Community Events for Nov. 13, 2008

Thursday, Nov. 13

RaRa Schlitt Art Sale will benefit Hearing and Speech

The RaRa Schlitt Art Show and Sale will be tonight, Thursday, Nov. 13, at the newly renovated Capitol Theatre. Proceeds from the sale and the sale of the art work will go to benefit the Hearing and Speech Foundation.

Local artist Schlitt will make a big impact for those in need through her generosity. She has graciously donated 55 of her paintings to the foundation to benefit the Indigent Care Program.

Schlitt has a unique style and she has been painting all summer to have a variety of original paintings to offer to the public, all to benefit the Hearing and Speech Foundation.

The event, at the beautiful and newly renovated Capitol Theatre has no admission charge. Patrons can bid on the artwork in a silent-bidding formula. Opportunities to learn more about the foundation will also be available that evening and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Although the artwork will be sold in a silent auction, those wishing to purchase pieces immediately will be able to do so at a “Buy It Now” rate. All paintings will fall in the $35 - $175 range and will be available to take home once purchased. The RaRa Schlitt Art Show and Sale is from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 14

Teens invited to ‘Twilight’ party at library

Blount County Public Library is having a “Twilight” party to celebrate the movie release and to give teens the opportunity to share their excitement for the books with others. Stephenie Meyer has written a book so popular, not only with teens but also with adults, that the library cannot keep it on the shelves.

The Twilight Teen Party, free and open to area students in middle school and high school, will be 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, in the Sharon Lawson Room of the Blount County Public Library. Because the library will be closed, teens may enter the Sharon Lawson Room using the door on the side of the building facing Regal Towers.

Teens are invited to dress as their favorite Twilight character. There will be an opportunity to discuss the merits of both Edward and Jacob. Centered around the theme of “Twilight,” there will be games, activities and prizes (including two tickets to see the movie). And of course there will be food.

“Twilight” is an action-packed, modern day love story between a vampire and a human. “Twilight,” the book, was first published in 2005. According to, “the series are currently some of the most popular books written for young adults, with sales exceeding 50 million copies worldwide since the Twilight debut in 2004 and over 7.7 million copies sold in the U.S. alone. “Twilight,” the movie comes out in theaters Nov. 21 at 12:01 a.m., and stars Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan and Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen.

Free and open to the public, the program is at the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville.

For further information about other library programs or services, call the library at 982-0981 or visit the Web site at

Saturday, Nov. 15

Local adoptive families hosting ‘Adoption Day’

Blount County families are invited to celebrate National Adoption Day on Saturday, Nov. 15, at Sandy Springs Park Pavilion.

The celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Activities include fun events for children and information for adults. Representatives from several local agencies will be on hand to provide information for those considering adoption. Matt Farrand, an associate pastor at Maryville Vineyard Church, will share from his family’s adoption experience.

“This will be a fantastic opportunity for families to connect,” said Farrand. “If you think adoption might be in your future, come meet folks who know the process. That was such a source of encouragement and strength to me.”

For more information visit or call 865-238-5358.

Tuesday, November 18

BMH hosts distinguished service awards banquet

The annual Blount Memorial Foundation and Community Outreach distinguished service awards banquet will be held Tuesday, Nov. 18 at the Knoxville Airport Hilton in Alcoa. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and the awards presentation at 8 p.m.

The distinguished service award is the highest meritorious award presented by the Blount Memorial Foundation and Community Outreach. It is presented to individuals who have demonstrated significant contributions to Blount Memorial Hospital over a sustained period. Awards are not associated with financial contributions to the hospital.

The 2008 distinguished service award recipients are Dr. Clay Crowder, Laura Harrill and Dr. Marvin Peterson.

Tickets for this event are $50, and tables for 10 are available for $500. Make checks payable to the Blount Memorial Foundation, and mail to the Blount Memorial Foundation and Community Outreach, 907 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804.

Reservations are required by Tuesday, Nov. 11. For more information, call 865-977-5727.

Saturday, Nov. 29

H.O.M.E. for Christmas kicks off Hometown Christmas

It’s time for Hometown Christmas in Blount County, sponsored by Parks & Rec and Blount Today.

H.O.M.E. for Christmas kicks off the trio of events with music, refreshments and the lighting of the Martin Luther King Community Center Tree on Saturday, Nov. 29, at the MLK Community Center.

Light refreshments and musical performances begin at 6 p.m., followed by the tree lighting at 7:15 p.m. and fellowship and children’s activities until 8 p.m.

Through November 30

Photo exhibit at the Blount County Library

An exhibit of over three dozen scenic photographs by G. Alan Sieve are now on display at the Blount Publlic Library. They will remain on display at the library through November 30.

Sieve, who lives in Maryville, now specializes in scenic photography, having documented rural life for over 25 years as a photojournalist for several weekly newspapers in Iowa.

“For God and Country” is a phrase that Sieve says perhaps best summarizes his motivation as an artist.

“The Great Smoky Mountains are now my primary photographic subject,” he said, noting that he believes images like “Just Before Dawn,” captures the wonder of God’s creation and the promise of what a new day can hold.

He also has a bent toward images that evoke patriotism, such as “Old Glory,” showing an American flag prominently dislayed on an old but well-maintained front porch in Maryville. The exhibit also shows several black-and white-images of rural Americana

Sieve’s work is offered for sale his Web site at

A native of Carroll, Iowa, Sieve holds a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University, located in Ames. There he first exhibited his interest in photography while minoring in journalism.

Sieve began his photojournalism career as a reporter-photographer with The Pioneer-Republican of Iowa County in Marengo, Iowa, in 1977. Then, from 1981 through 1988, he was editor of the Williamsburg (Iowa) Journal Tribune. While working for these two weekly newspapers, his news, feature and sports photographs won awards yearly in contests held by the Iowa Press Photographers’ Association (IPPA) and the Iowa Press Association.

Twice, in 1978 and again in 1988, he was runner-up for Photographer of the Year honors in the IPPA’s division for weekly and daily newspapers with 10,000 or less circulation.

Sieve received his Master of Journalism degree in 1991, graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he studied photojournalism and newspaper and magazine design.

After earning his master’s degree, he returned to Marengo Publishing Corporation and became editor-in-chief of The NEWSpapers of Iowa County, a group of three weekly newspapers. He held this position from 1992 through 1999.

Following the sale of Marengo Publishing Corporation to Gannett, Sieve relocated to East Tennessee. He explains his decision to make this big move by saying, “I came here on vacation after graduate school and fell in love with the Smoky Mountains.”

Sieve says he chose to live in Maryville because of its size, its proximity to the mountains and the cultural and recreational amenities found nearby.

Monday, Dec. 1

Alcoa Springbrook Splendor is set for Dec. 1

As part of the second leg of the Hometown Christmas, Parks & Rec and Blount Today will host the Springbrook Splendor community night beginning at 6:15 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 1, at Alcoa Springbrook Park, upper fields.

This traditional party features pathways lit with luminaries, train rides, refreshments and the lighting of the Christmas Tree. Tree-lighting is at 6:15 p.m. Music will be provided by William Aaron Tracy, Alcoa Singers and Alcoa Elementary Thursday Trebels and Wednesday Choir groups.

Rain date for Springbrook Splendor is set for 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2.

Thursday, Dec. 4

Festival of Trees dedicated at Blount Court House

The last leg of Hometown Christmas is the Blount County Courthouse Festival of Trees. This holiday tradition features the illumination of the Festival of Trees on the court house grounds, followed by children’s activities inside and on the Courthouse grounds.

Schedule for Festival of Trees is 6:30 p.m., illumination of trees; 7 to 8 p.m, light refreshments, visits with Santa Claus and train rides for the children. All activities are free and open inside to the party room.

Thursday, Dec. 4

Footloose in the Foothills offers shopping extravaganza

You can shop ‘til you drop at the upcoming Footloose in the Foothills Holiday Shopping Extravaganza.

The shopping spree that features arts, crafts, jewelry and home parties will be from 5 to 10 p.m. at Preservation Plaza and the Capitol Theatre. Vendors include local artists and craftsmen showing off their best for the shoppers of Blount County.

Tickets are $10 and proceeds benefit the Senior Citizens Home Assistance Program.

There are still some vendor slots available. Call Judy at 865-983-4710 for information.

Saturday, Dec. 6

Breakfast with Santa to help fund Toys for Blount County

Tickets are now on sale for both seatings at the Junior Service League’s Breakfast With Santa.

Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with other friends, will entertain children at two seatings at Top of the Plaza of Broad Street in downtown Maryville. Seatings are at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Food will be a kid-friendly buffet. There will be treasures and trinkets to sell along with an opportunity to have a picture with Santa for $5.

Tickets are $10 per person. All proceeds benefit the JSL major service project, Toys for Blount County. For more information, call 865-984-3850 or visit

Sunday, December 7

Townsend Christmas parade has new theme

The Annual Townsend Community Christmas Parade will be on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 2:30 p.m. The parade’s theme is “Twas the night before Christmas…” In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Assistant Park Superintendent Kevin Fitzgerald will serve as Parade Marshal.

The Parade will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Nawger Nob Craft Settlement area on Highway 321. (Line up will begin at 1 p.m.) The parade will proceed north on Highway 321 and end at the Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum.

A program of Christmas music will be presented at the Little River Museum site following the Parade, where prizes will be announced and free refreshments will be served.

Prizes will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each of the following categories:

Large Floats

Small Floats (motorcycle, golf cart, decorated four-wheeler, horse-drawn vehicle, automobile)

Horse or Pony and Rider

There is no fee to enter. Anyone in the Townsend, Blount County, or surrounding area is invited to participate in the Parade.

Pre-registeration is required in order to participate. Only those registrants who have turned in a signed entry form will be allowed to participate in the parade.

The City of Townsend will provide the only Santa and Mrs. Claus in the parade.

Registration forms may be picked up at Townsend City Hall or at the Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library. Forms may be returned as follows:

Mail to Christmas Parade, 316 Domar Drive, Townsend, 37882

Return in person to the Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library or to Townsend City Hall

Fax to Townsend City Hall at 865-448-0908

If you have questions call David Wietlisbach at 865-448-0765, Ron Palewski at 865-448-0619, or Townsend City Hall at 865-448-6886.

Friday, Nov. 21

MC choirs invite public on “Musical History Tour” during upcoming concerts

The Maryville College Concert Choir, under the direction of Coordinator of Choral Music Stacey Wilner and Assistant Director Jennifer Olander, and the members of Off Kilter will be presenting two “Musical History Tour” concerts in local churches.

Both are free and open to the public.

On Fri., Nov. 21, the choir and Off Kilter will perform an 8 p.m. concert at Lake Hills Presbyterian Church, 3805 Maloney Road in Knoxville. On Sun., Nov. 23, the concert will be presented again at 5:30 p.m. at Maryville’s First United Methodist Church, located at 804 Montvale Station Road.

Focusing on the development of music through the ages, the Concert Choir will present the entire musical portion of the Mass. The first section, or the “Kyrie,” was written by Renaissance composer Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611). The second movement, the “Gloria,” is by Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - July 28, 1741). “Credo” is by Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809), and the “Sanctus” is by Gabriel Faure (1845-1924). The mass will end with an “Agnus Dei” from a contemporary Caribbean Mass by living composer Glenn McClure.

Featured instrumentalists will be Olander on the keyboard, Peggy Rogers on the harp and a string trio featuring Phillip McCants, Grace Biggs and Miriam Budayr. Percussionist will be C.A. Byess.

The small vocal ensemble “Off Kilter” will finish the program with a variety of entertaining selections such as the Beatles’ “Can’t Buy Me Love,” arranged by Keith Abbs, and “Short People,” arranged by Simon Carrington.

For more information, contact Stacey Wilner at 865.981.8151 or

Located in Maryville, Tenn., Maryville College is ideally situated between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state’s third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). With a focus on the liberal arts, College faculty and staff are dedicated to teaching the skills and providing the opportunities for students to be successful and make a difference in the world. Total enrollment for the fall 2008 semester is 1,114 students. More information can be found at

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