Not much gets by Deputy Barney Fife, especially when hes on the scene at Sullivans Downtown.
Fife, aka: Sammy Sawyer, showed up Thursday, March 25, to control the chaos that ensued when the Pistol Creek Catch of the Day performed on the porch of the East Broadway Avenue restaurant. He pulled his bullet from his pocket several times, stopped traffic to chat with a Maryville fire department crew returning from a call and went table-to-table to talk to the patrons.
Fife and the players from band were on hand to promote the April
Foolies show set for Saturday, March 31, at Maryville
Colleges Wilson Auditorium. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m., and the show is at 7 p.m. Show tickets are $10 and tickets for seniors and students are $5. Hamburger dinners are $5 each.
April Foolies is a talent show fundraiser for three local agencies that benefit children: Success by Six, the New Hope Childrens Advocacy Center and the Helen Ross McNabb ChildNet program.
The preview, which was the second for the 2007 show, was designed to create some excitement about the upcoming show and sell tickets. On hand were representatives from the charities that will benefit from the show, Foolies organizers, sponsors and some who will bring their acts to the stage on Saturday.
Maryville actor David Dwyer, who had a part in the recent film "We Are Marshall," will be on stage with a group he called "Cans of Ham." When asked to give a description of his act, he simply said, "A little ham, a little Spam."
Dwyer laughed as Sawyer walked through the restaurant making everyone laugh with his impersonations of Don Knotts signature character, Fife.
"Look at the energy he has," Dwyer said. "Were thrilled to have him."
Ed Harper, the 2007 April Foolies committee chairman, performed with Bill Cobb, Scott Hinds and Carl Gombert. Harper poked fun at himself and his band. He said that while the crowd enjoyed their show, the real "no talent" acts would be performing at April Foolies March 31 at Maryville College.
Harper said that all the fun was for a good cause. "This is where the rubber meets the road, and kids are helped, parents are served and Blount County is a better place for it," he said of the fundraiser.
This is the third year for the Foolies and each year at least one or two acts have men dressed up as women. Cobb joked that will happen again this year. "Come see our city fathers dressed up as women," he said, to which Gombert replied, "Does that make them city mothers?"
Tickets can be purchased at Blount Today, 318 S. Washington St., in the Law Building; United Way at 1615 East Broadway Ave., Maryville; or from a favorite act.
For information, call 865-982-2251.