Community Events for July 2, 2009

Sunday, June 7 to Sunday, August 2

Rhythm & Roots traveling exhibit comes to the Heritage Center

The traveling exhibit “Rhythm and Roots, Southern Music Traditions” opens Sunday, June 7, at Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend and will be on display through August 2. The exhibit is made possible through the generosity of NAI Knoxville, Humanities Tennessee, the Southern Arts Federation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and is dedicated to the music and musicians of the South.

Special programming is scheduled throughout the exhibit period, including:

Saturday, July 25, 7 p.m.: Bo Taylor, curator, Museum of the Cherokee, will present a program on Native American culture and dance, with historical interpretation by UT Anthropologist Boyce Driskell.

“Rhythm and Roots is a tribute to all of the musical forms that come together to create the Southern sound,” said Gerri Combs, Executive Director of Southern Arts Federation. “The Rhythm & Roots exhibit showcases key Southern musicians and the instruments they play.” Among the artists recognized and discussed are Earl Scruggs, Thomas A. Dorsey, Charley Patton, Dewey Balfa, Wade Mainer, Arnold Schultz, and Dewitt “Snuffy” Jenkins.

Rhythm & Roots explores the musical traditions of both indigenous cultures of Native Americans as well as those of more recent arrivals to the South. The exhibition highlights Cherokee musician Walker Calhoun and the music of the corn dance in the American Indian Voices section. Acknowledging the multicultural south, Rhythm & Roots also explores the increasingly international flavor of music being heard in the New South. For more information, call 865-448-0044.

Friday, June 19 to Friday, August 21

Fourth-annual Sunset Music Series at Heritage Center

Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center’s Sunset Music Series, now in its fourth year, will premier on Friday, June 12. 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:

July 3: Sparky & Rhonda Rucker, toe-tapping songs and stories from American folklore

July 24: John Myers Band, soul, gospel and country

July 31: Wild Blue Yonder, bluegrass-based Americana

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

August 21: Steve Kaufman, three-time national guitar champion

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

Friday, July 3 - Sunday, July 5

Summer Celebration Pow Wow shares native cultures

On the weekend of July 3-5, Native American leaders, artists and musicians will gather in Townsend for the All Nations Summer Celebration Pow Wow, presented by Red Bear and Roy “Spotted Eagle” Glass of the Western Band Cherokee. Admissions is $5, with children under 12 free and a special discounted price of $3 for seniors and veterans.

The event will be held at Smoky Mountain Woodcarvers at Nawger Nob on 321 S. in Townsend. All are welcome to this family event. Bring lawn chairs and blankets to settle in and enjoy the dances, hosted by the Dry Creek Medicine Cherokee Dancer. The Headman and Headlady for the event will be “Bravewolf”Mitchell Wells and “Little Racoon” Kimberly Wells, with Red Bear as the Head Veteran. For more information, contact Red Bear at 865-448-6487 or Roy Glass at 864-466-2324. Vendor space is still available.

Saturday, July 4

Motorcycle stunt show will wow Fourth of July audiences

On Saturday, July 4, Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson and Buell will present The New ILLConduct, a group of stunt drivers with led by world-class stunt motorcycle driver Jeff Schneider. Shows will take place at various times throughout the day.

Jumpin’ Jeff Schneider is the founder of Harley Stunts and has come to perform at more than 40 events each year, including Harley-Davidson and H.O.G. anniversaries, dealer grand openings and open houses, charity events and many more occasions. Schneider’s focus is riding his XR750 motorcycle. Schneider also strives to beat world records at stunt shows; attempts include the most simultaneous burnouts and jumping over 21 cars.

For more information, contact Aaron Snukals at 865-977-1669 or or visit

Thursday, July 9

“Couponing Saves Money” Program to be held at Library

Coupons can be a great money saving tool when used effectively. From personal and household items to grocery purchases, coupons can save shoppers more than they might expect.

Jennifer Wilson has experience for offering valuable tips in a program at the Blount County Public Library on Thursday, July 9, at 7 p.m.

At the Thursday evening program, Wilson, owner and founder of Coupon Mommie ( will share some of her smart shopping tactics for saving money on grocery bills by using coupons. She will teach attendees how to save an average of 50-75% off retail pricing by matching coupons with items on sale. Participants will learn that there are ways to get products for free or at a profit by simply using coupons effectively. Wilson will also discuss strategies for organizing coupons and some of the newer resources available to make couponing easier.

Wilson created her own website called Coupon Mommie at to help others see how she was saving and where she was shopping each week. Anyone can learn how to start saving in today’s economy.

The Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville. For further information about other library programs or services, call the library at 865-982-0981 or visit the Web site at

Friday, July 10

Smokies organizations join forces to celebrate local heritage

For the fourth straight year, Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont and Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center are teaming up to present “An Appalachian Celebration,” set for Friday, July 10, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Heritage Center’s newly-covered outdoor amphitheater. This year’s event is dedicated to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s 75th anniversary.

On stage for the event will be well-known storyteller Charles Maynard. A native of Chattanooga, Maynard grew up among civil war cannons and monuments along Missionary Ridge. Charles is founding director of Friends of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He has authored several books on the Smokies, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park.

Admission is $5 at the door for adults and students, and free for Heritage Center members and children under the age of six years. Refreshments will be available for purchase on-site. No drink, food or coolers may be brought into the event.

For further information, call Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, 865-448-6709, or Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, 865-448-0044.

Saturday, July 11

Harley-Davidson dealership reaches out to local veterans

East Tennessee’s disabled veterans are invited to the Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson and Buell dealership on Saturday, July 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to learn how to utilize free services and opportunities available to them.

Harley’s Heroes, a program formed in partnership by the Harley-Davidson Foundation and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization, is a Mobile Service Office (MSO) that brings benefits, education and counseling to the communities of America’s veterans. The services provided by Harley’s Heroes are free of charge to local veterans and their families.

Harley’s Heroes began when the Harley-Davidson Foundation donated $1 million to help the DAV expand its outreach to veterans nationwide. Today, the program’s professionals travel around the country, making stops are Harley-Davidson dealerships to encourage disabled veterans to take advantage of the services that DAV offers. In 2008, Harley’s Heroes stopped at more than 600 American communities to counsel disabled veterans.

For more information, contact Aaron Snukals at 865-977-1669 or or visit

Tuesday, July 14

Red Cross provides emergency preparedness events

Upcoming events provided by the Blount County Chapter of the American Red Cross are as follows:

n The Red Cross July DAT (Disaster Action Team) meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 14. The meeting will provide the first Blount County DAT 101 course, which delivers information geared specifically to local response, including response to residential fires, local weather incidents, and more. We will also continue the hurricane staffing planning that we initiated during the June meeting.

n There will be a Disaster Instructor Specialty Training course in July at the Knoxville Chapter for anyone interested in becoming a Disaster Services Instructor. This course will prepare individuals to instruct basic level Red Cross courses. The chapter would greatly benefit from having additional instructors year round, and especially during a regional or national level disaster that could require additional volunteers to work in shelters or other service delivery sites. To register, please contact the Knox Area chapter at 584-2999 or

The Blount County Chapter of the American Red Cross is located at 1741 Triangle Park Drive in Maryville. For more information, call 865-983-0821 or visit

Saturday, July 18

Woodturner to demonstrate at Townsend Visitors Center

While it is hard to date the beginning of the art, due to the decay of the wood, it is believed that the Ancient Egyptians were the first to use the art of woodturning around 1300 B.C. Since that time, woodturning has transcended the ages and miles where it evolved into an Appalachian craft passed down from generation to generation.

In its ongoing effort to showcase and share traditional Appalachian arts and crafts, the Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitors Bureau (SMCVB) will host experienced woodturner Monte Walker, who will demonstrate his hobby on July 18, August 22 and September 12 at the Townsend Visitors Center Pavilion from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Walker will not only create bowls and lamps to show the process of woodturning, but he will also have an assortment of his art for sale, including lamps, bowls, pens, platters, vases, and other items.

As part of its sustainable tourism efforts, and its desire to share the heritage, history and culture of Appalachia, the Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitors Bureau regularly hosts local artisans and crafters at the visitors center in Townsend. These demonstrations showcase Appalachian traditions and share with locals and visitors the unique arts, crafts and trades of the region.

To learn more about demonstrations and exhibits at the Townsend Visitors center, please contact the Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-525-6834 or (865) 448-6134, or visit online at

Saturday, July 18

WBHS Class of 1984 holds reunion

At 7 p.m. on July 18, the members of the William Blount High School Class of 1984 will gather at the Airport Hilton. The cost is $50 per person. To take advantage of special prices on rooms in the hotel, or for tickets, contact Patti McCall Duncan at before July 3. The Airport Hilton can be reached at 865-970-4300.

Saturday, August 8

A Jeweled Affair will benefit Relay for Life

On Saturday, August 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 25 area vendors with jewelry and accessories, complemented by a catered lunch.

Tickets are $40, and can be purchased at Blount Today, First National Bank, Dandy Lions, Boyd Thomas, or by calling Marion Westerling at 865-584-1669.

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