Community Events for January 29, 2009

Sunday, Jan. 25 through Saturday, Feb. 3

Tremont sponsors exhibition at Townsend Visitors Center

From Jan. 25 through Feb. 3, the Townsend Visitors Center will display an exhibit of art by Deborah Blind. Blind, an art teacher from Ohio, had the opportunity to spend two months as artist in residence at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute of Tremont. During that time, Blind studied her surrounding environment and produced a series of work that reflected the nature and atmosphere of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

“I think the community will truly enjoy this art exhibit as it will showcase the beauty and spirit that exists in our community and the national park,” said Herb Handly, executive vice president of tourism for the Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The artist in residency program that Tremont sponsored is another way our community is working to preserve the culture of the park and it resulted in some beautiful work that locals and visitors will be able to enjoy for years.”

Blind is the first long-term visual artist that has completed a residency with Tremont. The idea of the residency originated from Blind’s need to complete an independent study to receive a continuing education license from the state of Ohio.

“Deborah was our first ever summer artist-in-residence. We seemed to be a perfect fit for one another because she thrived on the inspiration of the natural beauty she found here in the Smokies, and we thrived on the energy she brought to involving youth with the arts,” said Jeremy Lloyd, summer camp director at Tremont.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Plans are also underway to reproduce all of the paintings, with all proceeds going to continue the mission of Tremont.

For more information, please call the SMCVB at 1-800-525-6834, 865-448-6134 or visit the bureau online at

Friday, Jan . 30

Streamliners at Capitol for Last Friday

The Streamliners Swing Orchestra will play on Friday, Jan. 30 at 9 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre for the Last Friday Art Walk. The show starts at 9 p.m., and free dance lessons will be held from 8 p.m. until the start of the show. Doors open at 7:45 p.m.

Tickets are $12 in advance and may be purchased online or for $15 at the door. Students and KSDA members can purchase tickets for $10. This is an 18 years old and over event, and guests are welcome to bring wine or beer with a charge of $5 per bottle of wine or 6-pack of beer.

Seating is available first come, first serve, with normal capacity exceeding available seats. The Streamliners perform every Last Friday in conjunction with the downtown Maryville Art Walk. For tickets or more information, visit or call 865-980-1966.

Saturday, Jan. 31 and Monday, Feb. 2

Foothills Community Players auditions for You Can’t Take It With You

The Foothills Community Players will be holding open auditions for all roles in their next production, You Can’t Take It With You, a play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. The play will be the third production by the FCP and will run March 26 through 29 at the Capitol Theatre in downtown Maryville.

Actors interested in auditioning are encouraged to do so at Fine Arts Blount at 106 E. Broadway in downtown Maryville at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31 and 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2. Auditions will be cold readings from the script. Those auditioning should bring a theatre resume and head shot, if available.

You Can’t Take It With You will be directed by Daniel Barrett. The FCP is also looking for crew to work this and future shows. Information about this production and the FCP may be found at

Monday, Feb. 2

Capitol Theatre begins ‘Monday Rocks’ series

On Monday, Feb. 2, the Capitol Theatre begins a new Monday night music and dance event series called Monday Rocks, featuring some of the top dance bands in East Tennessee.

The Feb. 2 event will feature Flashback and their fusion of soul, rock, big band swing, and Latin tunes. The show will run from 7-10 p.m., with doors opining at 6 p.m. The event will be family friendly and alcohol free, with free popcorn.

Tickets are $10 in advance and may be purchased online or for $12 at the door. Tickets for ages 12 and under are $5.

The Monday Rocks dance band series will be featuring dance bands from East Tennessee on alternating Monday nights. The tentative lineup for upcoming events includes Flashback, Boys Night Out, Soul Connection, and Kafeen.

For tickets or more information, visit or call 865-980-1966.

Monday, Feb. 2 through Friday, Feb. 6

Medic donor will win weekend cabin rental

Give blood anytime between Feb. 2 and 11 for a chance to win a two-night stay at a cabin in Wear’s Valley, Tennessee. The cabin rental is good for the Valentine’s Day weekend - Friday, Feb. 13 through Sunday, Feb. 15. All you have to do to register is stop by any Medic blood drive or the offices Knoxville and give a pint of blood.

Medic has two fixed site donor locations, 1601 Ailor Avenue near downtown Knoxville and 11000 Kingston Pike in Concord Square in Farragut near Pittsburg Paints. Medic also plans community blood drives in Blount County:

Feb. 2 at the Big K-Mart, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Bloodmobile.

Feb. 5 at Fairpark Health Care Center, 804 North Fifth Street, 1–7 p.m., Bloodmobile.

Feb. 6 at Blount Memorial Hospital, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Inside Auditorium.

All donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh 110 pounds or more and have positive identification. Donors will receive a free T-shirt, cholesterol evaluation and a year’s credit towards Medic’s Family Blood Coverage Program.

Thursday, Feb. 5 through Sunday, Feb. 8

Third-annual Smoky Mountain Winter Heritage Festival

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, Jan. 30.

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

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Community Chorus begins work on We Hold These Truths

The Maryville College Community Chorus, under the direction of Alan Eleazer, is looking for singers for a performance of “We Hold These Truths” by John Purifoy.

Rehearsals will begin at 7 p.m., Feb. 3, in the choir room at the First United Methodist Church of Maryville, located at 804 Montvale Station Road.

Singers who are high-school age and older are encouraged to participate. There is no audition. Scores will be available for purchase at the first rehearsal.

A native of Knoxville, Purifoy is an ASCAP composer and arranger with various published choral anthems, cantatas, keyboard collections and works recorded by Carol Lawrence, Anita Kerr, the Chicago Master Chorale and other artists.

His work for chorus and orchestra, “We Hold These Truths,” which was narrated by Alex Haley and Edie Ellis, won the 1987 Freedoms Foundation Award for musical programs. The work features patriotic literature, including the Preamble to the Constitution, the Gettysburg Address and part of the speech President Kennedy was scheduled to give in Dallas in 1963.

The performance will be a combined concert with the Orchestra at Maryville College, under the direction of Bill Robinson, and is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., April 27 at First Baptist Church in Maryville. The dress rehearsal will be 2-4:30 p.m., April 26.

For more information, contact director Alan Eleazer at 423.442.2001 (ext. 1867) or or Stacey Wilner, coordinator of choral music at Maryville College, at 865.981.8151 or

Monday, Feb. 2 through Tuesday, Apr. 14

AARP offers free tax help

This tax season, AARP Tax-Aide will again offer free help to low- and middle-income taxpayers who are filing personal income tax returns. Tax assistants will be available at the Blount County Library and the Everett Senior Center from Feb. 2 through Apr. 14. The trained volunteers will be available by appointment only to assist in filing the 1040 tax form and basic schedules. Taxpayers with complex tax returns are advised to seed paid tax assistance.

The tax assistants will be at Everett Senior Center on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To make a reservation, call 983-9422.

The service is available at the Blount County Library on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursday afternoons from 2-6 p.m. Call 865-982-0981 ext. 4 or 865-273-1436 or visit the library’s reference desk to make an appointment.

Tax volunteers can also provide information about this year’s new recovery rebate tax credit for those thos didn’t receive the full economic stimulus payment last year.

The AARP Tax-Aide program began in 1968 and has operated in Blount County for 25 years.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

College-Community Concert Band begins rehearsals

The Maryville College-Community Concert Band will begin rehearsals for its 2009 concert season at 7 p.m. Wed., Feb. 4, in the Maryville High School Music Building band room. The band is seeking local brass, woodwind and percussion players with concert-band experience to share the excitement and camaraderie of being part of this excellent musical organization. Serious high-school musicians are encouraged to participate.

The band room is located behind the high school toward the football field. From West Broadway turn into the school, then make the next right turn into the road marked “Service Vehicles and Faculty Only” where you will find parking. The building has a “Music” sign above the door. The Wednesday evening, 7 to 9 p.m. rehearsals will be held at this location during the construction of the new Civic Arts Center, slated to open in the winter of 2010. The band’s 2009 performance schedule will include public spring and fall concerts.

The more than 60 member ensemble was established in 1992 by its director, Dr. Larry Smithee, associate professor of music at Maryville College. The band’s musicians represent a mixture of ages. Adult members hail from Blount County and other surrounding communities, and are retired or engaged in a variety of professional endeavors, while student members are from Maryville College and several of the area’s other academic institutions.

The band provides student members with an excellent opportunity to significantly enhance their performing experience, while allowing adult members the opportunity to continue a lifelong love of the concert-band genre.

To join the band or for more information, contact Dr. Smithee at 865.981.8153 or

Friday, Feb. 6 and Friday, Feb. 13

Barn Event Center of Smokies hosts dinners, dances

n 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.

n 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.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Spring rehearsals announced for College’s music ensembles

The Maryville College Youth Chorale, under the direction of Martha Robinson, will begin rehearsals for the spring semester at 5 p.m., Feb. 3, in the College’s Bartlett Hall, rooms 102 and 103.

The Youth Chorale is open to singers ages 9 to 15. The Feb. 3 rehearsal, which will conclude around 6:30 p.m., is open to interested singers and their parents. This informational session will also be a “Friend Night” for the current choir members. “Come join us for a rehearsal, bring a friend or two, and give it a try!” said Robinson, who is music specialist and choir director at Maryville Intermediate School.

The Youth Chorale’s spring concert is scheduled for 7 p.m., May 11 at the Chilhowee Club in Maryville.

For more information, contact Robinson at 865.748-.7935 or

Saturday, Feb. 7

Used book media sale at Mt. Lebanon to benefit relay

There will be a used book and media sale hosted by Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church Relay for Life Team (The Freedom Fighters) will be held Friday, Feb. 6, 4:30 - 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 7, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Guest Welcome Area (main level with covered entrance). Come browse through a great selection of children’s books, inspirational books, Christian novels, wonderful coffee table books, biographies, CD’s, DVD’s, old VCR tapes and more! All donations go to the American Cancer Society. The church is located at 3508 Wildwood Road (corner of Wildwood and Peppermint) in Maryville.

Saturday, Feb. 14

Country Breakfast at Chilhowee View Center

There will be a country breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 14, from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Chilhowee View Community Center. The menu will be pancakes, ham, sausage, eggs, biscuits, gravy and coffee. Suggested donations are $6 for adults and $3 for children age 10 and under. All donations used to maintain and operate the Community Center.

Friday, Feb. 6

Townsend Library has book and bake sale

The Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library in Townsend will hold a used book sale and a bake sale at the library on Friday, Feb. 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the library.

The first two weeks of February will be “Fine Forgiveness” weeks at the library. Patrons who bring in, during that time, one non-perishable food item for each dollar of fines owed will have all fines removed from their record. Food will be donated to a local food bank.

February’s After-School Programs are: Wednesday, Feb. 11 with special guest Miss Brenda, who will be doing a Valentine’s Day craft; Wednesday, Feb. 25 -- Popcorn and a video: “Lost in the Woods.” Please call the library at 448-1441 to pre-register your child.

Several new books have been added to the library’s collection. They include: “Dark Summer” by Iris Johansen; “The Brass Verdict” by Michael Connelly; “The Gate House” by Nelson DeMille; “Extreme Measures” by Vince Flynn; “Off Season” by Anne Rivers Siddons; “The Lucky One” by Nicholas Sparks; “Arctic Drift” by Clive Cussler; “and “Dewey, The Small Town Library Cat” by Vicki Myron.

The Townsend Book Club meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 10 a.m. in the library. The books for the next three months are: Feb. 26 -- “The Taming of the Shrew” by William Shakespeare; March 26 -- “The Shack” by William P. Young; and April 23 -- “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson. Please call the library at 448-1441 or Sarah Flack at 980-2110 for more information.

The Mary Tippitt Library is located at 120 Tiger Drive in Townsend. Hours are Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday from Noon to 6 p.m., and Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a drop box by the front door for after-hours returns.

Computer access is available to residents and visitors at no charge. Faxing, printing, and copying services are available for a small fee. Visitors are welcome to check out books and/or videos with a temporary patron number and a refundable $20.00 deposit.

For more information, telephone 865-448-1441; fax 865-448-1875; website:; email:

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