The following events are open to the public and free unless otherwise noted.
“The Whatnot & Whimsy: Unique Riches from the Reece Collection”
Continuing through Jan. 8, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Reece Museum
This exhibit features artifacts that are not of the everyday variety which were recently unearthed by the Reece Museum’s new collection manager, Amy Steadman. Contact: Reece Museum, 439-4392.
“Art by the Exceptional Child: Revisited”
Continuing through Feb. 9, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Reece Museum
As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, the Reece Museum presents this exhibit that was originally organized and shown in 1969 in conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Education. It featured art created by special needs children from across the United States. The popularity of the initial exhibit led to the creation of a second show, with both touring the country for several years in the early 1970s. This retrospective exhibit contains a selection of works from the original shows, as well as promotional material, newspaper clippings and correspondence that offer a glimpse into how the display was organized, exhibited and received. A reception will be held Thursday, Jan. 21, from 5-7 p.m. Contact: Reece Museum, 439-4392.
“Reading Appalachia: Voices from Children’s Literature”
Jan. 4-March 25, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Reece Museum
Museum visitors can walk through pages of their favorite storybooks in this interactive traveling exhibit from the East Tennessee Historical Society. Sporting life-size characters from Appalachian children’s books, the exhibit looks at seminal titles from the late 1800s to the present. Included are clothing and toys from Appalachia, music and hands-on activities. Children may try on masks of storybook characters and find themselves in a story, or create their own story of childhood set in Appalachia. Visitors may also hear the voice of old-time storyteller Ray Hicks. The date and time for an opening reception will be announced at a later date. Contact: Reece Museum, 439-4392.
“Support the Dream with Detroit Tigers Pitcher Daniel Norris”
Jan. 9, 5 p.m. “VIP” admission/5:30 p.m. general admission, D.P. Culp Center, Martha Street Culp Auditorium
The ETSU Department of Sustainability is a co-sponsor of this fundraiser for an outdoor classroom at Jacob’s Park at Sinking Creek. Included are a live auction, an interview with Major League Baseball pitcher and Johnson City native Daniel Norris, and a screening of the movie, “Field of Dreams.” “VIP” tickets are $50 each, and general admission tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for ages 17 and under; these may be purchased at www.jacobfrancisco.com or by contacting Bill Francisco at firstname.lastname@example.org or 423-794-0794. Visit the website above for more information on Jacob’s Park and to learn more about the work being done in Jacob Francisco’s memory to raise awareness of E. coli. Additional co-sponsors include VIPSEEN, the Boone Watershed Partnership, Chem-Aqua, NewsChannel 11 WJHL, and the Johnson City News & Neighbor. ETSU contact: Kathleen Moore, 439-7766 or email@example.com.
Book Review Group
Jan. 20, noon, Women’s Resource Center, 220 Campus Center Building
Members will meet to discuss The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. New members are welcome, and participants may bring their lunch. Contact: Women’s Resource Center, 439-5772.
Jan. 21, 7 p.m., Hutcheson Hall planetarium
“Black Holes and the Center of the Milky Way,” a planetarium show sponsored by the Department of Physics and Astronomy, will look at the strange object at the center of the galaxy. Contact: Dr. Gary Henson, 439-6906 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jan. 24, 5 p.m., Mathes Hall auditorium
The Department of Music’s spring “Music and Friends” concert series begins with a piano trio performance. Making his ETSU faculty recital debut, violinist Sean Claire will be joined by cellist Cherylonda Fitzgerald and pianist Esther Park in a performance of Schumann’s first piano trio and other violin repertoire. Contact: Department of Music, 439-4276.
Watch ETSU’s PlanIt Calendar for more campus events. Planning an event? Be sure to enter it into the PlanIt Calendar to let folks know!