Tag Archives: Marshall Stair

Symphony in the Park: soggy but still swell!

It never rains on Symphony in the Park. Not in 33 years. Somehow, the major fundraiser for Ijams Nature Center, an outdoor dinner featuring music by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, has dodged the wet stuff. Until this year. But the … 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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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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Longtime couple tie knot quietly, celebrate out loud

David Butler and Ted Smith have been together as a couple for 20 years. This past Thanksgiving, they decided to get married in a small, quiet ceremony in Connecticut attended only by the couple who first introduced them. This past … Continue reading

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Crush of events makes exciting year-end

As 2016 hurtles to its conclusion, holiday and other kinds of special events literally have tumbled on top of one another. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a busier year-end season in Knoxville. The Knoxville Symphony League threw its annual … Continue reading

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Urban League: A place for doers and dancers!

Right up there with the Knoxville Opera as a nonprofit that really knows how to throw a party, you’d have to put the Knoxville Area Urban League. And, like the Knoxville Opera, the Urban League stays true to its mission … Continue reading

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All aboard for the Streamliner Ball!

The Knoxville Opera Guild’s Streamliner Ball once again proved that the folks at Knoxville Opera know how to throw a heck of a party. Sure, there were the usual silent and live auctions and great music, as one would expect. … Continue reading

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‘Dinner on the Bridge’ beguiles

What a great idea this was! To celebrate Knoxville’s 225th birthday, the Arts & Culture Alliance hosted a dinner on the Gay Street Bridge Sunday night complete with keyboard music by Carol Zinavage Shane of the Knoxville Symphony and a … Continue reading

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Nest Knoxville nestles into downtown

It was a sweet gathering of family and friends last weekend as Nest Knoxville, the beautiful new furniture and gift store on the 100 block of Gay Street, officially opened its doors. Proprietor Natalie Stair and her husband, Marshall, an … Continue reading

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Biscuits bring bevy of bingers

The biggest crowd ever packed downtown Saturday to gorge themselves with biscuits large and small, savory and sweet. This is according to John Craig, the “biscuit boss” and founder of the International Biscuit Festival that closes several roads and turns … Continue reading

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