This year marks the 40th anniversary of Jonesborough’s Progressive Dinner! Over the past 40 years we have celebrated our homes, our community and our stories with so many people throughout the region. In 2017, we continue the celebration, but with a twist that allows us to showcase more restorations, more talent and still have an elegant four course meal!
This special 40th Anniversary event is called The Colors of Christmas. It combines two longstanding Jonesborough Holiday offerings, the Holiday Tour of Homes and the Progressive Dinner, into one elegant evening. On Saturday, December 2, The Colors of Christmas opens 8 historic structures, each decorated in Holiday finery. Storytellers and musicians are featured in various locations during portions of the evening. During The Colors of Christmas, you can partake in “An Elegant Repast,” a delectable four course meal set in another of Jonesborough’s historic buildings. Elaborate entertainment will fill the space between courses, keeping the Holiday spirit refreshed and relaxed.
Revelers can partake in The Colors of Christmas in a variety of ways. A stand-alone ticket opens eight historic structures for touring on your own. Two seatings of “An Elegant Repast” add fine dining to the festivities and are available for a limited number of guests. “An Elegant Repast” will take place in a handicap accessible building with ample parking for dinner guests to arrive and depart together during the evening. Clearly either of these options is a fine way to kick-off the seasonal celebration; but for the ultimate Holiday experience, a combination ticket for both the tour and “An Elegant Repast” will be a festive way to kick off the Holiday season!
The restoration of a building does more than repair old walls and ceilings; it rebuilds connections, strengthens community and restores the spirit. Combining the Holiday Tour of Homes with the Progressive Dinner reconnects the Heritage Alliance and Jonesborough with our early years as leaders in East Tennessee’s Historic Preservation movement. In those heady days, these two events showcased both the benefits and the challenges of restoring an historic structure. They also helped to fund the work. The Colors of Christmas is no different. Your “Elegant Repast” ticket still helps to fund the preservation and education mission of the Heritage Alliance. The Home Tour helps the Town of Jonesborough fund the many free events, such as “At Home with Santa”, dedicated to children throughout the year.
Attached here is a reservation form to help you reserve your spot. Once your reservation is confirmed, we will send specific information regarding parking and directions.
40 years calls for a special celebration. The Colors of Christmas reconnects and reinforces old traditions. It celebrates the many good things that result when we join together for the benefit of all. It is fun, it is festive and it is fitting, that in this 40th year, we look back at where we began.