Live music, food, hot air balloon rides and more will be part of the “Up, Up and Away!” event on Friday, Aug. 6, to benefit the Andrew Johnson Heritage Association and the community educational programs its supports.
“Up, Up and Away!” will be from 6 – 9 p.m. at the home of Richard Scull at 1595 Ripley Island Road in the Afton community of Greene County to benefit the Andrew Heritage Association, which works to not only promote a greater public awareness and understanding of Andrew Johnson’s life and times, but also to support the activities of the Museums of Tusculum College. The association is also a primary supporter of the National History Day events for local students.
The evening will include musical performances by two popular local groups, JB and Honey Beans and the Smooth Sounds of Route 66. JB and the Honey Beans, whose harmony is second to none, performs popular music from the 40’s to today, involving the audience for a fun experience. The Smooth Sounds of Route 66 features a repertoire of jazz and standards as easy on the ear as its name suggests.
Keeping with the title of the event, there will be tethered hot air balloon rides available.
A live auction will also take place during the evening and will feature such items as antiques, a flight in a vintage aircraft, original art, beautiful handmade baskets, guided trail rides through Cherokee National Forest, an overnight stay at the General Morgan Inn and unique musical performances for your next event.
Food will be provided by Signature Caterers.
Proceeds from the event will be used by the Andrew Johnson Heritage Association to support National History Day activities in Greene County middle and high schools. The association provides a majority of the funding for local National History Day activities that are coordinated by the Tusculum College Department of Museum Program and Studies. Local students have advanced to the national competition several times since the program’s inception.
Funds raised will also be used to support educational programs at the two museums on the Tusculum College campus – the Doak House Museum and the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library. The Doak House Museum hosts thousands of children annually in its variety of educational for school groups and home-schooled children. The President Andrew Johnson Museum hosts special exhibits as well as standing exhibits featuring articles from its Andrew Johnson collection and the Tusculum College Archives.
Tickets for the event are $35 per person if purchased prior to Aug. 1 and $40 per person if purchased Aug. 1 or later. Tickets are on sale at the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library on the Tusculum campus, Popcorn Video, Three Blind Mice, Atchley’s Pharmacy, Main Street: Greeneville and the General Morgan Inn. Tickets can also be purchased by calling Kathy Cuff at the President Andrew Johnson Museum at 423-636-7348.