Everything Knoxville December 2018 Edition

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and daughter team, and owners of CH Interiors & Gifts, Darlene(right) and Kristen Reinke (left), along with shopdog Sadie, are prepared to help you make the season bright with "Interiors & Gifts to Warm the Heart & Home."

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holiday season with all the excitement of gift shopping, city and town special events and decorations, and gatherings with friends and family. My childhood memories take me back to December evenings when my Photo by D. Roberts Photography family would pile into the car and drive around the neighborhoods enjoying all the lights and holiday décor or going to the park, strapping on some skates and skating the night away at the outdoor ice rink. I always look forward to this time of year and the memories of past and present holiday experiences. In this edition of Everything Knoxville, we have included highlights from our advertisers offering their gift recommendations for those on your holiday list. And one of those advertisers we are pleased to highlight is CH Interiors & Gifts. New owners and mother-daughter team, Darlene and Kristen Reinke, are determined to be the community’s destination 4


of choice for high-quality, hand-selected decor and gifts. And when you walk through their door, you will be greeted by shopdog Sadie as well as a friendly hello. Their shop is bursting with holiday decor and gifts that are sure to please anyone on your gift list this holiday season. During this busy time of year, take time to slow down and visit with family and friends; maybe even reconnect with some old acquaintances and appreciate those true lasting relationships. In doing that, you may find that it will be the highlight of your week or year. We at Everything Knoxville have come to appreciate all of our readers and advertisers, many of which have become great friends and we wish all of you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year. In 2019, we look forward to continuing to serve our community by highlighting all the best Knoxville has to offer while making new friends along the way. Enjoy the holiday season!

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Earnie, Kristen, and Darlene

Names Change, Family Remains at the Heart of CH


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Cranberry Hollow in Lenoir City, a tea room and country store opened in 2003 by Sue Boling and her late husband, John. The award-winning retail business re-opened in 2013 at 12556 Kingston Pike in Farragut, where CH Interiors & Gifts continued to offer “Interiors & Gifts to Warm the Heart & Home.” Their entrepreneurial son, Jesse Boling, concurrently operated KNOX Graphics, and the rising demand for printing services and his desire to transition to a real estate career led to a search for new ownership. The Bolings sold the business in January 2018, assisting as consultants for six months to ensure a smooth transition to the mother-daughter team of Darlene and Kristen Reinke. Along with shopdog Sadie, they are grateful for how warmly long-time customers have embraced them as the next CH shopkeepers and are determined to be the community’s destination of choice for high-quality, handselected décor and gifts. In this issue of Everything Knoxville, we are pleased to share our recent interview with this down to earth mother and daughter team.



EK: Your family team appears to have a third member. Tell us about shopdog Sadie. Darlene: Sadie, my fouryear-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, is the shop’s official greeter. She has earned a special place in the hearts of our customers, who enjoy her friendly welcome and happily oblige when she asks for a belly rub. Many say they would love to take her home, but we remind them that everything is for sale except the dog –she’s priceless! EK: Kristen, you formerly worked as an organizational psychologist. What inspired you to join your mom at CH Interiors & Gifts? Kristen: Running a small communityfocused retail business is certainly a much different experience than consulting in corporate settings. When I was diagnosed with a rare health condition that required major surgeries and regular visits to Vanderbilt University Hospital, I had to make lifestyle adjustments, which included moving to Tennessee and scaling back my busy travel schedule. My mom and I first worked together when I assisted with HR at her Marco’s Pizza franchises, and we both became frequent shoppers at CH since the businesses are neighbors. When Sue and Jesse expressed interest in retirement and a new career, my mom convinced me it would be fun to work together running a store we already loved as customers. EK: For our readers who may be unfamiliar with CH Interiors & Gifts, what makes your shop so unique? Darlene: When you walk through our doors, you are treated like family. You are greeted by shopdog Sadie and welcomed with a friendly hello. We respect that some people enjoy stopping in just to browse our everchanging inventory and displays, some want to chat while sampling our fresh SoberDough Artisan Bread, and others appreciate hands-on assistance in selecting the perfect gift. All types of daily interactions with our customers provide us with invaluable insights which inform our buying decisions when we visit markets and meet with vendors. We look for items that we know our customers will love and love to give: Unique, high-quality gifts and décor that we can offer at fair price points. Kristen: Let me add that we not only consider the product, but the producer. As a local family business, we try to support other small companies and prioritize those who are local and share our beliefs on giving back to their community. For example, the supplier of our popular Keepers of the Light Jar Candles partners with special needs centers, Photos by D. Roberts Photography

enabling mentally challenged adults to have meaningful work. We source local, organic honey from Lenoir City; each purchase of a beautiful greeting card feeds a child; we seek out products made in the USA; we gave Jesse’s new print shop our business for advertising; we donate gift baskets to local fundraising causes. Purpose, loyalty, and community are just as important to us as quality and customer service. EK: Your shop certainly does look beautiful for the holiday season! It is evident that a lot of time and care go into your merchandising. Darlene: That is thanks to Earnie, who had been with CH since the Lenoir City days and who remains the talent behind why customers delight in how the store feels. She is incredibly talented and experienced. All of our items are beautifully and creatively displayed, often in vignettes, designed to help shoppers visualize how the items might look in their home or be presented as a gift to a deserving recipient. EK: Highlight a few of your more unique gift items for our readers. Darlene: We recently brought in a new line from stone sculptor, George Carruth. His original sculptures will add charm and character to your home or garden. With their quirky personalities and names (like Razzberries and Grandma Nature), as well as beautiful Nativity scenes for Christmas, they quickly become a talking point with guests. Kristen: A product line that I love – with a story I personally relate to – is BEEKMAN 1802. It was started by two guys, the Beekman Boys, who like me traded their hectic NYC lives for a community-centered entrepreneurial venture. Staying true to country living, they focus on the elimination of chemicals and use goat milk and botanical-based ingredients, so products from BEEKMAN 1802 leave your skin feeling naturally clean and moisturized. Their beautiful packaging – especially the new holiday gift sets – and wide range of clean, appealing fragrances make BEEKMAN 1802 the perfect gift for anyone and any occasion! EK: What other goodies will shoppers discover in your treasure trove of gifts and décor items? Kristen: Visitors love our gourmet food items, including the all-time favorite Raspberry Jalapeño Jam, Savory Cracker Seasonings, Cape Cod candies

and truffles, and Rabbit Creek soup, brownie, muffin, and scone mixes. These are just a few of our extensive selection of easy-to-make, tasty products that will make every meal and occasion feel extra special and also are great for hostess gift-giving. Darlene: We are also expanding our gifts for new moms and baby. I became a grandma this year and wanted to bring in a line of ultra-soft blankets, toys, and crinkle books featuring traditional and whimsical animals, as well as everyday and holiday night lights. Krist en: Lastly, we hope customers will join our new Loyalty Program (text CH to 55678 or enroll in-store) for special discounts, personalized event invitations, and a birthday gift. We also offer a gift registry, complimentary gift wrapping and custom bows, and gift certificates. EK: How can our readers learn more about CH Interiors & Gifts? Kristen: We would like to personally invite all of your readers to visit our boutique, conveniently located at 12556 Kingston Pike in Farragut. To those of you that have never visited us, we invite you to discover the CH Interiors & Gifts experience – from the moment you walk through our door, you’re family. We share our new arrivals and events on Instagram and Facebook @chinteriorsandgifts, which is also a great way to engage with us until you can make it into the shop. Darlene: On behalf of the team here at CH Interiors & Gifts, we would like to thank all of you for both your encouragement and support and extend to each of you our best wishes for a blessed Christmas and New Year’s holiday season. Our hope is that we can help you make this holiday and any event truly special.

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Smoky Mountain Christmas Celebrates 11 Years as Favorite Christmas Event with Glacier Ridge, Five Million Lights


E A R N I N G its 11th consecutive Golden Ticket award for Best Theme Park Christmas Event, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana (now through January 5, 2019) adds even more merry memory making moments with the addition of the impressive Glacier Ridge. With the all-new Glacier Ridge, guests can experience the Smokies at Christmas in a way they never have before. The novel and immense experience of Glacier Ridge pushes the park’s total count to more than five million twinkling lights. Located in the areas of the park known as Timber Canyon, Wilderness Pass, and the upper portion of Craftsman’s Valley, Glacier Ridge is a mustsee during Smoky Mountain Christmas. “Christmas is so important to me for so many reasons,” said Dolly Parton. “I’m so thankful that it’s a time when our family comes together to share stories, remember old times, and make new memories we’ll take with us through the next year and beyond. There’s a lot of laughin’ and a whole lot of love when we all get together. I want those folks who come to experience Christmas with us at Dollywood to feel like they’re part of the family, making those memories and sharing those special times. I know the fun they’ll find in Glacier Ridge will help them create brand new memories and traditions.” As guests near Glacier Ridge, they’ll feel as if the Smokies have frozen over, thanks to an arctic color palette and a mesmerizing atmosphere sure to wow guests. The Plaza at Wilderness Pass transforms into a winter wonderland, complete with a 50-foot tall animated tree that anchors the area. Every 30 minutes the Plaza sparkles to life to present a 10


fully-synchronized, dazzling light show complete with holiday hits that will have guests singing along. For guests entering from Timber Canyon, the Arctic Passage, a 130-foot long programmable light tunnel, transports them into Glacier Ridge in a stunning array of light and color. Once emerging from the tunnel, guests will be greeted by polar bears who have made a home at Drop Line Bay. Because the Smokies have frozen to create Glacier Ridge, these friends from the North are able to spend time with their Smoky Mountain cousins. Those coming to Glacier Ridge through Craftsman’s Valley experience a oneof-a-kind new light installation that mimics the natural phenomenon known as the aurora borealis. Guests can walk through Dollywood’s version of the northern lights – which is brought to life with music as only Dolly can do – making it feel as if the aurora borealis has come south, even if for just a few weeks. Since Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas helped kick off Sevier County’s Winterfest in 1990, the festival has been known globally as a must-see Christmas event. Amusement Today contributors and voters bestowed the Best Theme Park

Christmas Event award on Dollywood in 2008 when the honor was first created. Dollywood is the 11-time – and only – winner of the award. From the cheer and joy of Dollywood’s Parade of Many Colors to traditional holiday shows like It’s a Wonderful Life and Christmas in the Smokies, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas fosters family memory making for guests. For those who wander through the spectacular scenery, it is easy to understand why it has become a family tradition for so many. Guests can experience the fun enchantment of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends straight from the children’s holiday classic or sit down together for a fabulous Christmas feast at many of Dollywood’s award-winning dining locations. Most of Dollywood’s signature rides and attractions also operate in this merry environment, with rides racing along just above the millions of twinkling lights. A season pass purchased during Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas provides unlimited admission to this year’s Christmas festival along with unlimited admission for Dollywood’s entire 2019 season, including the introduction of Wildwood Grove. To ensure the lowest prices of the season, guests should purchase their 2019 season pass online now or upgrade their paid one-day admission ticket on the day of their visit. Ticket purchasers receive credit for the value of a regular one-day ticket toward the purchase of a 2019 season pass. With five million lights, award-winning entertainment, the addition of Glacier Ridge, and much more, one thing is for certain: Dollywood truly captures the essence of Christmas.


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Christmas Comes to Life at Dolly Parton’s Stampede This Holiday Season


of Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction this holiday season. Running through January 5, 2019, families can create new traditions at “The Most Fun Place to Eat in the Smokies.” With a full-scale living Nativity, four-course feast, and an arena full of the merriest sights and sounds, every guest will leave jollier than Old Saint Nick. “Christmas is a very special time of year at Dolly Parton’s Stampede,” said David Swangel, General Manager of Dolly Parton’s Stampede in Pigeon Forge. “While our thrilling high-spirited adventure provides fun for our guests, we also celebrate the meaning of Christmas thanks to a full-scale, living Nativity. Families always take the time to let us know this show has become a treasured part of their yearly traditions.” To celebrate the reason for this holiday season, guests will watch a special re-enactment of Jesus’ birth with Mary, Joseph, three wise men, and a living Nativity with camels, donkeys, and sheep. This touching scene reflects on the importance of Christmas. Taking a whimsical turn, The Sugar Plum 12


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show’s 35,000-square-foot arena, which seamlessly complements the exciting action with stunning holiday scenery. Guests will feel as if they have been instantly transported deep in to the natural beauty of Christmas from the foothills surrounding the Great Smoky Mountains and to the clear skies above Bethlehem on the night of Jesus’ birth. Adding to the lineup, Christmas dinner includes Stampede’s signature four-course feast consisting of Stampede’s original creamy vegetable soup, homemade buttery biscuit, a whole rotisserie chicken, hickorysmoked barbequed pork loin, buttery corn on the cob, herb-basted potato, Stampede’s own specialty dessert, and unlimited tea, coffee, or Coca-Cola products. Vegetarian and gluten-free meals are available upon request. Guests are invited to start their fun-filled evening in the saloon with side-splitting holiday comedy and Christmas classics with a twist by Mountain Ruckus, Stampede’s house band. The band performs one hour prior to show time. Show times and reservations are available by calling 1-800-356-1676 or visiting www.dpstampede.com.







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Happy Birthday to Two of Dollywood’s Famous Leading Ladies TWO


most famous leading ladies have celebrated milestone birthdays this year. Katie celebrates her 75th, while “Cindy” enjoys the big 8-0 this season. Both ladies have the opportunity to entertain thousands of Dollywood guests each season, and their performances turn heads and garner waves of admiration wherever the track takes them. They both admirably served in the U.S. Army during World War II but now enjoy their retirement years at the world’s friendliest theme park. Their “warm” demeanors certainly are welcomed here. The two Baldwin coal-fired steam trains – Klondike Katie, No. 192, and Cinderella, No. 70 – were built in 1943 and 1938 respectively by Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia. Both trains served in Alaska during World War II, transporting troops and lumber on various missions across what would become the 49th U.S. state. Both engines were still in use when they were purchased from the Army. The two locomotives now work together to serve guests as The Dollywood Express, one of the park’s signature attractions. Klondike Katie has worked most of the season while her co-worker Cinderella underwent a months-long refresh. She now looks much like she did back in 1938, with similar cosmetics and a font type close to what would have been on her originally. Both Cinderella and Klondike Katie are ready to charge full steam ahead in to the park’s busy Christmas season. Dollywood Express Team Lead, Tim Smith, says maintaining the workhorses is a labor of love for his team. For many of them, their current jobs were dreams many years in the making. Smith has had an interest in steam trains his whole life, working at the North Carolina Transportation Museum, as well as Tweetsie Railroad (located in Blowing Rock, North Carolina). He moved west and worked at the Durango and Silverton Railroad in Durango, Colorado, and the Virginia and Truckee Railroad in Virginia City, Nevada. He desired to move closer to home and in 2015, accepted his current position at Dollywood. “We do most of the work ourselves,” said the North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, native. “It gives our group a sense of pride in what we do to know we’re able to keep these trains running and give our guests memories they’re always going to hold on to. We can do most of the maintenance work here, but there are things we send out to others to help us with from time to time. We have an iron caster in LaFollette (Tennessee) that can



do most of the iron work we need. Klondike Katie’s sister (engine No. 190) is at Tweetsie Railroad; they have the equipment needed to work on our drive wheels.” When Klondike Katie first arrived in Pigeon Forge in 1961, the area looked much different. She anchored a new attraction that had just been built that provided visitors with a five-mile journey through the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. In the early years, there was not even a workshop to house Klondike Katie. After several changes of ownership, the small park was acquired in 1977 by Jack and Pete Herschend of the Branson, Missouri-based Herschend Enterprises. Owners of Silver Dollar City in Branson, the brothers renamed the park Silver Dollar City, Tennessee. The big steam engine was acquired as part of the sale. That same year the Herschends acquired engine 70 and shipped her to the park to work alongside No. 192. After Dolly Parton and the Herschends formed Dollywood in 1986, and the number of visitors continued to climb, the two locomotives continued faithfully serving. For thousands of guests, The Dollywood Express is their main reason for visiting. Smith and his hardworking team balance a tricky schedule to ensure the engines receive the maintenance they need while also staying operational for park guests each day. “Our hardest part is balancing the demand of the park schedule with the needed maintenance,” said Smith. “We try to do our maintenance when the park is closed so we don’t inconvenience our guests. We try not to do major projects when the park is open, but there are times that we have to do it. It

probably upsets us more than it does the guests because we love how it feels when you take them up the mountain and they come back with smiles on their faces. On those rare days when we do have to undertake major maintenance, I assure you our team is probably more unhappy about it than the guests. But we work hard to stay on our schedule and make sure as much as we can is taken care of when the park is closed.” While most folks may think maintenance stops with the locomotives, the crew in the train shop also has to maintain the tracks and the passenger cars. It adds up to a great deal of work each season. “The train shop annually replaces around 200-300 crossties out of the nearly 6,000 ties in the track,” said Smith. “We occasionally replace entire sections of the track during the winter months. The locomotives, cars, and tracks are looked over constantly for anything unusual by the team. We generally try to do our most extensive maintenance during the winter. The cars are inspected top to bottom and repainted each winter. Each locomotive is checked over inside and out. Some winters we may be just replacing a few rod brasses, and then some winters we may have the whole engine disassembled.” For the untrained eye (and ear), it may be hard to tell the two apart, except for the numbers emblazoned on their sides. For the many locomotive enthusiasts who visit the park, as well as the Dollywood hosts who work alongside them every day, each has its own personality. Klondike Katie originally was built for speed, while Cinderella had more power and torque to pull heavier loads. In addition to the visual cues, the engines sound very different, especially as they begin their climb out of the Dollywood Express Train Depot for the 20-minute roundtrip experience. Even the folks who work on the pair have their favorite – they just don’t let the other engine know it. Even Smith does a great job of hiding which is his “true” favorite. “I generally tell folks that ask me that my favorite is the one that is running,” he said with a laugh. “Klondike Katie is my sentimental favorite since it is the park’s original engine; I also spent 15 years operating her sister engine 190 at Tweetsie Railroad. But I would have to say #70 is my favorite of the two to operate.” No matter which locomotive is pulling the train, The Dollywood Express is a guestfavorite for many who visit the park. Happy birthday Klondike Katie and Cinderella! For more information about Dollywood, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD, visit www.dollywood. com, or download the Dollywood App.

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The Elf on the Shelf® Returns to Knoxville Now Through January 6


on the Shelf ® is a cherished Christmas tradition celebrated in households around the world. For a third straight year, Santa will send some of these magical Scout Elves from the North Pole to Knoxville to be adopted by more than two dozen downtown Knoxville businesses. Families are invited to explore downtown and find where these little Scout Elves have landed each night for a fun-filled holiday scavenger hunt. The Elf on the Shelf®: A Christmas Tradition is a magical story about how Santa’s Scout Elves help him manage his naughty and nice lists. Once a Scout Elf is adopted and named, the elf receives its Christmas magic and can fly to the North Pole each night to tell Santa about the day’s adventures. Each morning the Scout Elf returns to its family and perches in a different place to watch the festive fun, creating a unique family moment. Children 16


love to race around the house and see where their Scout Elf has landed. The number one best-selling book, which comes in a keepsake box set with one of Santa’s Scout Elves, has sold more than 12 million copies across the globe and was written by mother-daughter duo Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell. Aebersold, a graduate of the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, is delighted that Knoxville will once again host the country’s only community-wide The Elf on the Shelf ® scavenger hunt. “We’re looking forward to The Elf on the Shelf Adventure adding to the magic of the season and helping create fun family memories in downtown Knoxville,” she said. Scout Elves have landed in Knoxville to begin the scavenger hunt. Children of all ages are invited to pick up a North Pole Pass at any of the participating businesses to help

guide them through the adventure. Children and children at heart will find fun, treats, and prizes along the way. As a special treat, Santa has granted permission for these Knoxville Scout Elves to remain in Knoxville until Sunday, January 6. The 2018 event is again sponsored by Mast General Store (the Downtown Knoxville Santa-Approved Scout Elf Adoption Center), the Downtown Knoxville Central Business Improvement District (CBID), and Visit Knoxville. The scavenger hunt is part of a jam-packed, season-long, holiday schedule of events in downtown Knoxville. Information about the scavenger hunt can be found at www.downtownknox.org/elf. Information about all that’s happening in downtown Knoxville this holiday season can be found at www.downtownknox.org/holiday. Citywide holiday events can be found at www. visitknoxville.com/events/christmas.

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often resulting in others smiling in response. But many of us are reluctant to fully smile. The reasons can be two-fold. Perhaps nature didn’t give you perfectly aligned teeth, or perhaps an injury or a period of neglect causes you to refrain from smiling. Why not make 2019 the year you begin to show off your brand new smile? With the New Year only weeks away, why not commit to a 2019 New Year’s resolution that will create an all-new, healthy smile that you will naturally want to share with everyone you meet? A great smile exudes confidence in yourself, helps you convey happiness, and impacts how others view you. Are your teeth improperly aligned, causing you embarrassment? Our caring and compassionate team of dental associates would love to share with you the Invisalign difference. Imagine creating that perfect alignment you have

always dreamed of by wearing Invisalign’s patented and nearly invisible aligners that go virtually undetected by others while gently realigning your teeth. Have you sustained a dental injury or neglected your teeth, which causes you embarrassment? It’s never too late to transform your smile. Cosmetic dentistry, implants, and crowns and bridges can be

the perfect solution to that perfect smile that has been evading you. And if a trip to the dentist causes you to experience some anxious moments, be sure to ask about our sedation dentistry that can help you relax. Whether we need to improve upon what nature has provided you or we correct an injury or overcome a period of past neglect, Heritage Family Dentistry can have you smiling in 2019. Make this the year you create your very own million dollar smile. Call or visit us online to learn more. Also, be sure to inquire about our new patient offers and our Heritage Family Membership Club designed to help you save money on your treatments and preventative care treatments. Your new smile begins with you.

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IS THE SEASON for cookies, cakes, candies, and more! Those delectable treats are an iconic part of celebrations big and small. Whether you want to cozy up by the fire with your favorite confection or bring a few batches to the school bake sale, you’re bound to be baking like crazy this time of year. With visions of holiday cookies dancing in your head, you know that means you’ll have to carve out time to make all those goodies. Don’t stress at the thought of a packed schedule and the temptation of too many unhealthy treats. Dawn Jackson Blatner, registered dietitian, shares some smart tips to save time while also creating better baking that provides rich flavors and higher quality nutrients. Streamline by planning ahead First, consider designating a part of your cabinet or pantry to your holiday baking supplies and let family members know it’s off limits. There’s nothing worse than starting a recipe only to realize an ingredient you need became a snack two days prior. Those nuts, dried fruit, and chocolate can be tempting! So stock up on high-quality ingredients and add a note to deter tempted snackers if necessary. Another tip: Bake what you can ahead of time. “There are many holiday cookies that freeze beautifully,” said Blatner. “That means you can start your baking weeks ahead of time and be ready for celebrations of all kinds. Just remember to thaw the day prior so your baked goods are ready to go.” Get better results with better eggs “Fresh ingredients are the key to superior baking and eggs are the perfect example,” said Blatner. She recommends Eggland’s Best eggs because they are the only eggs that have double the omega-3s compared to ordinary eggs.

Omega-3s are classified as “essential” fatty acids because they are important for maintaining good health, and the body cannot make them on its own. Omega-3s also enhance baking as they improve emulsifying qualities. More than just Omega-3s, Eggland’s Best eggs have 25% less saturated fat, six times more vitamin D, 10 times more vitamin E, and more than double the amount of vitamin B12. That means no matter what recipe you use them in, you’ll be improving the nutritional profile of your holiday treats. Use simple swaps for healthier results Making more nutritious cookies can be as simple as swapping out a few key ingredients. Consider chocolate, a popular ingredient in holiday desserts. Instead of buying milk or white chocolate, use dark chocolate in recipes. “Dark chocolate is lower in sugar content and contains important antioxidants that are good for your heart,” said Blatner. Another smart swap is to switch out some or all of your recipe’s white all-purpose flour for whole-wheat alternatives. This pumps up the fiber content of your recipes. “Whole-wheat flour is a good option to keep on hand in the pantry,” said Blatner. “For cookies with a more delicate texture, consider using a finely milled whole-wheat pastry flour.” Find recipes with low prep time or prepahead qualities Holiday baking is a fun tradition whether you do it solo or plan a cookie day with the kids. To save time and reduce stress, look for simpler recipes or ones that offer you the ability to do steps ahead of time. With this Eggland’s Best recipe for classic cut-out sugar cookies, you can make the dough the day before so you’re ready to dive into the fun the day of, baking and decorating the cookies.

HOLIDAY CUT-OUT SUGAR COOKIES Ingredients Cookies: » 3/4 cup butter, softened » 3/4 cup vegetable oil » 1 cup white sugar » 2 Eggland’s Best Eggs (large) » 2 teaspoons vanilla extract » 1/2 cup sour cream » 6 cups white flour » 4 teaspoons baking powder » 1 teaspoon salt Frosting: » 1/2 cup vegetable shortening » 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar » Pinch of salt » 1/3 cup Eggland’s Best Liquid Egg Whites » 1 teaspoon vanilla » Small squeeze of lemon juice Directions Cookies: In a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer or in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter, shortening, and sugar until fluffy and pale in color. Add in the eggs, vanilla, and sour cream and mix until combined. Add the baking powder, salt, and flour (one cup at a time), mixing until everything is evenly incorporated. Cover and chill the dough, preferably overnight for best results. Preheat the oven to 350 F. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to a 1/4- or 1/2-inch thickness. Cut into holiday shapes with a cookie cutter. Transfer cookies to a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and move cookies to a rack to cool. Frosting: In a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer or in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the butter until fluffy. Add the confectioners’ sugar, 1 cup at a time, and mix until combined. Add the salt, egg whites, vanilla, and lemon juice and beat until ingredients are incorporated. Spread over cooled cookies, sprinkle with colored sugar, and serve immediately.

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Put Your Own Oxygen Mask on First B Y A N D R E W H E N D E R S O N , O W N E R O F F I T N E S S TO G E T H E R


OR MANY OF US, the holidays

can be the most joyful but also the most stressful time of year. Large meals to prepare, houseguests and visitors, gifts to buy, and, of course, road traffic only gets worse! Add that to our already long list of responsibilities, and it’s no wonder that more than 44% of women and 31% of men report feeling “increased stress” during the holiday season (according to the American Psychological Association). The extra stress that we can feel during this season is just one more reason to invest time in our mental and physical well-being. Before every flight, the flight attendant reminds us that “in case of emergency, put on your own oxygen mask first before you attempt to help anyone else.” The reason, of course, is that if we’re not able to breathe ourselves, what good are we to anyone else! Whether it’s helping with homework, preparing meals for our family, providing

financially, or looking after aging parents, wherever we turn there are people counting on us to be at our best. While we may not be able to eliminate or avoid the demands that are placed on us, we can strengthen our bodies and minds to be able to withstand the stresses that life places on us. For more than 20 years, I’ve helped personal training clients do exactly this by encouraging them to take time every day for themselves and use exercise as a way to relieve stress, take control over their health, and put things back into perspective. (Nothing seems quite as bad or impossible to overcome after a great workout!) Here are a few tips to help you put your own oxygen mask on first so you can be your best for those that count on you: 1) Start the day with a healthy, tasty breakfast. Prep your breakfast at the beginning of the week so it’s easier and less time consuming


to eat a healthy breakfast. Two of my favorite breakfast foods that I prep on Sunday nights are Steel Cut Oatmeal and high protein pancakes. (Try the Kodiak pancake mix.) I make enough for the entire week and just heat it up in the morning. 2) Make time to exercise. Just 20-30 minutes a day of exercise can greatly improve your health and provide a great outlet for stress. Try making an appointment with a friend to meet for a walk, find a fitness class you enjoy going to, or try working with a trainer to help you set that time aside for yourself! 3) Find some “me” time. Give yourself a few minutes to do something that’s just for you. Maybe it’s playing an instrument, reading a book, going out for a drive, or taking a hot bath. If you can’t do one of these activities and you feel stress creeping in, try taking 10 deep breaths wherever you are, and then return to what it is you need to do. 4) Take time to show gratitude. We have so much to be grateful for, but sometimes the bustle and stress of the day makes us forget just how good we have it. Once a week we talk about what we are thankful for or what the best part of our day was at the dinner table, and it’s amazing how our attitudes improve! 5) Remind yourself that by taking time for yourself, you are helping others. Sometimes feelings of guilt can keep us from giving ourselves what we need. Think of all that you do for others, and remind yourself that the only way you will be able to continually be there for others is to take good care of yourself! Be a blessing to your friends and family this holiday season and make a commitment to “put your mask on first” or to encourage a loved one to “put their mask on first.” It’s a gift that will last for a very, very long lifetime. Not sure where to start? Give me a call.

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Old Kingston Pike in the iconic UP and Down Gas Station in Knoxville, is your one-stop shopping center for all your holiday needs. Bobby Todd offers a wide variety of holiday décor, gifts for everyone on your shopping list, and everything you need to host your holiday parties. Whether you need a beautiful wreath for your front door, unique ornaments for your Christmas tree, or a beautiful holiday centerpiece for your table, Bobby Todd has you covered. Bobby Todd continues to have the most unique selection of whimsical and vintage-inspired Christmas decorations featuring Lori Mitchell, Shiny Brite, Byer’s Choice Carolers, Cody Foster, Bethany Lowe, and Joe Spencer. Each of these artists has introduced new collections this year so you can add to your current collection. Bobby Todd also offers holiday scented candles from NEST, Aunt Sadies, and Votivo. Unique jewelry from GYPSY, Julie Vos, and Susan Shaw make wonderful gifts, as well as a wide selection of scarves, fragrant candles, books, puzzles, soaps, lotions, pillows, lamps, and accessories for every room in your home. Our complimentary festive holiday packaging is perfect for gift giving… watch eyes light up in delight when they receive a gift in a Bobby Todd bag! Visit Bobby Todd Knoxville Monday through Saturday from 10 to 5 daily for all your holiday needs! Please note that Bobby Todd will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, December 24 and 25, and re-opening on Wednesday, December 26, at 10 am for our annual After Christmas Sale. Bobby Todd… “Making Spirits Bright” this holiday season!

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Company presents the annual holiday tradition, The Nutcracker, in their 47th season. The production features live music by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. The Appalachian Ballet Company will present four public shows: December 1 at 7:30 pm and December 2 at 3 pm at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium AND December 7 at 7:30 pm and December 8 at 3 pm at the Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville. Dancing the role of the Nutcracker Prince will be Australian dancer, Aaron Smyth, who can be seen in Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. He will be partnering with Kylie Morton Berry as the Sugarplum Fairy. This year’s production will include several new pieces of choreography, featuring guest artists David Ward and Laura Morton and Chicago-based dancer, Jeff Wolfe, as Herr Drosselmeyer. New sets, props, and costumes will bring the charming and spellbinding production to life. For more than 100 years, this classic story has proven to be a favorite, enchanting audiences of all ages. Come see the magic with lavish scenery, glorious tutus, soldiers, snowflakes, and sugar plums at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium or the Clayton Center for the Arts the first and second weekend of December. For more information or tickets, visit www.appalachianballet.com.



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OT SURE what gifts to purchase for those very special people on your shopping list this holiday season? Here’s a suggestion. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, December 4th, from 3 to 6 pm for Urban Home & Gifts’ first annual Holiday Cheer Sip & Shop event. Discover a wide selection of personally selected gifts that you’re not likely to find anywhere else. Take advantage of unadvertised specials throughout the store while savoring some festive holiday cheer. Also, be sure to register to win one of our holiday door prizes. From now until the day of our event, you will discover a treasure trove of unique gifts, with new gift selections arriving daily. Choose from our wide selection of holiday gifts, including our designer-inspired jewelry, hand-crafted Voluspa candles, and scrumptious gourmet food items that will tra nsform a ny holiday gathering from an ordinary event into a n ex traordinar y

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you make. There are absolutely no rewards cards to keep track of. Urban Home & Gifts is located at 10965 Kingston Pike in Farragut, where it shares space with Knox Graphics & Designs. We’re located near Costco and Lovell Road beside Sir Goony’s Family Fun Center in the StoneCrest Shopping Center. Ma rk your ca lenda rs for Tuesday, December 4th, from 3 to 6 pm and prepare yourself for our first ever Holiday Cheer Sip & Shop event and shop where Mrs. Claus does all of her holiday shopping.

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and New Year’s holidays are without a doubt the most exciting time of the year for most of us. The holiday season brings friends and family members together to celebrate these most festive occasions, creating experiences that last a lifetime. Colorful decorations, holiday music, family gatherings, midnight services, and gift giving are just a small part of the holiday experience. And how about all that scrumptious food? Ahhh! There are the turkeys and the hams, cranberries, mountains of mashed and sweet potatoes, pecan and pumpkin pies, and those incredible Christmas cookies. But then there are the calories. If there are any regrets at all about the holidays, it’s the body fat we can add on through New Year’s. And if you add that body fat onto the body fat that you might have already needed to lose, the problem compounds itself. Fortunately, there’s a solution that may fit in quite well with your resolutions for the New Year. The solution is CoolSculpting®. At The Face Place™ in nearby Farragut, we offer our clients the opportunity to reduce body fat by using CoolSculpting®, the number one noninvasive, fat reduction procedure in the world. CoolSculpting® is an innovative way to contour your body by freezing away unwanted fat without surgery and with little to no downtime. With more than six million CoolSculpting® treatments performed worldwide, people everywhere are getting a better view of themselves thanks to this one-of-a-kind procedure. The only FDAcleared, non-surgical, fat reduction treatment, CoolSculpting® also helps individuals lose stubborn fat that resists all efforts through diet and exercise. The Face Place™ also offers a wide selection of other aesthetic services, including non-surgical facial rejuvenation, dermal fillers, microneedling, microdermabrasion, and much more. Enjoy the holidays, but if you discover that your resolutions for the New Year include contouring your body, call The Face Place™ and discover an entirely new you for 2019. You’ll discover that you’ll look and feel better and that maybe it will be time to try on those skinny jeans. Also, be sure to ask about our unadvertised specials.

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25+ Christmas Trees 25’+ Tall in Branson This Year


ANY CITIES across the country have one impressive Christmas tree that is the center of their holiday celebrations. Branson, however, “America’s Christmas Tree City,” has more than 25 trees that are 25’ or taller. The Branson Christmas Coalition, working year-round to inspire, encourage, and facilitate Christmas tree displays throughout the area, put a special emphasis on “landmark trees” in 2018, and the community responded like never before. “The largest new tree we have documented this year is in front of Sight & Sound Theatre, and it’s both massive and spectacular,” described Ann McDowell, Executive Director of the Branson Christmas Coalition. “Their 46’ tree has a 6’ star on top, more than 4,300 LED lights, and 1,260 ornaments. It’s an incredible sight to behold in front of their beautiful theater and a definite ‘must see’ this season.” T h e a re a ’s l a rg e s t t re e i s t h e 8 0 ’ Christmas Tree of Light, presented by the City of Branson, in the Branson Landing Roundabout for the third consecutive year. In addition to those counted for the trees 25’ and taller list is the collection at Silver Dollar City, which is a Christmas tree category all its own. Their five-story animated tree with special effects that light up the city’s entire square in time with holiday music is just the start. Silver Dollar City has five more lighted trees that are 40’ or taller. It’s no surprise that the theme park was voted the nation’s top holiday celebration by the readers of USA Today. 28


The new light tree at Cox Medical Center Branson measures 50’ tall, and the new, fresh cut tree in Liberty Plaza logs in at 25’ high. Both the Branson Convention Center and Branson Landing boast some of the tallest Christmas trees in the area, towering at 40’ and 50’ respectively. “Our largest new indoor tree this year is at Pasghetti’s Italian Restaurant on West Highway 76,” said McDowell. “Most sizeable trees are outdoors for obvious reasons, but Pasghetti’s has a beautiful, new 25’ tall tree inside their themed dining area this season. The spirit of Christmas is clearly alive and well in our area. Visitors and residents alike enjoy these giant trees. It’s just one way Branson is truly brilliant at Christmas time.” A complete listing of all the area’s 700+ Christmas trees of all sizes is available on the Branson Christmas Coalition website at

www.BransonChristmas.org. For an interactive map to help locate all the traditional, natural, light, and creative trees, visit www. BransonChristmas.info and go to “Tree Tour.” Branson Christmas Coalition is a Missouri non-profit focused on improving and enhancing the holiday season in our area. Our plan to be America’s Christmas Tree City includes more than 700 Christmas trees throughout the area that are a brilliant celebration of nature, tradition, and creativity. Our area is appealing to holiday travelers by having an amazing variety of the most unique and beautiful Christmas tree displays in the country. This focus provides an ideal way to showcase the natural beauty, creative genius, incredible ingenuity, and genuine love for the true meaning of Christmas that is ever present in Ozark Mountain Country. 2018 is the third year of this effort. Photos courtesy of the Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau

Best Wishes for a Joyous Christmas & A Prosperous New Year B Y J AC K W I L S O N , O W N E R O F S W E E T WAT E R F LO W E R S H O P


VERYONE HERE at Sweetwater

Flower Shop and Upstairs at The Mansion Restaurant would like to wish each of you a merry and blessed Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year. We would also like to take this time to express our heartfelt appreciation to each and every one of you for your continued support and encouragement throughout the years. The Christmas season is a very special time of the year when we transform our entire two floors into a winter wonderland showcase that we look forward to sharing with you and your family. We would like to personally invite each of you to share our special holiday wonderland all throughout the month of December. You’ll find it truly magical and inspiring, and it’s also our way of saying thank you to all of our faithful customers and friends. Please come and share this most special time of the year with us. Our shop has a spectacular selection of Christmas wreaths and table arrangements, as well as holiday home décor, Christmas ornaments, and gifts. You’ll also discover hundreds of floral arrangements and wreaths, all designed and handmade by me personally, along with a large selection of beautiful gifts, including ladies’ apparel, scarves, designer handbags, designer-inspired jewelry, home décor items, and much more that will make perfect holiday gifts even for that person on your holiday shopping list that seems to have everything. Also, Upstairs at The Mansion Restaurant is the perfect venue for sharing the holiday spirit with friends and family. With limited holiday seating, please call 423-371-4100 to make reservations and for special holiday hours. We have finished stocking our University of Tennessee room with all new merchandise for the Big Orange fans on your Christmas list, so be sure to visit our “Big Orange” display area. Not sure what to buy that special person on your Christmas list? How about a gift certificate to Sweetwater Flower Shop? Gift certificates make great holiday gifts. During December, please be sure to stop by. We look forward to your visit and for the opportunity to share our holiday greetings and a bit of cheer with each and every one of you.

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for children, but it’s serious business when it comes to their health and development. From peek-a-boo as a toddler to jigsaw puzzles, dolls and toy trains as an older child, play enriches not only their lives at the moment, but their brain development and a whole host of other things, too. But what is play exactly? According to an American Academy of Pediatrics report, “The Power of Play: A Pediatric Role in Enhancing Development in Young Children,” play is an activity that involves active engagement and results in joyful discovery. It is fun and spontaneous and involves creating an imaginative reality that contains elements of make-believe. It’s not about passively watching the television or computer screen, and it’s not about the latest and greatest technical bells and whistles on a smartphone. It’s about simplicity, imagination, and the unstructured time to create. “Simplicity has always been at the forefront of classic toy development with the focus on undisturbed, open-ended play,” said Filip Francke, CEO of Ravensburger North America, whose BRIO line has been creating happy childhood memories for more than 130



years. Their new product line, Smart Tech, complements open-ended play and is compatible with other BRIO World products their parents and even grandparents have likely grown up playing with. Here are just a few benefits of open-ended, unstructured playtime: »» Amplifies creative role play and inspired storytelling »» Models “cause and effect” »» Develops critical thinking skills »» Improves children’s abilities to plan »» H e l p s w i t h l a n g u a g e a n d m a t h development »» Encourages and deepens relationships

with siblings, friends, and adults, creating the foundation for more healthy relationships in the future »» Fosters curiosity »» Encourages problem solving, collaboration, and creativity »» Helps children manage stress The AAP is so adamant about the benefits of play that it encourages pediatricians to write out prescriptions for play at well child visits to remind parents, in this increasingly structured world, to give their children plenty of time to play. That’s because more and more, parents are focused on achievement, after-school programs, and increased homework demands, even for elementary students. Inspiring play is as simple as providing the unstructured time and space. Whether it’s brightly colored toys for an infant, showing a mirror to an older child to explore her own expressions, reading to children of all ages, giving your child simple toys like blocks, wooden toys, puzzles, or a train set, providing your child the opportunity for a daily dose of play is the right prescription for his or her development.


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This decorative Christmas wreath was designed and personally hand-crafted by Jack Wilson, owner and master designer. Hundreds of holiday wreaths and florals are on display, in addition to a huge selection of gifts, including ladies’ apparel and accessories, home décor, candles, body and bath products, art, and more. Available at Sweetwater Flower Shop, 118 W. North Street in Sweetwater, 423.337.6623.


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Have they been naughty or nice? Luxury stocking stuffers to detox or shimmer and farm-to-skin holiday gift sets by the BEEKMAN 1802 Boys and their goats. Available at CH Interiors & Gifts, 12556 Kingston Pike in Knoxville, 865.288.7887, www.chinteriorsandgifts.com/baby.


Bring a little bit of the Christmas spirit into your home by adding our cozy Holly Wreath. This traditional, homey pillow is also a great gift idea for friends and family. Available at Decorating Den Interiors, 521 Lovell Road, Suite 205 in Knoxville, 865.392.6222, www.SandyKozar. DecoratingDen.com.


This beautifully hand-crafted, all hardwood, Amish Arched Back Empire Bench would make a wonderful accent piece in your home’s foyer, tucked under a window in your master bedroom, or just about any room in your home. Available exclusively at Amish Excellence, 613 N. Campbell Station Road in Knoxville, 865.392.6000, www.amishexcellence.com.


All-natural and gluten-free, this Raspberry Jalapeño Jam is great on cream cheese with crackers, pork tenderloin, pulled pork sliders, baked brie, raspberry pecan bars, and even a vinaigrette. Available at Urban Home & Gifts, 10965 Kingston Pike in Knoxville, 865.777.5669, www.urbanhomegifts.com. December 2018 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE


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hand-crafted Amish furniture and the devoted craftsmen t h at p a i n s t a k i n g l y create each and every piece that led me to launch Amish Excellence. Every piece of furniture tells the story of an individual artisan and his family, their traditions, and rich culture. And every piece of Amish furniture you acquire has the potential of creating a legacy within your own family for generations to come. Genuine Amish furniture has transitioned over time. Today you will discover furniture hand-crafted in both contemporary and more modern styles, and you will even detect a hint of Asian influence as well. There’s a wide selection of hardwood species, decorative wood inlays, and metal used in frames and bases, which add a more modern appearance. Today you will also find a growing use of upholstery. You can find everything from fine quality leathers to a wide array of fabrics that reflect a wide palette of colors, designs,



and textures. You will discover, as I have, just how the use of leathers and upholstery can enhance the rich grain and patina of the allAmerican hardwoods that were used to create your furniture pieces. Both the upholstery and hardwoods you select combine to make an even bolder, richer look. We will also be displaying more upholstered case goods in the months ahead. We have many in stock already for you to purchase. Also, know that whether the pieces you select are partially or fully upholstered, every piece of furniture we sell at Amish Excellence is constructed using the same high standards

of excellence that have been the tradition of Amish craftsmen for centuries. I would also like to take this opportunity to wish each of you a wonderful and joyous Christmas and prosperous New Year on behalf of our entire team. I would also like to invite each of you to visit us and discover for yourself the softer side of Amish Excellence. Also, you can follow us on Facebook or in store to take advantage of our unadvertised specials.

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Santa’s Suggestion for Enjoying Your Home’s Outdoor Living Spaces Next Spring



flowing restorative streams and its pink crystalline limestone known as Tennessee marble, beautiful Marble Springs State Historic Site was once the home of John Sevier, Tennessee’s first governor (1745-1815). Born in Virginia and active in the French and Indian War, Sevier made a name for himself as a leader of the early Watauga Association, a hero in the Revolutionary War Battle of Kings Mountain, a key player and governor of the short-lived state of Franklin, a congressman, father of 18 children, and six-term governor of Tennessee. At Marble Springs, you can immerse yourself in the life and times of John Sevier as you tour through the site’s historic cabins, learning about early Tennessee history. Marble Springs is also a certified wildlife habitat with an arboretum and walking trails open to the public during operating hours. The site is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 12 to 5 pm. Guided tours of the cabins are available for a fee. Marble Springs is located at 1220 W. Gov. John Sevier Highway in Knoxville. For more information, call 865-573-5508, email info@marblesprings.net, or visit www. marblesprings.net.

F YOUR HOME isn’t equipped with retractable screens, will you be able to fully enjoy your home’s outdoor living spaces next spring? The answer is likely no. Why? Because flying and biting insects are probably keeping you indoors. But here’s Santa’s solution. While homeowners across the country are increasingly creating popular outdoor “rooms” such as porches and lanais with kitchens complete with large, permanently-installed grills, refrigerators and work areas, luxurious fireplaces, beautiful lighting, and even artwork specially made to be weather-proof, flying and biting insects often keep homeowners from using their new outdoor spaces. Retractable screens provide the perfect answer to these problems. By combining indoor and outdoor spaces, these innovative screen solutions enhance and promote our outdoor living experiences. They provide much needed shade and allow people to extend the time that they, family, and friends can enjoy their patios while keeping annoying, biting insects at bay. Large, motorized screens are a perfect example of how to blend function with comfort. These screens can be recessed into the beams or walls of your home, thereby staying truly hidden when fully retracted. The best part about using retractable screens is that these screening solutions don’t diminish your views or your home’s aesthetics, as the screens are in place only when needed. For the ultimate in elegance, many of these retractable screen solutions can be seamlessly blended into virtually any architectural style. These retractable screens are available in a variety of custom colors and wood grain finishes that help to coordinate your screens with your interior or exterior color schemes. The screens can also be programmed to come down and retract with sun and wind sensors and be connected to your home’s automation system to have the screens come down at a specific time of day when extra shade or insect protection is most needed. If you’re uncertain what to buy your family for Christmas this year, take Santa’s advice and install retractable screens from Screens of East Tennessee, and create a season of memorable out-of-door experiences with family and friends next year. For more information about retractable screen options, visit www.phantomscreens.com. Screens of East Tennessee 865.919.1615 www.tennesseescreens.com www.phantomscreens.com



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continue to grow in popularity among homeowners. Often referred to as art for our floors, even today’s Oriental rugs embrace centuries-old hand-craftsmanship that remains literally unchanged. These rugs combine all-natural fiber, primarily wool, all-natural dyes, and are still hand-knotted on looms as they have been for many hundreds of years. Oriental rugs can last almost indefinitely when well cared for. They have earned a reputation for being durable, and many Oriental rug owners continue to pass on their treasured rugs as family heirlooms to be enjoyed by future generations. But these durable and long-lasting rugs also have a gentler side. Their all-natural fibers and dyes make caring for them all the more critical. Unlike their wall-to-wall cousins, Oriental rugs cannot be cleaned using traditional carpet cleaning methods. They would likely be damaged in the process. Genuine Oriental rugs can only be thoroughly and safely cleaned by washing them – something that can’t be performed by even the most ardent DIYer. At Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning, we have used our more than three decades of experience to create a proprietary 11-step rug washing process to safely clean even your most valuable Oriental rugs. You can watch our informative rug washing video online at www.superiorofknoxville.com. But our commitment to you doesn’t stop there. We regularly attend training offered by Oriental rug washing experts to learn how to improve our craft. We also make significant financial investments in the latest state-of-the-art equipment and technologies, which further enhance our already modern Oriental rug washing techniques. In just the last several months, we have invested in the latest technological advancements in the Oriental rug washing marketplace that enables us to wash the most difficult area of any rug, the inner rug fibers, referred to as the “Marinator Decon System.” In addition, we have added a “tumbler duster” that safely and efficiently removes even more of the trapped dust, pollen, dirt particles, pet dander and fur, and more from your Oriental rugs. Committed to protecting your precious heirlooms for generations to come, why not trust the family that thousands of other Knoxville area families have trusted since 1985: Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning?

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How Organization Can Ease Stress & Anxiety W HEN YOU’RE SURROUNDED

by clutter, it’s hard not to feel anxious or stressed. In a recent survey, it was reported that clutter leads to lowered productivity and increases stress levels. This stress can weigh greatly on your health, though there are ways to ease it. An organized space is beautiful, and it’s also incredibly useful. Along with helping you to feel happier and more relaxed each day, being organized and decluttering your space can help you save time, work better, and enjoy your home more. ShelfGenie Solutions can help you get organized by increasing storage space, improving access to items, and by allowing you to group like items together – where you need them most. When all your pantry items, countertop appliances, and dishware are easy to spot and easy to reach, the time savings can really add up - time that can be put to other uses. Getting organized with ShelfGenie can also help increase your storage space by up to 50%. That means you can make the most out of your space and get more from your home. Here are some tips on how you can achieve the organized home that you’re looking for: 1. Declutter To help declutter and de-stress, try separating your items into four piles: Keep, sell, donate, and toss. If you’re not sure about an item, put it aside and see whether or not you miss it. If you don’t, you and your space will be better off without it. Once you sell,

donate, and toss your unneeded items, you’ll feel more relaxed in your space. 2. Look for repeat items When you have a bunch of “stuff” in your kitchen, it’s hard to find what you’re really looking for. Go through your cabinets, drawers, and pantry to see if you have any repeat items. If you have two blenders, pick the one with more functions and give the other to a friend. If you have eight cans of pasta sauce, keep what you can use before it expires and bring the rest to a food bank. Repeat items can take up a lot of space and often go to waste in your cabinets. 3. Group like items When your belongings are unorganized, it’s easy to forget what you have. As you go through items to declutter, sort everything into specific groups. That way you can see if you have multiple phone chargers or staplers after all. This makes it easier to decide what to toss and helps you find things right when you need them once they’re sorted. 4. Create kitchen zones The first step to kitchen efficiency is creating zones for everything you own. Claim separate cabinets for bakeware, kitchenware, countertop appliances, dishes – you name it. You should also have designated drawers for utensils, knives, utility items, and so on. By creating zones in your kitchen, it’ll be easy to remember exactly where your juicer or bottle opener are, which

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Wishing You the Greetings of the Season B Y B EC K Y H U N T, CO - OWNER OF PREMIERE CONSIGNMENT


of Toby, Aaron, and me, I would like to take this opportunity to wish each of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We would also like to express our appreciation for your continued support and all of your encouragement since first opening Premiere Consignment in 2012. Premiere Consignment, we feel, has provided a valuable service and resource to our Tellico area communities. We offer those of you who are new arrivals the perfect opportunity to find a new home for gently used furniture, home décor items, art, and Oriental and area rugs that you may no longer need. We are also the perfect venue for those of you who are empty nesters, who may be downsizing, and for estate sales as well. Premiere Consignment also offers buyers a source of high-end, upscale furniture from the nation’s top brand name manufacturers at savings of up to 90% off their original retail prices. And with retirees concerned with today’s financial uncertainty, the savings available from shopping the Premiere Consignment way are a much welcomed experience. Another area where we can help those of you wishing to sell your treasured collectibles and other items that are often attractive to online buyers is our eBay store. Premiere Consignment can provide you with the opportunity to sell your items online with our fully turn-key eBay store. We catalog items, professionally photograph them, write descriptions, place items for auction, handle the financial transaction, pack your items, and then ship them anywhere in the world. We can bring you buyers from around the world that might not otherwise be available to you. Whether you’re hoping to sell your gently used, brand name household items, add that accent chair to your dining room, or purchase an entire home full of furnishings and home décor items, Premiere Consignment is your one-stop superstore for savings or selling.

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The Gift That Keeps Giving



WAS 10 years old. The gifts had

been given, the turkey and cranberry sauce devoured. My mom and I shared a conspiratorial glance as we snuck away into a back bedroom. I had mentioned how I much I really wanted a chocolate covered cherry. As I followed her into the back of the house, I assumed correctly that she had a few cherries stashed in a secret place. She turned her back to me, opened a large brown bag and began rummaging through its contents. She didn’t notice me peeking over her shoulder. As she found what she was looking for, she caught my eye and the evidence of my guilt. I had already seen what else that bag held. As my mind raced through the contents of my stocking I had received that morning, I saw a near duplicate in the very bag my mom was holding. As my little mind put the

pieces together, the truth of Santa Claus was revealed to me in an instant. I don’t know who felt worse – my mom for giving away the Christmas secret before I was ready, or me for spoiling it for myself. Although the magical Christmas I knew as a young child was lost forever, I learned the true meaning of Christmas a decade and a half later. It’s not that I didn’t know in some superficial way that Christmas is about Jesus; it’s just that it wasn’t important to me. Until it was. Jesus revealed Himself to me during a season that I found myself completely lost: Divorced, scared, alone, and with a newborn daughter. The gift I received that year was the most incredible gift I had ever received. As Jesus drew me near, I experienced joy, awe, peace, and comfort as I had never

known. The amazing thing about that gift is that Jesus is still giving. The storms in my life would be overwhelming by any standard… (stage 3 cancer, two grandbabies we are full-time grand-parenting, and an adult child in full-blown addiction), and yet my relationship with Jesus has grown into something I can’t fathom living one single day without. Christmas is about the gift of Jesus. The gift IS Jesus. We at Surface Doc hope and pray that your homes are filled with all the beauty of Christmas. Regardless of who is coming for Christmas dinner or how many gifts surround the tree, our most sincere hope is that whatever season you find yourself, you experience joy. It’s yours and mine for the asking. Merry CHRISTmas from our home to yours.

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UT Gardens’ Plant of the Month: Smoketree​ B Y J A M E S N E W B U R N , A S S I S TA N T D I R EC TO R A N D C U R ATO R O F T H E U T G A R D E N S , K N OX V I L L E


us a chance to examine landscape plants that provide more than one season of interest. I have been struck with the beautiful fall color that Cotinus coggygria Velvet Cloak exhibits. Commonly called smoketree or smokebush, Cotinus is typically grown as a multistemmed shrub, though it is sometimes seen in a tree form. The value of this species in late spring or early summer is the fantastic, delicate pubescent (hairy) pink panicles (the structure that holds the insignificant flowers) that emerge and give a cloud of “blooms” above the foliage. Commercially, several purple-leaved cultivars are available that are very popular, as well as green-leaved selections. Velvet Cloak is stunning with the pink blooms above the dark purple foliage in spring but equally impressive with striking red, orange, and russet fall foliage. Smoketrees are best grown in full sun in well-drained soil. Standard varieties can get 10 feet to 15 feet tall, with the multiple stems of the shrub becoming somewhat gangly in appearance. At UT Gardens, Knoxville, we utilize a technique called coppicing whereby we cut the stems back to a few inches above the ground in late winter or early spring to



create a denser, more uniform shrub that reaches between four and six feet tall in one season. It can be utilized in the landscape as a single specimen acting as a focal point, in a mixed shrub border, or in groups in large landscapes. After their impressive blooming period

usually in June, Velvet Cloak and Grace, a cross of Velvet Cloak and C. obovatus, both exhibit wonderful fall color. In hotter parts of the state, the purple foliage may dull somewhat in late summer. Also, extended heat in the autumn may affect the vibrancy of fall color. This seems to be more the exception rather than the rule. Choosing plants that have multiple season appeal is always a smart idea in designing gardens and landscapes, and Velvet Cloak would certainly fall in that category. Check out the UT Gardens and other botanical gardens several times a year to garner ideas and see specimens of smoketrees and other plants that will enhance your garden throughout the year. The UT Gardens include plant collections located in Knoxville, Jackson, and Crossville. Designated as the official botanical garden for the State of Tennessee, the collections are part of the UT Institute of Agriculture. The Gardens’ mission is to foster appreciation, education, and stewardship of plants through garden displays, educational programs, and research trials. The Gardens are open during all seasons and free to the public. For more information, visit www.ag.tennessee.edu/utg.

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HILE MOST FAMILY events have moved indoors

for the winter, why not surprise your family this holiday season with a special gift that will ensure unlimited, funfilled, out-of-door events next season? Winter is the perfect time to install the totally unique underdeck ceiling under your home’s existing raised decks. This will ensure that next season’s events will be protected from unexpected and unwanted rain and the searing summertime sun. “This is the perfect time to weatherproof all of your out-of-door events,” said Undercover Systems owner, Jim Conn. “Throughout the entire process, our skilled craftsmen work with you, each step of the way, until your project is complete. Because your project will be completed this winter, you can enjoy your new outdoor living spaces at the first sign of spring.” Undercover’s patented system also helps extend your outdoor season of family enjoyment by protecting you from early spring showers, July and August’s relentless sun, and autumn rains. You’ll appreciate Undercover Systems’ attention to detail, which comes from years of experience, as they help you craft a seamless transition from your home’s interior to your new out-of-door living spaces, which will perfectly complement your existing architecture and landscaping plans. You’ll also appreciate the fact that every installation is customized to meet your exact needs using Undercover Systems’ proprietary underdeck ceiling components and not the “big box” store, one-size-fits-all generic products used by the competition. A complaint-free member of the Better Business Bureau, Undercover Systems offers homeowners the peace of mind that they deserve in a building contractor. Why not surprise your family this holiday season with the gift of unlimited and memorable out-of-door activities for next year? Call Jim Conn at 423-267-0091 today and let the party begin.

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December in the Garden BY LISA GRUGIN


OW, CAN YOU believe that 2018 is coming to an end? Life is like a roll of toilet paper: The closer you get to the end, the faster it goes! I know that most of you are not going to be doing much work in the yard this time of year, but there are a few things that you can do: 1. Keep weeding, and re-apply Preen if it has been longer than three months since you applied it last. Weeds will continue to grow right on through the winter! If you don’t want your spring to include a dayslong weed pulling session, take steps to stop them now. 2. Keep cleaning up the debris from fungus or insect infected plants, but do not compost those leaves. Annuals and perennials with seed heads can be left for the birds. 3. If you have big trees, you will need to get most of the leaves up so they don’t suffocate your lawn. If you just have a few, run over the leaves with your mower and then use them as leaf mulch. It adds nutrients to your soil and protects your plants. 4. You can plant evergreens and trees as long as the ground isn’t frozen, which almost never happens.

5. Decorate your home with things that you have harvested in your yard! Conifer branches can be mixed with boxwood, holly, nandina, and/or magnolia branches to create displays worthy of Joanna Gaines. The berries of winterberry holly, nandinas, and beautyberry can add a splash of color, and you can also use pinecones, magnolia seed pods, or even hydrangea blooms (natural or spray painted) to add additional texture. When you are cutting those




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over – even if they’re just a nominal fan – are aware of the band’s iconic performance that became known as the “rooftop concert.” Only a handful of people were on that roof with the band, and very few people have written directly about – and certainly not from an insider’s perspective. Ken Mansfield, who is no stranger to Everything Knoxville magazine, is one of those handfuls of people on the roof that day. As the U.S. manager for the lad’s record label, Apple, he was on the inside, literally, of what led up to that iconic musical event. While he’s written about it in previous books, his new book, The Roof: The Beatles’ Final Concert, combines the stories and the details of that performance and shares it from a very personal (and not so academic) perspective. For the second time this year, I called Ken at his California home to chat about “Rooftop.” To help set up the backdrop for what he was about to share, I started by asking which of the Fab Four he was closest to. “I was probably more with Ringo, because he and I had spent the longest time together,” said Ken. “I think there was a closeness with George that I didn’t have with the others just because our natures were so similar, and we spent some really close, personal time together. But Ringo and I, we went through everything. We went through being crazy and having to go away and get well. Ha! Ha!” I asked Ken if he has seen either Ringo or Paul since the ’90s. “The last time I saw Ringo, he was playing at an Indian casino at Indianland up in Santa Rosa, California. That’s the last time.



It was funny because as close as we were and as much time as we spent together and went through so much together, when we got together, we were backstage: ‘How’s Barbara?’ ‘Oh, she’s fine. How you doin’, Ken?’ ‘Well, I’m doing okay.’ Then pretty soon we’re just looking at each other because we just didn’t have much to talk about since we weren’t involved in each other’s lives anymore. That was the last time I saw him. That was probably four years ago.” Asking Ken to lay out the premise of “Rooftop,” he shared: “First of all, the point I’m really making with this book is that I really wanted to separate myself from other people and the other books. It’s a personal book. There are only a few of us that were there. There are not many of us alive anymore. So it’s a very personal, in-person look at putting together Apple. A personal look at the guys. “There are not a lot of facts and not a lot of detail and research and all of that. I really wanted people to have an understanding of what it was like. It really concentrates on putting Apple together and all the things surrounding that and everything leading up to the roof. Basically, me walking up to the roof with the band and this moment happening that none of us really realized what it was going to be. “There was an emotion up there; a closeness of all of us that were up there. Nobody else can describe it. I was standing four feet away part of the time from George, sitting just a few feet from Yoko, six feet away from the guys. There was a very small space on top of the roof that day. Everybody that was up

there, we’re just bound to each other like two guys in a foxhole. It’s something that’s with us forever. Something we’ll never forget.” What does Ken think is the biggest misconception about that event? “I’ve never had anyone ask me that,” he said. “I’m not sure what the conceptions were from a lot of people. Maybe that they knew it was their final concert; that they knew that they were doing this and that was it. They were pulling the plug. I don’t think anybody knew that. I think everybody felt it and I think everybody sensed something like that, but I don’t think it was written down. I don’t think it was a plan or anything. It just happened, and it wasn’t organized like that. It was organized in a couple days. Organizing: All that meant was putting some planks up there because that roof would have never held us. They put timbers up on the fifth floor where Peter Asher’s office was to make sure the roof didn’t cave in. It was just something that happened. That’s what it was. Something happened.” To read more of this extensive interview, visit www.boomerocity.com. You can keep up with Ken at www.KMansfield.com. Randy’s first interview was at the tender age of 13 with none other than Col. Tom Parker. Thirty-six years later he founded the webzine, Boomerocity.com, and has conducted close to 200 interviews with some of the most interesting people in music.

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Knox Heritage New Owner of Airplane Filling Station A I R P L A N E Filling Station Preservation Association (AFSPA) has gifted the iconic airplane-shaped building on Clinton Highway to Knox Heritage, the nonprofit historic preservation organization for Knox County and East Tennessee. “We are honored to have been selected by the AFSPA to assume ownership of this amazing restoration project,” said Todd Morgan, Executive Director of Knox Heritage. The AFSPA, an all-volunteer organization, established itself as a non-profit and spent several years restoring the structure to its former glory. With that goal successfully accomplished, the Association wanted to ensure that all their hard work would be protected into the future before transferring ownership to a new entity. Knox Heritage had an established relationship with AFSPA and had previously been consulted about preparing a preservation easement for longterm protection. Knox Heritage has almost two decades of experience restoring historic properties and holds preservation easements on several historically significant properties in East Tennessee. The organization offered the AFSPA the assurance it needed that the property would be well cared for under their management. Originally constructed in 1931 as a gas station by the Nickle brothers, the design was intended to persuade passing automobile traffic to stop there instead of traditional 50


A post-1931 photo showing the Airplane Filling Station with the addition of gyro-copter blades.

stations. The marketing-savvy brothers based the design on Charles Lindberg’s Spirit of St. Louis. The gasoline had stopped pumping by around 1970, and after that, the structure was used for other businesses, such as a liquor store, a produce stand, a bait-and-tackle shop, and eventually a used car lot. However, by 2002, the structure was covered in kudzu, and years of neglect had rusted away much of the metal cladding. A leaky roof had caused the wood interior to rot. Powell native Tom Milligan, a founding member of AFSPA, convinced the owners to sell the property to him. The AFSPA was created in 2003 as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization specifically to restore the old plane to its former glory. The preservation effort involved Dr. Tim

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Ezzell from the University of Tennessee, who assigned some of his graduate students to nominate the building for the National Register of Historic Places. AFSPA replaced the exterior cladding, made major structural repairs, renovated the interior, recreated the propeller, and updated the mechanical systems. Today the former filling station is home to John’s Barber Shop and is filled with before and after photos of the restoration. This authentic piece of roadside Americana has been featured on the Heartland Series, The Tennessee Traveler, a Mercedes-Benz commercial, and many national publications. Knox Heritage preserves, restores, and transforms historic places. Established in 1974 as a non-profit historic preservation organization, Knox Heritage is chartered by the state of Tennessee and governed by a board of directors. For more information, visit www.knoxheritage.org.

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Smoky Junction Model Train Exhibit at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center


HIS HOLIDAY season the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is proud to announce the opening of their newest experience, Smoky Junction Model Train Exhibit. Running through the season, the exhibit is sure to be a delightful experience, because nothing says holiday enchantment quite like seeing little faces look on in wonderment as model trains zip by. With three different displays and including a bit of history from the Townsend/Walland area, this exhibit will showcase different styles and scales of model trains and is sure to be a joy to the whole family, as well as train enthusiasts. This exhibit, in operation on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at the Heritage Center, brings back the fond memories of the holiday trains of our childhoods. “The Maryville Model Railroad Club has been instrumental in helping us design and creating these displays,” said Logan Hull, Director of Special Events at the Heritage Center “We hope that this experience becomes an annual holiday tradition for the families in our community and for folks of all ages. We hope that we can create memories that will last a lifetime for families and promote this unique hobby, all while sharing the great history of this region. This is the perfect way for the Heritage Center to promote the history of our region in a fun and engaging way while giving our guests an experience like none other!” The three differently scaled displays have all been created by the members of the Maryville Model Railroad Club. From the winter wonderland/holiday layout to a large G scaled display, the members of this club have created intricate details and their passion for their hobby comes through in their work. “I was wiring trains before I could do multiplications!” said Allan Gartner, a member of the club. There seems to be a special joy in taking things apart to figure out how they work and then putting them back together. The operation of these trains is not as easy as it may appear. Many hours go into programming each one of the locomotives and each one is different. In one of the detailed displays, the unique history of the region plays the starring role. A replica of the communities of Townsend and Walland have been modeled and even include the famous covered bridge and the tannery in Walland. Without the railroads influence, these communities would be completely different. The city of Townsend got its start from The Little River Lumber Company, which started hauling lumber out of what is now the 52


Ending January 6, 2019 10 am–5 pm Friday and Saturday 12–5 pm Sunday “We all have the scales that we like to work on,” he said. “Garden scale, the big ones, are my specialty and all the wiring that goes with it.” A different scale known as “O” will capture the holiday spirit with its snowcapped hills and scenery. A special holiday train will disappear through tunnels and race across tressels in a North Pole themed display. Having an eye for detail, Don Clark, another member of the MMRC, has diligently worked to create this display and hopes to share his love of model trains with all ages. A special “Boarding Pass” will be included in the admission price to the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center ($8 for adults, $6 for children and seniors) on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through January 6th. It can also be purchased separately for only $4 for ages 6 and up. This experience is free to the members of the Heritage Center. Each day the trains are running a knowledgeable member of the MMRC will be on-site to answer any questions and to show how they run the trains. The Smoky Junction Model Train Exhibit has been made possible by funding from Blount Partnership, East Tennessee Foundation, and donations from Richardson Construction. For more information, call the Heritage Center at 865-448-0044 or visit www.gsmheritagecenter.org.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the early 19th century. This lumber, and the various products related to logging, were vital to the community and surrounding area and were shipped across the country to places like Chicago and many other major cities. After the founding of the National Park, it was the Citizen Conservation Corps (CCC) who were able to utilize these now unused railroad beds and turn them into the hiking trails we know and love throughout the Smokies. Dennis Cherry, one of the members of the MMRC has been working and playing with model trains for 65 years. The display he has been working on will be the largest by far, with the trains measuring in feet rather than inches.

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Try a Little Kindness “And the kindness that you show every day will help someone along their way.” – Glen Campbell Albert Patterson B Y R A N DY PAT T E R S O N , B O O M E R O C I T Y. C O M D E D I C AT E D TO T H E M E M O R Y O F PAT PAT T E R S O N A N D A L B E R T PAT T E R S O N


HIS YEAR Christmas is going to be

just a bit different from any other for me and my cousin and Boomerocity partner, James Patterson. I lost my mom in January after a brief illness. In August, James lost his dad unexpectedly. Mom was in her late 70s, and Uncle Albert was in his early 90s, yet our time with them still seems way too short. For some reason, missing Patricia Patterson them this season has reminded me of an experience I had a seven years ago. Here’s the story. I was on my way to see a Christmas show in Dallas when I stopped to grab a bite to eat. Upon leaving the establishment, an elderly gentleman came up to me. I thought that he was going to beg me for money, but I noticed that he had the look of fear and concern in his eyes. I listened closely to what he had to say. He introduced himself and proved his identity by showing his name on a bus ticket. He said he was on his way home and needed something to eat. He was especially concerned because he was diabetic and was afraid that, if he didn’t eat and take his insulin, he would start having some problems. I said, “C’mon, I’ll buy you some dinner,” and I escorted him back into the sandwich shop I had just exited. When my new friend and I walked into



the shop, the staff behind the counter recognized me and seemed to immediately know what the situation was by me walking in with this gentleman. Here’s the really cool part. The staff began to treat my new friend as royalty. They asked all of the questions necessary to make him a sandwich exactly to his specifications. The whole time my friend was looking like, “This can’t be for real. They’re going to throw me out of here any minute.” We continued down the line, asking him what kind of chips, drinks, and dessert he wanted. He really wanted something hot to drink and, when he learned that they didn’t serve coffee, he opted not to “waste my money” and not get anything to drink. The girl at the cash register picked up on it immediately and asked if he would like some soup. Again, trying to be modest, he said that he would take a small cup of soup. She replied, “How about I put some soup in this cup?” and pulled out a large soft drink cup. He said, “You sure?” We both nodded our heads yes. When it came time to pay, the cashier whispered to me, “I’ll just charge you for the sandwich.” I made sure that my new friend was taken care of. I patted him on his back and wished him Godspeed. He turned around, shook my hand, and thanked me. I turned to say thanks to the cashier, and she was smiling ear to ear – so much so that it seemed to occupy her entire face. I was struck by the fact that three strangers converged at a single moment in time, brought together to show kindness to a man

in fear and need. What did it cost us? It cost me five bucks and a few extra minutes of my time. It probably cost the restaurant another $6 to $10 in product. Helping someone in true need and, hopefully, calming his fears and restoring some of his faith in his fellow man? Absolutely priceless. I went on to the show, but I couldn’t get my mind off of that man. I kept thinking of other things that I could have done or should have done. I wondered if I left him too soon. Then I got to thinking about others that are in need – not just this Christmas, but on both sides of the season. There are people who had great jobs and are now unemployed and in desperate need. I see people on the streets who, through choice or circumstance, are picking garbage cans for food. I know of people living in their cars until they can get a job and pay for a roof over their heads. I never saw my new friend again. However, I have resolved to be more on the lookout for people like him. While I know that I can’t solve all of their problems, I know that I can help in some way, shape, or form and, hopefully, be instrumental in giving them hope to make it through another day and to climb out of the hole that they’re in. Randy’s first interview was at the tender age of 13 with none other than Col. Tom Parker. Thirty-six years later he founded the webzine, Boomerocity.com, and has conducted close to 200 interviews with some of the most interesting people in music.

Puppy: The Perfect Holiday Gift?


NEW PUPPY from Santa is an enchanting idea, but the holidays may not be the proper time. Adding a fourlegged kid to the family requires a lot of time and energy, both of which are scarce during the eventful holidays. Preparation is key for successful puppy/dog adoption. Key steps include: » Attention and love. Your kids are most interested in their new toys, video games, and other gifts, taking much needed attention away from the new pup. Your home also needs to be dog proofed, including removing Christmas trees and ornaments. Even a house trained dog may have “accidents” caused by holiday stress and their new environment. Use a leash when walking; you’re still a stranger, and a squirrel may be of more interest than your commands. » Proper introductions. Slowly introduce your new dog to other pets. Don’t leave animals alone together or force a bond; they’ll form a relationship at their own pace. Resist having visitors to the house to meet your new dog until the dog feels comfortable in your home; instead, use Facebook to show off your new pet with photos. Introduce visitors to your new dog a few at a time.

» Establish boundaries. If the dog has been in a shelter, they have been confined to a smaller area. Plants, furniture, kids, and other pets may cause sensory overload. Using a crate the proper size for the dog, an exercise pen, and child safety gates will assist in teaching your new dog proper boundaries, giving the dog a “place of their own.” Hold off on the toys and dog bed until you learn your dog’s habits, such as chewing. » Stick to a schedule. Stay on the same feeding, exercise, and elimination schedule. Consistency is the key to making your dog feel secure. Keep the same food your dog ate previously, weaning them slowly to avoid an upset stomach. Dog adoption is an exciting experience. Think before you introduce a new four-legged kid during the holidays! To discuss acclimating your newest family members, call John and Jean Ann at Ms. C’s Bed & Biscuits today.


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Making an Impact During the Season of Giving



hours, as many as 20 floral donations from weddings, events, memorial services, and grocery stores can be transformed into more than 100 beautiful bouquets. These bouquets will be delivered to individuals in area hospitals, assisted living facilities, hospice care centers, and community health organizations. The key to the swift journey from donation to delivery: Dozens of dedicated Random Acts of Flowers (RAF) volunteers. The bouquets created by their efforts spread joy to recipients, and medical research shows that a positive attitude quickens the healing time associated with illness. There are many ways to get involved with RAF. Volunteers can pick up floral and vase donations, deconstruct donated floral arrangements, create beautiful bouquets, assist with workshop organization, process donated vases, and assist at special events. Many groups and organizations will hold vase drives; to date, RAF has recycled more than 115,000 vases! “The volunteers are fundamental in making this mission a success every week,” said Emma Hayes, Program Coordinator. “Every volunteer plays a part in carefully crafting each bouquet delivered, whether that’s washing vases, deconstructing floral

Teams from WOW Urban Ministries volunteer each summer to help clean and organize the RAF workshop

donations, arranging bouquets, or spending personal moments with the recipients. When everything is so personal and intentional, the arrangements mean so much more than just beautiful flowers.” During this season of giving, we hope you find a way to get involved with RAF’s mission and share with others. RAF has delivered more than 95,000 bouquets in Knoxville, and each delivery is a special, unexpected moment of kindness. The impact is felt not only by recipients, but also by family members, nurses, facility staff members, and many more. “I began volunteering at RAF as a way to give back to my community through a mission I could believe in,” said Lisa Smith, RAF volunteer. “I stay committed to it because of the blessings I receive from it! The staff and

Volunteers Linda Dunlap and Sue Brown represent RAF at the Volunteer Expo at West Town Mall

other volunteers make me feel welcome and important to the mission. I like the flexibility of scheduling my time and cherish the friendships I’ve made.” To donate or learn more about how to get involved with Random Acts of Flowers, call 865-633-9082 or visit www.RAFKnoxville. org. Random Acts of Flowers improves the emotional health and well-being of individuals in health care facilities by delivering recycled flowers, encouragement, and personal moments of kindness.

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Rare Historic Cookbook from Southern Appalachia Republished by Mabry-Hazen House and Storyhaus Media MABRY-HAZEN HOUSE

and Storyhaus Media are reprinting a rare piece of regional culinary history – The Tennessee and Virginia Cookbook. Originally published in 1911 by the women of First Presbyterian Church in Knoxville and Central Presbyterian Church of Bristol, Virginia, The Tennessee and Virginia Cookbook is filled with more than a thousand recipes and documents the cooking styles, culinary techniques, and favorite dishes of more than 200 women from southern Appalachia. With recipes dating back to the mid-nineteenth century and earlier, the cookbook recalls the dishes of their mothers and grandmothers as new technologies, beliefs, and tastes transformed the American diet in the 20th century. Extant copies of The Tennessee and Virginia Cookbook are a scarce resource, with only handful known throughout the United States. The Hazen family were members of First Presbyterian Church, and Alice Mabry Hazen contributed nearly a dozen recipes to the

cookbook. They purchased it during its original publication in 1911. For the next century, Mrs. Hazen’s copy remained within the family until their 1858 home and all their possessions were converted into the Mabry-Hazen House museum in 1992. This heritage cookbook was rediscovered during conservation efforts at Mabry-Hazen House following a fire in the museum’s collection room two years ago. “With Knoxville’s burgeoning culinary reputation, it was incredible to find another link the city’s food history,” said Patrick Hollis, Executive Director and Curator of MabryHazen House. “We are thrilled to bring back this mostly forgotten piece of Knoxville and southern Appalachian history.” Published by Storyhaus Media, this limitededition reprint commemorates the 160th anniversary of Mabry-Hazen House and the women who shared their good tastes. Preorders are available for hardback with dust cover versions for $49 at www.mabryhazen. com/cookbooks. Proceeds from the sale of this book support the mission of the Hazen

Historical Museum Foundation, as well as the original author church congregations. The Mabry-Hazen House Museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located atop Mabry’s Hill in Knoxville. Built in 1858, three generations of the same family resided in the Italianate-style home overlooking downtown Knoxville, the Tennessee River, and the Great Smoky Mountains. The museum showcases one of the largest original family collections in America with more than 2,000 original artifacts on display. Furnished and decorated in the style of several decades, Mabry-Hazen gives a rare view into 130 years of Knoxville history. Learn about the origins of Knoxville’s iconic Market Square, the bitter divisions of the Civil War, the infamous 1882 Gunfight on Gay Street, a mountain city in the New South, the scandalous 1934 breach of promise and seduction trial, and much more through the rich, colorful lives of the Mabry and Hazen families. For more information, call 865-522-8661 or visit www.mabryhazen.com.

Merry & Bright Christmas Open House

December 7 from 5 to 8 pm Blount Mansion National Historic Landmark (200 W. Hill Ave. in Knoxville)


a historic holiday with the Blount Mansion family! From 5 to 8 pm on Friday, December 7, our circa-1796 historic house is open to the community free of charge. Enjoy authentic decorations created by the Knoxville Garden Club, traditional holiday treats, and musical selections by members of the Knoxville Choral Society. We’ll even be preparing wassail and roasted candied nuts over the fire in our open-hearth kitchen!



This popular annual event is our Christmas gift to the community. Many people enjoy attending our open house before watching the downtown Christmas parade, which begins nearby at 7 pm. Free parking is available throughout the event at the Blount Mansion Visitors Center and after 6 pm in the Dwight Kessel garage across the street. Please note that the Blount Mansion will be closed for regular tours during the day on

December 6th and 7th so we can prepare the house for this special event. For more information, call 865-525-2375, email info@blountmansion. org, or visit www.blountmansion.org. The circa-1792 Blount Mansion was home to William Blount, territorial governor and a signer of the United States Constitution, in addition to the original state constitutions of Tennessee and North Carolina. The mansion is a National Historic Landmark.

2018 East Tennessee Preservation Awards Announced TH E

2 0 1 8 E a s t Te n n e s s e e Preservation Awards were announced last month at the East Tennessee History Center in downtown Knoxville. The East Tennessee Preservation Awards recognize outstanding individuals, organizations, and projects contributing to the protection of East Tennessee’s heritage. The following were awarded in Knox County: » Rick Mallory restored the 1930 Abe Schwartz house at 714 North Beaman Street in the Chilhowee Park neighborhood. This grand home sat vacant, condemned, and badly deteriorated for seven years. In June 2017, Rick took on the task of faithfully restoring this home to its former glory. » Knoxville History Project’s newest publication, Knoxville’s National Cemetery – A Short History, tells the story of this iconic historic cemetery and was researched and written by Executive Director, Jack Neely, and edited and image sourced by Director of Development, Paul James. This publication was made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Legacy Program through the University of Tennessee. » During the past 13 years, the Airplane Filling Station Preservation Association has restored and cared for this iconic structure. The airplane was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004, and the community rallied around fundraising efforts. The Airplane Filling Station Preservation Association (AFSPA) worked to raise funds to restore the plane. » In July 2018, Dewhirst Properties finished the restoration of the Keener Lighting Building located at 701 World’s Fair Park Drive. Built in 1929 by Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, this building was later

home to General Electric Supply Corporation and the Keener Lighting Company. » Marble Hall was built in 1958 as a chapel for Lakeshore Mental Health Institute. The goal was to both preserve the history of Marble Hall and make it a welcoming space for the public. Johnson Architecture took on the task of reimagining the use and restoring the iconic structure to allow the public to enjoy the space inside and out. The structural wooden frame and ceiling, intricate rose window and Tennessee marble cladding remain. » Beginning in 2017, Bob and Melynda Whetsel undertook a major renovation to 1012 Gratz Street, a 1913 craftsman home in the Historic Fourth & Gill neighborhood. Upon completion of the project, the home was sold and placed back into owner occupied hands and will be enjoyed by a new family for years to come. » Park City Improvement Company recently renovated the 1929 H.G. Hill Grocery Store at 2300 E. Magnolia Avenue. They updated and restored this once iconic commercial building on Magnolia Avenue. The partnership of Park City Improvement Company includes John Craig, James Rochelle, and Jennifer Montgomery and Suzy Trotta of Trotta Montgomery Real Estate. Trotta Montgomery occupies the majority of the building. » The Press Room, a 600 person community event space and performance venue, was built as the Dewine Building in 1923. Located at 730 N. Broadway, it was built as a showroom for the L.S. Harris Motor Co. In 1939, it served as a 12 lane bowling alley and had other uses until it was purchased by RRI Project, LLC/Spaces in the City in 2017. Local architects Sanders Pace Architecture restored the building, and it retains historic elements that include the

original steel truss structure, wood decking, concrete floors, and brick walls. » The home at 2115 Coker Avenue was purchased by Kyle Anne Lang in 2016 through the City of Knoxville’s Homemaker’s Program. The house had been abandoned and condemned for 11 years. The home, an unusual mix of Victorian and Craftsman styles, took 10 months to restore. » This year the Museum of East Tennessee History celebrates its 25th anniversary. Opened in 1993 by the East Tennessee Historical Society, the museum’s vision is to preserve and interpret the regions rich history. During the past 25 years, they have collected more than 15,000 artifacts and produced award-winning interpretive exhibits. Everyone from school children to seniors can visit the museum and learn about the people, places, and historic events that have shaped the East Tennessee region. For more information and to see past award winners, visit www.knoxheritage.org/etpa. The Knox Heritage mission is to preserve, restore, and transform historic places. The mission is fulfilled in seven primary ways: Educational programming, preservation advocacy, the Vintage Properties Revolving Fund, special events that connect people to places, the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance, our Salvage Shop, and Historic Westwood. The East Tennessee Preservation Alliance works to preserve the structures and places with historic or cultural significance in Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, and Union counties. ETPA partners with Knox Heritage to serve as the regional arm for preservation activities in Middle East Tennessee.



Historic Westwood B Y A N N E T T E L . B R U N , D I R EC TO R O F E N G AG E M E N T A N D E S TAT E M A N AG E R F O R K N OX H E R I TAG E



location! That phrase is often used by realtors when homebuyers start searching for the perfect place to live, but it’s also important when looking for the perfect place to host a special event, meeting, or wedding. In fact, brides start making calls months ahead of the big day hoping to secure a venue in the right location and at the right price to have the wedding of their dreams. Today there are many location options for brides to consider. From traditional hotel ballrooms and luxurious roof top gardens to restored barns and industrial warehouses, oftentimes the more unique the venue, the more appealing to the bride. Historic Westwood, an 1890 Victorian house museum, has been associated with weddings throughout its 130-year history. In fact, it was built as a wedding promise by John Edwin Lutz for his bride, Adelia Armstrong Lutz. Visitors to Historic Westwood enjoy seeing many antiques, paintings, and treasures the Lutzes enjoyed during their time here, including Adelia’s daughter’s wedding dress and satin slippers she wore on her special day on June 28, 1911. For her reception at Historic Westwood, the family added string lights to the front porch to commemorate the celebration. Similar lights adorn the front of the house all year-round. They provide 58


a welcoming site for visitors as they enter the grounds and make their way around the unique heart shaped driveway, still here from when it was first designed and installed in the late 1800s. Historic Westwood is now the home of Knox Heritage, a local 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to saving historic structures and places in East Tennessee. As a non-profit, Knox Heritage offers the 6,000+ square foot mansion as a special event venue to help fund its mission of protecting the historic character and beauty of Knoxville and surrounding counties. From birthday celebrations and board retreats to Sunday brunches and bridal showers, this stately guiled-age home has hosted many events in the four-plus years it’s been managed by Knox Heritage, including a few of their own as well. Here’s what’s coming up for the holiday season!

Historic Westwood Holiday Open House

December 9 from noon to 4 pm Free admittance

Holiday Tea at Historic Westwood

December 16 from 3 to 5 pm $35 for adults, $15 for children ages 5-17 Space is limited; reserve your seat at www. knoxheritage.org

No matter what the holiday, occasion, or time of year, the staff at Knox Heritage can customize an event you’ll be proud to host. Stop by 3425 Kingston Pike (next to Laurel Church of Christ) Monday through Thursday for FREE tours and to learn more about the life of owner, John Edwin Lutz, and Knoxville’s first professional female artist, his wife, Adelia Armstrong Lutz. For availability, pricing, and to schedule a tour of the property, call 865-523-8008 or visit www.historicwestwood.org. Interested in becoming a member of Knox Heritage? Visit www.knoxheritage.org /support / membership.

The East Tennessee Preservation Alliance works to preserve the structures and places with historic or cultural significance in Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, and Union counties. ETPA partners with Knox Heritage to serve as the regional arm for preservation activities in these 16 counties.

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December 1: Knoxville’s Holidays on Ice in Market Square. Open through January 6, 2019. December 1: Market Square Holiday Market in Market Square from 11 am to 5 pm. Also on December 8, 15 & 22. December 1 & 2: A Candlelight Christmas at the Museum of Appalachia from 4 to 9 pm. December 1 & 2: Appalachian Ballet Company – The Nutcracker at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium. December 1 at 7:30 pm and December 2 at 3 pm. December 2: Knoxville Community Band at the Bijou Theatre at 3 pm. December 2: Chris Tomlin Christmas: Christmas Songs of Worship at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm. December 3: Mighty Musical Monday Christmas Celebration at the Tennessee Theatre at noon. Free!

December 14: Tour de Lights in Market Square at 7 pm. Decorate your bike with lights and garland, and decorate yourself with décor for the holiday bike ride through downtown, 4th & Gill, and Old North Knoxville.

December 7: Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Thompson-Boling Arena at 8 pm.

December 14-16: Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: 32nd Annual Clayton Holiday Concert at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium. December 14 at 7:30 pm, December 15 at 3 & 7:30 pm, and December 16 at 3 pm.

December 7-9: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I at the Tennessee Theatre. December 7 at 8 pm, December 8 at 2 & 8 pm, and December 9 at 1:30 & 7 pm.

December 15: A Gift for Mom and Dad at Historic Ramsey House from 10 am to 1 pm. Kids will make handcrafted gifts, play vintage games, and participate in other fun activities.

December 8: Jingle Bell Run at World’s Fair Park from 7 to 11 am. A benefit for the Arthritis Foundation.

December 15: Maria Bamford at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

December 7: WIVK Christmas Parade along Gay Street at 7 pm.

December 8: Annual Holiday Wreath Workshop at Ramsey House from 12 to 2:30 pm.

December 4: Holidays Sparkles & Spirits! at Cherokee Country Club at 6:30 pm. A benefit for The Joy of Music School.

December 8: Oak Ridge Academy of Dance Contemporary Dance Ensemble Holiday Spectacular at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 7 pm.

December 4: Harry Connick, Jr. – A New Orleans Tricentennial Celebration, Holiday Edition at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm.

December 8-10: Nativity Pageant of Knoxville at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. December 8 & 9 at 3:30 pm and December 10 at 7 pm. Free admission!

December 5: Tim Shelton’s A Very Vintage Christmas at the Bijou Theatre at 7 pm.

December 9: 6th Annual Ijams Holiday Marketplace from 11 am to 4 pm.

December 5: Celtic Thunder X at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm. December 6: Celebrate the Season at Farragut Town Hall from 4:30 to 7 pm. Get ready for Christmas with cookies, music, crafts, and photos with Santa! Free! December 6: Rayland Baxter at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm. December 7: First Friday on Market Square, Gay Street, The Old City, and Downtown North beginning at 5 pm.



December 9: Harlem Globetrotters at Thompson-Boling Arena at 3 pm.

December 15-30: Holiday Festival of Lights at the Cove at Concord Park from 6 to 9 pm. December 16: It’s a Wonderful Life at the Tennessee Theatre at 2 & 6 pm. December 18: Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at the Tennessee Theatre at 3 & 7 pm. December 19: A Very Electric Christmas at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 7:30 pm. December 20 & 21: Knoxville Jazz Orchestra presents A Swingin’ Christmas with Cyrus Chestnut at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 pm.

December 9: Annual Candlelight Tour at Historic Ramsey House from 6 to 8 pm.

December 21: Dancing with the Stars Live! at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium at 8 pm.

December 12: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis at the Tennessee Theatre at 7:30 pm.

December 22: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 pm.

December 12: Putting Down Roots benefit featuring Greg Brown, Mary Gauthier, Malcolm Holcombe, and RB Morris at the Bijou Theatre at 7:30 pm.

December 23: The Polar Express at the Tennessee Theatre at 3 pm.

December 13 & 14: Dave Barnes presents A Very Merry Christmas at the Bijou Theatre at 8 pm.

December 31: New Year’s on the Square. Music begins at 10 pm, ball drops at midnight.

December 25: Christmas Day.

Arts & Culture Alliance Presents the 2018 Members Show December 7-21

Barb Johnson




Melissa Everett


Alliance proudly presents its 2018 Members Show, the largest annual exhibition of local artists in the Greater Knoxville area. The fresh mix of two- and three-dimensional works created within the last two years encompasses a wide variety of media such as oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, mixed media, photography, fine craft, sculpture, ceramics, fiber, and more from regional artists who are all individual members of the Arts & Culture Alliance, which serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. Membership is open to all, and information may be found at www. knoxalliance.com/join-renew. Most of the works in the 2018 Members Show are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition. An opening reception will take place as part of First Friday activities on December 7 from 5 to 9 pm with complimentary cookies and sweets. The First Friday reception features

Denise Stewart-Sanabria

dances presented by Circle Modern Dance, BreedArts School of Art and Dance, and Sandsation Dance & Yoga. The WIVK Santa Claus Parade starts at 7 pm along Gay Street and passes in front of the Emporium. “The annual Members Show is a perfect way to round out a year of diverse programming at the Emporium,” said Liza Zenni, Executive Director for the Arts & Culture Alliance. “We’re excited to see what so many local artists have been working on throughout the year.” Individual members of the Alliance

participate locally and regionally in gallery exhibitions, art festivals, sculpture trails, weekend shows, studio tours, and public murals. Some of the members are full-time artists, while others have day jobs and create on evenings and weekends. Some Alliance members include art professors with the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Carson-Newman University, Maryville College, Pellissippi State, Roane State, and Walters State. Others are teachers within Knox and surrounding county’s elementary, middle, and high schools. Some Alliance members teach classes privately or through community classes with the Appalachian Arts Craft Center, Fountain City Art Center, Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center, Knoxville Museum of Art, and Oak Ridge Art Center. Many of the artists have working studios in their own homes, while some are part of studio collectives such as The Emporium Center, The Vacuum Shop, 17th Street Studios, Mighty Mud, Studio 2515, and Broadway Studios & Gallery. The 2018 Members Show will be on display throughout the Emporium Center, located at 100 S. Gay Street in downtown Knoxville, from December 7-21. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Please note that the Emporium will be closed December 24 through January 1 for the holidays. For more information, contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at 865-523-7543 or visit www.knoxalliance.com. About the Arts & Culture Alliance The Arts & Culture Alliance serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. The Alliance receives financial support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the City of Knoxville, and First Tennessee Foundation.

Renee Suich December 2018 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE



Charleston, South Carolina Area



a veritable living museum populated with expertly preserved antebellum mansions; however, it is also a bustling epicenter of culture, invigorating outdoor activity, and sumptuous dining that welcomes close to four million visitors annually. Get to know the destination with this timeline.

Historic Overview

In 1669, under the leadership of Captain Joseph West, three vessels – the Carolina, the Port Royal, and the Albemarle – set their sites on the new land: America. A severe storm separated the three ships, wrecked the Port Royal, and forced the Carolina to land in Bermuda. In the spring of 1670, 150 English colonists, indentured servants, and slaves sailed into the Charleston harbor. The first view of what would become the new colony of Carolina came in March 1670 at Bull’s Island. The travelers landed on a promising location they christened Albemarle Point in April 1670. The Proprietors soon flattered their king, Charles II, by insisting the settlement be named Charles Town in his honor. Enemies of the colony included the French, the Spanish, hostile Indian tribes, and pirates. Disease was also rampant due to poor sanitation and an inhospitable location. Additional settlers arrived from Barbados in February 1671. By 1672, the expanding settlement recognized the advantages of relocating across the river on the peninsula land called “Oyster Point” because of the mounds of opened and discarded oyster shells left there by the Kiawah Indians. This piece of land soon attracted settlers because of its strategic location between the Cooper and Ashley Rivers. By the late 1670s, Proprietors hoped to avoid the narrow, twisting streets of European cities by 62


using the classical continental street plan. Charles Town became the first American to use city planning where streets were laid out in “broad and straight lines.” By 1680, the rest of the settlement was brought to peninsula Charles Town and the population reached 1,000. To protect the Carolina settlement from attack, a wall constructed out of local materials (mainly brick, palmetto logs, and tabby) emerged in the late 1690s. By 1718, the coast had been cleared of most enemies and the wall, no longer needed, was destroyed. With its many wharves along East Bay Street, Charles Town became a busy seaport. Ships carrying raw materials, deer skins, rice, indigo, and eventually cotton were exported to England and commerce was born. Ships returned heavy with staples and luxuries of Europe, which lent a cosmopolitan air to the growing community. Even in its infancy Charleston had the reputation of being a “Little London” in the semi-tropic wilds of the New World. By 1740, Charles Town was becoming the most critical port in North America for exporting, and an economic boom surged across the colony. Colonists found out early that the New World had its share of troubles and danger as the coastal town endured a small pox epidemic, a fire which destroyed one-third of the colony, including 300 houses and a great number of stores in just four hours, a plague among the cattle, yellow fever, and several major hurricanes. Disasters continued to ravage the city with fires in 1740, 1796, 1838, and 1861. The philosophy of early Charles Town was based on religious tolerance, and it was believed that with this attitude the settlement would increase in numbers and profitability. The second charter guaranteed religious freedom. The openness towards religion

brought French Huguenots, Baptists (known then as Anabaptists), Congregationalists, and Presbyterians. Early in the next century, 12 Scottish families withdrew to form the Scots Kirk, now the First Scots Presbyterian Church. A Jewish congregation formed in 1750, followed shortly by a Lutheran Church and Methodist assembly. The first Roman Catholic mass was held in Charleston in 1786. Because of its origins for religious diversity, Charleston became known as “The Holy City.” The Revolutionary War brought to a close Charleston’s Golden Age. In 1776, a British fleet carrying 270 guns failed to take Colonel William Moultrie’s palmetto fort on Sullivan’s Island. In 1778, the British attacked again, coming by land from Savannah. The city held, but much of the surrounding countryside was torched. The British took control and Charles Town was occupied by England. By 1783, Charles Town had been reborn as Charleston. In the late 1700s, plantations harvested such crops as indigo (a blue dye) and rice. Long staple cotton was grown on John’s Island and James Island. Prosperity from an agrarian society was mixed with great interest in cultural affairs. In 1791, President George Washington toured the states and came to Charleston, where he slept in the Heyward Washington House on Church Street and entertained at the Old Exchange Building. By 1860, Charleston lay divided concerning States Rights. The Ordinance of Secession was signed in December of that year, making South Carolina a separate entity from the United States. On April 12, 1861, Confederate troops issued the first shots of the Civil War when they fired upon Fort Sumter, successfully driving out the federal forces. In June 1862, federal troops began their first

attempt to capture Charleston when they landed on James Island just southeast of the city. The Battle of Secessionville occurred when more than 6,000 massed Union troops launched an assault across a peninsula where 500 Confederate soldiers with cannons waited. Federal troops suffered 700 casualties; Confederates about 200. But Union forces remained determined to seize Charleston. During the summer of 1863, in battles around the city and at Gettysburg, Charlestonians were killed or wounded by the hundreds. The Union bombardment of Charleston was sporadic until January 1864 when some 1,500 shots were fired from Morris Island, which caused many fires. (St. Philip’s Church was hit repeatedly and its interior damaged extensively.) In early 1865, General William Sherman crossed the Savannah River but aimed at Columbia, not Charleston, because he believed the port city had lost its influence and was already, according to him, “a mere desolated wreck... hardly worth the time to starve it out.” Following the Civil War, Charlestonians were too poor to remodel, so the city simply adapted her old buildings. Then, in 1886, a major earthquake rocked Charleston, damaging more than 2,000 buildings. More than 100 buildings were declared unsafe and pulled down. A total of 110 people died as a result of this natural disaster. Within a year of the 1886 earthquake, proud Charlestonians boasted: “Strangers who visit the city have to hunt up traces of the earthquake, very few of which remain. Charleston has once more risen from her ashes.” As a result of the earthquake, iron rods were run through the interiors of buildings and fastened to the exterior walls to protect them from future quakes. Today these round and star-shaped bolts remain visible on many homes and commercial buildings. By the early 1900s, Charleston was once again a cultural center. In 1901, the South Carolina Interstate and West Indian Exposition were brought to Charleston. In Photos courtesy of the Charleston Area CVB

the 1920s, the Charleston Renaissance was formed with authors Josephine Pinckney, Dubose Heyward, and John Bennett expressing their adoration for Charleston. Preservation efforts were firmly in place by the 1940s, allowing Charleston to adapt her old buildings to retain their charm, distinction, and tradition. Then, during the evening of September 21, 1989, Hurricane Hugo, with its 135 mph winds, headed directly for Charleston. Near midnight a 12 to 17 foot wall of water swept over Fort Sumter in the harbor and the storm surge came ashore. A week after the storm, preservationists surveyed the city and found that just 25 of the 3,500 historically important buildings had been severely damaged. With now more than 10 years behind it, Charleston has restored itself with all its original charm and character. With a rich 300 year history, Charleston today is America’s most beautifully preserved architectural and historical treasure. The city’s past is a testament to the spirit and tenacity of its citizens. Its appeal has been described as a “living museum.” As Charleston native Elizabeth O’Neill Verner once said, “It is impossible for me to enter Charleston from any side, whether by land or by sea, and not feel that here the land is precious; here is a place worth keeping.”

29th Annual Holiday Festival of Lights in James Island

The beloved Holiday Festival of Lights returned to James Island County Park in November for its 29th year! Featuring an estimated two million shimmering lights, Charleston’s most popular holiday event is now open for nightly admission. More than four million people have toured the Holiday Festival of Lights, which is hosted by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission at James Island County Park. The event has received many awards and mentions in publications throughout the country, and the three-mile driving tour delivers more excitement every

year. The event will be open nightly starting at 5:30 pm through January 1, 2019. The Holiday Festival of Lights is known for its three-mile driving tour, but there is much more to see and do! Visitors are encouraged to park the car and experience family attractions, shopping, dining, and more. Some of the other celebrated attractions and activities include: » Marshmallow roasting » Festival train rides » Interactive lakeside lights » The amazing dancing light display » Enchanted walking trail » Old-fashioned carousel » Portable climbing wall » Santa’s sweet shoppe » Concessions, including hamburgers, kettle corn, hot chocolate, and more » Four gift shops, featuring the children’s toy emporium Prancer’s Presents » Daytime photo opportunities to “Mingle with Kringle” (register in advance) » Entertainment on select evenings, including the Footlight Players performing an excerpt from “Annie” In Winter Wonderland, see a meticulously crafted sculpture constructed with 50 tons of sand. Wander through festival shops for unique gifts, official 14-kt gold on brass collector series ornaments, toys, personalized items, decorations, and stocking stuffers. Hop aboard the festival train for an intimate look at the festival, only seen on this enchanted ride. Explore Santa’s Village, where the man himself is available for photos on select dates. Take a whirl on the traditional 18-animal carousel, make s’mores at the marshmallow roasting pits, and marvel at giant four-by-eight holiday greeting card designs created by local students for the annual art competition. Enjoy entertainment on select nights, including live music, storytelling, visits with Mrs. Claus, carolers, outdoor movies, and more. What’s every family’s best bet for savings at the Holiday Festival of Lights? Join us on our evenings benefitting the Lowcountry Food Bank every Monday through Thursday! Bring a canned food item (dog and cat food are also accepted) on these nights to receive discounted admission. For more information on the Holiday Festival of Lights, including event hours and fees, call 843-795-4386 or visit www. CharlestonCountyParks.com. This event is presented by The Boeing Company and Charleston County Parks. December 2018 EVERYTHING KNOXVILLE


Staying on Target in 2019 MO S T



individuals look forward to the day that they can retire. They look forward to waking daily by the sound of their home’s irrigation system rather than the alarm clock next to their bed. But like managing your small business, retirement doesn’t just happen. A secure retirement is the result of careful planning, savings, and a well-thought out investment strategy for the future. Done properly, it becomes a well-directed symphony. Done poorly, it may require a significant downsizing of your future retirement dreams. One area of retirement planning that proves to be troublesome for many would-be retirees is just where to invest their retirement savings. Should you seek the advice of a trusted financial advisor, or should you go it alone? Do you have the time or expertise necessary to make your own investment decisions? What should your investment allocations be? How aggressive or conservative should you be? What is your risk tolerance? How much money

One area of retirement planning that proves to be troublesome for many would-be retirees is just where to invest their retirement savings. will you require in retirement? Will you possibly outlive your retirement savings? If you haven’t already begun saving for retirement, the time to start is today, regardless of your age. Later on you will likely regret each year that you postponed planning for your retirement. Here’s an easy way to begin. Determine how much money you wish to allocate monthly

to your retirement savings and then open up a brokerage account with a reputable investment company like Vanguard or Charles Schwab. Both companies offer Target Retirement Accounts. These are convenient, low-cost investment accounts that are professionally managed by experienced advisors that will allocate your retirement savings into a variety of investment options based on your personal target retirement date. Your investments are periodically rebalanced to reflect existing and anticipated market conditions, as well as your risk tolerance, which typically becomes more conservative as you near retirement. What could be easier? These target retirement accounts are a great place to start, but keep in mind that there are many more moving parts to a comprehensive retirement plan that only a trusted Certified Financial Planner™ can help you plan for. You’ve worked hard for your retirement dreams. Make your retirement dollars work hard for you.

E T I Q U E T T E by Monica Irvine

Building a Solid Reputation D


this business directly impact your life? How? Does the reputation of this business directly impact your happiness? Do you think if you were the owner of this business, you would feel differently about what happens within these walls? Why? How would you suggest that everyone help build the reputation of this business? » Attitude: We all work with people that tend to be negative and always complain about their personal lives, health, relationships, or even their job. Being positive is the greatest gift you can give your co-workers, boss, and yourself. Be positive and look for ways to improve situations or go get another job, but don’t stay at a job that makes you miserable and complain non-stop about it. This breeds misery throughout the workplace and negatively impacts everyone who works with you. People want to do their job, and it’s much nicer to do it in a pleasant, positive, and uplifting environment. » Excellence: You can tell if someone is committed to excellence because they tend to be that way in everything they do. They 64


usually are the ones that come to work bright eyed and ready to work. They work hard. They refrain from getting involved in the drama at work and have excellent work ethic. Is this you? Is this business committed to excellence? Do you see the involvement of management in the dayto-day efforts? Do they show they care through their behavior? Does this business strive to provide the best quality products and service to its guests? Are you a part of this commitment? » Unity: You can show unity by helping your fellow colleagues keep an eye on their goals, noticing when they need a little help or support. Do you believe that when the team succeeds, you all win? Keep your head up and make sure you’re contributing to the team. In the end, when the team is strong, unified, and solid, every customer will benefit, and you’ll see and feel the reward in your pockets. » Respect: When we respect ourselves, we usually show greater respect for others. Respect comes through kindness, concern, understanding, and patience. Be kind not

only to your customers, but to your co-workers as well. Sometimes you may not be able to fix something, but you can show concern, apologize, and let people know that you care. Be patient and understanding when you have customers who are a little impatient themselves or are not in the best mood. It’s not fair that they take out their bad day on you, but why not be the reason that their day turns around? » Gratitude: Being grateful and showing gratitude to your customers and employer is the best way to bring joy and happiness into your life. Be grateful that you have the opportunity to work, serve, and make an income. Show your gratitude through your smile and positive attitude. Say thank you often to your customers and employer.

Monica Irvine The Etiquette Factory President 865.719.7302 www.theetiquettefactory.com monica@theetiquettefactory.com

David Johnson

Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority and Arts & Culture Alliance Present

Iryna Lialko

“Arts in the Airport”


Knoxville Airport Authority (McGhee Tyson Airport) and the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville are pleased to present the 20th “Arts in the Airport” exhibition, a new selection of artwork from 37 artists in the East Tennessee region. “Arts in the Airport” was developed to allow regional artists to compete and display work in the most visited site in the area. During the past 10 years, nearly 850 unique works of art have been displayed and more than $55,000 returned to local artists in sales. The contemporary 2- and 3-dimensional artwork is exhibited in the secured area behind McGhee Tyson Airport’s security gate checkpoint through April 17, 2019. Juror Jordan Ahlers, owner and director of Momentum Gallery in Asheville, NC, provided this statement about the exhibition: “The breadth of the work submitted was impressive. It is incredible testament to the talent and creativity present in East Tennessee. Narrowing the exhibition down to 47 works proved the most challenging. I chose works I have a personal response to: Nature-based or works with environmental commentary, figurative works that convey narrative and personality of their subjects, abstractions with strong compositions and satisfying surfaces, and works that depict a slice of nostalgia and/or history ever present in this area. I like the intricate detailing and whimsy I find in some of these works, as well as the intensity and pathos in others. Overall,

Tatiana Potts

the collection represents the beauty that can be captured through visual expression, and I hope everyone who views this collection can take away some sense of inspiration and shared experience.” The following artists’ works are on display: Lynda Best, Alan Brock, Sharon Buck, Yvonne Dalschen, Nick DeFord, Karen Ann Hummel DuGuay, Katharine Emlen, Robert Felker, Alan Finch, Diane H. Fox, Elena Ganusova, Carl Gombert, Giles R. Hammat, Clay Hardwick, David A. Johnson, Gary R. Johnson, Mari Cardwell Jones, Judith Kinzy, Doug Lawrence, Iryna Lialko, Bill Long,

Alyssa Nealon, Tom Owens, Hei Park, Tatiana Potts, Gunnar Quist, Julie L. Rabun, Lennie Robertson, Caitlin Ryan, Betsy Spooner, Robert H. Thompson, Bill Timm, Rick Whitehead, Brandon Woods, Rodney Yardley, Conny Zhao, and Steve Zigler. You can view of gallery of images at www.knoxalliance.store/ product-category/airport-20. Congratulations to the following artists, who received cash awards: » Best of Show ($500) – Iryna Lialko of Pigeon Forge for Alice in Wonderland (paper, pencil, ink, gouache) » Award of Merit ($250) – David Johnson of Knoxville for Student (digital photography) » Award of Merit ($250) – Tatiana Potts of Maryville for Faces of Tajtania (screenprint, folded paper, book) Please note that the exhibition is normally available for viewing only by visitors flying in or out of the airport. Otherwise, visitors may view the exhibition by appointment with Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority staff. Contact Becky Huckaby, Director of Public Relations, at 865-342-3014. For more information, contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at 865-523-7543. About the Arts & Culture Alliance The Arts & Culture Alliance serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. The Alliance receives financial support from the Tennessee Arts Commission. For more information, visit www.knoxalliance.com.



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ral, younger looking complexion for a fresher, more rejuvenated appearance. Fractora also drastically improves the appearance of both cystic acne and scarring. Discover a superior solution to decrease wrinkles, improve skin complexion, reduce skin irregularities (including acne/acne scars), and provide a healthier, younger looking you, all in one session. What is Fractora? Fractora skin treatment is a fractional rejuvenation and microneedling treatment that reduces wrinkles to slow the effects of aging and restore skin to its youthful appearance. Fractora helps you look and feel younger. It can be used on any areas that can benefit from skin renewal. The most commonly treated areas include: » Face and body areas that exhibit wrinkles, discoloration, acne scarring, or stretch marks » Smile lines » Forehead » Cheeks » Mouth and neck » Upper and lower eyelids How quickly will I see results? Visible results can be seen immediately,

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but typically after two weeks the most noticeable results appear. Improvements continue for several months after treatment. Depending on your Fractora treatment regimen, you can expect to have between one to six sessions. What is Fractionated energy? Fractionated RF (radio frequency) energy found in Fractora is a scientifically proven method to reduce wrinkles. It is minimally invasive, using a matrix of micro-needles to resurface and restore the skin, providing exceptional results with almost no patient downtime. RF energy heats the deep layers of the skin in a controlled manner to revitalize collagen. The treatment will improve skin complexion and texture for a more radiant and youthful appearance. Who can use Fractora? Fractora uses radio frequency, which is colorblind technology and can be used on skin of all color. The unique properties allow even darker skin tones to receive treatment. Can Fractora be used in combination with other treatments? Fractora can be used in the same treatment session or a few days after other treatments. Fractora can also be combined with additional energy treatments

After Fractora

Matthew B. Doppelt D.O., F.A.O.C.D., F.A.A.D. Board Certified Dermatologist

or injectables to achieve a more extensive result. What kind of post-procedure care is required? Patients are provided a post-procedure kit to ensure optimal results. It is also recommended that patients use a good, broad spectrum sunscreen every day. In addition to reducing their future risk of skin cancer, sunscreens also reduce wrinkles and slow the aging process. Schedule your complimentary consultation to see if you are a candidate for Fractora.

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