Community Events for November 12, 2009

Monday, November 2 to Friday, December 18

Blount County Red Cross kicks off fall events

Cents for Soldiers: Now through Dec. 18: The Blount County Chapter of the American Red Cross is pleased to announce a partnership with CBBC and The Daily Times on a new campaign Cents for Soldiers. The goals of this program are to increase community awareness of the Red Cross Services to the Armed Forces program and the many services that the Red Cross provides to the men and women of the U.S. military and their families. Additionally, the campaign hopes to raise funds to support those services. The campaign will run from Nov. 2 to Dec. 18 at the Blount County Chapter and all 12 CBBC branches in our area. Show your support of the Red Cross Services to the Armed Forces program by donating your spare change to the Cents for Soldiers campaign.

Holiday Mail for Heroes: Now through Dec. 7: The American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes Inc. are teaming up to deliver holiday cards to service members, their families and veterans, many of whom will be far from home this holiday season. Now in its third year, the Holiday Mail for Heroes program provides Americans with the opportunity to extend holiday greetings and thanks to service members and veterans. Between Nov. 2 and Dec. 7, the public is invited to send a “touch of home” through holiday cards that contain messages of cheer and appreciation. The Red Cross and Pitney Bowes will then deliver them to military bases and hospitals, veteran’s hospitals and other locations during the holidays. The Blount County Chapter has been identified as a screening site for approximately 2000 holiday cards. If you’d like to participate in the sorting and screening of holiday cards, please contact the chapter. Holiday cards should be addressed and sent to: Holiday Mail for Heroes P.O. Box 5456 Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

Please be sure to affix adequate postage. Cards must be received no later than Dec. 7. For reasons of processing and safety, participants are asked to refrain from sending “care packages,” monetary gifts, using glitter or including any inserts with the cards. Visit for a full list of recommended guidelines and best practices on the Holiday Mail for Heroes program.

For more information,please visit www.redcross.orgor join our blog at

Thursday, November 12

Fine Arts Blount presents Tie Dye Black Tie Affair

Celebrate the world of art with Fine Arts Blount at the Tie Dye Black Tie Affair at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, at Saint Andrews Episcopal Church.

The event will feature an art show, auction, food, wine and music. The event is sponsored by the members and volunteers of Fine Arts Blount and Blount Today.

Tickets are $25 and are available at Fine Arts Blount, the Chamber of Commerce and Boyd Thomas Clothing. For more information, call 865-356-4361.

Thursday, November 12

Author Gail Palmer to share stories of local medicine women at BCPL

If you’ve ever wondered who the Smoky Mountain Medicine Women were and how they learned to tend the health emergencies of their families and neighbors, plan to attend the presentation by Dr. Gail Palmer on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Blount County Public Library.

Last week, during National Archives Week, Palmer gave a presentation about the documents, records, resources and genealogical materials that she used to research her topic.

Thursday evening’s program will feature the personalities, families and anecdotal information about the granny women or medicine women.

Palmer has particular interest in the doctors and medicine women of the Smokies because her maternal grandparents, John Marion Sparks and Elizabeth Jane Shuler, both lived in Cades Cove.

Palmer has spent several years interviewing individuals and families, learning about the resourceful individuals who became substitute doctors for remote communities. Often, it could take hours or even days for a physician to be sent for and then to make the trip by horseback or horse and buggy to attend a birth or minister to an ill person.

In the interim, granny women or medicine women of the community cared for mothers in labor or birth, and the community also relied upon them to tend all types of emergencies, accidents or illnesses that occurred. Although they had no formal training, they often learned treatment remedies from older ladies of the community or from Cherokee neighbors.

Palmer will share information about various individuals, including many who lived in Cades Cove, and will show fascinating photos depicting the lifestyle in an isolated community.

Soon after completing her Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee, Palmer began gathering information and interviewing people. The book is scheduled to be published by the Great Smoky Mountains Association in 2010.

Palmer also published a DVD, Sacred Places, which relates stories of some of the colorful personalities who lived, died and were buried in cemeteries of the Smokies. That DVD will be available for sale at the Thursday evening program.

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

Friday, November 13

Potluck dinner offered by Community Food Connection

The Community Food Connection is offering a Volunteer Appreciation Potluck dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at First United Methodist Church, 804 Montvale Station Rd. Fried and baked chicken, drinks, plates and cups will be provided. Volunteers are asked to bring a vegetable, salad or dessert.

Come by and meet the Community Food Connection volunteers. RSVP to Larry Ladd at 865-984-6688.

Friday, November 13

Heritage Middle holds Fall Carnival fundraiser

Heritage Middle School will host a carnival on Friday, Nov. 13 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the school to raise money for classroom supplies. The carnival will include live music; a food court featuring Chick-fil-a, Domino’s pizza, and more; a game room sponsored by Game Crazy including Rock Band, Punch Out on Wii, and Dance Dance Revolution; a Haunted Hallway; the Parent’s Playground, a vendor sale with booths from Mary Kay, Gourds by Emily, Scentsy, Premier Jewelry, and handmade baskets; and games and booths including corn hole, basketball shots, a dunking booth, and smash the car. The Carnival is very family friendly and there will be games and booths for children of all ages. All of the funds we raise will be split among the teachers and used to buy much-needed teaching materials for the classrooms.

Friday, November 13 to Sunday, November 15

Foothills Craft Guild presents its 43rd-annual Fine Craft Fair

The Foothills Craft Guild will be presenting their 43rd-annual Fine Craft Fair on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13 and 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, November 15, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the historic Jacob Building in Knoxville’s Chilhowee Park. The Southeastern Tourism Society has designated A Fine Craft Fair as a Top 20 Event. Chartered in 1968, the Foothills Craft Guild is the oldest artisan’s guild in Tennessee and is dedicated to promoting and preserving the finest handmade crafts in the state. Featuring the original work of over 140 Tennessee artisans, this event showcases traditional and contemporary crafts of the Tennessee region that are all handmade by juried members of the Foothills Craft Guild. Examples include woodwork, pottery, weaving, dolls, leatherwork, printmaking, stained glass, jewelry, knives, metalwork, sculpture, basketry and more.

Featured artisans from the Maryville and Blount County areas include Cassandra Chavez (Beaded Jewelry), Colette Souder (Herbal Soaps), David Grant (Pottery), Darlene Bakos (Quilts), Pat Delashmit (Tapestry and Soft Sculpture), and Ruth Harper (Fabric Purses). Just for children there will be a Kids’ Hands-On Craft Booth, sponsored by the Appalachian Arts Craft Center, on Saturday and Sunday where children can explore the fun of doing small crafts projects like straw weaving or stamping greeting cards. There will also be a variety of daily educational craft demonstrations such as basket making, wood whittling, marbling, chair caning and corn shuckery. Admission is Adults $6, Students & Seniors $5, and Children 6 and Under Free. For additional information on A Fine Craft Fair, please visit

Friday, November 13

Girls’ Night Out to be held in Wiley Boring Center

What are you doing on this Friday the 13th? How about joining us for a “Girls’ Night Out’. The event will be held in the Wiley Boring Center, behind Food Lion on West Broadway, 2nd level. White Fox Bead Studio, Therapeutic Balance Bodywork and the Designers Touch Hair and Skin are the sponsors. Your ticket will entitle you to services from each business including aromatherapy foot soaks, paraffin foot treatment, Glamour eye class, chair massage, paraffin hand treatment, make and take Christmas earrings, refreshments, beverages, wine and cheese, give a ways, chances for door prizes and of course a ton of fun. Round up your friends and make it the best Friday the 13th ever! Girls’ Night out will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $9 and must be purchased in advance. Limited amount available. Tickets are available at each location or may be purchased by phone at 865-379-2200 or 865-980-0237.

Saturday, November 14

Storytellers entertain children at Blount library

On Nov. 14 at 11 a.m., storytellers Millie Sieber, Shirley Nicholson, Kathleen Mavournin, and Robert “Redhawk” Eldridge will practice their craft for elementary-age children at the Blount County Library as a part of the second-annual Tellabration 2009! event, offered by the Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association at the Blount County Library.

Drawing on his Cherokee heritage, Robert Eldridge of Seymour often shares traditional how and why animal stories told by his Native American ancestors. He likes to create understanding through story, and often wears traditional garb.

Shirley Nicholson’s stories run the gamut from “Cinderella Rap” to stories from many cultures. A former engineer, she is a delightful teller who lives in Knoxville and has a deep love for Celtic folklore.

Millie Sieber, a Maryvillian, shares humorous tales, personal stories, and folk tales from Tennessee and all over the world with listeners of all ages

For more information about these and other storytelling events, call 865-310-0177.

Saturday, November 14

A Victorian Christmas Tea will feature fashions

A Victorian Christmas Tea and Holiday Fashion Show will be hosted by the Broadway United Methodist Church Women from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at the church.

Step back in time and enjoy holiday fashions by Judy Gardner of The Silk Purse Boutique and refreshments served by the United Methodist Men.

Tickets are $15 and are available at the church, by calling 865-982-6192, from Martha McFarland at 865-983-1064 or from members of United Methodist Women.

The tea and show will be in the W. R. Allen Hall. Seated is limited and deadline for reservations is Monday, Nov. 9.

Saturday, November 14

Camp Tipton holds fundraiser turkey shoot

On Saturday, Nov. 14, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Campt Tipton will host a turkey shoot to raise money to fund scholarships for campers. Last summer, 86 out of 209 campers were able to attend camp because of these scholarships. Participants can buy in to different rounds for between $2 and $5 each round and compete for prizes, from turkeys and hams to gift certificates and a muzzle-loader. Refreshments will include biscuits, sausage, and hot dogs. For more information, visit or call Rick at 865-257-3539. The camp is located at 933 Walker School Road in Maryville.

Saturday, November 14

Community Day of Deals draws bargain hunters for charity

Organizers of a new initiative to raise needed funds for charities like churches, schools and not-for-profit organizations are inviting the community to a Day of Deals where they can shop while supporting good causes.

The inaugural Community Day of Deals is set for 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Shed at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson and Buell in Maryville on Saturday, Nov. 14.

There will be up to 50 vendors selling new or gently-used items. Each vendor pays $10 to cover expenses. Vendors can set up in a 10-foot by 10-foot sale area at the Shed. From what they sell, they agree to donate 25 percent to their favorite charity, school, church or other not-for-profit.

Some of the businesses that have already signed up include Razberries, Dandy Lions, White Fox Bead Studio, New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center, Relay for Life, ARFNets Animal Rescue and Fostering Network, Gate-Gateway to Independence serving young adults with disabilities, Maryville Intermediate School PTC, Blount County Education Foundation, Union Grove Elementary School, Alice Johnston’s Alliance for Youth Achievement (thru Fairview Methodist Church).

Vendors can also be individuals with “gently used” garage-sale type items, or they can be artist, crafters and bakers. The day is a combination garage sale, sidewalk sale and craft sale. For more information, call 865-414-7162.

Thursday, December 4 and Friday, December 5

Appalachain Ballet to presents matinee performances of The Nutcracker

The Appalachian Ballet Company’s production of The Nutcracker has been a tradition for area school systems for 37 years. Now in their 38th season, Appalachian Ballet Company will present two school matinees on Dec. 3 and 4 at 10 a.m., at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium. Ticket prices are $5 for students and one chaperone free per 10 students. Extra chaperones are $10.

The school reservations must be made by Nov. 21. Call the ballet studio at 865-982-8463 for more information. Educator, Cathy Dickinson has compiled a new updated curriculum in which the teachers may use. Lesson plans will be mailed with the school reservation.

Showtime runs 125 minutes. This is not an abbreviated production. Your students will see the full length Nutcracker.

The Nutcracker is a wonderful way to ring in the holidays and introduce young children to the power and beauty of classical ballet. For over 100 years, this story has proven to be a favorite, enchanting audiences of all ages. Come see the magic with your students at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium. Call now 865-982-8463.

Tuesday, December 1

Footloose in Foothills returns to benefit seniors

Footloose in the Foothills is returning for a third year with a promise of even more great vendors and shopping experiences.

Footloose, which is a fund raiser for the Blount County Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service, features vendors of all types gathered for one night of shopping extravaganza. This year’s event will be held in the Alumni Gym on Maryville College campus.

Footloose in the Foothills Holiday Shopping Extravaganza kicked off its inaugural year in 2007 and continued last year. The shopping is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Alumni Gym on Tuesday, Dec. 1. Tickets are $10, which is a donation to SCHAS. Featured vendors are still being recruited, but committed to come so far are vendors with arts, crafts, children’s wear, home parties and jewelry. Tickets are available at the SCHAS office on Ellis Street, or from any board member.

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