Stanley Plumly to read at UT

Knoxville, TN – Author Stanley Plumly will read at the University of Tennessee as part of UT’s Writers in the Library reading series on Monday, October 23, 2017 at 7 p.m. Stanley Plumly’s Old Heart (W. W. Norton, 2007) won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Paterson Poetry Prize, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Posthumous Keats: A Personal Biography (W. W. Norton, 2008) was runner-up for the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Distinguished Biography. In 2010 Plumly was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Stanley Plumly’s most recent collection of poems, Orphan Hours, was published by W. W. Norton in 2012. His latest nonfiction work, The Immortal Evening: A Legendary Dinner with Keats, Wordsworth, and Lamb, was released from Norton in October of 2014. Plumly has taught at Princeton, Columbia, the University of Iowa, and the University of Michigan, among other places. He is currently a Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Maryland.

The reading begins at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The event is free and open to the public; all are encouraged to attend. There will also be a Q&A with the poet from 1-2PM in 1210 McClung Tower for UTK students and faculty.

The mission of Writers in the Library is to “showcase the work of novelists, poets, and other literary craftsmen.” Some of the best voices in contemporary literature are invited to read. The series is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund.

For more information, contact Erin Elizabeth Smith, Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at the UT Libraries, at esmith83@utk.edu or visit http://library.utk.edu/writers for a complete schedule of Writers in the Library readings for the 2017-2018 academic year.


Tales and Tamales in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, TN – The Knoxville History Project (KHP) will be hosting “Tales and Tamales at Gallows Hill,” on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 6 p.m., at 516 West Vine Avenue. The event is a fundraiser to support the work of the Knoxville History Project which researches and promotes the history of Knoxville. Tickets are $100 each (tax-deductible contribution) can be purchased via knoxvillehistoryproject.org/events.

Event Features:

-Knoxville Halloween Stories with renowned historian Jack Neely – tales of how Knoxvillians have celebrated October 31 throughout the city’s history.

-Music from Kukuly and the Gypsy Fuego, the Django-style string-jazz combo, the likes of which probably played in the Carpenters Union ballroom during the 1940s and featuring one of the spookiest songs in Knoxville’s history, Leola Manning’s 1930 cult classic, “Satan is Busy in Knoxville.”

-Special Shadow Side Ghost Tour of Gallows Hill – the area around the north end of downtown – with historian Laura Still from Knoxville Walking Tours. Every guest will leave with a signed copy of Laura’s in-depth book “A Haunted History of Knoxville.”

-Good old tamale dinner, provided by Good Golly Tamale, who in recent years have been reviving a Knoxville tradition that “Tamale King” Harry Royston started near the Old City in 1887.

-This will be Knoxville History Project’s very first event in the historic ca. 1946 building where KHP calls home. The event will be held upstairs in the old meeting hall that once hosted both union meetings and community dances.

The Knoxville History Project (KHP) is an educational nonprofit with a mission to research and promote the history and culture of Knoxville.


Monsters at Museum is Oct 28

KNOXVILLE, TN – The East Tennessee Historical Society is hosting “Monsters in the Museum,” an event highlighting superstitions that have called East Tennessee home over the years, on October 28, 2017, from 11am to 2pm. From the wampus cat to eerie Victorian mourning traditions, museum staff will delve into the region’s history of sightings and folklore. The event will feature a variety of Halloween themed children’s games, crafts, and storytelling. Children will Trick or Treat to various stops around the East Tennessee History Center. Costume contests will take place on the hour with prizes for most creative, funniest, and scariest costume.

Museum admission is free during the Monsters at the Museum event. Exhibits currently on view include the feature exhibition, Stories in Stitches: Quilts from the East Tennessee Historical Society’s Permanent Collection, an East Tennessee Streetscape and Corner Drug Store, and Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee, a look at 300 years of history, from the Cherokee to the 1982 World’s Fair.

The Museum of East Tennessee is located at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville.

For more information, call 865-215-8824 or visit www.eastTNhistory.org.


Beardsley celebrates fall harvest

KNOXVILLE, TN – Visit Beardsley Community Farm for a free, family-friendly community event on Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 1pm to 5pm. The Harvest Festival will celebrate the farm, the community, and all things fall. Enjoy free food, children’s activities, live music, and tours of the farm. Parking will be available in front of the Education Center, at the Wesley House, Mobile Meals, and the Ed Cothren Pool. Come dressed in your Halloween costumes.

Enjoy free chili with Flour Head Bakery Bread. The chili will be created by our friends at KARM, and the greens and ice cream will be prepared by UT Culinary School. Much of the produce in the chili, greens, and ice cream is sourced directly from CAC Beardsley Community Farm.

This event is perfect for kids! Children’s activities will include paper hats, face painting, ring toss, and nature crafts. There’s something fun for every child to enjoy. Don’t forget that Halloween costumes are encouraged. Carve your own pumpkin and bring the finished jack o’ lantern to Harvest Festival. The Beardsley Farm crew will be judging the winner based on originality and carving skills.

The music lineup includes:

1:00-1:45 Travis Bigwood

2:00-2:35 Badd Hattrs

2:45-2:55 Miss Take (Hip Hop Dance)

3:00-3:45 The Pinklets

4:00-4:45 Paul Lee Kupfer

In case of inclement weather, this event will be canceled. Call 865-546-8446 or email beardsleyfarm@gmail.com with questions.


Rhythm & Blooms early tix

KNOXVILLE, TN – The administrators of Rhythm and Blooms have released a limited number of early bird tickets for next year’s celebration and festival in downtown Knoxville. The festival is scheduled for April 6-8, 2018.

Rhythm N’ Blooms festival honors the identity and spirit of our rich East Tennessee history while providing a premium listening environment for top-notch musical performances. Knoxville’s story has always been set to music. Rhythm N’ Blooms highlights that soundtrack and celebrates the crossroads of the city’s varied music history by showcasing popular national acts alongside the finest musicians East Tennessee has to offer.

Ticket prices vary according to amenities.

Want to get involved as a volunteer? The Rhythm N’ Blooms volunteer program is a perfect opportunity to get involved within the community, meet new people, and listen to great music while enjoying a great volunteer experience. Volunteer tasks include welcoming fans and answering questions to supporting the venues and guest services.

Visit http://www.rhythmnbloomsfest.com.


Trunk or Treat at Marble Springs

Knoxville, TN – Marble Springs is hosting Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 5:00pm-8:00pm for some Halloween fun! Families can enjoy a bonfire and trick-or- treating at the 35 acre scenic historic property and five historic structures that will be eerily lit by candlelight. Families will also have the opportunity to have their pictures taken with Halloween decorations and beautiful fall scenery. Trunk-or- treat at Marble Springs State Historic Site is a fun and safe event for families to enjoy Halloween festivities.

For those wishing to bring your vehicle to participate in the trunk-or- treat portion of the event, please call and register. You bring your candy and participate in bringing Halloween fun to this community event. Decoration of your vehicle is encouraged, but not required. Set up for the event will take place from 4:00 till 5:00.

This event is free. Donations are appreciated and all proceeds will go towards educational programming and the continued maintenance of Marble Springs State Historic Site.

For more information call (865)573-5508 or email info@marblesprings.net or visit the website at www.marblesprings.net.

 


Jenkins is new Dogwood Arts exec

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Dogwood Arts, a nonprofit organization which promotes and celebrates the arts, culture and natural beauty of the greater Knoxville region, has announced its new Executive Director is Sherry Jenkins. The Dogwood Arts Search Committee interviewed many applicants from across the country and Sherry emerged as the candidate of choice.

“We believe (Jenkins) is the perfect fit as we move Dogwood Arts into the future,” said Shanna Browning, president of the Dogwood Arts board of directors.

Sherry Jenkins (pictured) has served on the Dogwood Arts board since 2014 and most recently was Vice President, Operations for National Services, LLC. She has vast experience in Executive level management and project management along with extensive fundraising experience and volunteer leadership across a number of local nonprofit organizations. Ms. Jenkins also holds a B.F.A. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Dogwood Arts started in 1955 led by members of the Knoxville Garden Club and other concerned citizens with a vision that began as a civic beautification project… the Dogwood Trails. Over the last 62 years Dogwood Arts has become a year-round celebration of the area’s beauty through a variety of cultural events and exhibits such as Art in Public Places, Rhythm N Blooms, Chalk Walk, and the Dogwood Arts Festival on Market Square.


Free Volunteer Expo is Oct. 7

Volunteer East Tennessee’s annual Volunteer Expo returns to West Town Mall on Saturday, October 7, 2017, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Volunteer Expo is a free event with more than 40 participating nonprofits in one location. The expo was created by Volunteer East Tennessee to help community members connect with nonprofits and learn about service opportunities that match their skills and interests.

Volunteer Expo attendees can meet with and learn about a variety of nonprofits that make a difference in the community. Participating organizations represent the arts, humanities, the environment, animal welfare, health, human services and more. If you have ever wanted to make a difference but did not know how to get involved, the Volunteer Expo is a great place to start — whether you are looking for a one-time volunteer opportunity or a long-term commitment.

“We see the Volunteer Expo as a way to highlight the nonprofits that help make Knoxville a thriving community, many of which rely on the generous support from volunteers,” said Alyson Gallaher Executive Director of Volunteer East Tennessee. “Volunteer East Tennessee has a commitment to help grow the collective of our partner nonprofit organizations, which positively impacts our community. We are proud to organize and host this event for the greater Knoxville area at West Town Mall.”

There is no cost for community members to attend the event. The first 300 attendees to create volunteer accounts on-site or show proof of an existing volunteer account with www.volunteeretn.org, receive a Volunteer East Tennessee PopSocket. There will be a DIY service project happening on-site during the Expo. The project, assembling hygiene kits, will be sent via the Red Cross to recent hurricane disaster areas. Community members participating in the Volunteer Expo will also be eligible for a raffle with an assortment of prizes.

For more information on the Volunteer Expo, please visit VolunteerETN.org/VolunteerExpo or contact Melanie Vincent, Regional Director at 865.582.4085.

Volunteer East Tennessee’s mission is to inspire service by equipping organizations and mobilizing volunteers to connect with one another and strengthen communities. Volunteer East Tennessee is a nonprofit organization that offers a unique technology that will assist local nonprofit organizations with fulfilling their needs with quality volunteers, volunteer training, and a broader reach into the community and region.


Blount Mansion plans Halloween event

KNOXVILLE, TN – Ghosts, goblins, witches, haints, and The Mysterious Past of Blount Mansion all come together for one event. Blount Mansion’s annual Halloween event will be bigger and better than ever this year with ghost stories, scary legends, history about death and dying in the 18th and 19th centuries, and tours of the Blount Mansion property.

There will be candy for the kids and some extra special fun with the other house on-site the Craighead-Jackson House, which event organizers say is one of the most haunted sites in Knoxville. There will be three tours starting at 8, 9, and 10 p.m. on Saturday October 28, 2017. On Monday October 30th and Tuesday October 31st, the tours will be at 8 and 9 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and available at BlountMansion.org.


Guitarists featured at fundraiser

KNOXVILLE, TN – Join Keep Knoxville Beautiful on Friday, September 29, 2017 from 6 pm until 10 pm at the Mabry-Hazen House for a music-filled fall evening. The Rocky Top Pickin’ Party will feature Kelsey Woods with special musical guest Andy Wood, the Tennessee Stifflegs, and you. All musicians are invited to play.

This family-friendly and waste-free fundraiser for Keep Knoxville Beautiful is unlike any other in Knoxville; in between sets, pickers of all levels will form breakout sessions around the grounds. Bring your own instrument to join in one of these pickin’ sessions and you will receive one free beer/beverage. General advance tickets are $10 or $5 at the door and all kids under age 12 get in free. The Captain Muchachos and Oinks and Cluckers food trucks will be on-site, and beer and beverages will be available.

Come join KKB in celebrating our clean, green, and beautiful city with music, pickin’, good food, and friends.

For tickets visit KeepKnoxvilleBeautiful.org.


Author Quade is speaker at UT

KNOXVILLE, TN – On Monday, September 25, 2017 Kirstin Valdez Quade will read at the University of Tennessee. The event is part of UT’s Writers in the Library reading series. Kirstin Valdez Quade is the author of Night at the Fiestas, winner of the John Leonard Prize, the Sue Kaufman Prize, and a “5 Under 35” award from the National Book Foundation.

“Set mainly in tight-knit Catholic, Mexican-American communities in New Mexico,” write the Dallas Morning News, Night at the Fiestas “enthralls with tales of people striving to better their lives while enduring the aftermath of past mistakes.” The New York Times calls three of Quade’s stories from Night at the Fiestas “legitimate masterpieces” and goes on to say, “This is a variety of beauty too rare in contemporary literature.”

Kirstin Valdez Quade’s work has also appeared in The New Yorker, The Southern Review, and Guernica, and it has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Currently she is an assistant professor of creative writing at Princeton University.

The reading begins at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The event is free and open to the public; all are encouraged to attend. A brown bag Q&A, open to University of Tennessee students, will be held at noon in 1210 McClung Tower.

The mission of Writers in the Library is to “showcase the work of novelists, poets, and other literary craftsmen.” Some of the best voices in contemporary literature are invited to read. The series is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund.

For more information, contact Erin Elizabeth Smith, Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at the UT Libraries, at esmith83@utk.edu or visit http://library.utk.edu/writers for a complete schedule of Writers in the Library readings for the 2017-2018 academic year.


Dinner honors Vietnam veterans

Knoxville, TN – This October, East Tennessee PBS will host a Veteran Honor Dinner to celebrate the area men and women who have served our country. The dinner will be held at The Foundry in World’s Fair Park on October 5, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Proceeds will go towards the production of veterans programs on East Tennessee PBS as well as supporting the needs of volunteers and visitors at a half-scale mobile replica of the Vietnam War Memorial that will be in Knoxville October 4 through October 8. Every ticket purchased sponsors a veteran to attend the dinner.

This dinner coincides with the opening ceremony of the memorial will bring together area veterans with our community for a fun night to celebrate the service and sacrifice of the brave men and women in East Tennessee.

Guests include Captain Bill Robinson, the longest-held American Enlisted POW, Mayor Tim Burchett and Mayor Madeline Rogero. Fanatic Brewery is providing a veteran’s brew, created especially for this event. The event is being sponsored by Pilot/Flying J, Food City, The City of Knoxville, Covenant Health, Visit Knoxville, Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority, and the Clayton Foundation.

For tickets, table sponsorship or additional information, please contact Barbara Shipley at 865-595-0244 or bshipley@EastTennesseePBS.org or Kate Spears at 931-261-4965, kspears@EastTennesseePBS.org or go to www.EastTennesseePBS.org/dinner.

 


Beardsley Brews is August 19

KNOXVILLE, TN – The inaugural Beardsley Brews event, a CAC Beardsley Community Farm Benefit, will be hosted at Schulz Bräu Brewing Company (126 Bernard Ave, Knoxville) on Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 4-9 pm. Beardsley Brews will feature live music and a brew off between some of Knoxville’s finest breweries. Brewers are challenged to create a beer using Beardsley Farm’s produce.

This year’s contestants are: Schulz Bräu Brewing Company, Crafty Bastard Brewery, Last Days of Autumn Brewing, Cold Fusion Brewing, Fanatic Brewing Company, and Saw Works Brewing Company. Come cool off and try delicious cold beer featuring Beardsley Farm produce.

Admission: $10 admission, beer tickets are $3 each. Cash and cards accepted.

For more information, please visit beardsleyfarm.org or call 865-546-8446.


Pioneer Days at history museum

NORRIS, TN – Located on the beautiful grounds of the Museum of Appalachia, the “Days of the Pioneer” Antique Show has been scheduled for September 15-16, 2017. This antiques show features over sixty of the finest selection of 18th and 19th century antique dealers. The museum is located 16 miles north of Knoxville, one mile east of I‐75, exit 122.

Elaine Meyer, President of the Museum, said, “This show is truly a one of a kind event and is slated to be one of the best antique shows in the country. With the 65-acre Museum of Appalachia as a backdrop, attendees can experience the Museum which houses thousands of early American artifacts in their natural setting, and then have the opportunity to purchase similar items from scores of outstanding dealers who will be here from across the country.”

During the show, traditional craftsmen will be on the grounds demonstrating their various and centuries-old talents. The venue will also provide mountain music in different locations on the grounds while other areas will highlight Civil War-era soldiers and civilians in their period dress.

Tickets also include a tour of the Museum of Appalachia, a farm-village with some three dozen historic log structures, exhibit halls filled with authentic Appalachian artifacts, gardens, and farm animals in a picturesque setting surrounded by split-rail fences.

For more information please contact the museum at (865) 494-7680 or email museum@museumofappalachia.org.


Marble Springs hosts Soiree

Marble Springs Historic Site is hosting the annual Sevier Soiree on Friday, September 15th from 6:30-8:30pm. This event is a celebration of the rich history and scenic beauty of the historic farmstead of John Sevier with music and a Southern inspired dinner prepared by Bradford Catered Events. Guests also will enjoy touring the scenic 35 acre property, 5 historic structures, and a silent auction.

Marble Springs State Historic Site is the only historic site charged with interpreting the life and times of the first governor of Tennessee, John Sevier. Marble Springs is operated and maintained by a non-profit organization, the Governor John Sevier Memorial Association. This fundraiser will help the site’s mission of education and preservation of the historic farmstead, ensure quality school tours and educational programs, and assist in the continued maintenance of our arboretum and hiking trails. Marble Springs is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Historical Commission, and supplemented by additional funds raised by the Governor John Sevier Memorial Association.

Tickets are $50 per person and must be purchased by Sept. 2. Guests may purchase online from the Marble Springs website at www.marblesprings.net. A portion of your ticket price is tax deductible.

 


Sundress presents literary readings

Knoxville, TN–Sundress Academy for the Arts welcomes Tanque R. Jones, Shannon Elizabeth Hardwick, and Erica Wright for the August installment of this year’s reading series. The reading will take place 2-4 p.m. Sunday, August 27, 2017 at a NEW location: Hexagon Brewing Co., located at 1002 Dutch Valley Dr STE 101, Knoxville, TN 37918. The Sundress Reading Series is free and open to the public.

Tanque R. Jones was one of the first poets to receive an MFA from the University of Tennessee in 2014. Her poems have appeared in Connecticut River Review, Colere, West Trade Review, and Clackamas Literary Review. Her first book, Woman in Transition, was published by WordTech Communications in 2016. In this sultry, hard-hitting collection, the poet is a truth-teller, speaking of race and class in East Tennessee, embodying strength and honor.

Shannon Elizabeth Hardwick’s work has appeared in Salt Hill, Stirring, Versal, The Texas Observer, Devil’s Lake, and Four Way Review, among others. She is listed as a contributor of both poetry and prose in A Shadow Map: An Anthology of Survivors of Sexual Assault published by Civil Coping Mechanisms. Hardwick has chapbooks out with Thrush Press and Mouthfeel Press, and serves as the poetry editor for The Boiler Journal. Before Isadore is her first full-length collection.

Erica Wright is the author of the poetry collections All the Bayou Stories End with Drowned (Black Lawrence Press, 2017) and Instructions for Killing the Jackal (Black Lawrence Press, 2011). Her poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, New Orleans Review, and elsewhere. She is the poetry editor at Guernica Magazine as well as an editorial board member of Alice James Books. Her latest novel is The Granite Moth (Pegasus, 2015).

The Sundress Reading Series is an award-winning literary reading series that is held monthly at 2PM at Hexagon Brewing Co. just outside of downtown Knoxville.

For more information:
EMAIL: safta@sundresspublications.com, FACEBOOK: SundressAcademyfortheArts
PHONE: (865) 560-6106 TWITTER: @SundressPub


History comes alive in Knoxville

Knoxville’s 10th Annual East Tennessee History Fair is scheduled for 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, August 19, 2017. This event will celebrate the region’s history with reenactments, activities, and tours.

Presented by the East Tennessee Historical Society, along with dozens of businesses, historical organizations, museums, musicians, and individuals from across the region, the East Tennessee History Fair features fun and educational activities highlighting the people, places, stories, and events that comprise the shared history of our 35-county region. The event is free and open to the public.

Special highlights include:

–Free admission to the Museum of East Tennessee History for the day, including Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee and Stories in Stitches exhibitions, plus the Streetscape with Streetcar 409 and Corner Drug Store, c. 1920-1930

–Antiques Fair—downtown Knoxville’s only antiques fair with vendors selling a wide variety of primitives, antiques, and tabletop items, sponsored by Case Antiques and Building Systems Technology, Inc.

–WDVX Music Stage featuring Russ and Becky Jeffers, Travelin’ Caudells, Good Thymes Ceilidh Band, Knox County Jug Stompers, Early Morning Stringdusters, and Seven Pine

–Living History Timeline—spanning the region’s history from the Cherokee to Vietnam War

–Abraham Lincoln and wife Mary Todd, Mary Anna Custis Lee and Robert E. Lee, and many other historical characters will roam the crowd

–More than fifty historical and genealogical societies representing county, regional, and state organizations from across the region

–“Old Fashioned Tennessee Checkers Skirmish” sponsored by Mast General Store

–Book sales by Friends of the Knox County Library featuring Civil War, WWII, and other local and American history-themed books for children and adults

–“History Hound” Dog Costume Contest—guests are invited to bring their pets to Krutch Park dressed as their favorite historical character. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the contest begins at 10:15. Celebrity judges will award fabulous prizes from PetSafe for “Best Costume” and “Most East Tennessee Spirit.”

–Tours of Underground Gay Street
–Walking tour with Jack Neely on the history of the Worlds Fair Park
–Walking tour with Knoxville Walking Tours on “Spies, Spooks, and Scoundrels”
–Craft demonstrations–spinning, quilting, blacksmithing, tinsmithing, raku pottery, woodworking, chair caning, basket making, natural fibers, clay work, lye soap making, primitive handmade items, and more
–Art Market Gallery will be celebrating being a part of Knoxville’s history for 35 years. They will feature a special exhibition of works by gallery members entitled Original Art of East Tennessee’s Spaces and Places, and give out Cherry Coke
–An enlarged children’s activity area with special crafts, games, and storytelling by the “King of The Wild Frontier,” Davy Crockett, along with a birthday party with cake for Davy’s 231st birthday
–Jump on the Big Love Bus for tours of downtown’s historic homes, including Blount Mansion, James White’s Fort, Mabry Hazen House, and Bethel Cemetery
–Market Square Farmers Market
–Home style food, goodies, cool treats, kettle corn and barbeque
–Vintage films by the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound at the Tennessee Theatre—Open House with free tours of the Tennessee Theatre

Attendees of the East Tennessee History Fair often have a chance to chat with historical characters and reinactors who also have a love for history. Photo by Celebrate Knoxville.

For more information on the History Fair, please visit www.easttnhistory.org/eastTNhistoryfair or call 865-215-8824.


Dogwood Arts hosts jewelry show

KNOXVILLE, TN – Dogwood Arts will host Bangles & Bubbles, a jewelry exhibition, on August 4, 2017, during Knoxville’s First Friday celebration. Jewelry lovers are invited to meet local jewelry artists and purchase wearable art at the pop-up shop at the Dogwood Arts Office located in the Old City.

Bangles & Bubbles will be a lively event with affordable jewelry created by incredibly talented artists accompanied by delicious champagne cocktails. Statement jewelry pieces made out of unique metals, stones and leather will be exhibited for the month of August, and the pop-up shop on August 4th will allow the public to buy jewelry onsite from eleven different artists.

Participating Jewelry Artists Include: Jessica Weiss, Wendy Seaward, Katie Dirnbauer, Karen Dwyer, Ryan-Ashley Anderson, Kristine Taylor, Amanda Thompson, Alaina Smith, Cameron Kite, Megan Craig, and Vicki Wyrick.


History Hound contest at Fair

Have a blast with the past at the East Tennessee History Fair! The “History Hound” Dog Costume Contest is just one of the many activities to enjoy at the 10th Annual East Tennessee History Fair being held on Saturday, August 19, 2017.

Local celebrities will be judging for “Most East Tennessee Spirit” and “Best Historic Costume.” Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. in Krutch Park in downtown Knoxville. The contest begins at 10:15 a.m. Some costume suggestions include a coal miner, Civil War soldier, Abe Lincoln, moonshiner, Davy Crockett, or a pioneer dog.

The event is free to the public to attend and participate, with prizes provided by PetSafe.

The East Tennessee History Center is located at 601 S. Gay Street in downtown Knoxville.

Clementine, dressed as Dolly Parton, poses for judges at the 2015 History Hound contest where she claimed the title of Most East Tennessee Spirit. Photo submitted.


Knoxville hosts Watermelon Crawl

A collection of downtown Knoxville restaurants and bars are celebrating the tastiest part of summer and benefiting a great cause during the inaugural Watermelon Crawl. The event runs Tuesday-Sunday, Aug. 1-6, 2017 and is in celebration of National Watermelon Day on Aug. 3. During the period, participating restaurants and bars will offer watermelon-based creations, from cocktails to food to dessert.

“The Watermelon Crawl is a fun way for people of all ages to enjoy being downtown and sample creations featuring this sweet, summertime favorite,” Maggie Kornahrens, event organizer and director of marketing for The Tennessean Personal Luxury Hotel, said. “The event also benefits East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, so it’s a good time for a great cause. We encourage participants to visit a new establishment each day.”

There is no entry fee, but crawl participants will purchase their food and drink selections at each establishment.
Additionally, participants may vote for their favorite offering to be Best in Show by making a donation benefiting East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Participants will “vote” by cash or check placed in envelopes provided by each establishment, with each dollar representing one vote. A winner will be announced at the end of the event.

To date, participating establishments include:

Babalu Tapas & Tacos, 412 S. Gay St.
Café 4, 4 Market Square
Cruze Dairy Farm Pop-up Shop, 408 S. Gay St.
Fairgrounds at Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park, 525 Henley St.
The Drawing Room at The Tennessean Personal Luxury Hotel, 531 Henley St.
Juice Bar, 2 Market Square
Maple Hall, 414 S. Gay St.
Oliver Royale, 5 Market Square
The Parlor at Maple Hall, 414 S. Gay St.
Windows on the Park at Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park, 525 Henley St.

All funds collected through the voting process will be donated to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. East Tennessee Children’s Hospital is not affiliated with or organizing this event.

Enjoy a taste of summer during the First Annual Watermelon Crawl on Aug. 1-6, 2017 with downtown Knoxville establishments offering watermelon-based food, desserts and cocktails. The Drawing Room at The Tennessean Personal Luxury Hotel will offer this Smoky Watermelon cocktail.


Mabry Hazen hosts culinary feast

KNOXVILLE, TN – On Saturday, August 5, 2017, the Mabry-Hazen House will cordially invite twenty guests into the historic home for an evening of eating, drinking, and learning. Partnering with Heartfire Culinary and Craft Accommodations, the Mabry-Hazen House will exhibit the tastes, ingredients, and culinary history of 1920s America. The dinner will immerse guests in the period as each course and beverage was inspired by culinary experiences typical of the 1920s.

Guests will dine in the historic dining room and parlor and enjoy a seven-course dinner prepared local chefs Amber Lloyd (former executive chef at The Orangery, RT Lodge, and Bistro by the Tracks) and Chris Cantrell of Heartfire Culinary as well as cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages mixed by mixologist Palmer Mason of Craft Accommodations. Before the dinner, Patrick Hollis of the Mabry-Hazen House will guide diners through the fascinating and nuanced culinary histories of the Hazens, Knoxvillians, and Americans during the “Roaring” Twenties.

Tickets are $180 per person. All proceeds benefit the Hazen Historical Museum Foundation. Tickets may be purchased in advance by visiting www.mabryhazen.com or call 865-522-8661 for more information. Event takes place rain or shine. Seating is limited and tickets are non-refundable.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Built in 1858, Mabry-Hazen House is strategically located on the highest hill east of downtown Knoxville with spacious views in all directions. The home was occupied and defended by both armies during the Civil War. It housed three generations of the same family for 130 years, and the museum showcases one of the largest original family collections in America. Your attendance will help support the museum’s mission to preserve and educate the public about an important part of East Tennessee history.

Please call 865-522- 8661 or visit www.mabryhazen.com for more information.


Blues Cruise is July 23

Ready to cool off with some great food and drink plus entertainment on the water? Smoky Mountain Blues Society will host a Blues Cruise with the Tennessee Riverboat Company in downtown Knoxville on July 23, 2017 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

This Smoky Mountain Blues Society Blues Cruise will feature entertainment by The Stella Vees of Lexington, Kentucky. Photo submitted.

The Stella Vees are a traditional electric blues band that plays in a similar style to Albert Collins, T Bone Walker, Little Walter and Buddy Guy. With over 18 years of playing and touring together, the band performs a smoking style of blues with an authenticity, intimacy and steadfast dynamic that’s not often found in modern music. They bring to mind the vintage blues once so predominant in Chicago juke joints back in the day, while making it sound fresh and vital for a contemporary crowd.

Tickets are just $16 in advance and $20 at the door. Smoky Mountain Blues Society Members enjoy a special discount. Each voyage will also have a limited food menu and full bar available.

Boarding begins at 3pm. for this event and tickets are available through the Tennessee Riverboat Company’s website, (http://tnriverboat.com/blues-cruises-2/) and by calling (865) 525-7827.


Art Market seeks artists

Knoxville’s Art Market Gallery is currently accepting applications for a Sunday, August 27, 2017 membership jury. Acceptance for membership is determined by a jury of six active gallery members and is based on the quality of the applicant’s work; the applicant’s ability to be involved in a cooperative effort; as well as, the needs of the gallery.

Patrons enjoy visiting the Art Market Gallery in downtown Knoxville during a recent First Friday celebration, a city-wide event with open house opportunities at local businesses. Photo by Celebrate Knoxville.

Currently the gallery is accepting applications from artists in ​2D & 3D media​. Prospective members may deliver four pieces of their work and completed application form with $30 jury fee to the gallery at 422 South Gay Street in downtown Knoxville.

Delivery may be made 11:00 am – 5:30 pm Tuesday, August 22nd through Saturday, August 26th, 2017.

Instructions and an application form are available at www.artmarketgallery.net​.


Forensic science topic of lecture

(Knoxville, TN) In a Brown Bag Lecture on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, Arthur Bohanan will discuss his new book, Prints of a Man, detailing his career of 55 years in the criminal justice field. A curious mind and a high school interest in fingerprints took him from Sevier County, Tennessee to the top of his profession as a forensics specialist, inventor, and crime solver with awards and honors too numerous to list.

Bohanan is perhaps best known for his invention of a method to take fingerprints from a dead body and for his work to identify bodies from the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. His pioneering work included the discovery of the chemical composition of children’s fingerprints and their change at puberty from a water base to an oil base, a key factor when working with the AMBER Alert system and missing children. Bohanan will also discuss his latest fascinating research to discover the rate of decay, cemeteries washed out by floods and hurricanes, and to locate and gender the long dead, in which he reports a 99 percent accuracy on blind testing.

The program is sponsored by the Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel and Crematory and is free and open to the public. The lecture will begin at noon at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville. Guests are invited to bring a “Brown Bag” lunch and enjoy the lecture. Soft drinks will be available.

For more information on the lecture, exhibitions, or museum hours, call 865-215-8824 or visit the website at www.EastTNHistory.org.


Tomato Jam is July 23

The Nourish Knoxville Tomato Jam, a drinks competition featuring some of Knoxville’s best bartenders and East Tennessee’s finest tomatoes, will take place July 23, 2017, from 12-3pm at The Mill and Mine. The event is a fundraiser for Nourish Knoxville. All proceeds go to further the mission of Nourish Knoxville: to cultivate and support relationships between farmers, artisanal producers, and the community and to build healthy communities through connections to local food. This event is for guests 21 years and older.

Eight bartenders will create their best tomato-based cocktail, and attendees get to vote for favorites. Longtime Market Square Farmers’ Market fans will remember Market Mixers, when downtown bartenders created cocktails based on local ingredients. The Tomato Jam was created out of the most popular Market Mixer, the tomato. For this event, Bloody Marys, Micheladas, and unique cocktail creations will be found all under one roof, thanks to The Mill and Mine.

These cocktails make great use of this summer vegetable (that’s technically a fruit) and popular for sauces, salsas, soups, and sandwiches. Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A, C, and K, and potassium and lycopene. Tomatoes are available for much of the year thanks to hothouses, but are at the peak of ripeness and flavor during these summer months.

Guests at the Tomato Jam will have the opportunity to taste tomato-based cocktails from Emilia, JC Holdway, Knox Mason, Knox Kaizen, Lonesome Dove, Peter Kern Library, The Public House, and Sapphire.

Knox Mason will provide locally-sourced brunch bites and Three Bears Coffee Company will provide coffee. There will also be live music and games on the lawn.

Tickets are $40 each or $140 for 4.

Visit NourishKnoxville.org.


Celebrate July 4th at Mabry-Hazen

Mabry-Hazen House will host its second annual Fourth of July Celebration on Tuesday, July 4th, 2017. On historic Mabry’s Hill attendees will enjoy a great view of the July 4th fireworks show, good food, and live music by Eli Fox. Tours of the historic home will begin at 6 pm, and dinner will be served at 7:30. Alcohol is BYOB.

Mabry-Hazen House offers food and entertainment without the traffic. Tickets are $60 per adult and children under 12 are free when accompanied by a ticket holder. Tickets are limited to 200 adults to ensure a quality event. Purchase your tickets in advance to guarantee your attendance. There is plenty of parking and the site offers easy access to I-40 without traffic concerns. Tickets may be purchased in advance by visiting www.mabryhazen.com or call 865-522-8661 for more information. The event will take place rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable. Sponsored by WDVX, All Occasions Party Rentals, and Crowne Plaza Knoxville.

Built in 1858, Mabry-Hazen House is strategically located on the highest hill east of downtown Knoxville with spacious views in all directions. The home was occupied and defended by both armies during the Civil War. It housed three generations of the same family for 130 years, and the museum showcases one of the largest original family collections in America. Your attendance will help support the museum’s mission to preserve and educate the public about an important part of East Tennessee history.

Please call 865-522-8661 or visit www.mabryhazen.com for more information.


Writers guild offers open mic

If you were thinking about joining a writer’s group to promote your work, now would be an excellent time to join the Knoxville Writers’ Guild. Members of the Knoxville Writers’ Guild will have an opportunity to read their work at the Guild’s annual Open Mic Night on Thursday, July 6, 2017.

The event, which will be open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Central United Methodist Church, 201 3rd Avenue. A $2 donation is requested at the door. Parking is plentiful and free.

“The annual Knoxville Writers’ Guild’s Open Mic program is one of our most popular of the year. It is a great way to hear the work of other writers and have a good time,” said President Donna Kapa.

To ensure as many people as possible have the chance to read, the Guild follows these guidelines:

1) You must be a current member of the Knoxville Writers’ Guild to read your work. You may join or renew your membership at the event ($30, with discount to $15 for students). There will be a sign-up sheet at the door for readers. Writers sign up on a first come, first serve basis.

2) You may only read your own work or that of another KWG member with their written permission.

3) Podium time is two to three minutes maximum, depending on the number of people who sign up. Three minutes is about one and a half double-spaced pages. A reader’s time includes any explanation, set-up or backstory. There are no exceptions. Readers should time their segment in advance.

4) The content of what you read should be suitable for a general audience.

Attendees are also invited to bring a book to swap with fellow writers. If your book is not picked up, you are welcome to leave it behind to become a raffle item at a future Guild meeting. Book swap starts at 6:30 before the Open Mic.

Visit www.knoxvillewritersguild.org.


Red Cross event in Knoxville June 24

(Knoxville, TN) On Saturday, June 24, 2017 the USA Cycling National Championship weekend in Knoxville starts out with a fun ride, Pedal for the Red, benefiting the American Red Cross of East Tennessee. Pedal for the Red marks 100 years of service for the Red Cross in Tennessee.

For recreational riders, Pedal for the Red is a great way to kick off the championship weekend. On June 24, Pedal for the Red riders will inaugurate the pro time trial course from 7:30 to 9:30 am, before the USA Pro Time Trial competitions get underway. The Pedal welcomes riders of all ages and levels, and supports the vital work of the Red Cross East Tennessee. It’s a unique opportunity for amateur cyclists to experience a professional course and be part in the weekend’s cycling events.

This is the first year for Pedal for the Red, but it marks a century of Red Cross service in Tennessee. For 100 years, (1917 – 2017) the Red Cross has provided shelter, support and relief during disasters and continues to provide other vital services including support for military and their families, aid to victims of home fires and on-going educational training.

“We are largely a volunteer driven organization,” said Sharon Hudson, Executive Director, Red Cross East Tennessee. “During the recent wildfires in Sevier County, our committed and highly trained volunteers spent days and weeks helping others in our community.”

WATE anchor, Lori Tucker, and former University of Tennessee quarterback, Heath Shuler, will lead Pedal riders on a 4.8 mile course along closed Knoxville streets. The ride begins on East Jackson Ave. in Knoxville’s Old City, and winds along car free streets to Neyland Drive and back along South Central St. to the start/finish line. For two hours, the pro time trial course will be open only for the Pedal. Riders can do one lap or as many as they can in the two hours.

Riders can help “Celebrate the Red” with a free red t-shirt and a complimentary pancake breakfast following the ride. The pancake breakfast will be served near the start/finish line providing Pedal for the Red participants a great location to watch as the Pro Time Trials determine the national champions.

“We’ve worked with our partners, USA Cycling and Visit Knoxville, to make Pedal for the Red an experience the entire community can enjoy,” said Christy Phillips, event chair. “During this exciting competitive weekend, we’re offering a cycling event that is open to everyone. It’s a great representation of the spirit of the Red Cross.”

The idea for Pedal for the Red began at Blackberry Farm with the late Sam Beall who valued family friendly, outdoor experiences like cycling. Beall shared his thoughts with Joe Thompson, Red Cross Board member, and the idea for the annual Pedal for the Red was born.

Registration and additional information can be found at pedalforthered.org. In addition to riding the Pedal for the Red, volunteers are needed for the full weekend of events. Cyclists can ride the Pedal for the Red and then volunteer for the professional events.

Participants and non-participants are encouraged to help support the work of the Red Cross East Tennessee through https://www.crowdrise.com/pedal-for-the-red.

Pedal for the Red is proudly presented by Phillips & Jordan.

Follow on Twitter @PedalfortheRed or like on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pedalforthered/.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit on Twitter at @RedCross.


Business networking event offered

Small and midsized businesses interested in working with local governments can meet with up to 20 municipalities, plus multiple tradeshow vendors, in one stop at the East Tennessee Purchasing Association’s (ETPA) 12 th Annual Business Matching and Tradeshow event on Thursday, July 20, 2017.

The event will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rothchild Conference and Catering Center, 8807 Kingston Pike in Knoxville. Registration is free for attendees.

Attendees will be able to connect with cities, counties and other agencies to get information about their purchasing processes and contract opportunities. In addition to the tradeshow, breakfast and lunch sessions with governmental procurement agents will be available.

“It’s really beneficial for both parties,” said Penny Owens, business-matching chair for ETPA. “The businesses are able to meet with all of their potential customers in one stop instead of traveling all over East Tennessee, and the governmental buyers are able to meet with all the vendors in one place, too. Additionally, businesses can network with the tradeshow vendors to make it a very productive day.”

The East Tennessee Purchasing Association seeks to establish relationships among its members for the development of efficient purchasing methods and practices in the field of educational, governmental and public institutional procurement. For more information, visit http://www.etpanews.org.


Museum of Appalachia hosts event

The Museum of Appalachia will once again celebrate Independence Day with an old fashioned “anvil shoot.” Every 4th of July, the Museum uses gunpowder to launch a 200-pound anvil hundreds of feet into the air. The anvil shoot is the centerpiece of a celebration that includes a bell-ringing ceremony, flag procession, old-fashioned games, music, and demonstrations from blacksmiths, beekeepers, patriotic re-enactors, and woodworkers. The Museum is also hosting a pie-baking contest; registration information and other details can be found at www.museumofappalachia.org.

“When the gunpowder ignites and the anvil soars into the air, the earth will literally shake,” says Museum President, Elaine Meyer. “The sound of the explosion can be heard for several miles.”

Anvil shoots were once a common way for pioneers to commemorate holidays, elections, and other special occasions. While the tradition of anvil-shooting is nearly obsolete, the Museum keeps a piece of history alive for a 21st century audience. Photo courtesy Museum of Appalachia.

July 4th anvil shoots are a nearly 30-year tradition for the Museum, but the event remains as exciting as ever. Garden & Gun magazine named the event the “Editors’ Choice” for “Goings-on in the South” in their June/July issue.

Anvil shoots are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.

The Museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with special Independence Day activities from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

On this day, only, the Museum is offering a special family rate of $35. The event is free for Museum members. Tickets may be purchased at the Museum on the day of the event. For more information, visit the Museum’s website, or call 865-494-7680.


Oak Ridge hosts Lavender Festival

OAK RIDGE – The 19th annual Lavender Festival returns Saturday, June 17, 2017 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Historic Jackson Square, Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Celebrating all things herbal, crafts, local foods and more, the Lavender Festival is a perennial crowd favorite, full of tradition, fun and always something new.

As is tradition, a bagpipe player will open the festival at 8 a.m., playing from upper Blankenship Field into Jackson Square. Also keeping with tradition, Alan McBride will follow with the hammered dulcimer in the bandstand.

The Lavender Festival features more than 100 artisan vendors, herb and floral vendors, herbal tasting, Herb of the Year information, and children’s activities. Vendors will line the covered walkways of Jackson Square, the parking lot, and both sides of Broadway Avenue, which will be closed to traffic.

Admission to the Oak Ridge Lavender Festival is free, with plenty of free parking available in surrounding city and business lots, and on side streets. Photo by Shawn Millsaps/Jackson Square Lavender Festival.

The music schedule is as follows:

8:00 Andrew Payzant, bagpipe
8:15 Allen McBride, hammered dulcimer
8:45 Lisa Dunn, Celtic Harp
9:15 Good Ole Music, Mountain Music, Liza Jane Alexander and Curly Cottrell
10:00 Liz & Tim, Appalachian Music
11:00 Mighty House Band
12:00 AM Station Band, Classic Rock & Roll
1:00 Early Bird Special, Classic folk, rock oldies, a little bit of bluegrass
2:00 Jubal, Taylor Kress & Bonnie Simmons, Americana-folk

 


Mabry-Hazen celebrates July 4th

Mabry-Hazen House will host its second annual Fourth of July Celebration on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. On historic Mabry’s Hill attendees will enjoy a great view of the July 4th fireworks show, good food, and live music by Eli Fox. Tours of the historic home will begin at 6pm, and dinner will be served at 7:30. Alcohol is BYOB.

Mabry-Hazen House offers food and entertainment without the traffic. Tickets are $60 per adult and children under 12 are free when accompanied by a ticket holder. Tickets are limited to 200 adults to ensure a quality event. Purchase your tickets in advance to guarantee your attendance. There is plenty of parking and the site offers easy access to I-40 without traffic concerns. Tickets may be purchased in advance by visiting www.mabryhazen.com or call 865-522-8661 for more information. The event will take place rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable. Sponsored by WDVX, All Occasions Party Rentals, and Crowne Plaza Knoxville.

Built in 1858, Mabry-Hazen House is strategically located on the highest hill east of downtown Knoxville with spacious views in all directions. The home was occupied and defended by both armies during the Civil War. It housed three generations of the same family for 130 years, and the museum showcases one of the largest original family collections in America. Your attendance will help support the museum’s mission to preserve and educate the public about an important part of East Tennessee history.

Please call 865-522-8661 or visit www.mabryhazen.com for more information.


TVBA hosts networking event

The Tennessee Veterans Business Association (TVBA), a nonprofit organization that provides entrepreneurship training, business development assistance and networking opportunities for military veterans and their families, hosted a networking event in Knoxville May 11, 2017.

The event was held at Villa Collina, the lakeside mansion of TVBA president and entrepreneur Dr. Eric W. Barton.

Jonathan Williams, a 10-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, founded TVBA in 2010 after starting his own business and recognizing the need for a local association of veteran business owners. Barton recently assumed leadership of TVBA and is eager to expand its reach and impact for Tennessee’s military veterans.

“I look forward to lending to other veterans my expertise as president and CEO of 23 companies, ranging from a transportation and logistics business to a state-of- the-art horse ranch,” Barton said. “I’m eager to work with Jonathan to expanding the reach of TVBA and help other veterans across Tennessee start their own businesses or find the right job opportunities.”

The organization offers multiple levels of membership and is open to veterans and veteran-owned businesses. Membership fees are waived for individuals who are active duty or one-year removed from active duty.

For membership information and to join the organization’s email list for notification about future events, visit https://gotvba.com/.

The TVBA provides entrepreneurship training, business development assistance, and networking opportunities to military veterans and their families. The organization also assists veterans in finding rewarding employment and supports the work of both public and private sector organizations who offer charitable support to current service members and veterans. For more information and to join, visit https://gotvba.com/.

The Tennessee Veterans Business Association (TVBA) held a relaunch event at lakeside mansion Villa Collina on May 11. Program participants, from left, included TVBA President Dr. Eric W. Barton and founder Jonathan Williams, along with Jason King, program director and lead instructor for Peak Technical Institute. TVBA is a nonprofit organization that provides entrepreneurship training, business development assistance and networking opportunities for military veterans and their families. Photo courtesy TVBA.


Magnolia chosen for parade route

KNOXVILLE , TN – On Sunday, May 21, 2017 Cattywampus Puppet Council will bring Knoxville its first-ever giant puppet parade, The Appalachian Puppet Pageant, as part of this spring’s Open Streets in East Knoxville. Parade Line up is at 1pm on the southwest corner of Magnolia Ave and Chestnut. The parade will commence at 2pm, kicking off Open Streets, and process down the entire Open Streets route, roughly 1.2 miles. Participation in the parade is free and open to people of all ages.

The Appalachian Puppet Pageant is an East Tennessee inspired community arts parade. It will bring together members of all ages and backgrounds to celebrate the ecology and culture of the region through visual and performance art, and feature puppets up to 12 feet tall. Community members are invited to craft giant puppets, masks, and costumes that are rooted in the local ecology and stories of this region, as well as the culture of love, creativity, and mutual dependence we wish to foster in southern Appalachia.

Cattywampus Puppet Council has spent the past four months preparing for the parade, hosting multiple free giant puppet making workshops in Knoxville and working one on one with several community groups, helping them to make creations for the parade. These groups include the Birdhouse Community Center, Centro Hispano, the Vestal Boys and Girls Club, FYI Peer Educator Program, and The Carpetbag Theatre, amongst others.

Cattywampus Puppet Council was founded in 2014 by local artists Rachel Milford and Shelagh Leutwiler. They are a registered non-profit corporation in the state of Tennessee and are fiscally sponsored through Community Shares. The mission of Cattywampus is to strengthen community and promote play through the puppetry arts. They do this through creating original shows, workshops, and puppet parades, involving members of the community of all ages and backgrounds. Their goal is to foster dialogue, laughter, wonder, and healing along the way. More information about Cattywampus is available at http://www.cattywampuspuppetcouncil.com.


Punch Brothers to perform

KNOXVILLE, TN – This year’s Bijou Jubilee, presented by Pilot Flying J and supported by Four Roses Bourbon takes place Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. with a VIP pre-show party at 5:30 p.m.

Organizers says the Bijou is excited to welcome bluegrass band Punch Brothers back to the U.S. Cellular Stage as the featured artist for the 9th annual Bijou Jubilee. The public is invited to join in the festivities for a celebration of the historic Bijou Theatre, which serves as the primary fundraiser to support ongoing preservation and operations of this legendary venue.

There are two ticket options:
Reserved General Seating • $49.50
VIP Premier Seating & Pre-Show Party • $200

VIP tickets are limited and include access to the pre-show party at Club LeConte featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and spirits, a silent auction, and live entertainment.

All ticket holders will have a chance to participate in our live auction featuring signed instruments and tour posters from artists who have played on the U.S. Cellular Stage at the Bijou Theatre. The live auction will take place immediately prior to Punch Brothers’ performance.

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 21 at 10am Eastern.

Bluegrass band Punch Brothers is Chris Thile (mandolin), Gabe Witcher (fiddle/violin), Noam Pikelny (banjo), Chris Eldridge (guitar), and Paul Kowert (bass). The band is scheduled to perform at the 9th annual Bijou Jubilee in Knoxville, Tennessee on June 25, 2017.


Knoxville Rotary hosts Derby fundraiser

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Rotary Club of Knoxville’s annual Jockeys & Juleps Derby Party Fundraiser will be held in a new venue, Lighthouse Knoxville Event Center on Baum Drive on Saturday May 6, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and will include the following festivities:

Red Carpet Arrival
Races projected on 15-foot TV
Ladies’ Fancy Hat Contest
Gentlemen’s Bowtie Contest
Photos with a Real Thoroughbred
Silent Auction
Derby-inspired hors d’oeuvres & Signature Drinks
Live music between races provided by Tall Paul

Quickly, Jockeys & Juleps has become one of the Rotary Club of Knoxville’s most important annual fundraising efforts. Proceeds from the event go directly to benefit the Rotary Foundation of Knoxville’s charitable work and are used to fund many of Rotary’s projects at home and abroad. Projects that include college scholarships; book donations to elementary school libraries; reading programs; clean water projects; local park projects; elementary school cleanup; tickets for underprivileged youth to see and participate in theater, opera and symphony performances, and many others.

For those interested in attending, tickets are now on sale for $75 each and can be purchased through the Rotary Club of Knoxville’s Facebook page or by visiting www.knoxvillerotary.org.


Animal Center hosts kitten shower

KNOXVILLE, TN – On Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 1-3 p.m., Young-Williams Animal Center will host a kitten shower to prepare for an influx of kittens during the spring season. The kitten shower will take place at the shelter’s 3201 Division St. location.

Guests are invited to play shower games, choose kitten names for a dollar and meet cats that currently are available for adoption and enjoy cake and refreshments. In return, Young-Williams Animal Center asks that attendees bring a shower gift to help care for the new kittens.

Items needed include:

Feeding bottles

Powdered kitten milk replacer

Canned kitten food

Kitchen scales that measure in ounces

Microwavable heating pads/discs

Kitty litter

For more information, visit http://www.young-williams.org/


Knoxville Puppet Parade is May 21

On Sunday, May 21, 2017 Cattywampus Puppet Council will bring Knoxville its first-ever giant puppet parade, The Appalachian Puppet Pageant, as part of this spring’s Open Streets in East Knoxville.

The Appalachian Puppet Pageant will be an East Tennessee inspired community puppet parade. It will bring together members of all ages and backgrounds to celebrate the ecology and culture of the region through visual and performance art, and feature puppets up to 12 feet tall. Community members will craft individual and collaborative pieces, and create a living, breathing art exhibit in the streets of Knoxville. Participation in the parade is free and open to people of all ages.

Both Cattywampus and Open Streets invite the community to come play together. From 2-6 PM that Sunday, Knoxvillians are invited to walk, parade, bike, jog or dance their way through the streets. Magnolia Ave., from Randolph St. to North Chestnut St., with a small loop onto East Depot Ave. will be closed to all motorized traffic, allowing revelers a day of playing, exercising, socializing, and shopping all on foot or two wheels. The parade will kick off the event at 2pm and traverse the entire route. Open Streets Knoxville, hosted by Bike Walk Knoxville with support from the City of Knoxville, Knoxville Regional TPO, Visit Knoxville and Knox County, aims to promote physical activity and community interaction during this free community event.

To prepare for the Appalachian Puppet Pageant, Cattywampus has been holding free puppet building workshops throughout the community. Workshop dates and resources for learning how to build a giant puppet for the parade can be found on Cattywampus’s website. The group is also looking for volunteers for the day of the parade, as well as donations of supplies and financial support. Information about donating or getting involved with the parade is available on the group’s website at https://cattywampuspuppetcouncil.com/appalachian-puppet-pageant/

Open Streets Knoxville is still looking for Sponsors and Activity Providers as well. Activity providers are asked to provide programming, with emphasis on interactive, fun activities that promote physical activity, health, the outdoors, community, and safety. The free and family-friendly activities hosted by activity providers help make Open Streets Knoxville an enriching and fun experience for participants. To find out more, visit www.openstreetsknoxville.com.

Cattywampus Puppet Council was founded in 2014 by local artists Rachel Milford and Shelagh Leutwiler. They are a registered non-profit corporation in the state of Tennessee and are fiscally sponsored through Community Shares. The mission of Cattywampus is to strengthen community and promote play through the puppetry arts. They do this through creating original shows, workshops, and puppet parades, involving members of the community of all ages and backgrounds. Their goal is to foster dialogue, laughter, wonder, and healing along the way. More information about Cattywampus is available at http://www.cattywampuspuppetcouncil.com.


Broadway Studios presents new art

Broadway Studios and Gallery proudly presents artist Charlesey Charlton-McCallister in her solo exhibit entitled “Interrupted Signal,” with a gallery opening for First Friday, April 7, 2017, from 5-9 p.m. In this exhibit Charlesey displays abstract work dealing with digital media as a way to make the viewer contemplate it’s role in society. Image below courtesy the artist.

For the opening reception of “Interrupted Signal,” there will be a tent provided by All Occasions Party Rentals. Performances under the tent will include poetry readings by Sundress Academy for the Arts, abstract music by Laith Keilany, and Asian cuisine will be provided by popular food truck/stand Oishii Knox for under $10/plate.

The event opens “First” Friday April 7th from 5-9pm.

The exhibit will be on display from April 7-29, 2017. Parking is on site. All ages are welcome.

Broadway Studios and Gallery is located at 1127 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37919.

Broadway Studios and Gallery is located across Broadway from the historic 4th and Gill Neighborhood and is situated next to Vinyard Floor Covering Co. in Wright’s Place.

Regular gallery hours are Thursday-Saturday 11am-7pm.


Volunteers needed for river clean-up

If getting a little dirty to make Knoxville a cleaner place excites you, you’ll want to volunteer for Ijams River Rescue Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Presented by Keurig Green Mountain and TVA, the 28th annual Ijams cleanup event focuses on 30-40 locations along the Tennessee River and its associated creek tributaries from the river’s headwaters in Knoxville to the shores of Loudon County.

“Between 800-1,000 people pick up 10-14 tons of trash and debris as well as numerous old tires during this event each year,” Ijams Executive Director Amber Parker said. “We welcome individuals as well as groups of all sizes from local businesses, nonprofit organizations and scout troops. It’s a fun way to get involved and help ensure healthier, cleaner water for the residents and wildlife of East Tennessee.”

Volunteers can register online at Ijams.org through March 31. All supplies will be provided, including gloves and bags that have been donated by TVA and American Rivers’ National River Cleanup program.

Participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt designed by Ijams senior naturalist, artist and author Stephen Lyn Bales. This year’s shirt features a frog, one of the earth’s most environmentally sensitive creatures.

“Frogs live in two environments: land and water,” Bales said. “They have very thin skin, which easily absorbs toxic chemicals and other pollutants, so frogs are a good indicator of environmental stress. We can tell how healthy an environment is by how many amphibians live there.”

The 28th annual Ijams River Rescue presented by Keurig Green Mountain and TVA is sponsored by the City of Knoxville, First Tennessee Foundation, Grayson Subaru, Dow Chemical Company, Mesa Associates Inc., Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union, River Sports Outfitters, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Wood Realtors, Knox Area Climbers, AmeriCorps, and the Water Quality Forum.

Ijams Nature Center is a nonprofit, 300-acre educational and outdoor adventure park for all ages, abilities and walks of life. Ijams’ mission is to encourage stewardship of the natural world by providing an urban greenspace for people to learn about and enjoy the outdoors through engaging experiences. Located just three miles from downtown Knoxville, Ijams features 12 miles of hiking and mixed-use trails, a public access river dock, swimming, boating, biking and more. The center offers hundreds of educational programs annually, from school field trips and off-site programs to on-site outdoor and classroom education programs that focus on topics from birding and wildflowers to yoga hikes, cooking classes and art programs. The Ijams grounds and trails are open daily from 8 a.m. until dusk. The Visitor Center is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit Ijams.org or call 865-577-4717.


Poets read for library series

KNOXVILLE, TN – On Monday, March 27, 2017 poets Maria James-Thiaw and Bobby C. Rogers will present readings at the University of Tennessee. The event is part of UT’s Writers in the Library reading series. The mission of Writers in the Library is to showcase the work of novelists, poets, and other literary craftsmen. Some of the best voices on the literary scene today are invited to read.

The reading begins at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The event is free and open to the public; all are encouraged to attend.

Maria James-Thiaw began bringing poems to life on stages during the spoken word revolution of the mid-nineties. Her works have been published in several journals including Cutthroat Journal of the Arts, Black Magnolias, Love Your Rebellion, the Spirit Speaks anthology, and others. She serves on the board of Philadelphia Stories and the Writer’s Wordshop. She is the author of three poetry collections including “Talking ‘White,’” which deals with issues of class and culture while celebrating our literary history. She is a professor of writing in the Department of English and Communication at Central Penn College in Pennsylvania.

Bobby C. Rogers is Professor of English and Writer-in-Residence at Union University. His first book, “Paper Anniversary,” won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. In 2015, he was named a Witter Bynner Fellow at the Library of Congress by Poet Laureate Charles Wright. His new book, “Social History,” has just been released by LSU Press in their Southern Messenger Poets series.

Writers in the Library is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund.

For more information, contact Erin Elizabeth Smith, Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at the UT Libraries, atesmith83@utk.edu or visit http://library.utk.edu/writers for a complete schedule of Writers in the Library readings for the 2016-2017 academic year.


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.

 


Marble Springs to celebrate Arbor Day

In recognition of Arbor Day, Marble Springs Historic Site, 1220 West Governor John Sevier Highway, will host a Tree Planting Celebration on April 8, 2017 starting at 10:00 am. Participants will first learn how to properly plant and label saplings to meet arboretum qualifications as set by the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council. Afterwards, participants can help plant the 60th tree in recognition of Marble Springs reaching a level 2 Arboretum.

Lunch will be provided for those helping plant the celebratory tree and take place at noon. Guest speaker, Tom Simpson, the Region Urban Forester with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, will provide a lecture on The Importance of Urban Foresty at about 1:00 pm. The Marble Springs Arboretum will be open for self-guided tours throughout the event with a guided tour scheduled at about 2 pm. Children can also participate in Earth Day themed crafts throughout the event.

Please confirm your attendance at info@marblesprings.net or by calling (865) 573-5508. This event is free. Donations are appreciated with all proceeds going towards grounds maintenance and educational programming at Marble Springs.

For more information please visit www.marblesprings.net, call (865) 573-5508, or email info@marblesprings.net.


KKB names Orchid Award winners

Keep Knoxville Beautiful hosted the annual Orchids Beautification Awards at the Standard this week. The event honored Knoxville’s most beautiful properties by presenting awards in six categories: outdoor space, public art, new architecture, restaurant/café/bar/brewery, redesign/reuse and environmental stewardship. Additionally, the Mary Lou Horner Award was presented to a former winner who remains “Orchid worthy,” and the Felicia Harris Hoehne Award was presented for the first time.

The winner for outdoor space was Suttree Landing Park, and the winner for public art was the Locust Street pedestrian bridge. For new architecture, the winner was the Natalie Haslam Music Center at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The winners for restaurant/café/bar/brewery were Balter Beerworks and K Brew. For redesign/reuse, the winners were the Daniel and Patricia Nash Designs. Finally, the winner for environmental stewardship was the Joint Institute of Advanced Materials. The Mary Lou Horner Award was presented to the Tennessee Theatre.

This year’s newest award was created to honor a person who exemplifies KKB’s mission of making Knoxville a “clean, green, and beautiful” city. Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero presented Ms. Felicia Harris Hoehne with the inaugural Felicia Harris Hoehne Award.

Harris Hoehne joined the Keep Knoxville Beautiful board in 2009, and is an active member of the Spring Place Neighborhood Association. She is dedicated to the KKB mission and hires crews to pick up litter in her own and other people’s neighborhoods.

Over 200 people attended the event, and guests enjoyed live music from the Old City Buskers, a live mural painting by Perry Hodson, a silent auction, and a specially brewed beer called “the Good Neighbor Orchid” provided by Balter Beerworks. The night’s guest speaker was Gale Fulton, who is the director of the School of Landscape Architecture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Keep Knoxville Beautiful announced that the 2017-2018 “Community of the Year” will be East Knoxville. The 2016-2017 “Community of the Year” was South Knoxville, where KKB will continue to focus their efforts until June of 2017.

All proceeds from the Orchids Beautification Awards will go to benefit Keep Knoxville Beautiful’s education and beautification programs.


Norris festival announces music line-up

NORRIS, Tenn. –Headliners for the 38th Annual Tennessee Fall Homecoming, Oct. 6-8, 2017 include multi-award winning country singer, Lee Ann Womack, whose career boasts more than 6 million album sales; The SteelDrivers—fresh off of their 2016 Grammy win for Best Bluegrass Album; and The Earls of Leicester, assembled and led by dobro-master, Jerry Douglas.

Lee Ann Womack is among the headliners for the 38th Annual Tennessee Fall Homecoming, Oct. 6-8, 2017. The event takes place at the Museum of Appalachia, 2819 Andersonville Hwy, in Norris, Tennessee.

“We consider it an honor to share Appalachian music and culture with today’s generations,” says Elaine Meyer, President of the Museum of Appalachia. “We are especially pleased to present such incredible artists as Lee Ann Womack, the SteelDrivers, and the Earls of Leicester for the 38th anniversary of our beloved event.”

Many festival favorites will be returning to the Homecoming stage, such as Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Chris Jones and the Night Drivers, Flashback, Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle, and Leroy Troy.

Homecoming will also feature such talented performers as Jimbo Whaley & Greenbrier, Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome, Dale Jett & Hello Stranger, Bill & the Belles, The Ransom Notes,The Wayfarers, Carolina Express, Grassically Trained, and the Stewart Family.

This year, Homecoming expands and enhances its festival with evening concerts by award- winning artists, while continuing to offer 3 days full of music, traditional Appalachian demonstrations, and heritage arts. Student Heritage Day kicks off the festival on the morning of October 6th. An all-new Family Day will be held on Sunday, October 8th, and will feature local artists, games, storytelling, and activities for kids.


Circus comes to Knoxville

KNOXVILLE – The Garden Brothers Circus brings motorcycle stunts, acrobats and aerialists, clowns and live animals for a family-friendly show at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The Gardens Brothers Circus originated in Canada and has performed for more than 100 years. The circus is a family-owned business, which is now in its fourth generation of operations.

“We’ve pulled out all the stops for the celebration of our 100 years of entertaining families,” said Jim Davis, director of booking. “We have it all from acrobats and motorcyclists to elephants and llamas. Everyone becomes a kid again at the circus and creates long-lasting family memories.”

The performers include Chinese acrobats, a human slingshot, showgirls, clowns and motorcycle stunt artists. Among its live animals, Garden Brothers Circus is one of the last to showcase elephants in its show, as well as dogs and racing camels.

The show lasts approximately an hour and a half. Beginning an hour prior to the show, pony rides, elephant rides and camel rides will be available.

General admission tickets are on sale now at www.gardenbroscircus.com. The first 100 adult tickets purchased online are $9.95.

Ticket costs are: $8 for children, ages 3-12, and $24 for adults in general seating; and $18 for children and $24 for adults in VIP ringside seating. Children ages 2 and under are admitted free unless seated in the VIP section.

Free tickets for children will be distributed in the community at several locations, including elementary schools, day care centers, fast food eateries, convenience stores, community centers, churches and area merchants.

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. The facility attracts more than 250,000 people per year through a wide array of events, including Knoxville Ice Bears hockey games and the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Pops Series. The facility includes a 6,500-capacity coliseum with 22,000-square- feet of exhibit space; 2,500-capacity auditorium; 10,000-square- foot exhibit hall; 4,800-square- foot ballroom; and a natural lawn amphitheater with a capacity of 10,000.


Evergreen Ball raises $725k for Park

KNOXVILLE, TN – Friends of the Smokies gathered for an evening of elegance at Cherokee Country Club to celebrate Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) and to raise more than $725,000 for the park’s annual needs at the 2017 Evergreen Ball.

The fundraiser featured a silent auction, wine auction, and live auction which included one-of-a-kind experiences and vacation packages to the Tournament of Roses Parade and the Andes Mountains of Argentina.

The recent fires in Gatlinburg weighed heavy on the heart of Rev. Dr. Matthews, a North Carolina native.

“Our brothers and sisters on this side of the mountains have been through so much this past year,” Matthews said. “Let’s come together tonight and show the world what Smokies Strong looks like.”

At the close of the evening’s live auction Sharon Miller Pryse, President and CEO of The Trust Company and Friends of the Smokies board member, announced a challenge gift of $30,000 to establish the Cades Cove Preservation Fund in recognition of The Trust Company’s 30th anniversary.

Generous donations by the guests in attendance exceeded this goal, for a total of more than $75,000 dedicated to the preservation of Cades Cove. Cades Cove is one of the most popular areas of America’s most-visited national park, claiming more than 2 million of GSMNP’s 11 million total visitors in 2016.

Friends of the Smokies has raised more than $55 million in support of GSMNP since the organization was founded in 1993.

“After a challenging season, it is heartwarming to see the outpouring of love and support for the Smokies shine through,” said Superintendent Cash. “We are so thankful for the support of Friends of the Smokies and all of you here tonight.”

2017 Evergreen Ball Co-Chairs Tim Chandler and Sam Curtis with their wives Katie Chandler and Jody Curtis. The evening’s program was emceed by WBIR anchors Robin Wilhoit and Russell Biven, and included welcome messages by Friends of the Smokies board chair Rev. Dr. Dan Matthews and GSMNP Superintendent Cassius Cash. Photo by Bob Franklin.


Stargazing event at Marble Springs

Marble Springs will host a Winter Stargazing Session on Saturday, January 28, 2017. This session will be led by Gary Noland, adjunct instructor of Astronomy at the University of Tennessee. Guests will meet at the cottage where they will begin with a discussion about navigating from constellations.

The stargazing will begin at about 7 pm and go until 9 pm where guests will search for night sky landmarks such as winter constellations as well as identifying planets that are visible during the winter months. Participation in our nighttime viewing sessions is a $1 donation per person. Details are subject to change.

All nighttime viewing sessions will take place at Marble Springs State Historic Site at 1220 W. Gov. John Sevier Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920. For more information email info@marblesprings.net or call (865)573-5508.

Programming assistance for this event is provided by Knox County. Marble Springs is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Historical Commission, and supplemented by additional funds raised by the Governor John Sevier Memorial Association.

Marble Springs State Historic Site is the last remaining home of John Sevier. Born in Virginia in 1745, John Sevier made a name for himself as a Revolutionary War Hero during the Battle of Kings Mountain (1780), a key player & Governor of the short-lived State of Franklin (1784-1788), and ultimately was elected to serve as the first Governor of the State of Tennessee (1796).

Marble Springs was the approximate 350-acre farm that Sevier lived on from 1801-1815, the last years of his life. Sevier named his farm Marble Springs because of the Tennessee Rose Marble that was quarried on site and the natural springs that flowed on the property.

While visiting Marble Springs, visitors will have the opportunity to tour several historic structures that are designed to represent various aspects of John Sevier’s life and times. These structures include: the Tavern, Loom House, Smoke House, Spring House, and the John Sevier Cabin and detached kitchen.


Puppet group awarded art grant

Cattywampus Puppet Council has been awarded a prestigious Burning Man Global Art Grant to help produce the Appalachian Puppet Pageant as part of the Knoxville, Tennessee 2017 Dogwood Arts Festival. The Pageant will take place on Saturday, April 29, 2017 and preparations are already underway.

The Appalachian Puppet Pageant is an East Tennessee inspired community puppet parade. It will bring together members of all ages and backgrounds to celebrate the ecology and culture of the region through visual and performance art, and feature puppets up to 12 feet tall. Community members will craft individual and collaborative pieces, and create a living, breathing art exhibit in the streets of Knoxville. Participation in the parade is free and open to people of all ages.

To prepare for the Appalachian Puppet Pageant, Cattywampus is holding a series of free workshops on giant puppet construction, and interest has been so overwhelming that the first two have reached capacity. An additional workshop has been added for March 9, 2017 at the Muse Knoxville for interested individuals and community groups. Resources for learning how to build giant puppets for the parade can also be found on the Cattywampus Puppet Council website. The group is also looking for volunteers for the day of the parade, as well as donations of supplies and financial support.

Cattywampus Puppet Council was founded in 2014 by local artists Rachel Milford and Shelagh Leutwiler. They are a registered non-profit corporation in the state of Tennessee and are fiscally sponsored through Community Shares. The mission of Cattywampus is to build community and promote play through the puppetry arts. They do this through creating original shows, workshops, and puppet parades, involving members of the community of all ages and backgrounds. Their goal is to foster dialogue, laughter, wonder, and healing along the way.

More information about Cattywampus is available at www.cattywampuspuppetcouncil.com.


Dogwood Arts features Glass Guys

On January 13, 2017, Dogwood Arts First Friday will feature artworks created by the talented Glass Guys who call Knoxville and East Tennessee region home. Featured artists include: Richard Jolley, Tommie Rush, Matthew Cummings, Matt Salley, Johnny Glass, Thomas Spake, Everett Hirche, Tyler Olson, David Wiss, Samuel Meketon, Curt Brock, and Christopher Mosey.

Dogwood Arts’ First Friday events and exhibitions highlight 18 unique programs and support the creativity of local and regional artists. This event was originally scheduled for January 6, but postponed to January 13 due to inclement weather.

Doors are open 5:30-8:30pm at the new Dogwood Arts office located at 123 W. Jackson Ave in Downtown Knoxville’s Historic Old City.


WDVX show takes winter break

The WDVX Blue Plate Special, a popular downtown Knoxville attraction for nearly 12 years, is going on hiatus while the Knoxville Visitor Center undergoes a facelift. Kicking off its “20 Years on the Air” celebration, WDVX will be taking the live radio broadcast out to various locations in the area with show host Red Hickey and performances by local and touring artists.

The first show is scheduled for Friday, January 13, 2017 at the Open Chord, ​8502 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN, featuring The Lonetones and the South Carolina Broadcasters. Other venues slated to be visited by the Blue Plate Special production are the Clayton Center on the Maryville College campus, Pellissippi State Community College, and the Grove Theatre in Oak Ridge. Details about upcoming shows and performers will be available on WDVX.com. As with the daily Blue Plate Special, whose last show of the year is Saturday, December 31, every road show will be free to attend. The WDVX Blue Plate Special Road Shows will continue through February. The Visitor Center is expected to celebrate with a grand reopening on Friday, March 2, 2017.

WDVX, a non-commercial listener supported radio station, plays a mix of American roots music including Bluegrass, blues, Alt-County, classic Country, old-time, Swing, Rockabilly, and more. Yet the Blue Plate Special regularly steps beyond that framework by presenting classical, jazz, theatrical, and international artists; sometimes on the same show as singer/songwriters, bluegrass, and country performers. More than 20,000 people attend the Blue Plate Special each year to see more than 1600 artists perform.

WDVX is a service of non-profit organization Cumberland Communities Communications Corporation. Its broadcast on 89.9 FM reaches eleven counties in East Tennessee and Southeast Kentucky, on 102.9 in downtown Knoxville, and 93.9 in the Seymour and Kodak areas, and streams lives on WDVX.com.


Muse Knoxville hosts NYE event

KNOXVILLE, TN – The Muse Knoxville is hosting its 3rd annual Cheer In the New Year at Noon event from 10 am to 2 pm on New Year’s Eve at 516 N. Beaman Street.

This family friendly celebration offers all the traditions of a New Year’s Eve celebration with a bedtime that is more suitable for kids!  Party goers can get their picture taken in the photo booth, participate in educational activities and crafts throughout the building, enjoy refreshments provided by Kroger in the party room, and countdown to the new year at noon complete with a ball-drop, confetti and balloons!  The event is also sponsored by Baby+Company who will be on-site with an area for nursing mothers.

“We love the easy-going and celebratory pace of this event.  Cheer In The New Year is perfect for families to enjoy the traditions of ringing in the new year together without compromising that important bedtime,” says Ellie Kittrell, Executive Director, The Muse Knoxville.

This special event is open to ticket holders only and tickets are limited.  Tickets are available online at www.themuseknoxville.org for $12.50 ($10 for members), under 2 FREE.

The Muse Knoxville is a non-profit children’s science museum located in Historical Chilhowee Park at 516 N. Beaman Street.

Baby+Company is a modern birth center run by Certified Nurse-Midwives offering highly personalized well woman, maternity, and labor and birth care as well as wellness, childbirth and early parenting classes. Baby+Company’s evidence based care is focused on women and their families.

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Knox Civic hosts 90s Tour

Following early sold out shows and mounting demand from fans, “I LOVE THE ‘90s TOUR” has added more tour dates, including a performance in Knoxville. The once-in- a-lifetime lineup comes together for a nostalgia-driven blast from the past and now comes to the Knoxville Civic Coliseum on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.

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The inaugural edition of “I Love The ‘90s Tour” invites Knoxville fans to reminisce about the trend-setting decade with some of the most iconic, indelible names in rap, hip hop and R&B, featuring Salt N Pepa, All 4 One, Coolio, Tone LOC, Color Me Badd, Rob Base and Young MC.

The Kansas City Star describes this 90s tour: “It was a satellite radio station come to life. It was the ultimate Throwback Thursday. It was a dance party filled with joyous Gen-Xers doing the ‘Funky Cold Medina’; in a ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’; and showing they could still ‘Push It, Push it real good.’ The crowd included many groups of girlfriends, some dressed up in era-appropriate overalls, neon shoes, gold chains and caps turned backward. They danced and screamed when they heard songs they recognized, and they heard many songs they recognized. -Kansas City Star

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. The facility attracts more than 250,000 people per year through a wide array of events, including Knoxville Ice Bears hockey games and the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Pops Series. The facility includes a 6,500-capacity coliseum with 22,000-square- feet of exhibit space; 2,500-capacity auditorium; 10,000-square- foot exhibit hall; 4,800-square- foot ballroom; and a natural lawn amphitheater with a capacity of 10,000.

Tickets are now on sale at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum box office, charge by phone by calling 865-656- 4444 or 877-995- 9961 or online at KnoxvilleTickets.com. Reserved seating is $40, $55, $70 and $100. Applicable fees may apply.


Knoxville Symphony hosts benefit show

The musicians of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra are pleased to present a special concert on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 7:00 PM entitled “Music for the Mountains” at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike, in Knoxville. This benefit concert, entirely musician-organized and led, will support the Gatlinburg disaster relief.

More than 22 musicians are volunteering their time and services to play solos and in trios, quartets and larger ensembles including traditional classical repertoire as well as familiar holiday selections.

“I grew up in Sevierville, and I have been looking for a way to help with the Gatlinburg wildfire disaster effort,” says organizer Jeffery Whaley, Principal Horn with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. “In planning this benefit concert with my colleagues in the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, I am overwhelmed by the support and willingness to participate I’ve encountered, even during this very busy time of year.”

The event is free to the public, and all donations go to Dollywood Foundation’s “My People Fund” which assures 100% of donations will directly benefit the families who have lost homes in the wildfires.

The Arts & Culture Alliance serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. The Alliance receives financial support from the City of Knoxville and the Tennessee Arts Commission.


Santa visits Chilhowee Park

Santa will be visiting Chilhowee Park this Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, from 6-9 p.m. during Christmas in Chilhowee, sponsored by Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center’s venue management partner SMG, at 3301 E Magnolia Avenue.

After the ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree, Santa will greet guests and pose for photos in the park’s historic bandstand, which was built for the 1910 Appalachian Exposition. The Vine Middle Magnet School Choir will set a festive tone with holiday carols.

Families are invited to build gingerbread houses with the Austin-East Culinary Arts Department, enjoy balloon animals and face-painting, and participate in hands-on activities with The Muse Knoxville. Krispy Kreme will serve doughnuts, and All Occasion Catering will provide hot cocoa.

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Visitors to Christmas in Chilhowee can tour the park’s 88 lighted trees by riding the train or hopping on a hayride. Through Jan. 1, motorists can drive through the lighted tunnel during park hours. Sunset is around 5:30 p.m., and gates close at 10 p.m. Make sure Santa knows you have been good! Photo by Chilhowee Park and Exposition Center.

Admission is free. All events take place outdoors, so dress for the weather.


History Museum hosts holiday event

The East Tennessee Historical Society will host a Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 10, 2016, with entertainment by the Smokyland Sound Chorus of the Greater Knoxville Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Activities include craft demonstrations and the sale of handmade items, free ornament and craft making for the kids, and holiday refreshments. Local crafter Karen Micheletta will have a selection of her handmade items made from antique quilts to purchase.

ETHS staff will lead a special activity called “A Christmas Story: Traditions Old and New from Me to You,” where audience members, young and old, will contribute to a composition of Christmas memories from yesterday and today to create a unique Christmas story or poem.

Visitors are invited to browse the ETHS Museum Store for a 10% discount on a great selection of traditional gifts, history books, and children’s items. The 10 percent public discount is good for this day only. ETHS members receive a 10 percent discount throughout the year and 15% off throughout the month of December.

Holiday Open House events are free and open to the public from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Museum of East Tennessee is located at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville.

For more information, visit www.eastTNhistory.org or call 865-215- 8824.


Concert features Mike Baggetta

The next concert in the Jazz Lunch series will feature a tribute to Ornette Coleman with Mike Baggetta and will take place on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, from noon to 1pm at the Square Room in downtown Knoxville. Admission to the concert is $15 and includes a lunch buffet served up by Café 4. Tickets are available online at http://www.knoxjazz.org or by visiting Café 4 in person prior to the show.

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Drawing from the works of the Free-Jazz pioneer, saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman, Mike Baggetta has assembled a group of fearless improvisors with whom to reinterpret Coleman’s music with a newfound experimentalism paying tribute to the spirit of its creator. Photo: Knoxville Jazz Orchestra.

Patrons to this Jazz Lunch may expect classic Ornette tunes like Lonely Woman and Ramblin’ next to lesser known masterpieces like What Reason Could I Give and War Orphans, among others. Matt Nelson (bass) and Nolan Nevels (drums) will join Mike Baggetta for this special jazz lunch concert.

Special thanks to East Tennessee PBS, WUOT 91.9 FM, The Square Room, and Weird Monkey Studios for support of the Jazz Lunch Series.

The Square Room is a new, state-of- the-art performance venue in downtown Knoxville, TN in the Historic Market Square district. It is housed in the rear of the 4 Market Square Building along with its counterpart Café 4, a full-service restaurant and coffee bar.


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.


See Ramsey House by candlelight

Knoxville’s historic Ramsey House will once again offer a unique holiday experience with the fundraising candlelight tour and dinner in the beautifully decorated, 1797 historic home of Francis and Peggy Alexander Ramsey on December 2-3, 2016, at 6 p.m.

The event will be held at Historic Ramsey House 2614 Thorn Grove Pike, Knoxville, Tennessee. Tickets are for individuals or groups up to ten persons; $125 per person donation to benefit Historic Ramsey House. Reservations are required 865-546- 0745.

For more information, Email judy@ramseyhouse.org.

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Also known as Swan Pond, the Ramsey House was constructed circa 1797 by English architect Thomas Hope for Colonel Francis Alexander Ramsey (1764–1820), whose family operated a plantation at the site until the U.S. Civil War.  In 1969, the house was added to the National Register of Historic Places for its architecture and its role in the region’s early 19th-century history. Photo courtesy Ramsey House.


Johnson Architecture raises $ for charity

Knoxville’s Johnson Architecture Inc. team was out in force at the recent Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk at the University of Tennessee’s Circle Park. The team was formed to support firm partner and leukemia survivor Rick Friel and raised to-date $12,024 for the 2016 event, second-highest among all teams, and a total of over $62,000 for the cause since 2009.

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Participating employees, family members and friends for Johnson Architecture’s Light the Night Walk included, from left, front row: Eva Matthews, Ellie Biden, Meridieth Williamson, Cooper Williamson, Nicholas Riordan, Rick Friel, Cole Overton, Juliet Biden, Emily Haire and Titus Haire. Second row: Hannah Matthews, Sunny Biden, Colleen Riordan, Jack Riordan, Heather Overton, Kelley Hicks and Heather Ryan with son Trey. Third row: Danielle Hemsley, Karen Williamson, Josh Biden, Mike Riordan, Jeff Williamson, Daryl Johnson, Joey Staats, Shehara Hapuarachy and Jimmy Ryan. Photo submitted.

In addition, Johnson Architecture has earned an East Tennessee Preservation Award for its work on Maryville College’s iconic Anderson Hall renovation, which preserved the character of the 19th century building’s character while creating a state-of-the-art learning environment.

The ceremony was on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 in Morristown.

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Todd Morgan, left, director of preservation field services for East Tennessee Preservation Alliance, joins Johnson Architecture’s Daryl Johnson, founder and president, and Danielle Hemsley, director of business development, at the East Tennessee Preservation Awards in Morristown on Nov. 4. Johnson Architecture was recognized for its renovation and restoration of Maryville College’s Anderson Hall, which preserved the iconic structure’s 19th century character while creating a state-of-the-art educational environment. Photo submitted.


UT series features best-selling author

Author Bret Anthony Johnston will read from his work on Monday, November 7, 2016 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as part of the Writers in the Library series. The reading will be in the Hodges Library auditorium at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Bret Anthony Johnston is the author of the internationally best-selling novel Remember Me Like This, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and the winner of the 2015 McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns Prize. Johnston is also the author of the award-winning Corpus Christi: Stories, which was named a Best Book of the Year by the Independent (London) and the Irish Times. His work appears in The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The Paris Review, Glimmer Train Stories, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere.

His nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Tin House, The Best American Sports Writing, and on NPR’s All Things Considered.

A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Johnston is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and a Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers, among other awards. Johnston teaches in the Bennington Writing Seminars and at Harvard University, where he is the director of creative writing.

In addition to the public reading, there will be a Q&A for students at 3:30 p.m. in 1210 McClung Tower, also on November 7.

Writers in the Library is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund. For more information, contact Erin Elizabeth Smith, Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at the UT Libraries, at esmith83@utk.edu.

Visit http://library.utk.edu/writers for a complete schedule of Writers in the Library readings for the 2016-2017 academic year.

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Food fest at World’s Fair Park

Annoor Academy of Knoxville, a local pre-k through eighth grade private school, invites the Knoxville community to its fifteenth annual International Food Festival, on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the World’s Fair Park Festival Lawn.

The students of Annoor Academy of Knoxville (AAK) represent a wide array of cultural backgrounds. For 15 years, the staff, parents, and volunteers of AAK have celebrated their diversity and cultural roots through an international food festival. This year, for the first time, AAK is bringing the celebration to the heart of Knoxville by hosting its largest ever International Food Festival at the World’s Fair Park this coming Saturday, October 29, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

As event organizer Ghada Ayesh explained, “This event was really born out of a desire to share our unique cultural diversity with the Knoxville community. And what better way to bond with your neighbors than over food!”

The festival will feature food booths set up by volunteers as well as some local restaurants, representing different countries and regions, with an emphasis on the Middle East, South Asia, and North Africa, though other nations will be represented as well. “We will have food ranging from places like Indonesia to Jamaica!” Ayesh explains. In addition to food vendors, there will be a shopping bazaar and a “kids’ corner,” where kids can enjoy bouncing on inflatables, crafts and receive a passport to have stamped as they travel around the country booths. There also will be a rotating schedule of entertainment along with cooking demonstrations throughout the day.

Admission to the event is free of charge. Food tickets can be purchased on site for $1 each, and each vendor will have listed prices (in tickets) for each food item. Children wishing to participate in the “kids’ corner” can have unlimited play time in the inflatables, crafts and a kids’ passport for $5. All profits for the event go toward AAK school operations.

Annoor Academy of Knoxville is a private school serving the Muslim community in the Knoxville, Tennessee area. It was founded in 1998 and currently operates as an accredited preschool through 8th grade school located in West Knoxville. The purpose of the school is to provide children of the Knoxville Community with an excellent education in a safe, secure, religiously sensitive environment. AAK is dedicated to creating a learning environment which encourages all students to become outstanding citizens.

For more information, visit annooracademy.net.


Young Williams hosts fall event

Young-Williams Animal Center will host its annual Furry Fall Festival on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016. The event will take place from noon-4 p.m. at Young-Williams Animal Center, 3201 Division Street in Knoxville. It is free and open to the public.

Pet- and family-friendly activities at this year’s festival include:

–Food trucks, including Dale’s Fried Pies and Cooks on the Curb
–$10 rabies vaccinations by the Knox County Health Department
–MEDIC Regional Blood Center mobile blood drive
–$10 pet microchipping and microchip registration by Young-Williams Animal Center
–Information about pet adoption from Young-Williams Animal Center and other local and regional animal rescue groups
–Pet supply vendors
–Information about high-quality, low-cost Spay/Neuter Solutions by Young-Williams Animal Center
–Treats for furry friends and give-away items for kids
–Kid Zone, including cookie decorating, face painting, games, inflatables and an arts-and-crafts booth

 


Horror fest pays tribute to genre

by Laura Long. —Last night’s short films screenings for the Knoxville Horror Film Festival at Scruffy City Music Hall showed the growing popularity of the genre as well as increasing diversity among fans and participants of the festival. Organizers William Mahaffey, Nick and Kim Huinker, and volunteers scrambled to take care of the packed venue as attendance numbers exceeded expectations.

“We actually had to go downstairs to get more chairs, which was great,” Mahaffey said in a phone interview with Celebrate Knoxville. “Having the last night and awards at Scruffy City (which seats between 150 and 200 including the balcony) gave us greater visibility than we had before at Relix (Variety Theatre).”

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Horror fans gather at Scruffy City Music Hall in downtown Knoxville for the last night of the Knoxville Horror Film festival held October 21-23, 2016. The evening screenings included eleven short films and the feature “Beyond The Gates,” which won the festival’s Special Jury Prize, Emerging Vision award. Photo by Laura Long.

Editor’s Note: “Beyond the Gates features an Elvira-ish performance by Barbara Crampton, known for her roles in Re-Animator (1985), Chopping Mall (1986), From Beyond (1986), Castle Freak (1995), You’re Next (2011), and We Are Still Here (2015).

Mahaffey said that Scruffy City Music Hall in Market Square also provides the event with better quality projection screening and sound, along with an on-staff technical person to help with challenges that sometimes occur with film festivals. Even though the submission requirements for format are specific, things happen. This year, there were some glitches, and Mahaffey said they rescreened a couple films on a different day once the problems had been worked out.

“We had 150 submissions for the festival this year, ten from Tennessee, with more female directors and more female involvement that ever before,” Mahaffey said, also acknowledging that Sunday night’s short film audience also had more people of color than in years past.

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This year’s Knoxville Horror Film Festival also included an earlier screening of Phantasm 3, from the 1979 franchise and fan favorite that often lands on best-of lists. Here, a decorative take on the the well-known deadly orbs from the Phantasm films line the festival stage at Scruffy City Music Hall. Photo by Laura Long.

“Horror is huge right now, and indie horror is big, and I am amazed at the number and popularity of television programs available right now with horror themes, including The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, the Exorcist show, and Ash vs. Evil Dead,” Mahaffey said.

Fans of the Knoxville Horror Film Festival say one of the best features of the festival is the FREE monthly events that occur in other places around town that help promote the event. Attendance has grown, as well as the number of corporate sponsors. The Grindhouse Grindout local film part of the festival, which encourages local filmmaking, is one way that organizers hope to encourage local films. Utilizing the talents of local artist Adam Deal (who designs the T-shirts, swag, and web presence) helps to connect artists of all kinds to the event each year.

“We’ve grown a lot since that one night at Pilot Light (Venue in the Old City) eight years ago to the three-day festival we have now plus monthly events,” Mahaffey said. “I work on the festival year round.”

The Knoxville Horror Film Festival features awards for 2016 include:

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE (“EMERGING VISION”)
Beyond The Gates

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE (“MOST FRIGHTENING”)
Fury of the Demon

BEST ACTRESS
Angela Trimbur, Trash Fire

BEST ACTOR
Michael St Michaels, The Greasy Strangler

BEST DIRECTOR
Bobby Miller, The Master Cleanse

AUDIENCE AWARD
Trash Fire

PALM d’GORE
Trash Fire

SHORTS

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE (“MOST EVIL INANIMATE OBJECT”)
Awarded to Cauchemar Capitonné and Death Metal

WEIRDEST FILM
When Susurrus Stirs

FUNNIEST FILM
Death Metal

SCARIEST FILM
Cauchemar Capitonné

BEST SCENARIO
Curve

BEST PERFORMANCE
Najarra Townsend, The Stylist

BEST DIRECTOR
Pierre Teulières, Le Plan

AUDIENCE AWARD
Curve

PALM d’GORE
The Call of Charlie

REGIONAL SHORTS

AUDIENCE AWARD (REGIONAL)
Bobby McGee, Ghost Hunter

BEST REGIONAL SHORT FILM
Bobby McGee, Ghost Hunter

GRINDHOUSE GRIND-OUT

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE (MOST UNUSUAL FILM)
Toothless (There’s Something Wrong With The Power)

SPECIAL KHFF ORGANIZERS PRIZE FOR NAILING IT
Operation (Iron Swann)

BEST TITLE
My Best Friend’s Husband And My Ex Diddled My Stepdaughter (Team Honey Cat)

BEST NARRATION
Punk Rock Flop House Massacre (Bottomless Pit)

BEST PERFORMANCE
The ensemble in Teen Immortals vs The Nephilim (Fig City)

MOST LIKELY TO CAUSE PROTESTS
My Best Friend’s Husband And My Ex Diddled My Stepdaughter (Team Honey Cat)

MOVIE WE’D MOST LIKE TO SEE
Teen Immortals Vs The Nephilim

AUDIENCE AWARD
1. Teen Immortals vs The Nephilim (Fig City)
2. F***ed IV Death (70/30)
3. tied between Rip It (Mad House) & Punk Rock Flop House Massacre (Bottomless Pit)

GRAND PRIZE
The Two Sides of the Red Curtain (Skitchbook & Flashpoint Creative)

Visit http://www.knoxvillehorrorfest.com/


Pilot Pumpers raise $93k for UWay

Thanks to community members who purchased gas and other items at Pilot convenience stores, the 24th annual “Pilot Celebrity Pumpers” event raised a record-breaking $93,350 for the United Way of Greater Knoxville. The previous record of $90,400 was set in 2015.

From Oct. 10-12, 2016, local celebrities, including elected officials, media personalities and University of Tennessee sports figures, pumped gas and greeted customers to help Pilot raise funds for United Way. During the three-day event, Pilot donated five cents of every gallon of gas and 10 cents of every dollar spent in-store to United Way of Greater Knoxville’s 2016 campaign.

“The volunteer spirit is alive and well in East Tennessee,” said Jim Haslam II, founder and chairman of Pilot. “This event is a success because of the support of the community and our celebrity pumpers, who took time to visit our stores, pump gas and make purchases to benefit the United Way of Greater Knoxville. Thank you to everyone who helped make this donation possible.”

“Pilot Celebrity Pumpers” continues to be the organization’s single-largest special event fundraiser, helping United Way assist those most in need in our community. Since its inception, the special event has raised more than $1.2 million for the United Way of Greater Knoxville.

Celebrity pumpers distributed coupons for a free beverage during the event. Additionally, one lucky guest at each Pilot location and a few others using #pilotpumpers on social media won a $100 Pilot gas card.

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett were among the celebrity pumpers, along with a host of Knoxville City Council and Knox County Commission members, school board members and media personalities. Well-known sports figures participating included Michael Annett, NASCAR driver for Pilot Flying J Racing; Holly Warlick, Lady Vols basketball head coach; and the UT Spirit Squad.

“Each year, we are amazed by the community support evident at ‘Pilot Celebrity Pumpers,’” United Way CEO Ben Landers said. “We are grateful to Pilot for sponsoring this event, to the celebrity pumpers who volunteered their time and to all the Pilot customers who participated. This donation will have a great impact on our community.”

Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Pilot operates 39 convenience stores in Tennessee.

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Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero pumps gas for a customer while serving as a “celebrity pumper” at the Pilot convenience store on Chapman Highway on Oct. 12, 2016. This year, “Pilot Celebrity Pumpers” raised $93,350 for the United Way of Greater Knoxville. Photo submitted.


Tennessee Theatre hosts costume party

Families will enjoy Looney Tunes classic cartoons on the Tennessee’s screen, Mighty Wurlitzer organ music, self-guided dressing room tours, face painting and old-fashioned candy provided by Mast General Store. The Tennessee Theatre open house series is sponsored by McCarty Holsaple McCarty.

“At last year’s event, many of the children who came through our doors were experiencing the grandeur of the Tennessee Theatre for the first time,” Tennessee Theatre Executive Director Becky Hancock said. “This daytime event is a great way to introduce the next generation to our beautiful venue, as well as honor our theater’s long tradition of daytime children’s clubs. I am excited to be able to open our doors for Halloween family fun this fall.”

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During the open house, a short reel of Warner Bros. Looney Tunes cartoons will be shown at intervals between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Each screening will be introduced with organ music played by house organist Bill Snyder on the Mighty Wurlitzer.

In between screenings, the dressing room areas will be open to the public for self-guided tours, and face painting and Mast General Store will be handing out old-fashioned candy at stations throughout the lobby and foyers. Popcorn, soda, candy and other basic concessions will be available for purchase, as well as gift shop items, with all proceeds going to the Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation.

Children ages 12 and under are invited to come dressed in festive Halloween costumes. The Theatre requests that costumes be family-friendly and not scary. Toy weapons will not be permitted.

During the Tennessee Theatre’s history, Saturday mornings often were dedicated to children’s programming with several memorable clubs over the decades that welcomed children to the theater.

In the late 1930s and 1940s, the Popeye Club offered Saturday activities with cartoons, a movie serial, and amateur stage show with house organist Billy Barnes, all for 10 cents. The Chipmunk Club of the 1960s and 1970s offered cartoons and movies for the admission price of empty bags of Tom’s potato chips and featured a performance from Bobo the Clown.


Cunningham wins state tourism award

The Tennessee Hospitality & Tourism Association (TnHTA) has named Jamie Cunningham, office manager for the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum, statewide “Tourism Employee of the Year,” an award that recognizes exemplary professionalism and service by an employee whose outstanding performance goes above and beyond normal job responsibilities to provide excellent service to the property, guests and community. The “Stars of the Industry Awards” are presented to individuals, companies and industry partners whose commitment to hospitality and tourism has improved the overall industry statewide.

“Hospitality and tourism make up the state’s second largest industry,” TnHTA President and CEO Greg Adkins said. “The winners were selected to receive these honors by people who truly understand the level of commitment that is required to provide excellent service to customers on a daily basis – their peers. We’re honored to have them as part of our membership, and we congratulate them on a job well done.”

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Jamie Cunningham received the 2016 Service/Supplier Employee of the Year Pauly Award from the Greater Knoxville Hospitality Association (GKHA) in May, 2016. Tennessee Hospitality & Tourism Association (TnHTA) recently named her statewide “Tourism Employee of the Year.” Photo submitted.

Both the GKHA and TnHTA awards recognized Cunningham for her initiative and ownership of any task assigned to her – even if they fell outside her job. Kristy Todd, human resources manager at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum, said Cunningham “walks into work with a smile and a positive attitude every day.”

“Jamie is an exceptional employee and well-deserving of this statewide recognition,” said Mary Bogert, general manager of the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum. “Jamie always goes above and beyond with every task she is assigned and completes it with a smile. Our facility has the best employees and customer service, and it’s wonderful that the state association has recognized our team’s efforts.”

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.


KKB hosts Pickin’ Party

Keep Knoxville Beautiful (KKB) is revitalizing a unique KKB tradition on Friday, October 14, 2016. KKB’s Rocky Top Pickin’ Party will be held under a full moon close to downtown at the historic Mabry-Hazen House from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM. It will feature the musical talents of The Bearded and the Hardin Valley Thunder. All are welcome and attendees are encouraged to bring an instrument and join the breakout sessions between sets.

Barbeque and tacos will be available from the Rollin’ Smoke and Captain Muchacho’s food trucks.

Tickets for this family-friendly event include 4 FREE beers or beverages, and can be purchased through the Keep Knoxville Beautiful website. Attendees who bring an instrument pay only $5!

General advance tickets are $15, or $20 on the day of the event. All of the proceeds go toward Keep Knoxville Beautiful’s programs.

“Here in East Tennessee, many people dabble in bluegrass and Americana. We’re encouraging everyone from these closet musicians to local virtuosos to enjoying making music by joining the breakout pickin’ parties held around the grounds,” says Patience Melnik, executive director of Keep Knoxville Beautiful. “The event is also unique because it will be low-waste. Our organization strives to promote a cleaner, greener, and more beautiful Knoxville, so we are making the event as environmentally friendly as possible in order to align it with our mission.”

“We have worked hard with everyone involved to minimize waste,” adds Sarah Carman, Programs Coordinator at Keep Knoxville Beautiful. “Most of the food sold by Rollin’ Smoke and Captain Muchacho’s will be served with reusable packaging, with the remainder served with recyclable or compostable packaging. We will collect compost and our recycling trailer with bins will be on-site.”

“We hope the event will inspire others to consider minimizing their waste, and will encourage event organizers to take advantage of our recycling trailer, which is a free resource for anyone to borrow for local events,” Melnik said. “Most importantly, though, we hope folks will come enjoy a relaxing fall evening of music,food, and friends, all while supporting Keep Knoxville Beautiful.”

To learn more about Keep Knoxville Beautiful and to purchase tickets to the Rocky Top Pickin’ Party, please visit www.keepknoxvillebeautiful.org.


Celebs pump for United Way

Local officials and media personalities will help Pilot support the United Way of Greater Knoxville during the 24th annual Pilot Celebrity Pumpers event Oct. 10-12, 2016. Pilot Celebrity Pumpers is the single-largest special event fundraiser for the United Way of Greater Knoxville’s annual campaign. The 2015 event tallied a record $90,400, and since its inception, the event has raised more than $1 million for United Way.

During the three-day event, Pilot will donate five cents per gallon and 10 cents for every $1 spent on inside sales at all Knox County locations to the United Way of Greater Knoxville.

“Our customers’ dedication and support for this event and the United Way for the past 24 years has been astounding,” said Jim Haslam, Pilot founder. “Knox County is so lucky to have media personalities, elected officials and other celebrities who are generous to donate their time on behalf of the United Way and its partner agencies that do great work year-round to help those in need.”

Celebrity pumpers this year include Pilot Flying J NASCAR driver Michael Annett, University of Tennessee Athletics Director Dave Hart and University of Tennessee Women’s Basketball Coach Holly Warlick, along with a host of other state and local officials and local television and radio personalities.

For a complete list of celebrity pumper times and locations, visit www.pilotpumpers.com.

Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., Pilot operates 40 convenience stores in Tennessee.

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Brewers Jam benefits Community Shares

KNOXVILLE, TN – The 20th annual Knoxville Brewers’ Jam will be held Saturday, October 8, at the World’s Fair Park. Proceeds benefit the non-profit organization Community Shares of Tennessee, which has produced the festival since 2004.

More than 50 brewers and brewer reps will be serving up 5-ounce samples and answering questions about their craft beers. Additional unique and exotic beers will be available for tastings, including the award-winning Goose Island Bourbon County Stout and Founders Brewing Co. Kentucky Breakfast Stout. A handful of local breweries will be featured under their own tent, and several high-gravity beers will be poured for a limited time at the “bomber” tent.

Live music begins at 1 p.m. with Sarah Pirkle, Jeff Barbra and Griffin Vann; Handsome and the Humbles; Kelsey’s Woods; and Davis Mitchell’s New Power Soul tribute to Prince.

Several food vendors will be on site, including Savory and Sweet, Sweet P’s BBQ & Soul House, and Jimmy’s Concessions. Additional food vendors will be listed on the website as they confirm.

Tickets are $45 at local outlets (see below) while supplies last; $50 plus applicable ticket fees online; and $60 online the day of the event. Guests receive a souvenir sample cup and unlimited five-ounce samples of craft beer, starting when gates open at 1 p.m.

VIP tickets (online only) are $100, plus applicable ticket fees. VIPs may enter the site starting at 12 p.m. and have access to a special tent where Sugarlands Distilling Company will serve samples of their moonshine, Sweet P’s BBQ serves up lunch, and guests have exclusive restroom facilities.

Designated driver tickets (online only) are $20, plus applicable services fees. DD ticketholders receive free water and soft drinks.

No one under 21 will be admitted to Knoxville Brewers’ Jam.

* Outlets for tickets include:
Downtown Grill and Brewery
Bearden Beer Market
Three Rivers Market
Barley’s Tap Room
Trailhead Beer Market
Sugar Mama’s
Last Days of Autumn Brewery
Visit the website: http://www.knoxvillebrewersjam.com/


UT Gardens Plant Sale is Oct 8

UT Gardens in Knoxville will hold their fall plant sale on Saturday, October 8, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. A Preview Sale (for UT Garden members, UT Faculty & Staff and Volunteers only) will be offered on Friday, October 7, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Membership rates range from $15 per year for students to $100 for professional photographers.

A Bouquet Zinneas at the UT Farmers Market

This plant sale provides trees and shrubs that are known for being hardy for the Tennessee region. UT Gardens is located at 2518 Jacob Drive. From I-40 take Exit 386B onto Hwy 129 (Alcoa Hwy toward the Airport). From Hwy 129 take exit for Hwy 158 (Neyland Drive). Turn left at end of exit ramp. Turn left onto Joe Johnson Drive, and right at next light onto Chapman Drive. Visitor parking is directly across from the entrance to the UT Gardens, and is marked with signs for “2-Hr Visitor Parking.”

Featured plants for the sale include:

The Dogwood Appalachian series was developed by UT to provide the region with powdery mildew and anthracnose resistant dogwoods. Featured cultivars that will be available are ‘Appalachian Joy’, ‘Appalachian Spring’, ‘Appalachian Blush’, and ‘Appalachian Snow’.

Oakleaf Hydrangeas, cultivars ‘Ruby Slippers’ and ‘Munchkin’ feature robust bloom sets that stay upright with heavy rains. Both cultivars provide fall interest with the leaves changing from green to burgundy. ‘Sweet Tea’ Mountain Gordlinia is a new and hard-to-find hybrid of the Franklin Tree and Lolly Bay which has improved disease resistance and cold hardiness. Blooms July – September and is semi evergreen.

For a list of featured plants for the sale, visit:

https://utgardens.wildapricot.org/resources/Pictures/2016FallPlantSaleInventory.pdf


Emporium gallery features new works

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from October 7-28, 2016. A public reception will take place on Friday, October 7, from 5:00-9:00 PM to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork. Most of the works are for sale.

The Tennessee Artists Association: The Fall Juried Show: 42nd Fall Art Exhibition in the downstairs gallery. The Tennessee Artists Association (TAA) will feature original art by over 40 Tennessee artists including oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, photography, and mixed media.

In the balcony gallery, the Arrowmont Experience will feature work by its current Artists-in-Residence, Grant Benoit, Richard W. James, Maia Leppo, Austin Riddle, and Emily Schubert, as well as a small selection of works from its permanent collection. This exhibition is presented in conjunction with Tennessee Craft Week, October 7-16, 2016, a collection of craft events and happenings across the state each October.

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Pottery by Rex W. Redd will be shown in the Emporium display case, from October 7-28, 2016. A public reception will take place on Friday, October 7, from 5:00-9:00 PM to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork. Most of the works are for sale. Redd’s work is an exhibition in clay that pays homage to the history of the medium, but with a contemporary flair to underscore art’s innate tendency to evolve as it passes from maker to maker. Photo courtesy the artist.

As a native Montanan, Rex W. Redd had the blessing of growing up immersed in natural beauty. The central part of the state features vast open grasslands, time worn sandstone structures, and the endless “Big Sky” for which the state is known. Redd attended the University of Montana at Missoula where he graduated with a degree in Anthropology and discovered his true love for the arts. Growing up in Montana usually means ample exposure to Charles Russell, Frederick Remington, and a variety of other cowboy-related art. Craft is dominated by an incredible variety of Native American work, tooled leather, and an array of folk art. While certainly wonderful examples to be surrounded by, college would introduce him to the world of impressionism, abstraction, contemporary craftsmen and the great masters. Redd works in several other mediums including painting, printmaking, photography and wood; often incorporating more than one into a project. He has work in several private and corporate collections throughout the United States, as well as Europe, Japan, and Australia.

Other works on display include Impressions of Nature by Dennis Sabo in the Atrium and Melanie Fetterolf’s Rain Paintings & Classroom Art on the North Wall.

The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sunday, 3:30-6:30 PM (through October 23). For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543.


A1LabArts presents fall exhibit

On Friday October 7, 2016, from 5-10 pm A1Labarts will present their 2016 Fall Membership exhibition. Participants are 24 members of A1LabArts which were randomly paired to exchange their works of art over the summer and then create a piece in response to their partner’s work.

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The results will be in this exhibit. In addition to this work, other members will also display their individual art as well.

There will be a closing reception as well held on Friday, October 21 from 6-9pm.

The gallery is located at 23 Emory Place, Knoxville TN 37917

For more information on the exhibit visit www.a1labarts.org.

Based in Knoxville, Tennessee, A1LabArts is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1995 by a group of local artists. It is dedicated to multi-disciplinary and experimental exploration of contemporary art issues in all media.

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Knox Heritage hosts fall events

Knox Heritage has a lot going on for fall 2016, including a “behind the scenes” look at the restoration of the Farragut Hotel in downtown Knoxville and the Big Bash at Buck Brothers celebrating the restoration of the historic Rexall Building in Lenior City.

Be among the first revelers to celebrate the return of the Buck Brothers Building on October 22, also known as the Waller or Rexall Building. This century-old icon on Broadway in downtown Lenoir City is being restored and we are celebrating its history as a mercantile business, drug store, and dance hall. Enjoy flavors from the past and present with dishes that are Loudon County favorites. Start the evening with a trip back in time at the Lenoir City Museum next door. Then progress into the exciting Buck Brothers project to meet and hear from the developers Diane Powell and Mark Uhran. Dine and dance the night away to a premier band.

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The “Behind the Scenes Tour” of the historic Farragut Hotel is October 21, 2016. This free event for Knox Heritage members will allow guests to see the $22 million transformation of this local icon while it’s underway thanks to Dover Development. The end result in 2017 will be a Hyatt Place Hotel that respects the historic character of the building. Festive beverages and savory snacks will be served.

Not a member of Knox Heritage yet? All memberships include your entire household and free admission to at least two “Behind the Scenes Tours” each year, our Preservation Awards Celebration in November, early access to Summer Suppers tickets, plus discounts at local retailers and restaurants and other perks.

For more information, email to rsvp@knoxheritage.org or call the Knox Heritage office (865) 523-8008.


TN Pirate Fest is Oct 8-9

The first ever Tennessee Pirate Fest will be held in Harriman, just 30 miles west of Turkey Creek, on October 8-9, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time, rain or shine.

“We are throwing a pirate party and everyone is invited,” said Barrie Paulson, VP-Manager & Entertainment Director. “International Talk-Like-A-Pirate Day is a great warm up to ‘Get Your Pirate On!’”

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Patrons are encouraged to dress in costume. Professional entertainment includes the Tortuga Twins, an interactive comedy show; Pirates, Inc., sea shanties; Outlaw Ritual, blues/swamp rock duo; PanEZ, Caribbean steel drum; Three RRR’s, comedy stunt show; Trouble the Waters, Irish musical duo; Captain Anton Neal and the Sirens, sea shanties; and Kombat Kroquet. An entertainment schedule will be available online and at the entrance gate.

The village of Port Royale will consist of interactive street characters–including British red coats, the Governor’s household, and pirates. Merchants will also help create the village, selling custom crafts, festival food, and hot and cold beverages, including beer.

Ticket prices are $13 for ages 13+, $8 for ages 5-12, and there will be free admission for children 4 and under. Parking is free, and tickets may be purchased with cash or credit at the ticket house on show days.

The festival is located at 550 Fiske Road, Harriman, TN. Festival rules include the following: No sharp weapons or loaded guns (stage weapons must be sheathed and zip-tied); no pets (service animals only); no outside food or drinks; no visibly intoxicated persons will be admitted; no onsite patron camping.

For more information, call 865-248-8414.


Living History at Marble Springs

THIS WEEKEND Marble Springs State Historic Site is pleased to host a weekend of Living History in celebration of the life and times of the first governor of Tennessee, John Sevier, in commemoration of his 271 st birthday. John Sevier Days Living History Weekend will take place Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 10:00 AM– 5:00 PM and Sunday, September 18, from 11:00 – 4:00 PM. You can expect to enjoy 18th century demonstrations such as open-hearth cooking, spinning and weaving, blacksmithing, weapons demonstrations that will showcase period-appropriate firearms, 18th century style militia drills, regional craft demonstrations, historic lecture, and hands on archeology activities. Food, drinks, and special treats will be available.

Admission for Sevier Days is $5.00 per adult (16+); $3 per child (7-15); 6 and under FREE; Parking is free. All proceeds benefit the mission of preservation and education of the Marble Springs State Historic Site.

For more information call (865)573-5508 or email infor@marblesprings.net or visit www.marblesprings.net.

Programming assistance for this event is provided by Knox County. Marble Springs is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Historical Commission, and supplemented by additional funds raised by the Governor John Sevier Memorial Association.

All activities take place at the Marble Springs State Historic Site: 1220 West Governor John Sevier Highway.

About Marble Springs State Historic Site

Marble Springs State Historic Site is the last remaining home of John Sevier. Born in Virginia in 1745, John Sevier made a name for himself as a Revolutionary War Hero during the Battle of Kings Mountain (1780), a key player; Governor of the short-lived State of Franklin (1784-1788), and ultimately was elected to serve as the first Governor of the State of Tennessee (1796). Marble Springs was the approximate 350-acre farm that Sevier lived on from 1801-1815, the last years of his life. Sevier named his farm Marble Springs because of the Tennessee Rose Marble that was quarried on site and the natural springs that flowed on the property.


Mural unveiled at Chilhowee Park

A new mural was unveiled at Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center in Knoxville, Tennessee on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. This community-led project was funded by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the East Tennessee Foundation and the First Tennessee Foundation.

“Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center plays a vital role in this community as a gathering place for recreation and fellowship,” said Knoxville City Councilman Daniel Brown. “I have many great memories of this park, which has served as the heart of this neighborhood since the early 1900s. This mural will provide great enjoyment to the local residents and guests that come to this facility.”

A neighborhood group developed the idea for a mural representing East Knoxville to be painted on a retaining wall at Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center. A committee of neighborhood association members selected University of Tennessee graduate and Nashville-based artist Brandon Donahue to develop a mural design that incorporated the history of East Knoxville and Chilhowee Park.

The mural was completed in late August this year.

Chilhowee Park and 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.

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Elected officials and representatives of the City of Knoxville Public Arts Committee, Arts and Culture Alliance, East Tennessee Foundation and First Tennessee Foundation joined muralist Brandon Donahue to cut the ribbon on a new mural in Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center on Sept. 9, 2016. From left: Public Arts Committee member Susana Esrequis; Bob Booker; Judge John Rosson; Public Arts Committee member Tanisha Fitzgerald-Baker; Knox County Commissioner John Schoonmaker; City Councilman Finbarr Saunders; artist Brandon Donahue; Knox County Commissioner Evelyn Gill; Ed Shouse; City Councilman Daniel Brown; First Tennessee Bank Foundation’s Joshalyn Hundley; East Tennessee Foundation’s Jan Elston; and Arts and Culture Alliance’s Liza Zenni. Photo submitted.


SAFTA hosts readings at Bar Marley

The Sundress Reading Series is excited to welcome Charles Dodd White, Sybil Baker, and Randon Billings Noble for readings on Sunday, September 18, 2016 from 2 to 4 PM at Bar Marley (760 Stone St NW) in North Knoxville.

Charles Dodd White lives in East Tennessee. He is a recipient of the Chaffin Award for excellence in Appalachian Literature, a Jean Ritchie Fellowship from Lincoln Memorial University, and an individual artist’s grant from the North Carolina Arts Council. He is author of the novels, A Shelter of Others (2014), Lambs of Men (2010), and the story collection, Sinners of Sanction County (2011). He is also editor of the contemporary Appalachian story anthologies, Degrees of Elevation (2010) and Appalachia Now (2015). His work has appeared in Red Holler: Contemporary Appalachian Writing, Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean: Meditations on the Forbidden from Contemporary Appalachia, Appalachian Heritage, The Louisville Review, North Carolina Literary Review, The Rumpus, Tusculum Review and others. He is an Assistant Professor at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee where he chairs the James Agee Conference.

Sybil Baker’s most recent novel is Into This World. She is a UC Foundation Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and teaches at the Yale Writer’s Conference. Immigration Essays, partially funded by a Make Work Artist Grant, is forthcoming in from C&R Press. She is a 2017 recipient of an Individual Artist Grant by the Tennessee Arts Commission. She is Fiction Editor at Drunken Boat.

Randon Billings Noble is an essayist. Her work has appeared in the Modern Love column of The New York Times, The Georgia Review, The Rumpus, Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, Fourth Genre and elsewhere. A fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and a resident at the Vermont Studio Center, she was named a 2013 Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow to attend a residency at The Millay Colony for the Arts. Currently she is a nonfiction editor at r.kv.r.y quarterly, Reviews Editor at Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and a reviewer for The A.V. Club.

The Sundress Reading Series is free and open to the public.


GSM National Park plays mountain music

GSMNP – Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host the twelfth annual “Music of the Mountains” celebration September 9-10, 2016. The event tells the story of music in the Southern Appalachians through its diverse history by letting visitors experience a variety of music that was played in the region or represents old-time music’s roots. Performances throughout the event tell the story of how mountain music grew out of traditional Celtic and religious roots to become something that would be played on front porches all over the Smokies.

“The music in these mountains tells such a wonderful story,” said Park Ranger Brad Free. “This event provides the opportunity to find the type of traditional music that you love and learn how the stories that the music tells connect it to this place and its people.”

The two-day event begins with a concert of Celtic music by Four Leaf Peat on Friday, September 9, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend, TN. General admission is $5.00. The event continues on Saturday, September 10 with a series of free performances supported by Public Radio Station WDVX (89.9 FM) in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial. Musicians will play on Park Headquarters lawn from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with music from Pappy Fisher, the John Myer’s Band, Red Shoes and Rosin, and more. WDVX will broadcast portions of the program live from Park Headquarters starting at 11:00 a.m.

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The late afternoon performances by John Lilly, The Brother Boys, Dale Jett and Hello Stranger (pictured above), and Amythyst Kiah from 3:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m. will feature music from the recently released album, “On Top of Old Smoky: New Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music,” which was one of several National Park Service Centennial recognition projects produced by Great Smoky Mountains Association in honor of the 100 year anniversary. The traditional American music on the CD features artists of today recreating songs performed by Smoky Mountain residents at the time of the development of the national park.

The event will be held rain or shine, but performances may be moved to the adjacent Sugarlands Visitor Center theatre in case of inclement weather. Participants are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs for sitting on the lawn. Event parking and restrooms are provided at Sugarlands Visitor Center. Handicap parking is available at both Park Headquarters and Sugarlands Visitor Center.

Schedule of Events:

September 9 – Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend, TN
Admission: $ 5.00
7:00 p.m. – Celtic Music by Four Leaf Peat

September 10 – Park Headquarters Lawn adjacent to Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg, TN
Admission is Free

10:00 a.m. Pappy Fisher
11:00 a.m. Red Shoes and Rosin
12:00 p.m. The Bearded
1:00 p.m. John Myer
3:00 p.m. John Lilly
3:30 p.m. The Brother Boys (Ed Snodderly and Eugene Wolf)
4:00 p.m. Dale Jett and Hello Stranger
4:30 p.m. Amythyst Kiah

Visit NPS.gov.


East TN Plant Swap scheduled

The Fall 2016 East Tennessee Plant Swap will be held at New Harvest Park, located at 4775 New Harvest Lane, Knoxville, Tennessee, on Saturday, October 8, 2016. The swap starts at 10:00am. (No exchanges before that, please.) The potluck lunch will be at 11:30am.

Everyone is invited to attend the Fall meeting of the East Tennessee Plant Swap. The ETPS is a group of men and women who love plants and enjoy sharing them with friends.

There is no fee for attendance and no money can exchange hands for the plants. This is a great way to add lovely plants to lawns and gardens at absolutely no cost.

Editor’s Note: If you do not have plants to share, you are encouraged to attend anyway. You can bring gardening magazines, small tools, potholders, wind chimes, or any small items gardeners might enjoy. Over the years those new to the meeting have brought canned foods such as homemade pickles or beets, garden signs, books and homemade bags.


Library sponsors author readings

Novelist Leah Stewart will read from her work at the University of Tennessee on Monday, September 19, 2016. The event is part of the university’s Writers in the Library reading series. The public is invited to this free reading at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of UT’s John C. Hodges Library.

Stewart is the author of five novels, most recently The New Neighbor, a darkly sophisticated novel about an old woman’s curiosity turned into a dangerous obsession as she becomes involved in her new neighbor’s complicated and cloaked life. The New York Times Book Review says of The New Neighbor, “Stewart never relaxes her tight focus on these complex characters.” People Magazine calls it “a chilling page-turner.”

Stewart is professor and area director of creative writing in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Cincinnati. She has held visiting writer positions at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee; Vanderbilt University; and Murray State University in Kentucky. In 2010, she was the recipient of an NEA Literature Fellowship and in 2014 the recipient of a Sachs Fund Prize.

Visit http://library.utk.edu/writers for a complete schedule of Writers in the Library readings for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Writers in the Library is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund. For more information, contact Erin Elizabeth Smith, Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at the UT Libraries, at esmith83@utk.edu.


Knoxville Coliseum launches new website

The Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum recently launched a new website so that patrons may keep up with who is performing at the facility and buy tickets to concerts and shows through the events calendar.

The new site also offers information on concessions and parking for visitors.

Coming this fall:

Disney On Ice returns to Knoxville with 10 performances Nov. 2-6, 2016. Enter a world where adventure awaits and courage leads the way at Disney On Ice presents Dream Big. High-flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking maneuvers and lovable Disney friends make this an experience your family will never forget.

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Grammy-nominated American rock band NEEDTOBREATHE is joined by special guests Mat Kearney, John Mark McMillan and Welshly Arms on September 25 for the “TOUR DE COMPADRES,” featuring music from the band’s sixth studio album, “Hard Love.”

Classic country band Alabama is joined by the Charlie Daniels Band on October 21 for the “Southern Drawl Tour.” Both members of the Country Music Hall of Fame, the groups will play multiple hits from their decades-long careers.

Visit KnoxvilleColiseum.com.


Gallery welcomes David Barnett

On Monday, August 29, 2016, Knoxville’s Schwarzbart Gallery will welcome David Barnett, a painter, illustrator, designer and muralist currently living and working in the Catskills – but with some very relevant Knoxville ties. Barnett is the nephew of local woodworking designer Ernie Gross and his wife Pam. He grew up in Knoxville and spent Tuesday evenings studying with Arnold Schwarzbart.

“David’s exhibit as the Schwarzbart Gallery’s first featured artist from outside this community is equally exciting and poignant for us,” said Deborah Oleshansky, Executive Director of the Knoxville Jewish Alliance. “We’re honored to welcome his work, and hope that many people will come to the Gallery to see it in the coming months.”

An Artist Reception will be held on Monday, August 29:
5:30 – 7:00 PM at the AJCC Schwarzbart Gallery
6800 Deane Hill Drive – Knoxville, TN
This is a free event, open to the community and members of all faiths.

David Barnett’s work will be on display at the Schwarzbart Gallery through September 2016. Individuals or groups may request a guided tour by contacting the Knoxville Jewish Alliance.

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Palm Springs at Noon, by David Barnett.

Barnett’s work depicts moments in his own life, where the emotional atmosphere overwhelms the subject. He allows his paintings to emote rather than conceptualize. Using color and gesture, he situates his thoughts and memories firmly within an emotional context, separating them from progression and reason. He draws from varied influences, as far reaching as moviemakers like Charlie Kaufman and Denis Villeneuve, to those more closely related, like Peter Doig and Pierre Bonnard.

Visit www.blankwallproductions.com


Marble Springs hosts Living History

KNOXVILLE, TN – Marble Springs State Historic Site will host a weekend of Living History in celebration of the life and times of the first governor of Tennessee, John Sevier, in commemoration of his 271st birthday.

John Sevier Days Living History Weekend will take place Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 10:00 AM– 5:00 PM and Sunday, September 18, from 11:00 – 4:00 PM. You can expect to enjoy 18th century demonstrations such as open-hearth cooking, spinning and weaving, blacksmithing, weapons demonstrations that will showcase period-appropriate firearms, 18th century style militia drills, regional craft demonstrations, historic lecture, hands on archeology activities, and more. Food, drinks, and special treats will be available. Details are subject to change.

Admission for Sevier Days is $5.00 per adult (16+); $3 per child (7-15); 6 and under FREE; Parking is free. All proceeds benefit the mission of preservation and education of the Marble Springs State Historic Site.

Programming assistance for this event is provided by Knox County. Marble Springs is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Historical Commission, and supplemented by additional funds raised by the Governor John Sevier Memorial Association.

Marble Springs State Historic Site is located at 1220 West Governor John Sevier Highway, Knoxville, TN, 37920.

Marble Springs State Historic Site is the last remaining home of John Sevier. Born in Virginia in 1745, John Sevier made a name for himself as a Revolutionary War Hero during the Battle of Kings Mountain (1780), a key player and Governor of the short-lived State of Franklin (1784-1788), and ultimately was elected to serve as the first Governor of the State of Tennessee (1796).

For more information call (865)573-5508.


Museum hosts antique sale

On Friday and Saturday, September 9-10, 2016, the Museum of Appalachia will celebrate its 5th annual “Days of the Pioneer” Antique Show. This two-day event features the finest selection of 18th and 19th century antiques from over 60 of the nation’s preeminent dealers.

Museum President Elaine Meyer says, “With the 65-acre Museum of Appalachia as a backdrop, attendees can tour the Museum and see thousands of early American artifacts in their natural setting, and then have the opportunity to purchase similar items from some of the best antique dealers in the country.”

Held on the grounds of the Museum of Appalachia, the event also features mountain music, Revolutionary and Civil War encampments, and traditional craftsmen demonstrating pioneer skills. Guests will enjoy activities such as sawmilling, blacksmithing, sorghum making, spinning, weaving, and more.

Admission to the Antique Show includes a tour of the Museum mountain farm and village, which contains some three-dozen historic log structures, exhibit halls filled with thousands of Appalachian artifacts, gardens, and free-range farm animals.

Advance tickets are available at a discount through August 22nd. Tickets can be purchased online at www.museumofappalachia.org, by phone, or in-person. This event is free for Museum Members.

The Museum is located 16 miles north of Knoxville, one mile east of I-75 at Exit 122. For more information call (865) 494-7680 or visit the website at www.museumofappalachia.org.

 


Emporium features new art

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from September 2-30, 2016. A public reception will take place on Friday, September 2, from 5:00-9:00 PM to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork. Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition.

The First Friday reception also features Pasion Flamenca from 6:00-6:30 PM and a Jazz Jam with Vance Thompson’s Friends from 7:00-9:00 PM in the Black Box. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be available, and chocolate fondue will be provided by the Melting Pot of Knoxville.

Stephen Reid Carcello: Slot Machine
In the downstairs gallery

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Stephen Carcello graduated from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2009 with a degree in Studio Art and in 2013 from the University of Arizona with a Masters in Visual Communication and Design. His passion is illustrated anthropology. Through this exhibition, he seeks to present a series of work that helps elevate the coloring page so as to favor display on the mantle over display on the fridge. He scales up the coloring page and shows a universally-recognized source material. Image submitted.

“The works I present are also meant to contrast the modern mobile app and coloring for therapy purposes,” says Carcello. “I want to point out two concurrent, but seemingly opposing trends: the rise in popularity of coloring books and the rise of the mobile app modeled after video slot machines.”

Other artists featured in the upcoming exhibition include “We The People” by Antuco Chicaiza; Projects by Emily Taylor; Anthony Donaldson: A Time of Recent Creativity; and “Cosmic Order” by Eurichea Showalter Subagh Ball.

The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM with additional hours on Tuesday, September 13, 6:30-9:30 PM for a jazz jam in the Black Box with Vance Thompson/Keith Brown Duo. Please note, the Emporium will be closed on Monday, September 5, for the holiday.

For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543, or visit the Web site at www.knoxalliance.com.

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.


Knoxville Convention Center awarded

The Knoxville Convention Center has received a 2016 Prime Site Award from a national publication for meeting and event planners. The Knoxville Convention also is one of 18 facilities selected from the Southeast region and is the only facility being recognized in Tennessee. Prime Site award winners are the highest-rated facilities in the country as voted by the publication’s readers, who are promoters, planners and bookers of facilities and venues.

“We are particularly honored by this award because recipients are selected by the clients and industry partners that we work with every day,” said Mary Bogert, general manager for the Knoxville Convention Center. “Being voted a top facility by our clients and partners for the past decade demonstrates our staff’s commitment to excellent client and guest service.”

The Knoxville Convention Center is one of 33 SMG-managed facilities to earn the award this year. The awards were presented by Facilities & Destinations magazine.

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The Knoxville Convention Center is located in downtown Knoxville adjacent to the Sunsphere. It boasts a 120,000-square- foot exhibit hall, 27,000 square-foot divisible ballroom and up to 25 meeting rooms. In 2013, the Knoxville Convention Center became the first LEED-certified convention center in the state of Tennessee for its green programs. Photo submitted.

 


East TN History Fair is August 20

The East Tennessee Historical Society is hosting the annual history fair on Saturday, August 20, 2016, in downtown Knoxville. This event is a one-of-a-kind celebration of the region’s history with tours of the city’s historical sites, book signings and artist demonstrations, history-related vendors booths, music performances, film presentations, and more.

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Civil war re-enactors are set to gather at the East Tennessee History Fair in downtown Knoxville on August 20, 2016, giving attendees a chance to learn about local, regional, and national historical events related to Tennessee. File photo by Celebrate Knoxville.

Attendees to this year’s history fair may walk the East Tennessee Timeline, replete with re-enactors interpreting time periods from early settlement to the Vietnam War; participate in hands-on activities that keep cherished crafts alive; board a bus and tour Knoxville’s historic homes.

The Museum of East Tennessee History on Gay Street will offer free admission to the facility’s current exhibits: Signature Exhibit – Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee, and Feature Exhibit – Come to Make Records: Knoxville’s Contributions to American Popular Music.

New this year will be twenty of East Tennessee’s best antiques dealers set up on Market Street behind the History Center with a sampling of quality items. Participating Dealers include Malcolm Rogers, Barbara Elder McDonald, Natural Connections Antiques, Clay Good, Tony Lewis, J. R. Cartwright Antiques, The Lion & The Lamb, Russell Kear, Pat Cardwell and Monty Young.

Some artists scheduled to demonstrate their work include:

Jacki & Janis Proffitt – Woodworking
Gerry Valosik – Dry Needle Felting
Dale Liles & Jenny Bennett – Spinning & Fiber
Fox Hollow Creations – Chair Caning & Basket Weaving
Karen’s Country Critters – Primitive Items Made from Quilts
Serendipity Artist Gallery – Painting, Beaded Jewelry, Scarves
Peter Rose – Raku Pottery
Emma Martin – Leather Bound Journals
Wild Child Clay Works – Clay & Fiber /Natural Dying
Lillian Pearl Designs – Handmade Items & Jewelry
Mark & Nancy Shedden – Spinning & Powder Horns

Other highlights include:

–WDVX and Clayton Country Music Stage featuring Russ and Becky Jeffers, Sarah Morgan, Grassroots Gringos, David West and the Cider Mountain Boys.

–Abraham Lincoln and wife Mary Todd, Mary Anna Custis Lee and Robert E. Lee, General William Tecumseh Sherman, and other historical characters will roam the crowd

–More than fifty historical and genealogical societies representing county, regional, and state organizations from across the region.

For a full list of the event’s activities, visit http://www.easttnhistory.org/

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Book vendors and other merchants sell items relating to local, state, and national history at the East Tennessee History Fair. File photo by Celebrate Knoxville.


Chilhowee Park adds to staff

KNOXVILLE, TN – Chilhowee Park and Exposition Center has selected Greg Mackay as director and hired Michael Tarrant as event manager. As Chilhowee Park and Exposition Center director, Mackay will assist the general manager in overseeing the operations of the park and the services provided to events held at its facilities.

“Greg Mackay’s knowledge of Chilhowee will be an asset as we continue to serve our current clients and attract new events to the multipurpose venue,” General Manager Mary Bogert said. “We are pleased to have him on our team.”

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Greg Mackay served as the director of the Public Assembly Facilities Department for the City of Knoxville since 2013. Following an 11-year career as a realtor, he was a Knox County election commissioner from 1990 to 1998 and was the administrator of elections for Knox County from 2003 to 2011. Photo submitted. 

Mackay is a graduate of the Webb School of Knoxville and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Tennessee. He serves as the chair of the university’s Political Science Advisory Board.

In the newly created position of event manager, Tarrant will handle event booking and coordination for the site, which includes a three-acre lake, bandstand, 4,500-seat amphitheater, 57,100-square- foot exhibition hall, barns, arenas, playground and picnic shelters.

“Michael Tarrant will help us further improve client service for events at Chilhowee,” Bogert said. “As a longtime resident of East Knoxville, he is a great addition to our team to assist our efforts in connecting the park and exposition center to the surrounding neighborhood and business partners.”

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Michael Tarrant is a graduate of Austin-East High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Tennessee. In his spare time, Tarrant enjoys reading and volunteering with Edgewood Chapel AME Zion Church, where his father serves as pastor. Photo submitted.

Chilhowee Park and Exposition Center is an 81-acre, multi-use 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.


Knoxville Marathon registration begins

KNOXVILLE, TN – Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon celebrates 13 years this year and race organizers are offering discounted fees to runners who sign up during the first 13 days of registration.

“Through Aug. 13, 2016 runners registering for the full or half marathon, relay races or 5K will receive a $10 discount, and registration fees for the Kids Run will be reduced to $10,” said Jason Altman, race director for the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon.

“It’s our small way of celebrating the 13-year mark and thanking the runners who have helped the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon maintain its status as the largest competitive road race in East Tennessee.”

The Covenant Kids Run and Covenant Health 5K will take place Saturday, April 1. The marathon, half marathon and relay races are set for Sunday, April 2. All of the races start in downtown Knoxville and end on the 50-yard- line of Neyland Stadium at the University of Tennessee.

“Covenant Health is committed to improving the quality of life in our region through better health. The marathon helps us promote fitness and good health and has a positive impact on tourism and quality of life in East Tennessee,” said Jim VanderSteeg, Covenant Health president and CEO. “I am proud of our association with the Knoxville Track Club and very pleased that we are continuing to host the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon.”

For more information, call 865-684- 4294.

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Food Truck event pairs well with wines

CELEBRATE KNOXVILLE – In spite of the hot summer temperatures, Knoxville residents turned out in droves for the Food Truck Park held on Thursday evening at Blue Slip Winery’s downtown location at the historic Southern Railway Station. Venor trucks parked in the back parking lot from 5 pm to 7 pm and offered foods from Asian spring rolls to tacos to barbecue, as well as desserts like ice cream and donuts.

Blue Slip Winery owners Linn Slocum and Jeff Galyon say the Food Truck event is just another step in their business plans to “promote local” with events, a brand new Bistro with full bar and menu, and of course, handcrafted wines made from Tennessee grapes.

Beginning in 2009, the business was formerly located on Jackson Avenue in the Old City and is Knoxville’s first urban winery.

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When Blue Slip Winery moved to the Southern Railway Station in 2014, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero praised the location for the new business, saying that the area was “walkable and bikeable,” and featured ample parking. Those words rang true at the Food Truck event Thursday as attendees easily navigated with bikes, kids, and dogs. Many brought their own lawn chairs. Photo by Celebrate Knoxville.

“The Food Truck event has been really successful for us, a natural pairing of great food and drink and local music as well,” Slocum said, as she poured tastings at a table outdoors. “We have two brand new wines to share with the community, and we hope folks will continue to visit us and try them out. The Bistro located inside is open Monday through Sunday from 11 am to 9 pm.”

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Inside the Southern Railway Station building in the wine and gift shop, Blue Slip’s Brice Rayburn served behind the tasting bar and gave a description of the two new wines being featured. Photo by Celebrate Knoxville.

“The Railway Reserve is a mellow, smooth red with a subtle punch at the end, but in a good way,” Rayburn said. “The second new wine is Volunteer Vinifera, which is a white with a blend of complex flavors, hints of musk and peach, and the dry part just creeps up on you at the finish.”

The Food Truck event has been so popular that Slocum says it is a regular event for them and will be held every third Thursday throughout the summer and fall.

—CelebrateKnoxville, 2016.


Emory Place plans Block Party

KNOXVILLE – The second annual Emory Place Block Party in North Knoxville will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 2 pm to 9 pm. The event has been organized to help bring attention to the historic Emory Place area. The goal of the block party is to create an opportunity for locals to get out and meet one another while experiencing what the area has to offer. The event is free to the public and everyone is welcome to join in the fun.

The 2016 Emory Place Block Party will have a more music centered focus with multiple acts preforming at various venues around Emory Place. All of the acts are Knoxville locals and the music is sure to please with a range including reggae, folk, indie-rock, jazz and more. A full line up, including performances by local dance groups, will be released in the coming weeks.

“Last year we had so many people say they didn’t know Emory Place existed before the block party. The area has seen a great amount of growth in the last year so this year it’s less about discovering Emory Place and more about celebrating it as a special little place in the city,” said block party organizer Whitney Manahan.


FCAC hosts photography contest

Barry Seaton and Clay Thurston will be the judges for a photography competition exhibit from July 29 – August 26, 2016 at the Fountain City Art Center in Knoxville. Guidelines and categories for the competition from the FCAC website, by email from the Director, or by visiting the Center.

Send title, price, and category info to get your entry number in advance, and bring in your framed photos from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM on Tuesday, July 26. Be sure to read the guidelines well in advance. Contact info: (865)357-ARTS; fcartcenter@knology.net; www.fountaincityartcenter.com.

Silk Purse Fashion Show at FCAC Tea

In addition, the 2016 Fountain City Art Center Summer Rose Tea will feature a fashion show by Judy Gardner of the Silk Purse and LeGrand Music Studio will provide guitar music. The Teas always feature incredible desserts and sandwiches made by Art Center members. Photo submitted.

Men and women both are invited to attend; RSVPs are due one week ahead, $25 per person. There will be traditional awards for the “Best Hat” and the “Best Decorated Table.” Young people may attend, but be sure the child is at least 8 years old and is comfortable sitting at a table for an hour or more. Wear nice summer clothes, not jeans and t-shirts, please. Hats are encouraged, but they are optional.

There will be a small selection of Silent Auction items; credit cards will be accepted.

Please contact Sylvia Williams now if you would like to decorate a table or if you would like to reserve a table for you and your guests, $150 for a table of six. (Email the Director to make reservations, to volunteer for table decorating, to donate auction items, or to ask questions: fcartcenter@knology.net; (865)357-2787.)


Bird art on display at Emporium

Among the exhibitors for the upcoming Knoxville Emporium shows are local artists Melinda Adams and Marjorie Holbert, who will be featured in the Emporium display case with photography and carvings that are sure to delight bird lovers.

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from August 5-26, 2016. A public reception will take place on Friday, August 5, 2016 from 5:00-9:00 PM to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork.

Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition. The First Friday reception also features Pasion Flamenca from 6:00-6:30 PM and a Jazz Jam with Vance Thompson’s Friends from 7:00-9:00 PM in the Black Box. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be available, and chocolate fondue will be provided by the Melting Pot of Knoxville.

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Melinda Adams is an amateur photographer (image courtesy the artist, featured above) with a passion for wildlife, architecture, and landscape. As a young girl living on a farm in East Tennessee, she would walk the acres of farmland in search of a great photo. Such a luxury of a camera was unheard of at that time in her life. Eventually, she managed to save money and buy herself a Polaroid camera. She could not take many photos because the film for the camera at that time was so expensive, and the few photos Adams took she cherishes to this day. She has received multiple awards from the Tennessee Valley Fair competitions. Her work has juried into Knoxville Photo and Arts in the Airport exhibitions, and she received a merit award for her work at the International Biscuit Festival.

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Marjorie Holbert began woodcarving (Roadrunner and Cactus, image courtesy the artist) six years ago by initially carving caricatures. Soon, she found herself interested in carving birds. Holbert’s daughter and son-in-law are passionate birders and would send her pictures of many birds that they would see on their trips. Often, they would ask her if she could identify the birds, which sparked her interest in birds and bird woodcarving. Holbert has won multiple awards at the Smoky Mountain Woodcarvers annual show in Townsend each October. She will be a featured exhibitor at the Foothills Craft Guild’s annual show in November.

The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543, or visit the Web site at www.knoxalliance.com.


History Center hosts First Families reunion

(Knoxville, TN) The East Tennessee Historical Society will commemorate the state’s 220th birthday with a First Families of Tennessee Reunion and Jubilee, August 19-21, 2016. The weekend will include a FFT dinner at Marble Springs, home of Tennessee Governor John Sevier, with period music, dances, and living history presentations, and tours of Marble Springs, with special time set aside for attendees to visit, compare research, and meet up with cousins.

A genealogy conference will focus on records and research methods for the pioneer period, as well as the history of the state’s early settlement, including the Watauga Association, the State of Franklin, county and state records, and more. The conference keynote speaker will be Troy Wayne Poteete, chief justice of the Cherokee Supreme Court, Tahlequah, Oklahoma, who will discuss the experiences of the Cherokee after they reached Oklahoma.

On Sunday, August 21, bus tours will travel to important pioneer sites in upper East Tennessee, such as Sycamore Shoals, Tipton-Haynes House, the site of the Battle of the State of Franklin, and replica of the State of Franklin log cabin capitol in Greeneville.

The First Families of Tennessee Reunion will be held in conjunction with the annual East Tennessee History Fair, which will take place on Saturday. The fair features traditional music, children’s games and activities, vintage films, living history presentations from the Cherokee to the Vietnam War, a History Hound costume competition, free admission to the Museum of East Tennessee History, bus tours to historic sites, and a birthday party for Davy Crockett, complete with cake.

First Families of Tennessee is a family heritage program of the East Tennessee Historical Society, with membership open to anyone who can prove descent from an ancestor who was in Tennessee by statehood in 1796. FFT has almost 16,000 members representing all fifty states and eight foreign countries.

All events are open to the public. Most East Tennessee History Fair activities are free. Pre-registration and a fee are required for participation in First Families of Tennessee events. For more information on the schedule of events, costs, and registration, see www.eastTNhistory.org/FFTReunion.

About the East Tennessee Historical Society

Established in 1834, the East Tennessee Historical Society has been helping East Tennesseans hold on to our unique heritage—recording the events, collecting the artifacts, and saving the stories that comprise the history we all share. The historical society pursues its education mission through publications, lectures, conferences, school programs, museum exhibits, and heritage programs such as the popular First Families of Tennessee and Civil War Families of Tennessee. The East Tennessee History Center houses the staff and programs of the East Tennessee Historical Society, the Museum of East Tennessee History, the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection, and the Knox County Archives.


Register for 2016 Governor’s Conference

Every salesman needs to know his product, says TNECD Commissioner Randy Boyd, and if you have a business in Tennessee, you’re selling what we’ve got to offer. Ready to grow your business and take it to the next level? Registration is now open for the 63rd annual Governor’s Conference to be held this year at the Renaissance Nashville, 611 Commerce Street, in Nashville, Tennessee, from Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 7am – to Friday, Oct ober 28, 2016 at 1pm CDT.

TeamTennessee

Gov. Bill Haslam and TNECD Commissioner Randy Boyd, along with hundreds of state and local officials, business executives and economic development professionals, will be on hand to present Team Tennessee’s innovative game plan and strategy.

Tennessee’s private sector employment totals 2.46 million jobs (Nov. 2015), according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Private sector employment in Tennessee has reached new records each month since April 2015; 40,400 net new private sector jobs have been created during 2015; 265,200 net new private sector jobs have been created since January 2011. There’s more to come in 2016 for “Team Tennessee,” the TNECD’s vision for the future prosperity for the state that includes all counties.

Come network and see why Team Tennessee has the strongest starting lineup in economic development today, filled with MVPs – the most valuable people, policies and programs.

Tickets are $270 for the full conference. For those who cannot attend the full conference, luncheon only tickets are also available. Register at http://govcon.tnecd.com/


Emporium features five exhibits

KNOXVILLE, TN – The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from July 1-29, 2016. A public reception will take place on Friday, July 1, from 5:00-9:00 PM to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork. Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition.

The First Friday reception also features Full Disclosure Comedy from 5:30-6:30 PM and a Jazz Jam with Vance Thompson’s Friends from 7:00-9:00 PM in the Black Box. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be available, and chocolate fondue will be provided by the Melting Pot of Knoxville.

Townsend Artisan Guild: A Sense of Community in the downstairs gallery
The Townsend Artisan Guild will present the works of its artists depicting the theme “A Sense of Community: Portrait of Small Towns and City Life”. Fiber artists, painters, photographers, sculptors, and woodworkers will exhibit their representation of communities and the environments they consider home.

Sculpture by Ty Crisp in the Balcony gallery
Ty’s love of woodworking evolved into furniture making, joinery and design. Upon opening his first Studio in 2004 he began experimenting in metal work, concrete and stone. This combination of elements became a catalyst for interior and exterior design concepts.

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Renee Suich: Small Stories in the display case (Image above courtesy the artist)
Renee Suich creates mixed media art including collages inspired by nature, history and the energy that surrounds us all. Early years spent in design were further fostered by time spent working at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Her work has been referred to as ‘Heritage Collage’, as she incorporates vintage imagery in a contemporary composition.

Daniel Taylor: Faces of Jazz on the North Wall
Daniel Taylor has been passionate about photography for more than half of his life. After retiring from retail sales three years ago, he was able to dedicate more time to his art. Taylor is a self-taught artist who is influenced by Peter Turnley, Elliot Erwitt and others in the world of Street Photography. He enjoys shooting casual portraits outdoors or in his home studio.

Service, Sacrifice, Honor by Cheryl Sharp in the Atrium
Celebrating the July 4th holiday and honoring the men and women of our military, “Service, Sacrifice, Honor” is a small selection of photographs of those serving their nation and the families supporting them. Several images are representative of the sacrifice of past service and those who continue to honor their memory every day. A grateful people can never forget the cost of freedom. Cheryl Sharp is a Knoxville native and a graduate of the University of Tennessee’s College of Business.

The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21 & 28, 6:30-9:30 PM. Please note, the Emporium will be closed on Monday, July 4, for the holiday. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543, or visit the Web site at www.knoxalliance.com.


Fountain City hosts art exhibit

KNOXVILLE, TN – The Fountain City Art Center is hosting a competition and an exhibition for artists in all 2-D and all 3-D media. Entries generally range from 2-D works in watercolors, oils and acrylics, pastels, pencils, mixed media, and photographs, to 3-D works in , clay, wood, stone, glass, metal, cloth, fiber, recycled materials, tile mosaics, and handmade papers, textiles, and books.

All artists are welcome to enter by bringing in their entries on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM. The exhibit judges will be Hugh Bailey and Martha Robbins. The opening reception for the exhibit and announcement of awards will be on Friday, June 24, 6:30 – 8:00 PM.

The Fountain City Art Center is located at 213 Hotel Avenue in the old library building next to Fountain City Park. Art Center hours are: Tu, TH 9-5; W. F 10 – 5; Sat. 9-1; closed Sunday and Monday. The Art Center also
holds classes and workshops all year round Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information, including guidelines and applications for the show, visit the website:
www.fountaincityartcenter.com; email the Art Center: fcartcenter@knology.net; or call : (865)357-ARTS.

Artwork by Michael Pardee, image courtesy the artist.

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Marble Springs celebrates July 4th

Marble Springs State Historic Site will celebrate the Fourth of July with a “Let Freedom Ring” Bell Ringing ceremony. This event is in collaboration with the General Henry Knox Chapter of the Sons of the Revolution and local reenacting community. This event will take place from 10am until 4pm on July 4th and is free to the public, though donations are appreciated.

Activities will include a bell ringing ceremony, a freedom pole, and a long hunter camp. For more information, please call (865)-573- 5508, email info@marblesprings.net or visit www.marblesprings.net. Details subject to change.

All activities will take place at the Marble Springs State Historic Site at 1220 W. Governor John Sevier Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920.

Programming assistance for this event is provided by Knox County. Marble Springs is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Historical Commission, and supplemented by additional funds raised by the Governor John Sevier Memorial Association.

Marble Springs State Historic Site is the last remaining home of John Sevier. Born in Virginia in 1745, John Sevier made a name for himself as a Revolutionary War Hero during the Battle of Kings Mountain (1780), a key player and Governor of the short-lived State of Franklin (1784-1788), and ultimately was elected to serve as the first Governor of the State of Tennessee (1796).

Marble Springs was the approximate 350-acre farm that Sevier lived on from 1801-1815, the last years of his life. Sevier named his farm Marble Springs because of the Tennessee Rose Marble that was quarried on site and the natural springs that flowed on the property.

While visiting Marble Springs, you will have the opportunity to tour several historic structures that are designed to represent various aspects of John Sevier’s life. These structures include: the Tavern, Loom House, Smoke House, Spring House, the John Sevier Cabin and detached kitchen.


Mabry-Hazen hosts July 4th event

KNOXVILLE, TN – Mabry-Hazen House will host its Fourth of July Celebration on Monday, July 4th, 2016. On historic Mabry’s Hill attendees will enjoy a great view of the July 4th fireworks show, good food, and live music by Lost Fiddle String Band. Tours of the historic home will begin at 6pm, and dinner will be served at 7:30. Alcohol is BYOB.

Previously voted one of the best places to watch the Boomsday fireworks show, Mabry-Hazen House also offers food and entertainment without the traffic. Tickets are $60 per adult and children under 12 are free when accompanied by a ticket holder. Tickets are limited to 200 adults to ensure a quality event. Purchase your tickets in advance to guarantee your attendance. There is plenty of parking and the site offers easy access to I-40 without traffic concerns.

Tickets may be purchased in advance by visiting www.mabryhazen.com or call 865-522-8661 for more information. The event will take place rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable. Sponsored by WDVX, All Occasions Party Rentals, and Crowne Plaza Knoxville.

Built in 1858, Mabry-Hazen House is strategically located on the highest hill east of downtown Knoxville with spacious views in all directions. The home was occupied and defended by both armies during the Civil War. It housed three generations of the same family for 130 years, and the museum showcases one of the largest original family collections in America. Your attendance will help support the museum’s mission to preserve and educate the public about an important part of East Tennessee history.

Please call 865-522-8661 or visit www.mabryhazen.com for more information.


Bark in the Park June 11

Knoxville’s Bark in the Park, a celebration for dogs and people, will be held at the World’s Fair Park Festival Lawn on Saturday, June 11, 2016. Gates will open at 3 pm with a five-dollar entry donation.

The festival includes games and contests for people and their pooches, plus the Humane Society of Tennessee Valley’s Kid’s Corner will feature face painting, henna tattoos, balloon art and more.

Festival vendors will include artisans, pet-oriented businesses, and pet-friendly businesses. There will be lots of great food and festival goers will be able to cool off with a cold drink at the “Barkin’ Beer Garden sponsored by the Bearden Beer Market and Yazoo Brewing Company.

And to help keep Fido cool, there will be cool-down pools and Grayson Subaru’s Misting Tent. Of course, Rescue Alley will be there as well, representing hardworking specialized animal rescues.

For more information, visit HumaneSocietyTennessee.com.


Knoxville hosts fake wedding

KNOXVILLE, TN – Brides- and grooms-to-be are invited to attend Knoxville’s inaugural The Big Fake Wedding. This bridal show alternative in the form of a big, fake wedding takes place on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 7:00 PM at The Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville.

Wedding guests for this promotional event are brides- and grooms-to-be who will enjoy experiencing local wedding vendors in action. Local married couple Katy and Casey Oliver will use the event to renew their wedding vows. The evening will include a catered cocktail-style dinner and reception and will showcase local wedding vendors. Tickets are $25.

Credited for changing the way future brides and grooms prepare to wed by The TODAY Show, The Big Fake Wedding has proved to be an innovative alternative to a trade-show style wedding expo. While The Big Fake Wedding is in the business of creating fake weddings, they continue to work towards their very real goals of promoting small businesses, inspiring brides and grooms, and encouraging solid marriages.

For more information, contact Suzanne Cada at 865-523-7543.
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Knox Library Book Sale is June 25-28

Knox County Public Library’s 2016 Annual Used Book Sale will be held June 25–28, 2016 at the Jacob Building at Chilhowee Park in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee.

Thousands of beautiful used books will be on sale to benefit the Knox County Public Library. From Members Only Day on June 25 through Bag Sale Day on June 28, this year’s sale offers great book bargains for everyone.

Knoxville residents can support Friends of the Knox County Public Library in 2016 by registering a Kroger Plus Card and choosing Friends as the recipient.

Participants earn points for the library with every purchase that will be converted into dollars of support for Friends. Participants still receive Kroger Plus Card discounts just like before, and benefit the library at the same time.

Follow these easy steps to link your card to Friends: Register your card online—create an account, then enter your email, favorite store, and Kroger Plus Card number. At the bottom of your Account Summary, click Enroll under Community Rewards, and either enter our Kroger Non Profit number (65466) or just search for Friends of the Knox County Public Library.

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Emporium presents four exhibits

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present four new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from June 3-24, 2016. A public reception will take place on Friday, June 3, from 5:00-9:00 PM to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork.

Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition. The First Friday reception also features music from 7:00-9:00 PM by Swing Serenade, a four-piece jazz band who plays fast swing, original grooves, and their own arrangements of beloved standards. Pasion Flamenca will perform flamenco dance and music in the Black Box from 6:00-6:30 PM. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be available, and chocolate fondue will be provided by the Melting Pot of Knoxville.

The exhibits include the Knoxville Photo 2016 in the downstairs galley and Tennessee Watercolor Society 35th Exhibition in the Balcony gallery; A Mosaic Journey by Judy Overholt Wheeler in the display case; and Kim Emert Gale and Janet Weaver: Through Our Eyes in the Atrium.

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.

Sunday Morning by Bill Bailey

“Sunday Morning” by Bill Bailey is part of four exhibitions on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sundays, June 5 & 19, 3:30-6:30 PM. Photo courtesy the artist.


Enjoy Jewish traditional foods

KNOXVILLE, TN – You might be familiar with bagels and lox, or challah bread. But what about shakshuka or mandlebrot? On May 22, 2016 the greater Knoxville community will have a chance to try both of these Jewish foods, and many more, at the first-ever “Knoshville” Jewish Food Festival. (The event’s name is a play on the Yiddish word “nosh,” which means to snack or nibble.)

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“Knoshville will bring together every Jewish organization in the Knoxville and Oak Ridge area, in celebration and appreciation of Jewish foods and cuisine. The entire community is invited to attend, nosh with us, and learn about the foods that bring us together,” says Deborah Oleshansky, Executive Director of the Knoxville Jewish Alliance. “It’s going to be very fun, and also very delicious.”

Knoshville Jewish Food Festival
Sunday, May 22 • 11:00AM – 3:00PM
Arnstein Jewish Community Center (AJCC), 6800 Deane Hill Drive
Admission is free; minimum food purchase of $10.00
The entire community is invited to attend and nosh! (RAIN OR SHINE.)

Menu items to include:
Bagels and lox (smoked salmon); Shakshuka (Middle Eastern spicy baked egg dish); Bundt cakes; “black and white” cookies; mandlebrot (it’s like biscotti, but better) potato latkes (pancakes); potato knishes (delicious filling covered with dough and baked or fried); matzah ball soup (dumplings in broth); challah (Jewish egg bread)

Please note: In respect of kashrut, the kosher Jewish dietary laws and traditions, no meat or poultry items will be available at this event. Dairy, fish and vegetarian items and some gluten-free items will be available. The Knoxville Jewish Alliance looks forward to announcing a kosher deli event in Fall 2016. Stay tuned!

Participating organizations: Knoxville Jewish Alliance, Heska Amuna Synagogue, Temple Beth El, Knoxville Jewish Day School, Chabad of Knoxville, Jewish Congregation of Oak Ridge, the local chapters of Hadassah and BBYO, and the Young Jewish Adults of Knoxville.

Knoshville will also feature Israeli dancing, music, and an art gallery. An AJCC pool open house will occur from 1:00PM – 5:00PM; pool use is free to the community.


TN Medieval faire is May 14

HARRIMAN, TN – Go back to the early Middle Ages (c. 500) and celebrate King Arthur and Camelot at the second annual Tennessee Medieval Faire in Harriman, Tennessee. This rugged outdoor festival opens on May 14, 2016 and runs the last three weekends in May, including Memorial Day.

Leading the charge is The Royal Joust performed three times a day by the Hanlon-Lees Action Theatre. There will also be sword fighting at the Warriors’ Chess Matches, performed twice daily. Between arena shows, Unicorn and Warhorse Rides will be offered.

“Excitement is increasing because more people know about the Faire,” said Barrie Paulson, VP-Manager & Entertainment Director. “People tell us they appreciate the quality of our show and want to see it grow.”

Rotating on three stages will be professional, interactive, family-friendly shows. Acts returning this year include Aaron Bonk’s “ridiculously dangerous” Fire * Whip * Sword Show; The Jackdaws, previously named Banish Misfortune; Professor DeWitt’s Punch and Judy Puppet Show; Albi Belly Dance; and Aristotle Simplified, aka Einstein Simplified.

New acts this year include Topsy Turvy, an acrobatic duo; Feckless Fear Dearg, a Kentucky Celtic band; Tom Smiter–Bizarre Feats of Rhythm and Melody; and Dendarah Middle Eastern Dance with Raks el Anwar. There will be other musicians, interactive folk dancers, fairy tale shows and medieval games. The Royal Players, who roam the Faire and interact with patrons, include the characters of King Arthur, Queen Guinevere and Merlin. Performance schedules will be posted on the festival website by May 11 and will be available at the Faire.

The number of medieval village merchants has almost doubled this year and will include around 50 craft, food and beverage vendors. Artisans will sell their handcrafted wares made of leather, wood, clay, metal, glass, cloth, etc. Hungry patrons can enjoy delicious medieval fare including turkey legs, gyros, hearty soups, scotch eggs, dragon jerky, fresh fruits and desserts. Hot and cold beverages including beer will also be available.

The Tennessee Medieval Faire will be open on May 14-15, 21-22, 28-29-30; rain or shine. Hours are 10-5 EDT. Ticket prices are $16.95 for ages 13 and up, $8.95 for ages 5 to 12, and will be free for ages 4 and under. Parking is free, and tickets will be available for purchase at the gate with cash or credit. Onsite camping for patrons is not included, but public campgrounds and hotels are nearby. The festival is located at 550 Fiske Road, Harriman, TN. For Faire rules, guidelines and more information, please visit www.TMFaire.com.


Festival features Mountain Faith Band

Just a short half hour drive from Knoxville via I-40 or Chapman Highway, this year’s Sevierville Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass festival (May 20 & 21, 2016) will include a headline performance Friday night from Mountain Faith Band, a 2015 finalist from NBC’s America’s Got Talent.

“From savory barbeque to the sweet sounds of the banjo and mandolin, festival-goers will once again be treated to a fun-filled, memorable experience in the Smokies,” says Sevierville Chamber of Commerce Marketing Director Amanda Maples Marr.

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Mountain Faith Band, the SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards nominated band from Sylva, North Carolina, brings their modern style of Appalachian, Americana, and Roots music to Sevierville for Bloomin’ BBQ and Bluegrass 2016. 

The band features Sam McMahan on bass, Summer McMahan playing the fiddle, Brayden McMahan on banjo, Jimmy Meyer on rhythm guitar, Cory Piatt on mandolin and David Meyer triples on guitar, fiddle and piano, Chris Wright on drums. Last Thanksgiving, the band traveled to the Persian Gulf and performed six concerts for men and women serving in the military.

Beginning Friday night, May 20, 2016 bluegrass band Nightflyer will take the Bloomin’ BBQ and Bluegrass main stage at 5p.m., before live performances from The Bankesters and Jimbo Whaley and Greenbrier. The festival’s headliners, Mountain Faith Band, will close the evening on the main stage, with their set scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

Following these performances, all musicians in attendance will be invited to stick around and join fellow pickers for The Late Night Jam, presented by Dixie Stampede. This will be held on the festival grounds and takes place from 10 p.m. on Friday until 2 a.m. on Saturday, May 21st.

Saturday’s music line-up kicks off with Mountain Ruckus at 1 p.m. – Dixie Stampede’s band featuring four-time National Banjo Champion Gary “Biscuit” Davis. At 2 p.m., the sister duo of The Church Sisters will take the stage, followed by Bobby Osborne and the Rocky Top X-Press. Osborne is the original singer of Rocky Top. Bluegrass super group Flashback will also perform two sets. Flashback has only recently begun making appearances again and consists of members of the mid-1990s bluegrass group, The New South.

The evening’s headliner, The Gibson Brothers, will take the stage at 8 p.m. on Saturday May 21, to cap off an incredible weekend of bluegrass.

Editor’s Note: Celebrate Knoxville’s Music Reviewer Adam Whipple will chat with the Gibson Brothers on the road before their scheduled appearance. We’ll give you a reminder to check that out in our Twitter account, @CelebrateKnox.

 


Dogwood Arts fest is April 29-May 1

More than 60 juried artists will feature and sell their work at this weekend’s Dogwood Arts festival in Market Square, downtown Knoxville, April 29 through May 1, 2016. Admission is free.

Times are Friday: 11:00am – 9:00pm; Saturday: 10:00am – 9:00pm; Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm.

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Artisans working in mixed media, clay, drawing/pastels, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, painting, photography, sculpture and wood will be selling their wares at Dogwood Arts. Throughout the festival, attendees can take part in interactive demonstrations including glass blowing, stone sculpting, quilting, photography, and fine art painting at Art in Action, located in Krutch Park Extension. File photo by Celebrate Knoxville.

Throughout the festival, live entertainment will be happening on the Market Square stage and the pop-up stage on Union Avenue. The Children’s Stage, located at the Clinch Ave Krutch Park entrance, will showcase live entertainment geared toward children. The Creation Station will also have entertaining family-style craft activities throughout the festival for children of all ages and their families.

For adults, the Dogwood Arts Festival is offering wine tastings and food demonstrations in the Culinary Arts Tent. Friday night in the Culinary Arts Tent, the inaugural Dogwood Diva Dinner featuring Knoxville’s finest female chefs, Holly Hambright, Karen Crumley, Amber Lloyd, and Lisa Smith. Delight in passed hors d’oeuvres, first course, entrée and side followed by dessert, paired with wine. Space is limited.

 


Marathon draws 8,000 runners

Race officials have verified the winners in the 2016 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon, which took place this past weekend in Knoxville. Local resident Gina Rouse (Knoxville) won the women’s full marathon with a time of 2:53:16.

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Gina Rouse crosses the finish line with a time of 2:53:16. Now in its 12th year, this year’s Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon race drew nearly 8,000 runners, representing its largest crowd ever. Photo submitted.

“On behalf of Covenant Health, it is my honor to congratulate the winners and all participants for their efforts today,” said Jim VanderSteeg, Covenant Health president and CEO. “Whether yours was the fastest time or you persevered until you got to the finish line, whether you ran the 5K or completed the full marathon, you’re all winners because you’ve made an important investment in your health.”

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

Men’s full marathon:

1. Bryan Morseman of Bath, New York, at 2:25:01

2. James Miller of Johnson City, Tennessee, at 2:36:21

3. Jake Rhyne of Maryville, Tennessee, at 2:51:07

Women’s full marathon:

1. Gina Rouse of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 2:53:16

2. Lynn Baione of Sevierville, Tennessee, at 3:05:03

3. Sarah Eldridge of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 3:20:49

Men’s half marathon:

1. Patrick Cheptoek of Bowling Green, Kentucky, at 1:10:10

2. J. Penny of Johnson City, Tennessee, at 1:14:23

3. Tony Casey of Johnson City, Tennessee, 1:15:16

Women’s half marathon:

1. Lydia Kosgei of Clarksville, Tennessee, 1:22:11

2. Emily Boles of Greensboro, North Carolina, at 1:26:23

3. Barbara Powers of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 1:27:49

Men’s 5K:

1. Nicholas Morgan of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 18:01

2. Douglas Cross of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 18:20

3. Bobby Haines of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 18:48

Women’s 5K:

1. Kathy Wolski of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 19:11

2. Emily Jones of White Bluff, Tennessee, at 22:33

3. Sue Moring of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 23:03

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. Dane Pilot of Weaverville, North Carolina, at 1:26:10

2. David Neumer of Kingston, Tennessee, at 1:43:49

3. Daniel Smith of Elizabethton, Tennessee, at 2:32:34

Women’s Handcycle Marathon:

1. Carly Pearson of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 2:44:24

In addition to individual participants, the race also included a two- and four-person marathon relay. New this year, the men’s and women’s 5K run was held on Saturday, alongside the one-mile Covenant Kids Run.

 


UT sponsors medieval event

KNOXVILLE—The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies has teamed up with Bearden High School and the Tennessee Medieval Faire to host the Marco Madness Medieval Faire from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 2016.

It will be held at Bearden High School, 8352 Kingston Pike, Knoxville. Admission is free and complimentary pizza will be served. Medieval food, drink and crafts will be available for purchase. There also will be door prizes. Parking is free but limited. The fair aims to demonstrate how medieval culture and the humanities shed light on today’s world.

“With the popularity of ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Lord of the Rings’, ‘The Hobbit,’ Vikings, pirates, Disney princesses and more, there is so much excitement about everything medieval,” said Thomas E. Burman, director of the UT Marco Institute. “We wanted to provide a gathering where this interest could thrive.”

Visitors are encouraged to come in family-friendly costumes, without masks or real weapons, and compete in costume and trivia contests for prizes.

UT professors and graduate students will lead discussions on “Game of Thrones” and Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit.”

From 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., visitors can learn how to be a street character and audition for the Tennessee Medieval Faire, which will be held in May in Harriman, Tennessee.


Crafts Center joins Dogwood tour

Appalachian Arts Craft Center in Norris, Tennessee is participating in the Dogwood Art DeTour on Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17 from 10 am to 5 pm each day at the Center.

The DeTour is an event where local artists welcome the public into their studio space to experience the working creative process as the artist demonstrates the making of a work of art. Several artists will be at the Center demonstrating mixed media, painting, pottery, and more. In addition, there will be craft activities for kids.

The event is free for all ages. For more information or directions, call 865-494-9854.


Dogwood Arts begins in April

KNOXVILLE – The first day of spring 2016 is near, which means Dogwood Arts is gearing up for its annual celebration with a number of exciting events and activities throughout the month of April.

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April 9, 2016: See the sidewalks throughout Market Square and Krutch Park come alive as they become the canvas for artists of all ages and experience at this fan favorite Knoxville event.  Photo by Celebrate Knoxville.

April 15-May 1, 2016: Explore more than 60 miles of trails, open gardens, and camera site sites as you enjoy a walk, bike, or drive the time honored tradition of the Dogwood Trails and Open Gardens. Holston Hills is the 2016 Featured Trail.

April 29-May 1, 2016: A Knoxville tradition, the Dogwood Arts Festival on Market Square is a lively street fair showcasing the juried artwork of local and national artisans. Live entertainment around every corner, from street performers to three entertainment stages – a main stage, a pop-up stage and children’s stage- and culinary arts demonstrations and tastings.

“Art, culture, and natural beauty take center stage during the month of April throughout East Tennessee ” said Tom Cervone, Executive Director. “And Dogwood Arts (once again) is pleased and proud to shine the spotlight on and create the itinerary for your journey to experience every moment.  Happy Spring from all of us at Dogwood Arts!”

Dogwood Arts 2016 begins on April 1, First Friday, at the Opening of the Regional Fine Art Exhibition at The Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville.


Knoxville Kidney Run is March 19

Local dialysis patients will benefit from the East Tennessee Kidney Foundation’s Lucky Kidney Run and Irish Festival on Saturday, March 19, 2016 in downtown Knoxville.

The East Tennessee Kidney Foundation (ETKF) helps local kidney patients in 15 East Tennessee counties with costs for transportation to and from dialysis treatments and provides nutritional supplements and also blankets to make dialysis treatments more comfortable for patients. It also provides patient and caregiver education; facilitates prevention, detection and awareness of kidney disease; and promotes organ donation.

The 5th annual 6K run and 6K/2K walk start from Market Square at 10 a.m., progressing from downtown to the Fourth and Gill neighborhood and back.

The event also includes an Irish Festival, which is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in Market Square. The event will feature live music, dancing and vendor booths, and kids will enjoy large inflatables and midway games.

Festival admission is free; tickets for children’s entertainment are available online during race registration or at the event. All on-site sales of food and game tickets will be cash only.

“Whether you plan to run or walk or simply enjoy the festival, the Lucky Kidney Run and Irish Festival promises fun for the entire family,” said ETKF Executive Director Katie Martin. “Anyone whose life has been touched by kidney disease or just interested in enjoying the outdoors for a great cause is welcome to participate.”

 


Knoxville Mardi Growl is March 5

Knoxville’s 2016 Mardi Growl Parade takes place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 5, and includes a festival in Market Square from noon to 2 p.m.

“Mardi Growl is an event for all types of dogs and people of all ages to enjoy,” said Jeff Ashin, CEO of Young-Williams Animal Center. “We hope all Knoxville-area pet lovers will come celebrate with us and support the animal shelter by participating. As a nonprofit organization, events like these are so important to help us care for the animals we serve.”

Day-of-event registration is $20 per dog. Goody bags will be given to registered participants while supplies last. The Fulton High School band will also march in the parade.

“Mardi Growl is a marvelous blend of family, friends, dogs, pets and Mardi Gras with an animal flair and lots of fun,” Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero said. “We encourage everyone with or without pets to come downtown to watch the parade and enjoy the festival.”

The parade begins on Willow Avenue in the Old City and winds to Jackson Avenue. The route turns south onto Gay Street, passing by a judges’ viewing stand at Krutch Park, and then turns onto Clinch Avenue to finish at the festival on Market Square.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Young-Williams Animal Center will offer microchips for $10, rabies vaccines for $10 and pet ID tags for $5. From noon to 2 p.m., more than 30 vendors representing pet product manufacturers, rescue groups and dog services will be set up on the square. The Old City Buskers will perform on the pavilion.

For more information about Mardi Growl, call 865-215-6599.


Dogwood Arts names event chairs

Dogwood Arts has announced Knoxville business owners Eric Botts and Holly Hambright will serve as the 2016 Dogwood Arts Co-Chairs.

“I couldn’t be more excited to have both Eric and Holly representing Dogwood Arts in this, my inaugural season as Executive Director of this tremendous organization. I have had the good fortune of working with both of these servant leaders in previous roles within the Arts and Culture community and we’re fortunate to have them!” says Dogwood Arts’ Executive Director, Tom Cervone.

Dogwood Arts Co-Chairs serve as official community ambassadors for more than 15 Dogwood Arts events throughout the year.

Previous Dogwood Arts co-chairs include current board president Janet Testerman, Joan Cronan, Ken Lowe, the late Bobby Denton, Terry Turner, Alvin Nance, Mickey Mallonee and Eddie Mannis.

Dogwood Arts is a 501(c)3 organization with a mission to promote and celebrate regional art, culture, and natural beauty.  Since 1955, Dogwood Arts has been a Knoxville tradition that now produces more than 15 signature events, which include Art in Public Places, Dogwood Arts Festival on Market Square, Rhythm N’ Blooms, Chalk Walk, Knoxville Film Festival, Bikes & Blooms, and Bazillion Blooms.


String quartet to perform

The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association is pleased to present the Oak Ridge String Quartet in a romantic program on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 7:30 PM at the Pollard Auditorium.

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The Oak Ridge String Quartet includes Karen Kartal, Susan Eddlemon, Sara Matayoshi, and Stacy Nickell Miller. Photo submitted.

Violinist Karen Kartal has performed as a soloist with many orchestras, and has won first prize in many competitions, including the MTNA National Chamber Music Competition.  Karen was the Assistant Principal Second Violin of the Knoxville Symphony until 2005 and she is currently Concertmaster of the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra.

Susan Lang Eddlemon, violin, is a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York City where she studied under Joseph Fuchs. She is the first woman violinist to receive a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Juilliard.

Violist Sara Matayoshi has earned recognition for her artistry as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician, making her solo debut with the Midwest Young Artist’s Orchestra in 2002.   Sara is a former member of the Chicago Civic, Madison Symphony, and Atlantic Symphony Orchestras. In addition to her musical activities, Sara is also a Forrest yoga teacher.

Stacy Nickell Miller, cellist, has performed with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra since 1998. She has been involved with award-winning outreach programs at schools, libraries, hospitals, and nursing homes. Stacy’s book entitled “Better than Cookies, as Good as Cake” was written to introduce young children to the string quartet, and to the joy of making music.

The Quartet will perform romantic classics by Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Grieg.  Tickets are $25 for adults; $10 for young adults and youth (29 and under).

The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association presents professional performances in the Oak Ridge community with its symphony, chorus, and chamber music series.  Call 865-483-5569.


Knoxville hosts gymnastics event

KNOXVILLE, TN – Top collegiate gymnastics teams from across the country will travel to Knoxville to compete in the 4th annual Ozone Collegiate Gymnastics Classic at the Knoxville Convention Center, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 at 8 p.m.

NCAA women’s gymnastics teams competing in the invitational include Iowa State, U.S. Air Force Academy, University of Pittsburgh and Southeast Missouri State University.

Premier Athletics of Knoxville presents the collegiate classic in conjunction with the 14th annual Ozone Gymnastics Invitational, a USA Gymnastics sanctioned competition with more than 3,500 Junior Olympic gymnasts from 16 states scheduled to participate.

These gymnasts, ages 6-18, will participate in women’s gymnastics, men’s gymnastics, and trampoline and tumbling events at the Convention Center on Jan. 15-18.

All competitions are hosted by Knoxville-based Premier Athletics.

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The Knoxville Convention Center is a 500,000-square-foot convention center in Knoxville, Tennessee, occupying the former location of the US Pavilion of the 1982 World’s Fair. It offers 120,000 square feet of exhibit space. 


Rhythm & Blooms names final lineup

KNOXVILLE, TN – Dogwood Arts and Attack Monkey Productions are pleased to announce the final round of artists who will be performing at the 2016 Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival. The highly anticipated music festival will be held April 8-10, 2016 in venues along Jackson Avenue in Knoxville’s historic Old City.

The latest additions to the lineup includes Mutemath, Old 97’s, Green River Ordinance, Down the Wind, Midnight Merry-Go-Round, Guy Marshall, River Whyless, Mic Harrison & The High Score, Elliott BROOD, Christian Lopez Band, Paleface, J-Bush, The Crane Wives, The Meadows Brothers, Jubal, Canada, Matt Honkonen, Electric Darling, Daniel Miller & The High Life, and Knoxville Stomp.

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Rhythm N’ Blooms is presented by Yee-Haw Brewing Company and produced in partnership by Dogwood Arts and Attack Monkey Productions. Dogwood Arts, is a 501(c)3 organization with a mission to promote and celebrate the Knoxville region’s arts, culture, and natural beauty. File photo by Celebrate Knoxville.


TVA sponsors Knoxville robotics

KNOXVILLE, TN     The Tennessee Valley Authority has expanded its community investment in S.T.E.M. education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) by announcing a $10,000 presenting sponsorship  for the 2016 Annual Robotics Revolution to be held in Chilhowee Park this summer.

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This STEM awareness event is both entertaining and academic and is geared to inspire young minds toward a college and career interest in a variety of STEM fields. The event will showcase connections that exist between K-12 STEM educational opportunities, university and training institutions, applied research and product development and the companies that benefit from these educational investments.

“Robotics Revolution has hosted almost 3,000 attendees in the previous two years.  State-of-the-art corporations always benefit from a well-educated workforce and TVA’s investment in Robotics Revolution demonstrates how events like this are meeting this need in our community,” says Ellie Kittrell, Executive Director for The Muse Knoxville, who is hosting the robotics event.

The Muse Knoxville is a non-profit children’s science museum located in Historical Chilhowee Park.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states.

 

 


Survey studies arts and culture

The Arts Mean Business. That is the message being delivered today by the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville, who announced it has joined the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5, a national study measuring the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences.

In Greater Knoxville, the research study is being conducted by Americans for the Arts (AFTA), the nation’s nonprofit organization advancing the arts and arts education in partnership with the Arts & Culture Alliance and the Tennessee Arts Commission, the state’s arts agency. This is the fifth national study over the past 20 years to measure the impact of arts and culture spending on local jobs, income paid to local residents, and revenue generated to local and state governments. This will be the Alliance’s first time to participate.

As one of nearly 300 study partners across all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, the Alliance will collect economic impact data from local nonprofits that offer arts and culture programming both formal and informal. “This study will show how nonprofit arts and culture are an important industry in our community—employing people locally, purchasing goods and services from local merchants, and helping to drive tourism and economic development,” said Liza Zenni, Executive Director of the Arts & Culture Alliance.

The Alliance will also collect surveys from attendees at arts and cultural events. Previous national studies have shown that the average attendee spends $24.60 per person, per event, beyond the cost of admission. Those studies have also shown that, on average, 32 percent of arts attendees travel from outside the county in which the arts event took place, and that those cultural tourists typically spend nearly $40 per person—generating important revenue for local businesses and demonstrating how the arts drive revenue for other businesses in the community.

Surveys will be collected throughout calendar year 2016. The results of the study will be released in June of 2017.

 


Home show scheduled for February 2016

KNOXVILLE, TN – Matt Blashaw, licensed contractor and host of HGTV’s Vacation House for Free, and Tiffany Brooks, season eight winner of HGTV Star and host of HGTV’s Smart Home 2016, are coming to Knoxville to share their expertise on house renovation, real estate and interior design at the 38th annual House & Garden Show.

The Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show runs February 12 – 14 at the Knoxville Convention Center in downtown Knoxville, Tenn.

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A native of Orange County, Calif., Matt Blashaw spent his teen years working at his father’s lumberyard before graduating from Chapman University. He then moved on to a variety of jobs in the construction and entertainment industries. A stint with the technical services group at Disney taught him about show effects and electrical installation. Today, when he’s not sharing his expertise with HGTV viewers, Matt works as a real estate agent and builds homes in Orange County. Photo submitted.

Tiffany Brooks, recently named as one of the nation’s Top 20 African American Interior Designers, is a wife and working mom who loves spending time growing her residential interior design business. She first demonstrated her design talent when she was offered the opportunity to stage model homes while working in property management. After one of her model-home designs won an award, she decided to follow her passion for interior design full-time. Tiffany’s design style is “classic with a twist,” and she enjoys mixing traditional pieces with a little rock ‘n’ roll.

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The Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show celebrates its 38th year as the largest annual fundraiser for Dogwood Arts. The Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show runs February 12 – 14, 2016 at the Knoxville Convention Center in downtown Knoxville, Tenn.

 


Knoxville Zoo adds Santa Village

Knoxville, Tenn. – Santa Claus will be available to hear Christmas wishes and pose for holiday photos Thursday, Dec. 3 through Sunday, Dec. 6 and Thursday, Dec. 10 through Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. each day.  Guests may bring their own cameras for photos or purchase portraits taken by a professional photographer.

Located indoors at the Pilot Flying J Wee Play Adventure play area, the halls of Santa’s Village are all decked for the holidays with dozens of trees and thousands of lights.  Guests can celebrate the season with special yuletide crafts, creative play and encounters with special animal visitors throughout the day.

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Santa’s Village is included with general Knoxville Zoo admission.  Currently, the zoo is offering buy one, get one free tickets through February 29, 2016 during Kroger BOGO Days. Photo submitted.

Knoxville Zoo is Knoxville’s largest year-round attraction.  Located off exit 392 from Interstate 40, the zoo is open every day except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Knoxville Zoo is nationally accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is committed to the highest standards in animal care and well-being, ethics, conservation, and education. Currently, the zoo is open daily from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  Admission and ticket sales stop one-hour before the zoo closes. For more information, please call 865.637.5331 ext. 300 or visit www.knoxvillezoo.org.


Rhythm & Blooms is April 8-10

Entering its seventh year, the Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival returns to Knoxville’s historic Old City and Jackson Avenue neighborhood, April 8th – 10th in 2016. Festival producers, Dogwood Arts and Attack Monkey Productions, are pleased to release a taste of the 2016 festival lineup with more announcements coming soon:

Robert Randolph & The Family Band, The Black Cadillacs, The Lone Bellow, American Aquarium, sam quinn and taiwan twin, Knox Hamilton, Cory Branan, Darlingside, Dave Eggar, Quiet Life, and Banditos.

Three-day festival passes are $75 each and VIP passes are $150.

Web: www.rhythmnbloomsfest.com

Twitter: @rhythmnblooms / #RnBKnox

Instagram: @rhythmnbloomsfest

Facebook: Rhythm N’ Blooms Festival

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Knoxville Writers host holiday meetup

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Members of the Knoxville Writers’ Guild writing groups will share their works and hold a mix and mingle potluck for the 2015 December monthly program. Both current members and those simply curious about joining the guild are encouraged to attend and to bring a covered dish.

The event, which will be open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 3 at Central United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall, 201 E. Third Ave. CUMC is a new venue for monthly KWG programs, and attendees should enter off of the large parking lot behind the church. A $2 donation is requested at the door. The building is handicapped accessible.

About the new venue, KWG president, Donna Kapa, said, “The church can host our general meetings as well as our workshops in a variety of comfortable, hospitable and affordable rooms.”

More than 15 writing groups are currently part of the KWG, with genres including poetry, playwriting, literary fiction, crime and mystery, sci-fi/fantasy, prompt writing and creative non-fiction. The guild also features two groups specifically designed for teen writers. A representative from most groups will be available, and writers are encouraged to bring copies of their books to sell in anticipation of the holidays. Sales tables will also be provided for those KWG members not currently part of one of the groups.

The Knoxville Writers’ Guild exists to facilitate a broad and inclusive community for area writers, provide a forum for information, support and sharing among writers, help members improve and market their writing skills and promote writing and creativity. Additional information about KWG can be found at www.KnoxvilleWritersGuild.org.


Marble City Opera presents Menotti

Marble City Opera will produce Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian-Carlo Menotti, which will be presented by St. John’s Cathedral in Knoxville, Tennessee at 7:30pm on December 4th, 2015, and 3:00pm on December 6th, 2015.

This is a family friendly production with FREE admission. MCO will feature some of Knoxville’s favorite talent including bass-baritone, Daniel Webb and Artistic Director, Kathryn Frady Marvel, as well as young rising stars Josiah Mustaleski, and Joseph Coram as the title character Amahl.

Marble City Opera was founded in May of 2013 and continues to make waves in the Knoxville music scene by making opera accessible.

Amahl and the Night Visitors is Gian-Carlo Menotti’s beloved masterpiece. A unique Christmas story about a young crippled boy and his mother who are visited by three kings, and the miracle that follows. Tickets are free and can be acquired by contacting St. John’s Cathedral at 865-525-7347.


Ramsey House plans holiday events

Historic Ramsey House will hold its Annual Candlelight Tour on Sunday, December 13, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy holiday treats, Christmas carols, and tours of the beautifully decorated, historic home. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

The annual Ramsey House wreath workshop will be held on Saturday, December 12, 2015 starting at 12:30 p.m. with refreshments; instruction begins at 1 p.m. Attendees need to bring a pair of small garden shears and garden gloves. Every year Julia Shiflett and her “wreath elves” pick the finest fresh greens and holly berries, tie beautiful bows, and find the most fragrant cloves and oranges for participants to make a beautiful holiday wreath and pomander.The cost of the workshop is $35 per person. For more information or reservations, call Historic Ramsey House at 865-546-0745.

Christmas Dinner with the Ramsey’s will be held December 4-8 starting at 6:30 p.m. each night. Each evening will feature a candlelight tour of the beautifully decorated home and lovely holiday dinner prepared by Rosa’s Catering. The dinner will be held in the 1797 home of Francis Alexander Ramsey, his wife Peggy, and their children. This is a great opportunity to entertain the special people in your life, employees, or clients. Seating for a total of twenty guests in the dining room and the parlor is available each evening, and individual ticket purchases are also welcome. All proceeds go directly to Historic Ramsey House. Reservations are a must and will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tickets are $125 per person ($100 of the cost is a tax-deductible donation). For more information or reservations, call Historic Ramsey House at 865-546-0745.


2016 Big Ears music fest scheduled

Knoxville presents the internationally acclaimed Big Ears Festival – declared “the most ambitious avant-garde festival to emerge in America in more than decade” by Rolling Stone – bringing together musical leaders and innovators from the worlds of classical, jazz, electronic, folk, hip-hop and beyond for the weekend of March 31 – April 2, 2016.

Heralded American composer John Luther Adams – winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music as well as the 2014 Grammy Award for “Best Classical Composition” – will serve as Composer-in-Residence at this year’s festival. Hailed as “one of the most original music thinkers of the new century” by The New Yorker, Adams’ work combines rich musical experience with his love for the natural world, especially the wild Arctic landscapes of Alaska, where he lived for nearly 40 years. Several of his key works will be performed during the Big Ears weekend, including his powerful, sweeping orchestral masterpiece, Become Ocean, in a concert by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Steven Schick.

Editor’s Note: Musician and Music Writer Adam Whipple will celebrate five years of covering Big Ears for Celebrate Knoxville and will bring his unique perspective online for our readers in 2016.

Big Ears will also present at least two very special rare performances during the weekend. New music icons and Big Ears alumni Laurie Anderson and Philip Glass will present the American debut of their unique collaboration, thus far heard only once this past summer in Italy. In addition, the legendary 1972 minimalist/industrial rock creation by violinist/filmmaker Tony Conrad with German “Krautrock” legends Faust, Outside the Dream Syndicate, will be heard live in its only concert performance in 2016.

The remainder of the weekend will see dozens of concerts by a virtual who’s who of the world’s most iconoclastic and visionary music artists.


Knoxville hosts Science Week events

An event celebrating the growing interest in nuclear science will be centered in Knoxville next week for the Nuclear Science Week at the Knoxville Convention Center on Oct. 22-24, 2015.

“Because of our area’s strength in scientific businesses and organizations, Knoxville is perfectly positioned to host scientific meetings and conferences,” said Mary Bogert, general manager for the Knoxville Convention Center. “We are excited to host this event, which covers all aspects of nuclear science, and promotes East Tennessee as an area of innovation through such organizations as Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Y-12 National Security Complex, Provision Center for Proton Therapy and the University of Tennessee.”

The three-day event showcases some of East Tennessee’s leaders in nuclear science. The primary focus of Nuclear Science Week 2015 is uniting the community and world through nuclear science.

Panel discussions and presentations will take place Friday, Oct. 23, at the Knoxville Convention Center. Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero will welcome conference-goers at 8:20 a.m. and introduce the day of panels. A public screening of a new film about nuclear energy, titled “Pandora’s Promise,” will be shown concurrently at 6:30 p.m. at the Convention Center and Oak Ridge Associated Universities Pollard Technology Conference Center.

The week also will include sessions for students and teachers to learn about concepts and current issues of nuclear science in the region and internationally. On Thursday, Oct. 22, local kindergarten through sixth-grade students will participate in interactive nuclear science and engineering activities, including nuclear detection demonstrations, cloud chambers, electromagnets and atom assembly at two sessions from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.

All Nuclear Science Week activities and panels are free and open to the public. Prior registration is encouraged at http://www.nuclearscienceweek.org. A schedule also is available on the website.


4th & Gill hosts ARToberfest

The Historic Fourth and Gill neighborhood in Knoxville hosts the 2nd Annual ARToberfest from 2-9pm on Saturday, October 24, 2015. The celebration takes place on Morgan Street, between Gratz Street and Third Avenue near Central United Methodist Church.

An ever-expanding event for the whole family, ARToberfest festivities include a showcase featuring over 50 art vendors, live music by the Knoxville Polka Kings, Misty Mountain String Band, and Uptown Stomp, artistry by the Cattywampus puppets, a chalk walk, geocaching, and the Tennessee at Alabama game on the big screen. The standard fare is brats (meat and vegetarian), beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverage options.

Tickets cost only $10, and an advanced ticket purchase comes with one free beverage of choice; kids 12 years old and under are admitted free of charge.

Located less than two miles from downtown Knoxville, the Historic Fourth and Gill neighborhood features over 280 residential structures, including single-family homes, duplexes, and apartment and condominium buildings.

Visit www.artoberfestknox.com.


Bazillion Blooms day is Dec 5

Bazillion Blooms, Knoxville’s community-wide dogwood tree-planting day takes place on Saturday, December 5, 2015. Dogwood Arts is once again asking Knoxville residents to keep their neighborhoods and communities beautiful for years to come by planting not only dogwood trees, but flowering trees and shrubs, bulbs, and perennials during the Fall gardening season.

Fall planting allows plants to develop a strong root system over the winter months, so they are strong for next year’s summer heat.

Trees are purchased for $25 each (or five for $100) ordered from Dogwood Arts by November 13, 2015. The trees must be picked up on Saturday, December 5, from 9:00am to 12:00pm at the UT Gardens parking lot off Neyland Drive. Trees will not be distributed later.

For more information, call Dogwood Arts at (865) 637-4561.

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Erin Donovan plants a dogwood tree for Bazillion Blooms, an annual community tree planting event in Knoxville, Tennessee. Photo courtesy Dogwood Arts.


Knoxville hosts woodworking show

The East Tennessee Woodworkers Guild and the Arts & Culture Alliance proudly present the 18th Master Woodworkers Show, November 6 – 8, 2015 at the Emporium Center. This biennial juried show highlights the handcrafted works of 30 fine woodworkers of East Tennessee and the surrounding region and will feature many types of woodwork, from traditional to whimsical, including fine furniture, cabinetry, turning, sculpture and marquetry. The Emporium Center has hosted five Master Woodworkers Shows since 2005, providing an ideal environment in which to view the work and meet the artists.

The 2015 Show hours are: Friday, November 6, 4:00-9:00 PM; Saturday, November 7, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM; and Sunday, November 8, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Admission is free.

A public reception takes place on Friday, November 6, from 5:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities in downtown Knoxville. The First Friday reception also features music and dance performances by Pasión Flamenca from 6:00-6:30 PM and a Jazz Jam Session hosted by Vance Thompson and Friends from 7:00-9:00 PM in the Black Box Theatre.

“We’ve got a great show for 2015,” says Scott DeWaard, Show Director. “It only happens every other year, and it goes so fast. So if you love fine handmade furniture and want to know more about what sets it apart, this is the show for you.”

Among the participants in this year’s show are the following notable artisans:
+ Ronald Young of Chattanooga
+ Stephen Moles of Church Hill
+ Matt Campbell of Dayton
+ Richard Dwyer and Jeffrey Neil of Gray
+ Curtis Buchanan of Jonesborough
+ Harold Galbraith, Brian Horais, Al Hudson, Dan Land, Lou Mansur and Gordon Rome of Knoxville
+ Ken Lewis of Kingsport
+ Ron Clayton of Loudon
+ Brendan Faller and Stephen Shankles of Maryville
+ Monty Ligon of Murfreesboro
+ Dennis Siemsen and Jerry Spady of Oak Ridge
+ Chris Hough of Ooltewah
+ Alan Daigre of Readyville
+ Tim Hintz of Smithville
+ Scott DeWaard and Sandy Pittard of Walland
+ Tom Cowan of Winchester
+ Alf Sharp of Woodbury
+ Kirk Shufelt of Cullowhee, NC
+ Gary Rawlins of Mars Hill, NC
+ Bruce Bradford of Winston Salem, NC
+ Michael McDunn of Greenville, SC

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The 18th Master Woodworkers Show will be displayed at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street (corner of Gay/Jackson) in downtown Knoxville. Photo submitted.

For more information, visit www.masterwoodworkers.org or contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543.


Fanboy Expo comes to Knoxville

Fanboy Expo Knoxville takes place at The Knoxville Convention Center Oct. 16-18, 2015.

“Fanboy Expo is always one of our favorite events of the year,” said Mary Bogert, general manager at the Knoxville Convention Center. “Every year, Fanboy continues to offer exciting pop culture icons and celebrities to regional audiences, and this year’s lineup doesn’t disappoint.”

Cult classic lovers and comic book aficionados will travel to Knoxville for the chance to meet their favorite celebrity actors and comic illustrators. The expo also will feature vendors selling comic books, toys and other fandom paraphernalia.

Celebrities will be available throughout the weekend to answer questions from fans, pose for pictures and sign photos and memorabilia. Numerous comic book industry professionals and tattoo artists are also scheduled to attend.

Attendees will have the opportunity to be judged on cosplay, or costume play, of their favorite comic book, television series, movie or video game. Contestants’ costumes must be at least partially handmade and will be judged by professional or celebrity judges on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 1 p.m.

Winners will be selected in different categories based on cosplay experience, ranging from beginner to professional levels. Children’s and group costuming categories are included. An overall male and female winner also will be selected.

The exhibition booths with comic books, movie props and other fandom paraphernalia will be open from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. General admission tickets are available online and for purchase at the door.


Fire and Fright at Ramsey House

Bring your blanket or stadium chair, favorite roasting stick and join the staff of the historic Ramsey House in Knoxville for a very special October 2015 event, Fire and Fright. This event will kick off the Halloween season with the telling of ghost stories around a roaring bonfire. There will be hot dogs to roast and s’mores to enjoy for all in attendance. Pellissippi Community College students will be writing original ghost tales as an English project and will share them with attendees.

The Ramsey House Fire and Fright takes place Saturday October 10, from 7:30-9:30 pm.

Admission is $10 for adults, children 12 and under free. Admission includes a hot dog, beverage and s’mores package for all attendees including children.

Also known as Swan Pond, Ramsey House was constructed circa 1797 by English architect Thomas Hope for Colonel Francis Alexander Ramsey (1764–1820), whose family operated a plantation at the site until the U.S. Civil War. In 1969, the house was added to the National Register of Historic Places for its architecture and its role in the region’s early 19th-century history.

Historic Ramsey House is located at 2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville.

For more information, call (865) 546-0745.

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Parkridge home tour is October 25

The Historic Parkridge Neighborhood will be hosting a 1945-Era Home Tour on Sunday, October 25, 2015 from 1:00-6:00 p.m. Present-day Parkridge encompasses the early Edgewood subdivision which contains many houses built by George Barber, a 19th-century, Victorian house architect. This tour features a variety of homes with a focus on occupants during the Swing era, immediately after WWII. Learn about this history as you tour 8 open houses and 3 homes in the Park Place condominiums. Additionally, WWII living historians will help set the ambiance. Park Place will open up the condos and Swing Dancing with period music will be offered in their gymnasium at 6pm, following the main portion of the home tour. Ticket holders may participate in the dancing at no additional cost.

The homes will span the eras from the 1890’s to the 1945, and are good examples of the ongoing revitalization of the neighborhood. In addition, a walking tour of 20 homes not open to the public will be included. The walking tour will focus on the history of the homes and their former occupants in 1945.

Tickets are $10 per person if purchased in advance and $12 on the day of the event. Children under 12 are admitted for free. Parking is available at the Ashley Nicole Park, 620 Winona Street, 37917. Tickets may be purchased in advance at K-Brew, Saw Works Brewery, Three Rivers Market, or until 4 pm the day of the tour at Ashley Nicole Park. Walking is necessary and many houses have steps. Parkridge is a bike-able neighborhood and tour-goers are welcome to ride bicycles.
For more information call 865-951-6614.

History of Historic Parkridge

Parkridge is an urban neighborhood built mostly from the 1880s to the 1930s. The houses are close together, with sidewalks connecting its residences to major roadways and businesses. The neighborhood is less than 2 miles from downtown Knoxville. Parkridge has gained notoriety for having the largest concentration of George Barber homes in the nation. This area has been known as part of Park City to residents and former residents for over 100 years. Today the Park City Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places, and the Edgewood Park section, with its concentration of Barber-design houses, has historic overlay protection.


Knoxville Zoo hosts Halloween event

Knoxville Zoo is hosting 2015 BOO! at the Zoo, 12 nights of safe and not-too-scary Halloween fun for kids and young at heart on October 8-11, 15-18, 22-25, 2015 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Each night of Boo! at the Zoo will have a variety of entertainment including trick or treating along the Boo! trail, dancing with some of your favorite costumed characters, carnival games, the Zoo Boo Choo Choo and the only “haunted” carousel in East Tennesee, the Scary-Go-Round. (How can you tell it’s haunted? It goes backwards, of course.)

Tickets are $8 per person and children under 2 are free. Parking is $5.

Editor’s Note: Costumes are highly encouraged, but toy guns are not permitted at Boo at the Zoo.

Zoo members receive a $2 discount on BOO! admission and FREE parking. Not a member? Call 865-637-5331.

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Alive After Five celebrates milestone

Alive After Five, the live music series at the Knoxville Museum of Art, will celebrate its 22nd anniversary with a performance by Jenna & Her Cool Friends on Friday, September 18, from 6:00-8:30 pm.

Since 1993, and years before the resurgence of downtown, Alive After Five has been attracting people to Knoxville from the Knox County periphery and surrounding counties to enjoy live music, food, spirits, and art in the casually elegant atmosphere of the Knoxville Museum of Art. The early Friday evening program has been a great way to wind down from the work week or to start the weekend or both. Mostly showcasing the rich treasure trove of local and regional musical talent, Alive After Five has also presented acts from New Orleans, Boston, Dallas, Canada, Peru, France, Japan, Australia, and more. Food is available from a variety of area restaurants or caterers, and there are two cash bars.

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Alive After Five presents Jenna & Her Cool Friends, a seven-member blues and boogie band from Knoxville, featuring vocalist Jenna Jefferson, vocalist and harmonica player Michael “Crawdaddy” Crawley, rhythm guitarist Keith Ford, pianist Ben Maney, bassist Glyn Loyd, drummer Kevin Redding, and lead guitarist Michael Jordan. Photo submitted.

Admission to the 22nd Anniversary of Alive After Five is $10 for general admission, $5 for college students with valid ID, and free for museum members and children ages 17 and under.


Open Streets Knoxville kicks off

Open Streets Knoxville, a new festival in Knoxville, Tennessee, will take place on Sunday, October 25, 2015, from 1 pm to 4pm on Central Street between Willow St and Oklahoma Avenue.

This one mile of Central Street, between the Old City and Happy Holler, will be filled with people of all ages and abilities. Guests can walk, scoot, skip, ride bicycles, hula hoop, play croquet, and try out activities like yoga and zumba and pickle ball – all in a setting that is traffic-free.

Every booth will be interactive and the only thing that will cost money is food (provided by local food trucks and restaurants along the route).

The goals are to have fun, get some exercise, bring people together, and showcase the local businesses and neighborhoods.


Movies on the Square begins Sept 11

Knox County Public Library is once again hosting Movies on the Square in downtown Knoxville, from Sept. 11 through October 16, 2015. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a movie under the stars in Market Square.

Patrons can park free on weekends and after 6pm every night in over 5,000 spaces in the following Knoxville municipal garages:

Locust Street Garage
Market Square Garage
State Street Garage
Promenade Garage
Walnut Street Garage (new!)
Dwight Kessel Garage
Jackson Ave Surface Lot – corner of Gay & Jackson
Viaduct Surface Lot – under the interstate off E. Jackson

And the 2015 Movies on the Square lineup is:
September 11: Driving Miss Daisy (PG, 1989)

September 18: Rio (G, 2011)

September 25: Night at the Museum (PG, 2006)

October 2: No Movie – Free Black Lillies concert

October 9: Hotel Transylvania (PG, 2012)

October 16: A League of Their Own (PG, 1992)


East TN PBS hosts open house

East Tennessee Public Broadcasting Station studios will host their annual Open House on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, from 6:30pm to 8 pm. Public television members, supporters and the general public are invited to tour the station, meet their favorite local show hosts and learn about educational initiatives occurring across the state.

There will also be light hors d’oeuvres and a garage sale where guests can pick up station-related items; DVD’s, CD’s, books and other items while supporting educational, not-for-profit programming.

Show Host Meet and Greet with:

Dr. Overholt, The Dr. Bob Show
Ernie Roberts, TN Learn: Mathline
Marshal Andy, Riders of the Silver Screen
Missy Kane, Fit & Fun
Sanda Allyson, Scholars’ Bowl
Vicki Lawson, Tennessee Life

In partnership with American Graduate’s Stories of Champions, East Tennessee PBS will be recognizing Tennessee organizations and programs that are successfully helping communities address the high school dropout crisis.

Educational programs to be recognized:
XCELL Mentor Program
Tennessee Scholars
PBS Digital Innovator

East Tennessee PBS exists to serve the needs of East Tennessee as a community partner affecting positive change by educating, entertaining and challenging minds.

The station is located at 1611 East Magnolia Ave, in Knoxville.

 


Knoxville screens Agee films

KNOXVILLE – The public is invited to join the East Tennessee History Center for a an evening of vintage film and local photography celebrating the literary legacy of one of East Tennessee’s own, James Rufus Agee on September 4, 2015.

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James Rufus Agee (November 27, 1909 – May 16, 1955) was an American author, journalist, poet, screenwriter and film critic. In the 1940s, he was one of the most influential film critics in the U.S. His autobiographical novel, A Death in the Family (1957), won the author a posthumous 1958 Pulitzer Prize.

The evening at the history center includes:

6:00 PM: Photography Exhibit: Knoxville in 1915
An exhibition of vintage photography from the Jim Thompson Collection at the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection; Curated by Steve Cotham

7:00 PM: Film Screenings

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Introduction by Paul Brown, author of an upcoming book on the filming of the 1963 Paramount film All The Way Home. A compilation of unique footage featuring the local filming and Knoxville premier of the Paramount film “All the Way Home.” Plus, see footage of Agee’s Fort Sanders boyhood home, and home movies filmed on-location by Knoxville residents.

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Introduction by Michael Kearney, featured co-star of All the Way Home
Director: Alex Segal; Starring Jean Simmons, Robert Preston, John Cullum, Michael Kearney, and a cast of Knoxville extras.

A rare 16mm screening of the hard-to-see 1963 film partially shot in Knoxville, and based on James Agee’s autobiographical Pulitzer Prize winning novel “A Death in the Family.”

The East Tennessee History Center is located at 601 S Gay St, Knoxville.

For more information, call (865) 215-8830.


Event raises funds for historic Knoxville

The Historic Homes of Knoxville are pleased to invite the public to a luncheon on Thursday, October 1, 2015, at 11:30 AM at The Foundry to celebrate the founding of the City of Knoxville 224 years ago. Knoxville’s key leaders will come together to celebrate and promote the city and its most precious properties, including Blount Mansion, Crescent Bend, Ramsey House, James White’s Fort, Mabry-Hazen, Marble Springs State Historic Site, and Historic Westwood.

Tennessee Department of Tourist Development commissioner Kevin Triplett will be the featured speaker. Triplett, was appointed to Gov. Bill Haslam’s cabinet as commissioner of the Department of Tourist Development in March of 2015. Triplett, 49, was most recently vice president of public affairs for Bristol Motor Speedway. Prior to joining BMS in 2005, he worked in various roles for NASCAR, ultimately serving as managing director of business operations, guiding the operation and administration of NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series, and Camping World Truck Series. He has twice been named one of NASCAR’s “25 Most Influential” by The Charlotte Observer.

Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the Historic Homes. Purchase tickets by calling 865-523-7543 by September 24.


Knoxville hosts preservation conference

The annual East Tennessee Preservation Conference will be held in Knoxville on October 22-24, 2015. This popular event emphasizes finding solutions for securing the future of historic places while capitalizing on cultural heritage.

Primary sessions will be held at the East Tennessee History Center and the conference will include an opening reception and hands-on workshops at Historic Westwood. This year’s keynote speaker and special guest will be Donovan Rypkema from Washington, DC, recognized as an industry leader in the economics of preserving historic structures.

The Tennessee Historical Commission will be providing specialized training for Certified Local Government and Historic Zoning Commission members and AIA continuing education credits will once again be offered.

A variety of walking tours to sites in downtown Knoxville will be available.

Register for the conference by calling 865-523-8008.

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The city of Knoxville and East Tennessee offer a wealth of historic buildings and cultural opportunities for residents and visitors alike. Photo of downtown Knoxville in the early 1900s courtesy the East Tennessee Historical Society.

 


Feast with the Beasts at Knoxville Zoo

Knoxville – Feast with the Beasts, presented by ORNL Federal Credit Union, takes place on Saturday, August 15, 2015, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Knoxville Zoo.

Feast with the Beasts is an evening event that features everything from appetizers to desserts and a variety of wine, beer and spirits to sample. More than 50 restaurants, wineries, breweries and beverage distributors will be serving their specialties throughout the zoo. A complete list of participating vendors can be found on Knoxville Zoo’s web site at knoxvillezoo.org.

Music on three stages will keep the evening lively. The Vibraslaps will entertain on the main Plaza stage with alternative favorites, while Shiffty and the Headmasters will perform ‘80’s and ‘90’s hits on the Kids Cove stage and Jim Asbell and The Tropiholics will be performing songs for those who are on “island time” on the zoo’s west end.

All food, beverages and entertainment are included with event tickets. Tickets for Feast with the Beasts are $65 per person in advance and $70 the day of the event. Zoo members and ORNL Federal Credit Union members receive a $5 discount. Purchase nine tickets and get the tenth ticket free. Tickets are on sale at Knoxville Zoo’s ticket window during zoo hours. Tickets can also be purchased online at knoxvillezoo.org or by calling (865) 637-5331 and at all Knoxville area ORNL Federal Credit Union locations.

Feast with the Beasts is for guests 21 years of age and over and guests must show a valid photo I.D. to enter the event. All proceeds directly benefit Knoxville Zoo.

For more information, please call 865.637.5331 ext. 300 or visit www.knoxvillezoo.org.


Knoxville Film Fest is Sept 17-20

This year’s Knoxville Film Festival will include more than 40 hours of film screenings on three screens at Regal Downtown West Cinema 8 beginning Thursday, September 17 through Sunday, September 20, 2015.

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In addition to the 2015 screenings of feature and narrative documentaries and shorts, a Tennessee Film Competition, 7-Day Shootout Competition, Student Filmmaking Competitions, and various workshops will also highlight this year’s Knoxville Film Festival. Photo by Celebrate Knoxville.

New this year, it was announced earlier this month that a $20,000 Grand Prize will be awarded to the winner of the 7-Day Shootout Filmmaking Competition. The grand prize is designed to be used by the filmmaker to make a feature-length film based on their 7-Day Shootout film. The feature film will be screened at the 2016 Knoxville Film Festival.

The opening night film, WILDLIKE was directed by New York filmmaker Frank Hall Green and features actors Ella Purnell (Maleficent, Kick Ass 2, Never Let Me Go) and Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek, Star Trek 2, 13 Days). WILDLIKE has been invited to screen at more than 100 film festivals around the country, receiving 28 best film and audience awards. WILDLIKE will screen at the Knoxville Film Festival on Thursday, September 17th at 6:30pm.

Tickets may be purchased at the Knoxville Film Festival Box Office located inside the Downtown West Regal Cinema 8 during the festival and range from $10 individual tickets to $75 festival/opening night pass.

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.


Knoxville Then and Now

The Art Market Gallery will have a special showing of works by gallery members entitled “Knoxville, Then and Now”, from August 3 – 31, 2015.

There will also be a memorial showing of glass works by artist, Vivian Shoemaker. Her stained glass works reflect the landscape of the east Tennessee area. This show will be in conjunction with the East Tennessee History Center’s History Fair which takes place on August 15 in downtown Knoxville.

Owned and operated by 62 professional regional artists, the Art Market Gallery, at 422 South Gay St., is a few doors from Mast General Store and next to Downtown Grill & Brewery.

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Tennessee Theatre, by Inna Knox. Oils on canvas. Photo courtesy the artist.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday. The gallery is wheelchair accessible, and parking in the abutting garage and on the street is free on weekends and after 6 p.m. weekdays.


Knoxville hosts history fair

The 8th Annual East Tennessee History Fair takes place at the East Tennessee History Center and several downtown Knoxville locations from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., August 15, 2015.

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Historical re-enactors are a familiar site at the East Tennessee History Fair in downtown Knoxville. Here, a Civil War doctor explains surgical procedures at a booth display of authentic historical instruments.  File photo by Celebrate Knoxville.

Activities include a living history timeline, live music, historic crafts demonstrations, historical and genealogical groups from across the region, children’s crafts and activities, Davy Crockett’s birthday party, walking tours of downtown, Civil War bus tours and tours of Knoxville’s historic homes, tours of underground Gay Street, “History Hound” dog costume contest, free museum admission, Smoky Mountain film festival at the Tennessee Theatre, vintage baseball games at World’s Fair Park, art exhibits, miniature battles, traditional foods, book sales, and farmers market.

This event is free and open to the public.

The East Tennessee History Center is located at 601 S. Gay Street.


Dogwood Arts announce new director

Knoxville Dogwood Arts’ Board of Directors has selected Tom Cervone as new Executive Director. Cervone is currently the managing director of the University of Tennessee’s College of Business Professional MBA program.

Cervone previously served as the first executive director of the Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation. Prior to that, he spent 23 years managing UT’s Clarence Brown Theatre. Cervone currently serves on the board of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Greater Knoxville, the advisory board for the College of Business at Maryville College, as well as the boards of WordPlayers and River & Rail Theatre Company.

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“We are thrilled to have found an accomplished and innovative Executive Director to lead Dogwood Arts in further solidifying its role as the pre-eminent provider of arts and culture programming in the community,” says Eddie Mannis, chair of the executive director search committee.

Cervone replaces Lisa Duncan, Dogwood Arts Executive Director since 2008, who announced her desire to turn over the leadership in May.


Boomsday at Mabry-Hazen House

KNOXVILLE – Mabry-Hazen House will host its 8th annual Boomsday, Bluegrass, and Barbeque celebration on Sunday, September 6, 2015. On a cool hilltop setting attendees will enjoy a great view of Knoxville’s premiere fireworks show, good food, and live music.

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Tours of the Mabry-Hazen House on Boomsday will begin on September 6, 2015 at 6pm, and dinner will be served at 7:30. Alcohol is BYOB. A new addition this year will be a silent auction offering a variety of fun and exciting items. Photo by John Becker.

Voted one of the best places to watch the Boomsday fireworks show, Mabry-Hazen House also offers food and entertainment without the traffic. Tickets are $60 per adult and children under 12 are free when accompanied by a ticket holder.

Tickets are limited to 200 adults to ensure a quality event. This event has sold out for the past five years. Purchase your tickets in advance to guarantee your attendance. There is plenty of parking and the site offers easy access to I-40 without traffic concerns. Tickets may be purchased in advance by visiting www.mabryhazen.com or call 865-522-8661 for more information.

The event will take place rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable. Sponsored by WDVX, All Occasions Party Rentals, and Crowne Plaza Knoxville.

Built in 1858, Mabry-Hazen House is strategically located on the highest hill east of downtown Knoxville with spacious views in all directions. The home was occupied and defended by both armies during the Civil War. It housed three generations of the same family for 130 years; the museum showcases one of the largest original family collections in America.


Film fest features local history

The Smoky Mountain Film Festival, a presentation of East Tennessee home movies, television footage and classic advertising, takes place this year on August 15, 2015, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Tennessee Theatre.

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The event takes place in partnership with the East Tennessee Historical Society’s annual History Fair and Historic Tennessee Theatre and is sponsored by the Knox County Public Library System.

Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound (TAMIS) will show rare home movies from the Thompson Brothers and Jack Huff collections along with outtakes from WBIR’s Heartland Series and other short films from the early days of Great Smoky Mountains National Park movement.

All films will be accompanied by live music, are free and open to the public.

For more information, please email TAMIS at tamis@knoxlib.org.


New works at Art Market Gallery

Recent works by painter Diana Dee Sarkar of Knoxville and ceramic artist Eun-Sook Kim of Oak Ridge will be on display through July 26, 2015 at the Art Market Gallery in downtown Knoxville.

An opening reception for the featured artists will be held during First Friday Art Walk beginning at 5:30 p.m., July 3. There will be complimentary refreshments, and Matt Tillery will perform eclectic blues/rock music from the 1960s to the 2000s as well as original pieces on acoustic guitar.

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Diana Dee Sarkar studied oil painting at Woodstock School of Art and attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. Her work will be on display at the Art Market Gallery through July 26, 2015. Photo courtesy the artist.

Sarkar, a Wichita, KS, native earned an MFA in figure painting at the Academy of Art University, where she has continued to study pastel landscape painting with such notables as Gil Dellinger and Susan Ogilvie. Enjoying plein-air painting in several countries, Diana Dee will show pastels featuring varied landscapes of East Tennessee and Georgia.

Eun-Sook Kim received a B.A. in English literature from Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, Korea. Accepted into a graduate program at University of Tennessee, she moved to Knoxville, married, and resumed her studies after raising her children, earning an M.F.A. in ceramics in the 1990s. Her award-winning work has been in juried shows nationally and internationally, and shown in area solo exhibitions.

Owned and operated by 62 professional regional artists, the Art Market Gallery, at 422 South Gay St. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday. The gallery is wheelchair accessible, and parking in the abutting garage and on the street is free on weekends and after 6 p.m. weekdays.


Celebrate July 4th at Marble Springs

The public is invited as Marble Springs State Historic Site celebrates the Fourth of July 2015. Activities include a “Let Freedom Ring” bell ringing ceremony at 2 p.m., Revolutionary War Stories, and a Raising of a Liberty Pole. This event is in collaboration with the General Henry Knox Chapter Sons of the Revolution and local reenacting community.

This event will take place from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on July 4 and is free to the public, though donations are appreciated.

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All Fourth of July 2015 activities take place at the Marble Springs State Historic Site: 1220 West Governor John Sevier Highway, in Knoxville. Photo courtesy Marble Springs Historic Site.

Programming assistance for this event is provided by Knox County. Marble Springs is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Historical Commission, and supplemented by additional funds raised by the Governor John Sevier Memorial Association.

Information found at 865-573-5508.

 


Highlands benefits Knox Heritage

To commemorate the Highlands Grill’s 5th Anniversary, Tom Weiss is hosting an elegant dinner party in support of historic preservation. The event takes place June 17, 2015, and all proceeds will support the Knox Heritage J. Allen Smith Endangered Properties Fund used to save threatened historic places across the region. Live jazz, delicious food and wine pairings will create a special evening to remember.

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Menu

Starter: Lump Blue Crab Cake, Fried Green Tomato Jalapeño Pepper Jelly, Remoulade

Salad: Tuscan Kale and Romaine Caesar with Cornbread Crouton, Kalamata Olives, Asiago Dressing OR Wedge of Iceberg with Highland’s Bleu Dressing, Blistered Tomatoes, Benton’s Bacon, Shaved Red Onion, Walnut Pesto

Entrée: Grilled 8oz Bison Center Cut New York Strip Prepared Medium Rare with Highland’s Potato Gratin, Haricots Verts, White Truffle Butter, Roasted Wild Mushrooms OR Pan Roasted Red Grouper with Lobster Creole Sauce, Smoked Gouda Grits, Sweet Corn & Okra Maque Choux

Dessert: Bourbon Pecan Pie with Crème Anglaise OR Strawberry Shortcake

Wine pairings will be featured with each course courtesy of Constellation Brands.

The Grill at Highlands is located at 4705 Old Kingston Pike. Cost is $100 per person.

For more details and to reserve your place, please contact Mickey Mallonee at mickey@knoxheritage.org or 865.523.8008.


See Park fireflies this weekend

GSMNP – Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s firefly viewing event in Elkmont takes place through Tuesday, June 9, 2015.

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Every year in late May or early June, thousands of visitors gather near the popular Elkmont Campground to observe the naturally occurring phenomenon of Photinus carolinus, a firefly species that flashes synchronously.

Access to the viewing area during the 8-days of predicted peak activity is provided through a shuttle service beginning at Sugarlands Visitor Center. All visitors wishing to view the synchronous fireflies at Elkmont must have a parking pass ($1.50 for regular sized vehicles) and an additional $1 (cash) for the shuttle round-trip. Parking passes are non-refundable, non-transferable, and good only for the date issued. Visitors are not allowed to walk the Elkmont entrance road due to safety concerns.

Passes can be purchased at http://www.recreation.gov. Parking passes may also be obtained by calling 1-877-444-6777, but park officials strongly encourage the use of the online process because it provides more information to visitors about what to expect when they arrive at the park.

For more information about the synchronous fireflies, please visit the park website at http://www.nps.gov/grsm/learn/nature/fireflies.htm.


Book sale benefits library programs

Knox County Public Library will once again host their summer book sale to benefit library programs this weekend.

The sale is from Friday, May 29, 2015 through Monday, June 1, at Bearden High School, 8352 Kingston Pike.

Thousands of beautiful used books will be available for sale, and proceeds from the sale benefit Summer Library Clubs and other programs at Knox County Public Library.

Revenues from volunteer-operated book sales combine with membership dues and donations to fund library enhancements that would not be available otherwise.

In 2015 Friends will contribute over $50,000 to the Knox County Public Library System, providing support for projects including Summer Library Club incentives, Zoomobile visits to branches, and sponsorship and volunteers for the Children’s Festival of Reading.


Rally North America visits Knoxville

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett will serve as Grand Marshall and will be on hand to give drivers their starting orders on July 14, 2015 as Rally North America visits East Tennessee.

The event will be staging 80 cars from 31 states and three Provinces of Canada on the streets of Knoxville for a 3-day, 1200 mile, scavenger hunt which will conclude later in Savannah, GA. Secret check points are selected many months in advance that each team must navigate to in order compete in the event.

The automotive scavenger hunt is being held to raise funds for Hope For The Warriors. Since the organization’s inception in 2009 to date Rally North America has raised over $450,000 for chosen charities.

The mission of Hope for the Warriors is to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for service members and military families.

The race begins at Clinch Ave. bridge in Knoxville on Tuesday July 14, 2015 at 7:30 AM.


Con highlights Southern Food

KNOXVILLE, TN. – The fourth annual Southern Food Writing Conference will be held May 14-15, 2015 in Knoxville, celebrating the tradition of Southern food writing and its important connection to the culture of the South.

Confirmed speakers include:

Julia Reed – Author/Columnist – Garden & Gun
Steven Satterfield – Chef/Author – Root to Leaf
Chuck Reese – Editor-in-Chief – The Bitter Southerner
Nathalie Dupree – Author – Mastering the Art of Southern Vegetables
Cynthia Graubart – Author – Mastering the Art of Southern Vegetables
Kate Krader – Restaurant Editor – Food & Wine
Helen Rosner – Features Editor – Eater
Keith Pandolfi – Writer – Cooking Light, Eater, Organic Life
Pableaux Johnson – Photographer – Blue Crab Labs
Tasia Malakasis – Author/Owner – Belle Chevre fromagerie
Lisa Donovan – Writer/Pastry Chef – Buttermilk Road Summer Suppers
Kate Medley – Filmmaker – Whole Foods Market
Susan Puckett – Author – Eat, Drink, Delta
Jennifer Justus – Author – The Food Lover’s Guide to Nashville
Susan Reid – Chef/Editor – Sift
Amy Evans – Artist/Documentarian

The registration fee of $450 covers all Conference sessions and all meals, including a special dinner at Blackberry Farm.

The Crowne Plaza Knoxville and the Hilton Downtown Knoxville are the headquarters hotels for the Conference and offers special rates for Conference attendees.

 


Knoxville Croquet tourney is May 17

KNOXVILLE – Knoxville Opera Guild will host the 11th annual Knoxville Croquet Tournament on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. on the grounds of the UT RecSports Field Complex across from Dead End BBQ on Sutherland Ave.

Participation is open to the public, and no experience is necessary. Participants can register to play solo or with a partner, or may choose to simply attend and mingle in support of the arts organization.

“The Croquet Tournament allows us to gather and enjoy fellowship as a community while enjoying some friendly competition for a worthy cause,” said Knoxville Opera Marketing and Public Relations Director Michael Torano. “It’s a great opportunity to strengthen our support base and end the 2014-2015 Season with a bang.”

Along with playing croquet on the green, attendees will enjoy a gourmet brunch and high tea, raffle prizes, a bocce game, vintage automobiles, and vintage costume contest.

The Knoxville Arts Challenge competition will be presented by Mayor Tim Burchett. Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. followed by the gourmet brunch and tournament. The event is proudly sponsored and catered by All Occasion Catering.

Ticket prices begin at $100. For more information, please call Audrey Duncan at 865.588.8371.


Statehood Day at Blount Mansion

KNOX COUNTY – Celebrating the pioneers who settled and transformed the southwest territory into the vibrant state of Tennessee, the Blount Mansion Association will be hosting its annual Statehood Day on Friday, May 29, 2015 from 6:30-9 p.m. in the Blount Mansion garden, which has been maintained by the Knoxville Garden Club for 81 years.

Additionally, there will be a chance to see the newest exhibit in the Visitors Center. The exhibit is an in depth look at the evolution of the houses and neighborhood from the time Governor Blount first built here in 1792 until today.

A cocktail dinner will be served by Holly’s Eventful Catering, and there will be an open bar available.

Knox County’s only National Historic Landmark and oldest house museum, the Blount Mansion is considered the birthplace of Tennessee, and it was built by William Blount who came to Knoxville to be Governor of the Territory South of the River Ohio. Under Blount’s leadership efforts were made to organize the Territory into the 16 Constitution may have been drafted in the Governor’s office here on the historic Blount Mansion property. It is owned and operated by the Blount Mansion Association, Inc., a nonprofit, educational organization.

Reservations can be made by phone at (865) 525-2375.


Rossini Festival is April 25

Knoxville, TN – Knoxville Opera celebrates the arts with a spectacular feast of dance, music and performance through Knoxville Opera’s annual Rossini Festival International Street Fair on Saturday, April 25, 2015.

In its 14th year, the Rossini Festival International Street Fair is a full day cultural celebration with local and regional artisan exhibits featuring handcrafted works, live musical and dancing entertainment and culinary delights.

The Street Fair will also feature Brewtopia: A Craft Beer Garden presented by The Casual Pint in the Bijou Theatre parking lot.

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Knoxville Opera, founded in 1978, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The Rossini Festival in Knoxville is April 25, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and features a variety of food and craft vendors and all day entertainment. Photo submitted.


Knoxville celebrates art of the biscuit

KNOXVILLE – The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present the International Biscuit Festival Art Exhibition, a new exhibition “about the biscuit” and featuring works in a variety of 2-D and 3-D media, completed within the past two years, by artists 18 years and older from across the United States.

The exhibition will be displayed in the Balcony gallery of the Emporium Center from May 1-30, 2015. All works are for sale.

The International Biscuit Festival Art Exhibition occurs in celebration with the Festival itself, which takes place May 14-16 in Knoxville.

Jurors for the 2015 exhibition included Preston Farabow of Aespyre Metal Design at Ironwood Studios in Knoxville and Claire Stigliani, associate professor of Drawing & Painting at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

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Apricot Jam by K. Henderson of Weed, New Mexico, which received last year’s Best of Show Award at the Biscuit Festival Art Exhibition. Photo courtesy Art and Culture Alliance.


Rhythm & Blooms Old City style

by Celebrate Knoxville Music Writer Adam Whipple.—It is evening underneath the tall green girders of James White Parkway, and Cozmo Holloway is playing slide guitar. A double-header train rolls by, blaring its horn down the Norfolk Southern lines, and James Trimble steps to the microphone. After a few songs, people begin to throw money on the stage. A schoolboy smirk crosses Trimble’s face as the band watches dollar bills fly out of the crowd, but such is the audience’s reaction. After all, it’s hard to get more Knoxvillian than the Guvs playing under a bridge in the Old City.

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Apache Relay perform for the 2015 Rhythm & Blooms Festival in the Old City section of downtown Knoxville. Photo by Adam Whipple.

You can trust festival organizer Chyna Brackeen to have the pulse of our town, though. To the crowds’ apparent delight, the lineup of this year’s Rhythm ‘N’ Blooms was chockfull of homegrown favorites. Beginning at the Cripple Creek Stage on Friday evening, local outfit Guy Marshall performed, along with Joey English. Guy Marshall won the performance slot in a contest put on in conjunction with The Casual Pint. Joey English’s band so wowed the judges and audiences, however, that they were offered a chance to open the festival alongside the winners.

Knoxville bands continued from there. Young trio Subtle Clutch, fronted by songwriter Briston Maroney, helped open the festival schedule at Boyd’s Jig & Reel on Friday. The weekend included more well-attended sets by locals Jill Andrews (yes, we still consider her local), Cereus Bright, Hudson K, William Wild, and an over-capacity crowd at The Pilot Light for LiL iFFY’s release of his last album, Final Spell. That particular show boasted a number of delightful anomalies, including an appearance by Marble City Opera’s Brandon Gibson and a group-sing of Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On.”

Capacity crowds became something of a theme at the smaller venues. With a line of thirty or so on the sidewalk for LiL iFFY, the volunteers at the door restricted attendees to a one-in-one-out policy, a (good) problem which was repeated during Alanna Royale’s Pilot Light set. During Cereus Bright’s turn around the mic at Lox Salon, the audience simply overflowed into the adjoining room. The Jig & Reel was full on a consistent basis as well. Of course, it was not only the local sons and daughters who garnered attention. Though Cereus Bright’s sets at Lox and The Standard were some of the more well-attended events, both Apache Relay and 10-piece Houston-based soul band The Suffers garnered huge and appreciative audiences. Naturally, Cripple Creek Stage headliners the Drive-By Truckers, JD McPherson, and The Decembrists drew great throngs of listeners.

For this writer, the Suffers were one of the gems of the weekend. Powerhouse vocalist Kam Franklin filled The Standard with her voice and vitality. Flanked by a horn section, she had the entire venue on its feet multiple times and brought people dancing into the aisles. The other great delight was Lox Salon being used as a venue. Bands stuffed themselves into a cozy space in the middle of the room to play for people sitting on dryer chairs and at washing stations. It could have been a scene out of Steel Magnolias.

Some venues’ aesthetics provided various challenges to the production staff, however. The exposed-roof and concrete floor design of The Standard cried out for acoustic treatments. With all chairs occupied and the back walls and balcony lined with people, there were enough soft surfaces to soak up all the mid-level frequencies. Anything less than a packed house, though—such as the respectable yet sparer crowd for David Wax Museum—left sound engineers fighting to keep the lyrics heard above the mid-range swell. Cripple Creek Stage experienced similar small woes with number of sonic microenvironments under James White Parkway and the throw-and-go style of sound check common to festivals.

Once again, Rhythm ‘N’ Blooms included a studious element. This time, Chyna Brackeen sought out the perspectives of industry professionals to provide burgeoning musical artists an inside track on how to navigate the often dark waters of their profession. A panel of reps from Rolling Stone, Paste Magazine, and CMT sat with local music writer Steve Wildsmith for a panel called “Publicity 101,” and Brackeen included her own experience with that of other agents in a panel optimistically titled “Making a Middle Class Income with Music.” The panel discussions ran all Saturday afternoon at the Emporium, covering the how-to on everything from social media to booking shows.

Interestingly, the festival revealed something of the Old City’s established character, with bartenders measuring success against the metric of regular weekends and Taylor the Rose Guy finding frustration at being denied entry to the Pilot Light by festival volunteers who knew little of the daily routine in that part of town. Regardless, the hosting of the entire festival in the Old City drew large numbers of folks who had no idea about Remedy and Java, about Dale selling bratwursts on the corner, about Hot Horse’s exciting juxtaposition of music and vintage clothing, or about The Knoxville Pearl (the cereal bar). Perhaps they’ll come back soon. We’re grateful to Rhythm ‘N’ Blooms for the kind introduction.

–Adam Whipple, Celebrate Knoxville, April 13, 2015.

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Dogwood Arts fest is April 17-19

KNOXVILLE – The Dogwood Arts Festival on Market Square is April 17-19, 2015. Several blocks of downtown Knoxville will be transformed into a lively street fair with 60 local and regional juried artists exhibiting and selling their original work.

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The Dogwood Arts Festival is a downtown Knoxville celebration that features cooking demonstrations, festive food creations, and wine and beer pairings at the Culinary Arts Stage. This event is free. File photo by Celebrate Knoxville.

Friday: 11:00am-9:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am-9:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am-5:00pm

Live performances all weekend long on the Market Square stage, the Union Avenue pop-up stage, and the Children’s stage. Blooming Boulevard returns to the Dogwood Arts Festival providing unique colorful flower markets filled with live blooming plants, herbs, flowers, and trees.

The Chalk Walk, back in its seventh year, is April 11. This event turns Market Square sidewalks into canvas for the region’s most talented professional and student artists. This free event in Market Square and Krutch Park (Downtown Knoxville) is from 8am-5pm. Raindate is Sunday, April 12.


Fourth and Gill tour scheduled

The Historic Fourth and Gill neighborhood in Knoxville will celebrate its 25th Anniversary Tour of Homes on Sunday, April 26, 2015 from 1-6pm. Participants will tour Knoxville’s premier historical districts and step inside several neighborhood homes and two condominiums inside the recently renovated Brownlow School Lofts. The Tour begins at the stately Central United Methodist Church, one of the city’s most beautiful examples of Gothic Revival architecture.

Tour guests can take a leisurely walk through the neighborhood to visit homes, or guests can ride a red trolley bus – with a resident tour guide host – from point to point. Tickets purchased on the Tour day cost $12 (free for children 12 and under) at the Central United Methodist Church (201 Third Avenue) from 1:00-5:00pm.

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The Fourth and Gill tour coincides with the Dogwood Arts Open Gardens and Walking Trails that showcase four neighborhood gardens and notable trees. Maps (which include addresses for the gardens) for the self-guided tour are located inside the special event mailbox on the west side of Luttrell Street, adjacent to the Brownlow School Lofts. Photo of downtown Knoxville dogwood trees by CelebrateKnoxville.com.

Located less than two miles from downtown Knoxville, the Historic Fourth and Gill neighborhood features over 280 residential structures, including single-family homes, duplexes, and apartment and condominium buildings. The Fourth and Gill Neighborhood Organization is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose purpose is to build and to sustain a vital urban community by protecting and preserving the historic architecture of the area and by promoting a strong sense of community. Organization contact is PO Box 3845, Knoxville, Tennessee, 37927-3845.


Sevierville hosts vocal contest

Sevierville, Tenn. – To honor the incredible songwriting of Dolly Parton, her hometown will once again host the Mountain Soul Vocal Competition, now in its 11th year. This year’s competition will be sponsored by Sound Biscuit Productions and will feature contestants who are asked to sing a song written by Dolly in the style of his or her own choosing (country, rock, rap, bluegrass, etc.). Contestants may enter in the 13 and up age division or the 12 and under division for this competition.

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Born Dolly Rebecca Parton on January 19, 1946, in Sevierville, Tenn., Dolly drew much inspiration from her “Tennessee Mountain Home” and wrote about the beautiful scenery and Appalachian culture that surrounded her. After graduating from Sevier County High School, she moved to Nashville, where her prolific career as a songwriter and performer would blossom. Now, more than 3,000 songs later, Dolly continues to create wonderful music for people all over the world to enjoy. Photo courtesy SCOC.

“This competition is truly unique and draws competitors from all corners of the United States,” said Amanda Marr, Sevierville Chamber of Commerce marketing director and event organizer. “Since Dolly Parton is Sevierville’s hometown girl, holding a competition that honors her songwriting ability is a natural fit for us.”

As far as event organizers know, this is the only vocal competition in the world that specifically honors the songwriting of Dolly Parton. Winning competitors will take home cash and prizes including a recording session in Nashville, Tenn.

Audition tapes, sent by mail, will be judged by a panel of entertainment professionals who will then identify 30 finalists in two separate divisions – ages 13+ and ages 12 and under. The entry deadline for the preliminary round of the competition is April 8, 2015.

Those finalists will then perform on the Sound Biscuit Productions Stage during the Mountain Soul Vocal Competition finals at the Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass event on May 16, 2015.

For a complete list of Dolly’s songs, competitors should visit www.dollymania.net. It is not necessary, nor is it encouraged, to impersonate Dolly Parton, either physically or vocally.

Interested vocalists may obtain an application online at www.BloominBBQ.com or by calling the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce at 1-888-889-7415. Return the application and entry fee along with an audition tape, CD, DVD, or Digital File on Jump Drive / Thumb Drive of the contestant singing a song written by Dolly Parton in the style of his or her own choosing, to the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce. Entries must be postmarked by Wed., April 8, 2015.

The Mountain Soul Vocal Competition is part of Sevierville’s 11th Annual Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass event May 15-16, 2015. For more information about the Mountain Soul Vocal Competition or Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass, visit www.BloominBBQ.com.


Marble Springs features storytelling

Marble Springs will host the Smoky Mountain Storytellers on Saturday, April 11, 2015, from 2-4 pm. The event will feature performances by professional storytellers Shirley Nicholson, Kathleen Mavournin, Cuz Headrick, Sheri Liles, and Jennifer Alldredge. All performers are members of the National Storytelling Network, Volunteer State Tellers, Nashville, and Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association, which are non-profit organizations registered in Tennessee.

Attendees are invited to meet under the Marble Springs Pavillion and asked to bring their own chairs. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children. Parking is free.

This event is sponsored by Dogwood Arts Festival, Gov. John Sevier Memorial Association and Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association Programming assistance is provided by Knox County. Marble Springs is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Historical Commission, and supplemented by additional funds raised by the Governor John Sevier Memorial Association.

“Storytelling has been a part of the culture and heritage of humans since time began, says storyteller Janice Brooks Headrick. “We are hardwired to learn and retain through stories. It is the oldest and best way to teach, entertain and enlighten.”

Smoky Mountain Storytellers have spread their living words all over the U.S., and in China, Ireland, England, France, Denmark, Norway, and Africa. They have entertained and educated in parks, patios, schools, libraries, universities, distilleries, resorts, restaurants, churches, retirement villages, and museums.

Visit www.smokymountaintellers.org.


Hampton Inn West celebrates Earth Hour

Knoxville – Hampton Inn West at Cedar Bluff has announced it will unite with Hilton Worldwide Team Members and franchisee employees around the world to protect the planet by participating in the celebration of Earth Hour 2015.

Earth Hour will take place from 8:30p.m. to 9:30p.m. local time on Saturday, March 28, 2015.

“Celebrating Earth Hour is one of the many ways we demonstrate how we conserve waste, water and energy every day, and we are encouraging our guests and neighbors to join us in support of this global effort, said Lisa Benker, General Manager. We will switch off the non-essential lighting as well as dim the lights in public areas. Also, we will engage our department teams to participate in Earth Hour by taking actions, such as:

switching off non-critical music in lounges and restaurants
encouraging guests to reuse towels and linens
housekeeping not turning on lights prior to check-in on March 28

The original idea for Earth Hour was conceived by WWF in 2007 during a meeting held at Hilton Sydney, and Hilton Worldwide has a long history of supporting the event. When this worldwide effort began in Sydney, Australia, more than two million people turned off their lights for an hour and reduced the city’s energy consumption by more than 10 percent. It is now a global movement with more than 7,000 cities and towns in 162 countries and territories and hundreds of millions of people participating across seven continents.


Brewhibition scheduled for May 2

KNOXVILLE – The Inaugural Brewhibition Spring Craft Beer Festival is scheduled for May 2, 2015 in the Old City Courtyard. Brewhibition is not only a celebration of history (and the end of Prohibition) but also an homage to Tennessee and regional brewers.

Brewhibition will be focusing on the unique aspects of beer, with 20 (at the time of this writing) breweries represented. Attending participants will be given tokens to try each of the five East Tennessee Beer Cocktails paired with both an amazing local brewer and an equally amazing local distillery.

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Brewhibition 2015 will feature jazz performances by Robinella, Devan Jones and The Uptown Stomp, and the Smoky Mountain Jazz Orchestra. Photo submitted.

Guests are invited to attend dressed in 1920s attire for the costume contest. Want to volunteer to help out at this event? Visit http://www.brewhibition.com.


Spring arrives at IJAMS

Spring arrives officially today and Knoxville’s urban wilderness, IJAMS, invites residents to enjoy the warmer weather by exploring the nature center on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Just some of the weekend scheduled events are:

9 am – 10 am
PUBLIC PROGRAM: Wagging Walk
(All Ages) Grab your favorite four-legged friend and join Ijams’ own veterinarian, Dr. Louise Conrad, as she walks her own canine companions. She’ll review good doggy etiquette at the park and help owners understand the special safety concerns for dogs in nature. The fee for this program is $5 for non-members and FREE for members. Please call (865) 577-4717, ext. 110 to register.

9 am – 12 pm
IJAMS BIRDING SERIES: Backyard Birding Basics
(Recommended for Adults) Studying birds can open up a new world of outdoor exploration. This hands-on workshop will take you into the field to learn more about the practice of birding as well as how to identify common bird species. Instructor: Stephen Lyn Bales. Fee: $29. This is an UT Non-credit course.

9:30 am – 11 am
PEG’S KITCHEN: Breakfast is Served
If you are heading to Ijams this Saturday morning for a program, hike or simple walkabout, bring your appetite. Each week, Peg’s Kitchen features one of Ijams’ very own chefs, including the original… Peg! The menu varies from biscuits and gravy with sausage to pancakes and maple syrup, plus fresh fruit, coffee or tea. Come hungry! The fee for breakfast is $7 for adults and $5 for children (12 and under). For $10, you can get all you can eat! No pre-registration is required.

10 am, 2 pm, 3 pm
ANIMAL PROGRAM: Ijams Creature Feature
(All Ages) Have you met all the animals that call the Ijams Visitor Center home? If not, be sure to stop by every Saturday for a chance to get nose-to-beak with some of our resident furred and feathered ambassadors. This program is FREE, but donations to support animal care are welcome. Pre-registration is not required for this event.

1 pm – 4 pm
TN NATURALIST PROGRAM: Introduction
(Ages 16 and up) The Tennessee Naturalist Program (TNP) is an education training course designed to introduce the natural history of Tennessee to interested adults. This immersive nature study allows participants the chance to wade in creeks, stargaze in an open field, and even catch bugs and tadpoles. How often do you get the chance to act like a kid again? This week is the introductory session for the 2015 class. Open to registered participants only. For more information, call Peg at (865) 577-4717, ext. 114.

6 pm
IJAMS BIRDING SERIES: Woodcock Supper Walk
(All Ages) Join senior naturalist Stephen Lyn Bales as he reveals his secret location for observing the whimsical mating display of male woodcocks. Filled with struts, peents, flutters, and tweets, it is one of the most unique performances in the birding world. Peg’s kitchen will also be serving a traditional soupy supper to warm our bellies before we go adventuring. The fee for this program is $10 for Ijams members and $15 for non-members. Please call (865) 577-4717, ext. 110 to register.


Park Day at Mabry-Hazen

Knoxville – On Saturday, March 28, 2015, history buffs, community leaders and preservationists will team up with the Civil War Trust, History and Take Pride in America at more than 98 historic sites across the country to participate in the 18th annual Park Day.

Since its inception in 1996, Park Day has attracted volunteers of all ages and abilities bound by their dedication to serving their communities. In 2014, nearly 9,000 volunteers at 104 sites across the country donated more than 35,000 service hours. This year, organizers hope to build on these impressive figures.

Mabry-Hazen House will participate in Park Day on Saturday, March 28, 2015, from 9am to 2pm. Activities will include leaf and brush removal, mulching, and general spring-cleaning. Some tools will be provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring rakes, pitchforks, tarps, and similar yard tools.

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Mabry-Hazen House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Photo courtesy Calvin Chappelle.

Additional information about the event can be obtained by calling 865-522-8661.

 


History Museum hosts film screening

(Knoxville, TN) The East Tennessee Historical Society will host two special events, March 25-26, 2015 to commemorate Medal of Honor Day and Knoxville’s hosting of the 2014 Medal of Honor.

Wednesday, March 25, Noon: Brown Bag Lecture: Medal of Honor Quilt Project with Kit Brown and Quilting Team. Join project coordinator Kit Brown and the team of quilters for a free Brown Bag lecture in which they will share their stories and memories from quiltings and the 2014 conference. This event is free and open to the public.

March 26, 7:00 p.m.: Documentary Film Premiere: Conspicuous Gallantry: The 2014 Medal of Honor Convention. East Tennessee Historical Society is pleased to host the debut showing of the film Conspicuous Gallantry: The 2014 Medal of Honor Convention, a 45-minute documentary chronicling the convention held in Knoxville, September 2014, and including interviews with ten Medal of Honor recipients and numerous others involved with or attending the convention. The film showing is free and open to the public.

The history center is located at 601 South Gay Street in Knoxville.


Knox Heritage hosts Spring tour

Knox Heritage is hosting a behind-the-scenes tours of some of the most interesting places in and around Knoxville on March 12, 2015 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

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The Knox Heritage event begins at Patrick Sullivan’s Saloon on North Central Street, in the Old City section of downtown Knoxville. A reception celebrating the property’s restoration will be held there beginning at 5:30pm before moving on to tour several renovation projects nearby undertaken by developers David Dewhirst and Mark Heinz. File photo of Old City by CelebrateKnoxville.com.

This is a great opportunity to see historic preservation in progress and connect with folks who are passionate about preserving, restoring and transforming the places that make Knoxville a great place to live and work.

Residents and interested supporters are invited to join the Knox Heritage community with a membership. Knox Heritage’s architectural salvage efforts have saved countless treasures from the landfill and provided materials for restoration projects across the region. The new office is located at 619 Broadway and offers an expanded inventory, plus will also host artisans and craftspeople for retail and gallery exhibits.

Editor’s Note: There will be a grand opening for the new Broadway space on April 3, 2015.

For more information, call 865-523-8008.


Screenwriter speaks to Knoxville writers

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Novelist and screenwriter Shannon Burke will read from his newest book, “Into the Savage Country,” at the March 2015 program of the Knoxville Writers’ Guild.

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Shannon Burke will speak to the Knoxville Writers Guild beginning at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the Laurel Theater, at the corner of Laurel Avenue and 16th Streets (in Fort Sanders). A $2 donation is requested at the door. The building is handicapped accessible. Additional parking is available at Redeemer Church of Knoxville, 1642 Highland Ave. The event is open to the public.

“Into the Savage Country” is a historical adventure novel that mostly takes place on a trapping brigade in the 1820s. The novel begins as the protagonist – a young man named William Wyeth – starts west on a trapping brigade. The character makes friends, falls in love, chases buffalos and becomes involved in a struggle where the future of the country hangs in the balance.

“I grew up reading books like ‘Kidnapped,’ ‘Treasure Island,’ ‘White Fang’ and ‘The Count of Monte Cristo,’ and my intent was to write a book in that vein,” Burke said.

Burke’s previous novels were well-received and have been translated into several languages. “Safelight” (Random House 2005) was on the Kirkus and Publishers Weekly end of the year lists. “Black Flies” (Soft Skull Press 2008) was on numerous end of the year lists, was a New York Times Notable Book, a finalist for the Believer Book Award, on the Impac Dublin Literary Award Long List and runner up for the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière. He has worked on various films, including work on the script for the film “Syriana.”

About the Knoxville Writers’ Guild

The Knoxville Writers’ Guild exists to facilitate a broad and inclusive community for area writers, provide a forum for information, support and sharing among writers, help members improve and market their writing skills and promote writing and creativity. Additional information about KWG can be found at www.KnoxvilleWritersGuild.org.


Scott Miller headlines Bijou event

Scott Miller and The Commonwealth will perform on the U.S. Cellular Stage at the Bijou Theatre for the 2015 Bijou Jubilee.

Presented by Pilot/Flying J and supported by Ole Smoky Moonshine, the annual fundraiser takes place Saturday, March 14, 2015, at 8:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 30 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.

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The Bijou is hosting an exclusive VIP Pre-Show Party again this year. With the $100 VIP ticket, guests will enjoy an exclusive acoustic performance by Scott Miller and Mic Harrison plus food and drink from Holly’s Eventful Dining, Ole Smoky Moonshine, Ashe’s Wine & Spirits, and Bearden Beer Market.

An auction featuring artist-signed instruments and framed posters will also be held during the event.

Proceeds from the event will help preserve Knoxville’s historic Bijou Theatre, located at 803 South Gay Street in downtown Knoxville.


Rhythm N Blooms is April 10-12

Rhythm N’ Blooms 2015 is back and ready to rock Knoxville a three-day span from April 10-12.  With the stages set exclusively along downtown Knoxville’s historic Jackson Avenue, Rhythm N’ Blooms will showcase first-timers, chart-climbers, and highly lauded acts from varied musical backgrounds.

Festival producers, Dogwood Arts and Attack Monkey Productions, are pleased to release another small taste of the 2015 festival lineup, with many more artists to be announced. In addition to The Decemberists, The Dirty Guvnah’s, and Delta Spirit, the next group of artists who will be at Rhythm N’ Blooms includes:

The Apache Relay
Humming House
Alanna Royale
Guthrie Brown & The Family Tree
Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes
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Dogwood Arts is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to promote and celebrate our region’s arts, culture, and natural beauty.

 


Knoxville Jazz is for Lovers

The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra’s 15th anniversary 2014-15 concert season continues on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 8 p.m. with “Jazz is for Lovers” with vocalist Jane Monheit.

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Jane Monheit has been a leading light in the jazz world since emerging as a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Institute’s Jazz Vocal competition in 1998. A brilliant song stylist and interpreter, Monheit has received two Grammy nominations and worked alongside notable artists such as Michael Buble, Ivan Lins, John Pizzarelli, Michael Feinstein, Tom Harrell and many others. Song selection to include Stardust, Over the Rainbow, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Where or When, Taking a Chance on Love and others. Photo credit: Timothy Saccenti.

The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra is a 17 piece big band comprised of professional musicians from across the region. Since its inception in 1999, the orchestra has performed dozens of concerts in East Tennessee, appeared on major jazz festivals in Europe, performed and recorded with internationally acclaimed guest artists, and released four critically acclaimed CD recordings.

Tickets for the event are $33.50 adult, $15.00 student. The program will be held at the Bijou Theatre at 803 South Gay Street.


Great Cake Bake is Feb 28

This year’s Great Cake Bake to benefit the Dolly Parton Imagination Library of Knox County will take place on February 28, 2015, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Tennessee Terrace Level of Neyland Stadium.

Cake decorators, sugar enthusiasts, and artists pull out all the stops to create a sugary vision so that cake lovers come out to see and buy these sweet confections.

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Each competition entry is $15, which sponsors one child to receive books for a year;
Tickets are $10 (children 12 and under are free)

Entry Deadline is February 22, 2015.

For more information, visit knoxlib.org.


IJAMS hosts 2015 Seed Swap

Join IJAMS Nature Center for the ever popular annual seed swap on January 31, 2015, from 1-4 p.m.

Ijams’ Seed Swap promotes the sharing of vegetable, flower and other seeds among area gardeners. This event supports genetic diversity, sustainability and self-reliance in the garden.

This program is free.

Located in Knoxville, Ijams is an urban greenspace filled with rocks, rivers, trees, trails, owls and salamanders. Visitors of all ages and ability can hike, bike, paddle, stroll, learn or simply enjoy the day.

Ijams is a sanctuary for all visitors to learn and connect with the natural world.

Ijams is also a member and visitor-supported nonprofit organization. Your generous support is needed to continue the ongoing legacy for generations to come.

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Blount Mansion sponsors History Suppers

The Blount Mansion Association is pleased to present the first annual History Suppers Events for 2015. These events will feature historians and authors speaking about topics related to Blount Mansion and Knoxville’s history. Supper is included at these events and a cash bar will be available. Costs: $65 per person per event.

February 3, 2015 – 6pm
Belle Boyd, Confederate Spy
Location: Boyd’s Jig and Reel
101 S Central St, Knoxville, TN 37902

Belle Boyd, a spy for the Confederacy, stayed in Knoxville at the Blount Mansion with her relatives during the Civil War. Learn more about the woman, her life and times, and Knoxville during the Civil War at Boyd’s Jig and Reel in the Old City.

RSVP By January 30, 2015 – spaces are limited.

March 23, 2015-6 p.m.
John Bell Hood and the Civil War in Tennessee
Location: The Grill at Highland’s Row
4705 Old Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919

History Press, Inc. reviews the content of Knight’s Hood’s Tennessee Campaign by saying of the battles: “The Tennessee Campaign of November and December 1864 was the Southern Confederacy’s last significant offensive operation of the Civil War. General John Bell Hood of the Confederate Army of Tennessee attempted to capture Nashville, the final realistic chance for a battlefield victory against the Northern juggernaut. Hood’s former West Point instructor, Major General George Henry Thomas, led the Union force, fighting those who doubted him in his own army as well as Hood’s Confederates. Through the bloody, horrific battles at Spring Hill, Franklin and Nashville and a freezing retreat to the Tennessee River, Hood ultimately failed. Civil War historian James R. Knight chronicles the Confederacy’s last real hope at victory and its bitter

Cost is $65 per person per event.

Please RSVP by calling Blount Mansion at (865) 525-2375.


TN Theatre celebrates milestone

In 2015, the Tennessee Theatre will celebrate a decade since it received new life through a $28 million restoration. The community is invited to a free grand reopening celebration Wednesday, Jan. 14, from 7-9 p.m., to mark the 10th anniversary milestone.

The anniversary celebration at the downtown Tennessee Theatre will include refreshments, a free performance on the Mighty Wurlitzer organ and backstage tours guided by theater historians.

Tours are limited to 75 people per tour and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so arrive early to reserve a spot for 7:15, 7:45 or 8:15 p.m.

The Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation also will unveil a 228-page coffee table book by Jack Neely entitled “The Tennessee Theatre: A Grand Entertainment Palace.”

Neely researched for the better part of a year to write the book and interviewed theater historians and living contributors to the restoration campaign. The book also contains more than 350 images spanning more than a century, including historic photographs, newspaper advertisements, architectural drawings, performers on stage at the Tennessee, movie and show posters, and more.

The Tennessee Theatre is the Official State Theatre of Tennessee and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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Celebrate Christmas in the City

It’s Christmas in the City; there’s so much to see and enjoy in downtown Knoxville this holiday season, from making a holiday wreath at Ramsey House or visiting the Holidays on Ice skating rink in Market Square.

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The Holidays on Ice skating rink is open daily through January 4, 2015 in downtown Knoxville’s Market Square. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for children (season passes are also available). Admission includes skate rental and unlimited time on the ice. Photo by CelebrateKnoxville.com.

On December 13 and 20, the Market Square Farmers Market hosts the Holiday Market throughout Market Square and Market Street. Vendors will have booths set up with handmade gifts, holiday decor, food and more. This is a great place to find unique gifts for everyone on your shopping list.

Parking is free in Knoxville’s Market Square (406 Walnut Street) State Street and Locust Street garages all day on weekends.

Dec. 13
Wreath Making Workshop at the Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorngrove Pike.
Join your friends for this great tradition of fun and creativity and go home with a beautiful natural green wreath. We supply the Holiday treats, materials and the expert instruction of Julia Shiflett and her Christmas helpers. Make your reservation in advance and bring handheld garden pruners and gloves. The social is 12:30 p.m. with the class starting promptly at 1 p.m. Sign up with a buddy or start a family tradition. Reserve your spot by calling 865-546-0745.

Dec. 14
“It’s a Wonderful Life”
Celebrate the Christmas season in the grandeur of the Tennessee Theatre, Gay Street, as Home Federal Bank presents classic film, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Admission is free; no ticket is required. Seating is limited to the theater’s capacity. Doors open one hour prior to each screening.

Dec. 13 – 15
The Nativity Pageant of Knoxville
The pageant combines a cast of 90 members, live animals, realistic sets and authentic costumes to create a powerful presentation of the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ and the meaning of Christmas. The story is told in beautiful music and narration. The pageant is free and is interpreted for the deaf and hearing-impaired. Saturday, December 13 at 3 pm, Sunday, December 14 at 3 pm, Monday, December 15 at 7 pm, at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. Free Admission.


Knoxville Writers Guild invite new members

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Members of the Knoxville Writers’ Guild writing groups will share their works and hold a mix and mingle potluck for December’s monthly program. The event, which will be open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 at the Laurel Theater, at the corner of Laurel Avenue and 16th Streets (in Fort Sanders).

Both current members and those simply curious about joining the guild are encouraged to attend and to bring a covered dish. A $2 donation is requested at the door. The building is handicapped accessible. Additional parking is available at Redeemer Church of Knoxville, 1642 Highland Ave.

More than 15 writing groups are currently part of the KWG, with genres including poetry, playwriting, literary fiction, crime and mystery, sci-fi/fantasy, prompt writing and creative non-fiction. The guild also features two groups specifically designed for teen writers. A representative from most groups will be available, and writers are encouraged to bring copies of their books to sell in anticipation of the holidays. Sales tables will also be provided for those KWG members not currently part of one of the groups.

The Knoxville Writers’ Guild exists to facilitate a broad and inclusive community for area writers, provide a forum for information, support and sharing among writers, help members improve and market their writing skills and promote writing and creativity.

Additional information about KWG can be found at www.KnoxvilleWritersGuild.org.


Knox Heritage holds preservation awards

KNOXVILLE, TENN. – Knox Heritage holds its 2014 Preservation Awards ceremony and Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at the Bijou Theatre in downtown Knoxville. The special guest of the evening is Knoxville’s Mayor, Madeline Rogero. Admission is free, and everyone is welcome to attend.

The event begins at 5:00 p.m. with a reception, followed by the Annual Meeting and Preservation Awards at 6:00 p.m. A report of the organization’s work from the previous year will be delivered by Knox Heritage board president Annette Brun. Mayor Rogero will deliver remarks before the Preservation Awards are presented.

Awards for the best in preservation during 2014 will be presented in the following categories: the City of Knoxville Mayor’s Award and the Knox County Mayor’s Award; the Greystone Award; the “Fantastic Fifteen” for preservation rehabilitation, restoration, compatible infill and preservation stewardship; the Volunteer of the Year; and the Media Award.


Blount Mansion hosts holiday tours

Blount Mansion will host a colonial Christmas celebration and Open House on Friday, December 5, 2014, with candlelight tours of the mansion at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Enjoy Christmas traditions from the colonial period while enjoying demonstrations of what Christmas was like on the Tennessee frontier. Guests artists and crafts people will particularly enjoy a demonstration of colonial yarn spinning techniques while enjoying some snacks and warm drinks.

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The Blount Mansion, also known as William Blount Mansion, is located at 200 West Hill Avenue in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee, and was the home of the only territorial governor of the Southwest Territory, William Blount (1749–1800). Blount, also a signer of the United States Constitution and a U.S. Senator from Tennessee, lived on the property with his family and the mansion served as the headquarters of the Southwest Territory. In 1796, much of the Tennessee Constitution was drafted at the mansion.

Tennessee state historian John Trotwood Moore once called Blount Mansion “the most important historical spot in Tennessee.”

Suggested donation for the Open House, which will be used to help preserve the mansion, is $5.

For more information call (865) 525-2375.


Knoxville Veterans Parade is November 11

The public is invited to join Knoxville and Knox County in honoring and celebrating the nation’s veterans on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, during the 89th Veterans Day Parade.

This event is dedicated to the men and women who have served honorably in the United States Armed Forces.

The parade will start at 10:40 a.m. at the Knoxville Coliseum, run along Howard Baker, Jr. to Church St., right on Gay St., and will follow Gay St. At 11:00 a.m. all parade participants will halt and face west while honors are rendered for veterans of all our country’s wars.

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Visitors and residents crowd Gay Street for Knoxville’s annual Veteran’s Day Parade, an event that honors men and women who have served or are presently serving in the United States Armed Forces. Photo by CelebrateKnoxville.com.


Classic movie celebrates Christmas

In celebration of the Christmas season, East Tennessee neighbors are invited to enjoy two free screenings of “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the historic Tennessee Theatre on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014.

The film will be shown at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. and no ticket is required. Seating is limited to the theater’s capacity.

As a bonus, moviegoers will have the opportunity to pick up $2 discount coupons for the City of Knoxville’s Holidays on Ice open-air skating rink on Market Square.

Released in 1947 and starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, “It’s a Wonderful Life” is was nominated for five Academy Awards and ranks No. 20 on the American Film Institute’s “100 Greatest Movies of All Time” list.

The Tennessee Theatre is located at 604 S. Gay Street in downtown Knoxville. Free parking is available in the State Street garage. Patrons with special needs should contact the Tennessee Theatre in advance at 865-684-1200.

The movie screening is sponsored by Home Federal Bank.

 


Knoxville hosts Fanboy Expo

The region’s premier pop culture meet-and-greet and collectibles event, Fanboy Expo, comes to the Knoxville Convention Center, Nov. 7-9, 2014.

Cult classic lovers and comic book aficionados will travel to Knoxville for the chance to meet their favorite celebrity actors and comic illustrators. The expo also will feature vendors selling comic books, toys and other fandom paraphernalia.

Celebrities will be available throughout the weekend to answer questions from fans, pose for pictures and sign photos and memorabilia. Some of the notable guests will include:

• John Rhys-Davies, best known as Gimli the dwarf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

• Henry Winkler, who played Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli in the 1970s sitcom, “Happy Days”

• Peter Mayhew, the actor behind Chewbacca in the “Star Wars” series

• William Zabka, best known as villain Johnny Lawrence in “The Karate Kid”

• Tommy Flanagan, Emilio Rivera, Rusty Coones, Michael Ornstein, Kristen Renton and

Natalie Skyy known for their roles on the hit FX series, “Sons of Anarchy”

• George Newbern, the voice of Superman in the animated Justice League series

• Sarah Douglas, best known as Ursa opposite Christopher Reeve in “Superman” and

“Superman II”

• Shannon Farnon, who voiced Wonder Woman in “Super Friends”

• Dee Wallace, best known as Elliott’s mom in “E.T.: The Extraterrestrial”

• Sandahl Bergman, known for her role as Valeria in “Conan the Barbarian” with Arnold

Schwarzenegger.

• Rodger Bumpass, the voice of Squidward in “SpongeBob SquarePants”

• Several cast members from AMC’s “The Walking Dead”

• Julius LeFlore, stuntman for “Return of the Jedi”

• Wrestling legends Jim Duggan, known as “Hacksaw Jim Duggan,” and Chris Chavis, “known

as “Tatanka”

The exhibition booths with comic books, movie props and other fandom paraphernalia will be open from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. General admission tickets are available for purchase at the door, $15-$25 single day and $50 weekend.


Emporium hosts juried exhibit

KNOXVILLE – The receipt deadline for the Arts and Culture Alliance juried show is midnight on Sunday, December 7, 2014. Prizes include at least $1,000 in cash awards and a catalog for exhibiting artists.

Approximately 40-50 fine art works encompassing all styles and genres will be exhibited in the Balcony gallery of the beautifully-restored Emporium Center at 100 S. Gay Street, Knoxville’s downtown arts anchor location, from February 6-28, 2015.

Stefanie Gerber Darr, manager of the galleries and permanent collection at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, will jury the exhibition.

Entries must be original works completed within the last two years in the following categories: 2-D (painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking, photography) and 3-D (sculpture of all media). The maximum allowed size is 120″ x 120″ in any direction including frame or stand.

The nonrefundable entry fee is $40 for up to three works ($25 for Arts & Culture Alliance members and students). Up to three additional entries may be submitted for $7/each ($5 for members/students).

For more information, please contact Suzanne Cada: sc@knoxalliance.com or (865) 523-7543.


Chili cookoff benefits Second Harvest

This weekend, enjoy the East Tennessee Chili Cook-Off by Second Harvest at World’s Fair Park lawn from 12 – 6 p.m.  Second Harvest Food Bank, Bush Brothers & Company and Kroger will partner for the 9th Annual East Tennessee Chili Cook-Off on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at World’s Fair Park Festival Lawn.

Over 30 amateur cooking teams will whip up their tastiest recipes to compete for the best chili in town. Each team will produce 25 gallons of their homemade chili.

Kids can play on the inflatable playground at the Kids Fun Zone compliments of All Occasions Party Rentals. The Chili Corn Hole Tournament will be back again this year. Adults can visit the Chili Beer Garden, where beers from around the world will be offered. Live music by The Y’uns, RMS, and Emi Sunshine. General admission is $15.

For more info, call 865-521-0000.

 


Celebrate Knoxville salutes horror writers

This week Celebrate Knoxville salutes The Horror Writers Association, the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy and home of the iconic Bram Stoker Awards for superior achievement in horror literature.

Locally, residents will enjoy visiting any branch of the Knox County Public Library for great books as well as fun activities for all ages. As the oldest continuously operating public library in the state of Tennessee, the KCPL offers more than one million books, periodicals, compact discs, films, audiobooks and downloadables through 19 locations across Knox County.

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Since launching on October 1, the HWA Horror Selfies social media campaign has become a viral sensation garnering over nine million impressions on Facebook and Twitter during its first two weeks. The effort has attracted the attention of literary legends and The New York Times bestselling authors Stephen King, Peter Straub, and Ramsey Campbell, as well as some of cinema’s biggest names of past and present, including directors Mick Garris (THE STAND) and Josh Boone (THE FAULT IN OUR STARS).

The Horror Writers Association is a nonprofit organization of writers and publishing professionals around the world, dedicated to promoting dark literature and the interests of those who write it. The HWA formed in 1985 with the help of many of the field’s greats, including Dean Koontz, Robert McCammon, and Joe Lansdale. Today, with over 1250 members around the globe, it is the oldest and most respected professional organization for the much-loved writers who have brought you the most enjoyable sleepless nights of your life.

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Historic TN Theatre offers tours

The Tennessee Theatre invites guests to a Fall Festival Open House during First Friday from 6-8 p.m. on Nov. 7, 2014 with fall-themed activities, snacks and free history tours of the iconic venue.

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Located in the heart of downtown Knoxville, the Tennessee Theatre opened in 1928 as a movie palace. The Tennessee Theatre is the Official State Theatre of Tennessee and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Photo by CelebrateKnoxville.com.

The fall festival will include a caricature artist who will draw free portraits of attendees and the iconic theater marquee; apple cider and fall treats; music on the Mighty Wurlitzer organ; and free backstage tours led by theater historians.

The tours will leave the lobby at 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m., with groups limited to 50 people per tour, so guests are encouraged to arrive early.

 


IJAMS hosts Haunted Lantern Tour

Join IJAMS for a Haunted Lantern Tour on October 28 and 29, 2014, at 7 p.m.

Did you know that some ghost hunters believe that both water and limestone can increase paranormal activity? If that’s true, then the quarries at IJAMS Nature Center in downtown Knoxville are the perfect place for a haunting.

The fee for this program is $7 for Ijams members and $10 for non-members. Tours meet at Ijams Nature Center, in the Mead’s Quarry parking lot.

Please call (865) 577-4717, ext. 110 to register.

IJAMS is a 300-acre urban greenspace and environmental learning center. Visit http://www.ijams.org for more information and a full calendar of events and programs.


Humane Society of TN Valley hosts race

The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley will host the second annual Waggin’ Tails 5K Fun Run on November 1, 2014.

Grab your tennis shoes and your furry friend and head to Tommy Schumpert Park in North Knoxville at the PetSafe Dog Park where your dog can mingle before or after the race.

Register before October 31 and the cost is $25. Registration on the day of the race is $30 and will be open between 8am and will close 15 minutes before the start of the race.

Register: http://humanesocietytennessee.com/events/5k/

Light snacks and refreshments for participants after the race.

The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley is a non-profit serving 18 counties with a mission to value and protect all animals through its two centers, Adopt-A-Pet and Fix-A-Pet.


Day of the Dead at Emporium

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present a new exhibition hosted by HoLa Hora Latina in commemoration of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), featuring a collection of traditional and modern ofrendas (memorial displays), paintings, masks, sculptures, and paper mache catrinas by artists Angel Luna, Hector Saldivar, Margarita Garza, and others.

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A whimsical paper mache’ skeleton adorns a display for celebrating the Day of the Dead, a popular Hispanic tradition, similar to All Saints Day, to honor deceased relatives and friends. This year’s exhibition will include selections from “Frutos Latinos,” an exhibition displayed at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville beginning November 7, 2014 with special activities throughout the evening. File photo by CelebrateKnoxville.com.

Casa HoLa (the office/gallery space of HoLa Hora Latina, Suite 109 in the Emporium) will offer coloring, face painting, and sugar skull decorating.

The First Friday reception features music and dance performances by Pasión Flamenca from 6:00-6:30 PM and a Jazz Jam Session hosted by Vance Thompson and Friends from 7:00-9:00 PM in the Black Box Theatre.

For more information, contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543.


Dogwood trees on sale in November

Dogwood Arts is rallying East Tennessee to take part in the annual community-wide dogwood tree-planting day on Saturday, December 6, 2014. As part of the Bazillion Blooms program, Dogwood Arts aims to restore the former vitality and beauty of the dogwood tree population in East Tennessee communities.

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Over the years, local dogwood tree populations have dwindled due to age, disease, construction, and neglect. The Bazillion Blooms program will begin selling disease-resistant Appalachian Snow and Cherokee Brave dogwood trees for $25 each beginning November 14. Photo submitted.

Since the initiation of Bazillion Blooms in 2009, Knoxville area residents and supporting volunteers have planted more than 6,550 trees.

Dogwood Arts is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to promote and celebrate our region’s arts, culture, and natural beauty.


Holiday Market features classes

The Market Square Holiday Market in Market Square is scheduled for December 6, 13, and 20, 2014. Sassy Glass Studio is once again offering Holiday Ornament and Jewelry Fused Glass classes for making one-of-a-kind gifts.

“Sounds kind of crazy when it’s still 65 degrees outside and you’re wearing flip flops here in East Tennessee, but Christmas is only 63 days away,” says Sassy Glass Studio owner, Lisa Gifford Mueller.

Space for taking a fused glass class at the holiday market is limited; classes are available at the Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels either individually or in small groups of up to 3 students.

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Before the holiday market, every Saturday through November 15, 2014 you can find Sassy Glass Studio at the Market Square Farmers’ Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sign up for classes, here http://sassyglassstudio.blogspot.com.

 


Digital devices bookmobile visits Knoxville

The Digital Bookmobile National Tour is coming to downtown Knoxville on Sunday, October 19, 1-5 p.m. at Lawson McGhee Library to help showcase the library’s free ebook and audiobook service.

At this free event, readers of all ages will learn how to access ebooks and audiobooks from the library through interactive demonstrations and high-definition instructional videos. Food trucks and street musicians will be on hand as well.

A gadget gallery-featuring Kindle® Fire, iPad® Mini, Android™ Galaxy Tablet, NOOK™ HD+, Creative® Zen, Kindle® Paperwhite, Windows® Phone 8, and more-will help visitors discover portable devices that are compatible with the library’s digital service.

Library card holders can also check out digital titles anytime, anywhere. The Lawson McGhee Library is located at 500 W. Church Avenue in Knoxville.

For more information, visit www.knoxlib.org.


Knoxville Horror Film Fest begins

The 6th annual Knoxville Horror Film Fest will kick off Friday, October 24, 2014 at Regal Downtown West, return for an all­ day marathon of screenings on Saturday, then wrap up across town on Sunday afternoon with two additional film screenings and an awards ceremony and costume party at Market Square’s Scruffy City Hall.

This year’s lineup includes seven features, 11 Grindhouse trailers and 25 shorts, with fest favorite Richard Bates, Jr’s dark comedy Suburban Gothic ; horror anthology sequels V/H/S Viral and The ABCs Of Death 2; Gerard Johnstone’s crowd­pleasing horror comedy Housebound; renowned Canadian collective Astron­6’s The Editor; Axelle Carolyn’s moody ghost story Soulmate; and Matt O’Mahoney’s splatter comedy Bloody Knuckles.

As with last year’s festival, each feature presentation is preceded by a themed selection of short films competing for prizes at Sunday’s Awards Party.

Saturday night will also premiere the locally­ made trailers comprising the fourth annual Grindhouse Grind­-Out Filmmaking Contest. The de facto main event of KHFF for many of Knoxville’s wildest creative types, the Grind-­Out pits two dozen teams against each other to produce insane trailers based on a lottery of genres. The competition kicks off on Thursday, October 2, with teams given a tight deadline of 6 days & 66 minutes to complete their films. Teams can register through the festival website for $30. The audience is invited to vote for their favorites, with winners announced alongside a variety of jury awards on Sunday night as well as a special award from guest judge Lloyd Kaufman, of the legendary Troma Films.

Weekend Passes to all KHFF666 events are available through KHFF’s website for $60 at http://www.knoxvillehorrorfest.com.

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Guests to the annual Knoxville Film Fest also have the opportunity to visit vendor booths (including Raven Records & Rarities, with plenty of posters) for horror-themed merchandise. Photo by CelebrateKnoxville.com.


Jazz lunch tribute to Dave Brubeck

The Knoxville Jazz Lunch series concert pays tribute to Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond with saxophonist Bob Knapp on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, from noon to 1 pm at the Square Room in Market Square.

Admission to the concert is $15 and includes a lunch buffet served up by Café 4.

Pianist Dave Brubeck and alto saxophonist Paul Desmond were trail blazers in the cool jazz style of the 1950s. Their popularity on college campuses helped introduce a whole new generation of Americans to jazz, and the music that they created together has stood the test of time. Multi-instrumentalist reed man Bob Knapp examines the legacy and music of these two great icons in this special performance.

The Square Room is a new, state-of-the-art performance venue in downtown Knoxville, TN in the Historic Market Square district. It is housed in the rear of the 4 Market Square Building along with its counterpart Café 4, a full-service restaurant and coffee bar.


Zombie movie marathon at IJAMS

Ijams Nature Center and Knoxville Horror Film Fest are pairing up once more to raise the dead at the 3rd annual Zombie Movie Marathon. This year the main feature will be the horror comedy Life After Beth, (2014, R) starring Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon.

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Also for the evening’s entertainment, the classic Béla Lugosi film White Zombie (1932) will be screened, with a RiffTrax style accompaniment by Einstein Simplified Comedy Improv Troupe.

This is more than just a movie night, this event features vendors, food trucks, beer and of course…BRAINS! Dressing up is encouraged…the more zombies the merrier.

The cost is $10 for a night of fun and fright. Doors open at 6 p.m. Movies start at sundown.

IJAMS Nature Center is a 300-acre urban greenspace and environmental learning center located at 2915 Island Home Avenue in Knoxville, Tennessee.


Knoxville October 2014 events

by Bonny Millard, Contributing Writer. The fall is always a busy time in East Tennessee with many seasonal activities and events to enjoy. Here is a partial list of available activities that are coming up in Knoxville for October 2014. Follow us on Twitter (CelebrateKnox) for updates.

Oct. 18
Knoxville Zombie Walk on Market Square at 3:30 p.m. Zombies walk from Market Square to the Knoxville Convention Center. Don your best outfit and help with a canned food drive. https://www.facebook.com/KnoxvilleZombieWalk
Oct. 26
First annual Bed Race at the World’s Fair Park at 12 p.m. Teams build beds that represent their unique personalities or companies and race. Awards are given.
Oct. 26
Trick-or-Trot Halloween 5K at Tyson Park 1 p.m. Koinonia Foundation is holding a 5K fundraiser to raise money for camps for children with disabilities.

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Oct. 30
Concerts on the Square — Dixie Ghost at Market Square 7 p.m. Come early for a special performance of the dance moves from Thriller at 6 p.m. Dixie Ghost is an acoustic five-piece string band with a sound that is rooted in traditional folk styles yet unmistakably original and progressive.
Oct 30
Halloween Paddle at the Cove at the Cove at Concord Park, 11808 S. Northshore Drive. Come in costume and decorate your boat. Prizes awarded for best of each category. This is an easy flat water paddle. Be prepared for cold water/weather. Weather dependent. Free with your own gear or $15 to rent from River Sport Outfitters. Call 865- 523-0066 for rentals.

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Alive after Five music series begins

KNOXVILLE, TN—The Knoxville Museum of Art announces the 2014 fall series of Alive After Five, premiering with a “Tribute to Sam Cooke” featuring Danny McGrew with Soul Connection and very special guest Clifford Curry on Friday, October 10, from 6:00 to 8:30 pm.

This year’s fall series features seven shows, concluding on December 12, 2014.

Originally formed of Oak Ridge High School students in 1966, under the name Soul Sanction, their name was changed to Soul Connection at a special “Rename the Band Party” Alive After Five in 2006. The group became one of the legendary bands of East Tennessee and opened shows for B.B. King, James Brown, Ray Charles, Bobby “Blue” Bland, and more. With their combination of keyboards, horns, and guitar, blended with a variety of male and female vocals, Soul Connection covers a wide musical spectrum of Rhythm & Blues and Soul, all done with infectious energy and unmistakable style. Joining them in the first set will be Knoxville native and member of the Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame, Clifford Curry.

For more information about the Alive After Five series, please contact Michael Gill at (865) 934-2039.


Boo! at the Knoxville Zoo kicks off

Knoxville, Tenn.— BOO! at the Zoo presented by U.S. Cellular® kicks off Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 with safe and not-too-scary Halloween fun scheduled over three weekends.

BOO! at the Zoo, a Halloween tradition for 28 years, is a family event featuring trick-or-treating through the zoo along the BOO! Trail, the Madaris Monster Mash tent with music and activities perfect for preschool and elementary-aged event-goers, friendly costumed characters and entertainers throughout the zoo, and the only “haunted” carousel in East Tennessee, the Scary-Go-Round. (How can you tell it’s haunted? It goes backwards, of course.)

Boo! at the Zoo tickets are $7 per person. Children under two are admitted free. Parking is $5.

Tickets are available at in advance by phone at (865) 637-5331.


Old Gray lantern tour celebrates history

Part history, part theater, and all fundraiser, the annual Lantern and Carriage Tour at Old Gray Cemetery takes place on Sunday, September 28, 2014, from 4 – 7PM (rain or shine).

This event is an afternoon of food, fun, carriage rides, and some amazing stories of adversity and accomplishment told by historical reenactors throughout the cemetery during the tour.

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This year’s Old Gray Cemetery Lantern Tour takes place from 4-7 p.m., September 28, 2014, rain or shine. Photo by CelebrateKnoxville.com.

In addition, the site is now a Tennessee Urban Forestry Council arboretum. Marble stones, made possible by The Akima Club and Knoxville Garden Club, identify botanical and common names of over forty trees.

As you tour the facility and grounds, you’ll be met by historical characters (actresses, novelists, businessmen, soldiers, politicians, more) that would love to share their story with you.

Parking for this event will be across the street at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Emory Park Place and neighbor parking lots.

Entrance ticket: $ 10.00 for adults and $ 5.00 for students. Carriage ride additional fee $5.00. No Reservations Required.

The cemetery is located at 543 North Broadway, Knoxville, Tennessee.


Scruffy City Soiree 2014 is Sept 27

In support of Knox Heritage and its mission to preserve Knoxville’s historic treasures, The Scruffy City Soirée 2014, will be held September 27, at 6:30 p.m., at The Standard, 416 West Jackson Avenue in Knoxville.

The Scruffy City Soirée is an annual fall fundraiser, which provides support for many important Knox Heritage programs and services. This year’s event chairs are Melissa Charles and Katie Bahr.

Knox Heritage staff works to identify and preserve historic places in Knoxville and throughout the 16-county region.

Included in the ticket price is a delicious buffet dinner, wine & beer, and live entertainment, and auction that offers unique local art, crafts, excursions and tours. Tickets are $100 per person.

For more information, call 865-523-8008.


Historic Homes of Knoxville host luncheon

The Historic Homes of Knoxville is hosting a noon luncheon on Friday, October 3, 2014, at The Foundry to celebrate the founding of the City of Knoxville 223 years ago.

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Blount Mansion, Knoxville.

The Historic Homes of Knoxville are uniformly significant in Tennessee’s accession as the 16th state in 1796. Apart from the paramount importance of their preservation, each house museum offers events and educational opportunities that benefit the community at large. Properties include Blount Mansion, Crescent Bend House & Gardens, Historic Ramsey House, James White’s Fort, Mabry-Hazen House, Marble Springs State Historic Site, and Historic Westwood.

Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. of Tennessee’s 2nd congressional district will be the featured speaker.

Tickets are $50 and proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the Historic Homes. Purchase tickets by calling 865-523-7543.


Community Screenings begin at film fest

East Tennessee PBS Community Cinema Screenings begin Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the Knoxville Film Festival at Regal Downtown West Cinema 8.

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Saturday, September 13, 4 p.m. at Regal Downtown West Cinema 8

MAKERS: Women in Hollywood, is an hour-long documentary showcasing the women of showbiz, from the earliest pioneers to present-day power players, as they influence the creation of one of the country’s biggest commodities: entertainment. Women in Hollywood, the first of six MAKERS documentaries that will air on PBS stations this fall, airs on East Tennessee PBS on Tuesday, October 7, at 9 p.m.

After the screening, East Tennessee PBS Communications Coordinator Paige Travis will facilitate a panel discussion with: stage and screen actor Dale Dickey; director of the forthcoming Nest Features film Up the River Amy Hubbard; director of The Happiest Person in America, Sara Israel; producer of Something, Anything, Ashley Maynor; and writer and producer of Candee Noir, Kelly Shipe.

Admission to the MAKERS screening is free.


Knoxville celebrates Hola Festival

Hola Festival 2014 activities are scheduled to begin in Market Square, downtown Knoxville, at 7:00 PM on Saturday, September 27, lasting until 10:00 PM. The evening festivities include the featured band “Orquesta de Jaime Bonilla” and the Music City Salsa Dance Extravaganza.

This will be the 15th year of the Hola Festival celebrating the diversity through exciting and informative showcases, traditional and authentic Hispanic foods, and other cultural and artistic presentations.

The full festival continues on Sunday, September 28, with a special family celebration beginning at 11:30 AM featuring the traditional and colorful Parade of Nations at 3:00 PM.

Hispanic bands scheduled to perform include the Marcel Portilla Band and the Asheville Tango Orchestra. And there will be plenty of traditional foods and exhibits as well as featured performances by the Cazateatro-Bilingual Theatre, the Street Circus, and Lucia Arte Y Pasion Flamenco.


Yazoo presents outdoor music show

On September 5, 2014, WDVX and Yazoo Brewing Company present Yazoo on the Square on Market Square in downtown Knoxville.

The FREE live outdoor music event includes rock ‘n’ roll from King Super & the Excellents, folk music from Folk Soul Revival, and some blues from Jenna & Her Cool Friends.

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Bring a chair or a blanket, and enjoy East Tennessee music from all genres.

Music starts at 6pm.


Bookmobile stops at Neyland Stadium

The public is invited to join the Knox County Public Library in the East Lot beside Neyland Stadium from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 6, 2014 for a tailgating party with the ultimate bookmobile as the Books from Birth 10th Anniversary Tour makes a stop at Neyland Stadium.

Activities include enrolling children in the program, recognizing the work of volunteers and donors and engaging communities in support of the program. The event will provide reading-themed giveaways for children at each stop.

The statewide Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program is made possible through a one-to-one match by the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation.


Movies on Market Square to begin

Knoxville Movies on Market Square is looking for your vote again this year.

On September 12, 2014 the Knox County PublicLibrary will launch its 2014 season of family-friendly outdoor movies. Every Friday night from September 12-October 17, the public is invited to bring the whole family, (including well-behaved dogs), to see a free movie.

The public will decide the lineup at polling stations at all Knox County Public Library locations or online at www.knoxlib.org.

 


Blount Mansion hosts art display

The public is invited to the First Friday Art Opening at the Blount Mansion Visitors Center, 5-7 p.m. on Friday September, 5, 2014, 200 West Hill Avenue in Knoxville.

“We are privileged to have acquired many wonderful pieces over the years, and now we are going to display them for our visitors,” says David Hearnes, Assistant to the Director at Blount Mansion. “This exhibit will showcase some of the best art that the Blount Mansion Association has collected since 1926. These prints and portraits help to make the house truly an amazing experience and help to tell the story of Knoxville, Tennessee, and the United States.”

The show will include portraits of famous Tennesseans, such as Territorial Governor William Blount and his half-brother, Tennessee Governor Willie Blount, as well as Charles McClung, John Sevier, and Mary Boyce Temple.

This is a free event.

Blount Mansion is Knoxville’s only National Historic Landmark given by the National Park Service and is the oldest house museum in Knox County. It is owned and operated by the Blount Mansion Association, Inc., a nonprofit, educational organization.


AC announces dates for Big Ears

AC Entertainment has announced the return of Big Ears Festival to Knoxville on March 27-29, 2015.

Heralded as “the most ambitious and avant-garde music festival to emerge in America in more than a decade” by Rolling Stone and an event that “stands apart because of its commitment to excellence in extremes” by The New York Times, Big Ears brings together musicians and artists who span generations and transcend genres for dozens of concerts along with installations, exhibitions, film screenings, interactive workshops, informative talks, surprise collaborations, and unexpected connections.

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A crowd waits in line at The Bijou Theatre in downtown Knoxville for a performance at Big Ears 2014. New dates for the festival in 2015 have recently been announced by AC Entertainment. Photo by Celebrate Knoxville.

Venue details, 2015 lineup, activity information and more will be released later this fall.

Big Ears is created and produced by AC Entertainment, recognized as one of the foremost independent promoters in the United States.


Feast with the Beasts at Knox Zoo

Knoxville Zoo’s Feast with the Beasts, presented by ORNL Federal Credit Union, takes place on Saturday, August 16, 2014, from 7-11 p.m.

Feast with the Beasts is an evening event that features everything from appetizers to desserts and a variety of refreshing drinks to sample. More than 45 restaurants, wineries, breweries and beverage distributors will be serving their specialties throughout the zoo.

Music on three stages, food, beverages and entertainment are included with event tickets. Tickets for Feast with the Beasts are $65 per person in advance and $70 the day of the event. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.knoxvillezoo.org or by calling (865) 637-5331 and at all Knoxville area ORNL Federal Credit Union locations and area Pilot Flying J stores.

Feast with the Beasts is for guests 21 years of age and over and guests must show a valid photo I.D. to enter the event. All proceeds directly benefit Knoxville Zoo.


Fountain City Arts celebrate 10 years

Art-a-palooza, Fountain City Art Center’s fabulous fall fundraiser, now in its 10th year has been scheduled for September 18-20, 2014. Artists will be on site inside the Center located at 213 Hotel Avenue next to Fountain City Park in Knoxville.

Original paintings, easels, frames, art supplies, prints, pottery, jewelry, glassware, and decorative items will be on sale for bargain prices, along with a few small household items, all donated by Center members and area artists. Home-baked goods will be on sale all three days.

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Saturday, September 20 from 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM is Family Day with interactive art activities booths for all ages. The event offers $10 Family Passes on Saturday, good for all the children’s art activities booths. Also on Saturday only, local musicians will be playing on the grounds 11:00 AM – 4:30 p.m.

Artists and food vendors are encouraged to participate. Interested vendors should call (865)357-ARTS.


Knoxville celebrates history fair

The 2014 East Tennessee History Fair will celebrate the region’s history with reenactments, activities, and tours, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, August 16, 2014, in downtown Knoxville – Market Square & Krutch Park, Clinch & Gay Streets.

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Presented by the East Tennessee Historical Society, along with dozens of businesses, historical organizations, museums, musicians, and individuals from across the region, the East Tennessee History Fair features fun and educational activities highlighting the people, places, stories, and events that comprise the shared history of our 35-county region. File photo by CelebrateKnoxville.com.

Special highlights include: Free admission to the Museum of East Tennessee History, WDVX and Clayton Country Music Stage, living History Timeline—Cherokee to Vietnam War, and dozens of historical and genealogical societies representing county, regional, and state organizations. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 865-215-8824.

 


Mabry-Hazen great place to view Boomsday

Mabry-Hazen House will host its 7th annual Boomsday, Bluegrass, and Barbeque celebration on Saturday, August 30, 2014. On a cool hilltop setting attendees will enjoy a great view of Knoxville’s premiere fireworks show, good food, and live music. Tours of the historic home will begin at 6pm, and dinner will be served at 7:30. Alcohol is BYOB.

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Voted one of the best places to watch the Knoxville, Tennessee Boomsday fireworks show, Mabry-Hazen House also offers food and entertainment without the traffic. Photo submitted.

Tickets are $60 per adult and children under 12 are free when accompanied by a ticket holder. Tickets are limited to 200 adults to ensure a quality event. This event has sold out for the past four years. Purchase your tickets in advance to guarantee your attendance. There is plenty of parking and the site offers easy access to I-40 without traffic concerns. The event will take place rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Built in 1858, Mabry-Hazen House is strategically located on the highest hill east of downtown Knoxville with spacious views in all directions. The home was occupied and defended by both armies during the Civil War. It housed three generations of the same family for 130 years; the museum showcases one of the largest original family collections in America. Your attendance will help support the museum’s mission to preserve and educate the public about an important part of East Tennessee history. Please call 865-522-8661 or visit www.mabryhazen.com for more information.