Calendar of Events
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Farragut Light the Park
Light the Park is back to help usher in the winter holidays as the span of N. Campbell Station Road is illuminated by over 100,000 sparkling lights. The display will start at the commuter lot next to the Town of Farragut welcome sign and continue to Founders Park at Campbell Station, the Farragut Community Center and Mayor Ralph McGill Plaza. Lights come on every evening at dusk from Monday, Nov. 22, through Sunday, Jan. 2. Restrooms at Founders Park and the plaza will stay open until 10 p.m. nightly, except for Dec. 25, when restrooms are closed.
Shop Farragut and the Town of Farragut will kick off Light the Park with the 9th annual Countdown to Light the Park. Take in this seasonal spectacle from 5-7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22, at Founders Park, where the lights will be turned on with a flip of a switch at approximately 6:30 p.m. Additional parking will be available at the Farragut Community Center (239 Jamestowne Blvd.), the community center and the plaza.
Light the Park will offer special events every single day through Dec. 23. There will be gift giveaways from local vendors and organizations, caroling at the park and local food trucks serving up delicious holiday cheer. A calendar detailing all activities can be found at farragutparksandrec.org/lightthepark.
Santa’s mailbox will continue to usher all wishes directly to the North Pole! Letters can be placed in the mailbox at Founders Park for delivery by elves to the North Pole beginning Monday, Nov. 22. To receive a reply from Santa, please mail letters by Dec. 20 and include a return address!
If your group or organization is interested in passing out goodies or caroling, contact Special Event and Program Coordinator Brittany Spencer at 865-218-3376 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information and updates, see the Light the Park event on the Town of Farragut Facebook page.
Pellissippi State: Fall 2021 Photography Student Exhibition
November 23 - December 15
Hardin Valley Campus of Pellissippi State: 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37932. Bagwell Center Gallery hours: M-F 9 AM – 9 PM. Information: 865-694-6405, www.pstcc.edu/arts
East Tennessee Children's Hospital: Fantasy of Trees
Fantasy First Look - Tuesday, November 23, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 24 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 25 (Thanksgiving) 3 p.m. - 8 p.m
Friday, Nov. 26 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 27 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 28 Noon - 6 p.m.
Travel through a forest of more than 350 beautifully designed trees, holiday accessories, store front windows, door designs, table centerpieces and an Adopt-a-Tree forest decorated by local school children. All priced to sell.
The proceeds from Fantasy of Trees benefit East Tennessee Children's Hospital, Knoxville's only not-for-profit Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center.
UT Gardens class: Holiday Mocktails
Date: November 23, 2021
Cost: In-person: $20 members/$25 non-members
Online only: $10 members/$15 non-members
Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas parties, family gatherings are fall and winter-time favorites. Join us for a fun class in which you will learn how to make mocktails (non-alcoholic mixed beverages) that are perfect for the season.
This class will be offered both in-person and virtually. Shopping lists and recipes will be provided to each participant prior to the class, and materials will be provided for in-person participants. All registrants will be able to access the class recording after it is completed.
The class will be held indoors; masks may be required for the duration of the workshop. We will follow UT Covid-19 guidelines in place at the time of the class.
Oak Ridge Playhouse: It's a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play
It’s Christmas Eve 1946 and WBFR Radio is broadcasting live from their luxurious New York studio overlooking Manhattan. The airwaves of America are alive with this year’s holiday program when WBFR’s troupe of stars brings you an evening of comedy and music, and treat you to a radio presentation of “It’s a Wonderful Life” featuring six performers taking on the dozens of characters in the charming and heartwarming classic tale of how the angel Clarence got his wings!
The show is sponsored by GREATER SUM VENTURES and features some of our best-known performers including Josh Bigwood, Anna Elizabeth Gant, Chad Burchett, Marybeth Davis, Sheila Michel, Braxton Kiser, Kathy Tallent, Kirk Hoxie, and Reggie Law.
As we continue to navigate our way through COVID-19 safety measures, seating will be limited due to social distancing. Masks will be required for audience, volunteers, and staff.
Oak Ridge Playhouse, 227 Broadway, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Information and tickets: 865-482-9999, www.orplayhouse.com
Ancient Lore Village: Friendsgiving Dinner
Friday, Nov 19th 2021 | 6PM
Tuesday, Nov 23th 2021 | 6PM
We’re handling all the cooking and clean-up (win-win!) for a non-traditional get-together with a very traditional Thanksgiving supper! Served outdoors with heated seating, we’ll be serving up all the festive food with a view of the Smoky Mountains to the sounds of laughter and joy from you and yours.
Have a feeling you and your friends may be feeling a food coma coming on after this indulgent celebratory chow-down? We feel you - and, we got you! Reserve one of our eight dwellings for a magical evening at Ancient Lore Village sure to make you feel extra thankful this holiday season!
Cash bar available. Concierge available for Axe-throwing and Archery upgrades.
Ewing Gallery: WORKFORCE
November 15 - December 7, 2021
The Ewing Gallery is pleased to present the art of staff members working in the Art + Architecture Building. Join us Monday, November 15 - 4:30 - 7pm for a reception for WORKFORCE, an exhibition of staff members working in the Art + Architecture Building. Exhibiting staff are: Mike C. Berry, Eric Cagley, Elysia Mann, Baxter Stults, Emory White, Ronda Wright, Whitney Caruthers, Casey Fletcher, Jeremy Hammond, Anders Van Harpen Nienstaedt, and Stephanie Phillips. Individually wrapped refreshments will be provided.
Ewing Gallery, 1715 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-3200, www.ewing-gallery.utk.edu
For more general information on the quilt, check out www.aidsmemorial.org.
Flying Anvil Theatre: The Thanksgiving Play
Thurs-Sat @ 7:30, Sun @ 2:00
Good intentions collide with absurd assumptions in Larissa FastHorse’s wickedly funny satire, as a troupe of terminally “woke” teaching artists scramble to create a pageant that somehow manages to celebrate both Turkey Day and Native American Heritage Month. The play is directed by David Ratliff, who previously directed two of Flying Anvil’s original Zoom plays in 2020. He says the show, written by a member of the Lakota nation, is topical, thought-provoking and laugh-out-loud funny, but also connects with the history of this area. ““Here in East Tennessee, we’re surrounded by Native American place names, because this was Yuchi, Muskogee Creek, and Cherokee land. But we hardly take note of it. This play offers us a chance to see this holiday in a new way while also poking fun at the worst parts of our own best intentions.”
The cast of local actors includes Mitch Moore, Celeste Pelletier, David Hutto and Amber Collins Crane. Edina Bobreck is the costume designer, Jordan Vera designs lighting with set by Jax Wright and props by Jordan McCready. Randy Thompson is stage manager.
The Thanksgiving Play continues Flying Anvil’s commitment to reopening safely. The theatre requires everyone to show a vaccination card or negative Covid test and wear masks within the space. In addition, only 60 seats are sold for each performance, so audience members can distance themselves within the theatre.
There is a Pay What You Can preview on November 10 and shows Thursday through Sunday through Nov 28.
Flying Anvil Theatre, 1300 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville. Information: 865-357-1309, www.flyinganviltheatre.com. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram, @flyinganviltheatre
Tennessee Environmental Council: Eco Challenge
Participate in Tennessee Environmental Council's Eco Challenge for a chance to win!
Until December 8th, you can get points for doing many of the sustainable actions you take on a normal basis and by pushing yourself to level up. Tennessee Environmental Council is hosting an exciting challenge from now until December 8th. Earn points for planting a native plant, calling up junk mail senders, refilling with KnoxFill (wink, wink), and so much more!
How to Participate:
- Register on their website at https://www.tectn.org/ecochallenge.html
- Report your action items to earn points. The more actions you take, the more chances you have to win some of their awesome prizes!
- Check the leaderboard and tune in on December 10 (and keep an eye on your email) to see if you won!
AIDS Memorial Quilt: UT campus-wide Display
Join the Pride Center and our several hosting locations for a cross-campus, month-long public display of eight blocks of the AIDS Memorial Quilt.
See below for the list of display sites and relevant visitation information (dates and hours per location coming soon!):
Ewing Gallery in A&A (1715 Volunteer Blvd)
Student Union Gallery (1502 Cumberland Ave)
McClung Museum Lobby (1327 Circle Park)
The fourth and fifth floors of Bailey Education Complex (1122 Volunteer Blvd)
College of Veterinary Medicine (2407 River Drive)
Parking information can be found online. Free parking is available in Circle Park throughout the day, and free parking is available in staff lots (including the lots by Neyland Stadium and the Clarence Brown Theater) after 4pm.
For more general information on the quilt, check out www.aidsmemorial.org.
Westminister Presbyterian Church: Exhibition by Larry Cole
A native of Tennessee, Larry studied art and business at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. In his early studio work at UT, Larry drew inspiration from the painting techniques of his nationally-known professors C. Kermit Ewing and Carl Sublett. Their influence helped to develop Larry's abstract expressionist approach to his real-world subjects. Larry subsequently chose a career in banking but maintained a life-long interest in painting.
After a 33-year career and earning an MBA, Larry retired to pursue painting. He eventually opened a studio and gallery in the Bearden Arts District near downtown Knoxville which he owned for several years. He currently works from his new studio on his property in West Knoxville where he continues to explore varying painting techniques and subjects.
Larry's works have been showcased in solo and group exhibits in the Knoxville, Nashville, and Chattanooga areas. His works continue to gain ever-increasing recognition as he accelerates participation in events throughout the Southeast. In addition to public exhibitions and engagements, he enjoys the patronage of a number of devoted private and corporate collectors.
Westminster Presbyterian Church’s Schilling Gallery
6500 Northshore Drive, Knoxville, TN
Hours: Monday thru Friday, 9 AM to 4PM
Please call to confirm availability of access to display
Dogwood Arts: Voices of Appalachia Exhibition by Brian Melton
Join us on First Friday from 5-8PM for the Opening Reception of "Voices of Appalachia and Selected Works" by Brian Melton. The exhibition offers a true glimpse into the heart of this region through the hands of someone who calls it home. Portraits of Appalachian icons like the legendary coach Pat Summitt, the Heartland Series’ Bill Landry, John Henry, Sequoyah, and Davy Crockett hang alongside tropes like the old-timer, volunteer, midwife, coal miner, longhunter, fiddler, farmer, pastor, and teacher.
The exhibition includes 15 wall-mounted cottonwood bark sculptures alongside several large-scale free-standing sculptures, woodblock prints, and a recreation of Melton’s studio.
Masks are required, regardless of vaccination status.
Gallery Hours: M-F 10AM-5PM
Dogwood Arts, 123 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-637-4561, www.dogwoodarts.com