Tag Archives: Frank Gray

A good ‘thyme’ at the UT Gardens Gala

Well, it’s officially garden party season in East Tennessee. One of the first and largest of them is the UT Gardens Gala held in the sprawling UT Gardens — yep, the ones you pass on Neyland Drive on your route … Continue reading

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Ken Burns: U.S. needs ‘less pluribus; more unum’

Historian Ken Burns was in Knoxville recently, appearing on behalf of the East Tennessee Historical Society and Lincoln Memorial University’s Duncan School of Law. The $300 per seat dinner at the downtown Hilton featuring Gov. Bill Haslam interviewing Burns was … Continue reading

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‘An Emerald Evening’ rakes in the green!

Congratulations to the Knoxville Symphony League for hosting its most successful Symphony Ball in recent history! Held this past Saturday at Cherokee Country Club with a St. Paddy’s Day theme, “An Emerald Evening” brought in about $150,000. Of that, about … Continue reading

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Mozart in the mountains

Seventy-five Knoxville Symphony supporters gathered Sunday at Blackberry Farm for what I think is one of the best opportunities of the fundraising year. You get to have dinner at our area’s premier dining establishment AND hear an intimate 30-minute performance … Continue reading

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UT Gardens Gala: over-the-top food on a fun Friday

We go to a heck of a lot of events every year and sometimes they all kind of blend together. Very few stand out. But the UT Gardens Gala does. I’m not sure why, but there’s just something different about … Continue reading

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Bramble makes Blackberry event even better

The Knoxville Symphony‘s annual fundraiser at Blackberry Farm was even more fantastic this year because it was held in Bramble Hall, Blackberry’s brand new events center. Bramble Hall was modeled after the huge timber-framed barns that used to dot East … Continue reading

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Strings, scenes and splendor at Blackberry Farm

The timing couldn’t have been better. The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s annual fundraiser at Blackberry Farm fell on a warm Sunday evening last month — right during a break in the frigid weather. It was so warm, in fact, that guests … Continue reading

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Secret portrait surprises Natalie Haslam on birthday

Benjamin Franklin said the only way three people can keep a secret is if two of them are dead! Somehow a lot more people than that managed to keep a secret and surprise Natalie Haslam with an oil portrait of … Continue reading

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Rain doesn’t dampen spirits at riverside garden fete

It was sprinkling at River House when the 2013 Great Gardens Party started last Thursday. But that did not deter the 200 or so folks who were headed over to the lovely terraced gardens of Kreis Beall on Lyons View … Continue reading

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Folks were begging to spend $700!

Jim Haslam, the founder of Pilot Travel Centers, said he wants the Knoxville Symphony to continue doing this event. “This is exactly the kind of thing they should be doing,” he said. And David Gensterblum, CEO of Aqua-Chem, said he … Continue reading

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