Not Your Ordinary Dinner Party – Exciting New Event!

What do you get when you mix legendary southern style bar-b-que with a historic cemetery set in Tennessee’s Oldest Town?  “Not Your Ordinary Dinner Party.”

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The Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia presents an outdoor drama theatre on June 11 at 6:30 p.m. outside the historic Old Jonesborough Cemetery and Carriage House Bed & Breakfast located on East Main Street in Jonesborough.

A fundraiser for the region-wide preservation organization, “Not Your Ordinary Dinner Party” will consist of Washington County Commissioner Joe Grandy’s much talked about bar-b-que as the main course, complimented with southern sides and a savory dessert as guests are treated to a production created specifically for the evening by local playwright Anne Mason.  The production is entitled “With These Hands” and will only be available for public audiences during the Not Your Ordinary Dinner Party fundraiser hosted by the Heritage Alliance.

Mason describes the three act production as a “dramedy” that takes a look into the lives of several Washington County residents that are buried in some of the oldest cemeteries in the area. Stories will be portrayed by local actors in period style clothing.  The stories will include tales of folks buried in Maple Lawn, Rocky Hill and College Hill Cemeteries.

Not Your Ordinary Dinner Party is a fundraising effort to benefit the preservation and heritage education work of the Heritage Alliance, a not-for-profit organization whose region-wide work includes the award winning Oak Hill School Heritage Education program, the Chester Inn State Historic Site and the Jonesborough Washington County History Museum and Archives.

The event will take place on June 11 at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets are offered at a pre-sale discount of $80 through April 16.  Beginning April 17, tickets are $85 per person and will be offered on a first-come-first serve basis.

To purchase tickets, visit or call 423-753-1010.