Umoja Festival Preview

The Umoja Festival is a unity event, which will take place at Freedom Hall in Johnson City this September. The annual festival attracts over 30,000 people each year and features great food, music, vendors and more. However, there is no need to wait until September to start celebrating. ETSU students are invited to get a first look at the bands set to perform for the Umoja Festival this week. You can experience Latin and African dance demonstrations as well as African drumming and music at this preview event at the Amphitheater on campus on Friday, Aug. 26, from 1:30-4 p.m.

Best of Tennessee Craft exhibit

The 2016 “Best of Tennessee Craft” is a multiple-piece art exhibit that will be on display at the Reece Museum from Aug. 22-Dec. 2. The exhibit features a variety of works submitted from numerous artists, with guest juror Jerry Jackson having final say as to what pieces are displayed. A $1,000 Best of Show award will be given to one artist from the entries. This prestigious exhibit offers the public an opportunity to see the quality craftsmanship that can be found throughout Tennessee. A reception will be held at the museum on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 4-6 p.m.

Inflatable Funday

Inflatable Funday is another event hosted by Buctainment which is sure to brighten even a student’s most stressful week. Included will be a gigantic version of Twister, Gladiator Jousting and an inflatable obstacle course. Students are free to participate and have unlimited access to all of these games throughout the day. “I think Inflatable Funday and paintball have the same appeal to students,” said Buctainment President Sean Blayney. “It gives students something really fun to do during their breaks between classes.” Inflatable Funday will take place at the Amphitheater on Wednesday, Aug. 31 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fun Movie Friday: ‘The Conjuring 2’

This horror film, directed by James Wan, tells the true story of the infamous Enfield poltergeist from the case files of real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Loraine Warren. Released on June 10, 2016, ‘The Conjuring 2’ may not have quite surpassed its 2013 predecessor in box office but it certainly did in scare-factor. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga once again star as Ed and Loraine, who — after wrapping up the Amityville Horror case in the U.S. — must travel to London for a new terrifying adventure. Buctainment will screen the movie on Friday, Sep. 2 at 7 p.m. in the D.P. Culp University Center Auditorium.