Category Archives: Travel

Clarence Brown boosters: big time in the Big Apple

One of the best things about being a supporter of the University of Tennessee’s Clarence Brown Theatre is going on the annual trip to New York City the staff organizes. About 30 supporters made the trek earlier this month, along … Continue reading

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“You can have 2 wives; but you can’t have a double!”

Alan and I and two close friends, Dawn and Richard Ford, have just returned from our first — and likely last — visit to Utah. I wanted to see the proverbial dark skies there and we chose our timing to … Continue reading

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The Swag: It just keeps getting better

Some friends from Knoxville returned recently from a long weekend at The Swag, and we noticed a number of notable improvements to an already wonderful experience. We are told that even more upgrades are on the way. The Swag, a … Continue reading

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Knoxvillians noshing in New York!

We went to New York and we ate like we were in Europe. I swear. Every restaurant we booked was either French or Italian. I’m not complaining, mind you. Just observing. It was all by choice, after all. Normally, when … Continue reading

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Back to Broadway!

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic, about 45 die-hard patrons of the Clarence Brown Theatre packed up and headed to New York City earlier this month to see plays, eat at great restaurants and meet with some … Continue reading

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A ‘Knoxville’ weekend in Sarasota

The Roy Cockrum Foundation put Knoxville on the map again this past weekend by underwriting a buzz-generating production of a new play called, “Knoxville,” which had its world premiere on Saturday in Sarasota, Florida. The Knoxville man who claimed $153 … Continue reading

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Nestful of Knoxvillians help The Swag open 40th season

The Swag over near Waynesville, North Carolina, opened for its 40th season last weekend with a lot of familiar faces — including ours! Owned by Knoxville residents Annie and David Colquitt, the mountain resort which consistently ranks in Conde Nast … Continue reading

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Looking for a weekend trip? Hop over to Highlands

For the 26th year, we took our annual girls’ trip on MLK weekend. But, in our case, MLK stands for “Madly Leaving Knoxville.” We choose this weekend because, over the years, several of us have worked for government agencies and … Continue reading

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Eating NYC! The excellent, the good and the “meh.”

When we go to New York City with the Clarence Brown Theatre’s support group each year, of course the main attractions are the plays that Artistic Director Cal MacLean selects for us to attend. But, not far behind, are the … Continue reading

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Five plays in five days — from the best to the bomb

Five plays in five days. Picasso, Van Gogh, Magritte, Pollock, Warhol. A Liberty cruise. And enough food and drink to sink a battleship. That’s what Alan and I experienced last month when we joined other supporters of the Clarence Brown … Continue reading

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