Community Events for April 30, 2009

Thursday, April 30

Maryville Middle School band takes center stage

Maryville Middle School band students will take center stage April 30 during a concert at the Bicentennial Greenbelt Pavillion.

All Maryville Middle School band students will be performing in the annual outdoor concert in conjunction with the school’s high school and intermediate bands. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30.

Intermediate School band students will perform at 6:30 p.m. Middle School students will play at 7 p.m., and the high school is set to play at 7:30 p.m. The entire concert should end by 8:15 p.m. Families may want to bring a chair or blanket to sit on during the concert. Parking is limited.

Thursday, April 30 to Sunday, May 3

MC senior adapts The Things They Carried for stage

Maryville College will debut an adaptation of novelist Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried April 30 through May 3. Curtain times are 8 p.m. each evening in the College’s Alumni Gymnasium. MC students, alumni and members of the community will perform.

The adaptation of the award-winning book was the work of MC theatre major Andi Morrow, who undertook the project as her Senior Study at the College. O’Brien’s work is collection of short stories taking place during the turbulent period of the Vietnam War. Following the soldiers within the Alpha Company platoon, Morrow’s narrator takes the audience on a painful journey that reveals soldiers’ feelings of fear, loneliness and rage. Morrow, whose father is a veteran of Vietnam, chose The Things They Carried for its neutral position on the morality of war.

Donations accepted at the door each night will benefit the VFW, the largest American organization of combat veterans, which is supported by charitable donations. The VFW’s members are actively involved in community service, as well as providing numerous services to eligible veterans, such as health care vocational rehabilitation and employment. VFW programs include the Citizenship Education program, the Youth Scholarship program and the Safety program. For ticket information, please contact Heather McMahon at 865-981-8161.

Friday, May 1

Hops for Hope to benefit New Hope Children’s Advocacy

Hops for Hope will be held Friday, May 1 at Dancing Bear Lodge from 5:30-10 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person.

Purchase your tickets now to enjoy an evening of fabulous food made to entice the palette and pair perfectly with the handcrafted beers provided by a select group of regional breweries, delectable creations from Marble Slab Creamery, a late night java from Vienna Coffee Company, an opportunity to bid on the finest brews and other specialty items in a silent auction, and dance the night away to Pistol Creek Catch of the Day’s unique Rockabilly-Americana-Western-Swing sound.

Rustic luxury accommodations are available by callingDancing Bear Lodge at 865-448-1999 (discounts may apply).

Tickets available at New Hope, for information call 865-981-2000. This event is intended for adults age 21 and older.

Friday, May 1

Juniors invited to ‘May Day Mixer’ at Maryville College

High school juniors are invited to Maryville College for a “May Day Mixer” on Friday, May 1. Hosted by the Office of Admissions, this event is designed to introduce high school juniors to the nationally recognized liberal arts college.

The event kicks off at 3:30 p.m. in Bartlett Hall with registration and ice cream. Next, participants will be divided up into groups for the “alterna-tour,” a fun and unique way to see the campus. A scavenger hunt, asking prospective students to find their way around the College by collecting clues, will follow.

At 5 p.m. in Cooper Athletic Center, students will mix and mingle with current MC students, staff, and faculty representing each of the College’s eight academic divisions.

Prior to a complimentary dinner in the Margaret Ware Dining Hall, prospective students are invited to ask questions in a Q&A session. The fun continues after dinner in the Alumni Gymnasium with a student-produced and student-directed play based on Tim O’Brien’s novel, “The Things They Carried.”

“This opportunity will provide high school students who are entering their senior year a valuable first glimpse of college life and Maryville College,” said Bill Sliwa, the College’s vice president for enrollment. “It is never too early to start the college selection process, and we hope that our visitors will leave with a clear understanding of what differentiates Maryville College from other colleges.”

For more information about the event, please call 865.981.8092 or visit

Friday, May 1 through Sunday, May 3

Townsend Spring Festival begins Friday

The Townsend in the Smokies Spring Festival will celebrate the unique, enduring heritage of Townsend, Blount County and The Great Smoky Mountains. Admission to the festival is free.

The festival showcases traditional mountain culture including bluegrass music with more than 20 different bands, clogging, square dancing, dowsing, arts and crafts booths, wildflower and nature programs, antique cars and tractors, storytelling and a wide variety of food including the “Smokin’ in the Smokies” barbecue contest. Visitors can also experience Appalachians demonstrations and arts and crafts including: woodcarving, basketry, quilting, weaving, spinning, rug hooking, charcoal/pencil artistry, soap making, bee keeping, blacksmithing, cornmeal making and pottery.

Additionally, this year will feature several new events, including a Young Pickers Talent Contest-a bluegrass music contest for 17 years and under, and Friday and Saturday evening concerts by special guest Steve Kaufman, three time national flatpicking guitar champ

To recognize the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s 75th Anniversary, the festival will focus on themes each day that that include:

Friday, May 1: “Great Smokies and Nature Celebration Day”

Saturday, May 2: “Old Timers Day”

Sunday, May 3: “Tuckaleechee Cove Day”

The Townsend Visitors Center is located at 7906 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend, Tennessee 37882

For more information, contact Jeanie Hilten with the Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitors Bureau at 865-448-6134 or email her at

Saturday, May 2

Arts in the Park provides weekend of creative fun

On Saturday, May 2, area artists will come together to provide a day of creative activities in a relaxing outdoor setting. The event is hosted by Fine Arts Blount and the City of Maryville and sponsored by the Civic Arts Center and the cities of Maryville and Alcoa. The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will be on hand provide an evening concert. The schedule is as follows:

9 a.m. to Noon: The Farmers’ Market, featuring live bluegrass music, a wildflower seed ball project for kids, and fresh produce and baked goods

Noon to 1 p.m.: Bring a bag lunch and art materials to join local and regional artists in the park for a conversation about artistic technique and the arts scene in Maryville

1-5 p.m.: Family art “Make and Take” workshops provided for free, with supplies included

1, 2, and 3 p.m.: Introduction to En Plein Air Painting by artist Katie Gamble. Paint boards, brushes and paint are provided free for the sessions.

5-7:30 p.m.: Bring a picnic basket, blanket and lawn chairs to join the local arts community for a sunset dinner in the park.

7:30 p.m.: Enjoy an evening of Symphony in the Park with the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra.

Other events with times yet to be determined include street performance tutorials and ballet lessons from the Appalachian Ballet Company.

All events except the Farmers’ Market will be held at the Theater in the Park behind the Blount County Courthouse.

For more information about the event, contact the City of Maryville Events Office at 865-273-3406.

Saturday, May 2

Governors’ Classic Golf Tournament to benefit school

William Blount High School’s Governors’ Classic Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, May 2, at Royal Oaks Golf Course. The tournament is a fund raiser for William Blount High School.

Tee time is at 8:30 a.m. The format is a 4-person SWAT, with prizes for first, second and third place, as well as prizes for Longest Drive and Closest-to-the-Pin. Lunch will be provided by Chick-Fil-A.

Entry fee is $320 for a four-person team. For more information, call Mark Davidson at 865-984-5500, ext. 2112.

Saturday, May 2

Open house at horse farm shares equestrian fun

On May 2 from 1-5 p.m., Lovingood Springs Farm in Louisville will hold an open house for families who want to learn about and enjoy horses. There will be hands-on demonstrations, and for some an opportunity to groom or even ride a horse. In case of rain, guests can learn about horsemanship in the barn and the club house.

Topics will include breeds of horses as well as the process of buying and boarding a horse. Trainers and students will be on hand to demonstrate technique and share safety tips.

Lovingood Springs Farm is in its tenth year serving Blount County by offering horse boarding, a riding club, lessons and training, horse shows, horse soccer and club events. The farm is located at 3203 Miser Station Road in Louisville, near the airport. For more information, call 865-982-8182 or email

Saturday, May 2

Giant Trash and Treasure Sale to benefit Mt. Lebanon Relay for Life team

A Giant Trash and Treasure Sale hosted by Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church Relay for Life Team (The Freedom Fighters) will be held Saturday, May 2, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Activities Center (park behind church - Peppermint Road entrance).

Come browse through a great selection of clothes, furniture, linens, dishes and other household items! All donations go to the American Cancer Society.

The church is located at 3508 Wildwood Road (corner of Wildwood and Peppermint) in Maryville.

For more information, call 865-705-2213.

Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3

All-vehicle show to be at William Blount High School

An all-vehicle show will be held on Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3, at William Blount High School.

Car categories include Hot Rods, Classics, Muscle Cars, Antiques, 4x4’s, Rat Rods, Race Cars, Imports, Domestics, Trucks, Tractors and Under Construction.

Motorcycle categories include: Cruiser, Sport Bike, Custom and Under Construction.

Trophies will be awarded in all categories including Best In Show. Judging will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 3.

Registration for the event is from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday. $10 for pre-registration, $15 registration on the day of the show. Deadline for pre-registration is Friday, April 24.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-12 and children under 5 are free.

For more information call Scott at 865-387-4380 or Rick at 865-300-8813.

Saturday, May 2

Local ‘pickers’ showcase talent at the Young Pickers Talent Competition

For the first time, the Townsend Spring Festival will offer the opportunity for young musicians to take their musical skills to the stage at the newest festival event, “The Young Pickers Talent Competition.”

Designed for acoustic musicians ages 17 and younger in the areas of guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, bass, dobro, the Young Pickers contest will provide the opportunity for talented musicians to showcase their talents for prize money, awards, and most importantly, bragging rights.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place.

$150 First Prize, plaque, and 2 song CD mastering with 50 CD promo

$75 Second Prize and plaque

$50 Third Prize and plaque

Each musicians will play two songs no more than two minutes in length

Each musician is allowed one or two accompanists.

The contest will take place on Saturday, May 2, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Townsend Visitors Center Stage. Participants must arrive at least 30 minutes prior to their scheduled competition time.

For more information or to register, please contact Warren and Cyndie Cornelius at (865) 448-3888 or

The festival takes place on the grounds of the Townsend Visitors Center, located 7906 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, in Townsend.

For more information on the Townsend In the Smokies Spring Festival, including updates on the schedule, please call the Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at 1-800-525-6834 or 865-448-6134 or visit or

Sunday, May 3

Bloy, former MC professor, performs organ recital

In celebration of his upcoming 81st birthday, Dr. James Bloy, professor emeritus at Maryville College, will perform an organ recital at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 3, at Broadway United Methodist Church in Maryville.

The performance is free and open to the public.

Bloy, who began teaching music at Maryville College in 1953, became a professor in 1969 and served as chairman of the College’s Fine Arts Division from 1980 until 1990. He retired in 1993.

He has been a member of the Knoxville Chapter of the American Guild of Organists for more than 50 years and has served as organist and choir director for numerous area churches, including First Presbyterian Church and Church of the Ascension in Knoxville. Before retiring in 2001, he was the organist at Broadway United Methodist Church in Maryville for 25 years.

Tuesday, May 5

Pellissippi State holds annual golf fundraiser at Egwani

On May 5, Pellissippi State will hold its fifth-annual Swing Big for Students Golf Tournament at Egwani Farms in Rockford, an event for golfers and education enthusiasts alike. The fundraiser will benefit the Pellissippi State Foundation, which provides scholarships to students.

“Players and sponsors help the Foundation provide financial assistance to deserving students at Pellissippi State Technical Community College,” says Dick McGill, chief estimator for Joseph Construction Company and event chair. “In addition, they support the institution’s educational and cultural activities. And, they provide resources for equipment, technology and facilities to help students stay in the forefront of ever-changing workplace needs.”

Two “shotguns” are scheduled; the first begins at 8 a.m., and the second round starts at 1 p.m. Individuals and teams are encouraged to sign up early because the number of starts is limited.

Cost is $100 per player, or $400 for teams of four. There is also a wide range of sponsorship opportunities available, in amounts ranging from $150 to $5,000.

For additional information, contact the Foundation’s tournament director, Pat Myers, at 865-539-7242 or, or log on to for a registration form.

Thursday, May 7

‘Art on Runway’ to benefit Fine Arts Blount

On May 7, from 6-8 p.m., Fine Arts Blount will present “Art on the Runway,” with fashions by the Silk Purse and Boyd Thomas and hand-painted umbrellas donated by area artists. The show and dinner will be at Andrew’s Episcopal Church, with funds going to Fine Arts Blount projects. Tickets cost $25.

The event will include food, door prizes, the fashion show and a live auction of hand-painted umbrellas. Clothes will be provided by the Silk Purse and Boyd Thomas. Judy Gardner of the Silk Purse will serve as mistress of ceremonies.

Tickets can be purchased at The Chamber of Commerce, Blount Today, Boyd Thomas Clothing, Artspace Gallery or from any Fine Arts Blount Member. The church is located at 314 W. Broadway in Maryville. For more information or tickets, call 865-405-5725.

Friday, May 8

Spring Blossoms dinner will benefit Trinity Dental Clinic

On Friday, May 8, the Chilhowee Club will sponsor an evening of music, fine dining and cocktails hosted by Royal Oaks to raise money for volunteer-staffed Trinity Dental Clinic, which provides medical services to Blount County residents who cannot affortd basic dental work because of low income and lack of insurance.

Singer John Cherry and fellow members of the Foothills Community Players will entertain guests during the meal, which begins at 7 p.m. The cash bar opens at 6 p.m. to serve cocktails. Tickets cost $65 per person. Last year’s event sold out, so be sure to reserve tickets early. The Chilhowee Club was able to donate donated $4,500 last year to the Trinity Dental Clinic. Visit to learn more about the clinic.

Tickets will be available in advance only. To make reservations, contact June Ackerman at 865-681-6414.

Saturday, May 9

Blount Community Food Connection holds ‘Letter Carrier’ food drive

The Community Food Connection of Blount County and the National Association of Letter Carriers will hold its annual one-day food drive Saturday, May 9.

According to Frank Rutherford, vice president of the community food connection, the one-day food drive brought in 38,000 pounds of food last year. Due to growing demand, the food connection needs to greatly exceed last year’s total.

The number of families and people who visit the Food Connection has increased significantly. From January through March 2009 the community food connection fed nearly 13,050 people. That is 4,940 more people than the community food connection fed during the same period just one year ago.

“The number of people we continue to feed is growing daily,” said Rutherford. “We are really counting on community participation in the food drive.”

The letter carriers and community food connection volunteers will pick up non-perishable food items beside residents’ mailboxes in Alcoa, Louisville, Maryville, Walland, Friendsville, Rockford and Townsend. Residents who would like to participate should place non-perishable food items beside their mailbox by 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2009. Suggested non-perishable food donations include, but are not limited to:

Canned items, including vegetables, meats, fruits and meals

Plastic containers of peanut butter and jelly

Macaroni and cheese


Cereal and crackers

Other non-perishable items will also be accepted. Cash donations are also being accepted in lieu of food items. Cash donations should be made to the Community Food Connection of Blount County, Inc., P.O. Box 786, Alcoa, TN 37701.

The Community Food Connection of Blount County and the Chilhowee Baptist Association are the only two Blount County food pantries participating in the food drive.

For more information about the one-day food drive, please contact the community food connection at 865-977-4400.

Saturday, May 9

Fairview United Methodist to host benefit car show

Fairview United Methodist will host The Learning Tree Preschool Open Car Show Saturday, May 9, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., in the church parking lot. Awards will be given for Best of Show, Pastor’s Choice, Top 15, Best Interior, Best Paint, Best Engine Compartment, Best Ford, Chevy, Dodge, car and truck, Best Finished Unfinished (Rat Rod), Best Under Construction, and Club Participation.

Registration is $15 the day of the show and spectators are free. All proceeds will go to the Learning Tree Preschool at the Church.

Saturday, May 9

Golf tournament raises funds for HHS football

On May 9, Laurel Valley Golf Course in Townsend will hold a golf tournament to raise money for the Heritage High School football program. Participants will tee off at 9 a.m. sharp. The cost will be $65 per player, and all proceeds will go directly to Heritage High Football.

Parents who would like to sponsor holes in honor of their athletes can do so for just $25, and a sign that states “This Hole Sponsored by the Parents of …” will be posted on the green. Anyone interested in playing contact Laurel Valley at 865-448-6690 to sign up.

May 4 is the deadline for hole sponsors. Volunteers are also needed to assist with lunch, watch the hole-in-one prize holes, and help in other areas. For more information about how to participate as a sponsor, a volunteer, or a golfer, email

Saturday, May 9

Third-annual Big BBQ Bash set for tasty competition

The Third annual Big BBQ Bash will bring out barbecue, music and fun lovers for a great time May 9 at the Springbrook Corporate Center on the lawn of the Alcoa Municipal Building.

Music from a variety of groups will entertain the participants May 9.

The bash begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday. This year the primary beneficiary of the event is the Blount County Community Campus Initiative through the Helen Ross McNabb Center and New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center. The Community Campus Initiative is a joint partnership between Blount County government, the Helen Ross McNabb Center, the Blount County Children Advocacy Center in cooperation with the Blount County Children’s Home to develop a campus where non-profits who serve families can come together in one area.

The Mayoral Regatta, a canoe race on the pond at Springbrook Corporate Center, will continue this year in early afternoon.

Prizes will be awarded for the best barbecue in categories of Chicken, Pulled Pork and Ribs and the Anything But category. Anything But is anything but the other three categories, as long as you cook it on grill. The Anything But category winner receives a trophy but no prize money.

One of the new features of this year’s event is a new category. Big BarBQ Bash organizers also are awarding for the Grand Champion. The Grand Champion is a total of points in all categories entered and is based on that scoring.

There will be a new layout at Springbrook for the teams, bands and vendors, allowing for 20 vendors with easy access for each vendor to the crowds in addition to the team space. Last year an estimated 7,500 people attended the event.

Entry forms for either vendors or teams are due on April 10. For more on the BBQ Bash, visit the website or call 865-206-7645.

Sunday, May 10 and Tuesday, May 12

May’s Teas at the Top of the Plaza celebrate moms, care for families

The Top of The Plaza will be hosting two teas this May. On Sunday, May 10, the venue will host an Angel-themed Mothers’ Day Tea, including lunch, held from 1-3 p.m. on the 6th Floor of Preservation Plaza.

The monthly tea, held on the second Tuesday of each month, will fall on May 12, and will also be held from 1-3 p.m. This tea will benefit Haven House, which has provided shelter, care and counseling to women and children in Blount County for many years.

The cost including tax is $27.31 per person. Reservations for either date are required no later than Friday, May 8 and can be made using our web site under ‘Contact Us’ and ‘Tea Reservations,’ or by email at, and by phone at 865-964-6360.

Wednesday, May 13

Author to give illustrated presentation about general

At 7 p.m. on Wednesday May 13, author Larry Gordon (Colonel, U.S. Army, Ret.) will be giving an illustrated presentation of his recently published book, The Last Confederate General: John C. Vaughn and His East Tennessee Cavalry. This event will be held in the Sharon Lawson Room of the Blount County Public Library in Maryville. The author will offer copies of the book for sale and will be available to sign them both before and after the lecture.

This is the first book on the life and times of General Vaughn, an East Tennessee Rebel who led troops at First Manassas, Vicksburg, and all over Tennessee, Virginia, and Maryland. He is believed to be the only general on either side to have his family arrested and held hostage against him. In continuous action from the beginning to the end of the war, Vaughn escorted Jefferson Davis during the Southern president’s last-ditch attempt to avoid capture and was the last general in the eastern theater to surrender.

For more information about the book, visit

Friday, May 15

Princess Enchanted Evening will benefit Relay for Life

On Friday, May 15, Bebe Salon will host a “Princess Enchanted Evening” from 6-8 p.m. to benefit Blount County Relay for Life. For $15, girls will be treated to manicures, light makeup, and hair styling while they enjoy refreshments.

For more information, contact Bebe Salon at 865-982-2277 or visit the salon at 1714 W. Broadway Ave in Maryville.

Saturday, May 16

Treasure Hunt Ride brings in cash for Manna from Heaven

Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson and Manna from Heaven Food Bag Distribution will team up on Saturday, May 16 to raise money for the food bank’s services to the hungry.

The fundraiser motorcycle ride will take place in conjunction with Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson’s Client Appreciation Day. Riders will be given a route, and will try to find as many “treasure chests” as possible on the way. Prizes will be awarded upon return to Smoky Mountain Harley. Then, beginning at 5 p.m., there will be a free concert from Aerosmith tribute band Toys in the Attic. Drawings for prizes and food will be available.

The cost is $15 per motocycle. Registration begins at 10:30 and the ride begins at 12 p.m. For more information, contact Stephanie Stieler at 865-983-8023.

Saturday, May 16

Louisville VFD hosts Antique Boat and Motor Meet

On Saturday, May 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Volunteer Fire Department in Louisville will host the 16th-biannual Antique Boat and Motor Meet. Collectors will bring their old boats and motors to display.

A number of Feather Craft aluminum boats made from the l940s through the l960s will be featured. The popularity of these boats in this area is in part due to a precision drill team based in Knoxville that performed maneuvers with these runabouts at shows throughout the southeast. At the Boat and Motor Meets, there are typically over a dozen of these shiny aluminum or gold anodized boats on display. Some of the original members of the “Flying Boatmen” may also attend.

There will also be displays of wooden and fiberglass boats and old outboard motors dating from the l920s that are still in operating condition.

This meet is held in conjunction with the Louisville Volunteer Fire Department’s Fire Safety Awareness Day. Displays and demonstrations relating to fire safety and general safety around the home will be presented.

A lunch including hamburgers, barbecue, and hot dogs will be available. This is a free event.

The Louisville Volunteer Fire Department is located at 3623 Louisville Rd. (Route 333). For more information, call Henry Champagney at 865-856-5853 or email

Saturday, May 23

Ride for the Gate funds special education program

On May 23, join fellow motorcycle enthusiasts for a short ride to raise money for The Gateway to Independence, a nonprofit organization that builds skills and provides recreational activities for post high school special education students in Blount County.

Registration begins at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson at 1 p.m., and the hour-long ride across Foothills Parkway will start at 2 p.m. A swap meet at Smoky Mountain Harley begins at noon. Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson is located 1820 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville. For more information, contact Mike Harris at 865-607-4218 or

Saturday, May 30

Bledsoe Golf tourney planned at Pine Lakes

The annual Tim Bledsoe Memorial Golf Tournament is set for May 30 at Pine Lakes Golf Course in Rockford.

The event is in memory of Tim Bledsoe, 1938 - 2006, a longtime supporter of Alcoa Schools since his graduation from Alcoa High School in 1956. The tournament benefits the Alcoa City Schools Foundation and was originally organized by Loren Bledsoe, Tim Bledsoe and Herman Thompson.

Player registration is $65 per player. Companies or individuals can sponsor holes for $300. Registration begins at 11 a.m. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m., and a shotgun start happens at 12:30 p.m. with a four-man swat format.

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