Community Events

Thursday, October 16: ‘Surviving an Economic Slump’ is library offering

Managing finances or even accumulating some savings seems relatively easy during economic good times. However, during an economic slump, managing personal finances and making them stretch to cover even essential items becomes a greater challenge.

To provide some suggestions, Sheri Hagood will present a program, “Successful Budgeting During an Economic Slump,” based upon the Dave Ramsey financial program. To be held at the Blount County Public Library, the program will be held on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m.

Hagood, a certified Dave Ramsey Financial Counselor, will discuss the Baby Steps to finding Financial Peace, Budgeting, Cash Envelope System, and Getting out of Debt. She will also comment on how things have changed from “The Great Depression” to our current economy. At the conclusion of the program, she will answer any questions.

A CPA, Hagood became a certified Dave Ramsey Financial Counselor in 2000 and then founded and operates Compass Financial Counseling and provides financial counseling in the Knoxville area. In 1987, she graduated from UT-Knoxville with a B.S. in Business Administration with a major in Accounting.

The “Successful Budgeting During and Economic Slump” program is one of the series of programs for The Big Read, and initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest. This year’s programs focus on topics related to John Steinbeck’s book, The Grapes of Wrath. For further information call the library at 865-982-0981 or visit the Web site at

Saturday, October 18: MC Harvest Craft and Bake Sale will be Saturday

The annual Maryville College Harvest Craft and Bake Sale, scheduled for Sat., Oct. 18, will feature treats for the eyes and the stomach, and all for a good cause: to provide college scholarships for Blount County students. The sale runs from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the Cooper Athletic Center on campus.

The event is organized by Maryville College’s Blount County Alumni Chapter, headed by Robin Schwall Harbin, class of 1990. The event, the main fundraiser for the chapter’s scholarship program, is part of a three-day Homecoming celebration which takes place Oct. 17-19.

Last year’s bake sale broke a record for most money raised. “It was the highest grossing year we’ve had,” said Carol Clark, administrative assistant for advancement and facilitator for the event.

This year will once again feature a variety of crafts, including wind chimes, handmade jewelry, stained glass, Christmas paraphernalia, quilts, woodcrafts, hand-knit clothing, Russian crafts, and handmade soaps, candles and books.

Saturday, October 18: St. Francis Catholic Bazaar benefits church, animals

The 2nd Annual St. Francis Catholic Church Bazaar will be on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the church in Townsend. The proceeds from this event will benefit both the church and the Blount County Humane Society’s efforts to build a no-kill shelter.

Offered at the bazaar will be a White Elephant sale, lunch catered by Mike Nester and the Guidry’s, a bake sale, raffle, games for children, music by Marty Wade, mountain-style storytelling and a blessing of the animals.

The Blessing of the Animals will be at 10 a.m. Bazaar times are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the raffle drawing held at 1:30 p.m. Businesses who have donated goods to the bazaar will be recognized in the Local Yokel after the festival. For information, call 865-984-4639 or 865-448-6374.

Saturday, October 18: Saddle up with Horse Haven for National Rideathon/ Walkathon

Horse lovers from across the country are getting ready for the first ever national effort to benefit charities helping horses. Eighty charities from more than 35 states have signed on to run a rideathon/ walkathon to help raise funds and awareness for neglected, abused and unwanted horses in the National Rescue Ride on October 18.

Riders and walkers interested in joining the effort can go to to register and choose Horse Haven of Tennessee as the charity. The ride/walk is being held at Lovingood Springs Farm - 3203 Miser Station Road, Louisville, TN at 10 a.m. They can print their sponsorship/pledge form and start signing on friends and family to support their effort in the ride. All funds will go to the charity.

For more information, visit the website, call 908-907-1245 or for information on the local ride to benefit the Horse Haven of Tennessee call 865-609-4030 or email

Monday, October 20: The Orchestra at Maryville College opens new season

Three heavyweights of classical composition - Beethoven, Brahms and Wagner - will help the Orchestra at Maryville College (OMC) usher in its 2008-2009 season. Acclaimed works by the composers will be featured in the Orchestra’s first concert of the season, scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Oct. 20, in the sanctuary of Maryville’s First Baptist Church.

Conductor Bill Robinson begins his third season at the podium with a splash of Wagnerian color with the Rienzi Overture. First heard in Dresden in 1842, this overture to Wagner’s third operatic work begins with a soothing melody and ends with a battle hymn full of force and drama.

Next on the program is Johannes Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture. Composed in 1880 as an acknowledgment of receipt of an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Breslau, Brahms modestly described this work as “a jolly potpourri of student songs…” Tunes still familiar to modern audiences can be heard in the four continuous movements.

Concluding the concert will be Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92. Premiered in 1813 in Vienna as a benefit for Austrian and Bavarian soldiers wounded in the Napoleonic wars, this symphony was an instant success - so much so that the performance was repeated a few days later. The work is known for its use of rhythmic devices. It is also tonally subtle, making use of the tensions between the key centers of A, C and F.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7.50 for seniors 60 and over and can be purchased at the door. Admission is free to Maryville College faculty, staff and students with MC ID, and also free to students 18 and under.

Season tickets - $30 for adults and $23 for seniors - will be available Oct. 20 for all four concerts: Oct. 20, Dec. 1, March 2, and April 27, 2009.

The Orchestra at Maryville College is a college and community ensemble comprised of volunteer and student musicians dedicated to performing quality symphonic music for local audiences. What began in 1913 with five members is now a dynamic group of more than 60 musicians from Blount County and surrounding communities.

Conductor Bill Robinson is also director of orchestras at Maryville City Schools. For more information, contact Genevieve Michael at 865-27-.8871 or

Thursday, October 23: Cancer fighting foods the focus of supper club

A supper club and health demonstration will be held at 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 6:30 p.m., at the Maryville Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2921 Sevierville Rd. (411 South), Maryville. The theme of the supper and demonstration is “Cancer Fighting Foods” and it will be presented by television hosts Curtis and Paula Eakins. The Eakins currently host a popular television program titled, Abundant Living, on the 3ABN cable and satellite network.

Curtis Eakins, N.D. is president of Health Seminars Unlimited, Inc. and he has stimulated audiences throughout North America to achieve optimum health for more than fifteen years. Curtis received his designation as a Naturopath from the Trinity College of Natural Health. His 10 years of working at Huntsville Hospital in Alabama provided him comprehensive knowledge of the gastro- intestinal tract and its prevention, causes and restoration of diseases.

Curtis is the author and publisher of the lifestyle book called Natural Alternatives, and he has developed and implemented numerous multimedia presentations on major health concerns.

Paula Eakins, M.S. is vice president of Health Seminars Unlimited, Inc. Paula received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from San Francisco State University and Alabama A&M University in the area of Foods and Nutrition. Paula, also known as “The Tofu Lady” has thrilled individuals across this nation and abroad, delivering unprecedented cooking exhibitions in a fresh and lively way for more than twenty years. In addition, Paula worked as a professor at Oakwood College for more than five years in the area of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Paula has produced and published two popular and effective cookbooks entitled: “Vegetarian Cooking Made EZ” and “Global Vegetarian Cooking Made EZ.”

The event is open to the public and the cost is $15 per person. Reservations must be completed by Monday, Oct. 20, and can be made by contacting Nancy Lanagan at 865-310-3201.

Thursday, October 24: Apple Festival at Tuckaleechee UMC

The Apple Festival at the Tuckaleechee United Methothdist Church will be conducted by the Women of Townsend. This annual event begins at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, at the church and will feature crafts and a rummage sale until 5 p.m. Dine on either a steak or turkey dinner for lunch or dinner. Lunch times are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner will be sold from 5 to 7 p.m.

Dinner is $10 for adults and $5 for children, with a vegetable plate available for $8. Drink and dessert are included in all prices.

Money raised at this event will go the group’s mission projects both in the United States and abroad.

Friday, October 24: Cades Cove Heritage Tours holds grand opening

As one of the most popular destinations in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cades Cove attracts more than 2 million visitors each year. The 11-mile loop through the Great Smoky Mountains attracts nearly 800,000 vehicles, which causes traffic congestion and threatens the air quality and experience of visitors. In efforts to improve traffic congestion, and protect the park’s historic character and natural environment, the Cades Cove Heritage Tours will offer the first-ever guided educational shuttle service through Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Please join us for the ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening.

Tours made possible by community partners, including local community leaders, Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, National Parks Conservation Association, and the Smoky Mountain Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be held at 10: 30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 24, at Cades Cove Heritage Tours Depot. The first tours following the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Directions: located next door to the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, between the traffic light and the national park entrance on state Highway 73 in Townsend.

Cades Cove Heritage Tours is a private non-profit that seeks to provide a superior visitor experience that allows visitors to protect the natural and cultural resource of Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For more information, visit:

Friday October 24, and Saturday, October 25: Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit to be presented

SKIT Productions’ Adult Community Theatre (ACT) is proud to present the smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, as the third production of its inaugural season.

The classic tale centers on the tribulations of Charles Condomine (played by veteran actor Joe Jaynes, making his ACT debut) as he is haunted by the ghost of his first wife Elvira (Lindsey Lowe) who appears following a séance orchestrated by the eccentric medium, Madam Arcati (Lesli Crowe). Elvira’s appearance throws the ordered life Charles leads with his second wife (Lisa Hatmaker, following her appearance in this summer’s Crimes of the Heart) into turmoil as Elvira tries to rekindle her relationship with Charles. Also in the cast are Brenda Gaudet, Lora Pell, and Ron Morton.

This ingenious farce is scheduled for a Broadway revival in March 2009. Don’t miss your opportunity to observe Charles’ attempts to extricate himself from the “blithe spirits” in his house in a play that has been described as “hilariously funny, brilliant, clever, and about as cockeyed as a play can be.” Blithe Spirit will be presented on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24 and 25, at 7 p.m., and again on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. A special matinee performance will be held on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 3 p.m. Seating is limited. Tickets are $12 for adults, and $10 for children 10 and under. For tickets or additional information, call 865-621-0216 or visit

Saturday, October 25: Townsend Library to host family fun night

The Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library in Townsend will host a Family Fun Night from 4 - 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25, at the library. Admission is free.There will be games at .50 cents each, a cake walk, storytime, crafts, and hot dogs and drinks. All proceeds will go to operational expenses for the library. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please come and join in some family fun and support your local library.

The Mary Tippitt Library is located at 120 Tiger Drive in Townsend. Hours are Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Wednesday from Noon - 6 p.m., and Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. There is a drop box by the front door for after-hours returns.

Computer access is available to residents and visitors at no charge. Faxing, printing, and copying services are available for a small fee. Visitors are welcome to check out books and/or videos with a temporary patron number and a refundable $20 deposit.

For more information, telephone 865-448-1441; fax 865-448-1875; website:; email:

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