Calendar of Events
Saturday, June 25, 2022
Circle Modern Dance: 30th Anniversary Show and Gala
30th Anniversary Show and Gala, One Continuous Motion, on Saturday, June 25, at the Bijou Theatre. The event is free and open to the public with a silent auction. https://knoxbijou.org/bijou-events/circle-modern-dance-presents-one-continuous-motion/
Circle Modern Dance was founded in 1990 by a group of friends with the belief that Any Body Has the Right to Dance. Originally, Circle was a small number of dancers who collectively rented studio space and taught class to each other. Over the years, the company has grown to offer a variety of different weekly classes, workshops, and performance opportunities to both its company members and other dancers in the community. Currently, Circle Modern Dance holds open level ballet, modern, and improvisational dance classes on Sundays and has an annual winter performance along with other regular performance opportunities such as Rossini Festival and First Fridays. www.circlemoderndance.com
East Tennessee Historical Society: Canada Day
On Saturday, June 25, from 11am - 3pm, the East Tennessee Historical Society will host "Canada Day" at the Museum of East Tennessee History.
Canada Day is an opportunity to celebrate when Canada came to the 1982 World's Fair. The Canada Pavilion was fun for all, and we want to thank our neighbors to the north for being part of the World's Fair. Join us as we travel to Canada by way of Knoxville!
FAMILY FRIENDLY games, trivia, and prizes will be hosted from 11am - 3pm with special appearances by the Knoxville Ice Bears and the American Museum of Science and Energy. To wrap-up the day, a Canada Day puppet show will be hosted at 1 pm for children and families.
Canada Day is one of several "community days" with FREE ADMISSION to the Museum of East Tennessee History throughout the summer, kindly sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).
East Tennessee Historical Society, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Museum hours: M-F 9-4, Sa 10-4, Su 1-5. Information: 865-215-8824, www.easttnhistory.org
Knoxville Opera Guild: A Midsummer Night’s Martini
Please consider joining us for a fundraiser organized by Knoxville Opera Guild! Deadline to RSVP is June 21.
Saturday, June 25th, 6:30 - 10:30 PM
5105 Holston Hills Road, Knoxville, TN 37914
Tickets $150; Sponsorships available.
~ Highlights ~
Music performances by Knoxville Artists, including:
Soprano Jaqueline Brecheen and tenor Tim Pope under the artistic direction of Maestro Brian Salesky, Momentum Dance Lab, Kukuly and the Gypsy Fuego; Full course Elegant buffet, wine & spirits; Knoxville Opera Guild's Annual Signature Martini
Boys & Girls Clubs of the TN Valley: Red, White, and Club Blue Pub Crawl
Date: Saturday, June 25th, 2022
Time: Registration/Pick up wristbands at Merchants of Beer from 12:30pm-2:30pm
Tickets: Presale tickets are $15 | Day of tickets are $20
Tickets include: (1) welcome drink at MOB, koozie, lanyard, and access to exclusive drink specials
Merchants of Beer
$3 select drafts, $5 Jack Fire and Piedra Azul Tequila, and $6 margaritas
Old City Sports Bar
Free Cover, $2 domestic beers, $3 jello shots
Free Cover, $3 PBR
Pour Tap Room
10% off bill
Ijams Nature Center: Have Fun with Fungi
(Ages 18+) Join Ijams for a FUN(gi) time next Saturday, June 25, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.! You'll learn about and search for coral mushrooms, bird nest fungi, polypores, boletes, chanterelles, and more during this Ijams Field Day. Learn More and Register!
2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville, TN 37920. 865-577-4717 or https://www.ijams.org
Glowing Body: Family Yoga with Nora Vines
Cool Summer Fun!
Saturday, June 25 | 1:00 - 2:00p
Beat the heat and move and connect as a family in Nora's Family Yoga class. It’s the perfect way to strengthen bonds while encouraging self expression and self regulation.
Your experience will include:
• Fun Games
• Yoga Poses
• Goofiness and Playfulness
• Loving Embraces and Restful Time
$30 for parent/child pairs and $15 per additional child.
Tennessee Theatre: Riverdance - 25th Anniversary
Dogwood Arts: Summer Featured Gardens
• Friday, June 24th: 10AM-5PM
• Saturday, June 25th: 10AM-5PM
Join us as we open three spectacular private properties for the Summer Featured Gardens event, June 24th-25th! Each garden is unique in design and offers a variety of plant material, beautiful summer blooms, and special landscaping features. We are honored that these residents have generously opened their properties to the public as a part of our annual celebration of East Tennessee's natural beauty.
This event is free though a $5 donation per garden is suggested. Tours are self-guided although Dogwood Arts staff will be on-site for questions.
• Free parking & shuttle to the garden from Sevier Heights Baptist Church (3140 Maloney Rd, Knoxville, TN 37920)
Set on a hilltop overlooking the Great Smoky Mountains, Anderson Estate is a plant collectors garden. This young, but ever-expanding garden, features an extensive hosta collection with over 500 varieties and also includes a wide assortment of azaleas, camellias, rhododendrons, conifers, and a native plant display garden. The kitchen garden with 11 raised vegetable beds, fruit trees, and berries is home to an apiary. The property also includes a cemetery from the 1800’s, an Enchanted Forest, and a professionally landscaped frog haven with a bubbling brook and waterfall.
• 3237 Garden Drive, Knoxville, TN 37918
Savage Garden was inspired by Arthur Savage’s visit to his native England. Upon his return, he began building stone walls, ponds, arbors, and multiple follies. After many years of extensive restoration, including rebuilding stone walls and borders, constructing faithful copies of the original arbors and gates, and planting thousands of trees, shrubs, and perennials, Savage Garden is once again the kind of magical place envisioned by Arthur Savage. Early Summer highlights hundreds of blooming hydrangeas, native azaleas, and countless perennials. Savage Garden is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
• 513 Altamira Drive, Knoxville, TN 37934
Affectionately named by her husband Michael, Mary’s Garden began in 1993 and was set on a level site surrounding their home which included many native dogwoods. Over the years, the garden has grown to include many roses and perennials in the sunny front and side yards. A variety of hydrangeas and woodland plants fill the back gardens. Lilies and roses abound in the summer garden.
There is limited parking at each garden, and guests will be admitted on a first-come-first-served basis. These private properties require extensive walking and are not handicap accessible. Comfortable or hiking shoes are recommended.
Dogwood Arts, 123 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-637-4561, www.dogwoodarts.com
Ijams Nature Center: Morning and Evening Paddles
(Ages 16+) If you're looking for a water adventure, join Ijams for a beautiful morning or evening kayak trip on the Tennessee River and learn about animals, history and scenery! These are small-group programs, so don't wait to save your spot.
Register for June 24, 6-8 p.m.
Register for June 25, 9-11 a.m.
Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Visitor Center open daily 10-6; grounds and trails open daily from 8 AM - dusk. Information: 865-577-4717, www.ijams.org
Friends of Knox County Public Library: Used Book Sale
Future Book Sales:
• Cedar Bluff Branch: June 24-25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Burlington Branch: July 8-9, 1-5 p.m.
• Howard Pinkston Branch: July 21 and 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Karns Branch: August 4 and 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Powell Branch: September 9-10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Farragut Branch: September 16-17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Fall Sale at Central United Methodist: September 29-October 1 (Members-Only Day September 29), 3:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Flying Anvil Theatre: A Kid Like Jake
Flying Anvil Theatre, is preparing to present A Kid Like Jake this pride month. The play tells the story of parents Alex and Greg as they attempt to navigate enrolling their 4-year old into the competitive New York City kindergarten landscape. Jake has an affinity to take on the role of “princess” during playtime, and matters are complicated when he starts showing aggressive behaviors at school interviews.
The adults in Jake’s life are all grappling with the idea that Jake may be transgender. “Jake reminds us that labels can help us put order to the world around us, but at what cost?” says director Doug James, who has approached the play with more questions than answers. “We actually never see the character of Jake in the play- just the adults speaking about and for him. I just want to know, and I think it’s up to the audience to decide, what’s best for the child?”
James, Theatre Teacher at Austin East High School and Adjunct Professor at Maryville College, says that the spectrum of what gender truly means is at the center of national discussion. "No matter what side you fall on this issue, the discussion of gender cannot simply be avoided,” he says. “The beautiful aspect of this play is that it does not preach, but asks questions.” A line that James says perfectly sums up the play is from the preschool principal. “All I'm saying is, we don't always have to know the answers, as long as we keep listening."
A Kid Like Jake, sponsored by Positively Living and Choice Health Networks, runs at Flying Anvil Theatre from June 16-26, and tickets start at $27 for adults and $15 for students.
Flying Anvil Theatre, 1300 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville. Information: 865-357-1309, www.flyinganviltheatre.com. Facebook and Instagram @flyinganviltheatre
Tennessee Artists Association: Exhibition at Ijams Nature Center
Reception will be June 4th, 6 – 8pm in conjunction with a Bluegrass Band performance.
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, www.ijams.org
Tennessee Artists Association: 865-675-2285, www.tnartists.org