Community Events for Sept. 17, 2009

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 to Sunday, September 20

“String of Pearls” comes to the stage at MC

The Maryville College Theatre Department will perform Michele Lowe’s “String of Pearls” at 8 p.m. Sept. 17 - 19 in the College’s Alumni Gym. A matinee will be performed at 2 p.m. on Sept. 20.

The play follows a strand of pearls over 35 years as it passes from owner to owner, touching and connecting their lives in unusual ways. The original owner, now a grandmother, recounts the journey of this special set of pearls the evening before her granddaughter’s wedding. The pearls are bought, stolen, lost, unstrung and gifted, affecting a story of love and loss.

Dr. Heather McMahon, director of the play and the College’s assistant professor of theatre, said that she was drawn to the story because it portrays a wide range of women’s experiences.

Six actors play 27 different characters, ranging from a desperate housewife to a funeral home worker and representing many ages and socio-economic backgrounds.

Admission is $5 at the door. Area students, Maryville College faculty, staff and seniors (age 60+) pay $3. Admission is free for Maryville College students. This play contains adult language and explicit adult content.

For more information, contact McMahon at 865-981-8161 or

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.

Thursday, September 17 to Friday, September 18

Eddie Check provides free prostate cancer screening

It’s a sad fact that even today, one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime, but - partially due to diligent screening efforts - only one in 35 will die from it. As the second-leading cause of cancer fatalities in American men, prostate cancer is responsible for about 10 percent of all male cancer-related deaths.

Eddie Check does double-duty: the event collects blood samples for free PSA testing as well as vital units of blood for MEDIC Regional Blood Center, a combination effort that works for the whole community. Men can choose to donate blood and have a simple blood sample collected for a free PSA test, or they can just get the PSA sample collected. 2008’s event broke all previous goals, collecting 1,142 blood samples for PSA screenings and 1,260 units of blood product. This year’s Eddie Check goal is 1,400 PSA blood screenings and 1,200 units of blood product.

Eddie Check 2009 will be held at 2 locations in Blount County:

On Thursday, Sept. 17, the team will be at Stock Creek Development Center in Rockford from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Friday, Sept. 18, they will be at New Midland Plaza in Alcoa from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Free cholesterol screenings and refreshments as well as special “Gater Hater” MEDIC T-shirts will be provided for all blood donors at all sites. Mayfield Dairy Farms will provide coupons for a free pint of Mayfield Ice Cream in our “Pint-for-Pint” promotion for all blood donors (while supplies last). No blood donation is necessary for the free PSA test-only a simple blood sample is needed.

Saturday, September 19

Sunset Harvest Dinner will benefit 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.

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 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. 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. 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.

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.

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

Sunday, September 20

Tremont Homecoming celebrates 40 years

Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont will be celebrating 40 years of connecting people and nature on Sunday, Sept. 20, with their 4th Annual Homecoming dinner. The dinner will take place on Tremont’s campus from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and include dinner, entertainment, and hands-on activities with Tremont staff. The cost for this fundraising event is $50 per ticket, and pre-registration is required.

Before dinner guests can get a drink (as alcohol will be served, Tremont requests that children be left at home) and mingle while listening to traditional mountain music from local artists The Woodpickers. They can also get up close and personal with some of the inhabitants of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Guests can visit exhibits such as “Butterfly Flutter,” where they’ll see a butterfly enclosure and learn about methods for identifying these colorful creatures. Other exhibits will include “Salamanders Face to Face,” featuring salamander species from the Walker Valley area, and “Look Into My (Compound) Eyes,” where guests will have an opportunity to view aquatic insects from the Little River under a microscope and learn more about them from a Tremont teacher/naturalist. Homecoming attendees can also test their knowledge of area plants at the “Aliens Among Us,” exhibit, featuring plants native to the Smokies - and some which are not.

A silent auction will also take place during this time, where guests can bid on items such as UT Football tickets, fly fishing lessons, Great Smoky Mountains National Park 75th Anniversary items and more.

Once the dinner bell rings, guests will head to the buffet to enjoy a tasty barbecue dinner courtesy of Miss Lily’s Café & Catering. After dinner, people from Tremont’s past will share their stories and memories while guests enjoy coffee and dessert. Representatives from all stages of the institute’s history, from Girl Scouts who attended Camp Margaret Townsend to interns who just finished a summer at Tremont, will talk about the life-changing experiences they had living and learning inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Seating for this fundraising dinner is limited. Learn more by calling 865-448-6709 or visiting This homecoming was made possible by the Legacy of Tremont, a group of volunteers who help heighten public awareness and support Tremont in the community-at-large by creating and managing a variety of activities, including friend raising, to assist Tremont with accomplishing its mission of connecting people and nature in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Special thanks to the following supporters: WBIR-TV, The Knoxville News Sentinel, Maryville College, Alcoa, the Great Smoky Mountains Association, Miss Lily’s Café & Catering in Townsend, The Trust Company, and other private donors.

Saturday, September 19

SKIT to host musical theatre workshop

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. 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

Tuesday, September 22

“Marketing with Social Media” will enrich small businesses with online networking

Curious about Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and Flickr? If you’ve been hearing a lot about “tweets,” “pokes,” and “blogs,” but it all sounds like a bunch of nonsensical words, then you may be interested in learning how to use these online social media tools to help market a business…or just help you communicate with your grandkids.

Genny Carter, Public Relations and Data Coordinator at the Tennessee State Library and Archives in Nashville, will demonstrate how these free (and mostly free) tools can be used for creating, collaborating, sharing, networking, marketing and just plain having fun.

The program will be presented on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Sharon Lawson Room of the library.

“Marketing and Networking Online with Social Media” will be presented as a way to open doors to a new generation of people (and communications). The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Blount County Public Library.

In addition to the obvious networking sites, Carter will also include an introduction to programs like GIMP, Open Office, and Google Docs which are freely available online, but not exactly networking tools.

This free program is at the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, in Maryville.For further information about other library programs or services, call the library at 982-0981 or visit the Web site at

Friday, September 25 to Sunday, September 27

Community Food Connection to hold food drive

The Community Food Connection of Blount County will hold a food drive on Sept. 25-27 at the Kroger located at 244 S Hall Road in Alcoa. The food drive will take place on Friday and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

On average, the Community Food Connection is feeding 2,000 more people each month than it was in 2008. Help feed the hungry in Blount County by donating non-perishable food items including but not limited to canned foods, plastic containers of peanut butter and jelly, boxes of macaroni and cheese, pasta, cereal and crackers. Cash donations are also being accepted in lieu of food items. Cash donations should be made to the Community Food Connection of Blount County, Inc., P.O. Box 786, Alcoa, TN 37701. For more information about the food drive, please contact the community food connection at 865-977-4400.

The Community Food Connection (CFC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit community organization. It was started in 1991 under the direction of the Blount County Ecumenical Action Council and many Blount County churches and citizens. The purpose of the food connection is to provide emergency food to anyone in need. The food connection is open on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is located at 1402 East Broadway in Maryville.

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