Calendar of Events

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Biodiversity Hike to Mount Le Conte

  • August 23, 2014 — August 24, 2014

Category: Festivals & special events, Kids & family and Science & nature

Ever wonder what it would be like to stay overnight at the highest elevation lodge in the Eastern United States? How about doing so with a guided hike up one of Mt. Le Conte’s most scenic trails? Join Discover Life in America for all this and more on our annual Biodiversity Hike to Mt. Le Conte, August 23 and 24, 2014.

Discover Life in America (DLIA) works with scientists and volunteers from around the world to coordinate the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI) for Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP). The ATBI is one of the world’s most ambitious efforts to document and understand every living species in GSMNP, and it is through events like our annual hike to Mt. Le Conte that we hope to educate anybody interested in the importance of biodiversity to both this great park and the greater humankind.

The trip begins with a guided hike up Alum Cave Bluff Trail with an experienced guide providing natural history, local human history, biodiversity lessons and much more along the way. We’ll be having a picnic lunch on the way up, an evening sunset program about the ATBI at Clifftops, and a chance to meet some new friends while learning a thing or two. You’ll be presented with handmade note cards from DLIA, and lodging with dinner and breakfast. All this for the price of $275 per person – and you will be supporting both DLIA and the Smokies ATBI program.

Reserve your reservation now while spots are still open! For reservations or more information, e-mail Todd at or call (865) 430-4757. The lodge will house two guests to a bed, so bring or friend or share a bed with another program participant.

Todd P. Witcher
Executive Director
Discover Life in America
1316 Cherokee Orchard Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
865-430-4757 (Business)
865-250-1207 (Mobile)

Tennessee Theatre: Corey Smith

Category: Music

A pure singer- songwriter, who owns every word of every song in his catalogue, Corey Smith is in a league of his own in the country world and commands the maturity and confidence to connect with crowds like few others can.

Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. For information/tickets: 865-684-1200,,

Fort Loudon Lake Association: 8th Annual Paddle for Clean Water

  • August 23, 2014
  • 9:00AM

Category: Festivals & special events, Fundraisers and Kids & family

The Paddle for Clean Water on August 23rd is an easy 5-mile paddle from Ned McWherter Park to Sequoyah Park for all experience levels from beginners to experts. All non-motorized watercraft are welcome! Thanks to River Sports Outfitters and Billy Lush Paddle Sports, LLC canoes, kayaks, and paddle boards will be available to rent or you can bring your own. Check-in on the day of the event will begin at 9:00am and the actual paddle will begin at 10am.

You can get your tickets online this year and they are $35 per person if you have your own boat or $55 if you need one from us. The registration form on the website will let you choose what kind of boat you would like to rent from us if you need one. All tickets include a PFD and paddle. There is special pricing for children under 12.

Join us after the paddle at Bearden Beer Market for a free pint for those of drinking age and retrieve your goodie bag full of fun giveaways. The after party is family friendly and there will be sodas and water available for those not wanting a beer.

Fort Loundon Lake Association

Knox Heritage: Summer Suppers: Holly's Corner Lounge presents Con Hunley: One Night Only


Category: Festivals & special events and Fundraisers

From its opening in the 1930s as the Corner Grill, “The Corner” has been a beer joint; the setting for a scene from Cormac McCarthy’s novel Suttree; the favorite venue of Knoxville singer and musician Con Hunley, who packed the place whenever he performed; a listening room; and, briefly, a bookstore before its recent re-opening as Holly’s Corner. Return with us to the ‘70s and welcome the legendary Con Hunley back to The Corner—for one night only. Guests will be served updated supper club fare along with signature cocktails, the Con Collins and the Central Street Sour. It’ll be a swank evening of revelry, nostalgia, and blue-eyed soul from the one and only Con Hunley—with some ad hoc (totally optional) karaoke at the end. 50 guests, $125.00 per person. Location: Old North Knoxville, 842 N. Central Ave.

Knox Heritage’s popular series of fundraising dinners, Summer Suppers, takes place annually in some of the region’s most spectacular historic places. The suppers are organized by host committees of volunteers who work together to plan every detail.

Knox Heritage: 865-523-8008,

Ijams Nature Center: Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival


Category: Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts, Kids & family and Science & nature

Festival Highlights:
+ Hummingbird banding
+ Expert speakers Joel Greenberg, David Pitts, Ph.D. & David Unger, Ph.D.
+ Wildlife presentations by Stephen Lyn Bales & Lynne McCoy
+ Native plants and arts and crafts
+ Food and drinks
+ Bird Bargain barn where new and gently used bird and nature related items are for sale
+ Guided nature walks
+ Additional parking with shuttle to Ijams Visitor Center

Admission is $5.00. Children under 6 admitted FREE. No Reservations. Rain or shine. For more information about the festival, visit the KTOS website at

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Hours: Grounds and trails open during daylight hours. Call for Visitor Center hours. Information: 865-577-4717,

Marble Springs: Soap Making Workshop


Category: Classes & workshops and History & heritage

Marble Springs State Historic Site will host a hands-on soap making workshop with Jim Buckenmyer. This workshop will teach about the soap making process during the colonial/ early statehood period. Attendees will be making hard soap, and will get to take some home. Please bring a lunch and a dish to share with the group.

The cost is $10 per person, with proceeds going toward educational programming at Marble Springs. Participation will be limited, so please register early. To register, call 865-573-5508 or email The cut-off for registration will be Friday, August 15, 2014.

Marble Springs: 1220 West Gov. John Sevier Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920. Information: 865-573-5508,

Tennessee Theatre: Summer Movie Magic: Dirty Dancing


Category: Festivals & special events, Film and Kids & family

Part of Tennessee Theatre's Summer Movie Magic Lineup. Screenings on August 22 (8:00 PM) & 24 (2:00 PM).

$8 adult, $6 children under 12 and seniors 65 and over; Subscriptions are $35 adult and $25 children and seniors.

Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. For information/tickets: 865-684-1200,,

Side Splitters Comedy Club: James Sibley

  • August 21, 2014 — August 23, 2014

Category: Comedy

FREE admission all weekend with the donation of any school supply! All donations will benefit the Knoxville Area Urban League!

James Sibley is a favorite across the U.S.A. With regular appearances on Bob & Tom Radio, The John Boy & Billy Big Show and XMSirrus Radio its sure you've heard him before. Maybe you have seen him on NBC's "My Name is Earl" or with Billy Bob Thornton in "Mr Woodcox".

With a "sitting in the living room talking" feel to his shows audiences across the country instantly fall in love with this regular old guy down the street delivery. Come see for yourself why audiences all over America are wondering "When is James Sibley coming back to town"?

TICKET PRICES: $8 FOR GENERAL ADMISSION, $10 FOR PREFERRED SEATING ONLINE! All tickets via phone or at the door are $2 more per ticket! All tickets go up $2 on the day of the show. View picture, web site link, and video at

Side Splitters Comedy Club - West Knoxville
9246 Parkwest Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37923
Info: 865.934.LAFF (5233),

Blount Mansion Association: Tours of the Blount Mansion


Category: History & heritage, Kids & family and Penny Performances

Blount Mansion Association: Tours of the Blount Mansion
First week of every month, Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Saturday, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (last tour at 1:00 PM)

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO

Come join us as we take you back into the founding of Knoxville and the state of Tennessee. At the top of each hour a guide will lead you through the Blount Mansion to learn about William Blount and the birthplace of Tennessee. Walk-ins, call ahead, and reservations welcome.

Contact: David Hearnes, 865-525-2375, e-mail
200 W. Hill Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902 |

East Tennessee History Museum


Category: Free event, History & heritage, Kids & family and Penny Performances

Monday-Friday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM; Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM; Sunday 1:00-5:00 PM
East Tennessee Historical Society: Free Museum Admission

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO

Free admission to the Museum of East Tennessee History for one parent accompanying a participating child. Enjoy compelling stories, interesting artifacts, and colorful characters in the nationally recognized exhibition Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee, as well as regularly changing exhibits. Explore your own history and heritage in the premiere regional genealogy research library and the Knox County Archives. Browse the Museum Shop for gifts, books, and souvenirs.

Contact: 865-215-8824, e-mail
601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 |

James White Fort


Category: History & heritage, Kids & family and Penny Performances

Monday-Saturday, 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
James White’s Fort: Tour the Fort

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO

Visit James White's Fort to experience what life was like in East Tennessee more than 200 years ago! James White’s Fort is the home of James White who settled in Knoxville with a 1,000-acre land grant from the state of North Carolina. Includes White’s first home, furnished with original tools and artifacts from the period. Penny Performance students may enjoy a self-guided tour of the Fort for free with paid Adult admission. No groups.

Contact: 865-525-6514, e-mail
205 East Hill Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915 |

Knoxville Museum of Art: Higher Ground


Category: Exhibitions & visual art, History & heritage and Kids & family

Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Sunday 1:00-5:00 PM
Knoxville Museum of Art: Higher Ground: A Century of the Visual Arts in East Tennessee; Currents: Recent Art from East Tennessee and Beyond and the Cycle of Life.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES

Overview of the art and artists from East Tennessee. To schedule a tour please call the museum Monday through Friday at least three weeks in advance. Admission is FREE; one adult chaperone is required for every 15 students. The maximum number for each tour is 60, and larger groups will require two tour times. Last tour at 3:30 PM.

Contact: Rosalind Martin, 865-523-6349, e-mail
1050 World's Fair Park, Knoxville, TN 37916 |

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