Maple Hall wins Watermelon Crawl contest

Knoxville’s Watermelon Crawl organizers recently recognized the event’s Best in Show winner and made a donation to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital at a ceremony on Aug. 18, 2017 at THE TENNESSEAN Personal Luxury Hotel. The Shelton’s Reverie cocktail by the team at Maple Hall and The Parlor at Maple Hall was named Best in Show based on voting by Watermelon Crawl guests. Voting was done through donations to Children’s Hospital, with one dollar equaling one vote.

During the Watermelon Crawl on Aug. 1-6, a collection of downtown Knoxville restaurants and bars presented original watermelon-based creations, from cocktails to food to dessert. Guests who purchased the items could vote for their favorite creation through donations to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, which totaled $352.

“We’re thrilled with the camaraderie and teamwork that the Watermelon Crawl created among downtown businesses,” Maggie Kornahrens, event organizer and director of marketing for THE TENNESSEAN Personal Luxury Hotel, said. “And we all love the extra benefit of supporting East Tennessee Children’s Hospital as we celebrate the sweetest part of summer. We already have ideas for an even bigger Watermelon Crawl in 2018.”

Participating establishments included Babalu Tapas & Tacos, Café 4, Cruze Dairy Farm Pop-up Shop, Fairgrounds and Windows on the Park at Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park; The Drawing Room at The Tennessean Personal Luxury Hotel; Juice Bar in Market Square; Knox Whiskey Works; Maple Hall and The Parlor at Maple Hall; and Oliver Royale.

East Tennessee Children’s Hospital is not affiliated with or an organizer of this event.

The organizers and beneficiary celebrated on Aug 18 the results of the city’s first Watermelon Crawl event at THE TENNESSEAN Hotel. During the Watermelon Crawl, several downtown Knoxville businesses offered watermelon-focused food and cocktails and accepted donations for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. From left: Maggie Kornahrens, event organizer and director of marketing for THE TENNESSEAN Personal Luxury Hotel; Callie Word, community development manager for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital; Ryan Sheley, operations manager for Maple Hall, which was winner of Best in Show for its Shelton’s Reverie cocktail; and Dave Mason, account manager for Graphic Creations, which provided promotional support for the event. Photo submitted.


Blues music contest seeks bands

Knoxville, TN – The Smoky Mountain Blues Society is seeking East Tennessee bands and performers that are interested in competing in this year’s International Blues Challenge (IBC) scheduled to take place on Beale Street in Memphis in January, 2018. Those interested are encouraged to contact SMBS Vice President Tom Hurwitz (646) 785-0686 or email smokymountainbluessociety@gmail.com for an application package. The Application deadline for local entries is August 5.

The local performers that are chosen as finalists will compete to become the official entry representatives of the Smoky Mountain Blues Society. The competition will take place beginning from 4 – 8 pm, Saturday, August 13 at the Open Chord, 8502 Kingston Pike, Knoxville. The winner will be chosen by a panel of local judges and then go on to represent East Tennessee at the 34th International Blues Challenge this January. Winners are chosen in the categories of Band, Solo/Duo or Youth.

The International Blues Challenge represents a worldwide search for the Blues Band and Solo/Duo Blues Acts ready to perform on the international stage, yet just needing that extra big break. Each Affiliate of The Blues Foundation has the right to send a band and a solo/duo act to preserve, promote and perpetuate Blues music and represent its organization at the IBC.

The IBC is judged by blues professionals from across the world who have years of experience in listening to, producing, and creating blues music. The Blues Foundation has established a set of criteria by which all acts are evaluated throughout the five days of the IBC. Further information can be found at https://blues.org/international-blues-challenge/

About the Smoky Mountain Blues Society

The Smoky Mountain Blues Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in the Greater Knoxville area and providing service throughout East Tennessee. Its mission is to preserve, promote and perpetuate Blues music and its heritage, and by so doing, help foster unity among people of all ages, races, creeds and economic levels.

Visit www.smokymountainblues.org.


Blues society raffles custom guitar

Knoxville, TN – Smoky Mountain Blues Society, a 501 (c) (3) non profit organization, is giving everyone an equal opportunity to win a custom built signature guitar from Rigney Custom Guitars, an instrument that is not only one of a kind, but one which also bears the signatures of an amazing array of iconic Blues artists — Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Delbert McClinton, Derek Trucks, and Susan Tedeschi, among them.

The guitar will be raffled off from July 1-September 30, 2017 with the drawing scheduled to take place on October 15 aboard the Star of Knoxville during the Smoky Mountain Blues Society’s monthly Blues Cruise. Raffle tickets cost $20 each with a maximum of 500 tickets offered for sale.

Proceeds from the raffle will benefit Blues in the Schools, one of the fundamental outreach programs provided by the Smoky Mountain Blues Society. The program, which was initiated in 1995, is offered free to schools and other youth-oriented organizations for the sole purpose of exposing young people to Blues music and to educate them about the importance Blues music plays in the overall umbrella of traditional American music. In 2016, the program reached over 1,400 children in East Tennessee, students ranging in age from Elementary School to High School.

Artists who have signed the Smoky Mountain Signature Guitar to date: Ronnie Baker Brooks, Buddy Guy, Nick Moss, Carlos Johnson, Mike Ledbetter, Susan Tedeschi, Coco Montoya, Corey Dennison, Derek Trucks, Delbert McClinton, Bonnie Raitt, Ori Naftaly, Jellybean Johnson, Pat Travers, Jerry Hunt, Maurice John Vaughn, Mac Arnold, and Tinsley Ellis.

Tickets, complete list of the Raffle rules, and a calendar of events are available at the Smoky Mountain Blues Society website: smokymountainblues.org.


Knoxville Marathon draws 8,938

The 2017 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon, which took place April 1-2, 2017 in Knoxville, drew a record-setting 8,938 participants.

Gina Rouse of Knoxville won the women’s marathon for the second year in a row with a time of 2:52:06, beating her 2016 winning time of 2:53:16. Dylan Belles of Flagstaff, Arizona, won the men’s marathon with a time of 2:25:15.

“On behalf of Covenant Health, congratulations to all the winners and participants who completed a race this weekend,” Covenant Health President and CEO Jim VanderSteeg said. “Whether you crossed the finish line at age 4 or 94, ran a marathon or jogged a 5K, raced for the first time or the 10 th time, you should be proud of your accomplishment and for doing something good for your health.”

Race officials have verified the results in various categories, and the winners are as follows:

Men’s full marathon:

1. Dylan Belles of Flagstaff, Arizona, at 2:25:15

2. Peter Limo of Morristown, New Jersey, at 2:28:37

3. Peter Kemboi Chemaoy of Morristown, New Jersey, at 2:43:04
Women’s full marathon:

1. Gina Rouse of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 2:52:06

2. Lynn Baione of Sevierville, Tennessee, at 3:10:01

3. Eden Slater of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 3:16:08
Men’s half marathon:

1. Julius Koskei of Morristown, New Jersey, at 1:07:24

2. Austin Whitelaw of Johnson City, Tennessee, at 1:07:43

3. Teferi Regasa of Morristown, New Jersey, at 1:08:13
Women’s half marathon:

1. Firegent Ayalew of Morristown, New Jersey, at 1:22:47

2. Evan Adams of Johnson City, Tennessee, at 1:23:14

3. Amanda Martin of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 1:23:18
Men’s 5K:

1. Andrew Ogle of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 16:44

2. Aidan Delfuoco of Ann Arbor, Michigan, at 17:27

3. Douglas Cross of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 17:46
Women’s 5K:

1. Kelsey Kane of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 20:16

2. Allison Wilson of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 21:19

3. Tommi Buford of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 22:17
The race also included several handcyclists and wheelchair competitors. Winners in the

handcyclist category for the full marathon are as follows:
Men’s Handcycle Marathon:

1. Kevin Siebarth of Monroe, Michigan, at 2:03:48

2. Dennis Clark of Oliver Springs, Tennessee, at 2:06:18

3. Ronald Malik of Tremont, Illinois, at 2:08:26
Women’s Handcycle Marathon:

1. Carly Pearson of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 2:29:42

In addition to individual participants, the race also included a two- and four-person marathon relay. The men’s and women’s 5K run and one-mile Covenant Kids Run were held Saturday, April 1.
The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is a premier event organized by the Knoxville Track Club, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the encouragement of physical well being through running, jogging, competitive road racing, race-walking, fun runs, cross-country and track and field.


Cat Fanciers come to Knoxville

The Tennessee Valley Cat Fanciers Association Cat Show has expanded to two days on Saturday, March 25, and Sunday, March 26, 2017 in the Jacob Building at Chilhowee Park and Exposition Center. Hundreds of felines will compete in 40 breed categories, and the show is adding a new event this year: feline agility.

“Feline agility is a new event that we’re debuting this year,” said Pennie Pendleton, show secretary for the Tennessee Valley Cat Fanciers Association. “The event features a racetrack for cats to jump, run and race through tunnels, over bars, around obstacles and through hoops. The kitties with the best time win rosettes and regional ranking.”

Cats representing approximately 40 longhaired and shorthaired breeds will compete from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in three different categories: kittens between 4 and 8 months old, championship cats and premiership class. The championship and premiership classes are distinguished by whether or not a cat has been spayed or neutered (with the spayed/neutered cats competing in premiership). The show is also adding a new eligible breed this year, the Bengals.

“Cats are judged against physical characteristics determined by a national breed council for each breed,” Pendleton said. “Those standards change over time, and new breeds are being recognized and added to competition. The Bengal is new to our show this year and is a very popular new breed now accepted by the Cat Fanciers Association.”

All purebred competitors are registered with the Cat Fanciers Association, a nonprofit organization that holds the world’s largest cat registry. The association also presents a household pet competition event for cats that are not documented as purebred. Cats in this category are judged for uniqueness, pleasing appearance, unusual markings and sweet dispositions.

“As breeders and fanciers, one of our goals is to help the public understand the proper care for their cats,” Pendleton said. “We showcase shelter groups and foster groups and invite them to bring cats for adoption. Shelters can enter their kitties who are looking for forever homes in our household cats’ events.”

The Stray Connection feline rescue and other rescue groups will be on-site with adoptable cats and kittens and with booths to sell merchandise to support their organizations. The Winn Feline Foundation, a nonprofit group started by the Cat Fanciers Association to promote feline health through research and education, also will have a booth with information on the latest research for health and behaviors, as well as opportunities to support the organization’s ongoing mission.

The Tennessee Valley Cat Fanciers Association is affiliated with the international organization, which hosts more than 400 cat shows each year across the world. Competition rules are set by the international CFA organization, and judges are internationally certified by the CFA.

The event is open to the public. In three years, event attendance has grown from 800 visitors in 2014 to more than 1,300 visitors attending the show in 2016. Tickets are $6 at the door for adults, and $4 for seniors and students. A coupon is available on the website for $1 off adult admission at www.TVCFINC.com.

About Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center

Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center is an 81-acre, multiuse venue owned by the City of Knoxville. It is located blocks away from interstate access and minutes from downtown Knoxville. The facility includes a three-acre lake, bandstand, 4,500-seat amphitheater, 57,100-square- foot exhibition hall, barns, arenas, playground and picnic shelters. Chilhowee also is home to the Tennessee Valley Fair.

 


Photo exhibit calls for artists

The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville announces a call for photographic works for its fifth annual Knoxville Photo 2017. The national call for entries is open to all artists. This juried exhibition was developed to provide a forum for artists to compete on a national scale and display their work. Approximately 40-50 photographic works from both emerging and established artists will comprise the exhibition in the main gallery of the beautifully-restored Emporium Center at 100 S. Gay Street, Knoxville’s downtown arts anchor location, from July 7-28, 2017. The Emporium is free and open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and additional hours for special events.

The deadline for entries to be received is Sunday, April 23, 2017.

Prizes include over $1,000 in cash awards, and exhibiting artists will receive a catalog of the exhibition.

Artists may view the information, complete the entry form, and/or download an application at www.knoxalliance.com/knoxville-photo-entry.

The call for entries is open to all artists. Entries must be original works taken within the last two years in the following categories: The Human Experience, Our Earth, Still Life, Travel, and Digital Imagination. The nonrefundable entry fee is $30 for up to three images ($20 for Arts & Culture Alliance members and students). Up to seven additional images may be submitted for $5/each ($4 for members/students).

Juror Baldwin Lee’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied with Minor White and a graduate degree from the Yale School of Art where he studied with Walker Evans. Lee’s work in photography has been shown widely including venues such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His work has been recognized by the award of a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Lee teaches photography classes of all levels, spanning traditional silver-based image making through photography made by digital means. His efforts in the classroom have been honored with the University’s two highest teaching distinctions: the UT National Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award and the Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award. For more information about Baldwin Lee, please visit www.baldwinlee.com.

Knoxville Photo 2016 Best of Show – “Enigma” by Nathan Dean. Photo courtesy Arts & Culture Alliance. The Arts & Culture Alliance serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. The Alliance receives financial support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the City of Knoxville, and First Tennessee Foundation.


Call for artists: Arts in the Airport

The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville and the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (McGhee Tyson Airport) announce a call for entries for the 17th Arts in the Airport, a juried exhibition developed to allow regional artists to compete and display work in the most visited site in the area.

Approximately 40-45 fine art works encompassing all styles and genres from both emerging and established artists will comprise the exhibition in the secured area behind McGhee Tyson Airport’s security gate checkpoint from April 27 – October 18, 2017.

The deadline for entries to be received is Sunday, March 12, 2017.

Prizes include at least $1,000 in cash awards.

Artists may view the information, complete the entry form, and/or download an application at www.knoxalliance.com/airport-entry/.

The call for entries is open to all artists 18 years and older residing in the 33 counties of East Tennessee. Each artist may submit up to five entries which must be original works in the following categories: 2-D (painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking, photography) and 3-D (sculpture of all media). The nonrefundable entry fee is $30 for up to five works (free for Arts & Culture Alliance members). The $30 entry fee includes a six-month membership in the Arts & Culture Alliance.

About the juror: Terri Jordan has been working in and with the arts for more than 20 years. She is the exhibits curator of the Customs House Museum in Clarksville, Tennessee, as well as a fine artist working in oils and acrylics. Ms. Jordan has been involved with nonprofit arts organizations, sitting on the Board of Directors for the Mid-Cumberland Arts League and the Tennessee Art League. Her narrative figurative paintings have been exhibited in group and solo shows throughout the country. She has won numerous awards for her paintings and is in collections from New York to California, Italy and England.


The current Arts in the Airport exhibition features the work of 40 artists in the East Tennessee region. Image: “Spring Morning, John Messer Cantilever Barn” (Oil on linen) by Mike Gaylon.


Knoxville writers host potluck supper

Members of the Knoxville Writers’ Guild will share their works and hold a mix and mingle potluck for December’s monthly program. Both current members and the public are encouraged to attend and to bring a covered dish or holiday snack.

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The event will begin at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 at Central United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall, 201 E. Third Ave. Attendees should enter off of the large parking lot behind the church. A $2 donation is welcome at the door with free and accessible parking available.

We will also have sales tables provided for KWG members to sell their work.

For those interested in reading, there are a few simple guidelines:

1) You must be a current member of the Knoxville Writers’ Guild. You can join or renew your membership before the readings begin. There will be a sign-up sheet at the door for those taking part to establish speaker order.

2) What you read should be your own work or that of another group member. If it will be the work of another KWG member, you are required to have permission to read his/her work.

3) Your reading time will be three minutes maximum. It’s not necessary that your reading last the full amount of time allotted. For instance, if you have a one-minute poem and don’t have anything else you’d like to read, that would be fine.

4) What you read should be suitable for a general audience. In other words, please show courtesy to those attending. Think of approaching your reading as something to be shared and appreciated by one-and-all.

The Knoxville Writers Guild membership is $30 and $15 for students. Visit www.knoxvillewritersguild.org.


Writers group names contest winners

The Knoxville Writers’ Guild is proud to announce winners from the 2016 Annual Writing Contest at the Thursday, Oct. 6 meeting. The meeting is open to the public and will begin at 7 p.m. in Central United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall at 201 E. Third Ave.

Attendees should enter off the large parking lot behind the church. A $2 donation is welcome at the door with free and accessible parking available.

This year, the KWG received more than 150 entries in the categories of poetry, creative nonfiction, novel excerpt, literary short fiction, and Young Writers. Several winners from these categories will read their winning entry at the meeting.

A complete list of winners will be available soon at www.knoxvillewritersguild.org.


Knoxville Film Fest is Aug 26-28

The 2016 Knoxville Film Festival, produced by award-winning filmmaker Keith McDaniel, will include more than 40 hours of film screenings at Regal Downtown West Cinema 8 beginning Friday, August 26 through Sunday, August 28.

In addition to the screenings of feature and narrative documentaries and shorts, a Tennessee Film Competition, the 7-Day Shootout Competition, Student Filmmaking Competitions, and informative panel discussions will also highlight the festival.

“With more than 30 teams participating in the 7-Day Shootout Filmmaking Competition, the enthusiasm from our local filmmaking community is intense. One reason might be that the winner of the competition will leave with a cash prize of $5,000,” says Knoxville Film Festival Executive Director Keith McDaniel.

The opening night film, Opposite of Ernest, was directed by Knoxville-based filmmaker Chad Cunningham, the 2015 winner of the Knoxville Film Festival’s 7-Day Shootout Filmmaking Competition. Along with support from the Visit Knoxville Film Office, the Knoxville Film Festival awarded Cunningham $20,000 to create a feature-length film.

Tickets may also be purchased at the Knoxville Film Festival Box Office located inside the Downtown West Regal Cinema 8 during the festival ranging in price from $10 for individual block screenings to $75 for the full festival plus opening night reception. A Student Festival Pass is $25 with valid current Student ID.

The mission of the Knoxville Film Festival is to recognize and celebrate the art of independent cinema. It exists to provide a stimulating gathering in which the lovers and creators of independent cinema come together to see and discuss interesting works from local, regional, national, and international filmmakers.

 


Cat fanciers in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE – More than 200 feline competitors will gather at the Jacob Building in Chilhowee Park on Saturday, March 26, 2016 for the 39th Annual Tennessee Valley Cat Fanciers Association Cat Show.

Cats representing approximately 40 longhaired and shorthaired breeds will compete from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in three different categories: kittens between 4 and 8 months old, championship cats and premiership class. The championship and premiership classes are distinguished by whether or not a cat has been spayed or neutered (with the spayed or neutered cats competing in premiership).

“Cats are judged against physical characteristics that make up breed standards,” said Pennie Pendleton, show secretary for the Tennessee Valley Cat Fanciers Association. “There is a standard written by a national breed council for each cat breed. Those standards change over time, and new breeds are being recognized and added to competition.”

All purebred competitors are registered with the Cat Fanciers Association, a nonprofit organization that holds the world’s largest cat registry. The association also presents a household pet competition event for cats that are not documented as purebred.

“As breeders and fanciers, one of our goals is to help the public understand the proper care for their cats,” Pendleton said. “We showcase shelter groups and foster groups and invite them to bring cats for adoption. Shelters can enter their kitties who are looking for forever homes in our household cats’ events.”

The Tennessee Valley Cat Fanciers Association is affiliated with the international organization, which hosts more than 400 cat shows each year across the world. Competition rules are set by the international CFA organization, and judges are internationally certified by the CFA.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are $6 at the door for adults, and $4 for seniors and students.

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Call for artists: Knoxville Photo 2016

The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville announces a call for photographic works for its fourth annual juried Knoxville Photo 2016. Prizes include at least $1,000 in cash awards, and exhibiting artists will receive a catalog of the exhibition.

Susan Stanton, the founder of the Southern Appalachian Photographers Guild, will serve as juror.

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Approximately 40-50 photographic works from both emerging and established artists will comprise the Knoxville Photo 2016 exhibition in the main gallery of the beautifully-restored Emporium Center at 100 S. Gay Street, Knoxville’s downtown arts anchor location, from June 3-24, 2016. Photo submitted.

The Emporium is free and open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, first and third Sundays, 3:30-6:30 PM, and additional hours for special events.

The deadline for entries to be received is Sunday, April 17, 2016.

Entries must be original works completed within the last two years in the following categories: The Human Experience, Our Earth, Travel, and Digital Imagination. The nonrefundable entry fee is $30 for up to three images ($20 for Arts & Culture Alliance members and students). Up to seven additional images may be submitted for $5/each ($4 for members/students).

Apply online and/or download an application at knoxalliance.com.


Cloggers dance into Knoxville

More than 650 participants will compete at the Clogging Champions of America’s (CCA) 19th annual National Showdown of Champions at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium on Friday, Jan. 22, and Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. To receive an invitation for this competition, teams and individuals must have won or placed in a regional competition.

The competition features individual dancers and teams from 20 states who will compete in multiple categories. Saturday’s schedule includes the team dance competitions beginning at 7:30 a.m. with an award ceremony concluding the day’s events at midnight. The clogging team routines features between 10 and 15 dancers and often incorporates other genres of dance, including jazz and hip hop.

“This is one of the largest and prestigious clogging competitions in the country,” CCA president Lynne Ogle said. “Clogging is family-oriented and fun for all ages. The event is open to the public, so I hope that people will come down and see what clogging is all about.”

The Showdown of Champions is open to the public for an admission of $10 per day. The Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum is conveniently located near the junction of Interstates 75 and 40 and sits downtown near the University of Tennessee campus.

 


Artists sought for Dreams exhibit

KNOXVILLE – Artists are invited to submit 2-D or 3-D works for Fountain City Art Center’s themed exhibit, “Dreams,” scheduled for January 15 through February 25, 2016.

Entries must reflect the theme, “Dreams,” and this year’s judge will be Dr. Chad Airhart of Carson Newman College.

The entry fee for non FCAC members is $20 per entry, $15 for FCAC members, with a limit of two entries per person whether 2-D or 3-D or one of each. One entry is allowed if 36” x 36” or larger, including the frame.  Works entered in a prior judged FCAC show are not accepted.

Work must be original. Parodies of famous artwork, if proper credit is given to the artist, will be accepted.

Awards will be: Best of Show, $150; First, $100; 2nd, $75; 3rd, $50; 4 Honorable Mentions, $25 each.

The Fountain City Art Center is located at 213 Hotel Avenue in Knoxville.

For more information, call 865-357-2787.