Category Archives: Knoxville

Ooh la la! Mardi Growl delights in its 14th year — despite the heat and change of date, venue

Mardi Growl, the annual Mardi Gras-themed fundraiser for Young-Williams Animal Center, was postponed three months this year due to COVID-19. And then it was moved from its usual location on Market Square to bigger, more wide-open space on World’s Fair … Continue reading

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Gwen McKenzie kicks off re-election bid with food, fun!

A good-natured and diverse crowd gathered in the sweltering  heat last Thursday to eat, dance, pray and pick up signs at the kickoff of Vice Mayor Gwen McKenzie’s re-election campaign for her 6th District City Council seat. According to food … Continue reading

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Ijams cancels ‘Symphony in the Park’ after 35 years; KSO seeks new outdoor partner for September event

From the “All Good Things Must Come to an End” Department, comes word that Ijams Nature Center is pulling the plug on one of my all-time favorite fundraising events, “Symphony in the Park.” The fun outdoor evening — which has … Continue reading

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Zoofari brings fun — and big bucks! — to Zoo Knoxville

Well, the folks at Zoo Knoxville sure made the most of hosting one of the first major in-person fundraisers of the season following more than a year of pandemic shutdown. Although they made some adjustments — like breaking attendees into … Continue reading

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Knoxville Museum of Art Guild celebrates its surprisingly successful year with wrap-up luncheon

Much like the Knoxville Symphony League, the Knoxville Museum of Art Guild celebrated a stunningly successful fundraising season with a festive luncheon last week. Held in the Ann and Steve Bailey Hall at the museum, the event also featured three … Continue reading

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Symphony League celebrates success in trying year

About 80 members of the Knoxville Symphony League seemed almost giddy to get together this week at a celebratory Cherokee Country Club luncheon. It was the League’s annual business meeting and also the time when new officers are installed and … Continue reading

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Want to exercise like the cavemen did? Head to Ijams!

While the pandemic has been devastating for many area businesses and non-profit organizations, it has been a boon for others. Case in point: Ijams Nature Center. In particular, its Primal Playground over in the Mead’s Quarry area. “The Primal Playground … Continue reading

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Dr. Frank Gray: surgeon, music lover, friend

I just can’t believe that Dr. Frank Gray is gone. The retired orthopedic surgeon, music lover and fixture on Knoxville’s social scene has been a regular on the Blue Streak since its inception. That’s because he was passionate about so … Continue reading

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Debating the staff of life: free bread with dinner?

My husband is a bread lover. Raised in North Knoxville, Alan Carmichael says his family had bread at every meal: biscuits, cornbread, dinner rolls — or just sliced store-bought white bread stacked on a plate in the center of the … Continue reading

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Expert has advice for local non-profits: Carefully reschedule events and consider joining forces

Jerry Askew, president of the Alliance for Better Nonprofits, says organizations should recognize that the current pandemic has forced everyone to try to cram a year’s worth of events into the last half of this year. This will put stress … Continue reading

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