Community Events for Aug. 6, 2009

Friday, June 19 to Friday, August 21

Sunset Music continues at Heritage Center

Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center’s Sunset Music Series, now in its fourth year, continues through Aug. 21. This year’s series will feature seven Friday concerts in the summer and three in the fall to be announced. All the concerts begin at 7 p.m. and will be presented in the Heritage Center’s outdoor covered amphitheater, which has new sound and lighting systems and an expanded stage.

Admission to each concert is $4 per person at the door, with Heritage Center members admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at the door. For further information, call the Center at 865-448-0044. The schedule to date is as follows:

Aug. 14: Y’uns, jug-band music with elements of country, swing and blues

Aug. 21: Steve Kaufman, three-time national guitar champion

For more information about the Sunset Music Series, visit or call 865-448-0044.

Thursday, August 6

Library’s Hot Summer Nights Concert Series begins

Wendel Werner, one of the top jazz musicians in the region, will open the eighth season of the Hot Summer Nights concert series at the Blount County Public Library. As a pianist, composer and singer, Werner touches the soul and spirit with his music.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6 in the Reading Rotunda of the library.

As a performer, he tours regularly and has opened for acts such as Tony Bennett, Tuck and Patti and Herbie Hancock. In 2007, he released “Old Wine-New Skins,” several CDs with Alan Eleazar, several singles and a new album, “Let It Snow”. In 2006, he released his fifth solo recording in his “Spiritual” album.

The next in the series of Hot Summer Nights concerts will include these featured artists:

Thursday, Aug. 13, 7 p.m.: “The Lonetones” band, based in Knoxville, will perform Appalachian-based modern folk/Americana music using mostly acoustic instruments.

Thursday, Aug. 20, 7p.m.: “Amanda Ingram, mezzo soprano, will perform both classical Opera and contemporary English.” Ingram is a native Maryville resident.

Thursday, Aug. 27, 7p.m.: “April Taylor” will perform a blend of country, bluegrass and Contemporary Christian music. A Bristol, Tenn., native and member of the Country Music Association, April Taylor had a nationwide CD, “I Wanna Live Like That,” two top 50 singles in 2007 and a 2006 National radio release, “All My Love” that charted at #57. Her great grandfather wrote music for the famous Carter family. The concert will be in the Reading Rotunda.

Free and open to the public, these concerts will be indoors in the Reading Rotunda at the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville.

Friday, August 7

Foothills Community Players hold celebration at Capitol

The Foothills Community Players will host a fundraiser and celebration on Friday, Aug. 7 at 6 p.m. in the Capitol Theatre in Downtown Maryville. The event is open to everyone with a love of community theatre.

The First Annual FCP Fund Raiser and Celebration features lively entertainment provided by members of the FCP family, light hors d’oeuvres, and wine tasting. Admission is free, and there will be a nominal charge for the wine tasting. Dress is business casual.

FCP is a theatre group in Blount County founded in January 2008 with a core group of eight people eager to share a love of the performing arts with the entire Blount County community. More information about the FCP may be found at

The Capitol Theatre is located at 127 W. Broadway Ave. Maryville. For more information, call 865-712-6428 or visit

Saturday, August 8

Clayton Center to host family arts sampler

The new Clayton Center for the Arts is hosting a “Family Arts Sampler for Children” on Saturday, Aug. 8 on the Maryville College campus. Children in grades three through five who enjoy singing, dancing, acting or playing a musical instrument are invited to attend a free class.

Conducting the creative dramatics class is Nikki Andrews and Miranda Reagan from The Primary Players, a local children’s theatre group.

The singing and dancing class will be taught by Kathy McDougall, a veteran of Broadway who performed in A Chorus Line. She now teaches at the Van Metre School of Dance in Maryville.

The choral singing class will be led by Martha Robinson, conductor of the Maryville College Youth Chorale. Carol James, director of the Children’s Choir and Orff Ensemble, will introduce participants to various instruments.

The event is intended to give children interested in the arts the opportunity to sample classes and see if they want to purse their interests further.

The free event will begin with registration in the Alumni Gym at 9 a.m. Children will spend the morning working with one teacher, learning rudiments of the performing art they choose and rehearsing in preparation for an after-lunch performance.

Parents are asked to attend with their children and to bring sack lunches for a picnic at the McArthur Pavilion at noon. This will allow time for parents to discuss further performance opportunities with the teachers.

The Clayton Center is also sponsoring the event as a sample of the kind of artistic development opportunities the Center will offer to the community. Master classes and workshops will be offered for all ages, but opportunities for children are especially important, noted Hutchens.

Classes are limited to 15 students. If interested, please call 865-981-8264 to reserve a space.

Saturday, August 8

'Stuff the School Bus’ needs volunteers

During this year’s only tax-free weekend, Aug. 7-9, volunteers will be at both Blount-area Wal-Mart stores with school buses to be stuffed with donations of school supplies for the Blount Country Education Foundation, to be distributed to students and teachers in the Blount County Schools.

The school supply drive will be held on Saturday, Aug. 8, at both Wal-Mart stores, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending around 6 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help load cars, deliver, sort and unload supplies following the drive at the portable school supply center at Eagleton Middle School. Daytime volunteers are also needed for one- to two-hour shifts.

For information on volunteering, please contact PJ Silver at 865-983-5244 or with name, phone number, and time and location preferences. For more information about the Blount County Education Foundation, visit

Saturday, August 8

A Secret Safe Place holds annual Lifesaver Luau

On Saturday, Aug. 8, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee will hold its annual Lifesaver Luau at the Court South Beach, located at 2934 Alcoa Highway.

Entertainment will include hula lessons, music, swimming, a limbo diving contest, a hula hoop contest, and a silent auction. New for this year is a synchronized swimming show. A catered dinner is included with the ticket price.

The cost for adults is $15, children 3-12 cost $5, and children 2 and under are free, though children coming in free will not receive dinner. If a child under 2 will be needing a meal, please purchase child ticket. Hawaiian dress is welcomed and encouraged at this family friendly event.

Sponsors for the event include Court South, Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q, B97.5, Cherokee Athletic Facility, Print Edge, Knoxville News Sentinel, Campbell Tent & Party Rentals, Blount Today, WBIR-TV, and Designsensory.

Tickets can be purchased at Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q, Blount Today, or at the door. For more information, visit

Saturday, August 8

A Jeweled Affair will benefit Relay for Life

On Saturday, Aug. 8, Maryville First United Methodist Church will host A Jeweled Affair jewelry and accessories show and luncheon. The show and lunch will take place at noon, and ticketholders can begin early shopping at 11:30 a.m.

The fashion show will feature up to 20 area vendors with jewelry and accessories, complemented by a catered lunch.

The unique jewelry fashion show will showcase selected pieces of jewelry, modeled by cancer survivors. The featured jewelry has been chosen by the vendors, who are a combination of artists, fine jewelry stores and accessory vendors, will be available for sale after the show, along with other jewelry and accessories at each vendor booth. There will be time for shopping both before and after the luncheon.

Each vendor has also donated jewelry or accessory pieces to be given away as door prizes. The elegant luncheon promises to be an exciting and unusual event, according to committee members, with proceeds going to help the Blount County Relay for Life surpass its 2009 goal.

Vendors to date include Karen Dwyer, Tom and Pat England, Patricia Hollenbeck, Karen Plum, Ginger Pope, Ruth Harper, Jetta Boone, Ann Lacava, Suzanne Stratton, Nancy McBrearty, Alane Wyss, Kim Slater, Brett Garrett, Mary Lou King, Charlotte French, Bristol & Bragg and Dandy Lions.

Tickets are $40. Call 865-216-8943 or 865-898-8769 by 3 p.m. Friday to check on availability of tickets for walk-ups.

Saturday, August 8

FCA holds Football Media Day Pre-season Breakfast

The Blount County Fellowship of Christian Athletes will hold a Football Media Day Pre-season Breakfast on Saturday, Aug. 8 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Maryville.

All four Blount County HS football teams will be represented, and head coaches will be interviewed along with some of their key players. Chik-fil-a will be providing food, and Ralph Miranda will be conducting the interviews.

For more information, please contact Josh Armstrong at 705-0844 or via email for more information.

Wednesday, August 19

Highland Happening set for Aug. 19 at Maryville College

Maryville College is preparing to welcome its newest group of students to campus this fall - the Class of 2013 - and area businesses are invited to join in the welcoming.

Sponsored by the Center for Calling and Career and the Office of Advancement, the first annual Highland Happening is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 19, 5 - 7 p.m.

Held on the Maryville College campus lawn, this outdoor fair will feature booths from area businesses.

Local businesses are invited to set up booths to advertise their products and services. Registration is free and includes a table and two chairs. Businesses are encouraged to bring coupons, samples and giveaways. Please call 865.981.8220 or email to register.

Saturday August 22

Third annual Knoxville Showcase and Dance Challenge held in Maryville

The public is invited to attend the third annual Knoxville Showcase and Dance Challenge being held at St. Andrews Episcopal Church located at 314 W. Broadway, Maryville, on Saturday, Aug. 22.

Dancing begins at noon and will be judged by David Madeiros of Nashville. Out of town guests will be staying at the Airport Hilton in Alcoa.

Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. and a freshly-cooked gourmet meal prepared by a chef on the premises will be served at 6 p.m. During dinner there will be a fashion show of ballroom dance wear, by Lisa Biagi.

The schedule of events will be as follows:

12 p.m. American Smooth

1 p.m. International Standard

1:30 p.m. Lunch, costume changes

2:30 p.m. American Rhythm

4 p.m. International Latin

5 p.m. Competition ends

5:15 p.m. Dinner and fashion show

7:30 p.m. Awards

8 p.m. Showcase and dance party

10 p.m. Party ends

For competition rates see your instructor. Tickets are $10 for the day session only, $15 for lunch, $40 for dinner, $10 for the showcase only or an all day ticket including meals is $70. For spectator ticket availability and rates contact Marie Connolly, Competition organizer at 865-604-5750.

Friday, August 28 and Saturday, August 29

Second-annual Last Friday Art Walk ‘Tribute to Music’

The Maryville Arts Coalition is proud to present the 2nd Annual Last Friday “Tribute to Music,” a two night event to celebrate the art of music. This music-focused event will include various musicians performing while artists “Paint the Music” on the streets of downtown Maryville during the Last Friday Art Walk on Aug. 28 from 5 to 10 p.m.

This event will give the public an opportunity to see how music influences and inspires various artists and how they work. There will also be an interactive “Community Art Project” for the public to participate in during the music performances on Friday night. On Saturday, there will be an artist reception for “Paint the Music” and sale of art, open to the public, at Preservation Plaza, located at 200 E. Broadway in Maryville at 7 p.m. Both Last Friday Art Walk and the Artist Reception on Saturday are open and free to the public.

A special “Destination Downtown” VIP Wine Tasting and Patron’s Preview will be held earlier in the evening, beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, hosted by and to benefit the Maryville Downtown Association. This is the earliest opportunity to purchase “Paint the Music” artwork before the reception opened to the public at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $25 in advance and may be purchased at Canvas Hair Designs, Boyd Thomas Clothing, The Market, Dandy Lions, La Nesse and The Knitting Nest, all in downtown Maryville.

Founded in 2008, Maryville Arts Coalition is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the aesthetic sensibility of our community by exposure and education of various art forms through opportunities and events that focus on the arts.

The Maryville Downtown Association is a Not-for-profit organization created to promote Downtown as a place to work, live, and play. The Downtown Association is a unified voice that helps build a sense of community to historic downtown Maryville.

For more information, contact Katie Gamble, Executive Director of the Maryville Arts Coalition at or 865-740-1169, or visit

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