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10About Town Things to Do: Aug. 3 to Aug. 9

Here are some events taking place in East Tennessee from Thursday, Aug. 3 to Wednesday, Aug. 9.
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Hi-Wire Brewing is hosting an Adult Spelling Bee. The event begins at 7 p.m. and participants must be 21 or older. 

The World's Longest Yardsale, the 127 Yard Sale, begins Thursday and runs through Saturday. In East Tennessee, vendors will set up their goods along Highway 127 in Fentress and Cumberland counties, and the event stretches 690 miles along the highway from Michigan to Alabama! You can find a map of vendors here. 


Scruffy's Cafe is hosting Crochet Night with Kitties. Whether you're a beginner or an expert, an instructor will be there to guide you from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 and you can buy them here. 

Learn all about the birds you see in your backyard at Ijams Nature Center from 6 to 8 p.m. Bird expert Stephen Lyn Bales will discuss how certain common birds have adapted to better survive in their worlds. Tickets are $12 and you can buy them here. 


The Ramsey House is celebrating vintage baseball during Blacksmithing Day! At noon, watch the teams play each other and check out the work of the Clinch River Blacksmith Guild, who will be on-site for special demonstrations throughout the day.

Muse Knoxville and the Tennessee Theatre are hosting S.T.E.A.M. On Stage from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Take a kid-friendly, self-guided tour of the Tennessee Theatre with hands-on fun at interactive stations. This event is free. 


The Beck Cultural Exchange Center, as a part of its 9th Annual Eighth of August Jubilee, will host its Annual Libation Ceremony. This event is a special tribute to enslaved descendants freed on Aug. 8, 1863. It begins at 7:30 p.m. at Freedmen's Mission Historic Cemetery next to Knoxville College. 

The Beck is also hosting the Emancipation Celebration Parade. The parade starts at 11 a.m. at the Lonsdale Community Church. 


The East Tennessee History Center is having a Little History Lesson at 10:30 a.m. These events are recommended for ages 2 to 5 years old. The topic for Monday's lesson is "Going to School." You can purchase tickets for this event here. 

Knox Pride is hosting a free craft night from 7 to 8:30 p.m. All needed materials will be provided. 


The Beck Cultural Exchange Center, as a part of its 9th Annual Eighth of August Jubilee, will host its annual Red Carpet event at the Tennessee Theatre. The premiere of "Emmett Till: White Lies, Black Death” is taking place at 5:30 p.m. General admission is $10 and you can buy tickets here. 

Seven Islands State Birding Park is hosting a beginner nature photography class from 9 to 11 a.m. This event is free but registration is required. 


Each week, the ECO Garden at the Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum hosts Story Thyme from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. This event is tailored for preschool students and features engaging stories, digging in the dirt, planting seed, watering and harvesting. This event is $5. 


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