Calendar of Events
Saturday, May 30, 2020
Statehood Day Celebrations at Historic Homes
All homes are hosting open houses with self-guided tours. Face masks will be required at Mabry-Hazen, Ramsey, and Blount. All houses will limit capacity. Hours are:
• Blount Mansion, 10 AM – 2 PM - Visitors may visit of the house and grounds where territorial governor William Blount governed the Southwest Territory guided the creation of Tennessee. This is a family-friendly event.
• James White’s Fort, 10 AM – 3 PM - The Tennesseans for Living History will be portraying the way life was in 1796 when Tennessee became the 16th state of the union.
• Mabry-Hazen House, 11 AM – 3 PM
• Ramsey House, 11 AM – 4 PM
James White's Fort, 205 E. Hill Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915. Information: 865-525-6514, www.jameswhitefort.org
Knoxville Community Darkroom: Cyanotype Prints workshop
Sat May 30, 11 AM – 2 PM
Learn one of the original photographic processes! Cyanotype is one of the oldest printing processes invented by Sir John Herschel in 1842. In this workshop, you will learn to make a unique one of a kind handmade print by coating various papers with Cyanotype chemicals and developing them in the sun.
A materials fee of $40 is due at or before the event. This class is limited to 5* participants. Be sure to register for the event by Friday, May 29 to secure your spot! You can pay in person or online. www.theknoxvillecommunitydarkroom.org/workshops
The Knoxville Community Darkroom, 126 Jennings Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917
Ijams Nature Center: Opening Quarry Swimming Area, Paddling Rentals
Ijams Nature Center has opened the swimming area at Mead's Quarry in phase two of the City/County reopening plan, which went into effect May 26.
River Sports Outfitters (RSO) began offering paddle rentals on the lake Memorial Day weekend. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. Rentals will close due to inclement weather and will be announced on the RSO Facebook page at @RiverSportsOutfitters.
The Ijams Outpost, which offers concessions, beer and other items, will mirror RSO hours. Restrooms at the quarry remain open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Visitor Center restrooms and limited-contact gift shop/concessions purchases continue to be open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All restrooms will close for short periods at set times each day to allow facilities to be cleaned and sanitized. During those times, the front lobby of the Visitor Center also will be closed.
Navitat is open Monday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are by appointment only.
You are encouraged to wear masks when entering the Visitor Center and while passing other people on the grounds. Ijams remains committed to the health and safety of visitors and staff, and will be evaluating reopening policies, procedures and hours; changes may be implemented at any time. www.Ijams.org or call 865-577-4717.
Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center: Clay Class: Stamp Making for Texture
30-40 minute recorded instruction
Link available Friday June 5th
Instructor: Amanda Humphreys
Registration Deadline: June 3rd
Learn how easy it is to make your own gut-friendly sauerkraut at home! In this brief online tutorial, you will be given clear steps to help you confidently create a quart-sized batch of sauerkraut at home, along with tips and tricks such as sterilizing equipment and what to look for as it ferments! All ingredients, a mason jar, and a written recipe card will all be supplied. Students will need to be able to come and pick-up supplies and have access to a computer. https://registration.knoxvilletn.gov/ViewCourseActivityDetails.aspx?id=C2350
Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center: Stitching Class! Embroidered Words of Wisdom
30-40 minute recorded instruction
Link available Friday June 5th
Instructor: Kelly Sullivan
Registration Deadline: June 3rd
Whether you are new to embroidery or just wanting a new project to inspire you this virtual class will teach you some new tricks and keep you practicing some well known stitches. Kelly will go through tutorials on some popular stitches and teach you some new things to create a finished piece with your favorite quote or saying! We all need uplifting words during this trying time and they are much better when they are handmade by you! In this class you will also get to learn the magic of Solvy and Frixion pens. All materials will be provided. Students will need to be able to email quotes ahead of time, pick up supplies and have access to a computer for the class. https://registration.knoxvilletn.gov/ViewCourseActivityDetails.aspx?id=C2351
Knoxville Swing Dance Association: Virtual Disdancing
Every Wednesday at 8:00 PM
While we can't meet in person on Wednesday evening, we'll be hosting a weekly zoom room starting around 8 pm on Wednesdays.
Most nights we'll just be hanging out, and sometimes we'll do something like have a theme or activity night or watch a live stream concert.
To avoid the "Zoom bombing" that's been occurring we won't be posting the link publicly. Message Aliceann Talley or one of the other organizers for more information.
Zoo Knoxville: Now Open
Zoo Knoxville is reopening to the public on Monday, May 18, with carefully planned protocols to ensure the safety of their guests, staff and animals. The zoo closed to visitors on March 16 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In accordance with the City of Knoxville and Knox County COVID-19 Reopening Phase 1 plan, Zoo Knoxville is open for passive outdoor use only, which means no indoor areas or interactive experiences like rides and animal encounters can be offered at this time. Playground areas, including the splash pad, will also remain closed in this phase.
To control the number of guests in the zoo daily, advance purchase timed entry tickets are required. Circle of Friends members and annual passholders will continue to receive free admission but will be required to make a reservation online for a timed entry on a specific date.
The zoo has added more than 30 additional hand sanitizing stations throughout zoo grounds and restaurants have modified their ordering and delivery systems to minimize contact.
Zoo Knoxville asks all guests to take the safety of other visitors, zoo staff and the animals seriously by following CDC recommendations:
• Wearing a mask or face covering
• Washing your hands and using hand sanitizer stations throughout the zoo frequently
• Maintaining 6 feet of physical distance between groups
• Using ground markings and directional signs to maintain safe distancing in areas where people may gather
• Staying home if you are sick or in a high risk group
To show appreciation for the outpouring of care and support during the closure, Zoo Knoxville will be offering tickets at a reduced price of $14.95 for adults and $11.95 for children ages 4-12 and seniors over 65. Ages 3 and under are free. The zoo will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. beginning May 18, 2020. Tickets and entry times can be purchased and reserved online.
Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-637-5331, www.zooknoxville.org
The District Gallery: New Fine Art and Small Works
It's so good to be back! We've missed you enormously, and we're thrilled to welcome you back to the gallery! New creations, new makers, and new hours. We have so much to share!
UPDATED HOURS: TUES-SAT 10:00-5:30
New arrivals are on view in the gallery now! Plus, we've designed a Small Works space to make it easier to support your favorite artists. We're celebrating with a fresh look on our walls — be sure to stop in & enjoy it with us! Also, while we continue to embrace new health standards to ensure your health and safety, we remain committed to making custom framing accessible and enjoyable. We will do everything in our power to make your custom framing experience pleasant and fun! Please don't hesitate to let us know how we can help you best.
The District Gallery & Framery, 5113 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
(865) 200-4452 or www.TheDistrictGallery.com
Mabry-Hazen House: Live from the Parlor - Virtual Tour
Tuesdays at 2 PM
Although our doors are still closed for regular visitation, we'll continue to offer our Live from the Parlor series! Once a week, we'll take a deep dive into the history of Mabry-Hazen House, get up close and personal with the original family collection, and share our stories with you.
Virtual tours will broadcasted via Facebook Live every Tuesday at 2pm! Look for the link at 1:55pm on each day of the tour.
Have particular artifact or story you'd like to know more about? Let us know by messaging us and we'll do our best to incorporate your request into our schedule!
UT Downtown Gallery: Knox County Art Teachers ArtSource 2020 (virtual)
This is a digital exhibition of the work of art teachers and art interns in the Knox County School System.
For more than a decade, Art Source, the exhibition dedicated solely to Knox County art educators, has given these same teachers an opportunity to nourish and showcase their own artistic talents.
We are excited to present the work of 43 art educators! http://downtown.utk.edu/artsource-2020/
Old Gray Cemetery: Open Grounds
Old Gray Cemetery located in downtown Knoxville occupies 13 acres of beauty and history. The cemetery was founded in 1850 and dedicated in 1852 when the first 40 lots were sold at public action. Today Old Gray clearly depicts Knoxville’s history and provides an important example of cemetery planning and design during the rural cemetery or garden movement.
The Ella Albers Fountain has been recently restored and serves as the anchor on the main drive and the centerpiece of Old Gray. The original fountain was erected in 1890 by A. J. Albers in memory of his 37-year-old wife. The symbolism of the Victorian fountain is twofold, representing both the respect for the memory of the dead and also offering hope and inspiration to the living. The original fountain was dismantled during World War II and the metal was used in the war effort.
You can stroll or drive through the winding avenues of Old Gray and see the excellent examples of Victorian art and architecture. The cemetery is a mixture of unmarked graves to massive monuments and mausoleums which honor the lives of those buried there.
The massive oaks and hackberry trees are part of a wide variety of trees and vegetation at Old Gray that are living witnesses to the history of Knoxville since before the Civil War at which time this area was an open pasture. Thanks to the vision of those who lived then we can now enjoy the park setting that these trees have created.
You are invited to take a walk back through history and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of Old Gray. Our automatic gates currently open at 7 AM and close at 5 PM.
Old Gray Cemetery, 543 North Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-522-1424, www.oldgraycemetery.com
WDVX: Real Live Music Videos
We are bringing you even more Real Live Music Videos this month, with new performances posted every Tuesday & Thursday! Check out the release schedule: https://wdvx.com/new-real-live-music-videos-premiere-on-tuesdays-thursdays-in-may/
YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/wdvxradio
The 30 Days of Real Live Music Challenge concluded in April, and visitors one can watch all 30 videos in a row at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVDeTOdMcmYmKi_ayM0tYvx0zWkNhr6ry.