This tour is free with paid admission to the American Museum of Science and Energy and runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the month of April and May. Explore the original Manhattan Project sites around Oak Ridge and learn the history behind the development of the world’s first atomic weapon which helped to end WWII. Bus participants must be US citizens, at least 10 years old and have photo id. For more information, contact AMSE at 865-576-3200
Guided rides, ATV Rodeo, Poker Run, Windrock Wide Open, Windrock Challenge, Drag Race, Mud Drag and Dash for Cash are just a few of the activities at the Jamboree! You don’t have to be a rider to enjoy. Spectators can watch the competitions and enjoy the fun. The event takes place at Windrock Park which consists of over 72,000 acres of off-road adventure for the entire family with many picturesque views of East Tennessee’s mountains and valleys.
New to the Jamboree this year is the Windrock Shindig! A concert with country artists Morgan Evans, Michael Ray and headliner Jon Pardi!
For more information about the event, call 865-435-3492.
Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship Regatta
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The 50th annual Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship Regatta (SIRA) is a two day men’s and women’s collegiate competitive regatta that will take place on April 21-22, 2018. SIRA’s will be hosted by Oak Ridge Rowing Association on Melton Lake in Oak Ridge. Approximately 2,000 athletes will compete in this competitive regatta to earn the highly wanted trophy that has been passed down years for their respective event.
In pioneer Appalachia, farmers sheared their sheep each spring for wool to spin into yarn or fill quilts. The Museum of Appalachia will renew this annual ritual on April 21st from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., trimming the winter’s growth of heavy wool from its flock of sheep. The wooly animals will be trimmed by Kentucky native John Cooper, who will explain the process to onlookers while using vintage hand-cranked shears operated by “student power.” Spinning, weaving and quilting demonstrators will show how wool was used to make yarn and quilt batting in the days before ready-made clothing and superstores. For more information, call 865-494-7680.
Big Ed’s Memorial Golf Tournament is being held in support of Community Mediation Services of Anderson County. The tournament will be held at the Oak Ridge Country Club on Friday, April 27th. Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be served and there will be prizes and a silent auction. For more information and registration forms, call 865-463-6888.
The antique fair starts with a kick-off party on Friday, May 4th from 6 to 9 p.m. with musical entertainment. The shops on Market and Cullom Street will be open late and food vendors will be set up in Hoskins-Lane Park. On Saturday, May 5th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., over 100 exhibitors from East Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina and Ohio will offer a wide range of antiques and collectibles to suit every taste. A wide variety of foods from local vendors will be available all day. For more information, call 865-457-4547.
The National Enduro is a new and exciting event for Windrock in 2018. The best riders from around the country will compete in this adventure style mountain bike race where riders will be tested with a full day on the bike. Enduro mixes the all-out speed with the challenge of being out all day. Spectators are welcome.
The Big XII Conference Championship Regatta is a Division I Women’s Collegiate Championship event amongst some of the most competitive rowing programs in the country. With heats on Saturday and finals on Sunday, spectators will have the opportunity to listen to live announcements for the first 500 meters of the race and then view the last 1500 meters from the peninsula.
You don’t want to miss the 27th Annual Great Smoky Mountain Trail Ride (GSMTR) being held May 14th-20th. There will be plenty of riding, fun, great food and prizes! For more information, call 865-435-3492.
NINE LAKES WINE FESTIVAL
THREE DAYS OF EVENTS! MAY 17-19, 2018
East Tennessee has the best wines in our state! Join us for the second annual Nine Lakes Wine Festival at Melton Lake Park in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 30 minutes from Knoxville in beautiful East Tennessee. We’ll have dozens of award-winning Tennessee wines to taste, great food, live music, chef demonstrations and more.
Chef’s Table Wine Dinner, May 17 - 6 to 9 p.m. Extremely limited seating. Enjoy a gourmet dinner prepared by Chef John Alunni, paired with three local award-winning wines from The Winery at Seven Springs Farm. Winemakers Nicole Riddle and Michael Coombs will be there as well to pour and talk about their wines. It’s a special, intimate dinner you find anywhere else! Location: 817 North Herron Road, Knoxville, TN.
VIP Taste of Gold, May 18, 6 to 8:30 p.m. - Enjoy the best in Tennessee Wines! Pair your favorite red, white or sparkling gold medal wines with gourmet small plate cuisine. Be part of the Governor’s Cup award celebration recognizing the best of Tennessee wines. This all-inclusive evening will be held outdoors under a large tent on the shores of beautiful Melton Lake Park, Oak Ridge.
Grand Tasting, May 19, 3 to 8 p.m. - Taste 100+ Tennessee wines and ciders, with live music, chef demos and wine seminars. Delicious food vendors on-site (extra charge). Bring a friend and save! Non-Tasting Ticket (Designated Drivers), $10 per person
The 3rd annual Dogwood Masters Regatta, hosted by the Oak Ridge Rowing Association on Melton Lake, will take place on Saturday, May 19th. Rowers from the ages of 21-80+ will compete in the respective age groups at a 1000 meter distance. Spectators will be able to watch the entirety of the race and then enjoy the Nine Lakes Wine Festival on the peninsula once racing has concluded.