Community Events for July 23, 2009

Wild Blue Yonder is becoming a tradition at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center's Sunset Music Series. The only band to perform in all four years of the music series, the bluegrass band will be in concert for the Friday, July 31, event, with music beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is $4 at the door with Heritage Center members admitted free.

Wild Blue Yonder is becoming a tradition at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center's Sunset Music Series. The only band to perform in all four years of the music series, the bluegrass band will be in concert for the Friday, July 31, event, with music beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is $4 at the door with Heritage Center members admitted free.

Sunday, June 7 to Sunday, August 2

Rhythm and Roots exhibit continues at 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, continues through Aug. 21. 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 www.gsmheritagecenter.org or call 865-448-0044.

Tuesday, July 28

Alcoa McAlister’s to donate proceeds to benefit Phelan-McDermid Syndrome

McAlister’s Deli in Alcoa, located at 465 Marilyn Lane, is donating 10 percent of its proceeds on Tuesday, July 28, to the 22q13 Deletion Foundation.

The 22q13 Deletion Foundation supports children and families affected by Phelan-McDermid Syndrome, a rare genetic anomaly caused by the absence of genes at the tip of chromosome 22, which play a vital role in nervous system development.

Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Week is nationally recognized July 27-August 2. For more information about the Phelan-McDermid Syndrome, visit www.22q13.org.

Friday, July 31

Last Friday Art Walk will be July 31

The Maryville Arts Coalition Art Walk for July will be on Friday, July 31, in downtown Maryville.

Art Walk begins at 5 p.m. and continues until 9:30 p.m. Businesses feature different artists and artistic media, from dance to music to visual arts. Artists are available at most locations to discuss their works with visitors.

Founded in 2008, Maryville Arts Coalition is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the aesthetic sensibility of our community by exposure and education of various art forms through opportunities and events that focus on the arts.

For more information, contact Katie Gamble, Executive Director of the Maryville Arts Coalition at katie@maryvilleartwalk.com or 865-740-1169, or visit www.MaryvilleArtWalk.com.

Saturday, August 8

‘Stuff the School Bus’ needs volunteers to help BCEF

During this year’s only tax-free weekend, August 7-9, volunteers will be at both Blount-area Wal-Mart stores with school buses to be stuffed with donations of school supplies for the Blount Country Education Foundation, to be distributed to students and teachers in the Blount County Schools.

The school supply drive will be held on Saturday, Aug. 8, at both Wal-Mart stores, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending around 6 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help load cars, deliver, sort and unload supplies following the drive at the portable school supply center at Eagleton Middle School. Daytime volunteers are also needed for one- to two-hour shifts.

For information on volunteering, please contact PJ Silver at 865-983-5244 or grantsource@chartertn.net with name, phone number, and time and location preferences.

For more information about the Blount County Education Foundation, visit www.blountcountyeducationfoundation.org.

Saturday, August 8

A Secret Safe Place holds annual Lifesaver Luau

On Saturday, Aug. 8, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee will hold its annual Lifesaver Luau at the Court South Beach, located at 2934 Alcoa Highway.

Entertainment will include hula lessons, music, swimming, a limbo diving contest, a hula hoop contest, and a silent auction. New for this year is a synchronized swimming show. A catered dinner is included with the ticket price.

The cost for adults is $15, children 3-12 cost $5, and children 2 and under are free, though children coming in free will not receive dinner. If a child under 2 will be needing a meal, please purchase child ticket. Tickets can be purchased at Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q, Blount Today, or at the door. For more information, visit www.secretsafeplacetn.org/luau/.

Saturday, August 8

A Jeweled Affair will benefit Relay for Life

On Saturday, Aug. 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 20 area vendors with jewelry and accessories, complemented by a catered lunch.

The unique jewelry fashion show will showcase selected pieces of jewelry, modeled by cancer survivors. The featured jewelry has been chosen by the vendors, who are a combination of artists, fine jewelry stores and accessory vendors, will be available for sale after the show, along with other jewelry and accessories at each vendor booth. There will be time for shopping both before and after the luncheon.

Each vendor has also donated jewelry or accessory pieces to be given away as door prizes. The elegant luncheon promises to be an exciting and unusual event, according to committee members, with proceeds going to help the Blount County Relay for Life surpass its 2009 goal.

Vendors to date include Karen Dwyer, Tom and Pat England, Patricia Hollenbeck, Karen Plum, Ginger Pope, Ruth Harper, Jetta Boone, Ann Lacava, Suzanne Stratton, Nancy McBrearty, Alane Wyss, Kim Slater, Brett Garrett, Mary Lou King, Charlotte French, Bristol & Bragg and Dandy Lions.

Tickets are $40, and can be purchased at Blount Today, First National Bank, Dandy Lions, Boyd Thomas, or by calling any of the committee members, including Marion Westerling at 865-584-1669, Joy Bishop, Carolyn Forster, Sherri Gardner Howell or Linda Whitehead.

Saturday, August 8

Blount County Fellowship of Christian Athletes holds Football Media Day Pre-season Breakfast

The Blount County Fellowship of Christian Athletes will hold a Football Media Day Pre-season Breakfast on Saturday, Aug. 8, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Maryville.

For more information, please contact Josh Armstrong at 705-0844 or via email jarmstrong@fca.org for more information.

Wednesday, August 19

Highland Happening set for Aug. 19 at Maryville College

Maryville College is preparing to welcome its newest group of students to campus this fall - the Class of 2013 - and area businesses are invited to join in the welcoming.

Sponsored by the Center for Calling and Career and the Office of Advancement, the first annual Highland Happening is scheduled for Wednesday, August 19, 5 - 7 p.m.

Held on the Maryville College campus lawn, this outdoor fair will feature booths from area businesses.

Local businesses are invited to set up booths to advertise their products and services.

Registration is free and includes a table and two chairs. Businesses are encouraged to bring coupons, samples and giveaways.

Please call 865.981.8220 or email ccc@maryvillecollege.edu to register.

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

7:30 p.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.

Friday, August 28 and Saturday, August 29

August Last Friday Art Walk is a ‘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 August 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.

Founded in 2008, Maryville Arts Coalition is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the aesthetic sensibility of our community by exposure and education of various art forms through opportunities and events that focus on the arts.

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 katie@maryvilleartwalk.com or 865-740-1169, or visit www.MaryvilleArtWalk.com.

Friday, August 31

Fine Arts Blount presents Fabulous Fibers exhibit

From 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, August 31, 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 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 3chairsstudio@live.com.

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