Community Events for Sept. 10, 2009

Thursday, September 10

KSO will give a free concert on the Greenbelt stage

The Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra will perform Picnic in the Park, a free concert sponsored by Aubrey’s Restaurant and the Pellissippi State Foundation, on the Maryville Greenbelt Stage on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Lucas Richman, KSO Music Director, will conduct the concert. The performance is free, family-friendly and open to the public. Concert-goers are encouraged to arrive early and bring a picnic-dinner, blankets and/or chairs.

The orchestra will perform pop and light classical favorites including the Scherzo from Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the fourth movement from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 and highlights from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita. The evening’s featured performers will include Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra cellist Brandon Chu and KSO cellist Ildar Khuziakhmetov together performing an arrangement of Brahms’ soothing Lullaby with the chamber orchestra.

For more information regarding the KSO, or the concert in Maryville, please call 865-291-3310.

Friday, September 11

Alcoa City employees battle on the softball field for Family Resource Center

On Friday, Sept. 11, employee teams from City of Alcoa Schools and the City of Alcoa will take to the softball diamond to raise money for the Alcoa City Schools Family Resource Center. The event, billed as the Aluminum City Rumble and 9/11 Night of Honor, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Alcoa High School Baseball field.

Evening events will be sponsored by the Alcoa Kiwanis Club and the AHS Key Club, and stem from a challenge that has been issued to the Family Resource Center and Key Club.

An anonymous donor offered to contribute up to $5000 to the Resource Center to match funds raised by the Key Club, which has raised $1000 to date with the help of Kiwanis. The money raised by the softball game will help the Key Club and Kiwanis reach the $5000 goal.

The city employee softball rivalry began when Tom Shamblin, director of Alcoa Schools, issued the challenge to City Manager Mark Johnson, who eagerly accepted. Paul Talley, the Alcoa High girls’ softball coach, will coach the school team, and Alcoa fireman Butch Campbell will coach the City team. Retired Alcoa High School principal Clint Abbott, who also serves as Alcoa’s Vice-Mayor, will act as head umpire. The officials plan to come up with some “wacky rules” to make the game even more interesting, and there may also be ceremonial first pitches from city officials. For children, there will be face painting, a moon walk, and other activities.

The city’s public safety workers will also be honored at the event with a ceremony featuring music, a color guard, presentation of City firemen and policemen, and remarks.

All proceeds will be contributed to the Key Club’s effort to raise funds for the Alcoa City Schools Family Resource Center, which is available to provide assistance and support to students and their families who have an identified need that prevents the child from performing at his or her fullest potential in the classroom.

Tickets will cost $5, and children under 12 will be admitted free. Tickets are available through Kiwanis and Key Club members, as well as other school clubs, and are also available at the Alcoa Municipal Building.

Friday, September 11

Woodmen of World honor heroes, victims of 9-11

Woodmen of the World Lodge 6246 will hold a special community ceremony to honor the heroes and victims of Sept. 11, 2001.

The ceremony, “In Honor and Remembrance,” will also include a salute to community heroes -- police, fire fighters, members of the armed forces -- who help ensure community safety.

The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, beside the Theater at Greenbelt Park. This is the eighth year for the WOW celebration.

For more information, contact Ken Catledge at 865-335-2104.

Saturday, Sept. 12

‘Back on Broadway’ brings cabaret act to Capitol

Local performing artist and teacher Kathy Moore McDougall and her brother Bruce Moore will present “Back on Broadway,” a cabaret act that highlights hits from Broadway in New York City.

Kathy McDougall will share her journey from the lights of Broadway to Maryville. In New York, McDougall performed in “A Chorus Line” from 1981-1989, and also had her own Kids Kabaret show. Bruce Moore has performed in “Gypsy,” “My Fair Lady” and “Grease” on Broadway and sang in the chorus for five Disney movies.

Accompanying them will be Carol Zinavage on piano. Other performers include some of Kathy’s students from Van Metre School of Dance ant the Tennessee Conservatory of Fine Arts.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the box office, with a student ticket price of $10. Tickets can be purchased Online at To reserve a table, call the theater at 865-980-1966. For additional ticket information, call Kathy at 865-256-4462.

The show is bring-your-own-bottle, wine and beer only.

Thursday, September 17 to Sunday, September 20

FCP Presents Steel Magnolias at the Capitol

The Foothills Community Players takes to the Maryville stage with “Steel Magnolias” by Robert Harling, their first show of their second season. The play will be performed at the Capitol Theatre in downtown Maryville from Sept. 17 - 20.

The play is set in a Louisiana hair salon and traces the lives of proprietor Truvy, her inexperienced assistant and four of her regular customers as they run the gamut of the birth, marriage and death cycle that is life. It is a charming and engaging piece which draws on the underlying strength and love of the unique female relationship.

“Steel Magnolias” is directed by John Cherry and is produced in special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

On opening night, Thursday, Sept. 17, curtain is scheduled for 8 p.m., with subsequent performances on Friday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19 at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 20, 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 FCP is an all-volunteer community theatre in Blount County. Information about this production and the FCP may be found at

Thursday, September 17

Annual Taste of Blount brings restaurants to downtown

Tickets are still available for the 8th Annual Taste of Blount hosted by Blount County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Maryville. This event, held in the Downtown Maryville, is set for Sept. 17, 6 to 8 p.m. The event theme is “The Art of Food.” Taste of Blount will be held in the parking lot across from Sullivan’s on West Broadway Avenue.

Savory favorites from local restaurants, caterers and gourmet grocers can be sampled by ticket holders while viewing some of the finest works by Blount County artisans.

Tickets can be purchased at the Blount Chamber, 201 S. Washington Street, Maryville, or can be purchased online at (Click on Chamber Calendar.)

Cost is $20 for Chamber members, $25 for the general public and $15 for children 17 years and under or college student with valid identification.

Restaurants participating will include Buffalo Wild Wings, Chick-fil-A, Chili’s Grill and Bar, Domino’s Pizza, El Jimador Mexican Grill, Food City, Full-Service BBQ, Honey Baked Ham, Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine and Sushi Bar, Kathy’s Deli, Kroger Alcoa, Lenny’s Subs, Marble Slab Creamery, McAlister’s Deli, Panera Bread, Puleo’s Grille, Quiznos Subs, Royal Oaks Event Facility, Something Savory Bakery and Café, Sweet Celebrations, the Market, The Miles Family 411 Restaurant and Vienna Coffee Co.

This event is proudly sponsored by: Creekside Fine Wines & Spirits, Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union, Dixie Homecrafters, Charter Media, B97.5, Classic Rock 103.5 and The Daily Times.

For more information, call 865-983-2241.

Saturday, September 19

Sunset Harvest Dinner will benefit Maryville Farmers Market

In celebration of our local farmers and their bountiful harvest of produce, the Maryville Farmers Market and Foothills Land Conservancy will host a “field-to-table” dinner on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 6 p.m., with a wine tasting to be held at 5:30 p.m. The dinner and wine tasting will be held in rain or shine under a tent at the Milne Farm in Greenback, TN. The event will include contributions from local celebrity chefs, including John Antun of UT’s Culinary Institute along with Maggie Davidson and Josh Feathers from Blackberry Farms. Tennessee Valley Winery will provide local wines for the tasting, and John Dupree’s Gritte Fritter will provide live music.

Seating is limited, and tickets may be purchased for $50 each in advance by check only. The event will benefit the Maryville Farmers Market. To reserve a space or for more information, contact Elise Eustace at 865-681-8326 or Checks can be made payable to Foothills Land Conservancy at 373 Ellis Avenue, Maryville, TN 37804.Directions to Milne Farm in Greenback can be found at

Saturday, September 19

BCAR hosts motorcycle ride and show

The Blount County Association of Realtors will host The Emily and Maddie Memorial Motorcycle Ride and Show on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Parkway Drive-In. Everyone is invited to participate in the ride to benefit the Oncology/Hematology Department at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

The ride is in memory of Emily Barger and Maddie Harrill, who lost their battles with childhood cancer during the summer of 2008.

Registeration is day of the event, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19, at Parkway Drive-In. Donation is $20 per motorcycle. For an additional $5, motorcycle owners may register for the Motorcyle Show, which takes place after the event. Dixie Iron Riders are hosts for the ride, which will be approximately 1.5 hours of a scenic ride that includes the Foothills Parkway. Motorcyles depart at 2 p.m. s harp.

During registration, Pistol Creek Catch of the Day will perform. Concessions from Parkway Drive-In will be available all day.

For more information, contact the Blount County Association of Realtors at or 865-982-2066.

Saturday, September 19

Away Game Tailgate for Gator game to benefit Hearing & Speech

For the third year, the Away Game Tailgate party will benefit the Hearing and Speech Foundation, as Vol fans gather in the luxury Neyland Stadium East Skybox to watch the Vols play the Florida Gators in the Swamp.

Special guest is former UT football coach Johnny Majors. At halftime, Coach Majors will give a brief overview of the important work of the Hearing and Speech Foundation, a non-profit that provides hearing aids and other service to the indigent and underserved.

The Skybox party includes a lavish buffet (including Gator Bites), drink tickets and walls of televisions for watching the game. Bratwurst and hotdogs will be added to the buffet at halftime.

Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person and include the buffet, beverages and watching the game in the East Skybox.

To purchase tickets, call the Foundation at 865-977-0981 or email

Several sponsors are already “suited up” and include Alan and Lisa Boeckmann, Fluor Foundation, Woodruff Brewing Co., Mr. and Mrs. Tutt Bradford, John and Sara Berry, Mrs. Roma Renfro, Heritage Log Homes, Hickory Construction, Foothills Bank and Trust and WBIR-Channel 10. For sponsorship information, contact Amanda Womac at

Saturday, September 19

SMACF holds first-ever Pigskin for Pooches

On Saturday, Sept. 19, the Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation will hold a tailgating event called Pigskin for Pooches during the U.T. v. Florida game. This event will be held at the Smithview Pavilion on Hwy. 321 in Maryville from 2:30-6:30 p.m. For only $10, ticketholders will enjoy the game on a 9’ by 7’ big-screen TV, eat prize-winning barbeque and listen to music from the Rocky Branch Musicians during halftime. Some auction items will also be available.

Kids can play in an inflatable “bounce house,” and everyone can watch some talented dogs play Flyball and meet adoptable dogs. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome, and the over-21 crowd is welcome to bring adult beverages. Keep Blount Beautiful is providing recycling containers and “pooper scoopers” will be available to keep the grounds neat and tidy.

Tickets are $10. Kids 5 and under are free. Tickets are available at Sister Cats Café in The Market at Washington and High, Coldwell Banker Nelson Realtors, and The Flower Shop. For more information, please visit

Saturday, September 19

MC invites prospective students to “Meet Maryville”

High school students, adult learners and community college students who are planning to transfer to a four-year institution are all invited to “Meet Maryville” on Saturday, Sept. 19.

Hosted by Maryville College’s Admissions staff, the Meet Maryville fall Open House event is designed to help people become more familiar with the nationally-recognized liberal arts college. The event will include meetings with faculty about different majors as well as the opportunity to talk to staff members from the Center for Calling and Career, the study abroad program, Mountain Challenge and more.

Meet Maryville event begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. in Bartlett Hall. At 9 a.m., students will be divided into groups for the College’s “Alterna-tour,” a unique and fun alternative to the traditional college tour. On the Alterna-tour, prospective students visit residence halls, campus hangouts and dining facilities, but also learn about classroom buildings, library resources and historic landmarks in an interactive and engaging way. The tour ends with a welcome session at 10:05 a.m. at Isaac’s Café, which is located in the Bartlett Hall Student Center.

The main information sessions, collectively entitled “Learning 24/7,” include information on academic programs from each academic division, the Maryville Curriculum and the College’s distinctive “learning by experience” programs (such as Mountain Challenge and the Center for Calling & Career). They will be held at various locations around campus beginning at 10:35 a.m. During these events, visitors will hear directly from MC faculty and staff members.

A lunch in Pearsons Hall is scheduled for 12:15 p.m., followed by sessions with current MC students.

Following a wrap-up in the Alumni Gym, student-athletes will be invited to Lawson Auditorium to ask questions about the College’s sports teams.

Parents and family members of prospective students are encouraged to attend, but their morning agenda is slightly different from that of their students. For example, while students are participating in the “Alterna-tour,” parents and family members will be welcomed in the Alumni Gym by Bill Sliwa, vice president of enrollment; President Gerald W. Gibson; Jeffrey Fager, vice president and dean of the College; and Vandy Kemp, vice president and dean of students.

A panel of current students will be on hand to answer questions following the welcome. Family members will be guided on a campus tour at noon, and at lunch, they will be able to connect with representatives from the College’s Admissions Office.

Additional opportunities to visit campus are planned for the fall, Wheeler said. The Blount County College Fair is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 6:30 until 8 p.m. Saturday Visit Days are planned for 10 a.m. on Oct. 3 and 17. The next Meet Maryville event is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Another Saturday Visit Day and tailgate gathering are slated for Nov. 14, starting at 10 a.m.

For more information on “Meet Maryville” or “Saturday Visit Days,” please call 865.981.8092 or visit

Saturday, September 19

SKIT to host musical theatre workshop led by Broadway performer

Paul Canaan, who in addition to his career on Broadway served as a panelist on the MTV show “Legally Blonde - The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods,” will lead a musical theatre workshop for young musical theatre performers on Saturday, Sept. 19. The workshop will be hosted by Southern Kids in Theatre (SKIT), a Maryville-based performing arts school.

Canaan and Laura Bell Bundy, a Tony nominee and star of Legally Blonde the musical, is founded “Take it From the Top,” an educational program which gives young performers the chance to learn from Broadway professionals. Canaan’s credits include Legally Blonde, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, La Cage Aux Follies, Miss Saigon, Catch Me If You Can, Annie Get Your Gun and New York Radio City Christmas Spectacular. He also directs education elements for Kids Night on Broadway through the League of Producers, and serves as the artistic director of Broadway Dreams Foundation. Paul will be joining Debra Lonsdale and SKIT Productions, who will be hosting his MDT (Music/Dance/Theatre) workshop. Accompanying Paul at this workshop will be Actor/Music Director Jacob Widmar, who is the Audition Choreographer for Broadway’s Billy Elliot and has performed on Broadway in Xanadu and White Christmas.

This workshop will provide students with a well-rounded sampling of music, acting, and choreography used in current Broadway shows. Students will not only learn new material in an exciting, fast-moving, interactive setting, but will also learn what it takes to make it in the musical theatre business.

The workshop will be held at Clayton Performing Arts Center at Pellissippi’s Hardin Valley Road campus in Knoxville on Saturday, Sept. 19. The workshop for ages 10-14 is from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and the workshop for ages 15-Adult takes place from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $85 per workshop. Applications and payment must be submitted by September 10 at

No experience is necessary, and class size is limited, so contact SKIT Productions to reserve a spot as soon as possible. For more information on this workshop, contact Debra Lonsdale at 865-621-0216. To find out more about Paul Canaan or “Take It From the Top”, visit or

Friday, September 25 to Sunday, September 27

MHS will perform The Wizard of Oz

In conjunction with the 70th anniversary of the 1930 film release of The Wizard of Oz, Maryville High School will present the only authorized dramatic version of the famous story, adapted by Elizabeth Fuller Chapman from the story by L. Frank Baum.

Audience members are encouraged to celebrate the anniversary by dressing as their favorite Oz character. Performances will be September 25 and 26 at 7 p.m. and September 27 at 2 p.m. in the MHS auditorium. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults.

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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