By Lacy Hilliard
Each New Year in Johnson County brings with it an opportunity to enjoy the various events offered throughout the community. The Johnson County Chamber of Commerce has announced the 2015 Johnson County Calendar of Events, which highlights several exciting things to do locally.
Its important to note that each of these events help to boost the local economy. Many of the events provide an excellent chance to immerse oneself in the community and to celebrate local culture.
The first exciting event is one that is recurring throughout the 2015 calendar –the opening of the Doe Mountain Adventure Trails. The trails are currently open every day from 8:00 a.m. to sunset. The entrance to Doe Mountain as well as the Doe Mountain Welcome Center is located at 1203 Harbin Hill Road in Mountain City. Doe Mountain– an 8,600-acre mountain range in the heart of the Appalachians is a perfect opportunity to commune with nature for locals or out-of-towners. There are currently trails that cater to ATVs, hiking and biking and additional trail building projects are already underway.
The 2015 Calendar of Events is filled to the brim with exciting events coming up at Heritage Hall. Beginning on March 13, Johnson County Community Theatre will present Always a Bridesmaid with additional performances to follow. Other upcoming Heritage Hall events include the Carson Peters Band on April 25, the Johnson County High School Players production of Grease beginning on May 1 and Cody Norris and the Watauga Mountain Boys on May 16 just to name a few. For additional performance and ticketing information, visit www.heritagehalltheatre.org or call the box office at 727-7444.
The scheduled opening of the Johnson County Farmers Market is also listed on the calendar of events. The market is set to open on May 2 and will thereafter be open every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The market will take place in the Johnson County Courthouse parking lot and will offer a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as handmade crafts from local artisans. For additional information, visit www. johnsoncountyfm.org.
Trade Community Center will host several of the events that appear on the calendar including a Mothers Day Dinner on May 3 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Trade Gristmill. A Pig Pickin and a gospel music event are also listed as upcoming Trade Community Center happenings. For additional information about Trade Community Center events call (973) 296-1658.
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By Lacy Hilliard