Community Events for June 25, 2009

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 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.

For more information, call 865-448-0044.

Friday, June 19 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, has five more concerts to come in its summer series. 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.

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 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.

Thursday, June 25 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.

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 27

Race Unity Day Celebration presents entertainment

The 5th-annual Race Unity Day Celebration at Pellissippi State Technical College Blount County Center, located at 1010 Middlesettlements Road in Alcoa, will kick off 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

All Creatures Thrift Store to benefit Humane Society

The Blount County Humane Society will celebrate the grand opening of its All Creatures Thrift Store, located at 1005 Broadway in Maryville, on Saturday, June 27. The store is open for business 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

The grand opening will take place on Saturday, June 27, and will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony, non-raffles, adoptable pets, balloons, refreshments, and much more. Lenny’s Sub Shop will be serving some of its world-famous sandwiches starting at noon. Bring your four-legged friends to join the festivities and check out the deals.

The All Creatures Thrift Store is stocked with an assortment of clothing, furniture, accessories, toys, books, collectibles, baby items, pet supplies, and more, with new items arriving daily.

Donations may be dropped off during operating hours, and all donations are tax deductible.

For more information or directions, call 865-233-3739 or visit the Blount County Humane Society website at

Saturday, June 27

Applebee’s pancake breakfast 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.

Saturday, June 27 to Sunday, June 28

Blount ‘Radio Hams’ plan communications demo

“Ham” radio operators from Blount County will join with thousands of amateur radio operators on June 27-28 to demonstrate their emergency communication capabilities.

The Smoky Mountain Amateur Radio Club (SMARC) will be holding a demonstration at Shorty’s Lake in southern Blount County from 2 p.m. on June 27 until 2 p.m. on June 28. They invite the public to come and see ham radio’s new capabilities and will have information about becoming a FCC-licensed radio operator.

The annual Field Day is the climax of a national week-long Amateur Radio Week sponsored by the National Association for Amateur Radio (ARRL).

For more information about the event, including a map to the site, visit

Thursday, July 2

“Voice of the Smokies” celebrates history of park

“The Voice of the Smokies,” a dramatic, musical and photographic performance dedicated to the Smokies and wilderness, will be presented in celebration of the 75th anniversary of Great Smoky Mountains National Park at the Blount County Public Library on Thursday, July 2, at 7 p.m.

Voices of the past present and future trace the path that people took to settle, shape, and then preserve this ‘Place of Blue Smoke.’ This inspirational and entertaining program celebrates wilderness and will be enjoyed by all who share the desire to preserve our nation’s precious places. The program was written by the staff at Great Smoky Mountains at Institute at Tremont, and will be performed by Ken Voorhis and Jeanie Hilten.

Ken Voorhis is executive director of Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, where he has served since 1984. Since 2007, Jeanie Hilten has been bringing people together for celebrations of the natural and cultural history of the Smokies as Special Events Coordinator with the Smoky Mountain Visitors Bureau.

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 865-982-0981 or visit the web site at

Friday, July 3 to Sunday, July 5

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.

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 25 area vendors with jewelry and accessories, complemented by a catered lunch. Jewelry vendors are now being accepted and interested artists and jewelry stores should call Marion Westerling at 865-584-1669 for additional information.

Tickets are $40, and can be purchased at Blount Today, First National Bank, Dandy Lions, Boyd Thomas, or by calling Marion Westerling at 865-584-1669.

Tuesday, July 14

Red Cross emergency preparedness events planned

Upcoming events provided by the Blount County Chapter of the American Red Cross are as follows:

The Red Cross July DAT (Disaster Action Team) meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 14. The meeting will provide the first Blount County DAT 101 course, which delivers information geared specifically to local response, including response to residential fires, local weather incidents, and more. We will also continue the hurricane staffing planning that we initiated during the June meeting.

There will be a Disaster Instructor Specialty Training course in July at the Knoxville Chapter for anyone interested in becoming a Disaster Services Instructor. This course will prepare individuals to instruct basic level Red Cross courses. The chapter would greatly benefit from having additional instructors year round, and especially during a regional or national level disaster that could require additional volunteers to work in shelters or other service delivery sites. To register, please contact the Knox Area chapter at 584-2999 or

Some Disaster Services courses have been scheduled on Tuesdays during the month of July. For a complete list, visit To attend any of these sessions, please submit your registration by the date indicated so that materials can be prepared for you. Please note that sessions are subject to cancellation if there is insufficient response. We will add sessions to the calendar as they are scheduled. We do plan to schedule additional trainings, including an EOC Liaison (Emergency Operations Center Liaison) class and possibly a CEESD (Collaborating to Ensure Effective Service Delivery) course in the near future as well. Please check the calendar frequently for changes or updates to the training schedule.

The Red Cross just released a new Disaster Health Services training curriculum - Red Cross ReadyRN. This modular curriculum provides Red Cross Disaster Health Services workers with the knowledge and skills to respond in a timely, safe, and appropriate manner to various types of disasters including catastrophic events and public health emergencies. The training is available online through LMS (Learning Management System).

If you are a health care professional interested in Disaster Health Services, please contact the Blount County Chapter of the American Red Cross at 865-983-0821 for information and access to this curriculum. CEUs are available under the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) guidelines.

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