Community Events for May 21, 2009

Saturday, May 23

Heritage Center’s Memorial Day celebration will recognize armed forces

This year, a new Memorial Day event at Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend will recognize members of all branches of the U. S. Armed Forces. The program, called “A Patriotic Tribute,” will include readings and special music to celebrate the Memorial Day weekend and will be held in the Center’s covered outdoor amphitheater from 7-8:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 23.

The program will feature special music by Bob Ergenbright, Music Director of Broadway United Methodist Church in Maryville and Gale Hafner, organist for the church. In addition, readings from well-known speeches such as the Gettysburg Address will be presented by Lieutenant General R. A. Tiebout, USMC Retired, along with parts of the U.S. Constitution.

Admission is $3, or free for Heritage Center members and children less than six years of age. A military discount will be offered. With appropriate identification, members of the military and their families will be able to attend the event for just $1 per person. Non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase on-site. For more information, call 865-448-0044.

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

Friday, May 29

Stroll downtown at Last Friday Art Walk

The Maryville Arts Coalition’s Last Friday Art Walk will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 29, throughout downtown Maryville.

The Art Walk is scheduled to run to 9 p.m. and features works from area artists on display in and around participating businesses. The Last Friday Art Walk is a recurring event to celebrate the arts on the last Friday of every month in Downtown Maryville. Each participating business hosts a featured artist, which includes all disciplines of art; visual artists, performance artists, actors, writers, dancers and musicians. New artists and new art are required each month, which gives the community a new experience each time they come.

For more information, visit

Friday, May 29

Southland Books holds fundraiser for Foothills Land Conservancy

In conjunction with Maryville’s Last Friday Art Walk on May 29, Southland Books and local publishing company, 27/37, plan to host a second fundraiser this year for Foothills Land Conservancy. Twenty percent of all profits from the event’s sales of ‘27/’37 projects will be donated to FLC, and donations will be accepted at the grand ol’ Lemonade Stand. The event is open to the public and will be held at Southland Books, located at 801 E. Broadway in Maryville from 6-9 p.m.

‘27/’37 Publishing will also be using the night as a book release for The Memoirs of Dr. Abraham Jobe, a previously unpublished memoir completed in 1904. The work recounts Jobe’s experiences growing up in Cades Cove and then living in the Cherokee and Creek Indian Nations during the Indian Removal period in the 1800s. It also details stories of life as a merchant and later a doctor in the Jonesboro area of upper East Tennessee.

Other books available for purchase on May 29 include the following recent ‘27/’37’s releases:Ole Bert: Bert Garner, Sage of the Smokies ($15), The White Caps: A History of the Organization in Sevier County ($17.95), 1926 Maryville/Alcoa City Directory ($10), and Among Loyal Mountaineers: The Civil War Reminiscences of an East Tennessee Unionist ($20). Gail Palmer will also be on hand to sell her DVD Sacred Places of the Smokies with 20% of the night’s profits going to FLC. Information about this CD can be found at

For more information about this event, please contact Southland Books at 865.984.4847 or Andy Lombardo at For additional event listings and book descriptions, please visit and To learn more about Foothills Land Conservancy, please visit or contact FLC’s Executive Director, Bill Clabough, at 865-681-8326.

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 or email

Sunday, May 31

Humane Society’s Critter Fest benefits no-kill shelter

The Blount County Humane Society is holding its third-annual Smoky Mountain Critter Fest on Sunday May 31. The event will take place at Pearson Springs Park in Maryville from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will benefit the Blount County Humane Society’s No-Kill Animal Shelter effort. The rain date is set for June 14.

Many animal rescue organizations will be present with adoptable pets in need of permanent homes. The day is packed with activities, including a children’s area with large inflatable bouncies, exotic birds, Papaw’s Blue Barrel Train, pony rides, crafts, and games with prizes. There will be “Animalympics Games” for dogs, a series of fun agility tests to do with your dog. The Seven Silly Pet Contests will give pets an opportunity to compete for Best Trick, Cutest Pet, Pet/Owner Look-Alike, Best Bark or Howl, Ugliest Pet, Best Costume and Best Rescue Pet. The Blount County Humane Society will host a large silent auction and “non-raffles” at the pavilion. Also at the pavilion will be live music all day featuring Chris and Candi, The Todd Lykins Band and The Country Heartbeats. Other attractions include face painting, pet photography, shopping at vendor booths, police dog demonstrations, visiting pet therapy and educational booths, Canine Good Citizen testing and visits from the Maryville Fire Department’s Sparky the Fire Dog and Texas Roadhouse’s Andy Armadillo.

Food, drinks, and desserts will be available all day from the Blount County Humane Society, Texas Roadhouse, Silver Spoon/The American Café, and Smoky Mountain Kettle Korn.

More participants and activities are being added daily. For complete schedule of the day’s activities and directions to the park, go to Vendors and rescue groups interested in participating should call Terri Lane at 865-607-5116. To volunteer, call Linley White at 865-556-1341. If you have an item or service to donate to the silent auction, call Ann Maurino at 865-766-7876.

Admission is free, but some activities will have a small charge, and donations to the Humane Society are appreciated.

Saturday, May 31

Golf tournament raises funds for HHS football

On Sunday, May 31, Laurel Valley Golf Course in Townsend will hold a golf tournament to raise money for the Heritage High School football program.

The tournament was orginally scheduled for May 9 but was postponed dueto bad weather. The new date gives teams and sponsors a second opportunity to sign up for this fund raiser, which benefits the Heritage High Football program.

Participants will tee off at 2 p.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.

Next week 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

Thursday, June 4 to Sunday, June 7

FCP presents ‘Same Time, Next Year’

The Foothills Community Players takes to the Maryville stage with the fourth and final production of their inaugural season with Same Time, Next Year, by Bernard Slade, from June 4 - 7. The play will be performed at the Maryville College Alumni Gym.

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.

The play focuses on George, a New Jersey accountant and Doris, a housewife from Oakland, California, who meet at a Northern California inn in February 1951. They have an affair, then agree to meet once a year, despite the fact both are married to others and have six children between them.

Over the course of the next 24 years, they develop an emotional intimacy deeper than what one would expect to find between two people meeting for a clandestine relationship just once a year. During the time they spend with each other, they discuss the births, deaths, and marital problems each is experiencing at home, while they adapt themselves to the social changes affecting their lives.

Same Time, Next Year is directed by Nicci Williamson and is produced in special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. 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, located at 7906 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway. 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

Friday, June 5

Maryville Rotary Breakfast welcomes Dane Bradshaw

The third annual Maryville Rotary Breakfast Fundraiser will feature Dane Bradshaw as the guest of honor on Friday, June 3, at Green Meadow Country Club.

There is no charge for tickets, but guests will be given the opportunity to donate during the breakfast. Breakfast is 7:30 to 9 a.m.

Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit the Adult Education Foundation of Blount County. The Adult Education Program graduates an average of 250 productive citizens for Blount County each year. The funds for the Adult Education program have been cut dramatically.

The first seven people to donate $100 will be seated at the table with Dane Bradshaw. In addition, breakfast patrons can purchase a basketball for $60 which Dane will personalize after the breakfast.

Call 865-982-8998 or email for reservations or more information. Seated is limited, and tickets or a reservation are required.

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 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

Saturday, June 23

Chilhowee View Community Center to hold country breakfast fundraiser

The Chilhowee View Community Center will hold a country breakfast on Saturday, June 23, from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Pancakes, ham, sausage, eggs, biscuits, gravy and coffee will be served.

Donations are suggested of $6 for adults and $3 for children. All donations are used to maintain and operate the community center.

Chilhowee View Community Center is located at 3229 Wilkinson Pike in Maryville.

Monday, June 15 to Saturday, June 27

Kaufman gears us for Acoustic Concert series

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.

Thursday, June 11

SKIT Productions invites community to fundraising gala event

SKIT Productions is hosting their annual fundraising gala event, and invites the community for an evening of delicious catered food and live entertainment by the cast members of SKIT as they present “The Music of the Night.”

The event takes place Thursday, June 11, 2009 at 7 p.m. at the Clayton Performing Arts Center (at the Pellissippi State campus), Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville. Tickets are $45, which includes an adult admission, free admission for one child age 10 and under, and one free ticket to their opening performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella on Friday, June 12 at 7p.m.

Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 865-621-0216.

Come celebrate the arts and support SKIT Productions’ Musical Theatre programs. RSVP and payment are required on or before May 25.

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