JOHNSON CITY AREA HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES
Youngsters can find Halloween fun close to home in Johnson City. I found some thoroughly decorated homes as I drove through some my favorite neighborhoods recently. They're especially spooky after dark, but I didn't get back to do those pictures. These are from Shadowood, Strawberry Fields and Biltmore Estates.
Several working farms have corn mazes and other autumn and Halloween activities.
Fenders Farm has a 7-acre maze and a three-acre "Field of Screams". This farm is located about six miles south of Jonesborough, 254 Hwy 107. For more info call 753-441 or see www.Fendersmaze.com. The owners are raising funds for St. Jude's Hospital and have pledged to raise $25,000. On-line bidding goes through noon Saturday at 222.stjudesauction.com/weebly.com, and the many items to be on the live fidding can be seen starting at 3:00 on Saturday. Live bidding is at 4:00.
Beck Mountain Corn Maze is located south of Elizabethton, ofof 193 - 110 Corn Maze Lane. They're open from September 1 and have free movies every Friday night, in addition to hosting various kinds of parties and functions. They provide free access for fund-raising activites. Call 423-543-2676.
Myers Pumpkin patch and corn maize, in Greene County, is one of the features on the Quilt Trail. The farm is a family-owned working farm with local products and greenhouse. The pumpkin patch and corn maze are open in September and October. For more, call 423-235-4796, or go to www.myerspumpkinpatch.com .
Jonesborough's Halloween Haunts & Happenings, an annual event, will be Friday, October 29, from 6:00 to 8:00. There will be trick-or-treating along Main Street, face painting, story telling, and a witch's den (the historic Christopher Taylor House). The Scary-oke by the Jonesborough Novelty Band sounds like fun - the group does a Halloween version of classic tunes. The costume contest starts at 7:00 pm. in front of the Courthouse, with categories for various ages and also a group categoroy and a pet category. Call 423-753-1010 for more info, or see www.historicjonesborough.com
A number of local churches and various groups will have "Trunk or Treat" events. Milligan's will be Thursday, October23, 6:30-8:00, in the parking lot below the fieldhouse, free and open to the public. Faculty and students will be in costume, with cars decorated and and treats for children.
The Shady Oaks Garden Club will have their "Spook-tacular" flower show at Girls Inc of Johnson City/Washington County - Wednesday, October 27, 1:00-6:00 p.m. It's free. The Halloween theme are reflected in the categories of the exhibit, such as "Spooky Suppers, Haunted Houses, Frightening Foliate and BOO-tiful Bloomers.+ according to the Johnson City Press. My friend, Cindy Hinta, is co-chair of the show. For further information, call Cindy at 423-282-9106. The garden club works helps the girls at Girls Inc in various ways and the girls are participating in the show.
Everyone gets in the act - even the pets. The ACS "Bark for Life" is having a fund-raiser on October 30 at Millenium Center, featuring among other things, canine costumes.
A recent article in the Press mentioned several ghostly legends of the area, and there's even a non-profit paranormal research group called "Haunt Masters Club" that does research. See www.hauntmastersclub.com.