Community Events

Thursday, October 22

MC science literacy seminar focuses on 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 of obesity.

“The causes of our obesity epidemic in the United States are both amazingly simple and incredibly complex,” said Dr. Jennifer Brigati, the College’s assistant professor of biology. “Obesity is a result of taking in more calories than you burn, but that imbalance may be due to a myriad of factors ranging from genetics to lifestyle choices. This seminar will show similarities between obesity in animals and humans and discuss treatment options studied in animals.”

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

Shopping for Change will

benefit Haven House

Anyone wanting to do Christmas shopping early can also do a good deed for Haven House, a shelter serving victims and survivors of domestic violence in Blount County.

A fire in June damaged the kitchen at the Haven House facility in Maryville. The operation depends on a shoe-string budget and because of the financial burden from the damage, Haven House has had to turn some clients away.

Shopping for Change will feature 25 to 30 vendors, who will donate a portion of their proceeds to Haven House, as well as a small portion to the First Baptist Church of Maryville’s Mother of Preschoolers group.

Shopping for Change is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, in the gym at First Baptist Church of Maryville.

Shopping for Change will feature children’s activities, bake sale items and Santa - who will stay to have his picture taken with children at his own booth.

The website will update the vendor list and offer information for anyone wishing to be a vendor. Some of the vendors who have signed up include: Pampered Chef, Abbott House, Premier Designs High Fashion Jewelry, 31 Gifts with bags, totes and diaper bags, Scentcy wickless candles and scents, Gourds by Emily, Galloping Heart Designs, Memory Works scrapbooking supplies, Southern Living at Home, Gretchen’s Delectable’s custom-made cakes, Elorah Jewelry, Joyful Blessings crocheted items, May Kay cosmetics, Longerberger baskets, One Crafty Mama children’s items, Discovery Toys, Above and Beyond Photography, Color UR World tie-dyed clothing, Euro Kids Boutique, Remnant Ministries hand painted tiles, Uppercase Living stencils for the home, Avon and Haven House coffee.

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. Teams are being accepted through Friday, Oct. 16.

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

Boogertown Gap Band to perform at Cades Cove

Great Smoky Mountains National Park has announced a performance of the Boogertown Gap band, beginning at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 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.

Sunday, October 25

WordPlayers to perform

John, His Story

The WordPlayers is a community of theatre artists dedicated to ministry through the theatrical exploration of Judeo-Christian values. Since 1995, The WordPlayers has been bringing a variety of plays and events to the East Tennessee area and is pleased to announce the 15th-anniversary season.

The Touring Wing offers faith-based, theatrical productions designed to tour to churches and other organizations. These shows are professionally written and produced and flexibly designed so as to fit almost any venue. The WordPlayers is now scheduling performances of the fall touring show, John, His Story and a Christmas touring show.

John, His Story, by Jeannette Clift George, is a delightfully lyrical one-act play that offers a contemporary view of the miracles recorded in the Gospel of John. The show is available to tour to churches in the East Tennessee area through Nov. 15.

There will be a public performance of John, His Story on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 4 p.m. at Highland Presbyterian Church located at 721 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville. There is no charge but donations are accepted and needed. Call 865-982-9272 for more information.

The WordPlayers also produces full-length plays and musicals as part of its MainStage Wing. In November, The WordPlayers will collaborate with The Erin Stage Company to produce the powerful and profoundly moving play, The Miracle Worker, based on the story of Helen Keller.

Additional season programming includes a Christian Theatre Festival, school touring shows, spring and summer MainStage shows and acting instruction programs for young people. To schedule a performance of a touring production or for more information about The WordPlayers, please call 865-539-2490, contact, or visit our website at

Monday, October 26

Dulcimer trio to perform at Blount library

On Monday Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Blount County Public Library, dulcimer trio TNT (short for The Nameless Trio) will perform their own special blend of familiar fiddle tune medleys, some “twisted” medleys, original compositions, fast and slow tempos, and a variety of styles and dulcimer types. The trio specializes in original arrangements which let each member play a variation on the melody.

During the concert at the library, TNT will perform a variety of bluegrass, classical, Cajun and Irish music along with original compositions.

The threesome, composed of Ginny Cliett, Linda Smith, and Deby Libby, thoroughly enjoys their time together, with a practice session every week and monthly weekend slumber parties composed of a great deal of music and very little sleep. TNT has produced three CDs and fourteen tablature packages of music for standard, G-tuned, bass and baritone dulcimers.

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

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.

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.

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, October 26

Public invited to gubernatorial community forum on


Blount Education Initiative (BEI) announced that it will hold a community forum for the gubernatorial candidates to explore and discuss the topic of “Making Education Tennessee’s Top Priority: The Roles of State Government, Local Governments, and all Tennessee Citizens.”

The event will take place on Monday, Oct. 26, at 6:50 p.m. in the auditorium of William Blount High School at 219 County Farm Road in Maryville, Tenn. The public is invited to attend the forum and will be encouraged to participate in an open dialogue with the candidates.

As of Sept. 28, the gubernatorial candidates who have committed to participate in the forum are Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam, Former Tennessee House of Representatives Majority Leader Kim McMillan, Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, and U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp.

“The purpose of this community forum is to engage Tennessee gubernatorial candidates in a discussion about how and why to improve Tennessee’s nationwide standing in educational performance and achievement,” said Matt Murray, BEI president. “The discussion is not intended to dissect the state’s policy and funding issues, but rather to address education’s more strategic role in charting a path of future economic success for both the state and its individual citizens.”

“We especially want the public to know that this forum will not be speech-driven,” said Bonny Millard, executive director of BEI. “It will be dialogue-driven in a true community meeting format with the moderator guiding the discussion among the candidates based on educational topic points while engaging audience feedback and questions to further advance the conversations.”

For more information about the gubernatorial community forum or to submit suggested education-related issues for candidate discussion, the public can visit

The Blount Education Initiative’s (BEI) mission is to make education the Blount County community’s top priority by developing a sustained public awareness campaign focusing on the critical issues related to education, supporting local schools in their efforts to provide a top-notch education for all students and serving as a bridge between the educational community and businesses to develop meaningful collaborations. For more information, visit

Friday, October 30

Capitol Theater plans ‘Screamliners’ Halloween swing show

The Capitol Theater in Maryville make the haunting season a swinging one when the Streamliners swing band will transform themselves into the “Screamliners Halloween swing band.”

The 16-piece big band group plays hits from the 1940s and ‘50s and will perform scream-worthy tunes. Everyone is encouraged to wear costumes. Free dance lessons will be offered 30 minutes before the 9 p.m. show.

Clips from various horror movies will be played throughout the night.

Tickets are $12 in advance and may be purchased at the Capitol or online at Tickets day of the show are $15 at the door with a discounted price of $10 for students and KSDA.

The show is BYOB -- beer and wine only, with a $5 fee per wine bottle or six-pack. The Capitol coffee shop will offer drinks and desserts and an appetizer menu from Sullivan’s Downtown is available during the show. For tickets and other information, visit or call 865-980-1966.

Saturday, November 14

Community Day of Deals draws shoppers for bargains and 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. The goal is to pull in businesses, artisans, craftspeople and just plain folks with items to sell. Deadline to submit vendor requests is Friday, Oct. 30. For more information, call 865-414-7162.

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