Visitors Center In Townsend Showcases Appalachian Artisans In March

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - by Jeff Muir

This March, those who stop by the Visitors Center in Townsend will take a step back in time as they experience a series of Appalachian demonstrations in the exhibit room. 

From March 1-16, the Foothills Quilters Guild in Maryville will showcase quilts made by its members.  This exhibit, including hand-made and machine-made large and small quilts, will highlight the talent and skill of the Guild’s members.  Visitors will have the opportunity to see true Appalachian heritage and culture exude from the pattern and stitching of each quilt on display.

The Foothills Quilters Guild strives to promote and encourage the unique art of quilt-making and instill an appreciation and pride in preserving the area’s heritage.  The Guild welcomes beginners to professional quilters to join in an effort to carry on such a time-honored tradition.  The Guild meets at the First Church of the Nazarene, located at 1610 E. Broadway in Maryville, on the first and third Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Collected at the first meeting in July, a yearly fee is required of each Guild member.

For more information on the Foothills Quilters Guild, please call the Guild’s president, Jean Smith, at 865 982-3306 or visit www.FoothillsQuiltersGuildSite.com

From March 19-30, local woodcarvers’ creations will be on display, and visitors will also have the opportunity to observe the unique and precise technique of these local woodcarvers as they demonstrate the craft of turning a piece of wood into a work of art. 

Hezzie Holden, James Dull, Chris Rayburn and John Keydash will be among the woodcarvers representing the Smoky Mountain Woodcarvers Supply Store at Nawger Nob.  The store offers woodcarving classes that teach this time-honored Appalachian craft, along with a wide selection of woodcarving tools, such as chip carving knives, mesh sandpaper and beginner kits. 

Lendel Abbott will also be demonstrating his knife woodcarving. Abbott created and donated the Visitors Center’s handcarved mantel, which is hand-carved with a cabin and mountains in the background and is stained light brown.  

For more information on the Smoky Mountain Woodcarvers, please contact Mac Proffitt at 865 448-2259 or visit www.Woodcarvers.com.

The exhibits will be free of cost and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For more information about the exhibits, please contact the Smoky Mountain Visitors Center at Townsend at 800 525-6834 or visit www.SmokyMountains.org.

 


Caroling With The Fishes Is This Sunday

Caroling with the Fishes will be held on Sunday from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Tennessee Aquarium – One Broad St.   The event is appropriate for all ages. Admission fees are: adults $14.50 and children (three-12) $9.50. "The sounds of the season will fill the Tennessee Aquarium’s River Journey building during Caroling with the Fishes. Our galleries will be decked with the sounds ... (click for more)

Charles Siskin: Historic Downtown Los Angeles

It’s a Sunday afternoon in October and I’m hanging with my cousins in Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles. There is music and dancing and food trucks and plenty of sun casting a warm glow on a very lively Southern California scene.  I’d come out to the West Coast for a family week end and after spending two days in Topanga Canyon, part of the Santa Monica Mountains, ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Council Looking Into Taking Over Schools

A new group of Signal Mountain Town Council members is looking into taking over county schools within the town boundaries.   Two newly elected board members, Amy Speek and Dan Landrum, joined the council Friday afternoon at the first work session after the election. The election of mayor and vice mayor for the next two years came first on the agenda. Dick Gee, mayor ... (click for more)

East Ridge Meth Dealer Gets 168 Months In Federal Prison

A man that agents said was dealing large quantities of meth from his East Ridge residence has been sentenced to serve 168 months in federal prison. Kenneth Lemons appeared before Judge Curtis Collier. Agents said they made several controlled drugs buys from Lemons at his residence in 2015. On Oct. 27, 2015, he drove up to a residence where DEA agents were making a controlled ... (click for more)

Tennessee River Gorge Trust Trail Warriors Make You Want To Take A Hike

Trail warriors of the Tennessee River Gorge Trust make you want to take a hike.  The Tennessee River Gorge Trust staff and volunteers make a huge difference in the Chattanooga community and have been making the outdoor areas around the River Gorge clean and protected for more than 30 years.  They deserve to be recognized and praised for all of the hard work they have ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Why Our Schools Stink

Cheryl Roddy has spent her lifetime, for the biggest part, as a teacher for the Hamilton County Department of Education and, more specifically, at East Ridge High School. She has loved teaching there for nearly 40 years and is hardly “average;” she has her master's degree in education, was twice East Ridge’s teacher of the year, was the first teacher at East Ridge to reach the first ... (click for more)