Community Events for Oct. 15, 2009

Friday, October 16

Heritage Center to hold Native American flute concert

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center will host its next concert, “An Evening with the Smoky Mountain Flute Circle and Friends,” on Friday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Center’s covered amphitheater in Townsend. Knoxville resident Randy McGinnis, who leads the group, is a familiar face at the Heritage Center where he has played during spring festivals and the Blue Ribbon Country Fair. He has played concerts from Alaska to California to Florida and is a recording artist for Deer Star Productions. He is a nominee for the Native American Music Awards and on the board of the international Native American Flute Association.

Two years ago McGinnis brought together a small group of interested individuals to create the Smoky Mountain Flute Circle. Group members gather once a month at the Heritage Center in Townsend to learn from Randy and from each other, and to share their passion for music and the Native American flute. This will be the group’s first public performance at the Heritage Center. A surprise guest performer will entertain during the second half of the evening’s concert.

Admission is free for members and $4 per person for non-members. Soft drinks, water and popcorn will be available for purchase on-site. The event will be held rain or shine. For information, call 865-448-0044. The Heritage Center is located between the Townsend traffic light and the national park entrance on Scenic Highway 73.

Saturday, October 17

MC Harvest Crafts Fair welcomes community

Maryville College’s annual Harvest Crafts Fair and Bake Sale will be held from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, as part of the College’s Homecoming Weekend. The fair will take place in Cooper Athletic Center and is open to the entire Blount County community. There is no admission charge.

To date, 31 vendors have registered for the fair and will be displaying a variety of baked goods and crafts, including quilts, handmade jewelry ornaments and other collectables.

Maryville College’s Blount County Alumni Chapter sponsors the fair, which helps provide scholarships for current MC students from the area.

Among the local artists and craftsmen registered is Lyda Plemmons, owner of the Arts Alive gallery in Maryville, who creates vibrant watercolors of flowers, landscapes, portraits and historical landmarks familiar to Maryville civilians, such as Bartlett and Carnegie Halls located on the Maryville College campus.

The painter will display her watercolors in cherry frames at the Harvest Crafts Fair, as well as a collection of her drawings. Several of her paintings and drawings are fall themed, such as her collection of autumn leaves and landscapes.

As a locally recognized artist from Maryville, Plemmons’ work has been on display at various galleries, such as Fine Arts Blount and the Preservation Plaza. She is a recent student of Dr. Carl Gombert, art professor at the College.

Walland native Lee McKinney, who has been recognized by the Smithsonian, will be selling his miniature clay replicas of historic structures found in Blount County and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

For more information, contact Carol Clark at 865.981.8200 or

Saturday, October 17

Fishing tournament will support lung cancer patients

East Tennessee’s top anglers are invited to test their fishing skills and compete for some serious prize money next month. The top catch will win a $2,000 grand prize in the Breath of Life Support Foundation’s 2nd-Annual Bass Fishing Tournament. The tournament will be held at the Tellico Canal on Saturday, Oct. 17. Major Corporate Sponsors include The University of Tennessee Medical Center, Thompson Cancer Survival Center, Tennessee Cancer Specialists, Pilot Travel Centers, Ebenezer Counseling Center, WIVK and Blount Memorial Hospital with the guaranteed $2,000 grand prize sponsored by Ameriprise Financial.

The 1 Limit Bait Shop located in Farragut will handle pre-registrations from 4 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 16 at a cost of $100 per boat, which includes the lunker fee. Anglers can also register the day of the event beginning at 5 a.m. for $125 per boat. The entire fee is tax deductible. Blast off is at first light and weigh-ins start at 3 p.m. along with a cookout.

Breath of Life Support Foundation, Inc. was started in 2006 by the Mynatt family in memory of Charles L. Mynatt. Lung cancer remains a silent killer with no symptoms appearing until it is in the advanced stages, so there is no early detection. The mission of the Breath of Life is to offer hope and encouragement to lung cancer patients and their families by providing financial support to cover needed expenses associated with cancer and its treatments. The proceeds will be used to help cancer patients with financial needs, continue monthly lung cancer support group meetings (held on the third Monday of the month) and provide portable DVD players and DVDs to cancer facilities in the East Tennessee region.

Registration forms and additional information are available by contacting Randy White at or calling his call at 865-548-3006, or by visiting

Saturday, October 17

AAA celebrates anniversary of park with Car Strut, Bluegrass

AAA East Tennessee is one of only a few companies still in business that can boast its involvement in the formation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Known as the Knoxville Automobile club at the time, the club’s board of directors formed the Great Smoky Mountains Conservation Association. To celebrate the anniversary, AAA is hosting a Car Strut and Bluegrass Jam free to the public on Oct. 17 in Townsend.

“We are proud that our predecessors had the forethought to be among the leaders in creating the Park for our enjoyment. We are now taking steps to preserve the park for future generations,” said Tim Wright, AAA East Tennessee President and CEO. “The event is open to the public, just as the Great Smokies National Park is. Our history is deeply rooted in automobile travel, so an antique and concept car strut seems an appropriate way to celebrate the Park’s past and encourage preservation of the future.”

The “strut” will include vehicles from East Tennessee Region Antique Auto Association members and advanced technology car, built by University of Tennessee Engineering students. The “strut” will begin at the access road in front of the Apple Valley Barn at 10:30 a.m. and end four miles later at the Heritage Center.

Visitors are invited to visit the Heritage Center between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to view the cars, tour the Heritage Center for free and stay for a complimentary Bluegrass concert by Wild Blue Yonder from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Visitors can also register to win two pairs of tickets to the Foothills Fall Festival and a Cades Cove Heritage Tour for two compliments of AAA. The Heritage Center is located at 134 Cromwell Drive, Townsend. For more information, please visit or call 865-448-0044.

Saturday, October 17

Trail ride to benefit horse rescue organization

Pack your saddle bags and get ready to hoof it for a great cause with the 8th Annual FUNdraising Trail Ride to benefit Horse Haven of Tennessee. This family-friendly event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Oct. 17 at Lovingood Springs Farm, located at 3203 Miser Station Road in Louisville.

Those interested in participating in the ride can pre-register online or register on ride day beginning at 9 a.m. The ride begins at 10 a.m. and will be followed by a barbecue lunch. At 1 p.m. Lovingood Springs Farm will host its last show of the season and all riders are invited to remain for the show for an additional class fee. HHT will be offering concessions at the show, and all entry fees from game classes will benefit HHT.

Cost to participate in the trail ride is a minimum of $25 donation to HHT which includes the barbecue lunch, access to the scenic trails at Lovingood Springs Farm and participation in some fun horseback games. Limited edition 2009 HHT T-shirts will be available for an additional $15. For those who would like to ride but don’t have a horse, a limited number of lease horses will be offered to early registrants through Lovingood Springs Farm. To arrange for a lease horse please call 865-982-8182. Those who want to help but don’t wish to ride are invited to bring a lawn chair and enjoy the fun!

This year’s pledge raisers will be competing for a variety of exciting prizes. The grand prize winner will take home a package valued at $300 including two tickets to Dollywood, Comedy Barn, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, the Smoky Mountain Palace Theatre and the Museum of Appalachia. The second place prize package worth $170 includes four tickets to the Memories Theatre, two adult and two kids’ meals at Shoneys, and two passes to the Museum of Appalachia. The third place winner will receive two passes to the Country Tonite Theatre and Ripley’s Aquarium.

Horse Haven of Tennessee is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to assist in the protection of equines in the state of Tennessee by educating the public about cruel and inhumane practices.

For more information about this event or Horse Haven of Tennessee please call, email or visit online at

Thursday, October 22

MC science literacy seminar focuses on human, pet obesity

“The Skinny on Fat - Obesity in People and Pets” is the topic of a Maryville College science literacy seminar planned for 7 p.m., Oct. 22, in the Lawson Auditorium of Maryville College’s Fayerweather Hall.

Dr. Joseph Bartges, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVN, professor of medicine and nutrition at the University of Tennessee, will be presenting on obesity in pets with comparisons to humans, including pathophysiology and treatment.

Bartges has earned degrees from Marshall University, the University of Georgia and the University of Minnesota. His scholarly interests include researching nutrition and metabolism, emphasizing obesity, hepatic lipidosis and disorders of lipid metabolism. He also contributed to 13 publications in 2007 and 2008.

Saturday, October 24

Boogertown Gap Band to perform at Cades Cove Amphitheater

Great Smoky Mountains National Park has announced a performance of the Boogertown Gap band, beginning at 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 24. The musicians will be performing in the Cades Cove Campground Amphitheater and the events are free to the public.

Boogertown Gap band, composed of Ruth Barber and Keith Watson, specializes in traditional songs and tunes played on a variety of stringed instruments. The wife and husband duo, who currently resides in Pittman Center, Tenn, performs old-time and Celtic music throughout East Tennessee. They are known to share the music, folklore and stories of their ancestors and descendants of the Southern Appalachians who have shaped the timeless music of the mountains. Boogertown Gap attempts to stay “traditional” by performing music from the pre-recording industrial period, playing a lot of tunes from the minstrel antebellum period and the years during and after the Civil War.

Saturday, October 24

Rotary holds annual Chili Cook-Off for Education

On Saturday, Oct. 24, hundreds of hungry chili fans will fill The Shed, located beside Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson, to sample over 30 different kinds of chili, prepared by teams competing for the title of Best Chili in Blount County.

The Chili Cook-off will be an afternoon of spirited competition, great tasting chili, live music from Slow Joe Crow and family fun. Everyone is welcome.

Funds raised by the event will support the Rotary Club of Maryville’s educational projects in schools in Blount County, including the Dictionary Project, which each year hand-delivers nearly 1,600 dictionaries to area schools for third grade students. The dictionary is for the children to keep, so it will travel with them throughout their school careers, along the way helping them become good writers, active readers, and creative thinkers. Rotary Club of Maryville also supports academic scholarships, Rotary-affiliated school service groups, and its adopted school, Walland Elementary.

This event is a great opportunity for individuals or teams from businesses or other organizations to test their chili skills, raise money for local schools, and even get a little publicity. Teams can compete for as little as $50 and sponsorships (including the team entry fee, company name on promotional material and t-shirts, etc.) start at $100. The deadline for team and sponsorship applications and payment is Oct. 14.

The Shed is located beside Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson at 1820 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville.

For more information, call Jennifer Muise-Hill at 865-380-5089 x3507 or email

Saturday, October 24

Shopping for Change will benefit Haven House

On Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 25-30 area vendors and artisans will be selling their wares to the people of Maryville to benefit the Haven House. In addition to Haven House, a small portion of the money raised will be given to the First Baptist Church of Maryville Mothers Of Preschoolers group.

“Shopping for Change” will be located in the gym at the First Baptist Church of Maryville. There will also be children’s activities, bake sale items, and a booth for kids of all ages to have pictures taken with Santa. These unique and interesting vendors will be a great opportunity to get a lot of Christmas shopping done.

Haven House of Maryville is in desperate need of funds, due primarily to recent fire damage. Shop for Change will benefit your pocketbook and be a way to give back to Haven House.

For more information on the event or on how to become a vendor, visit

Monday, October 26

Orchestra at MC opens ‘09-’10 concert season

Conductor Bill Robinson invites the community to spend an evening with friends and great music as the Orchestra at Maryville College (OMC) begins the 2009 - 2010 concert season with a fall concert at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 26, in the sanctuary of Maryville’s First Baptist Church.

A college and community ensemble comprised of volunteer and student musicians, the OMC has enjoyed the addition of many new members this fall, which adds to the energy and excitement of the first concert.

The program starts with a familiar piece - Franz Josef Haydn’s final symphony (104 in D, The London Symphony No. 7). This work was composed in 1795 while Haydn was living in London and premiered at the King’s Theatre on May 4, 1795 in a concert consisting entirely of Haydn’s own compositions and directed by the composer.

Next on the program is Giuseppe Verdi’s “Grand March,” also known as “The Egyptian March” from Aida. Italian Romantic composer Verdi is known as one of the most influential composers of the 19th century.

The Kol Nidrei ,Op. 47 features cello soloist Wesley Harson in Max Bruch’s arrangement of this famous melody. First published in 1881, this piece consists of a variation on a main theme of Jewish origin - an Aramaic prayer which is recited during the evening service on Yom Kippur. Principal cellist Harson earned a master’s degree in cello performance from the University Tennessee.

The final piece was written by German composer Otto Nicolai. Merry Wives of Windsor will provide a rousing ending to the evening’s festivities. First performed in 1849, this tuneful and lighthearted overture is probably the only Nicolai music familiar to most people.

Tickets are available at the door and are $10 for adults and $7.50 for seniors (age 60+). Tickets are free to all Maryville College faculty, staff, students and retirees with ID.

For more information about upcoming concerts and season tickets, please contact Genevieve Michael, orchestra general manager at 865-273-8871 or

Monday, November 2

Renowned miniaturists to demonstrate tiny art at library

The Miniature Artists of America’s traveling exhibition of miniature art will be on display at the Blount County Public Library during the month of November. The 35 works of art that comprise the display represent an international group of artists who specialize in creating these diminutive gems of the Fine Art world.

Wes Siegrist, author and historian for the Miniature Artists of America, will be presenting a lecture/program on this enchanting art form to the public in the library at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2. Prior to the program, Siegrist, along with his wife and fellow miniaturist, Rachelle, will demonstrate miniature painting techniques from 1-4 p.m.

Wes and Rachelle Siegrist, who reside in Townsend, are among the only miniature painters today who have a profitable career working strictly as miniaturists. They have published several books on miniature art and will have several solo exhibitions of their works across the country over the next year.

For more information, visit the website of Miniature Artists of America,, or contact the Blount County Public Library at 865-982-0981. The Library is located at 508 N. Cusick St. in Maryville.

Saturday, November 7

Belk Fall Charity Sale will benefit local charities and schools

Belk’s Fall Charity Sale on Nov. 7 will benefit local charities, schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the company’s 16-state market area. Belk’s previous charity sale, held May 2, 2009, raised more than $5 million for hundreds of participating nonprofit organizations.

The four-hour, in-store shopping event offers an excellent fundraising opportunity for participating organizations and a chance for customers to support worthwhile charities and take advantage of special discounts on purchases made during the event.

In exchange for a $5 donation, customers will receive a ticket admitting them to the Charity Sale on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 6 to 10 a.m. and entitling them to merchandise discounts ranging from an extra 15 to 50 percent on purchases throughout the store, including special savings on rarely discounted brands. Customers will also receive $5 off their first purchase of $5 or more at the event, and Belk cardholders will receive double Rewards points for card purchases.

Participating local charities will sell the Charity Sale tickets in advance of the event and all proceeds from each $5 ticket sold will be retained by the charity. Beginning Friday, October 30, tickets may also be purchased at Belk stores with all donations equally divided among the participating charities and schools. There is no limit to the number of tickets charities can sell, and no limit to the amount of money that can be raised. Belk provides tickets and collateral material at no cost to the participating nonprofit organizations.

In addition, participating customers can register to win one of three $1,000 Belk shopping sprees, and all participating charities and schools will automatically be registered to win one of three $1,000 donations from Belk.

The event, held semi-annually since the fall of 2007, has raised an excess of $14 million for participating nonprofit organizations throughout the Southeast.

Charity representatives interested in taking part in this one-of-a-kind fundraising event should contact their local Belk store manager for more information. In order to participate in the Belk Charity Sale, organizations must have an IRS 501(c)(3) designation.

Based in Charlotte, N.C., Belk, Inc. is the largest privately owned mainline department store company in the United States, with more than 300 stores in 16 Southern states. The company was founded in 1888 by William Henry Belk in Monroe, N.C., and is in the third generation of Belk family leadership.

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