Tag Archives: John Niceley

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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A barn-raising good time in Norris

Well, here’s something you don’t often see on my calendar: barn dance. But I’m glad it was on there on a recent Friday evening. What more appropriate fundraiser could the venerable Museum of Appalachia in Norris have come up with? … Continue reading

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Another garden party! This one toasts the solstice.

Remember when I noted earlier this year that there sure does seem to be an inordinate number of garden parties around here? Well, here’s another one — and it was a doozy! This one, a fundraiser for the Knoxville Botanical … 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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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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