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Breathes there the man, with soul so dead, 
Who never to himself hath said, 
This is my own, my native land! 
Whose heart hath ne'er within him burn'd, 
As home his footsteps he hath turn'd, 
From wandering on a foreign strand! 
If such there breathe, go, mark him well; 
For him no Minstrel raptures swell; 
High though his titles, proud his name, 
Boundless his wealth as wish can claim; 
Despite those titles, power, and pelf, 
The wretch, concentred all in self, 
Living, shall forfeit fair renown, 
And, doubly dying, shall go down 
To the vile dust, from whence he sprung, 
Unwept, unhonour'd, and unsung....

-- Sir Walter Scott in "Lay of the Last Minstrel"

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Time for Fireworks!!
from Historic Jonesborough TN
featured for 2010
Firecracker Jazz Band and TC and The High Road Band

45 craft vendors, storytellers daily, farm expo
food court, Native American and Celtic villages
children's stage, petting zoo, and railroad cars
Jonesborough Repertory Theatre's "The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood" twice daily
two live music stages noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Music on the Square Friday evening
kick-off dinner and the Jonesborough Novelty Band Thursday evening
"It is time for our community to prepare for one of the most successful festivals in the area, Jonesborough Days. This Festival draws crowds of over 30,000, bringing in both tourists and residents of East Tennessee, in addition to being a great experience for our community. Jonesborough Days will be a 2-day event this year (Saturday and Sunday July 3rd- 4th) and its theme will be 'Forty Years of Tales, Tunes and Traditions' to celebrate our 40th year of the festival...." -- A Top Twenty Southeast Tourism Society Event

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National Independence Day Parade
Declaration of Independence (Charters of Freedom)
National Archives
a fabulous and monumental repository, on-line and off, of our history in records of all kinds through peace and through war saved and salvaged for our research and remembrance

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Celine Dion, God Bless America, panorama
Jordan Sparks, Star Spangled Banner, Superbowl XLII
Cactus Cuties, Battle Hymn, opening for Oak Ridge Boys
Taylor Swift, National Anthem, World Series Game 3
Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Battle Hymn, Historic Tribute
Paul Simon in Zimbabwe
Patrick Swayze, Time of My Life

Stars and Stripes Forever, NPR
America's Orchestra: The Boston Pops at 125

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

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Good Gifts For Good Dads
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United We Serve
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hangin together whatever the weather brings, we sing mute praises to our God and King, ruler and maker of all we strum and play during every night, through each day, the architect of what we say and do to pray, the lay of our ministering. --jH(2011)

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Original material c A Country Rag, Inc. and/or Jeannette Harris, Jonesborough, TN, August, 2010, April 2011, July 2012. All rights reserved.