Downtown to host series of events

Fall is a time for festivals.

Things like the Rose Center’s Mountain Makins brings food, fun and fellowship to the Lakeway Area each Autumn.

Due to COVID-19, things this year look quite a bit different. Many of the annual rites of Autumn have been cancelled due to the virus.

Still, there will be some events that try to capture that flavor of the fall, starting this Friday in Downtown Morristown.

The Late on Main & Downtown Green Concert will be Friday, Oct. 2.

Presented from the Crossroads Downtown Partnership, the concert will be from 5 to 8 p.m. featuring Grits from Dumplin’ Valley.

The concert will be on the downtown Green with beverages by the 1907 Brewing Company, a craft brewery which plans to open in downtown Morristown.

In addition, the Hamblen County Car Club will host a show in downtown with dining and shopping on Main Street.

That’s not all that’s planned for downtown.

The following weekend, on Oct. 10, Vintage Market Days will offer an outdoor market featuring art, clothing, antiques, jewelry, home decor and more.

The event will last from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Also coming this week are a pair of outdoor movies for the family to enjoy.

Morristown Pediatric Dentistry is planning a “Movie on the Lawn” event for the community at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 2 at Cherokee Park.

In an effort provide a safe and entertaining evening for families throughout the area, Dr. Aleighia Helderman and her team are planning the special event that promises folks a good time together, outdoors.

The “Movie on the Lawn” event features a free showing of 2019’s “Aladdin.” Sound Revue will set the stage with a 15 x 20 screen, complete with Bose sound system, for a fantastic movie-viewing experience. Morristown Rescue Squad will be in attendance to assist with parking.

“With everything that has happened this year, we wanted to host an event that provided some healthy activity and especially one that would encourage fellowship,” Helderman said. “Bringing the community together now in a safe way is more important than ever.”

Families are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the evening and can take comfort in the fact that circles will be painted on the grass to provide guidelines for families to social distance.

In addition, participants can enjoy food from Uncle P’s Backyard BBQ food truck and treats from the Snowie Lakeway Bus, both of which will be on site for the event and promise to make the experience as delicious as it is family-friendly and fun.

If there is rain or inclement weather on Oct. 2, the event will be rescheduled.

Morristown Parks and Recreation is hosting its own outdoor movie experience with the popular Starlite Cinema.

“Playing with Fire” starring John Cena will plat at 8 p.m. at the skate park in Frank Lorino Park.

The movie is a comedy in which Cena’s by-the-book firefighter is charmed by a group of kids who come under his care.

The movie is free and sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department, Newport Cinema 4 and the Morristown Task Force on Diversity.