Category Archives: Downtown

L’Amour du Vin translates into success!

If you run into anybody on the board or staff of the Knoxville Museum of Art, please forgive them if they seem a little giddy. They deserve to be because they are coming off the most successful L’Amour du Vin … Continue reading

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Notable night with two of Knoxville’s biggest stars: Chris Blue and the tantalizing Tennessee Theatre

Of course, Knoxville’s newest star, Chris Blue, is a great draw for a fundraiser — even at $400 per ticket. But another element that made the Stars on Stage event so successful last Sunday was the unique chance to eat … Continue reading

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A very ‘Veuve’ venture

It would be hard to imagine a more appropriate spot in Knoxville than The Tennessean Personal Luxury Hotel to stage a tasting of Veuve Clicquot, everybody’s (it seems) favorite champagne. The hotel, not even a year old, used the event … Continue reading

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This party was in the bag!

When you go to a party in the only free-standing Patricia Nash store in the world, you are going to be tempted! Not only by the wide range of beautiful Italian leather offerings on display in the spacious showroom, but … Continue reading

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Urban League Gala — still one of year’s best parties

Playing catch-up here! The Urban League Gala happened during a flurry of other great events toward the end of last year, and I wanted to be sure it got the attention it deserved. It’s actually called the Knoxville Area Urban … Continue reading

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What an impact – Natalie Haslam lauded for life’s work

Every year, the East Tennessee Community Design Center recognizes a local leader with its Bruce McCarty Community Impact Award, named after its founder. “It is presented with the goal of celebrating and perpetuating both the quality of life in East … Continue reading

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Opera Ball knocked ’em dead! Here’s why.

So, what’s the secret to having a sellout black tie fundraiser? The folks at Knoxville Opera know the answer to that. Here are some things they did right to make the annual Opera Ball — dubbed the Ruby Ball this … Continue reading

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Knoxville Garden Club decks out Blount Mansion: another darn good reason for a party!

Blount Mansion, known to Native Americans when it was built in 1792 as “the house with many eyes,” is a special Knoxville space. Designated a National Historic Landmark, it was built by William Blount, a North Carolina politician and land … Continue reading

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Cookies have been swapped! Let Christmas begin!

After 15 years, I guess it is a true tradition! I am speaking, of course, of the annual cookie exchange my friends and I have each December. It has become the unofficial kickoff of the Christmas season for many of … Continue reading

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Company name change is great party excuse!

It’s actually been four years since The Christman Company, based in Lansing, Michigan, acquired Knoxville’s Rentenbach Constructors Inc. in a merger of the two privately-held firms. But Rentenbach had continued to operate its offices in Knoxville and Greensboro, North Carolina, … Continue reading

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