Community Events for August 20, 2009

Friday, August 21

Sunset Music Series concludes with Kaufman

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.

Four of the seven concerts this summer will feature artists making their Sunset Music Series debuts. The series premiered on June 12 with a performance by the heralded Boston-based stringband Hokum’s Heroes, featuring vocalist Samoa Wilson. John Myers Band and Y’uns from Knoxville and three-time national guitar champion, Steve Kaufman of Maryville, will also join the Sunset Music Series for the first time this year. National touring act Sparky and Rhonda Rucker will be making their second appearance at the Heritage Center after debuting at last year’s Sunset Music Series. Also back by popular demand are Blue Mother Tupelo, formerly from Knoxville and now based in Henderson, near Nashville, and Wild Blue Yonder, the only band to perform every year since the series began.

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. 21: Steve Kaufman, three-time national guitar champion. At age 18, long-time Maryville resident Steve Kaufman entered the National Flatpicking Championships in Winfield, KS and made the top 10. In 1977, Steve took second place to Mark O’Connor and in 1978, at 21 years old, he returned to win the championship. He went on to become the only Three-Time Winner of the National Flatpicking Championships. His music covers a broad range of styles including bluegrass favorites, popular swing standards, Irish and Appalachian fiddle tunes, folk and country classics and novelty tunes. Steve has been pleasing crowds from California to Austria since 1976, performing in a wide variety of settings from elementary schools and colleges, to major bluegrass festivals and concerts.

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

Thursday, August 20

Library’s Hot Summer Nights Concerts continue with Amanda Ingram

Maryville native and Mezzo-soprano Amanda Ingram loves to sing, and her joy is performing opera.

A graduate of Maryville High School, the University of Tennessee, and the Yale University Music program (Master of Music and Artist Diploma), Ingram has performed professionally from Boston to Sarasota and from Chautauqua to Denver, with a summer in Milan, Italy.

As the third of this season’s Hot Summer Nights concert series at the Blount County Public Library, Ingram will present an opera concert, performing both classical and contemporary English. The concert will be on Thursday, August 20, and will begin at 7 p.m. in the Reading Rotunda.

Accompanied by Judith Bible, Ingram’s repertoire will include “A Sleeping Bee” from House of Flowers by Capote and Arlen, “Amor” by William Bolcom, “Bill” from Showboat by Rodgers and Hammerstein, “Taylor the Latte Boy” by Goldrich and Heisler, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel by Rodgers and Hammerstein, “La Coccinelle” by Georges Bizet, “Adieux de l’hotesse arabe” by Georges Bizet, “Porgi, amor” from Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart, and “In uomini” from Cosi Fan Tutte by Mozart.

In January 2009, Ingram joined her fellow Yale Graduates while reprising the role of Marcellina with the Boston Youth Symphony, under the baton of Frederico Cortese.

In the 2007-08 season, Ingram made her main stage debut with Virginia Opera as Kate in The Pirates of Penzance. She also covered the role of Ruth, which she had the opportunity to sing in April at Virginia Opera’s family day performance. In March, she returned to Virginia Opera’s mainstage to sing Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor.

Amanda Ingram was recognized with the Apprentice and Studio Artist Award from Chautauqua Opera. She received a Master of Music and Artist Diploma from Yale School of Music, where she performed roles such as Martine in Le Medecin Malgre Lui, La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica, and Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro. Ms. Ingram also received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Tennessee.

The final peformance of the series will feature April Taylor and will be held on Thursday, Aug. 27, at 7p.m. Taylor will perform a blend of country, bluegrass and Contemporary Christian music. A Bristol, TN, 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.

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

Saturday, August 29

FLLA will hold annual Paddle for Clean Water

On Saturday, Aug. 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Fort Loudoun Lake Association (FLLA) will hold its annual Paddle for Clean Water boat race to benefit the organization’s work to clean up the Fort Loudoun Lake watershed. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. at Sequoyah Hills Park, and participants will be shuttled to Ned McWherter Park for a 10 a.m. start time.

The group of paddlers will head from Ned McWherter Park back to Sequoyah Hills Park for refreshments, live music, exhibit booths, and more. Participants will receive goodie bags and event t-shirts. The FLLA will provide canoes, kayaks, paddles and life vests for anyone without equipment.

The event is $20 for anyone who pre-registers, and $25 at the event. For information about how to register, contact Suzanne Ankrum at 865-523-3800 or, or visit

Friday, August 31

Fine Arts Blount presents Fabulous Fibers exhibit

From 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31, Fine Arts Blount will present an exhibit of mixed media, textile, and fiber art by local artists exploring the colors and textures of fiber. The event is part of Last Friday Art Walk.

The event will include a demonstration by Sherry Liles, who will spin llama and angora wool the old-fashioned way. Other artists will be on hand to discuss their works, including Pat Delasmit, Katie Kinney, Joy Meadow, Karen Miller and Kim Slater. Refreshments will be provided.

The exhibit will be held at the ArtSpace gallery at 106 E. Broadway Ave. in Maryville. For more information, email

Wednesday, September 2

Pat Summitt is speaker at Habitat All About Women Luncheon

The Blount County Habitat for Humanity 2009 Women Build is hosting a luncheon and silent auction on Wednesday, Sept. 2.

Pat Head Summitt, UT Lady Vols head coach, is the guest speaker for this luncheon, which is a fund raiser for the 2009 Women Build project of Habitat for Humanity. The luncheon is at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Airport Hilton. Tickets are $30 per person for the luncheon and $50 for a special VIP Meet & Greet with Coach Summitt prior to the event. The Meet & Greet begins poolside at 11 a.m. and a limited number of tickets will be sold.

There are several ways to support the 2009 Women Build in addition to individual tickets. Event sponsorships are available for $1,000 and $500, which include a reserved table “courtside” for the luncheon, ads in luncheon publicity, tickets to the Meet & Greet and recognition at the luncheon.

For more information, to purchase tickets or be an event sponsor, call Tish Hickman at 865-388-1869 or email

Wednesday, September 2 and Thursday, September 3

Auditions planned for Pellissippi’s staging of Good and Plenty

Pellissippi State Community College will host auditions for its fall play production of “Good and Plenty” on Sept. 2-3 from 7-9 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center, located on the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road.

The play, which is set in the 1970s, is a tour de force acting opportunity, according to Charles Miller, an associate professor of Theatre at the college.

“There are great roles for men,” he said, “all of whom play two or three characters.”

Those auditioning will be asked for prepared pieces, but cold readings also will be accepted. The cast list will be announced on Friday, Sept. 4. Rehearsals begin the next week and are typically scheduled Sunday through Thursday, 7-10 p.m.

The production will compete in the American College Theatre Festival in late January and will have an opportunity to be staged at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

For more information, contact Miller at or 865-694-6684.

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