Chalk it up as a great weekend!

This was just one of the freindly -- and funny -- llamas at World's Fair Park Saturday for the Great Lllama Race. It was a hoot!

This was just one of the friendly — and funny — llamas at World’s Fair Park Saturday for the Great Llama Race. It was a hoot!

Wow, I just hope this coming weekend is as much fun as last weekend was! If you didn’t have a good time in Knoxville last weekend, you just weren’t paying attention.

Not only was there the Rhythm and Blooms Festival, which provided scores of entertainers of many kinds at a wide variety of venues, but country diva Emmylou Harris performed an intimate fundraiser for 150 folks on the stage of the Tennessee Theatre; the Knoxville Symphony Pops Orchestra played the music of Queen to a full house at the Civic Auditorium; Chalk Walk jammed Krutch Park and Market Square; and the Great Llama Race brought hundreds of humans and llamas to World’s Fair Park. It all was phenomenal.

As you know, I love Knoxville all year round. But this time of year is just the tops, when we all are shaking off the winter doldrums and we have the anticipation of all the camaraderie that summer brings literally hanging in the air. Here’s just a glimpse at some of last weekend’s entertainments.

The great weekend started Friday night with Stars on Stage, a fundraiser for the Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation.

Emmylou Harris performing at a fundraiser for the Tennessee Theatre.

Emmylou Harris performing at a fundraiser for the Tennessee Theatre. (Photo courtesy of the Tennessee Theatre, by Eric L. Smith)

(We will devote a full blog post to this Tennessee Theatre event shortly.) Saturday, we headed to World’s Fair Park for the Great Llama Race.

I have fallen in love with llamas! They are so cute and friendly.

I have fallen in love with llamas! They are so cute and friendly.

The  Great Llama Race, now in its seventh year, raises funds for Casa de Sara, an international nonprofit with headquarters in Knoxville. All of Casa de Sara’s proceeds from this year’s race will go to sponsor its elementary school in La Guardia, Bolivia. Local schools got a cut of the proceeds, too, if the llama they picked to sponsor had a good showing.

Even the event's signs were adorable.

Even the event’s signs were adorable.

You could take a selfie with a llama.

You could take a selfie with a llama, as this fan did.

Or you could get someone to take your picture AS a llama!

Or you could get someone to take your picture AS a llama!

Maybe you'd like a stuffed llama.

Maybe you’d like a stuffed llama.

Or you could ride (or sit on) an inflatable llama.

Or you could ride (or sit on) an inflatable llama.

Here's my friend Erin Donovan of Visit Knoxville with her race partner, JJ Gryphon. (Photo by Sarah Elliott.)

Here’s my friend Erin Donovan of Visit Knoxville with her race partner, JJ Gryphon. (Photo by Sarah Elliott.)

And they're off!

And they’re off! (Photo by Erin Donovan.)

Here's the winning llama, running for Tennessee School for the Deaf.

Here’s the winning llama, running for Tennessee School for the Deaf. (Photo by Erin Donovan.)

Llamas come in all color and shapes.

Llamas come in all colors and shapes.

Loved the t-shirts!

Loved the T-shirts!

But, time to move on. Krutch Park and Market Square were home to the Dogwood Arts Festival’s annual Chalk Walk. Here are just a few among the scores that I liked.

A mermaid by Sarah Williams.

A mermaid by Sarah Williams.

This blue flower by Sarah and Ariahna Smith was eye-catching.

This blue flower by Sarah and Ariahna Smith was eye-catching.

Wow! Loved this by Hannah Bingham.

Wow! Loved this by Hannah Bingham.

Jessica Langley was working on a very cool fox.

Jessica Langley was working on a very cool fox.

Cody Swaggerty's truck looked like it was turning out great.

Cody Swaggerty’s truck looked like it was turning out great.

This was an interesting concept by the kids from Sequoyah Elementary.

This was an interesting concept by the kids from Sequoyah Elementary.

Cheryl, Lydia, PJ and Joshua Burchett showed some real talent here.

Cheryl, Lydia, PJ and Joshua Burchett showed some real talent here.

Aww! This was my favorite. It's by Mary Katherine and Charles Chen.

Aww! This was my favorite. It’s by Mary Katherine and Charles Chen.

Hahaha! A llama wearing an Elvis wig standing on the Sunsphere! (Sorry about the shadow.) It's by Merrliee Guyotte.

Hahaha! A llama wearing an Elvis wig standing on the Sunsphere! (Sorry about the shadow.) It’s by Merrilee Guyotte.

Great job by Shannon Stooksbury.

Great job by Shannon Stooksbury.

Another impressive piece by Lauryn Darby.

Another impressive piece by Lauryn Darby.

And then, the one that cracked me up the most! "I'm taking the cat. Don't try to stop me." It was based on the viral Internet photo of a raccoon carrying a cat.

And then, the one that cracked me up the most! “I’m taking the cat. Don’t try to stop me.” It was based on the viral Internet photo of a raccoon carrying a cat. Artists were Michelle Kiely and Brodey Dunham.

Saturday evening brought the Knoxville Symphony Pops Orchestra playing the music of Queen. What a romp that was!

Las Vegas veteran Brody Dolyniuk played the role of the late Freddie Mercury fronting Windborne's Classic Rock Symphony and the Knoxville Symphony Pops Orchestra.

Las Vegas veteran Brody Dolyniuk played the role of the late Freddie Mercury fronting Windborne’s Classic Rock Symphony and the Knoxville Symphony Pops Orchestra.

Our friends, from left Mke and Paula Browning and Carolyn and Dr. Doug Leahy joined us on the front row. Alan went to Fulton High School with all of them.

Our friends, from left, Mike and Paula Browning and Carolyn and Dr. Doug Leahy, joined us on the front row. Alan went to Fulton High School with all of them.

The crowd -- young and old, male and female -- adored the show.

The crowd — young and old, male and female — adored the show.

Here they are on their feet.

Here they are on their feet.

"Freddie" came down into the audience for part of the encore.

“Freddie” came down into the audience for part of the encore.

"We Are the Champions" had Doug -- and everyone else -- waving and swaying.

“We Are the Champions” had Doug — and everyone else — waving and swaying.

It’s going to be a hard weekend to beat!

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10 Responses to Chalk it up as a great weekend!

  1. Maria Cornelius, on April 17th, 2015 at 8:48 am said:

    I want a llama …

  2. Cynthia Moxley, on April 17th, 2015 at 8:50 am said:

    Maria: Me, too. Not sure the condo association would approve, though!

  3. Ellen Robinson, on April 17th, 2015 at 10:29 am said:

    Mox, great photos!

  4. Gay Lyons, on April 17th, 2015 at 2:09 pm said:

    I didn’t make it to the llama race. Next year! You are right about April in Knoxville. Fun stuff everywhere you look.

  5. Maria Cornelius, on April 17th, 2015 at 2:17 pm said:

    I can’t wait for the Emmylou Harris edition of The Blue Streak. I LOVE her.

    Maybe South Knoxville is zoned for llamas.

  6. Rusha Sams, on April 19th, 2015 at 10:53 pm said:

    So right — it was a great weekend! Thanks for including pics of the llama races — I totally had to miss that event. And the chalk art? I must not have seen half of what was produced — so much good stuff! This is one of my fave Dogwood Arts Festivals — ever!

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  8. Cynthia Moxley, on April 20th, 2015 at 1:05 am said:

    Ellen, Gay, Maria and Rusha: Tons of fun, for sure! Thanks for your comments.

  9. Celeste Herbert, on April 20th, 2015 at 6:18 pm said:

    I once had a client who wanted me to take a llama for my fee in a case. Your pictures made me wish I had taken the client up on that offer!

  10. Cynthia Moxley, on April 20th, 2015 at 8:35 pm said:

    Celeste: I wish you had, too! So I would have a friend with a llama!

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