Community Events for July 9, 2009

Sunday, June 7 to Sunday, August 2

Rhythm and Roots exhibit comes to Heritage Center

The traveling exhibit “Rhythm and Roots, Southern Music Traditions” opened 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.

Artifacts featured in Rhythm & Roots, Southern Music include a fretless banjo, fiddle, dulcimer, lyra, shiffarobe fiddle, cigar box fiddle, accordion, triangle, chikintar, frottoir, goombay drum, cowbells, shekere, rada drum and mandolin. The exhibition’s accompanying audio guide gives visitors an opportunity to hear samples of the music and instruments shown in the exhibit.

For more information, call 865-448-0044.

Friday, June 19 to Friday, August 21

Sunset Music Series begins at Heritage Center

Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center’s Sunset Music Series, now in its fourth year, premiered 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.

Four of the seven concerts this summer will feature artists making their Sunset Music Series debuts. The series premiers 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 & 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:

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.

Thursday, July 9

‘Couponing Saves Money’ program to 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.

After working as an executive assistant for ten years, Wilson is currently a stay-at-home mom with three children, so her family is living on one income. When the economy started lagging in 2008 and money was tight, Wilson started to look for ways to save money for her family. Deciding to be savvy with the food budget she turned to coupons to help stretch dollars. Wilson now saves her family over $1,000 each month with coupons and a little know-how.

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 percent 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.

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 Appalachian 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.

“Though our missions differ, we share a common place,” Heritage Center Director Bob Patterson said this week. “What better way to celebrate Appalachian history and resources than through story and song by some of the region’s most gifted performers.”

“We’re excited to be part of this celebration of the history and culture of these mountains through music and stories,” Tremont Director Ken Voorhis said. “This year being the 75th Anniversary of Great Smoky Mountains National Park as well as Tremont’s 40th Anniversary makes this 4th annual Appalachian Celebration especially meaningful.”

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. “National Parks have always been an important part of my life,” says Charles. “I think it is vital for a nation to preserve its natural history as well as its cultural history.” 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.

Music for “An Appalachian Celebration” will be provided by The Woodpickers, celebrating the occasion with their unique brand of mountain music. The group consists of Ken Voorhis, Richard Hilten, Jeanie Hilten, Lon Spurgeon and John Richardson, all of Blount County. The group is perhaps best known for its popular CD “An Evening in the Smokies.”

Media sponsors for the event are WBIR-TV Channel 10 and WDVX Radio.

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 mobile office is staffed by highly trained professional counselors who are skilled experts in developing and prosecuting veterans’ claims. 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.

The mission of the Harley-Davidson Foundation is to support the communities in which Harley-Davidson has facilities with funding and employee volunteerism. The foundation places an emphasis on improving education, community revitalization, arts & culture, health and the environment. The Foundation also supports selected national causes much like the Harley’s Heroes initiative.

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

Tuesday, July 14

Red Cross plans emergency preparedness events

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

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.

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

Some Disaster Services courses have been scheduled on Tuesdays during the month of July. For a complete list, visit To attend any of these sessions, please submit your registration by the date indicated so that materials can be prepared for you. Please note that sessions are subject to cancellation if there is insufficient response. We will add sessions to the calendar as they are scheduled. We do plan to schedule additional trainings, including an EOC Liaison (Emergency Operations Center Liaison) class and possibly a CEESD (Collaborating to Ensure Effective Service Delivery) course in the near future as well. Please check the calendar frequently for changes or updates to the training schedule.

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, Aug. 22 and Sept. 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.

Walker started woodturning 12 years ago when his friend sparked his interest in the art. His favorite item to turn is a lamp, and Walker says he can usually have one finished turning in about an hour.

“It’s just a hobby for me,” Walker said. “I call it my stress release.”

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

Thursday, July 16 to Saturday, July 18

Friends of the Library hold summer book sale

On July 16, 17 and 18, the Blount County Friends of the Library Book Sale with offer thousands of used fiction, nonfiction, inspirational, and children’s books for sale.

Special features include Christmas in July holiday cookbooks, children’s stories, music $2 surprise boxes, and local schools’ summer reading selections. The Thursday, July 16 sale will be held from noon to 5 p.m. and is only open to Friends of the Library members, but anyone can join that day for a nominal fee. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18, the sale will be open to the public.

The Blount County Public Library is located at 508 N. Cusick St. in Maryville.

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.

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

7:30p.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.

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