Community Events for July 30, 2009

Sunday, June 7 to Sunday, August 2

Last weekend for Rhythm and Roots 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.

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 features Wild Blue Yonder

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 31: Wild Blue Yonder, the only band to perform in all four years since the beginning of the Sunset Music Series at the Heritage Center. The group is one of the finest bluegrass bands to come out of East Tennessee, and in recent years, they have expanded their repertoire into the broader musical frontiers of folk and acoustic Americana. Their recordings have received good reviews in bluegrass publications like Bluegrass Unlimited and Bluegrass Now Magazine, and in February of last year, they performed for several days at the International Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis.

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 31

Last Friday Art Walk begins at 5 p.m. on 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 or 865-740-1169, or visit

Tuesday, August 4

NPS offers science Program for recent high school grads

Rangers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park are inviting recent high school graduates and their families to volunteer to assist scientists and educators in collecting scientific data in Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Tuesday, August 4, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The project is entitled “Stream Splashin’ Science!” and will offer young people the chance to join a Ranger in the streams of the Smokies to discover the critters that depend on them for their habitats. This project will include searching for aquatic animals within various streams to determine and compare the health of these streams.

Participants will be outside the whole time and hike a short distance between two streams. They advised to wear long pants and close-toed shoes for hiking and poison ivy protection, but may want to bring water

Shoes or sandals to wade in, along with sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses.

Also bring plenty of water, a bag lunch, and your camera. Carpooling to stream location may be required. Please RSVP to Ranger Emily Guss at 865-436-1292.

The Park plans to offer more Science Volunteer Opportunities later this fall. Those interested can contact Ranger Emily Guss to be placed on a mailing list for information about upcoming programs.

Friday, August 7

Foothills Community Players hold celebration at Capitol

The Foothills Community Players will host a fundraiser and celebration on Friday, Aug. 7 at 6 p.m. in the Capitol Theatre in Downtown Maryville. The event is open to everyone with a love of community theatre.

The First Annual FCP Fund Raiser and Celebration features lively entertainment provided by members of the FCP family, light hors d’oeuvres, and wine tasting. Admission is free, and there will be a nominal charge for the wine tasting. Dress is business casual.

FCP is a theatre group in Blount County founded in January 2008 with a core group of eight people eager to share a love of the performing arts with the entire Blount County community. More information about the FCP may be found at

The Capitol Theatre is located at 127 W. Broadway Ave. Maryville. For more information, call 865-712-6428 or visit

Saturday, August 8

‘Stuff the School Bus’ needs volunteers at Wal-Mart

During this year’s only tax-free weekend, Aug. 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 with name, phone number, and time and location preferences. For more information about the Blount County Education Foundation, visit

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. Hawaiian dress is welcomed and encouraged at this family friendly event.

Sponsors for the event include Court South, Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q, B97.5, Cherokee Athletic Facility, Print Edge, Knoxville News Sentinel, Campbell Tent & Party Rentals, Blount Today, WBIR-TV, and Designsensory.

Tickets can be purchased at Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q, Blount Today, or at the door. For more information, visit

Saturday, August 8

A Jeweled Affair features fashion show of jewelry for Relay

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 from First Fruits.

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.

All four Blount County high school football teams will be represented, and head coaches will be interviewed along with some of their key players. Chik-fil-a will be providing food, and Ralph Miranda will be conducting the interviews.

For more information, please contact Josh Armstrong at 705-0844 or via email 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, Aug. 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 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.

© 2009 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Discuss
  • Print

Comments » 0

Be the first to post a comment!