The Appalachian Arts Craft Center will be offering multiple classes throughout the month of March. Basic Kumihimo, Recycled Windchime/Suncatcher and Felted Bag Workshop are a few of the classes that will be offered. This is the perfect time to learn a new craft and have some fun! For a complete list of classes and registration information, call 865-494-9854.
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 13th from 10 a.m. to 2 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.
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 20th from 10 a.m. to 2 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.
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 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.
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 Lavender Festival in Jackson Square, Oak Ridge celebrates health, herbs, and the environment. You’ll find live music, artisan vendors, everything from homemade jam to fine art, a lively children’s tent, and cooking demonstrations and educational presentations throughout the day. The festival takes place from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm. Admission to the festival is free with plenty of free parking available.
July 4th will be celebrated in an unusual, dramatic, and traditional fashion at the Museum of Appalachia with historic anvil shoots. In addition, there will be demonstrations of mountain arts and crafts. Bluegrass, old time and folk music will be played and sung on the porches of the cabins and in the old log church, hymn singing and church services will be conducted. The demonstrations and music can be found throughout the 65-acre farm/village complex. For more information, please contact the Museum of Appalachia at 865-494-7680.
The Norris Lions Club brings you the Annual Norris Day celebration in downtown Norris. Running enthusiasts can begin the day with the Firecracker Road Run sponsored by the Norris Recreation Commission. Later the children’s Dog Show will be held on the Norris Commons, followed by the one-mile Fun Run. No one will want to miss the children’s Wheel Race, the Bicycle Parade, the Water Balloon Toss or the Water-Ball Battles. There will be sack races and duck races, too. One of the highlights of Norris Day is the wonderful barbeque dinner--barbeque pork and chicken with all the sides served by the Norris Lions Club in the Norris Middle School cafeteria from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Norris Day will conclude with a fireworks show. For more information, call 865-368-4884.
This show will feature over sixty of the finest selection of 18th & 19th century Antique Dealers. During the show traditional craftsmen will be on the grounds demonstrating their various and centuries-old talents. The venue will also provide mountain music in different locations on the grounds while other areas will highlight Civil War-era soldiers and civilians in their period dress. Tickets also include a tour of the Museum, a farm-village with some three dozen historic log structures, exhibit halls filled with authentic Appalachian artifacts, and gardens and farm animals in a picturesque setting surrounded by split-rail fences. Hours are Friday 9 am - 5 pm and Saturday 9 am - 4 pm. For more information call the museum at 865-494-7680.
Join the Friends of Norris Dam State Park for the annual Pickin’ in the Park Concert held the first Friday of October from 5:30 to 9:30 pm. This event is an evening full of bluegrass music, BBQ, local craft vendors, laughter and fun. The event is located at the historic amphitheater and tearoom on the east side of Norris Dam State Park. There is no entrance fee but donations to the Friends of Norris Dam are strongly encouraged! If you have any questions, please call the park office at 865-426-7461.
The Anderson County Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring the Clinch River Antique Festival in Historic Downtown Clinton. The Festival will start with a "Kick-Off Party" on Friday, October 12th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with live entertainment,delicious food and great shopping with the antique and specialty stores staying open late. On Saturday, October 13th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., more than 90 antique dealers and artisans will line Market and Cullom Streets. There is free admission and parking. For more information, call 865-457-2559 or visit www.clinchriverfallfestival.com.