KACL Spring 2024 Classes and Field Trips

KACL Class Descriptions, Spring 2024

March 12 – April 18

Tuesday 10 a.m. – Noon

March 12: Nonprofit Mission and Goals. Brenda Barnicki will discuss the mission and goals as the founder and creator of two nonprofits: Bellafina Chocolates and Eden’s Vista Farm.

March 19: The Mallory Expedition 100th Anniversary – 1924 British Mount Everest. Leslie Lynch, retired trial attorney, represented primarily employers before the federal district, 9th circuit and supreme courts.  Leslie will discuss her research into the Mallory Expedition and report her findings on the many unanswered questions surrounding this historical mystery.

March 26: Floral Design Secrets. Patricia Wade, certified floral designer, will share her many years of expertise in the floral design industry. This lecture will introduce us to the world of tried-and-true techniques of floral design practices.

April 2: Community Outpatient Addiction Services. Chad Duncan, licensed clinical social worker, Frontier Health Tennessee Adult Outpatient Addiction Services division director, will give an overview of addiction resources for individuals and families in our area.

April 9: The History of Lost Cove, North Carolina. Christy Smith, 2023 North Carolina Society of Historians Book of Excellence Award Winner, Appalachian studies lecturer, King University. She will provide an in-depth presentation on Lost Cove from its founding before the Civil War to the town’s ultimate decline.

April 16: Introduction to Genealogy. Mark Olsen, genealogy community ambassador, will introduce us to the study of genealogy and will give an overview of Family Tree Maker software.

Wednesday 10 a.m. – Noon

March 13: Dobyns-Bennett High School’s Firefighting and EMS Program. Bryan Kerns, Kingsport City Schools’ 2024 Teacher of the Year, (grades 9-12 category) and Fire Management Services teacher, will share about Dobyns-Bennett’s fire program and will discuss the basics of “Good Fire vs. Bad Fire” and how prescribed burning is a necessary tool for good stewardship of our natural resources.

March 20: Macedonia’s Secrets from a Volunteer Archeologist. Frequent KACL speaker, Lisa Rolen, grew up in the shadows of Ancient Rome in North Africa between Leptis Magna and Sabratha, in the ancient city of Oea, modern day Tripoli. From her most recent archaeological adventure, Lisa will share the history of the ancient city of Stobi, Macedonia, one of the most important archaeological sites in the Balkans.

March 27: Life of Honey Bees. Dan Chase, local beekeeper since 1977, will share the details of beekeeping in East Tennessee.

April 3: Drug Trafficking in our Region.  Jeff Cassidy, Sheriff of Sullivan County, will discuss the factors contributing to the drug trafficking problems in our community.

April 10: Photographic Journey of France. Rick Currie, retired attorney and avid photographer, will take us on a multi-media tour from his latest travels to Paris, Bordeaux and Southwest France. The Kingsport Times News spotlights many of Rick’s remarkable photos and he is a favorite of KACL audiences.

April 17: A Lifelong Social Studies Educator Speaks – From the Deltas through the Dissertation.  Tony Galloway will review in some measure the experiential highs and lows of a life-long educator. This presentation will be anecdotal in nature and will also include consideration of the place and importance of our local historic sites.

Wednesday 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

March 13 – April 17: Great Decisions.

The Foreign Policy Association program, cosponsored by KACL and the Friends of the Kingsport Public Library, is held at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education. The series will provide a 30-minute video commentary on current topics of international interest and time for guided discussion following each presentation. An optional (but highly recommended) “briefing book” ($30) of background information is available for purchase (cash or check payable to the “Friends of the Kingsport Public Library”) at the Kingsport Public Library, 400 Broad Street.

GREAT DECISIONS REGISTRATION: Register for Great Decisions separately from KACL at kptgreatdecisions@gmail.com and provide your name, email and phone number.

The order of topics may change.  Topics include:

  • Mideast Realignment (Discussion Leader: Leslie Lynch)

  • Climate Technology and Competition (Discussion Leader: Joe Zoeller)

  • Science Across Borders (Discussion Leader: Zane Scott)

  • NATO’s Future (Discussion Leader: Dave Clark)

  • Understanding Indonesia (Discussion Leader: Mary Ellen Eubank)

  • Pandemic Preparedness (Discussion Leader: Gary Mayes)

Thursday 10 a.m. – Noon

March 14: All Things Butterfly. Nancy Knight, butterfly enthusiast, will show many of her photographs of local butterflies and discuss raising them to release.  She will help us understand conservation methods being used to benefit dwindling Monarch butterfly populations.  Nancy will explain how to start a Monarch Waystation and what plants to grow to attract butterflies and what individuals can do to help increase butterfly populations.

March 21: The Complicated History of JFK. Daryl Carter, associate dean and director of Black American studies, professor, ETSU. He will examine the less than three-year Kennedy administration and the steps President Lyndon Johnson made to move the Kennedy agenda forward.

March 28: East Tennessee State University’s “State of the University” Update.  University President Brian Noland will give us an overview of the future of one of our finest regional universities.

April 4: Historical Archaeology-Understanding People’s Interaction with Natural and Cultural Landscapes. Lindsey Cochran, anthropological archaeologist, assistant professor, ETSU. She will discuss her current research in historical archaeology.

Thursday 10 a.m. – Noon and 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

April 11: The Joy of Writing-Part 1 and Part 2. Writer’s Panel: Readings from several KACL members to include memoirs, scripts, oral histories, humor and fiction.  Learn about the different platforms to assist you in writing.  Come be entertained and inspired in this daylong seminar.  Part 1: 10 a.m.- Noon and Part 2: 1:30-3:30 p.m.

FIELD TRIP:  Thursday, April 18, 10:30 a.m. 

Brights Zoo, 3425 US HWY-11 E, Limestone, Tennessee

Cost: $16 per person (cash or check payable to KACL)

Reservations are required: call (423) 354-5200 or email baysg@etsu.edu

Registration Deadline: Friday, March 15, 2024 at Noon.


Via Interstate 26, Exit 17 (Boones Creek/Jonesborough exit)

Turn right onto TN-354 S/Boones Creek Road (6 miles)

Turn right onto US HWY-11E S (8 miles)

Turn right to enter the Brights Zoo parking area

One-mile walking tour of zoo with paved walkways, benches throughout and a gift shop. After the tour, join your KACL friends for a “Dutch Treat” lunch at the Mountain View Restaurant, 3241 US HWY-11E, Limestone.  

Registration Deadline: Friday, March 15, 2024 at Noon.

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