Oasis in the city

New pavilion opens; RobinElla slated to kick-off open house

Within walking distance of Lamar Alexander Parkway, nestled in a picturesque environment, is a new pavilion and event center constructed in response to the needs of the community.

The Smithview Pavilion and Event Center, crafted of brick and stone, is a new rental facility that offers another venue for folks looking for a location for weddings, wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, family reunions, church gatherings, company picnics or just about any other function.

The outdoor venue includes a fully-functional kitchen, outdoor grill, ample parking, restrooms and a ladies lounge that features plenty of vanity and mirror space.

The Smithview Pavilion and Event Center is an addition to the Smith campus which also includes Smith Funeral and Cremation Service, the Life Event Center, the Flower Shop and Grandview Cemetery.

“It’s a beautiful facility that was developed based on the needs of the community,” said Dr. Lynn Gibson, vice-president of Smith Funeral and Cremation Service. He said the Life Event Center is booked months in advanced and based upon client feedback, another facility seemed appropriate.

The premier outdoor event facility is located at the end of Smithview Drive which is off of Tuckaleechee Pike. Browns Creek separates the beautifully landscaped pavilion grounds and the Woodlands of Maryville College. Also, on the far corner of the scenic property is an old bridge that once led to Townsend. This location is a popular choice for wedding engagement photos.

According to Gibson, the Smithview Pavilion and Event Center can accommodate approximately 380 guests or dining for up to 250 people.

The Smithview Pavilion and Event Center will be the site of the benefit concert on June 21 by local singer and songwriter, RobinElla, who is known for her eclectic sound that blends progressive bluegrass, jazz, blues and pop elements.

The June 21 benefit show will also feature the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra Quintet who will perform a set. The proceeds from the show will benefit a Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee. This organization provides information to women about safe and secret options for their newborns so abandonment is not considered.

The tickets for the benefit are $20 which includes reserved seating and a meal provided by Foothills Catering and $12 general admission where guests can bring a lawnchair or blanket and enjoy their surroundings by the creek.

“It feels like you’re in the middle of the Smoky Mountains, even though you’re in the middle of Maryville,” said Lisa Gibson, vice-president of Smith Funeral and Cremation Service.

A Community Appreciation and Open House is scheduled at the Smithview Pavilion and Event Center for Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29. Participants can learn all about the outdoor facility and about the other businesses owned and operated by the Gibson and Chambers families.

For more information about the June 21 benefit show or to rent the facility, contact 865-379-1860.

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