Sunday, October 1


As a part of Bristol's sesquicentennial celebration, East Tennessee State University's B. Carroll Reece Museum will host an exhibit that traces the history of candy-making on both sides of State Street.

Sweetness on the State Line: A Chronicle of Candy-Making in Bristol will run from Oct. 10 through Jan. 31, 2007. An outgrowth of a class project in the university's Foodways of Appalachia course, the exhibit has been developed by Lisa Elliott of Kingsport, a student in the master of arts in liberal studies program and the academic adviser on the ETSU at Kingsport campus.

The exhibit tells the story of candy maker Frank Loudy, 95, who started in business undaunted by the fact that sugar was being rationed. Photographs, artifacts and antique equipment trace the rise of Helms Candy Co., which has become the world's largest producer of medicated lollipops while preserving the decades-old art of making pure sugar stick candy. Many mountain people still declare the healing properties of a box of horehound candy to stave off wintertime colds.

For more information or for special assistance for those with disabilities, call the Reece Museum at (423) 439-4392.