Posted on December 13th, 2013 by Cynthia Moxley
Margaret Rodgers filling her tin at the cookie exchange.
It is hard to believe that our annual holiday cookie exchange has been going on for 10 years! It all started because of some shows I saw that year on The Food Network, the cable TV network to which I was (and still am) hopelessly addicted. I’d never really heard of cookie exchanges, but it seemed like a swell idea. Guess what? It is!
Our cookie exchange involves about 25 people (so far, all women). Each person bakes six dozen cookies and they bring them on large platters to my condo. We have brunch and then pass out big cookie tins which each person proceeds to fill with various kinds of cookies. It’s a blast. I believe our husbands, boyfriends and children like this party even more than we do — because they get to eat the cookies!
We try to get everyone to tell me in advance what kind of cookies they plan to make so we can avoid duplicates. But this plan is only moderately successful. A lot of folks apparently don’t decide until the last minute what their contribution will be. That’s fine. It has a way of working out. (read more)
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Posted on December 12th, 2013 by Cynthia Moxley
Mixed greens and caramelized onion tartlets were the first course at the Raise the Roots dinner.
One of our favorite caterers, Holly Hambright, has opened her new sandwich shop in one of our favorite former dives, the infamous Corner Lounge on Central Avenue. “The Corner,” of course, was home for many years to the legendary Con Hunley, one of our favorite entertainers.
With all these favorites in mind, Alan and I were pleased to receive an invitation to the most recent “Raise the Roots” fundraising dinner benefiting Beardsley Community Farm. Appropriately renamed Holly’s Corner, the small eatery at 842 Central, was a great setting for the dinner that previously has been held at The Tomato Head on Market Square and The Plaid Apron in Sequoyah Hills.
The great folks at Beardsley Community Farm are raising money to construct a new education center at the farm. The new facility will contain a kitchen for cooking demonstrations and — this was announced to loud applause — bathrooms! (read more)
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Posted on December 10th, 2013 by Cynthia Moxley
Myron and Jayne Ely were among the 32 Knoxvillians on the trip. Here they are during a toast at Clancy’s, a restaurant near the Garden District.
When folks find out we have been to New Orleans on a Knoxville Museum of Art trip, they ask all about the art we saw, right? No. “Where did you eat?” is what they really want to know.
As folks who read this blog from time to time may know, Alan and I go to New Orleans fairly regularly and we have our favorite eateries, naturally. (Click here or here for info on that.) But on the trip last month, we made it a point to go to several we’ve not visited before. We found some great new (to us) spots. And, I hate to say it, but we were disappointed in one of our old favorites that we did visit. (read more)
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Posted on December 4th, 2013 by Cynthia Moxley
Knoxville Museum of Art Curator Stephen Wicks welcoming our group to the New Orleans Museum of Art. That is a Rodin statue at the top of the stairs behind him.
When the Knoxville Museum of Art‘s Collectors Circle members visited New Orleans last month, they got up close and personal tours of two very different museums in that city — the venerable New Orleans Museum of Art and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. The Knoxville museum’s curator, Stephen Wicks, said that was a deliberate decision on the part of those who planned the trip.
“Those are the two best museums in New Orleans,” Wicks said. “It was meant to be a study in contrasts.”
And, it was for sure. The New Orleans Museum of Art is over 100 years old and contains more than 40,000 objects of art. “Most museums that have been open a long time eventually become encyclopedic, meaning that they contain great collections from all over the world,” Wicks said.
The Ogden, on the other hand, is a relatively new museum. Founded in 2003, it originally contained the collection of one person, Roger Ogden, a New Orleans businessman who donated more than 1,100 works from his private collection to start it. Today it contains more than 4,000 art objects with a focus on artists from the Southeastern United States. It is recognized as containing the largest and most comprehensive collection of Southern art in the world. (read more)
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Posted on December 1st, 2013 by Cynthia Moxley
This gingerbread building, Main Street Bakery, was made by students at Farragut High School. It is one of scores of amazing gingerbread buildings on display at Fantasy of Trees this year.
We interrupt this report on the Museum of Art trip to New Orleans to bring you — Christmas!
Fantasy of Trees, the huge display of Christmas trees and all other things related to the holiday, continues through 6 p.m. today (Sunday). If you are not in the Christmas spirit, a brief stroll through this event at the Knoxville Convention Center will do the trick. This year’s theme is “Christmas on Main Street.” Proceeds benefit East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Click here for ticket info.
Also at the Convention Center, stop by to see the five Christmas-themed sculptures constructed entirely of cans of food! Called “Canstruction,” when this display closes on Dec. 3, all the food will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank. Admission is free to the “Canstruction” exhibit, which is sponsored by Messer Construction. To vote on the People’s Choice Award, go to Knoxville Canstruction’s Facebook page. Go to the photos of the structures in the album labeled “People’s Choice Award Voting” and “like” your favorite sculpture. (We at Moxley Carmichael helped build “Olaf” from the new movie, “Frozen.” So we are partial to him!)
Well, enough talk. Let’s take a look at Fantasy of Trees and Canstruction, shall we? (read more)
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Posted on November 26th, 2013 by Cynthia Moxley
Artist Hunt Slonem’s historic plantation, Albania. The movie “All the King’s Men” starring Sean Penn was filmed there in 2006.
Earlier this month, the Knoxville Museum of Art arranged a trip to New Orleans for 32 Knoxville art lovers. The outing, offered through the museum’s so-called “Collectors Circle,” was a whirlwind three-night stay that offered the opportunity to visit two artists’ homes, two very different museums, as well as the home of a collector, and a plethora of eateries where we consumed about a month’s worth of calories (but who cares?).
Let’s talk about the two amazing artists and their very different homes first. Hunt Slonem may be familiar to Knoxville Museum of Art members because the museum owns two of his large paintings of parrots. Slonem also was the featured artist in 2012 of the museum’s major fundraising art auction, L’Amour du Vin. (Click here for a story about his visit to Blackberry Farm that weekend.) (read more)
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Posted on November 18th, 2013 by Cynthia Moxley
Pilot’s founder and chairman, Jim Haslam, right, greets Pilot Celebrity Pumper Dave Hart, the University of Tennessee Athletics Director, at the Pilot on Cumberland Avenue.
In just three days last month, “Pilot Celebrity Pumpers” raised a record-breaking $86,200 for the United Way of Greater Knoxville, which surpassed the previous record by $21,250. The record was $64,950 set in 2012. Over two decades, the special event that Moxley Carmichael developed for Pilot Corporation (at the time) has raised more than one million dollars for the United Way. Pilot Celebrity Pumpers continues to be the charity’s single-largest special event fundraiser, helping United Way assist those most in need in our community.
On a Monday through Wednesday in October, local celebrities, including elected officials, media personalities and UT sports figures, pumped gas and greeted customers to raise funds for the United Way of Greater Knoxville’s 2013 campaign. During the three-day event, Pilot donated five cents of every gallon of gas sold and 10 cents of every dollar spent in-store to United Way.
“We appreciate every customer who stopped by the stores and helped Pilot help Knoxville in such a big way,” said Pilot Founder and Chairman of the Board Jim Haslam. “Breaking last year’s record shows how committed the community and Pilot are to helping the United Way. We also applaud the celebrity pumpers who volunteered time out of their busy schedules to support this worthy cause.” (read more)
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Posted on November 6th, 2013 by Cynthia Moxley
No threat to the Rockettes! Enjoying themselves in a kick-line at the Opera Ball were, from left, Douglas Clark, Dino Cartwright, Mark Hill, Orchestra Leader Brad Walker, Peter Acly, Alan Carmichael and Dan Chips. Photo by Pamela Chips.
I have to hand it to the fun folks at the Knoxville Opera Guild: They are nothing if not flexible! (read more)
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Posted on November 1st, 2013 by Cynthia Moxley
National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial presented Knoxville Area Urban League President and CEO Phyllis Nichols the national “Women of Power” award when he was in Knoxville recently.
When National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial visited Knoxville recently, the local Urban League CEO, Phyllis Nichols, wanted to impress upon him that East Tennessee is more than just bluegrass music and Appalachian landscapes. (Not that there’s anything wrong with either of those.)
“I want him to go back to New York thinking, ‘Wow! I never expected to be so impressed!’” she said.
So, in a time span of less than 24 hours, here’s what he did: attended an intimate reception with about 50 community leaders and had dinner with a few of them following that; attended a breakfast for members of the Urban League “family” (meaning staff, board members and leaders of the Urban League Young Professionals group); toured the Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge’s National Laboratory‘s National Center for Computational Sciences; and ended with a tour of the Spallation Neutron Source, also in Oak Ridge. Whew!
Moxley Carmichael was honored to sponsor the reception, dinner and breakfast. (read more)
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Posted on October 24th, 2013 by Cynthia Moxley
The huge walking ivy plant threatens guest Mary Bogert, the general manager of the Knoxville Convention Center. The ivy was a stilt walker provided by One World Circus. Very clever!
The 10-foot-tall walking ivy plant was a little disconcerting. But everything else at the 2013 Green Thumb Gala at the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum earlier this month was perfectly charming.
Sara and Ben Pinnell, co-chairs of this year’s Gala, said they have been enchanted by the historic East Knoxville garden for many years. They have visited it to play kickball, climb trees, attend events and quietly explore the 47-acre site of the former Howell Nurseries. That’s why they chose it as the site for their wedding rehearsal dinner in June of 2010.
The diversity of the garden is what makes it so interesting and appealing to a wide range of visitors. Folks come to learn more about horticulture and gardening, Civil War history, ecology and wildlife, among other things. They come for recreation, education, photography and picnics large and small. Next up for the privately held non-profit: a new visitor center.That’s what part of the proceeds from this year’s Green Thumb Gala will fund. (read more)
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