Tag Archives: Ijams Nature Center

Even Mother Nature loves Ijams and the Symphony

In the 32-year history of Symphony in the Park, the fun, fun event where the Knoxville Symphony plays at an outdoor fundraiser for Ijams Nature Center at the nature center, there’s never been a rain plan in place. And, although … Continue reading

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Symphony in Park was sublime. Season will soar!

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra launches its 81st season tonight and Friday with new conductor and music director Aram Demirjian taking the podium at the Tennessee Theatre for a program called “Russian Passion” featuring the works of Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky. But … Continue reading

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Interesting, innovative Inuksuit

It was a spur-of-the-moment decision on my part. Something I’m not really supposed to do without consulting my business (and life) partner, Alan Carmichael. (I did get his buy-in later before it became official.) But Ashley Capps and Mary Thom … Continue reading

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Symphony in the Park: a sublime Sunday

You can’t beat this for a fundraiser. Imagine, if you will, a beautiful park with 500 fun-loving friends eating scrumptious food, sipping wine and then listening to an orchestra perform some of the best music in Western civilization. Pretty sweet, … Continue reading

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Symphony in the Park: Don’t change a thing

From the “If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It” Department, we go now to the near-perfect end-of-summer fundraiser, Symphony in the Park. The event is held at Ijams Nature Center, which it benefits, and features the music of the Knoxville … Continue reading

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Southern food under a super moon

I think I breathed an audible sigh of relief the other night when, after a bounteous dinner on the porch of a historic farmhouse, I heard author John Egerton talking about Southern food. “Take the warnings of the food police … Continue reading

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The anniversary of a tragic day ends gently

It almost doesn’t matter what the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra plays during the annual Symphony in the Park concert at Ijams Nature Center. For 26 years, this event has created magic. Also, for 26 years, the event has managed to avoid … Continue reading

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25th “Symphony in the Park” did everything right

Remarkable weather. Elimination of the live auction. Fantastic attendance. All these combined to make this year’s Symphony in the Park one of the best in the progam’s 25-year history. As a result, Development Officer Mary Thom Adams says about $50,000 … Continue reading

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Bracing for the season — and I don’t mean football!

It’s September and, in Knoxville, that means one important thing: the season starts. And I don’t mean the football season. I mean the almost equally competitive charity fundraiser season. This time of year, it seems that not a day goes … Continue reading

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Hayride gives city folks a taste of the country life — and the best damn hamburger in the world!

On the city vs. country continuum, I’m definitely way far on the city side. Although I like dogs and cats, I am suspicious of cows, scared of horses and generally loathe almost all reptiles, amphibians and insects. And I don’t … Continue reading

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