Community Events for May 7, 2009

Thursday, May 7

Fashion show to raise money for the arts

On May 7, from 6-8 p.m., St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church will host a fashion show and hand-painted umbrella auction presented by Fine Arts Blount to benefit future art activities. Tickets cost $25.

The event will include food, door prizes, the fashion show, and a live auction of hand-painted umbrellas. Clothes will be provided by the Silk Purse and Boyd Thomas. Judy Gardner of the Silk Purse will serve as mistress of ceremonies.

Tickets can be purchased at The Chamber of Commerce, Blount Today, Boyd Thomas Clothing, Artspace Gallery or from any Fine Arts Blount Member. The event will be held in the Great Hall of St. Andrew ‘s Episcopal Church, which is located at 314 W. Broadway in Maryville.

For more information or tickets, call 865-405-5725.

Hebert concert set for May 7

Christian composer Patrick Lee Hebert will be in concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at the Good News Center on West Lamar Alexander Parkway in Friendsville.

The public is invited to join the congregation for an evening of piano solos centered on the Psalms of King David. Each solo or meditation is a direct emotional response to a Psalm by King David and a short dissertation as to his life at the time of writing.

This concert is free and compact disks will be available for sale the evening of the event.

There also will be a Ladies and Men luncheon with guest speaker Mary Baker. The luncheon is at 10 a.m. May 12 at the center.

Saturday, May 9

Flute ensemble to play at Blount County Library

Enjoy a special spring concert by the Grace Notes Flute Ensemble at the Blount County Public Library on Saturday, May 9, at 2 p.m.

Comprised of professional and semi-professional flutists, the ensemble performs on a variety of sizes of flutes-from the tiny piccolo up to a flute more than six feet in length.

In addition to performing high-quality concerts, the flute choir also mentors and trains talented high school students.

Free and open to the public, the program is at the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville.

Saturday, May 9

Food drive hits home - yours

The Community Food Connection of Blount County and the National Association of Letter Carriers will hold its annual one-day food drive Saturday, May 9.

According to Frank Rutherford, vice president of the community food connection, the one-day food drive brought in 38,000 pounds of food last year. Due to growing demand, the food connection needs to greatly exceed last year ‘s total.

The number of families who visit the Food Connection has increased significantly. From January through March 2009, the community food connection fed nearly 13,050 people.

“The number of people we continue to feed is growing daily,” said Rutherford. “We are really counting on community participation in the food drive.”

The letter carriers and community food connection volunteers will pick up non-perishable food items beside residents ‘ mailboxes in Alcoa, Louisville, Maryville, Walland, Friendsville, Rockford and Townsend. Residents who would like to participate should place non-perishable food items beside their mailbox by 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 9. Suggested non-perishable food donations include, but are not limited to:

Canned items, including vegetables, meats, fruits and meals

Plastic containers of peanut butter and jelly

Macaroni and cheese and other pasta

Cereal and crackers

Other non-perishable items will also be accepted. Cash donations are also being accepted in lieu of food items. Cash donations should be made to the Community Food Connection of Blount County, Inc., P.O. Box 786, Alcoa, TN 37701.

The Community Food Connection of Blount County and the Chilhowee Baptist Association are the only two Blount County food pantries participating in the food drive.

For more information about the one-day food drive, contact the community food connection at 865-977-4400.

Saturday, May 9

Golf tournament raises funds for HHS football

On May 9, Laurel Valley Golf Course in Townsend will hold a golf tournament to raise money for the Heritage High School football program. Participants will tee off at 9 a.m. sharp. The cost will be $65 per player, and all proceeds will go directly to Heritage High Football.

Parents who would like to sponsor holes in honor of their athletes can do so for just $25, and a sign that states “This Hole Sponsored by the Parents of …” will be posted on the green. Anyone interested in playing contact Laurel Valley at 865-448-6690 to sign up.

May 4 is the deadline for hole sponsors. Volunteers are also needed to assist with lunch, watch the hole-in-one prize holes, and help in other areas. For more information about how to participate as a sponsor, a volunteer, or a golfer, email

Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9

ARFNets bakes for animal health

The non-profit group ARFNets will be selling home-baked goods (including their famous fried pies) and craft items in the arcade area at the Midland Plaza Craft Sale on Friday, May 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Since 2004, ARFNets has fostered and found homes for over 1,000 dogs and cats. All proceeds will benefit ARFNets and be used to pay for the spaying and neutering, vaccinations and veterinary care for our foster animals. For more information, email

Saturday, May 9

Benefit supper and gospel singing held for cancer patient Melvin Morgan

A benefit supper and gospel singing with be held on Saturday, May 9 at the Louisville Town Hall to raise money for Melvin Morgan, a local cancer patient. There will be cake walks, face painting, door prizes and family fun. The town hall is located next to the Louisville Fire Department on Lousiville Road.

Saturday, May 9

Third-annual Big BBQ Bash set for tasty competition

The Third annual Big BBQ Bash will bring out barbecue, music and fun lovers for a great time May 9 at the Springbrook Corporate Center on the lawn of the Alcoa Municipal Building.

Music from a variety of groups will entertain the participants May 9.

The bash begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday. This year the primary beneficiary of the event is the Blount County Community Campus Initiative through the Helen Ross McNabb Center and New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center.

Prizes will be awarded for the best barbecue in categories of Chicken, Pulled Pork and Ribs and the Anything But category. Anything But is anything but the other three categories, as long as you cook it on grill. The Anything But category winner receives a trophy but no prize money.

One of the new features of this year ‘s event is a new category. Big BarBQ Bash organizers also are awarding for the Grand Champion. The Grand Champion is a total of points in all categories entered and is based on that scoring.

Last year an estimated 7,500 people attended the event. For more on the BBQ Bash, visit the website or call 865-206-7645.

Monday, May 11

MC Youth Chorale and Off Kilter to perform

The Maryville College Youth Chorale and vocal ensemble Off Kilter will present a spring concert at 7 p.m., May 11 at the Chilhowee Club in Maryville.

The club is located at the corner of Clarion Avenue and Cates Street.

The MC Youth Chorale is under the direction of the Maryville Intermediate School Music Specialist Martha Robinson and assisted by Maryville College Concert Choir alumna April Martin and two MC music education majors, Chelse Lawson and Lindsay Phillips.

Off Kilter is directed by Stacey Wilner and assistant Jennifer Olander. Accompanists for the evening will be Katie Lawson and Olander.

There is no admission fee, but donations are accepted. For more information, contact Stacey Wilner at or 865.981.8151.

Sunday, May 10 and Tuesday, May 12

Teas at Top of the Plaza celebrate moms, families

The Top of The Plaza will be hosting two teas this May. On Sunday, May 10, the venue will host an Angel-themed Mothers’ Day Tea, including lunch, held from 1-3 p.m. on the 6th floor of Preservation Plaza.

The monthly tea, held on the second Tuesday of each month, will fall on May 12, and will also be held from 1-3 p.m. This tea will benefit Haven House, which has provided shelter, care and counseling to women and children in Blount County for many years.

The cost including tax is $27.31 per person. Reservations for either date are required no later than Friday, May 8 and can be made using our web site under Contact Us and Tea Reservations, or by email at, and by phone at 865-964-6360.

Wednesday, May 13

Author to present program about Civil War general

At 7 p.m. on Wednesday May 13, author Larry Gordon (Colonel, U.S. Army, Ret.) will be giving an illustrated presentation of his recently published book, The Last Confederate General: John C. Vaughn and His East Tennessee Cavalry. This event will be held in the Sharon Lawson Room of the Blount County Public Library in Maryville. The author will offer copies of the book for sale and will be available to sign them both before and after the lecture.

This is the first book on the life and times of General Vaughn, an East Tennessee Rebel who led troops at First Manassas, Vicksburg, and all over Tennessee, Virginia, and Maryland. He is believed to be the only general on either side to have his family arrested and held hostage against him.

For more information about the book, visit

Thursday, May 14

Supper club to focus on arthritis, food

A monthly supper club will be held on Thursday, May 14 at 6:30 pm at the Maryville Seventh-day Adventist Church, located at 2921 Sevierville Rd. in Maryville. The theme of the supper and demonstration is “Arthritis and Its Relation to Food,” presented by Dr. C. Larry Rahn, Director of the Care Today Clinic with the East Tennessee Medical Group. The event is open to the public and the cost is $10 per person. The deadline for registration is Tuesday, May 12. For more information and to register, contact Nancy Lanagan at 865-310-3201.

Friday, May 15

Princess Enchanted Evening will benefit Relay for Life

On Friday, May 15, Bebe Salon will host a “Princess Enchanted Evening” from 6-8 p.m. to benefit Blount County Relay for Life. For $15, girls will be treated to manicures, light makeup, and hair styling while they enjoy refreshments. For more information, contact Bebe Salon at 865-982-2277 or visit the salon at 1714 W. Broadway Ave in Maryville.

Saturday, May 16

Treasure Hunt Ride hopes to bring funds for food bank

Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson and Manna from Heaven Food Bag Distribution will team up on Saturday, May 16 to raise money for the food bank ‘s services to the hungry.

The fundraiser motorcycle ride will take place in conjunction with Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson ‘s Client Appreciation Day. Riders will be given a route, and will try to find as many “treasure chests” as possible on the way. Prizes will be awarded upon return to Smoky Mountain Harley. Then, beginning at 5 p.m., there will be a free concert from Aerosmith tribute band Toys in the Attic. Drawings for prizes and food will be available.

Cost is $15 per motocycle. Registration begins at 10:30 and the ride begins at 12 p.m. For more information, contact Stephanie Stieler at 865-983-8023.

Saturday, May 16

Louisville VFD hosts Antique Boat and Motor Meet

On Saturday, May 16, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Volunteer Fire Department in Louisville will host the 16th-biannual Antique Boat and Motor Meet. Collectors will bring old boats and motors to display. A number of Feather Craft aluminum boats made from the l940s through 1960s will be featured.

The popularity of these boats in this area is in part due to a precision drill team based in Knoxville that performed maneuvers with these runabouts at shows throughout the southeast. Some of the original members of the “Flying Boatmen” may attend. There will also be displays of wooden and fiberglass boats and old outboard motors dating from the l920s that are still in operating condition.

This meet is held in conjunction with the Louisville Volunteer Fire Department’s Fire Safety Awareness Day. A lunch including hamburgers, barbecue, and hot dogs will be available. This is a free event.

The Louisville Volunteer Fire Department is located at 3623 Louisville Rd. (Route 333). For more information, call Henry Champagney at 865-856-5853 or email

Saturday, May 23

Ride for the Gate funds special education program

On May 23, join fellow motorcycle enthusiasts for a short ride to raise money for The Gateway to Independence, a nonprofit organization that builds skills and provides recreational activities for post high school special education students in Blount County.

Registration begins at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson at 1 p.m., and the hour-long ride across Foothills Parkway will start at 2 p.m. A swap meet at Smoky Mountain Harley begins at noon. Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson is located 1820 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville. For more information, contact Mike Harris at 865-607-4218 or

Saturday, May 30

Bledsoe Golf tourney planned at Pine Lakes

The annual Tim Bledsoe Memorial Golf Tournament is set for May 30 at Pine Lakes Golf Course in Rockford.

The event is in memory of Tim Bledsoe, 1938 - 2006, a longtime supporter of Alcoa Schools since his graduation from Alcoa High School in 1956. The tournament benefits the Alcoa City Schools Foundation and was originally organized by Loren Bledsoe, Tim Bledsoe and Herman Thompson.

Player registration is $65 per player. Companies or individuals can sponsor holes for $300. Registration begins at 11 a.m. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m., and a shotgun start happens at 12:30 p.m. with a four-man swat format.

The registration fee includes a greens fee and cart, door prize opportunities, lunch and awards for the winners. Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place finishers in three flights and closest-to-the-pin on all par three holes.

For information, call Nelda Kidd at 865-982-3176 or email nfkidd; call Loren Bledsoe 865-982-3176 at home or 681-3919 at work or call Herman Thompson at 770-396-5624.

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, the only Tennessean to be popularly elected both governor and 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/or 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

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