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 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 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 18

Event 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.

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 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, 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 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 19 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:

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

Thursday, June 18 to Saturday, June 27

Kaufman Acoustic Concert Series features bluegrass

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.

• 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.

Saturday, June 20

National Park hosts historical ‘Women’s Work’ program

On Saturday, June 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the century-old buildings at the Mountain Farm Museum in Great Smoky Mountains National Park will come alive as national park staff and volunteers pay tribute to rural women of the past through demonstrations of traditional women’s work.

“Women’s Work” is a day of recognition of the many contributions of the region’s rural women. As part of the celebration, demonstrations among the preserved buildings will include hearth cooking, cornshuck dolls, spinning, clothes washing, music, quilting and more. All activities are free to the public. The Mountain Farm Museum is located on Newfound Gap Road (U.S. Highway 441), 2 miles north of Cherokee, North Carolina. For additional information call the visitor center at 828-497-1904.

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.

Tuesday, June 30

Tremont workshop makes solar energy attainable

Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont will be hosting its first free Solar Energy Workshop on Tuesday, June 30, from 10 a.m. until noon. Tremont’s staff will be joined by experts in the field of solar energy, representatives from area power companies, and community members who use residential solar power.

This workshop is for anyone who has ever considered going solar, and takes place at Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, where a solar array was installed in late 2008 thanks to a grant from the Alcoa Foundation.

“We want everyone to realize that a solar array is within his or her reach,” says Tremont’s Education Director John DiDiego.

Sheri and Russell Liles of Liles Acres organic produce will discuss their own residential solar setup. Ed Zubko of Green Earth Services, representatives from area utility companies, and other energy professionals will also be on hand to discuss solar energy from all angles. Participants will also get an up-close look at Tremont’s solar array, which feeds power back into the Sevier County grid, and will learn how to purchase green energy through the Green Power Switch program.

For more information on this free workshop, call 865-448-6709.

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