Community Events for May 28, 2009

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 Abraham Jobe, a previously unpublished memoir completed in 1904.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.

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.

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.

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 30 thru Saturday, June 27

Medieval Festival kicks off Summer Reading Club at Blount County Library

On Saturday, May 30, a medieval festival will celebrate the kick-off of “Be Creative at Your Library” for the 2009 children’s summer reading program.

On Saturday, children can start signing up to participate in the summer reading program, and special events will include jousting, games, a magician, dancing, singing, feasting and even a medieval puppet show.

In addition to continuing reading books for the reading program, on Saturdays in June, children can tour the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center and experience making an Appalachian musical instrument.

Events in June will include:

Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m., “Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center Field Trip” will be for the entire family. Everyone meets in Townsend at the Heritage Center for a special program and activities (make a musical instrument) at 10 a.m., followed by a self tour of the museum. The cost of admission will be covered by the Friends of the Library. Parents and children show their library card for admission.

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.

Sunday, May 31

Golf tournament raises funds for HHS football

On May 31, 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 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.

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

Tuesday, June 2 and Friday, June 5

Pilot and Medic offer gas card prize to lucky donors

Pilot and Medic have teamed up this summer to give one blood donor a $100 gas card each week. One donor from the previous week will be drawn each Monday. The contest will run through the end of summer. Medic has a need for all blood types at this time. Donors can donate at any daily mobile site or one of our two fixed sites in Knoxville.

Upcoming blood drives in Blount County include the following:

June 2: Kroger in Maryville, located at 731 Watkins Road, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Bloodmobile

June 2: Shannondale of Maryville, located at 804 Shannondale Way, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Conference Room

June 5: Blount Memorial Hospital, located at 907 E Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Auditorium

All donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh 110 pounds or more and have positive identification. Donors will receive a year’s membership towards Medic’s Family Blood Coverage Program which exempts donors and their IRS dependents from paying blood collection and processing fees at any U.S. hospital if a transfusion is needed. Donors will also receive a free t-shirt and a cholesterol evaluation (no fasting required).

Thursday, June 4 to Sunday, June 7

Foothills Community Players to present ‘Same Time, Next Year’

Foothills Community Players is wrapping up their premiere season with a vintage favorite selected by Blount County’s theatre audience. Same Time, Next Year, by Bernard Slade, will hit the stage at the Alumni Gym on the Maryville College campus, Thursday, June 4 through Sunday, June 7. The play was selected from a list of eight candidates through on-line polling and surveys conducted at Last Friday Art Walks.

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.

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 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.

The event will be held at the Townsend Visitors Center, located at 7906 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway. For information, please call the Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at 1-800-525-6834 or 865-448-6134 or visit

Friday, June 12 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.

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.

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

Monday, June 15 to Saturday, June 27

Kaufman 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.

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.

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