Calendar of Events

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Singing from the New Harp of Columbia

  • September 11, 2016
  • 6:30-8:00PM

Category: Free event, History, heritage and Music

Join in singing traditional four part, seven shape note music from the New Harp of Columbia at the Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. Knoxville, TN 37916-2016.
Sunday evening, September 11, 6:30-8:00PM.

Free and open to everyone: no experience needed. Loaner books provided.

UT School of Music: Katie Johnson; horn

  • September 11, 2016
  • 4 PM

Category: Free event and Music

Faculty; assisted by Eileen Downey-piano - Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall

Unless otherwise noted, concerts are FREE and open to the public. The Natalie Haslam Music Center is located at 1741 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus, and the Alumni Memorial Building is located at 1408 Middle Drive on the UT campus. *For individual or small group performances, please check the web site or call the day of the event for updates or cancellations: 865-974-5678,

Knoxville Museum of Art: Second Sunday Docent Tours & Family Fun


Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Free event and Lecture, panel

Each Second Sunday of the month at 2pm, docents offer free guided tours of Higher Ground, Currents, and traveling exhibitions to the public. In order to reach a broader audience the KMA offers Spanish speaking tours once a month at 3pm.

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10AM-5PM, Sunday, 1-5PM. Information: 865-525-6101,

Ijams Nature Center: 31st Annual Symphony in the Park

  • September 11, 2016
  • 5:30-8:30PM

Category: Fundraisers and Music

Join us for the 31st Annual Symphony in the Park at Ijams Nature Center on Sunday, Sept. 11, from 5:30-8:30 p.m.! You'll have a great time AND support Ijams’ quality environmental education programs, 300-acre wildlife sanctuary, and engaging outdoor experiences.

This elegant and enchanting outdoor event is a highlight of Knoxville’s fall social calendar. In addition to a delicious dinner, this year’s event features one of the KSO’s first performances under the helm of Music Director Aram Demirjian. The program features music of Gershwin, Copland, Shostakovich, and Rossini, among others. Joining the KSO will be special local musical guests composer/pianist Ben Maney and vocalist Yasameen Hoffman-Shahin. The cocktail hour features the whimsical paintings of artist Ocean Starr Cline, a silent auction, and jazz from Mark Boling Trio Life.

Tickets are $175. Tables of 10 are $1750. Champagne is available for $100/bottle. Donations of $1,000 will receive two tickets and recognition in the program. If you cannot attend but would like to make a donation, please visit our online donation page.
For more information about sponsorship or to purchase tickets, please call Cindy Hassil at 865-577-4717 ext.117 or email Event details at

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Hours: Grounds and trails open during daylight hours.

Sons to Speak About Wilma Dykeman Stokely Memoir

  • September 11, 2016
  • 3:00PM

Category: Free event, History, heritage, Lecture, panel and Literature, spoken word, writing

After the death in 2006 of Wilma Dykeman Stokely, the renowned writer, environmentalist and long-time friend of the Knox County Public Library, a typewritten manuscript was discovered among her papers. To celebrate the publication of that manuscript, her sons Jim and Dykeman Stokely will speak at the East Tennessee History Center on Sunday, September 11, at 3 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public, and is made possible by Friends of the Knox County Public Library, Union Ave Books, the Library Society of UT, the East Tennessee Historical Society, and the Knox County Public Library. Copies of the memoir, entitled Family of Earth: A Southern Mountain Childhood, will be available for purchase.

Wilma Dykeman (1920-2006) was one of the South's most prolific and storied writers. She wrote the memoir while living in a stone cottage in the English Mountains of Cocke County, just east of Knoxville, during the final months of World War II. With it she tried to explain the purpose for which Americans were sacrificing so much.

In 2007 Friends of the Knox County Public Library established the Wilma Dykeman Stokely Memorial Lecture to honor her. Recent lecturers have included Robert Morgan, Dom Flemons and Ron Rash. Stokely's papers are part of the UT Knoxville Library's Special Collection.

For more information please visit

Sequoyah Birthplace Museum: 25th Annual Cherokee Fall Festival


Category: Culinary arts, food, Festivals, special events, History, heritage, Kids, family and Music

The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, Tennessee’s only tribally owned museum will host the Cherokee Fall Festival formally known as the “Great Island Festival” on September 10-11, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. each day. At Sequoyah Birthplace Museum visitors will have the opportunity to step back in time to experience Native American food, Cherokee arts and crafts demonstrations, music and dance and the blacksmith shop will be doing demonstrations both days. Special demonstrations and displays will include Cherokee life in 1700’s and a Civil War encampment and the Civil War battle re-enactment will be at 2:00.

The 25th Annual Cherokee Fall Festival’s theme is “Homecoming”. Visitors will be able to meet and talk with Cherokees from the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Nation in North Carolina. Special entertainment will be provided by the Warrior Dancers of Ani-Kituhwa who are the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation official ambassadors. Check out our reconstructed 1800’s dog-trot log cabin. Meet and chat with Miss Cherokee, Taran Swimmer. Have your name written in Cherokee. The Tennessee State Parks will be doing a Birds of Prey program both days. Also performing will be the Snowbird Cherokee Choir. They will be singing hymns in Cherokee out of the new Cherokee Hymnbook from the Museum of the Cherokee Indian Press. These hymn books along with our other books on Cherokee history and culture will be available for sale in our gift shop. Jonnie Sue Meyers will be signing her cookbook as well as demonstrating some of those Cherokee foods throughout the day. Other activities include posters from Cherokee Elementary school. Darts, beads, talking sticks, face painting and free Cherokee name cards will be available for children. We will also host a children’s blowgun competition and an adult blowgun competition on both days. Traditional Indian Fry bread and Indian tacos, and other food and drinks will be sold.

Tickets are $5.00 each and children 12 and under are free. Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, 576 Hwy 360, Vonore, TN 37885. Hours: M-Sa 9-5, Su 12-5. Information: 423-884-6246,

Theatre Knoxville Downtown: The Guys

Category: Free event and Theatre

By Anne Nelson, Directed by Courtney Woolard

Presented in partnership with the Knoxville Firefighters' Association in remembrance of the events of 9/11. Admission is free, but reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Donations will be gratefully accepted. All proceeds in excess of expenses will benefit equally the KFA's Firefighters Relief Fund and TKD's Second Act campaign.

BASED ON A TRUE STORY. Less than two weeks after the September 11th attacks, New Yorkers are still in shock. One of them, an editor named Joan, receives an unexpected phone call from Nick, a fire captain who has lost most of his men in the attack. He's looking for a writer to help him with the eulogies he must present at their memorial services. Nick and Joan spend a long afternoon together, recalling the fallen men through recounting their virtues and their foibles, and fashioning the stories into memorials of words. In the process, they discover the possibilities of friendship in each other and their shared love for the unconquerable spirit of the city. As they make their way through the emotional landscape of grief, they draw on humor, tango, the appreciation of craft in all its forms—and the enduring bonds of common humanity.

SPECIAL PRODUCTION at The Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-544-1999,

Artists Association of Monroe County: Art On The Square

  • September 10, 2016 — September 11, 2016
  • 10 AM - 5 PM

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Fine Crafts and Free event

The Artists’ Association of Monroe County (AAMC) is proud to sponsor the 2nd annual Art On The Square in downtown Tellico Plains. Art On The Square is a juried show ensuring that the displayed works represent the fine arts and crafts available in the local area. Association President Alicia Fugitt says “the 2015 show was a great success, and this year’s will be even better with more exhibitors and demonstrations.” According to show coordinator Shelia Sanford Holbo there will be at least fifteen exhibitors representing fiber art, painting, wood turning, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, and kiln-formed glass. There will be a display of quilts. Steve Smith, an interpretive specialist for Tennessee State Parks, and his associates will be demonstrating historic natural fiber dyeing and spinning. “This will be one of the highlights of the show,” according to Mrs. Holbo.

For more information about Art On The Square, contact Shelia Sanford Holbo at Scott Street Gallery in Tellico Plains or 423-253-7677. Contact AAMC by email at or check out the AAMC Facebook page.

Ewing Gallery: Sarah Emerson's The Incredible Flatness of Being

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Emerson's paintings and installations present viewers with highly stylized versions of nature that combine geometric patterns and mythic archetypes to examine contemporary landscape. She uses the camouflage of beautiful colors combined with a deliberate composition to explore themes that reflect on the fragility of life, the futility of earthly pleasures, and the disintegration of our natural landscape. Emerson graduated from the Atlanta College of Art in 1998 and she completed her Masters Degree at Goldsmiths College, London in 2000. She has exhibited her work in galleries throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Emerson will give a lecture in A+A 109 on Sep 29 at 7PM followed by a closing reception.

Ewing Gallery, 1715 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Hours: MTWF: 10-5, Thursday 10-7:30, and Sundays 1-4. Information: 865-974-3200,

Wine and Canvas Knoxville: September events

  • September 9, 2016 — September 29, 2016

Category: Classes, workshops and Exhibitions, visual art

Fri, 9/9/2016, 7:00 - 10:00 PM - U.T. College of Veterinary Medicine **Give from the Heart with Art** Paint Your Pet at Mimi's Cafe - 10945 Parkside Drive, Knoxville, TN 37922 ($45)
Tue, 9/13/2016, 6:00 - 9:00 PM - The Stars Are Out at the Bijou at Blue Slip Wine Bar and Bistro - 300 W Depot Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902
Wed, 9/14/2016, 6:00 - 9:00 PM - Stadium at Hurricane Grill & Wings - 319 Lovell Rd, Knoxville, TN 37934
Tue, 9/20/2016, 6:00 - 9:00 PM - Joy Love Hope at Gibby's Dining & Drinks (inside Holiday Inn) - 9134 Executive Park Dr., Knoxville, TN 37923
Tue, 9/27/2016, 6:00 - 9:00 PM - Purple Meadow at Stir Fry Cafe - 7240 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
Thu, 9/29/2016, 6:00 - 9:00 PM - Smoky Mountain Sunset at Casual Pint - Farragut - 143 Brooklawn St, Farragut, TN 37934

$35 per session (unless otherwise noted). Wine & Canvas: Knoxville, TN, 865-356-9179,

Tennessee Valley Fair 2016

Category: Dance, movement, Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Fine Crafts, History, heritage, Kids, family and Music

The 97th annual Tennessee Valley Fair is set to debut a variety of new and noteworthy attractions for East Tennesseans! From culinary arts to crafts, livestock shows to action sports, headline concerts and special events, there are thousands of ways to enjoy a little Homegrown Happiness at this year's Tennessee Valley Fair. To see a full list of attractions and activities, visit

Concerts will include:
Friday, September 9 - Gary Allan* - Reserved Seats = $10.00-$30.00
Sunday, September 11 - Kane Brown - Reserved Seats = $15.00-$20.00
Monday, September 12 - Lauren Daigle - Reserved Seats = $7.00
Tuesday, September 13 - Chris Janson - Reserved Seats = $15.00
Wednesday, September 14 - LANco - Reserved Seats = FREE Fair Fan Appreciation concert (with paid fair admission)
Thursday, September 15 - Styx* - Reserved Seats = $10.00-$30.00
Friday, September 16 - Naughty By Nature - Reserved Seats = $10.00
Saturday, September 17 - Emily Ann Roberts - Reserved Seats: $5.00*
Sunday, September 18 - Diamond Rio - Reserved Seats = $15.00

*No free seats will be available for the Gary Allan or Styx concerts. Complimentary general admission seats will be available at all other concerts with paid fair admission. Tennessee Valley Fair: 865-215-1471 or

The Town of Farragut Arts Council: Janice Valentine, Featured Artist

  • September 8, 2016 — October 31, 2016
  • M-F 8:00AM-5:00PM

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

The Town of Farragut Arts Council presents Janice Valentine as the featured artist for September and October. Located at the Farragut Town Hall, the exhibit features Valentine's framed italic hand calligraphy work.

Valentine has been the owner of the Olde Concord Gallery in historic Concord, Tenn., since 1999. The gallery building is on the National Register of Historic Places. Holding an Associate Degree in Advertising Arts/Graphic Arts from Chattanooga State Community College, Valentine has been a custom picture framer and calligraphy artist since 1984.

Each month, the work of an artist or group of artists is featured in specially designed cases on the second floor of the rotunda in the Farragut Town Hall. For more information about this exhibit or to access a Featured Artist of the Month application, please contact Lauren Cox at or 218-3372 or visit

The Farragut Town Hall is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 11408 Municipal Center Drive directly across from the Farragut Branch Post Office.

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