Community Events for June 4, 2009

Saturday, May 30 thru Saturday, June 27

Blount Library holds special fun for Summer Reading Club

Following the May 30 kickoff events, the “Be Creative at Your Library” 2009 children’s summer reading program will continue to offer Saturday entertainment to children.

Special Saturday events in June will include:

•Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m., “Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center Field Trip” will be for the entire family. Everyone meets in Townsend at the Heritage Center for a special program and activities (make a musical instrument) at 10:00 am, followed by a self tour of the museum. The cost of admission will be covered by the Friends of the Library. Parents and children show their library card for admission.

•Saturday, June 13, 11 a.m., “Puppets: A Very Royal Problem” will be presented by Vivian Yonkey of the Knox County Library System in the Sharon Lawson Room.

•Saturday, June 20, 11 a.m., “Children’s Favorites Film Fest” will be presented by library staff. Titles will include “Curious George Rides a Bike”, “Petunia”, “Corduroy”, and “Where the Wild Things Are”. Films will be presented in the Sharon Lawson Room.

•Saturday, June 27, 11 a.m., “Magician, Scott Humston” will entertain in the Sharon Lawson Room

Free and open to the public, the program is at 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 982-0981 or visit the Web site at

Friday, June 5

Pilot and Medic offer gas card prize to lucky donors

Pilot and Medic have teamed up this summer to give one blood donor a $100 gas card each week. One donor from the previous week will be drawn each Monday. The contest will run through the end of summer. Medic has a need for all blood types at this time. Donors can donate at any daily mobile site or one of our two fixed sites at 1601 Ailor Avenue near downtown Knoxville and11000 Kingston Pike in Farragut. Upcoming blood drives in Blount County include the following:

n June 5: Blount Memorial Hospital, located at 907 E Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Auditorium

All donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh 110 pounds or more and have positive identification. Donors will receive a year’s membership towards Medic’s Family Blood Coverage Program which exempts donors and their IRS dependents from paying blood collection and processing fees at any U.S. hospital if a transfusion is needed. Donors will also receive a free T-shirt and a cholesterol evaluation (no fasting required).

Thursday, June 4 to Sunday, June 7

Foothills Community Players play wraps the season

Foothills Community Players is wrapping up their premiere season with a vintage favorite selected by Blount County’s theatre audience. Same Time, Next Year, by Bernard Slade, will hit the stage at the Alumni Gym on the Maryville College campus, Thursday, June 4 through Sunday, June 7. The play was selected from a list of eight candidates through on-line polling and surveys conducted at Last Friday Art Walks.

On Thursday, June 4 and Friday, June 5, performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. On Saturday, June 6, there will be performances at both 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. The play will conclude with a matinee performance on Sunday, June 7, at 2 p.m.

Tickets for performances are $16, with a discounted price of $14 for seniors and students. Ticket information is available at or by calling 865-712-6428. Groups interested in attending a performance may contact Lisa Blair at 865-712-6428.

Same Time, Next Year is directed by Nicci Williamson. The FCP is a new all-volunteer community theatre in Blount County. Information about this production and the FCP may be found at

Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6

Pottery festival will showcase pottery techniques

Potters from around the region will gather to exhibit, demonstrate and sell their craft in Townsend at the Smoky Mountain Pottery Festival on Friday, June 5 from 12 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday, June 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. As a sanctioned event of the 75th Anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Pottery Festival will showcase the fine pottery available in East Tennessee and the Smoky Mountain area, as well as educate attendees about the art of pottery.

The free event, hosted by The Blount County Chamber of Commerce and the Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitors Bureau, will include 40 potters’ booths with demonstrations of wheel throwing, hand building and Raku firing, as well as an educational children’s tent, special presentations, food booths and music.

Melissa Maney, one of the featured potters, will demonstrate traditional Cherokee pottery making techniques. Additionally, Danny Bigay and Kay Littlejohn will be presenting a Cherokee Program at 6 p.m. Friday, June 5. At the program, visitors can experience Native American flute music, played on flutes made by Bigay, and hear Cherokee and other stories told by Littlejohn.

The festival is made possible in part by a grant from Arts Build Communities, a program funded by the Tennessee General Assembly and administered in cooperation with the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Arts and Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville. The festival is sponsored by Highwater Clays, Highland Manor Inn, Byron’s Printing and the Townsend IGA.

The event will be held at the Townsend Visitors Center. For more information about the Pottery Festival, please call the Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at 1-800-525-6834 or 865-448-6134 or visit

Saturday, June 6

Learn to Row Day provides free rowing training

On June 6, the Smoky Mountain Rowing Center (SMRC) and the East Tennessee Rowing Organization (ETRO) will present a free and open to the public National Learn to Row Day event.

National Learn to Row Day is a free event that includes food, fun and facts about rowing, sculling and crew opportunities for youth and adults. Weather and water permitting, guests who participate in the rowing clinic that day will be taken out on Ft. Loudoun Lake for a row in an eight-person boat. Four experienced rowers from SMRC and four guests will fill each boat.

This year’s event is Saturday June 6, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the rowing center on Ft. Loudoun Lake. People of all ages and fitness levels are welcome.

The Learn to Row Clinic begins at 10 a.m. and includes an introduction to the sport, a land workout on rowing machines and an on-the-water experience. SMRC will host an open house and cookout for members and registered Learn to Row Day participants. Registration information and directions can be found at or by calling 865-256-CREW.

Organizers of Learn to Row Day recommend wearing comfortable clothes that are not baggy and shoes that can be slipped out of at the dock. Also recommended are socks, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, a lawn chair and a water bottle.

The SMRC boathouse is located at 3498 Rankin Ferry Loop at Lashbrooke Nursery in Louisville.

Friday, June 12 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, 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.

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:

•June 12: Hokum’s Heroes, string-band music with elements of swing, folk and blues

•June 19: Blue Mother Tupelo, blues-based Americana and southern soul

•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, June 12 to Sunday, June 14

SKIT presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

On the weekend of June 12-14, SKIT Productions will present a family production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical Cinderella. Under the direction of Debra Lonsdale, this timeless fairy tale is brought to life through classical musical numbers like “Ten Minutes Ago” and “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?” The whimsical antics of the stepfamily, the magic of the Fairy Godmother, and the caring relationship between the King and Queen, all backed up by an enthusiastic display of singing and dancing by the chorus, make this show a unique experience.

Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella was at its debut the most widely viewed program in the history of the television. Performances are Friday, June 12, 2009, at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 13 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., with an Encore performance on Sunday, June 14 at 4 p.m. All performances will be held at the Clayton Performing Arts Center on Pellissippi’s campus at Hardin Valley Road in Knoxville.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $12 for children ages 10 and under. Special rates are available for groups of 20 or more. Tickets may be purchased online at, or up to 45 minutes prior to show time. For more information, call 865-621-0216. The performance is produced through special arrangements with R & H Theatricals New York.

Saturday, June 13

KSO and Lamar Alexander provide concert in the park

The sounds of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (KSO) will grace the coves and hollows of Cades Cove on Saturday, June 13 at 3 p.m. at an outdoor concert as part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s 75th Anniversary celebration.

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director Lucas Richman, will be joined by U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander who will perform on a grand piano, reminiscent of his past performance during the national park ‘s 50th Anniversary. Soprano Katy Wolfe Zahn will also accompany the KSO.

Alexander serves on committees overseeing education, clean air, highways, science, appropriations and the Tennessee Valley Authority. He is also a classical and country pianist and the author of seven books, including Six Months Off, the story of his family ‘s life in Australia after he was governor.

The outdoor concert, in partnership with the Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, will be held in the Cable Mill area adjacent to the Cades Cove Visitor Center, located half-way around the 11 mile one-way loop road.

Due to limitations in the amount of parking available at the concert site, the event will be restricted to those having purchased a vehicle pass in advance.

Vehicle passes may be purchased by calling the KSO Box Office at 865-291-3310; only two passes will be issued per person. The cost of the event is $25 for vehicles with up to a 15-passenger capacity and $50 for vehicles with a capacity greater than 15 passengers. Concert-goers are encouraged to carpool and bring chairs and blankets.

The KSO will perform pop and light classical favorites including “The Star Spangled Banner,” Williams’ “Overture to The Cowboys,” Foster’s “Beautiful Dreamer,” Ungar’s “Ashokan Farewell,” “America the Beautiful,” selections from Rodgers’ Sound of Music and more. Additionally, the orchestra will also perform the world premiere of local composer James Carlson’s “Off Trail In The Smokies,” commissioned by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra specifically for this concert. Senator Alexander will perform three works with the orchestra including Mozart’s Variations on “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” Chopin’s Prelude in C Minor and a Gospel Medley.

More specific information on how the concert will be managed, what to bring and what items will be restricted can be found at Important tips on how to plan and prepare for spending the day outdoors, parking, traffic, and general information about the Cove and June weather conditions are also posted. For park visitors not attending the concert, information is available on the website regarding the partial day closure and reduced visitor activities and services.

For more information, contact the KSO Box Office at 865-291-3310 or log onto

Monday, June 15 to Saturday, June 27

Kaufman Acoustic Concert Series kicks off at MC

Steve Kaufman’s Summer Acoustic Concert Series, presented by the Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamps, features performers from around the world and is open to the public. All concerts will be held in the Alumni Gym at Maryville College and will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door. Call 865-982-3808 or 865-983-3330 to order over the phone prior to the day of the show or stop by Murlin’s Music World, located at 429 West Broadway in Maryville, to pick up tickets.

•Monday, June 15: Steve Kaufman and Friends, Steve Baughman, Cindy Gray, Mike Clemmer

•Tuesday, June 16: Fred Sokolow, Mike Muddox, Evie Laden, Keith Yoder

•Wednesday, June 17: Rusty Holloway, Casey Henry, Rolly Brown, Johnny Bellar

•Thursday, June 18: Laura Boosinger, Jeff Jenkins, Stacy Phillips, Just Us Bluegrass Band

•Friday, June 19: Mark Cosgrove, Chris Proctor, Dan Crary, Bobby Hicks, Kamp Kompanions

•Saturday, June 20: Steve Kaufman and the Instructor Concert Finale

•Monday, June 22: Steve Kaufman and Friends, Keith Yoder, Andy Owens, Eric Thompson

•Tuesday, June 23: Robin Kessinger, Mike Kaufman, Kathy Chiavola, Gary Davis, Scott Nygaard

•Wednesday, June 24: Tony McManus, Cindy Gray, Casey Henry, John Moore, Just Us Bluegrass Band

•Thursday, June 25: Robin Bullock, Bill Keith, Beppe Gambetta, Bill Evans, John Reischman

•Friday, June 26: The Kruger Brothers, Don Stiernberg, John Carlini, David Harvey, Kamp Kompanions

•Saturday, June 27: Steve Kaufman and the Instructor Concert Finale

Visit for more information on Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamps at Maryville College and information about each of the performers. Discount coupons are also available on the website.

Tuesday, June 16

Golf tournament will benefit spinal cord injury foundation

The Justin Cochran Spinal Cord Injury Foundation will be holding its fifth-annual golf tournament to raise money for Justin Cochran, who suffered a severe spinal cord injury several years ago. This year’s tournament will benefit the NTAF Southeast Spinal Cord Injury Fund, which will help pay Justin’s medical and living expenses.

The tournament, which will be held at Egwani Farm Golf Course, will offer hole-in-one prizes, including a new car, a Bose wave music system, golf equipment, and more. The first, second and third place teams will receive cash prizes, and all will receive participation gifts. There will also be longest drive and closest to the pin competitions.

The individual player package costs $100. Team prices and hole sponsorship costs are available on the website,

Registration will begin at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. A silent auction will be available during the registration time period. Lunch from Buddy’s Barbecue and an awards ceremony will take place from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Egwani Farms Golf Course is located at 3920 Singleton Station Rd. in Rockford. For information and sign-up forms, visit or call 865-719-1219, 865-804-0658, or 865-806-3740.

Saturday June 20

Brewer’s Jam rocks the Shed

On Saturday, June 20, the Smoky Mountain Dragon’s Breath Brewers Jam will make its debut in Blount at The Shed at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson and Buell.

The event is from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. There will be 80 different beers to sample, including beer from a variety of micro-breweries, plus additional beers to sample from home brewers.

In concert will be The Drunk Uncles and Ned Van Go. Caddle will be the featured performers at The Shed Saturday night, and free admission to the concert will be given for those with a Smoky Mountain Brewers Jam armband.

Tickets are $25 and is for individuals age 21 and older. Receiving part of the proceeds will be the Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation.

For more information, call 865-977-1669. Tickets are on sale at Sponsors include The Shed, Stinkers Bar-b-que Shack, Cherokee Distributing Co., Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson & Buell and Blount Today.

Saturday June 27

Race Unity Day presents diverse entertainment

Everyone is invited to the 5th-annual Race Unity Day Celebration at Pellissippi State Technical College Blount County Center, located at 1010 Middlesettlements Road in Alcoa on Saturday, June 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Churches, religious organizations, individuals, businesses and community members are all invited to come and participate. The purpose of Race Unity Day is to learn about different cultures, connect and reconnect with other community members, promote friendship and cooperation and appreciate the unity and diversity in our community.

There will be a variety of artwork displays from local artists, church and organization displays, children’s activities, international presentations, performances and refreshments. Highlights will include Southern Echo, a Native American Drum Group; the Mother Love Church Interpretative Dance team; a high school step dance team performance; the Church of God Interpretative Dance team; the Bethel Baptist Church Dance team; the Modern Circle Dance Interpretative Dance group, and many more. Admission is free. To participate or volunteer for the Race Unity Day Celebration, contact Daryl Ray at 865-898-0361 or email

Saturday, June 27

Breakfast at Applebee’s to benefit Secret Safe Place

One Saturday, June 27, from 7-9 a.m., the Applebee’s on Alcoa Highway will host a pancake breakfast to raise money for A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee. This will be the 6th year for the event. Tickets are $5, and include pancakes, sausage and a drink. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling 865-254-2208. A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee is a non-profit organization devoted to raising awareness about Tennessee’s Safe Haven Laws, which try to prevent the unsafe abandonment of newborns.

Friday, July 3 to Sunday, July 5

All Nations Celebration Pow Wow shares native cultures

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 $3 for seniors and veterans.

The event will be held at Smoky Mountain Woodcarvers at Nawger Nob in Townsend. 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.

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