Community Events for Aug. 27, 2009

Friday, August 28 and Saturday, August 29

Last Friday Art Walk features ‘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.

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 28

Fine Arts Blount presents Fabulous Fibers exhibit

From 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28, 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

Tuesday, September 1

Community forum on health care reform offered

The Center for Strong Communities at Maryville College will convene a community forum and study group on health care reform, to be held at the Blount County Library on Tues., Sept. 1 from 6:30 until 8 p.m.

No elected officials have been invited to speak. The program is designed to be a time of non-partisan study for those who have been confused and seek better understanding of the health care debates.

Dr. Carole Myers, who teaches courses in health care policy to graduate students at UT, will review basic principles and various reform elements being discussed, followed by an update on the current status and variety of legislative bills that Congress is considering.

Members of the League of Women Voters will facilitate a time for participants to submit questions to the speakers and will provide a table of resources for further study.

According to Newton, the program is not a rally or campaign for any particular health care bill, but an educational event for people who are genuinely interested in learning more.

For more information, please contact Newton at 865-273-8894 or Libby Johnson at 865-983-5234.

Wednesday, September 2

Pat Summitt is speaker at Habitat All About Women Luncheon and Silent Auction

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 2010 and will have an opportunity to be staged at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

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

Friday, September 4

Heritage Center launches Fall Music series with Bill Sheffield

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center’s 2009 Fall Music Series sponsored by PetSafe Village will feature three concerts, premiering Friday, Sept. 4 with Bill Sheffield. The next concert will feature E. G. Kight on Oct. 2, followed by Labron Lazenby and LA3 on Oct. 9. All the concerts begin at 7 p.m. and are presented in the Heritage Center’s outdoor amphitheater, which has a roof over the entire amphitheater so that concerts may be presented rain or shine.

Based in Woodstock, Ga., Bill Sheffield effortlessly transcends genres to create what can only be called great American music. Over time his guitar-playing style has evolved, melding the pure emotionalism and great guitar work of the blues with country, gospel and soul.

Admission to each concert is $4 per person, with Heritage Center members admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Non-alcoholic beverages and popcorn available for purchase on-site. No drinks, food or coolers may be brought in to the event. For more information, call the Center at 865-448-0044 or visit

Tuesday, September 8

MC Community Chorus begins rehearsals

The Maryville College Community Chorus, under the direction of Alan Eleazer, will begin rehearsals at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8 in room 103 of Bartlett Hall on the Maryville College campus.

Regular Tuesday evening rehearsals will focus on preparation for a Dec. 7 performance of John Leavitt’s “Missa Festiva,” a program of Christmas carol arrangements for orchestra.

The chorus is open to all area singers 16 years of age and older. Music reading experience is helpful but not required.

Typically 50 singers strong, the Maryville College Community Chorus has a strong tradition of presenting quality choral music and joins the other area community ensembles such as the Maryville College Youth Chorale, the new Children’s Chorale and Orff Ensemble, the Maryville College Community Band and the Orchestra at Maryville College.

Eleazer is in his second season as conductor of the chorus, having been a professional musician, conductor and college educator in the East Tennessee area for more than 25 years. In addition to joining the faculty of Maryville College last year, Eleazer serves on the music faculty of Hiwassee College and has directed the music programs of Concord United Methodist Church in Farragut, Church Street United Methodist in Knoxville, and currently First United Methodist of Oak Ridge.

Accompanist for the choir is Peggy Rogers, a Maryville College alumna with a degree in organ performance. She is currently the organist and director of youth and adult handbells at New Providence Presbyterian Church in Maryville. Rogers has taught piano and organ for many years in Blount County and has served as accompanist at William Blount High School and for the Orchestra at Maryville.

For more information contact Eleazer 865-966-5751 or

Thursday, September 10

KSO to offer free concert on the Greenbelt stage

The Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra will perform Picnic in the Park, a free concert sponsored by Aubrey’s Restaurant and the Pellissippi State Foundation, on the Maryville Greenbelt Stage on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Lucas Richman, KSO Music Director, will conduct the concert. The performance is free, family-friendly and open to the public. Concert-goers are encouraged to arrive early and bring a picnic-dinner, blankets and/or chairs.

The orchestra will perform pop and light classical favorites including the Scherzo from Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the fourth movement from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 and highlights from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita. The evening’s featured performers will include Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra cellist Brandon Chu and KSO cellist Ildar Khuziakhmetov together performing an arrangement of Brahms’ soothing Lullaby with the chamber orchestra.

For more information regarding the KSO, or the concert in Maryville, please call 865-291-3310.

Saturday, Sept. 19

Tailgate for Gator game to benefit Hearing & Speech

For the third year, the Away Game Tailgate party will benefit the Hearing and Speech Foundation, as Vol fans gather in the luxury Neyland Stadium East Skybox to watch the Vols play the Florida Gators in the Swamp.

Special guest is former UT football coach Johnny Majors. At halftime, Coach Majors will give a brief overview of the important work of the Hearing and Speech Foundation, a non-profit that provides hearing aids and other service to the indigent and underserved.

The Skybox party includes a lavish buffet (including Gator Bites), drink tickets and walls of televisions for watching the game. Bratwurst and hotdogs will be added to the buffet at halftime.

Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person and include the buffet, beverages and watching the game in the East Skybox.

To purchase tickets, call the Foundation at 865-977-0981 or email

Several sponsors are already “suited up” and include Alan and Lisa Boeckmann, Fluor Foundation, Woodruff Brewing Co., Mr. and Mrs. Tutt Bradford, John and Sara Berry, Mrs. Roma Renfro, Heritage Log Homes, Kramer Rayson LLP, Hickory Construction, Foothills Bank and Trust, Amanda Horn, Leslee and Paul Rook, Tommy and Carol Hunt, John Brummett and Marlene, Blount Today and WBIR-Channel 10.

For sponsorship information, contact Amanda Womac at

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