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VOL. 43 | NO. 24 | Friday, June 14, 2019

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Shrimp Boil: Peelin’, Eatin’ & Politickin’. The Knoxville Chamber’s event features food, music and top business and community leaders. Elected officials and others from across Tennessee are invited to this annual event, now in its 11th year. Business casual/casual attire encouraged. VIP tables of eight also are available. Thursday, 5-7 p.m. $35 for member, $40 for non-members. Jackson Terminal, 205 W. Jackson Ave. Information


Variety Thursdays

Frontier Band is featured this week in the free concert series on Market Square. 6 p.m. Information Additional dates:

-- June 20: Uptown Moonlighting

-- June 27: Square on the Square

Summer Fundraiser and Tour

The 17th annual event of the East Tennessee Community Design Center will celebrate the Historic Burlington Community’s residences, businesses, churches and parks. The event includes drinks, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction with a walking tour starting at 6:30 p.m. 5-8:30 p.m. $65. The Gathering Spot at Burlington Village, 3906 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Knoxville. Information

Fundraiser for McClung Museum

The museum will celebrate retiring director Jeff Chapman’s legacy and raise money for the Jefferson Chapman Endowed Directorship. A reception on the Terrace with cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres, and live music by The Empty Bottle String Band begins at 6 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. seated dinner and program in the River Room. Dessert and Champagne toast will take place at 8 p.m. $250 ticket, sponsorships available. Cherokee Country Club, 5138 Lyons View Pike, Knoxville. Information:

Solstice Supper

CAC Beardsley Community Farm will hold its annual farm-to-table dinner to raise funds for its operating budget and to provide sustainably grown produce to those in need in Knoxville. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a meet-and-greet, hors d’oeuvres and silent auction followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m. The silent auction closes at 8:30 p.m. when dessert is served. The four-course collaboration features chef Jeff DeAlejandro of OliBea, chef Jessie Newmister of Tako Taco and Nolan Sherrill, owner of the Phoenix Pharmacy. Guests are welcome to bring their own wine. Water and coffee will be available, as well as a limited selection of wine donated from Downtown Wine + Spirits and Corks Wine and Spirits. Individual tickets are available, along with tables of four or eight. A business sponsor table of eight is $1,000 and includes recognition at the dinner. The Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Ave., Knoxville. Information

Doctors vs. Lawyers Trivia Night

InterFaith Health Clinic has partnered with Summit Medical Group, Direct Mail Services and the Wages Wilson Group for a trivia competition, which will bring together the medical and legal communities in healthy competition to raise money to provide health care for the underserved. 6:30-9 p.m. $75. The Press Room, 730 N. Broadway. Information


Summer Solstice Dinner

The seventh annual event at the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum features local food, brews and music. Enjoy an evening under the stars and a meal made with fresh ingredients from KBGA’s Center for Urban Agriculture. 7-9 p.m. Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, 2743 Wimpole Ave. Information


Dragon Boat Festival

The Knox Area Rescue Ministries presents the 17th event, a fun and family-friendly day where dedicated paddlers, volunteers and sponsors partner with KARM in its biggest community fundraiser of the year. As the largest dragon boat event in East Tennessee, it’s an amazing experience to be part of. The festival is a perfect opportunity for your company, church, civic group, friends and family to build camaraderie while helping KARM raise crucial funds so that homeless men, women and children in our community can break the cycle of homelessness. Each paddler (registrant) will receive his/her own fundraising page to personalize, where supporters can make contributions toward the paddler’s (and paddler’s team) goal. Since 1960, KARM has provided food for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, and healing for hurting people in our community. KARM is home to nearly 300 people each night and serves nearly 1,000 meals daily, caring for those in need. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. The Cove at Concord Park,11808 South Northshore Dr. Knoxville. Information

Pridefest 2019

An open celebration of music, entertainment and speakers focused on promoting equality and inclusion of all people. Held at the Mary Costa Plaza and Performance Lawn at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum, this festival attracts thousands with a parade beginning at 10:30 a.m. Knoxville Civic Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave. Information


The ninth annual event features breweries, beer and enthusiasts for an afternoon and evening of sampling fresh beers of all colors, styles and favors. All net proceeds benefit Cure Duchenne, a national nonprofit that raises awareness and funds to find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. 4-8 p.m. $20-$50. World’s Fair Park, 1600 World’s Fair Park Drive, Knoxville. Information

George W. Bush

Hosted by the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, the 13th annual benefit in Athens will feature George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States. 6-9 p.m. $55. McMinn County High School, 2215 Congress Parkway, Athens. Information

JUNE 25-26

Gatlinburg Overnight

Friends of the Smokies has opened registration for the 2019 Classic Hikes of the Smokies “Overnight Experience.’’ Day One of this special event features a guided experience of the Twin Creeks area of the Smokies, home to exciting and diverse park treasures like the Twin Creeks Science Center and Ogle Homestead, and an easy afternoon hike. Day Two offers a choice between two guided hikes, one moderate and one strenuous. The first, a 5.4-mile hike, will highlight the recently completed restoration work of the highly-skilled Trails Forever crew and end at stunning Rainbow Falls. The second guided hike will combine three trails for a 15-mile adventure across the southern exposures of Roundtop and Little Roundtop Mountains to a section of the Smokies that few visitors ever experience. Participants will be treated to a surprise guest who will speak about the current state of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Lodging and meals are provided at The Buckhorn, East Tennessee’s classic country inn, which features stunning views of Mt. LeConte. Since 1993, Friends of the Smokies has helped fund critical projects and programs in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, like environmental education for schoolchildren, trail rehabilitation and protection against invasive species. The proceeds from the Gatlinburg Overnight Experience will further these efforts by supporting suppression of the hemlock woolly adelgid infestation using a multipronged approach, including treatment of 30,000 trees and the release of 570,000 biological control beetles. The overnight experience will also raise money for the park to treat trees in high-use areas that are at risk of the emerald ash borer, another invasive species. $300 per person. Those who register should be prepared to hike at least 6 miles and climb more than 1,500 feet on challenging terrain. Information

JUNE 28-30

Kuumba Festival

The three-day Kuumba Festival gets underway Friday. It is the largest African-American Cultural Arts Festival in East Tennessee. Food, music, storytelling, arts and crafts and more. The first day of events is on Market Square. The June 29-30 events will be held at Morningside Park, 1600 Dandridge Ave. Information

JULY 3-4

Gatlinburg’s 4th of July Midnight Parade

For 44 years, Gatlinburg has kicked off the at 12:01 a.m. on July 4. Stretching more than a mile, the parade route begins at Baskins Creek Bypass on East Parkway, turning south onto Parkway at traffic light #3 and traveling the length of downtown to traffic light #10 at Ski Mountain Road. Parade goers are encouraged to arrive early on July 3 in order to secure the perfect viewing area along the parade route. New head coach of the Lady Volunteers, Kellie Jolly Harper, will serve as grand marshal of parade which has garnered national attention and award recognition for excellence in entertainment. The parade has been named by National Geographic Traveler Magazine as a “Top Ten Parade to see in the U.S.” and recognized by as one of the “Five Best Fourth of July Celebrations in Smaller Cities.” Downtown. Information


Anvil shoot

While most Americans celebrate Independence Day with fireworks, the Museum of Appalachia marks the occasion with an old- fashioned “anvil shoot.” Every 4th of July, the Museum uses gunpowder to launch a 200-pound anvil hundreds of feet into the air. Anvil shoots are scheduled for 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The anvil shoot is the centerpiece of an all-day celebration that includes a national bell-ringing ceremony, flag procession, live music, southern food, demonstrations from blacksmiths, beekeepers, dulcimer makers, spinners and weavers, rail splitters and more. The Museum is open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., with special Independence Day activities 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 2819 Andersonville Highway, Clinton. Information

Oak Ridge celebration

The Community Band will put on a concert followed by the annual the City’s fireworks Display. Bring your lawn chair or blanket for outdoor seating. Concert begins at 7:30 and is a free concert but donations are gratefully accepted to help offset expenses. Fireworks will begin at dark, around 9:45 p.m. The concert and firework show will take place at A.K. Bissell Park. 1403 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge. Information

Festival on the 4th

The event delivers a wide variety of family fun including entertainment, activities and treats. The free festival begins at 4 p.m. and ends at approximately 10 p.m. at the conclusion of the fireworks display. Rain or shine. Throughout the day festival goers will be treated to good music, good food, good fun and good times on the Festival and Performance lawns of the World’s Fair Park. From 4-8 p.m., the Festival Lawn will be filled with fun activities to please kids of all ages such as miniature golf with Holes to Go and Lego building with Bricks for Kids. The Home Federal Family Fun Stage will feature live entertainment with new and exciting interactive fun for the whole family taking place inside the Amphitheater from 4-7:45 p.m. The musical finale will be performed, starting at 8 p.m., by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Free concert, no ticket required. Fireworks start at 9:35 p.m. 1600 World’s Fair Park Drive, Knoxville. Information


GI Jive

The event is held to honor assisted living residents and their families and friends and celebrate the supporters of Renaissance Terrace and Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service. The 2019 theme is a 1940s USO Canteen. The evening includes music, dancing, catered food, cash bar and a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit the Renaissance Terrace Bridge the Gap Fund, which assists residents in need. 6-10 p.m. $75 per person. Attire: Finest 1940s. Jackson Terminal, 205 W. Jackson Ave., Knoxville. Information

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