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Murder Mystery Party - Murder Under the Big Top! Age 19 and up

The Rustic Cow Mercantile, 209 E Broadway, Newport, TN

Come join us for a Murder Mystery Party!

Did YOU DO IT???

Come dressed for your Big Top Big Night and discover Who Did it!!

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and will close promptly at 8 pm.

Fully themed party that includes finger foods, tea, lemonade and water - ice cream and coffee are separate.

A limit of 50 people will be able to attend - if there are several more interested, we could add another night of the same play.

There will be 20 prime parts in the play - so sign up early! Prime parts must be purchased by November 7 to receive your part so that you can come fully dressed in character - please make a note in the paypal when you purchase your ticket that you wish to receive a main part early - or if purchased at The Rustic Cow they will make a note when they are purchased.

Those who purchase after the first 20, do not want to be a prime character, or come night of the event, will receive a part to play also - so come dressed for a circus night - you will be able to help figure out who did it!

It's Murder Under the Big Top!

Desperate to bolster his circus from a dog-and-pony show to a spectacle that will rival Ringling, Clyedes Brown's dire attempts to lure audiences and show-stopping attractions have created rivalries that extend beyond the center ring.

As pressure builds a murer is committed that steals the show...and YOU are left to uncover the culprit before the final act.

Was the raging ringmaster in an attempt to clean up the spectacle?The talented tight rope walker whose fall took them out of the limelight? A revolting roustabout with revenge in their veins? Or possibly a possessive performer whose death defying demeanor went too far.....

In an intense world of illusion and intrigue, you must rely on your wit and intuition to find the killer before the grand finale!

Downtown Friday! featuring American Scream

The RC Entertainment and Event Center, 205 E. Broadway, Newport, TN

July 3

6 p.m. - Concert starts at 7

FREE Outdoor Concert featuring American Scream ***

Live at The RC Entertainment and Event Center Presented by The RC Foundation 205 E. Broadway, Newport, TN 37821

The RC Foundation is proud to present Downtown Friday - Independence Day weekend in downtown Newport with American Scream - a original pop-rock band from Boone, NC!

We are excited to showcase some of the young original talent from the area who are working hard to make it!

FREE and family friendly - bring your friends, and be ready to dance and have a fun time downtown!

"Downtown Friday!" is sponsored by donations from Incredible Tiny Homes, Newport Cinema 4, The Rustic Cow Ice Cream & Cow Cafe,

and features food offerings (for a separate purchase) from Cajun VooDoo BBQ and The Rustic Cow Ice Cream & Cow Cafe, as there will be FREE cotton candy from Newport Cinema 4!

We are also showcasing local businesses Unify Cocke County, Whoa Painting, Rise Fitness and more.

Two more "Downtown Friday!" events are being planned for August 7 and September 4.

Due to issues surrounding COVID-19, more information will be coming forth as things progress. All safety measures are being adhered to to provide a safe and fun environment for all who attend.

Show is scheduled to be outside - will be on concrete -there will be some chairs and tables, bring lawn chairs, blankets if you wish - and purchase your ice cream, cold drinks and more at The Rustic Cow, and yummy BBQ from VooDoo BBQ!

  • More to be announced as the time approaches.

Check out American Scream's newest video "Iceberg" here:








Chill With Jill - A Virtual Book Reading!

The RC Mercantile, 209 E Broadway, Newport, TN

Chill With Jill Online Interactive Book Reading! Meet Jillian Lee Gorrell of HillJilly Inspirations as she reads from her newest book in the youth book series - "Blow It All Out".

Age: Geared for young children, youth and their families - but all ages are encouraged to join in!

Please Wash Your Hands

"Blow It All Out" shows families and children effective ways young people can deal with stress while exploring the beauty of our home here in the Smoky Mountains!

Jillian is a local author from Newport, TN. We are very excited to showcase her talents and bring events like this to downtown Newport, TN!

To Purchase her book:

Jill is currently the Natural Sciences Biology Lab Specialist at Walters State Community College. Her education includes a Bachelor Degree in Chemistry from Carson-Newman University, a Master Degree in Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and she is currently a doctoral student in Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She was previously a certified personal fitness trainer, yoga instructor, wellness coach, weight management coach and more through AAAI/ISMA.

Jillian Lee Gorrell has written a series of children’s books about deep breathing, power posing, hiking, and more. Using her background in wellness and natural sciences, Jillian hopes to help others improve their health and the environment around them.

blowitallout #thercfoundation #smokymountains #stressrelief #youthreading #bookreading #yoga

Unify Cocke County The Rustic Cow Ice Cream & Cow Cafe Sheri Clark Agency

Couples Paint and Sip Experience

The RC Foundation, 205 E. Broadway, Newport

Thriving Artist Studios Presents: Friday Night Out Couples Paint and Sip Experience

Join us Friday March 13 6:30 to 8-30 p.m.

We will be painting a couples Favorite - I love You to the Moon and Back & You Are My Sunshine

$20 per person or $35 per couple

Partial proceeds to benefit The RC Foundation

Thriving Artist Studios Presents Paint and Sip Experience

The RC Foundation, 205 E. Broadway, Newport, TN

We will teach you how to to paint a Valentines favorite "Birds in Love" and take home a 11/14 painting!

Come alone or bring a friend, and join us for a fun painting experience, and bring your favorite wine!

We will have free tea, coffee and water, and of course you can enjoy your favorite latte and or milkshake (extra price).

$20 per person with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the RC Foundation - with tickets to support our local artist, Raven Carswell!

The RC Barnyard Christmas! 2nd Annual

Join us for our second annual Barnyard Christmas!

Complete with Santa, Mrs Claus, music dancing, food and ice cream specials and more!

Free with donations at the door - all to benefit The RC Foundation

My Girl My Whiskey & Me

My Girl My Whiskey and Me

Bluegrass & Stuff

FREE Admission

Having just finished their tour of all 50 states in one year, (thanks to the help, and support of their friends, and family) My Girl My Whiskey & Me has returned home to upstate South Carolina to start a new chapter in their musical journey.

For more information and music videos:

Show Opener: Noah Templin Music

FREE Admission

Halloween Monster Barn Bash

Come in for Halloween fun!


6 p.m. Halloween Costume Contest

7 p.m. Monster Bash Music and Dance in the RC Mercantile

Trick - or - Treating and more!

Come dressed up, try out the food specials, go next door and listen to music and dance!

Don Rigsby & The Fly By Knights

$10 Suggested at the door - With proceeds going to The RC Foundation!

A Mandolinist, fiddler, guitar player, producer and award winning vocalist in the Bluegrass tradition, Don Rigsby is one of the most talented men on today's bluegrass music scene. He has played with some of the greats, including Tony Rice, JD Crowe, Ralph Stanley, John Fogerty and many more.

Don can been seen most recently in a new music video just released with The Band of Ruhks.

In addition to his remarkable instrumental capabilities, Don is among a very small group of people that can call themselves world-class bluegrass singers.

For more information: Check out and like -

donrigsby #thercfoundation #smokymountains #musicevents #rusticcowicecream #shericlarkagency #liveattherc

An Evening of Piano with Branden Joynt and Friends

Join us for an evening of Piano music by Newport's own Branden Joynt and special singing from friends on the RC Mercantile Stage.

Also enjoy coffee and food specials while visiting with friends at this casual event - all to benefit The RC Foundation.

This evening is FREE with a suggested $5 donation at the door.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with Noah Templin Music playing from 7-7:30 p.m.

The RC Barn Bash

The Rustic Cow, 205 E Broadway, Newport

2nd Annual The RC Barn Bash


Blue Steel - Cash Staub - and more to be announced!

Food, Games, our Annual Cow Pie Eating Contest, and more!

Assisted with funds by: Tennessee Arts Commission -

For more information follow us on Facebook for updates:

Live at The RC - Coffee and Jazz with Amanda Raye

The RC, 205 E. Broadway, Newport

Coffee and Jazz night featuring Miss Amanda Raye and featuring Newport's own Noah Templin & Friends!

Live at The RC - Presented by The RC Foundation

Join us for a jazzy fun night!

We will have a special Barista taking your coffee orders with several specials throughout the night featuring our local Snowbird Mountain Coffee roasters.

The concert is FREE and light hourderves are provided.

Perfect for a girls' night out, a date night, or just music lovers! Family friendly, and dancing is encouraged!

Come before and enjoy one of our soup and salad or sandwich combos, and/or stay after and enjoy our amazing hand-dipped Ashby's Sterling Ice Cream selections.

This event is FREE!!! - Donations will be accepted at the door to benefit The RC Foundation to promote more events like this in downtown Newport, Tennessee.

Amanda Raye is a Jazz / Americana Artist from Nashville, TN, and we are thrilled she is coming all this way to celebrate our area with us!

Check out her music:

Spring Break Beach Week!

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April 5 - Teachers 10% Discount ALL DAY

* April 6 - BarnYard LUAU

Open Mic and Stage!!!

5 - 6:30 p.m. Kids Youth Talent Showcase

6:45 - 8 p.m. Adult Talent Showcase 17 and older


8:15 p.m. Hawaiian Outfit Contest!!! (No Swimsuits) Prizes for Adult and Kids' Divisions

Every day from 12 p.m. to Close Giant Jenga, Checkers, Tic-Tac- Toe and Corn Hole

And, a Photo Spot to take your pic and tag The Rustic Cow Ice Cream & Smoothies!!!

A Rustic Cow BarnYard Christmas! $20

The Rustic Cow, 205 E Broadway, Newport

This ticket includes the Show, Speciality Catering with a food bar, a choice of tea, house blend coffee or soda, and one scoop of ice cream for the Make - Your - Own Sundae Bar.

Specialty coffees and drinks, and ice cream treats can also be purchased separately.

A Rustic Cow BarnYard Christmas $10

The Rustic Cow, 205 E Broadway, Newport

This ticket includes the Show, and one scoop of ice cream for the Make Your Own Sundae Bar.

Speciality coffees and drinks, and ice cream treats can be purchased separately.

A Rustic Cow BarnYard Christmas - Ages 2 to 6 $5

The Rustic Cow, 205 E Broadway, Newport

This ticket covers one child - ages 2 to 6 - for the Show, Catering, one drink, and one scoop of ice cream for the Make Your Own Sundae Bar.

Specialty drinks and ice cream treats can be purchased separately.