The magic of Tennessee’s oldest town comes alive during the annual Progressive Dinner hosted by the Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. This year’s dinner takes place on the evenings of Sat., Dec. 7 and Sun., Dec. 8 with a variety of seating times.
Now in its 36th year, the Progressive Dinner provides an enchanting evening of great food, good friends, holiday music and spectacular historic structures. Begun as a way to celebrate Jonesborough’s historic preservation efforts, the event is still the main fundraiser for the Heritage Alliance, this region’s local partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Jonesborough’s preservation specialists.
Guests will be escorted to five historic structures during the evening as each location features a different course, live holiday music and the signature warmth and hospitality of Jonesborough. Structures are chosen to highlight the diverse architectural styles and periods represented by Jonesborough’s beautifully preserved Historic District. By combining public and private buildings with various styles and periods, the Progressive Dinner harkens back holidays past and offers a respite from the hustle and bustle of today’s holiday season.
Each of the following courses are set in structures never before featured on the Progressive Dinner, including the Gray Home and Mitchell Home, two homes outside of Jonesborough’s National Register Historic District. For the main course, guests will be transported back to Main Street where a wonderful dish and all its trimmings will be enjoyed in one of Jonesborough’s most pristine commercial buildings.
The Progressive dinner has become a traditional start to the Holiday Season for many people throughout Tennessee and surrounding states. Seasonal music by several of our area’s finest musicians, including the ever popular Jonesborough Novelty Band, gourmet food, memorable camaraderie and great fun are the hallmarks of this popular event.
Ticket price is $78 per person as proceeds go towards the preservation and heritage education programs of the Heritage Alliance. Seating is limited and reservations can be made online at www.heritageall.org , or by calling 423.753.1010.
The Heritage Alliance is a not-for profit organization and local partner to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Regionally, the Alliance offers assistance to historic property owners and municipalities and operates heritage education programs such as the Oak Hill School Heritage Education program, The Chester Inn Museum, and the Jonesborough-Washington County History Museum.