Calendar of Events

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Historic Homes of Knoxville's Statehood Series: Dr. William E. Hardy

  • February 23, 2021

Category: Festivals & special events and History & heritage

Tuesday, February 23rd - Historic Homes of Knoxville's Statehood Series - "Under Rebel Rule Once More: The Constitutional Convention of 1870 and the End of Tennessee's Reconstruction" - An Evening w/ Dr. William E. Hardy

Stay tuned for more info!

UT Arboretum Society: Bluebirds: An American Success Story

Category: Free event, Lectures & discussions and Science & nature

In the mid-twentieth century, bluebird populations plummeted by up to 90 per cent, but one simple idea has helped bluebirds thrive again. Learn how you can be part of this truly American success story at this Zoom educational presentation on Tuesday, February 23rd at 7:00 p.m.

Don Hazel, president of the Tennessee Bluebird Society, will share the story of one of our most beautiful songbirds all the way from egg to adult. Colorful photographs help tell this fascinating story. The program is sponsored by the UT Arboretum Society, the Tennessee Bluebird Society and the UT Forest Resources AgReseach and Education Center.

Don Hazel has lived in Tennessee for the past 14 years. He has written a bi-weekly nature article for the Glade Sun and the Crossville Chronicle newspapers for the past 11 years. He enjoys all thing outdoors and is president of the Fairfield Glade Fly Fish Club and vice president of Friends of Trails.

Registration for this free online event is required. The format for this program will be Zoom. To register go to: You will be sent a link in your confirmation for program access. Please contact Michelle Campanis at with any questions or registration issues.

Mabry-Hazen House: Under Rebel Rule Once More

Category: Free event, History & heritage and Lectures & discussions

You're invited to join us for a virtual lecture!

Under Rebel Rule Once More - The Constitutional Convention of 1870 and the End of Tennessee's Reconstruction on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 6:30pm.

Presented by Dr. William E. Hardy, the lecture will discuss the history of Tennessee's third (and current) constitution, the convention that created it, and the end of Reconstruction in Tennessee. Ratified in the wake of the Civil War, Tennessee’s third constitution enacted major changes in the state. The 1870 Constitutional convention and debates held within it rippled throughout the late 19th and 20th century. For some, it was a means to curb executive power and re-enfranchise former Confederates, but for Black Tennesseeans it opened the path towards Jim Crowe segregation. Our own Joseph A. Mabry was elected as delegate to the constitutional convention. What role did he play? Find out that and more!

The online event is limited to 100 participants and registration is strongly encouraged. The lecture will also be streamed on Mabry-Hazen House’s Facebook page. To register, click the button below. Register in Advance:

More information: As Tennessee commemorates its 225th statehood anniversary in 2021, Mabry-Hazen House and the other Historic Homes of Knoxville will present a yearlong "Statehood Series" of lectures and special programs examining the more than 225 years of Tennessee history and Knoxville's role in it all. Visit for a listing of future programs and further details. Support Mabry-Hazen House and programs like this by visiting

UT School of Music: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Roundtable

  • February 23, 2021

Category: Free event, Lectures & discussions and Music

The School of Music Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force presents a roundtable discussing the issues of race and power in music studies and higher education. The participants will be Danielle Brown (Ethnomusicologist, founder, and CEO of My People Tell Stories), Philip Ewell (associate professor of music theory, Hunter College of the City University of New York), and Joyce M. McCall (assistant professor of music education, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign). They will be sharing their research and insights into the topic and how their work is currently impacting academia.

The roundtable will take place through Zoom on Tuesday, February 23, 1:10pm - 2:25pm. This event is welcome to all.

Community Television of Knoxville: Donate to Neighborhood Treasure Hunt & Online Auction

  • February 22, 2021 — March 26, 2021

Category: Festivals & special events and Fundraisers

Hello Neighbor! Is there anyone who isn’t looking forward to things returning to “normal” when this pandemic is finally over? The effects on our jobs, social life, and neighborhood activities have been devastating, so we are all seeking ways to remain productive, stay safe, and have some fun. With that in mind, Community Television of Knoxville (CTV) is boldly moving forward with our 2021 Neighborhood Treasure Hunt & Online Auction, an almost effortless "COVID-safe" event that will allow you to:

1. Help improve your neighborhood.
2. Help promote community television.
3. Find some incredible bargains.
4. And, have loads of fun!

Our inventory at is constantly being updated as neighbors and local businesses are currently donating new and gently used treasures through March 26th. Online bidding will begin on April 2nd and continue through April 23rd. Don’t be a spectator. Find out how EASY it is to raise money to fund important projects in your neighborhood.

Treasure Hunt Zoom Session #1 (both meetings cover the same material, you only need to attend one)
Time: Wed, Feb 24, 2021 @ 6 pm
Zoom Meeting Link:
Treasure Hunt Zoom Session #2
Time: Thu, Feb 25, 2021 @ 6 pm
Zoom Meeting Link:

Knoxville Symphony League: The Symphony Mardi Gras Auctions

Category: Fundraisers

Mardi Gras is all about music, parades, picnics, floats, and excitement. It’s one big holiday! You too can support your Knoxville Symphony by bidding on and buying items through our Silent and Specialty auctions. The Silent auction will go live on Monday, February 22, and the Specialty auction will begin at approximately 7:45 pm on Feb. 27.

Get started with HandBid now to receive notifications when the bidding opens.

The Silent Auction will close Saturday, February 27, 2021, at 9:30 pm. By bidding you expressly authorize the Knoxville Symphony League (KSL) to use the credit card registered to your account to fulfill any payment owed. Invoices will be emailed to successful bidders after payment is processed.

All auction items are pick-up only. You may pick up auction items starting Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 12 pm-4 pm at the KSO office located at 100 S. Gay Street Suite 302. Masks are required for entering the building. Additional pick-up hours are Monday-Friday 9 am-4 pm. If you do not pick up items before March 24th you will be deemed to have donated the items to the KSL and KSL will be able to resell the item at its discretion.

If you have any questions please contact Amber Mullins at, or at (865) 521-2319.

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: Adult Short Classes

Category: Classes & workshops

MONDAY–WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22–24, 2021, 6:00 TO 9:00 PM
Enrollment Cost: $100 · Materials provided


The WordPlayers: The Ends We Seek

Category: Free event, History & heritage, Kids & family and Theatre

The WordPlayers offers a show for Black History Month. The Ends We Seek - a one act play with music by Ethan Norman - is a work of historical fiction, which moves between actual events in the 19th and 20th centuries. The play vividly and powerfully illustrates how major historical events — Lincoln’s election and Emancipation Proclamation, as well as the movement for civil rights inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — impacted the lives of ordinary individuals and families. A mother and a son, in two different centuries, play out the average person’s struggle with life in a dysfunctional society rife with racism. Scenes of daily life play out against a backdrop of history and lead us through moments where national, social, and political turmoil have lasting and powerful effects on ordinary families. With sharp dialogue, inspired by true stories, and with captivating musical interludes, The Ends We Seek personalizes and humanizes the experience of ordinary people swept up in the events of history.

Schedule of Free, Public Performances
• Saturday, Feb. 20 – Oak Valley Baptist, 194 Hampton Rd, Oak Ridge – 4:00 PM
• Sunday, Feb. 21 – Fifth Avenue Baptist, 2500 E 5th Ave, Knoxville – 4:00 PM
• Wednesday, Feb. 24 – Walters State – Greeneville – 9:40 AM & Sevierville – 4:00 PM
• Thursday, Feb. 25 – Walters State – Morristown – 9:40 AM & Tazewell – 2:00 PM
• Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021 – One Life Church, 2900 Knoxville Center Dr., Knoxville – 4:00 PM
The WordPlayers, 865-539-2490
Facebook: The WordPlayers
Twitter: @wordplayers
Instagram: wordplayers

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: 20th Sevier County Biennial Juried Exhibition

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Fine Crafts and Free event

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts invites you to experience the 20th Sevier County Biennial Juried Exhibition. This exhibition is a juried, mixed media art exhibition presented by Arrowmont to recognize and foster the skills and talents of artists and makers who call the region of Sevier County home.

Features 76 original works created by 51 Sevier County, Tennessee artists. This is the first show open to visitors since the onset of the pandemic. You may schedule your gallery appointment on Arrowmont’s website at or contact Gallery Manager Kelsey Dillow at 865-436-5860,

Mary Welch Thompson, award-winning basket weaver, juried the 20th Sevier County Biennial. She said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge for all of us. Viewing this art let me forget for a short time. I had fun; it has been a learning experience and a challenge to select the Best of Show and the Awards of Merit pieces. The vibrant colors and imagination really stood out, paying tribute to the beauty of our natural surroundings, our mountain home.”

Knoxville Community Darkroom: Classes & Workshops

Category: Classes & workshops and Exhibitions & visual art

February 13th Workshop (Cyanotype Prints) 11AM-2PM - Learn one of the original photographic processes! Cyanotype is one of the oldest printing processes invented by Sir John Herschel in 1842. In this workshop, you will learn to make a unique one of a kind handmade print by coating various papers with Cyanotype chemicals and developing them in the sun. A materials fee of $40 is due at or before the event. This class is limited to 5* participants. Be sure to register for the event by Thursday, Feb 11th to secure your spot!

February 23rd Class (Learning Series - The Negative) 6PM-8PM - The Negative will take you inside The Darkroom where you will learn to load and process your film. Pricing for this individual class is $60. This class is limited to 3 participants.

February 24th (Learning Series - The Print) 6PM-8PM - The Print will take you inside The Darkroom where you will learn the basics of enlarger use, burning and dodging and developing finished prints. For this class, you must bring your developed film and B&W photo paper. We suggest buying film and paper locally from F32 near West Town Mall. Pricing for this individual class is $60. This class is limited to 3 participants.

Dogwood Arts: House & Garden Show

Category: Festivals & special events and Free event

The Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show which will return as an entirely virtual event in 2021. The event is completely free to attend and will be accessible online February 12th through March 14th on our brand new website,

For over forty years, the Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show has showcased the latest trends in home improvement, landscape design, decor, and more. The 2021 event will be no exception and will offer attendees the opportunity to engage with quality vendors without fear of safety and health concerns.

Attendees can attend Virtual Expert Sessions via Zoom, browse a comprehensive Exhibitor Directory, and save hundreds on their next home projects by taking advantage of our exclusive Show Specials––all from the comfort of home.

Dogwood Arts, 123 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-637-4561,

O'Brien Art Gallery: The Sacred, the Secular, and the Space In Between

  • February 7, 2021 — March 27, 2021

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Fine Crafts and Free event

The Sacred, the Secular, and the Space In Between: African-American Vernacular Art from the Collection of Michael D. Hill

This exhibit showcases the work of self-taught African American artists who examine the intersections of spirituality and material culture. Guided by a compulsion, in some cases even what might be seen as a divine calling, to create, they produced paintings, sculpture, and utilitarian objects that are startlingly powerful in both their aesthetic forms and the life force they channel. Among the artists featured in this exhibit are Mose Tolliver, David Butler, Lonnie Holley, and Mary T. Smith. Their work may also be found in such prominent collections as the High Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Guided gallery tours by Michael D. Hill will be held throughout the month. For more information, please contact Bryan Wilkerson at 865-354-3000 x4788 or by email at

O'Brien Art Gallery at Roane State Community College, OBrien Building room 276 Patton Lane Harriman, TN 37748

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