Calendar of Events

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Oak Ridge Art Center: Open Show 2020

  • October 22, 2020 — November 28, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Fine Crafts and Free event

2020 Juror: Kim Winkle, Executive Director of the Appalachian Center for Craft at Smithfield, TN and Professor of Art at Tennessee Tech University’s School of Art, Craft, and Design

Open Show 2020 is the Art Center’s annual juried exhibition. That means that many were entered, but only a few were chosen to be shown. Only 100 of 292 entered remain with the exhibition. Through the generosity of our donors, awards totaled over $3,000 and is one of the main reasons Open Show has become so highly competitive.

Gallery Talk - Round One:
Gallery Talk - Round Two:

Closed Thanksgiving Day. Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: Tu-F 9-5, Sa-M 1-4. Information: 865-482-1441,

The Plot Summit: Escape the Plot Forest

  • October 22, 2020 — October 25, 2020

Category: Classes & workshops, Free event and Literature & readings

The Plot Summit: Escape the Plot Forest is a free conference for fiction writers which will take place virtually on October 22-25, 2020.

During the four-day conference, attendees will learn how to stay confident while writing a first draft, build mystery, develop characters, structure a story around revelations, and earn their ending. On the final day, speakers will explain how to build an audience and market your book.

Attendees will have access to 20 live sessions, including: “Learn 7 Essential Keys to Planning Your Novel: Story Preparation for Pantsers,” a guided hands-on brainstorming and writing exercise session; “Getting the First Chapter Right—Let’s Talk About Scene and Structure,” a simplified approach to starting your book; and “Suspense and Intrigue,” during which writers will learn simple rules for creating page-turners that keep readers engaged in every scene.

Creator Daniel David Wallace has curated a list of presenters comprised of authors in various fiction genres, such as fiction writer April Davila, middle-grade fiction writer M. Shelley Coates, romance writer Kris Kennedy, and science fiction and fantasy book author Michael La Ronn, along with academic and professional writing instructors, and a panel of small press fiction editors including Meagan Cass, Samantha Edmonds, and Saba Syed Razvi.

Free registration includes full workshop attendance and replay access for 24 hours. Registrants can also purchase a Plot Pass for $67 for unlimited replay access, bonus content, and access to upcoming masterclasses. Sign up now using this link for a chance to win a FREE all-access pass to this week's conference!

Museum of Appalachia: Fall Harvest Weekend

Category: Culinary arts, Festivals & special events, History & heritage, Kids & family and Music

9 AM - 5 PM

Join the Museum of Appalachia for our Fall Harvest Weekend! Activities include hayrides to the pumpkin patch, antique tractors and engines, blacksmithing, sorghum making, sawmilling, sassafras tea, old time music and more! Sheep shearing will be on October 24th only. Pumpkins will be sold separately for $6!

Tickets will be limited to ensure social distancing. Please purchase your tickets in advance at or by calling 865-494-7680. Regular admission rates apply.

Marble City Opera: Winterreise (Winter Journey) Preview Online

Category: Free event, Music and Theatre

• October 22 6pm
o Winterreise Preview Online - FREE

• October 29 at 6pm
o Behind the Scenes - Winterreise Online - FREE

• November 6 & 7 at 7:30pm
o Winterreise Performance - Live in-person at Trentham Hall First Baptist Knoxville Downtown & online - Ticketed Event

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Marble City Opera: 646-217-1580,

South Knoxville Elementary School Historical Project Kick-off

  • October 22, 2020

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event, History & heritage and Kids & family

Held Law Firm and Blount Mansion Partner with South Knoxville Elementary School for the 2020-2021 Historical Project

October 22, 2020 at 12 pm at Blount Mansion, 200 W. Hill Ave., Knoxville TN 37902

Help us spread the news as we look forward to the 225th Anniversary of Tennessee's Statehood on June 1, 2021! Join Tanna Nicely, SKES Principal, the student leaders of SKES and many others as we kick off the South Knoxville Elementary School Historical Project

• We will visit William Blount's office and see the actual desk where our state's constitution was drafted by William Blount and area leaders. The Tennessee Constitution was then taken to President George Washington, and the bill making Tennessee the 16th State was signed by President Washington on June 1, 1796!

• In honor of the U.S. Constitution (William Blount was an original signer) and civics, we will be swearing in the winners of the SKES 2020-2021 Student Council election. Honorable Robin Gunn, Magistrate Judge will preside.

• We will hear about the year-long Project at South Knoxville Elementary School in which they will learn about Knoxville, William Blount, and the Tennessee State Constitution. The year will also include monthly "mini events" involving food, literacy, candle and clothing making, farm day, learning about the other cultures in this area, and games of the 1796 era.

Be there to celebrate the students at South Knoxville Elementary School as they start a year of living history, AND Knoxville's place in the history of Tennessee!

**This will be an out-of-doors event and masks will be required.

Info: Charis Kraski - Held Law Firm, 865.637.6550,

AFP - Great Smoky Mountain Chapter: Ethics and Fundraising

  • October 22, 2020

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event and Lectures & discussions

Ethics makes philanthropy and fundraising possible. Without adhering to the highest standards of ethical practice, giving will not happen. Fundraising won't work and the change and impact we are working to achieve will never occur.

October is officially recognized by AFP as Ethics Awareness Month, and this month's meeting will focus on a few key topics that have faced many of our members over the past year. Two long-time, well-respected members will lead discussions on donor privacy, roles and values of trust, and, if time permits, tainted money. Presenters are Paul Bowman and Sandra Byrd. Join the meeting with questions and be ready to share.

Paul Bowman is the Executive Director of the Holston Foundation. He has more than 25 years development experience and served as the Great Smoky Mountain Chapter president in 1999, 2014, and 2015. He has also served as President of the Smoky Mountain Planned Giving Council. In 2013, Paul was recognized by his peers as the Fundraising Professional of the Year at National Philanthropy Day.

Sandra Byrd, ACFRE is the Director of Resource Development for Loudon County Habitat for Humanity. With more than 45 years development experience, Sandi holds the highest accreditation in our field. She a certified trainer with AFP. Prior to moving to East Tennessee with her husband, Sandi served as the Sr. Vice President of Communications & Development for Habitat for Humanity International.

AFP provides its members (and guests) the opportunity to share best practices, discuss innovative and different approaches to fundraising, and generally support one another. Never before has this support been so important to each of us. So, register today and don’t miss this month’s important conversation.

Thu, October 22, 2020
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Online Event

Knoxville History Project: The History of Vine Street

Category: Free event, History & heritage and Lectures & discussions

Join Jack Neely and staff each week for a new topic on Knoxville's rich and fascinating history. For more information and to register for this week's chat please visit

Thursday October 22 at 6:00 pm on Zoom

Join us and special guests, including the never-predictable UT art professor Beauvais Lyons, who has been working with a lithographer, a rapper, and a videographer on a project honoring the history of Knoxville's East Vine Avenue—once known as the Black Broadway.

As part of this talk, Virginia-based artist and New Orleans native Steve A. Prince will discuss the creation of two original prints produced in the UTK School of Art printmaking studios. His large-scale woodcut “True Vine” references Vine Street, heart of the historic African American community in Knoxville, and draws from this history.

Knoxville History Project, 516 West Vine Avenue #8, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-300-4559

WDVX Stage at Dollywood

Category: Kids & family and Music

WDVX invites Dollywood guests to visit their stage at Adventures In Imagnation to enjoy the beautiful harmonies of gospel music. The Tenos, Jonah Riddle & Carolina Express and more add their exceptional skills to Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana!

Joshua Gooding & The Tennessee Ramblers Wednesday, October 21
Joshua Gooding & The Tennessee Ramblers Friday, October 23
Sunrise Ridge Saturday, October 24
Sunrise Ridge Sunday, October 25

The Tenos Monday, October 26
The Tenos Wednesday, October 28
The Tenos Friday, October 30
700 South Saturday, October 31

Sevierville Commons Arts Council: Workshop with Perry Austin

Category: Classes & workshops and Exhibitions & visual art

Great Opportunity for East Tennessee! During Fall Peak Color
-> 3 Day Workshop <- with Perry Austin
Perry will be teaching from Demos, Plein Air and Individual Instruction and Critiques. If we have inclement weather there will be an indoor venue available.

October 21 - 23
Hosted by John Adkins
450 Mary Ruth Way, Sevierville, Tennessee 37876
To sign up call John at 256-738-7569
Accommodations: If Coming from out of town or you would like a retreat: High Valley Rentals is around the corner from John’s home. 865-428-0608
# of spots are limited so Call John to reserve! $350

Pellissippi State: Virtual Ukulele, Guitar and Banjo classes

Category: Classes & workshops, Kids & family and Music

Pellissippi State Community College's Business and Community Services is offering virtual music classes this fall. These noncredit classes are open to the public.

Anna Uptain is teaching virtual classes in guitar, mandolin, ukulele and banjo. She is one of Pellissippi State's lifelong learning instructors who has embraced the opportunity to teach virtually. While Uptain had taught virtual private lessons prior to this year, teaching group classes over the computer has been a new experience.

• Advanced Ukulele: Tuesdays, Oct. 20-Dec. 1
• Dueling Banjos: Wednesdays, Oct. 21-Dec. 2
• Beginner Guitar: Thursdays, Oct. 22-Dec. 3

Uptain's classes are designed to help people learn quickly. Knowing time is a luxury when juggling work and other responsibilities, her classes meet one night a week for six weeks. The key to taking a virtual class, Uptain said, is to come into the class with an excitement and willingness to learn. Uptain's classes are open to ages 13 and older. You do not need to know how to read music or have any musical background or experience.

Registration for fall classes is open now: 865.539.7167 or

Legacy Parks Foundation: Legacy Parks Week

  • October 19, 2020 — October 24, 2020

Category: Health & wellness, Kids & family and Science & nature

While we couldn’t host our annual Legacy Luncheon for the Parks this year, we can still celebrate another great year for Legacy Parks projects with you!

. We’ve declared this week Legacy Parks Week with great activities for you each day!
. Celebrate! Dine or shop each day with one of our great friends and they’ll give back to Legacy Parks!
. Play! Keep an eye out for our videos to discover a place to play each day!
. Support! Become a Friend of Legacy Parks to support our work! New friends will receive a 15% off coupon to Mast General Store.

Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center: October online classes

  • October 16, 2020 — October 30, 2020

Category: Classes & workshops, Exhibitions & visual art and Fine Crafts

Clay: Hanging Air Plant Holders
$10, Friday, October 16, Link Released at 9 am
20-30 minute recorded demo
Instructor: Amanda Humphreys
Registration Deadline: October 14th at noon
Have you always wondered what people do with Air Plants? Well wonder no more! In these two short on-line demos Amanda will show you, first, how to make several designs of hanging planters from clay and decorate them. You will bring them back to be fired, glazed and fired again. After you pick them up you will receive materials to embellish and hang them as well as the link to show you how. No clay experience needed and all materials are included in the cost of this fun on-line project! Participants will need to have access to a computer and be able to pick-up and drop-off tools and materials.

Clay: Make-A-Mug
$12, Friday, October 16, Link released at 9am
30-40 minute recorded demo
Instructor: Amanda Humphreys
Registration Deadline: October 14th
KAFCC brings our most popular one-day workshop to the internet! If you have ever wanted to make your own ceramic mug but do not want to throw on the potter’s wheel, or if you just want to brush up on your handbuilding skills, then this class is for you! No clay experience is needed to join in the fun! You’ll design and make your mug with the help of a recorded demo by Amanda Humphreys. We provide the clay, tools and instruction needed to complete one mug at home. Students will need to be able to pick-up and drop-off tools, have access to a computer and be willing to have fun! KAFCC Staff will fire and glaze the mugs and participants will be notified for pick-up upon completion.

PaperMaking (Home Edition)
$12, Friday, October 23, Link released at 9am
30-40 minute recorded demo
Instructor: Emily Webb
Registration Deadline: October 21st at noon
Learn how to make handmade paper from the comfort of your own home! We'll provide paper pulp, paper-making equipment, and an online demo. You'll just need things like extra scraps of paper, seeds, and flowers to make the paper your own, plus access to something absorbent, like old towels or felt, and some heavy objects for the drying process. This fun and easy way to make paper yields some really unique and great results! Participants will need to have access to a computer to watch the demo, and be able to pick-up and drop-off materials.

Clay: Leaf Trays
$20, Friday, October 23, Link released at 9am
30-40 minute recorded demo
Instructor: Amanda Humphreys
Registration Deadline: October 21st at noon
Fall is the perfect time to make this beautiful leaf tray with all of the fallen leaves. In the online version of this class you can do it right at your kitchen table. Join Amanda as she shows you how to create trays using a press mold to create the shape of your tray. You will also learn how to press the leaves into the clay and apply slip to accentuate their beauty and shape. These techniques will lead to a beautiful finished tray in the end, great to give as a gift or to keep for yourself. All materials are provided and KAFCC staff will glaze and fire the pieces for you. Participants will need to have access to a computer to watch the demo, and be able to pick-up and drop-off materials.

Clay: Hedwig Windchime
$15, Friday, October 30, Link released at 9am
30-40 minute recorded demo
Instructor: Amanda Humphreys
Registration Deadline: October 28th
Okay Potter Fans, you asked for an adult Harry Potter class so here you go! Make your very own Hedwig windchime! Amanda will give you a tutorial on how to make Hedwig out of clay complete with letter chimes. Pick your Hogwarts House colors to decorate your scarf with underglaze! All materials included in this price! KAFCC Staff will glaze and provide string to assemble your chime. Participants will need to have access to a computer and be able to pick-up and drop-off tools and materials.

Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center, 1127 Broadway Suite B, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-523-1401,


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