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Knoxville’s Learn Bridge in a Day®

Did you know that an estimated 25 million Americans play bridge? They play because it’s fun and it’s exciting. They play because of the mental and social stimulation. But, most importantly, they play because of friendships they have formed throughout the years.

Come see why bridge is so appealing. Come to Knoxville’s Learn Bridge in a Day® seminar on July 21. You will be introduced to the basics of playing contract bridge. This seminar is for you if you have never played or have played in the past and are looking for a refresher course.

Pre-registration is not required but is highly recommended. Register online at www.knoxbridge.org/LBIAD or call 865-539-4150 today to reserve your seat. The cost is $30. Check-in time is 12:30 pm, and the seminar begins at 1 pm.

Kevin Wilson, a Knoxvillian and nationally recognized bridge teacher and professional, will conduct this Learn Bridge in a Day® seminar at the Knoxville Bridge Center. Our previous seminars have been huge successes! Many past participants continue to play bridge and develop their bridge skills and have formed many new friendships.

Current players will be on hand to help with the seminar and to answer your questions. Bring a friend or come by yourself. Your new best friend just might be waiting to meet you!

Seminar participants will be also able to attend a Beginning Bridge class on each of the next two Tuesdays at no additional charge. Beginning with the third class, there will be a $5 charge per person. The follow-up bridge lessons will be held every Tuesday evening at 6 pm at the Knoxville Bridge Center beginning July 24.

The Knoxville Bridge Club is located at 7400 Deane Hill Drive. For a map or additional information about the club, visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pg/knoxvillebridge/about or on the web at www.knoxbridge.org.

Bridge Lessons for Newer Players on July 24th

What is this game called Bridge? It is a fascinating card game that NEVER gets boring!

Bridge consists of three components – bidding, playing the hand, and scoring. You will learn the basic tools and strategies for playing bridge plus the importance of a successful partnership in winning bridge. It is also a social game where players meet new people and develop friendships that will last a lifetime. In addition, health researchers believe that bridge stimulates mental function and may help to delay the effects of aging on the brain.

To learn more about this exciting game, come to our next Beginning Bridge class on Tuesday evening, July 24, at 6 pm. Bring a friend or come by yourself. Your new friends are waiting to meet you!

Our Beginning Bridge lessons have been a huge success throughout the years. After completing the lessons, you will most likely want to continue to play in bridge games offered at the Bridge Center.

The first two weeks of classes are free. Beginning the third week, the fee is $5 for each lesson that you attend. What a deal! It is hard to imagine anything as worthwhile and inexpensive as bridge.

This is your opportunity to learn something new in 2018! Registration is not required but is suggested. To register, call 865-539-4150 or visit www.knoxbridge.org/classes.

The Knoxville Bridge Club is located at 7400 Deane Hill Drive. For a map or additional information about the club, visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pg/knoxvillebridge/about or on the web at www.knoxbridge.org.

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The WannaBeatles Live in Concert at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center

Come experience a different kind of Beatles Tribute – a one-of-a-kind show that blends the great classic songs of the British Invasion with hilarious on-stage antics. On Saturday, June 30, at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, the nationally known group, The WannaBeatles, will be performing all of your favorite songs from the iconic group, along with selections from other quintessential bands of the ’60s and ’70s.

“We are thrilled to announce that The WannaBeatles will be performing in our amphitheater, and we are expecting quite a show!” said Logan Hull, Director of Special Events at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. “This is a unique opportunity to hear this Grammy Award-nominated band here in Townsend.”

The Heritage Center, as it is affectionately known, is at its core a Heritage and Cultural Museum and has been hosting concerts in its covered amphitheater for more than 10 years.

“There is no denying that music is an integral part of our history in East Tennessee, and we are lucky to have this facility to host this amazing group,” said Logan. “This Nashville-based band has been the only tribute act to have actually written songs for Paul McCartney, and they have brought smiles to fans for years!”

Dennis Scott, one of the four dynamic members, is a two-time Grammy and Emmy award-winning composer and producer. His songs have been recorded by such artists as Ray Charles, Faith Hill, and even the Muppets! He and his band will be playing oldies and goodies such as “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” as well as medleys from such bands as The Monkees, The Who, and The Doors.

The ticket sales from this benefit concert will directly support the Heritage Center’s mission of preserving, protecting, and promoting the unique history and rich culture of this region. The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is located only 45 minutes from West Knoxville at 123 Cromwell Drive in Townsend.

Tickets are on sale now by calling 865-448-0044 between 9 am and 5 pm. Advanced ticket prices will be $15 for members of the GSM Heritage Center and $20 for non-members. Tickets are general admission seating, and quantities are limited. Tickets at the door will be $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Advance tickets are recommended!

The evening will kick off at 5 pm with dinner available for an additional charge from Mooyah’s Burgers, Shakes and Fries. The performance will begin at 7 pm. If you have never been to a concert at the Heritage Center before, it is recommended that you bring a lawn chair, and note that no outside food or beverage is allowed.

For more information and to purchase tickets, call 865-448-0044 or visit www.GSMHeritageCenter.org. The concert is sponsored by First Century Bank, The Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Authority, Mooyah’s Burgers, Shakes, and Fries, Parkway Grocery, and media sponsor Everything Knoxville.

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Kentucky Rifles of the Great Smoky Mountains

By Randal Pierce and Logan Hull

You are invited to view more than 20 examples of southern mountain rifles and pistols at an upcoming temporary exhibit at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend, Tennessee, from May 1 to October 25, presented by the Kentucky Rifle Foundation. These 18th and 19th century tools were essential for the survival of pioneers in the frontiers of Eastern Tennessee and Western Carolina.

These southern mountain rifles fully evolved in the last quarter of the 18th and the first quarter of the 19th centuries, as pioneers and settlers moved into what is now Eastern Tennessee and Western North Carolina. In the original colonies during this time, the Kentucky rifle was becoming an art piece in its “Golden Age,” while on the frontier, the southern mountain rifle had become an unadorned, iron-mounted utilitarian piece.

Baxter Bean, whose work exemplified the typical southern mountain rifle, was a third-generation gunsmith who worked in the Jonesboro, Tennessee, area. One of Baxter’s rifles, which will be on exhibit, was brought into Cades Cove by Wilson “Wilse” Birchfield, who named the rifle “Old Bean.” Wilse chose to live high in the mountains just under Gregory’s Bald. When he moved out of the Cove into the mountains, the old timers told him the bears would eat him alive. Wilse’s response to this was, “Old Wilson may eat some, too.”

These rifles, pistols, and accoutrements will be on display May 1 through October 25. For more details and to learn about special programming, call 865-448-0044 or visit www.gsmheritagecenter.org. This exhibit is included in the cost of daily admission to the Heritage Center or FREE to GSMHC members. Also, a special thanks to our sponsor, Blount Partnership.

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
123 Cromwell Drive
Townsend, TN 37882
865.448.0044
www.gsmheritagecenter.org

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Tennessee Pottery Festival

In its second year at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, the Tennessee Pottery Festival returns on Saturday, May 5th. Located in Townsend, this festival is destined to become a yearly tradition with a hand-picked selection of renowned potters sharing their clay art. Last year’s success has made it possible for the growth the festival in 2018. This year’s festival will offer more types of pottery by a larger selection of potters with more demonstrations and more door prizes. With half of the artists hailing from Tennessee, this shows that there is a great passion for this hand-crafted art. With an even larger selection of returning and new potters, this event will give a chance for pottery collectors to meet the artists and purchase pieces to take home. The potters for 2018 have been juried to offer the best in earthenware and stoneware.

This festival was created to showcase the many different styles and varieties of handmade clay art and help share the talent of these artists. The event will run from 10 am to 4 pm (rain or shine) and is located outside the Heritage Center in the Historic Village. Admission is $5 for adults (GSMHC members and non-members), and children 5 and under will be free.

A collection of the nation’s finest potters from Tennessee, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, Michigan, and Louisiana will display and sell their art for a wide range of prices. This is a perfect time to learn from and discuss different styles and forms of pottery with the expert potters. With the unique backdrop of the Heritage Center, the equally unique pieces of art are sure to delight shoppers.  Many different styles of pottery will be showcased and available for purchase, including wheel thrown, functional stoneware, clay sculpture, horsehair, earthenware, and Raku.

2018’s featured artist is Alysha Baier, who will hold demonstrations throughout the day. Baier is a ceramic artist working out of Honeoye Pottery in Honeoye, NY, located in the Finger Lakes region of upstate NY.  She keeps a whimsical and loose approach to her work by taking wheel thrown forms and altering the surfaces. Her style is also known for slip design that complements the altered forms. Though Baier focuses mainly on the production of functional tableware, she also has a line of decorative horse hair pottery.

MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes will be serving up lunch for an additional charge, and live music will also be on hand in the Historic Village.

“We are so proud of the 2017 festival, and we are excited about the future that is in store for 2018 and beyond,” said Logan Hull, Director of Special Events at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center. “We have grown quite a bit and are focused on providing THE place to find unique and creative pieces of pottery!”

Special thanks to our sponsors: Blount Partnership, Richard and Joni Maples, and our media sponsor The Daily Times.

For more information, visit www.TennesseePotteryFestival.com or www.GSMHeritageCenter.org.

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
123 Cromwell Drive
Townsend, TN 37882
865.448.0044
www.TennesseePotteryFestival.com

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Knoxville’s Learn Bridge in a Day®

Did you know that an estimated 25 million Americans, including Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, play bridge? They play because it’s fun and it’s exciting. They play because of the mental and social stimulation. But, most importantly, they play because of friendships they have formed throughout the years.

If you want to see why bridge is so appealing, come to Knoxville’s Learn Bridge in a Day® seminar on January 20. You will be introduced to the basics of playing contract bridge. This seminar is for you if you have never played or have played in the past and are looking for a refresher course.

Pre-registration is not required but is highly recommended. Register online at www.knoxbridge.org/LBIAD or call 865-539-4150 today to reserve your seat. The cost is $30. Check-in time is 12:30 pm, and the seminar begins at 1 pm.

Kevin Wilson, a Knoxvillian and nationally recognized bridge teacher and professional, will conduct this Learn Bridge in a Day® seminar at the Knoxville Bridge Center. Our previous seminars have been a huge success! Many past participants continue to play bridge and develop their bridge skills and have formed many new friendships.

Current players will be on hand to help with the seminar and to answer your questions. Bring a friend or come by yourself. Your new best friend just might be waiting to meet you!

Seminar participants will be also able to attend a Beginning Bridge class on each of the next two Tuesdays at no additional charge. Beginning with the third class, there will be a $5 charge per person. The follow-up bridge lessons will be held every Tuesday evening at 6 pm at the Knoxville Bridge Center beginning January 23.

The Knoxville Bridge Club is located at 7400 Deane Hill Drive. For a map or additional information about the club, visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pg/knoxvillebridge/about or on the web at www.knoxbridge.org.

Knoxville Bridge Club
7400 Deane Hill Drive in Knoxville
www.knoxbridge.org

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GO! Contemporary Dance Works Presents ALICE

GO! Contemporary Dance Works will present ALICE, a full-length revolutionary contemporary ballet based on the Lewis Carroll novel Alice in Wonderland. The ballet will run February 10th and 11th with three performances at Knoxville’s historic Bijou Theatre.

Lisa Hall McKee, Artistic Director, describes GO!’s version “exciting and daring, animated and wildly intense with a whirling atmosphere.” This immensely popular story combines classical, contemporary, and aerial dance with powerful sets and vibrant costumes. A diverse selection of classical and contemporary music combined with supreme technical feats, both in the air and on the ground, will delight audiences of all ages. A collaboration of the works of six choreographers, the enchanting story of Alice is rediscovered with bravado and brimming with wit and versatility.
 
Harper Addison, professional dancer new to Knoxville from San Francisco, will be dancing the lead role of Alice. She has worked with notable organizations, including Robert Moses’ KIN, Davidson College, and SAFEhouse Arts, among others. Addison, with her endearing yet unyielding athletic and contemporary style, leads the audience through Alice’s adventures, meeting with metamorphic creatures such as smoking caterpillars, a spinning Cheshire, and flipping cards.  Exceptional pre-professional soloists demonstrate daring athleticism and technical excellence. Visits from character dancers in the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party bring great humor and charisma to this infamous scene that is guaranteed not to disappoint!    

ALICE will also integrate projected images onto the stage and onto the dancers.  

“It is exciting to use projection and integrate it into the choreography,” said McKee. “It will enhance the darker and lighter elements, truly defining the story.  This is an ALICE no one should miss!”

Show times are Saturday, February 10, at 2 and 7:30 pm and Sunday, February 11, at 3 pm.  There will be a Mad Hatter’s High Tea event prior to the Saturday matinee performance in the Bijou’s upstairs gallery.  Meet Alice and friends, enjoy fanciful “Drink-Me” potions and “Eat-Me” cakes, with much more pre-show entertainment.  GO! is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Tickets may be purchased by calling STUDIO ARTS for dancers at 865-539-2475 or online at www.gocontemporarydance.com.

GO! Contemporary Dance Works
865.539.2475
www.gocontemporarydance.com

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Learn to Play Bridge on July 15th

Knoxville’s Learn Bridge in a Day™ seminars have been a huge success. Everyone always has a fun day of bridge. New friendships and partnerships have been developed as a result of those seminars, and those new players continue to enjoy this fascinating game.

On July 15th, Kevin Wilson will present another Learn Bridge in a Day™ seminar at the Knoxville Bridge Center. Participants will be introduced to the basics of playing and scoring contract bridge. Numerous coaches will be on hand to guide in actual play and to answer any questions.

This program is designed for those who have never played bridge, but it’s also for someone who might have played bridge years ago and would like to be re-introduced to the basics. Most importantly, it’s for anyone looking for an opportunity to meet new people while playing this fun and fascinating card game.

Participation in the one-day seminar will include follow-up beginning lessons during the next two weeks at no additional charge. Beginning with the third lesson, the Knoxville club will charge $5 per person.

“You can’t get any less expensive,” said Kevin. “We have a whole plan for them after the seminar.”

The follow-up bridge lessons will be held every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 or Tuesday evening at 6:00 at the Knoxville Bridge Center beginning July 16th and 18th.

Pre-registration is not required but highly recommended due to limited seating. Call 865-539-4150 today to reserve your seat, and you can begin playing the best mind game ever on July 15th. The cost is $30. Check-in time is 12:30 pm, and the seminar begins at 1 pm. Your new best friend and partner just might be there waiting to meet you.

The Knoxville Bridge Club is located at 7400 Deane Hill Drive in Knoxville. For a map and additional information, visit www.knoxbridge.org.

Bridge Lessons for Newer Players on July 16th and 18th

Knoxville’s Bridge Lessons have been a fantastic success during the last few years. Hundreds of new players have come to the lessons and now play bridge in our games that are available every day of the week. Many of these players attended the Learn Bridge in a Day™ prior to starting the bridge lessons.

The Knoxville Bridge Center hosts continuing bridge lessons. A new class starts on Sunday afternoons at 1:30 beginning July 16th and also on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 beginning July 18th. Each week the lessons are given on both days, and participants are encouraged to attend either or both – whichever is convenient with their schedule on any given week.

If you already have a bridge partner, come together. If you don’t have a bridge partner, why don’t you come to the lessons and find your new partner in bridge?

The first two weeks of the classes are free. Beginning the third week, the lessons cost $5 per lesson that you attend. It is hard to imagine anything as worthwhile and inexpensive as bridge.

For more information or to register, call 865-539-4150 or visit www.knoxbridge.org.

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Tennessee Pottery Festival

Tennessee Pottery Festival

By Logan Hull, Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center Director of Special Events and Rentals

In its inaugural year, the Tennessee Pottery Festival is set for Saturday, May 6, in Townsend, Tennessee.  Located at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, this festival is to become a yearly tradition with approximately 15 renowned potters sharing their clay art and craft this year, and it will continue to grow each year.  This event will give pottery collectors a chance to meet the artists and purchase pieces to take home.  The selected potters for 2017 have been recommended by their peers, but the organizers plan on creating a jury for applicants for future years.

This festival was created to showcase the many different styles and varieties of handmade clay art and help support the art community by giving them an outlet to sell their goods.  The event will run from 10 am to 4 pm (rain or shine) and is located outside the Heritage Center in the Historic Village. Admission is $5 for adults (GSMHC members and non-members), and children 5 and under are free.

Featured artist, Joe Frank McKee, will hold demonstrations throughout the day.  McKee is the co-owner of the Treehouse Pottery studio in Dillsboro, NC, and the co-founder of the Western North Carolina pottery festival held in November each year.  There will also be hourly pottery giveaways for visitors.

A collection of the nation’s finest potters from New York, North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee will display and sell their art for a wide range of prices.  This is a perfect time to learn from and discuss different styles and forms of pottery with the expert potters. With the unique backdrop of the Heritage Center, the equally unique pieces of art are sure to delight shoppers. 

Many different styles of pottery will be showcased and available for purchase, including wheel thrown, functional stoneware, clay sculpture, horsehair, earthenware, and Raku. The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center would also like to welcome visitors to view a new collection of Pottery Artifacts.  Discovered in Blount County, this collection was created between the Woodland and Mississippian time periods.  These Native American pieces were created and used approximately from 1600 BC until 1000 BC.

The Blount County Fire Department will be onsite cooking their “Cast Iron” lunch of mixed greens, pinto beans, cornbread, and cobbler for a donation of $10, which supports their “Coats for the Community” fundraiser.  Live music will also be on hand in the Historic Village by local Maryville College students, Maddie Carpenter and Jordan McCullough.

Special thanks to our sponsors: Richard and Joni Maples, Cades Cove Cellars, and our media sponsor, The Daily Times. For more information, visit www.TennesseePotteryFestival.com or www.GSMHeritageCenter.org.

Tennessee Pottery Festival
123 Cromwell Drive
Townsend, TN 37882
865.448.0044
www.TennesseePotteryFestival.com

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Gallery on Main Presents “Arts and Crafts Around the Park”

Gallery on Main Presents “Arts and Crafts Around the Park”

Gallery on Main in historic downtown Sweetwater and the dozens of local and regional artists it features invite you to attend a very special event, “Arts and Crafts Around the Park,” on Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29, from 9 am to dusk each day. This year’s event will be held at downtown Sweetwater’s Circle Park in front of the train car.

Arts and Crafts Around the Park will feature both the arts and crafts from artists and crafters from throughout East Tennessee. You will discover a wide assortment of paintings, ceramics, woodworking, jewelry, fabric art, and so much more on display and for purchase. In addition, Gallery on Main will be open for you to explore the arts and crafts of all of our resident artists and crafters.

While you’re visiting historic downtown Sweetwater, be sure to visit our in-gallery Tsali Notch wine tasting area featuring the wines and products produced from the Muscadine, “America’s wild grape,” right here at Monroe County’s very own Tsali Notch Vineyard. You are also encouraged to visit downtown Sweetwater’s many other shops and restaurants and to make a day of it while enjoying spring in Tennessee.

Art and craft lover or novice, everyone is invited to attend this family friendly event. Rain dates for the event are Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6. See you at Circle Park!

Gallery on Main
109 Morris Street
Sweetwater, TN 37874
423.337.7400

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GO! Contemporary Dance Works

A Swashbuckling Ballet: The Barbarosa

The Story of the Legendary Pirate Anne Bonny

Join GO! Contemporary Dance Works and set sail to the high seas in a spectacular ballet performance of swinging pirates, mesmerizing mermaids, and clashing swords in The Barbarosa on February 11 and 12 at the Bijou Theatre.

The Barbarosa, both dangerous and grandiose, is an insightful look into the life of the legendary pirate Anne Bonny.

“Historians don’t really know that much about Anne,” said Lisa Hall McKee, director. “She actually only shows up in history for about three years, yet she is one of the most recognized pirates known today. Act one will explore Anne on her father’s North Carolina plantation. I assume she wreaked havoc everywhere she went on that plantation, which gave us a lot of opportunity for light-hearted, playful, even comedic choreography. I also assumed she was haunted by her unconventional past. That premise led to darker, emotional works that are heartbreaking and moving.”

Act two takes a large turn, with Anne as a pirate on The Barbarosa. Dances with swords, knives, and treasure chests will depict the day-to-day pirate life and include expansive aerial work.  

“GO! is known for incorporating aerial into our story lines, and this ballet almost demands it to create a realistic, larger than life feel of a pirate ship,” said McKee. “Amidst all the excitement of treasure checking and sword play will also be tragedy and conflict. While she is an exciting historical figure, she is also a tragic figure.”

The role of Anne will be danced by Harper Addison, a San Francisco dancer who recently located to Knoxville.

“Harper is really absorbing the grit of Anne,” said McKee. “She is lovely and very diverse. She is very dynamic and emotional in this role. Knoxville is going to love her!”

GO! Contemporary Dance Works is known for its edgy choreography that extends way beyond the average dance goer. A 501(c)(3) organization, GO! serves its community through outreach and partnerships with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Opera, and Knox County Schools, as well as other local non-profit organizations.

Tickets are available at www.gocontemporarydance.com or by calling 865-539-2475. Advance tickets are $27 and $22. At-the-door prices are $30 and $25. There’s a $5 discount for seniors, students, and children. This performance is brought in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission, Scripps Howard, Cathey Co., 91.9 Radio, Red Arrow Industries, Gables & Gates, Sheri Good Realtor, and Studio Arts for Dancers.

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