Community Events Jan. 22, 2009

Thursday, Jan. 22

‘Quilts Then & Now’ trunk show at the library

On Thursday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m., the Blount County Public library will host a trunk show, “Quilts Then and Now,” presented by Darlene Bakos and Debbie McMurray. For centuries, quilts also have provided a creative outlet for hard-working women with lives lacking aesthetic beauty and comfort.

The presentation will cover the progression of quiltmaking from the 1800s to the present, including techniques, traditions and patterns; designing quilts today, using the Electric Quilt 6, a computer program for creating quilt patterns; local guilds, events and activities; a display of old quilts and patterns from pre-1900s up to the present; and a question and answer session.

Darlene Bakos and Debbie McMurray had a chance meeting at a local quilt guild and quickly formed an informal partnership in 2006. They began making quilts together and have successfully completed approximately 30 commissions in two years, including a quilt representing 75 years of TVA history which is now on display in the agency’s Knoxville offices.

Darlene Bakos taught in New York public schools for over 32 years, and moved with her family to Maryville following her retirement two years ago. She enjoys reproduction fabrics and turn of the century quilt patterns and loves the traditional art of hand piecing. Bakos owns and operates Gingersnap Quilts, teaches classes locally on machine and hand piecing, and is an award-winning quilter on a local and international level. She is highly regarded among the quilt community for her exemplary piecing and workmanship.

Debbie McMurray owns Creative Quilts and has been in business for eleven years. She is an award-winning machine quilter on a local and international level. McMurray tens to gravitate toward the artful side of quilting and enjoys doing free form quilting and thread play on her longarm quilting machine. Her work is displayed on her website,, and her blog at She can be reached at 865-368-5549.

The program is free and open to the public. For further information about this or other library programs or services, call the library at 982-0981 or visit the Web site at

Monday, Jan. 26

Dr. Eric Littleton gives piano concert at the library

On Monday evening, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m., Dr. Eric Littleton will give a piano concert at the Blount County Public Library. During the day, Dr. Littleton is an FAA Designated Aeromedical Examiner and Family Practice Physician at the Great Smokies Family Medicine Clinic in Sevierville, while in his free time, he is a concert pianist.

Eric Littleton has been playing, arranging and writing music for the piano since he was six years old. With musical tastes ranging from classical to modern music, hymns and worship music remain the central focus of his music. At the library concert, Littleton will play pieces from his two CDs and from an upcoming album of lullabies. Among his recordings are versions of “Always on My Mind,” “Danny Boy,” “Tennessee Waltz,” “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” “The Old Rugged Cross,” and “It Is Well with My Soul.”

Littleton resides in Sevierville, TN, with his wife, Julie, son, Caleb, and two yellow labs, Hobbes and Louise.

The program is free and open to the public. For further information, call the library at 982-0981 or visit the Web site at

Tuesday, Jan. 27

SKIT offers theatre classes

SKIT Productions, Inc., headquartered on Ellis Ave. in Maryville, is currently holding registration for musical theatre classes at their additional location in Knoxville.

Registration will take place at the YMCA, located at 10709 Kingston Pike on Jan. 27 from 6-8 p.m. for ages 10-18. No experience is necessary. All members enrolled will perform in our local productions and be given the opportunity to audition for principal and supporting roles for all shows. Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings at the YMCA. All Members will also be given the opportunity to travel and tour our musicals and productions to other cities. Please bring a headshot (photos will not be returned). Enrollment space is limited and it is highly recommended that you enroll early to reserve a place in the company.

SKIT Productions is a not-for-profit performing arts school dedicated to presenting the best in Broadway musical theatre productions locally and on tour. Past productions include The Wizard of Oz, Annie, Les Miserables, Alice In Wonderland and A Christmas Carol. For more information about any of their programs, please contact the director, Debra Lonsdale, at 865-621-0216, or visit

Thursday, Feb. 5 to Sunday, Feb. 8

Third-annual Smoky Mountain Winter Heritage Festival planned for February

For those who want to delve deeper into the East Tennessee’s history and culture, the Winter Heritage Festival offers a special opportunity. During the event, held from February 5-8, native Appalachian families; experts on the history and heritage of the area; local artisans, authors and musicians; historians; and other community leaders come together in Townsend to share their personal insight, history, heritage and culture of Cades Cove and the Smoky Mountains.

The foundation of the festival is the human history, natural beauty and cultural traditions of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, with specific emphasis on Townsend and Cades Cove. The festival is held at various locations throughout Townsend and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and visitors and locals alike will participate in classes, tours, exhibits, music, hikes and demonstrations.

At the festival, locals share stories of mountain life and families of the Smokies; historians discuss logging and the railroad days; there are illustrated talks and displays about people and the land, with over 35 presenters; musicians share their mountain music and artisans share their craft skills, including a Barn Dance with a favorite local string band, “The Mumbillies”; there are guided tours through Cades Cove; photography excursions; guided hikes to various locations in the Smokies; guest speakers including Sam Venable, Boyce Driskell, Dale Ditmanson, and Charles Maynard; and special exhibits and displays from family archives and old fashioned portraits. Most programs are free (except for those with meals), but pre-registration is required to attend as space is limited. Registration deadline is Friday, January 30.

For more information or to register, please call the Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitors Bureau at 865-448-6134 or visit or

Friday, Feb. 6 and Friday, Feb. 13

The Barn Event Center of the Smokies host dinners, dances

On Feb. 6, The Barn will be hosting a celebration of our mountain culture at the Townsend Winter Heritage Festival BBQ Dinner and Barn Dance featuring The Mumbillies at The Barn Event Center of the Smokies. Tickets will be $25 and will include a barbecue dinner of pulled pork, chicken, potatoes, beans and dessert to be served at 6:30 p.m. Vegetarian meals are available if ordered in advance. Western and Appalachian Square Dancing, with caller, will be held from 7:30-9:30 pm. For more information, call 865-448-3812.

On Feb. 13, come to The Barn to celebrate Townsend Love Affair Weekend with swing dancing and dinner featuring The Leanliners at The Barn Event Center of the Smokies. Enjoy a fine dinner of rosemary chicken, pork loin roast, potatoes, veggies and cobbler at 6:30 p.m., then dance the night away with the Leanliners from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $30. For more information, call 865-448-3812.

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