Calendar of Events

Friday, September 22, 2023

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts & Aatmos: Nona Faustine’s "A Moment in the Mountains"

Category: Festivals, special events, Health, wellness, Literature, spoken word, writing and Science, nature

Exploring Appalachia and deepening one's relationship with nature while starting important conversations about identity, process, femininity, craft and race

As part of their Juneteenth observances, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts welcomed acclaimed poet Pamela Sneed (via Instagram) to perform a live reading of one of her original works, followed by a moment of silence. Sneed’s performance launched the official announcement for ‘A Moment in the Mountains,’ an immersive creative experience, that will be guided by visual artist and photographer Nona Faustine from September 22 – 24, 2023, in the beloved Appalachian town of Gatlinburg, Tenn. During the three-day retreat, attendees will celebrate local artists and build relationships within this creative community. Sponsored by Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, which has been educating and preserving culture since 1912, along with local hospitality leader
Aatmos, ‘A Moment in the Mountains’ will focus on enhancing and reclaiming the BIPOC community’s relationship with the great outdoors.

Nona Faustine will be joined by acclaimed photographers Rene Cox and Justine Kurland, and poet Pamela Sneed, in sharing their stories, experiences and work that spark conversations and connections. Together, guests and artists will share moments as they build an empowered experience exploring and reconnecting with the diverse smoky mountain landscape and deep woods of Appalachia.

The weekend includes: eight in-person classes hosted by Arrowmont, presentations of work, panel discussions, intimate roundtable conversations, trips within Great Smoky Mountains National Park for poetry readings, shared meals, and opportunities to visit local artists' studios.

A welcome event will take place at Heirloom Room – Rocky Waters’ upscale dining destination – Friday, September 22. During the cocktail reception, guests will retrieve their weekend passes and mingle with fellow participants and artists. For more information, a full schedule of weekend events and to purchase tickets, visit

Ijams Nature Center: Movies Under the Stars

  • September 22, 2023

Category: Film, Kids, family and Science, nature

Grab your favorite blanket or lawn chair and join the fun. Doors open at 7 pm and movies begin at dark (~8:30-9:00 pm; movie start times are not exact). Food trucks and the Ijams beer garden will have tasty meals, snacks, and beverages for purchase. NO COOLERS AND NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL PLEASE. Dogs are allowed, but must be on leash at all times. These events are on the Ijams Visitor Center lawn. In case of inclement weather, a rain plan will be posted on the event page on the Ijams Calendar of Events and social media outlets. Tickets are $10 per person or $36 for a family four-pack. (Special ticket pricing of $15 per person for Terror in the Woods includes the haunted trail from FrightWorks.) Space is limited per screening. Purchasing tickets ahead of time is highly recommended. Walk-up tickets may not be available.

Sept. 22 - Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (PG-13)
Oct. 6 - Sleepy Hollow (R)

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center: High Fidelity in concert

Category: History, heritage, Kids, family, Music and Science, nature

Join us on Friday, September 22 at 7 PM as we welcome the fantastic Bluegrass sounds of High Fidelity to the Heritage Center! Many folks remember the great bluegrass records from the 1950s and ‘60s. The power and soul of that music has won the hearts of people across the globe. Few bands have come along in recent years that directly draw their influence from that classic era of the music’s history. High Fidelity is a rising group whose love and devotion to that music is unsurpassed. The name alone says it all: HIGH FIDELITY. How many record albums have you seen from the ‘50s and ‘60s that bear those words? Herein lies the heart of what this group of young performers is all about.

High Fidelity draws much of their inspiration from bands like Don Reno & Red Smiley, The Stanley Brothers, The Louvin Brothers, Jim & Jesse, and a host of lesser-known regional artists from the same era. Many have described them as the new Johnson Mountain Boys, interpreting classic era bluegrass through the fresh, young perspective of today’s generation. Maybe it is this quality that makes High Fidelity so warmly received and widely loved by every audience they perform for – both by the grandparents and the grandchildren.

Tickets are just $15 each for GSMHC members and $25 each for non-members. Reserve your seats today!

UT Gardens: Fanciful Foxes Art Auction

  • September 21, 2023 — October 3, 2023

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Fundraisers and Science, nature

Enhance your home garden with utterly unique fox-themed pieces by bidding in the online auction of our Fanciful Foxes exhibit! Around 80 works in total were created by local artists of all ages as part of our annual Art in the Gardens project. Bidding is open now and will close on Tuesday, October 3, at 5pm! You can preview the pieces in person at the UT Gardens, Knoxville until October 3.

Local amateur and professional artists donated their time and talent to artistically interpret this year’s theme with a fun and creative design. Teen/adult artists were given a large 3-D plywood fox to embellish using media of their choice. Again this year, we invited younger artists to participate by decorating either a fox head or a tree silhouette. Works have been on display throughout the Gardens for visitors to enjoy all summer. These unique art pieces will now be sold during this on-line auction with all proceeds benefiting the UT Gardens, Knoxville. This annual project was designed to promote community participation and foster artist collaboration as well as raise awareness and support for the Gardens. Our choice of a fox theme this year sought to bring a focus on urban wildlife and the need to protect them and their habitats from encroachment.

Winning bidders can pick up their item(s) during our Fall Plant Sale on Friday, October 6 (from 4-7 pm) or Saturday, October 7 (from 9 am - 2 pm). Payment can be made by credit card on Handbid or by cash or check at time of pickup.
Sponsors for the exhibit were Jerry's Artarama, Bench Dog Work Shop, UT Biosystems Engineering Machining and Fabrication Shop, Ed Dudrick, and the UT Wildlife and Fisheries Society. We are grateful to our sponsors and to our project artists!