Community Events Nov. 20, 2008

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. 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

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.

Thursday Nov. 20-23

Sam Shepard’s “Fool for Love” opens at MC

“Fool for Love,” Sam Shepard’s award-winning play about the humorous study of love, hate and the dying myths of the Old West, opens at Maryville College Nov. 20 and runs through Nov. 23.

Performances are scheduled for the Alumni Gymnasium and begin at 8 p.m., Nov. 20-22. A 2 p.m. matinee is scheduled for Nov. 23.

Tickets are sold at the door. General admission is $5; $3 for seniors (ages 60 and older), MC faculty and staff, theatre alumni, area students (under 18) and college students with identification. Maryville College students are admitted free.

This fall’s production of “Fool for Love” is the culmination of months of study and preparation by Ashley Wise, a theatre and English double-major at Maryville College. She is directing the play as fulfillment of her theatre practicum requirement necessary for graduation.

The play depicts two lovers both drawn to and repulsed by one another. The storyline involves four characters, one of which is present only in a dream state. Caitlin Corbitt, a sophomore majoring in theatre and English for teacher licensure, plays the role of May. Jeff Taylor, a junior English major, plays opposite Corbitt as the love interest Eddie.

Senior history major Matt Swann deftly fills the role of Martin

J.P. Speir, a sophomore theatre major, plays the “Old Man” of the show. He remains seated on the stage throughout the play but is seen only in the minds of May and Eddie.

Dr. Heather McMahon, assistant professor of theatre, is Wise’s practicum supervisor. For more information on “Fool for Love,” contact Dr. McMahon at 865-981-8161 or

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.

Wednesday, Dec. 3

Einstein ‘revealed’ is professor’s presentation

“Einstein Revealed: Relatively Speaking,” a presentation by Dr. Roger Miller, associate professor of physics at Maryville College, is planned for 7:30 p.m., Dec. 3, in the College’s Lawson Auditorium.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be the fourth presentation offered by the College’s Science Literacy Lecture Series.

Miller will take an in-depth look at the life of Albert Einstein and how Einstein’s personal experiences shaped both his revolutionary theory of relativity and his views on quantum mechanics. Additionally, the professor will take a broad look at some of the scientific discoveries that Einstein made throughout his lifetime.

Largely student-initiated and driven, the MC Science Literacy Lecture Series arose from in-class discussions and out-of-class faculty-student dialogue on culturally relevant science topics, including global warming and cancer biology.

For more information, contact Misty Gillespie, at 865.981.8164 or

Thursday, Dec. 4

Festival of Trees lights up 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

Saturday, December 6

Secret Safe Place hosts annual Breakfast with Santa

A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee will hold its 3rd annual “Breakfast with Santa” event on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 7 to 9 a.m. at Applebee’s on 2564 Alcoa Highway.

Children of all ages and their families can enjoy pancakes with Santa Claus. Tickets are $5 for adults and children and include pancakes, sausage, and a drink. Tickets are available in advance from the Secret Safe Place Business Office at 254-2208 or at the door on the day of the event. All proceeds benefit A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee.

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.

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