipe Exchange at the Chester Inn Museum

Beef Rump, Gelatin, and Corn Dodgers: Cooking in Eastern Tennessee

Food is a necessity, an art, and has the power of bringing communities together. Our new exhibit at the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum will transport you to some past cooking experiences from the region through kitchen items and recipes. Do we still use these same items? Is cooking online casino easier today? What was the obsession with gelatin dishes?  Visit the exhibit in the Museum and then check back with our Chester Inn Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/chesterinnmuseum/) and Instagram (https://instagram.com/heritage_alliance/) to view weekly recipes from multiple eras.  When you visit the exhibit in the Chester, you”ll have the chance to share a recipe and memory of your own!  Come and cook with us in the Chester Inn this holiday season!

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Free Town Tours and Mother Goose on Small Business Saturday

The Heritage Alliance is proud to partner with Main Street Jonesborough to offer free, historic walking tours on November 28th for Small Business Saturday. The tours will start at the top of every hour from 11:00 – 3:00 and last 45 minutes in length. As you walk down Main Street, guides will discuss the history of Jonesborough, its people, and the lives they built. Tours will begin at the International Storytelling Center.

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In addition to the tours, Mother Goose will be performing two concerts in the parlor of the Chester Inn nbso online casino reviews State Historic Site and Museum. Join her at 11:00 or 2:00 for stories and nursery rhymes that are perfect for audience members three through ninety-three! Marjorie Shaefer, a member of the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild, has been performing as Mother Goose for over 30 years. You won’t want to miss this performance in such a unique setting located right in the heart of downtown Jonesborough.  The Chester Inn Museum will be open from 10:00-8:00 that day and we”ll be serving warm apple cider and cookies!