Category Archives: Events

Lakeshore Park Picnic just shouts, “Summer!”

Temperatures hovered in the low 90s, but the vibe was definitely cool at Lakeshore Park last Saturday for its annual picnic fundraiser. Officials said 370 people either brought their own picnic dinner fare or purchased it from one of a … Continue reading

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Wedding reception attracts chefs, artists, notables

If you read the previous post on the Blue Streak, you know what a fun and delicious wedding day Chef Joseph Lenn and noted UT professor Laura Cole had a little over a week ago. I think it was brilliant … Continue reading

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“Pip” marries “Joey Ovens!” Great food follows!

Our friend Laura Seery Cole’s father, John Seery Sr., is from New Jersey and he has a nickname for everyone. When Laura was a little girl, he called her “Pip,” which was short for “pipsqueak.” A few years ago, Laura … Continue reading

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Bijou Jubilee: Miami vibes help raise $70,000

Empanadas, plantains, salsa music, jugglers, and rum. A buffet and open bar at the Bistro at the Bijou, a street party on Cumberland Avenue outside the historic Bijou Theatre, and, finally, a fantastic sold-out concert by The Mavericks. What a … Continue reading

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Cheers! Hundreds poised for Downtown Home Tour

If you are in downtown Knoxville tomorrow, expect to see about 450 folks earnestly pounding the sidewalks with thin grey booklets in their hands. Don’t get in their way! They have a lot of ground to cover. It’s the Downtown … Continue reading

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Great idea: A garden party for annual meeting!

A non-profit organization’s annual meeting can be a pretty dry and boring affair. Trust me. I know this from being on numerous non-profit boards over the past 35 years. But, the Knoxville Museum of Art Guild turned its annual meeting … Continue reading

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Old friends hail “Caesar’s Garden!”

When Dr. Doug Leahy recently attended an auction at his church, the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, he placed the winning bid on a private tour for 16 people of Dorothy and Caesar Stair III’s beautiful garden.  Of the two … Continue reading

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Partying with the preservationists!

For 50 years now, starting with the Bijou Theatre, Knox Heritage has been working to preserve historic buildings in the Greater Knoxville area. As someone who lives downtown and who is actively involved with the annual Big Ears Festival, I … Continue reading

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Conductor’s Circle dinner: “Just a thank you.”

As thank yous go, you could do worse than a steak dinner and beautiful music on a Sunday evening. That’s what the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s “Conductor’s Circle” dinner is all about. “It is literally a thank you,” explained Rachel Ford, … Continue reading

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Knox Symphony makes good on its “License to Trill”

Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy a fancy fundraiser at a swanky country club as much as the next person. But sometimes, let’s be honest, they can get a little stale. That’s why I thought it was refreshing last year … Continue reading

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