Category Archives: Events

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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Day drinking for a good cause — and hats!

The Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum has pretty much cornered the market on the best party in town! Who can beat the beautiful location, a delicious lunch catered by Holly Hambright, champagne, mimosas and Bloody Marys? Oh, and the chance … Continue reading

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Gwen McKenzie honored by Ethel Beck Society

Knoxville City Council Member Gwen McKenzie was honored last Saturday at the Ethel Beck Society Brunch, a sold-out female-only event hosted by the Beck Cultural Exchange Center. McKenzie was the first Black woman to be elected to Knoxville City Council … Continue reading

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A joyful smorgasbord of food and music

I think of the Knoxville Symphony League‘s “Symphony Soiree” every year as an elevated potuck — in both the dinner and the entertainment departments. You never know what you are going to get — but you know it’s going to … Continue reading

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Even non-scotch drinkers like “Scotch & Strings!”

I have come to really look forward to the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra‘s lively little fundraiser called “Scotch & Strings” — even though I’m not a scotch drinker. A sellout every year, it’s a friendly gathering of 90 folks who throw … Continue reading

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Appalachian neighbors gather to honor Alex Haley

About 150 Alex Haley fans packed into the cozy banquet hall at the Museum of Appalachia earlier this month to see the late “Roots” author awarded the museum’s “Heroes of Southern Appalachia” honor. Former Tennessee governor and U.S. senator Lamar … Continue reading

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An evening of excess — in food, wine, and fun!

As usual, the annual L’Amour du Vin fundraiser at the Knoxville Museum of Art was over the top this past Saturday. In the food, wine, fun — and noise level — departments. I guess that’s to be expected. “L’Amour du … Continue reading

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