Upcoming Events at ETSU

Little Bucs Families Helping Families Project
Continuing through Dec. 1
The Families Helping Families Project solicits gifts and clothing for infants, toddlers and preschoolers attending Little Bucs.  The child care facility serves children of ETSU students.  These parents often struggle financially, especially during the holiday season.  Little Bucs has an “angel tree” to assist families using the child care facility.  The tree is located outside Little Bucs in the main hallway on the first floor of Warf-Pickel Hall.  Participants may select a child’s wish list from the tree or call the number below to get information about a child in need.  All gifts should be returned, unwrapped, no later than Monday, Dec. 1.  Donations of wrapping paper, tape and gift tags are also appreciated.  Contact: Little Bucs, 439-7548. 

Food Drive at the Natural History Museum
Continuing through Dec. 16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, ETSU and General Shale Natural History Museum at the Gray Fossil Site
Visitors to the museum will receive $1 off the price of admission with the donation of a food item for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee.  Some of the most-needed items are cereal, rice, dried beans, canned meat, canned soups, spaghetti sauce, pasta, peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables, macaroni and cheese, baby food and diapers.  Contact: Natural History Museum, 866-202-6223 (toll-free).

ETSU Bluegrass at the Down Home
Dec. 1-4, 7 p.m., Down Home, 300 W. Main St.
Four nights of music will be presented at the Down Home by Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music Studies at ETSU.  Each night features a different genre of music: country, Dec. 1; Celtic, Dec. 2; old time, Dec. 3; and bluegrass, Dec. 4.  Admission: $10 each night.  Contact: Teresa Owens, 439-7072 or owenst@etsu.edu.

“Brass Factory of East Tennessee!”
Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 105 S. Boone St.
The ETSU Brass Ensembles – the Trombone and Horn choirs and Trumpet and Tuba-Euphonium ensembles – will present a concert of brass ensemble literature, separately and combined.  Contact: Department of Music, 439-4276. 

Dec. 2-18, 4-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Tipton Gallery, 126 Spring Street
First Friday opening reception, Dec. 5, 6-8 p.m.
This group show features ETSU graduate and undergraduate art students’ explorations of clay, combined with various other media.  After the First Friday reception on Dec. 5, an after-reception party, “The Next Stop,” will begin at approximately 8:15 p.m. at the Acoustic Coffeehouse, 415 W. Walnut St.; this part of the show includes installations by students and a performance piece.  Contact: Slocumb Galleries, 423-483-3179. 

“‘Bone’ Voyagé”
Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m., Martha Street Culp Auditorium, D.P. Culp Center
The trombone will be the highlight of this musical voyage, headlined by Bill Watrous, who is known as “the father of the modern jazz trombone.”  Watrous has performed with nearly every major jazz band of the past 40 years, in addition to his own group.  Also appearing will be The Jazz Doctors and the ETSU Jazz Ensemble.  Admission: $15 for general, $10 for seniors and $5 for students.  Advance tickets may be purchased at www.etsu.edu/cas/music. Contact: Department of Music, 439-8346. 

“Do You Hear What I Hear?”
Dec. 6, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church, 201 E. Market St.
The ETSU Chorale, BucsWorth Men’s Choir, East Tennessee Belles Women’s Choir and Greyscale will present their traditional concert of holiday carols and choral music.  They will be joined by guest soloist Dr. Sun-Joo Oh, soprano, and a string orchestra.  Numbers to be performed include “Go Tell It On the Mountain,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “O Holy Night,” Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus,” “Eatnemen Vuelie” from the Disney movie “Frozen,” the title song and more.  Admission: suggested donations of $10 for adults and $5 for students/seniors.  Contact: Department of Music, 439-4276. 

Percussion Ensemble Concert
Dec. 7, 5:30 p.m., Mathes Hall auditorium
The ETSU Percussion Ensemble will perform a variety of pieces of standard percussion literature, as well as arrangements of Latin and popular pieces.  Contact: Department of Music, 439-4276. 

Holiday Creative Card-Making Workshop
Dec. 16, noon, Women’s Resource Center, 220 Campus Center Building
Local artist and creative coach Pam Murray will guide participants in expressing themselves and exploring art while creating holiday cards to be shared with young patients at the Niswonger Children’s Hospital at Johnson City Medical Center.  Part of the Women’s Personal Enrichment Lunch Break Series sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center.  Reservations required.  Contact: Women’s Resource Center, 439-5772. 

Book Review Group
Dec. 17, Noon, Women’s Resource Center, 220 Campus Center Building
Members of the Book Review Group sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center will discuss The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove by Susan Gregg Gilmore.  New members are always welcome.  Participants may bring their lunch; beverages and snacks are provided.  Contact: Women’s Resource Center, 439-5772. 

“The FL3TCH3R Exhibit: Social & Politically Engaged Art”
Continuing through Dec. 3, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Reece Museum
This second annual national juried exhibit explores the current trends and trajectory in the field of social and politically engaged art.  It is named for Fletcher Dyer, who died in a motorcycle accident in 2009 at the age of 22, when he was a senior pursuing his B.F.A. degree with a concentration in graphic design at ETSU.  Proceeds from the exhibit will fund the Fletcher H. Dyer Memorial Scholarship at ETSU.  The juror for the exhibit was Elliott Earls, artist-in-residence and head of the Graduate Graphic Design Department at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.  Contact: Reece Museum, 439-4392. 

“Unicoi’s Farm Heritage, 1945-2014: Seeds of the Past, Seeds of the Future”
Continuing through Dec. 12, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Reece Museum
This exhibition, based on field research done by students in the Department of Appalachian Studies’ “Documenting Community Traditions” class, chronicles changes in Unicoi County, from early markets prior to 1945 though shifting markets, the rise of agribusiness and the recent rise of creative farm economies.  Contact: Reece Museum, 439-4392. 

“The DeVault Tavern” Exhibit
Continuing through Dec. 12, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Reece Museum
Twenty large framed photographs by Paul Kennedy of the DeVault Tavern, a two-story brick tavern built in 1819-21 by Frederick DeVault that is now listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.  The house originally served as a way station and inn along the region’s primary stagecoach route.  Kennedy is a Brooklyn-based artist who grew up in Jonesborough.  Contact: Reece Museum, 439-4392.


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