Community Events for June 11, 2009

Saturday, May 30 to Saturday, June 27

Blount County Library holds special events 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 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

Sunday, June 7 to Sunday, August 2

Rhythm and Roots traveling exhibit comes to 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, June 20, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Singing School for Old Harp Singers, with historical interpretation by UT Musicologist Sean McCollough. No prior music experience is needed to learn the “shaped note” singing of this Southern traditional sacred choral music. Participants will learn the fundamentals of reading “shapes” and keeping time and will be able to take part with the Old Harp Singers in the free open sing following the workshop. There is a $12 fee for workshop supplies.

Saturday, June 20, 2 p.m.: Open (Shaped Note) Sing, following the Singing School. Free to all ages.

Saturday, June 27, 7 p.m.: The Good Times Ceilidh Band, an exciting program of Celtic music and song.

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.

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.

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.

Thursday, June 11 to Thursday, June 18

Events planned to raise awareness about elder abuse

Last year, the Tennessee Department of Human Services received more than 9,500 reports of abuse, neglect and exploitation, and the number of people receiving services through Adult Protective Services increased by 40 percent.

There will be several events in Blount County held in conjunction with Tennessee’s state Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Monday, June 15.

At 12 p.m. on Thursday, June 11, the Martin Luther King Center in Alcoa will host Alcoa Mayor Don Mull and Maryville Mayor Tom Taylor, who will sign proclamations declaring June 15 as Elder Abuse Awareness Day in both Alcoa and Maryville. The program will also include information on financial abuse of the elderly, games, door prizes and refreshments.

On Thursday, June 18, from 2-3:30 p.m., Everett Senior Center will hold programs on senior banking issues, presented by Gaynelle Lawson of Citizens Bank of Blount County, and on reverse mortgages, presented by Diana Miller of Wells Fargo Mortgage. Also, Blount County Mayor Jerry Cunningham will present a proclamation declaring Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Blount County.

To report suspected abuse or neglect, call Adult Protective Services (APS) toll free at 1-888-277-8366 or call your local law enforcement agency.

Friday, June 12 to Friday, August 21

Fourth-annual 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.

In SKIT’s production, the cast, consisting mostly of children ages 7-18 (and a few adults) has put in countless hours of practice in preparation for a professional show which resembles that of a true Broadway production, with incredible props, sets, and costumes, and custom backdrops flown in from New York. One particular challenge for Lonsdale was scheduling two separate casts for the main roles.

“My goal is to allow everyone a chance to be in the spotlight. If each of these children have the opportunity to be a star, then it is well worth every bit of it,” says Lonsdale. She said she is certain that adults and children alike will be awed by this show, and is excited to present this warm and humorous stage adaptation to East Tennessee audiences, where the hearts of all will soar when the slipper fits.

Performances are Friday, June 12, 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.

Monday, June 15 to Saturday, June 20

Alcoa Chick-fil-A celebrates Customer Appreciation Week

To thank its customers in the Alcoa community for their loyalty over the years, the Chick-fil-A restaurant located at 1031 Hunter’s Crossing Drive will host a Customer Appreciation Week from June 15-20. The week will include activities for the whole family, a free breakfast giveaway and other community events.

The Chick-fil-A “Eat Mor Chikin” Cow will be in attendance throughout the week, and there will be product sampling.

“The Alcoa community has been an essential part of our restaurant’s growth,” said Frankie Turner, franchise operator of the restaurant. “We are excited to thank our customers with this fun week of family activities and great Chick-fil-A food!”

The schedule of events includes:

• Monday, June 15, 5 - 8 p.m.: Pop-n-Monday - Customers will receive a balloon with the purchase of a Value Sized Chick-fil-A Combo Meal. Each balloon has a coupon offer inside.

• Tuesday, June 16, 5 - 8 p.m.: Princesses & Pirates Night - Children can participate in a special craft and enjoy time in an inflatable castle. All children will receive a free Chick-fil-A Nuggets Kid’s Meal (four-count), as well as tiaras for girls and pirate hats for boys. Kids also can get their picture made with the “Eat Mor Chikin” Cow.

• Friday, June 19, 6:30 - 10:30 a.m.: Free Breakfast Friday - Customers will receive a free Chick-fil-A Chicken Biscuit.

• Saturday, June 20, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Touch-a-Truck - Visit the Hunter’s Crossing Wal-Mart parking lot to see and touch trucks. Spin the Chick-fil-A Spinning Wheel to win free food, play the Cow Toss Game and win a miniature plush “Eat Mor Chikin” Cow, try product samples and get your picture made with the “Eat Mor Chikin” Cow. Participants include: Alcoa Fire Department, Alcoa City Electric and Public Works Departments, Top Gun Customz, Charter Communications, Chilhowee RV Center, Rural/Metro Ambulance, U.S. Army Maryville Recruiting, Butler Wrecker Service, Hummer of Knoxville, Individual Andrew Green 2 custom trucks

Saturday, June 13

Smoky Mountain Harley is Ridin’ to Cure Diabetes

On Saturday, June 13, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson will host a two-hour motorcycle ride, called Ridin’ to Cure Diabetes, to raise money for JDRF.

Registration starts at 11 a.m. at Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson on Highway 321, and the ride will begin at 1 p.m. and regardless of the weather.

Tickets are $25 for drivers and $15 for passengers and include dinner at The Shed, a concert by Led Zeppelin tribute band Stairway to Heaven, and a ride T-shirt.

All proceeds benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the leading nonprofit dedicated to finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes. For more information, contact Tara Onks at 865-980-0816 or 865-806-2307.

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.

Lamar Alexander, former Tennessee governor and current U.S. senator, 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.

Park managers also want to remind concert attendees that the concert may be cancelled in the event of inclement weather and that no rain date is scheduled. There will be no refunds granted to pass holders. The funds generated through the sales will be donated to the Friends of the Smokies and used to pay for expenses associated with sponsoring the event.

In an effort to keep the public informed and relay appropriate information on the concert status, the Park has begun to post notices on the Park’s 75th anniversary website. The website to obtain up-to-date information with regard to potential cancellation related to weather is Also, a telephone hotline, 865-436-1316, will be activated only if and when a cancellation is imminent. Visitors with concert passes can access the concert site at the Cades Cove Visitor Center area beginning at 10 a.m.

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

Sunday, June 15

Open house at headquarters gives inside look at NPS

Superintendent Dale Ditmanson and personnel at Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host an Open House to welcome the public to Park Headquarters on Sunday, June 14 as part of the 75th Anniversary Weekend celebration. The event will highlight Park management activities and spotlight Park architecture and Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) development (1933-1942). The Park Headquarters building, built in 1940 by the CCC, will be open to the public from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Open House will give the public a first-of-its-kind behind the scenes view of the Park’s day-to-day operations and activities and a unique opportunity to meet and talk with key managers of the Park, tour the administrative building with its unique historical features, and enjoy refreshments.

The Great Smoky Mountains Association’s main offices located behind Park Headquarters will also be open during the day to give the public a look at what it takes to manage the Park’s bookstores and create the many books and other publications it produces in cooperation with the Park.

Exhibits and equipment, including a fire truck, search and rescue vehicle, and road maintenance vehicles, will be on display to help illustrate the many aspects of employees’ responsibilities in carrying out the Park’s mission in protecting the natural and cultural resources, maintaining the roads, buildings, and trails, and providing visitor services.

Architect Charles Barber designed the Headquarters building which was cited in a 1941 report to be “the finest of all administration buildings in the National Parks”. The lobby, influenced by the living room of the Blount Mansion in Knoxville, Tenn., was recently renovated to its original appearance with the help of Dollywood blacksmith John Fuller, who volunteered to recreate wrought iron chandeliers to replace two of the original six fixtures that were no longer serviceable.

As part of the Open House, the adjacent Sugarlands Visitor Center will also have scheduled activities and special exhibits. A photo timeline on the Park’s early history can be viewed as well as a display of archival materials and museum collections relating to the Park’s creation and development that will include photos, drawings, journals, published papers, and small artifacts.

An unveiling of the winning quilt of the Pigeon Forge 75th Anniversary Smokies Sampler Quilt contest will be held at 11 a.m. The quilter, Naomi Davis of Sevierville, Tenn., donated her handiwork to the Park and the quilt will be on display in the lobby of the visitor center throughout 2009. “This impressive quilt uses traditional patterns that are representative of the Park, such as bear paw, log cabin, water wheel, etc., and reflects the heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains,” said Sugarlands Visitor Center Supervisor Kent Cave.

From 1-3 p.m., an easy guided hike along the Old Sugarlands Trail to the Sugarlands Civilian Conservation Corps camp site will be conducted for those who would like to know more about how the Park was developed in the 1930s. Hikers should meet at the visitor center.

Parking is available at the Sugarlands Visitor Center.

The Anniversary Weekend begins on Saturday, June 13, with a concert performed by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in Cades Cove, and ends on Monday, June 15, with a celebration of cultural heritage and grounding breaking of a new visitor center at Oconaluftee.

Monday, June 15 to Saturday, June 27

Kaufman Acoustic Concert Series presented by camps

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 more information and sign-up forms, visit or call 865-719-1219, 865-804-0658, or 865-806-3740.

Wednesday, June 17 to Sunday, June 21

ChristyFest comes to Townsend

ChristyFest is a celebration of Christy the TV series, movies, and classic novel by Catherine Marshall. The dates of this year’s festival are June 17 - 21, 2009. Events on Wednesday, June 17 and Friday, June 19 through Sunday, June 21 will be held in Townsend, while on Thursday, June 18, the group will take a trip to the original mission site for a special day-long celebration. Participants may register for one or more days of the festival or for the entire festival. To register, go to or call 336-312-6150. Fees per day are $40 for adults, $25 for youth 11-17, and children 10 and younger are free. For a full event schedule, visit our website at

This year is the 100th anniversary of the arrival of young Leonora Whitaker (the basis for the character of Christy) in Del Rio, Tennessee to teach the children of Morgan’s Gap. Leonora taught the younger children while the Reverend John Wood taught the older ones at the Presbyterian Mission School. The two later married and had three children of their own. Their eldest, Catherine Marshall, published the Christy in 1967 based on her mother’s true story.

Reverend Peter Marshall, son of Christy author Catherine Marshall, will be the guest speaker at the ChristyFest Anniversary Celebration in Del Rio, Tn., on June 18. Also in attendance at the celebration will be Leonora’s only surviving child, Emma Wood Hoskins.

Friday, June 19, and Saturday, June 20, will focus on the making of the Christy television series. The ChristyFest is an annual festival held in Townsend. For a schedule of events, or to register to attend, log on to our website at For additional information, call 336-312-6150.

Saturday June 27

Race Unity Day Celebration presents 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

Pancake breakfast to raise funds for 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

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.

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