Hushh Magazine Summer Edition 2021

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Meet Scott & Becca Payne of Nautical Boat Club

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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission is to: cure Leukimia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, plus improve the quality of life for patients and their families. Each year LLS conducts a Man & Woman of the Year fundraising campaign. We take a moment with this year’s Man of the Year candidate Alan Cottrell to learn how he came to support LLS and why he continues to raise awareness for their cause. Hushh: How did you become involved with the LLS/MWOY Campaign? Alan: One of my fellow realtors, Lynn Liu, was the LLS Woman of the year in a recent campaign. She nominated me after we discussed the process. My daughter, Delena Webster, immediately agreed on my behalf. So, she “immediately” became my campaign chair person. Hushh : Do you have a direct connection to LLS? Alan : We all know folks that have been diagnosed. After agreeing to be a part of this, I became aware of so many folks in my life that have suffered from these blood cancers, lymphomas, leukemia, and so much more.

the hallway. I asked mom on the way home what was wrong with Marquanne? She told me that she had a rare disease, and it was attacking her body from the inside. A few weeks later she was gone. I had never lost anyone that close to my age. You expect for older people to pass, but not anyone your age. I will never forget that brief conversation with a young, beautiful girl in the hospital that seemed completely normal and healthy, then she was gone. Hushh : What have you learned about the LLS organization?

Alan : This is considered to be primarily a childhood disease. When I was 15, I had a cousin that was diagnosed with leukemia. I had no idea what that meant other than this cheerleading, tomboy young lady suddenly disappeared from my life. I remember visiting her at the hospital. She seemed completely healthy and normal to me. We talked and laughed while our moms talked in

Alan : There are many cancer assistance organizations. LLS has had tremendous success in research and drug trials that benefit so many cancers and diseases. To have even one successful trial approved by the FDA is big deal. LLS has been a part of 14 successful trials in the last year or so—an amazing feat! This has resulted in help and funding for many cancers across the board. The money raised here helps with that research funding as well as assisting local families and patients with care, transportation, and comfort care. The organization is volunteer staffed, so all of the monies raised for this



Josie was diagnosed with AML in April 15, 2020, just a month before her high school graduation. She had been accepted into the College of Communications at the University of Tennessee for the fall of 2020, and she was half way through the tryout process for the UT Dance Team, a lifelong dream that she had worked very hard toward achieving. In an instant, everything changed and life was put on hold as she was immediately admitted to East TN Children’s Hospital to begin four rounds of intense chemotherapy over the next five months. In total, Josie spent more than 80 nights in the hospital and required numerous blood and platelet transfusions. Josie went into remission after round 1 of chemotherapy. She is now working toward regaining her physical strength and just began classes at UT last month. She still hopes to tryout for UT Dance Team this spring. Josie and her family are excited to share her story and be the 2021 Girl of the Year.

Dalton was diagnosed with High Risk B-Cell ALL, a type of leukemia, May 1, 2020. He is 15yrs old and in the 10th grade at J. Frank White Academy in Harrogate, TN. Dalton has had some struggles with treatment at times but continues to smile and light the good light. He loves playing basketball as a point guard or on the wing. He enjoys Math and his dog Daisy. He loves pizza and Cool Ranch Doritos and playing video games. Dalton and his family are happy he is the Boy of the Year and to share their story for the campaign and LLS.

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campaign remain in our area and help local families. Hushh : How can people support your efforts? Alan : Every dollar matters. The link below provides an opportunity for everyone to give directly. We also have several events scheduled – Reverse Raffle, The Grand Gala and Silent Auction, Golf Tournament at Egwani Farms and more. If someone prefers, checks can be mailed to us made payable to The Leukemia Lymphoma Society or LLS. To participate use QR Code below or online at: To register for the Egwani Farms Golf Tournament (individually or foursome), or to donate & participate in the Reverse Raffle with a $100 donation (over $10,000 in prizes), contact Alan directly by text, email or phone.

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We are all connected to creation, after all we are part of creation itself, so it should be no surprise that we function best when we connect with nature. So if you haven’t been outside enjoying life in a while put down the remote and revive yourself.

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In recent years, numerous experimental psychology studies have linked exposure to nature with increased energy and heightened sense of well-being. For example, research has shown that people on wilderness excursions report feeling more alive and that just recalling outdoor experiences increases feelings of happiness and health. Other studies suggest that the very presence of nature helps to ward off feelings of exhaustion and that 90 percent of people report increased energy when placed in outdoor activities.



There is something remarkable about the sun on your face and grass under your feet. Not only is being outside good or your physical body being grounded, but it is great for your mind and soul.



Lately my life has been far too busy. I have been juggling work, meal prep, preparing for my first figure competition and home. Even though part of my job is being out and about seeing clients it is still not really being able to enjoy the outdoors. Other days I sit in my office or at home doing house work looking outside but not able to connect with nature.




hen life seems overwhelming with its tasks and responsibilities, sometimes the best antidote is time spent outdoors in nature.

Scott and Becca, both West Texas transplants, moved to East Tennessee after visiting friends in Knoxville and falling in love with the area. Scott grew up boating with his family and later introduced Becca to boating and water sports when they met in high school over 20 years ago. When their children, Cutler and Charley, were born, they continued the family tradition of raising them on the water. Boating has played a major role in the relationships and friendships they have built over time. Once they moved to Knoxville and had the opportunity to start a new business, they quickly decided to combine their love of people and boating and share that with local Knoxville families. Seeing their members enjoying the water as much as they do is a dream turned reality for the Payne Family!










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ingredients in this article but first, let us explain two terms that are often associated with fat loss or weight loss and fat burners. THERMOGENESIS Thermogenesis is a metabolic process in your body where it burns calories to produce heat. Several factors induce thermogenesis in your body including exercise, diet and environmental temperature. Thermogenesis can promote weight loss because it increases your body’s calorie burn which means you will be burning more calories over the day. Although inducing thermogenesis can help you burn more calories, a low-calorie diet and regular physical activity are the best ways for you to lose body weight.

Why it is a good idea to seek a professional opinion when it comes to fat burners, thermogenesis and understanding lipolysis. FAT BURNERS Most of us will have heard of them before but if you haven’t then simply put its a nutrient supplement that claims to acutely increase your fat metabolism or energy expenditure, impair fat absorption, increase weight loss and fat oxidation during exercise, or somehow cause long-term adaptations that promote fat to be metabolized.

LIPOLYSIS Lipolysis is the process by which our bodies break down fats through enzymes and water, or hydrolysis. Lipolysis occurs in our tissue stores, which are the fatty tissues that cushion and line our bodies and vital organs. These stores of fats can be thought of simply as stored energy that your body can use when it needs extra energy. During this process, free fatty acids are released into the bloodstream and circulate throughout the body. Lipolysis can be defined as the process in the body of breaking down

The majority of fat burners will contain several ingredients, each with its proposed mechanism of action and often claim that the combination of these substances will have additive effects. The list of supplements in fat burners that increase or improve fat metabolism is long; the most popular supplements being caffeine, L-carnitine, green tea, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), forskolin, chromium, Yohimbe, Glucomannan and Raspberry Ketones to name just a few. We will cover some of these fat burner

stored triglycerides (or triglycerides in the blood from the food we’ve just eaten), into two main components, glycerol and fatty acids. Fat burners can be used as the final 10% of your artillery against fat being stored. When you are looking to drop fat your Diet is 70% to 80%, Exercise is 10% to 20% and fat burners are that final 10%, that play a role to support all of your persistence and hard work to maximize the amount of fat loss that your body achieves throughout the fat loss period of your training. Therefore fat burners don’t work to their best effect when they’re used improperly. Usually, it’s because people don’t take into account the following four basic concepts for using a fat burner efficiently to lose weight. If you follow, the next fat burner you invest in may help you trim the fat and reveal that body you’ve been working hard to build. Different people respond to each supplement differently. We are all unique and some of the mechanisms by which these fat burners operate may not be suited or needed in every individual. Some supplements work better than others for some people. Article Written by PhD Nutrition

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active Few of us thinks of a swimming pool when we want to get into shape, but actually, we should. Swimming not only burns fat but also helps in weight loss, makes you stronger, fitter and healthier. There is no other workout which makes you as fit, boosts metabolism and burns as many calories as swimming does. A study conducted by researchers of Indiana University compared recreational swimmers with non-swimmers and found that recreational swimmers of all ages had a slimmer waist, leaner muscles and hips as compared to non-swimmers. How Swimming for Weight Loss Actually Works ? Water is 800 times dense than air, that is why each kick, push and pull is like a resistance workout for your entire body. Swimming works really well for your core, arms, glutes, hips, and shoulders. An easy relaxed swim burns around 500 calories in an hour while a rigorous one may burn up to 700 calories. So, while swimming, you do not only burn calories but also build lean muscles. These lean muscles boost your metabolism which in turn helps you burn more calories. GOOD FOR JOINTS Water neutralises gravity, so when you are immersed in water, you become weightless virtually. This gives your joints a much needed break. Swimming also cannot cause any injury, unlike running or strength training. IT HELPS YOU STAY YOUNGER Researchers show that habitual swimmers are biologically 20 years younger than their actual age. According to the data presented by American College of Sports Medicine Conference, habitual swimmer’s blood pressure, cardiovascular system, central nervous system, cholesterol levels and cognitive functioning are all easily comparable to someone much younger than them. How long one needs to swim to lose weight totally depends upon their body weight, swimming stroke they use and speed at which they swim. According to Centre for Disease Control and Prevention one should do at least two hours and 30 minutes of swimming every week. Not only losing weight but swimming can also help you maintain your weight once you have lost the required amount. 3,500 calories are equal to a half kilo of weight. So, you need to burn 3,500 calories more apart from what you are taking in, to lose that half kilo. DIFFERENT STROKES As we have already mentioned above, different swimming strokes burn different number of calories. Not only strokes but also the


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duration for which you perform these strokes matters. BUTTERFLY STROKE This difficult stroke burns the maximum number of calories with its dolphin like kick and windmill arm motion. The stroke burns around 150 calories in 10 minutes for a person weighing around 72 kilos. FREESTYLE STROKE Freestyle stroke is also called as front crawl and burns a huge number of calories. The best part is, it is easiest to perform and that is why, it is the most popular. A person weighing 58 kilos will burn around 590 calories if they perform freestyle swimming for an hour. BREASTSTROKE AND BACKSTROKE Both these styles are no less when it comes to burning calories. The number of calories both these styles burn are equal to the number of calories that you burn while slow jog or fast walk. The best idea would be picking up a single form and performing it every day. The more you swim in a particular stroke, the more you learn the technique, which helps you in burning more calories due to the form being perfect. BEST CARDIOVASCULAR EXERCISE While swimming, you use many muscles in your body. Your lungs and heart work very hard to supply them all with oxygen, which means that swimming is an excellent workout for your cardiovascular system. To burn more and more calories, it's recommended to do interval training. Swim as fast as you can for a lap and then next lap should be at a relaxed pace. Also, wear a bathing cap while swimming as it will reduce resistance in the water and will allow you to increase your swimming speed which will help you to burn more calories. By: tnn

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Transition-lens Swim Goggles TYR Sport Special Ops 2.0 Transition Goggles If you’re swimming in variable light conditions, transition or photochromic lenses automatically adjust from clear to smoky gray in sunlight. They won’t get as dark as solid tinted lenses, so stick with those for sunny midday swimming. Transitions are ideal for early-morning swims, when the sky gradually gets brighter.

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THREE GENERATIONS STRONG Wildwater, the oldest outfitter in the Southeast, started on the Chattooga River in June of 1971. Jim and Jeanette Greiner pioneered the company, along with the help of their four children. Today, the company has grown beyond the family boundaries on the Chattooga River to include the Ocoee, Nantahala and the Pigeon Rivers. In addition to whitewater rafting, Wildwater offers zipline/canopy tours, kayak clinics, SUP and kayak lake tours, Raft & Rail© excursion, high ropes course, climbing walls, teambuilding and a variety of lodging facilities- Falling Waters at the Nantahala, the largest, was opened in July, 1998. Wildwater is widely recognized as one of the finest whitewater rafting outfitters in the country. Since 1971, our attention to detail has made us a leader in the outdoor adventure industry. Providing high quality experiences on our trips is our number one priority. You may not recognize our state-of-the-art equipment or see our staff training programs, but you will recognize our commitment to Quality, Safety and Service. We offer a Quality Guarantee, if you are not happy with your experience please let us know and we will make it right. THE WILDWATER WAY Wildwater invests consistently in the best equipment, staff, training and facilities. Our focus is to provide you with our full attention and desire to make your experience with us special. We call it The Wildwater Way, and it’s why our Guests return with us year after year.

Expert Trip Leaders: They have hundreds of guide hours, advanced first aid & leadership training. You want them in charge of your trip! Highly Trained Guides: Our river guides exceed all US Forest Service requirements. Our Canopy Tour Rangers are trained above ACCT standards. Our friendly, professional guides love sharing magical adventures with you. Let them know what is important to you. Knowledgeable Reservations Team: These courteous folks make sure you select the appropriate adventures for your group or family and help with local arrangements. Well-Appointed Facilities: Large, clean changing rooms, hot showers, restaurants and/ or catered meals, retail shops, convenient parking, gardens and spacious pre- and post-trip areas make your experience as comfortable as it should be. Canopy Tour Courses: Built and inspected to ACCT standards to provide safety and fun. Designed to provide a complete experience. Enjoy the best courses and staff in the Southeast. Equipment: State-of-the-art outdoor equipment and gear – it supports your exceptional experience. On-site Lodging: Convenient & affordable, including unique yurts, cottages, group facilities and luxury cabins. Book now at




“Bold styling, open-bed flexibility coupled with closed-cabin security meets the changing everyday needs of its adventure-oriented buyers, while powerful and efficient engines and superb maneuverability ensure it is a pleasure to drive in urban or off-road environments. Our customers will wonder just how they managed before owning one,” said Jose Munoz, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor North America. Hyundai unveiled its highly anticipated Santa Cruz Sport Adventure Vehicle. The 2022 Santa Cruz breaks new ground within the SUV, Truck and Crossover segments by offering a true Sport Adventure Vehicle unlike anything else in the U.S. market. Santa Cruz boasts bold yet sophisticated design, powerful and efficient powertrain options, a flexible open bed for gear, cutting-edge connectivity and a highly maneuverable all-wheel drive platform that is equally at home in urban and adventure-focused environments. The Santa Cruz Sport Adventure Vehicle begins production in Montgomery, Alabama in June and will be available for sale in summer. The addition of Santa Cruz to HMMA production will add an estimated 1,200 jobs to the U.S. economy. Why Santa Cruz? Santa Cruz was developed to be the ultimate Sport Adventure Vehicle, a moniker confirmed in Hyundai’s early consumer research. The research found consumers, often living in urban environments, whose lifestyles include the need to escape to weekend adventures of all kinds. Many of these customers carry various gear and equipment that is better suited to an open bed rather than a typical SUV bodystyle. These buyers want versatile transportation that is equally flexible for urban, adventure, occupational or even home improvement gear. Santa


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Harper...Where the drive is always world class COMMITTED TO EXCELLENCE The Harper family of dealerships has always made customer satisfaction its primary objective. This is evidenced by our top-notch staff, beautiful state-of-the-art facilities and multiple awards for both sales and service. So many choices, all under the same standard of excellence.

CUSTOMER COMMITMENT At Harper INFINITI, we know you expect the best, so we strive to give you a personalized shopping experience. For our commitment to customers, we earned the INFINITI Award of Excellence 15 times. In addition, our dealership is a two-time winner of the Knoxville News Sentinel Top Workplaces award.

LUXURY SERVICE At Harper INFINITI, our highly qualified technicians are here to provide exceptional service in a timely manner. From oil changes to transmission replacements, we are dedicated to maintaining top tier customer service, for both new and pre-owned car buyers! Allow our staff to demonstrate our commitment to excellence.

DEVOTED TO SERVING OUR CUSTOMERS The Harper name has been synonymous with quality since 1981, when Tom Harper opened the Porsche, Audi, and Jaguar dealerships in Knoxville. Since then, Harper has expanded to seven dealerships, thirteen franchises, and one certified collision center each catering to a different type of driver but providing the same level of excellence in sales and service. Harper Infiniti | 9737 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37922 | 865-507-2314 |

Cruz features a secure, open bed area which includes a lockable tonneau cover and hidden bed storage. At the same time, these customers still value the secure utility of a compact SUV, with its comfort, passenger space, fuel efficiency and parking ease. Santa Cruz, with its unique, bold design, created an entirely new segment that meets these specific buyer needs like no vehicle before it. Everything about Santa Cruz reflects a duality of purpose in its design execution. This all-new category-bending vehicle holds a variety of imagery in balanced juxtaposition: • Urban life connectivity with escape to outdoor adventure • Work and play flexibility • Tough yet alluring demeanor • Roominess with maneuverability • Open cargo area and secured, lockable storage • Towing capability and fuel efficiency In profile, Santa Cruz signals a sporty yet capable spirit. The A- and C-pillars present faster forward and rearward rakes than typical open-bed utility vehicles. Large 20-inch alloy wheels with a multi-faceted, triangular design are surrounded by armor-like wheel arches, conveying both wheel-articulation potential and off-road capability. Powerful body side volumes contrast with precise triangular sheer-edged surfaces and tight radius character lines. From the rear, a horizontal “T” lighting

signature adds visual width and distinguishes Santa Cruz from anything on the road. The functional rear open bed area features secure, lockable in-bed storage, integrated corner bumper steps and a lockable tonneau cover, seamlessly integrated with the overall design. The rear tail lamps are embossed with: “Designed in California” as a testament to the passion of Hyundai’s California-based design team. Small, discrete design details such as this can be found throughout the

exterior and interior. Interior Design The interior of the Santa Cruz expresses a sophisticated and refined appearance. The contrasting rugged yet refined motif matches the boldness of the exterior, boasting a technical ambiance that appeals to those who appreciate cutting-edge technologies in their daily lives. It features an enveloping dual-cockpit design that encapsulates each passenger. Design teams focused on ease of ingress and egress and ergonomic comfort on long drives. The premium center stack display features an edgeless infotainment screen appearance, with an impressive 10 inches of visibility. The optional center digital cluster display also measures 10 inches. Under the rear seats is convenient, in-cabin storage. Completing the premium ambiance is an available Bose® audio system.

Powerful and Efficient Powertrains Santa Cruz offers two powerful, flexible and efficient powertrains. The standard powertrain is a 2.5L direct-inject-

ed in-line four-cylinder engine with an estimated 190+ horsepower and 180+ lb.-ft. of torque. This engine couples to an eight-speed hydraulic automatic transmission for quick acceleration and superb efficiency. Santa Cruz also offers a 2.5L direct-injected turbocharged engine with an estimated 275+ horsepower and 310+ lb.-ft. of torque linked to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT). This DCT includes steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters for manual shifting control by the driver.

Advanced HTRAC® AWD and Towing Capability Both 2.5L four-cylinder and 2.5L four-cylinder turbo models offer HTRAC® allwheel drive capability for complete confidence when pursuing adventures of all kinds or for that extra peace of mind when driving in an unexpected snowfall. The HTRAC AWD system was developed as a multi-mode system, providing an electronic, variable-torque-split clutch with active torque control between the front and rear axles. The Sport setting gives a more agile feel by sending more torque to the rear wheels, for a sporty, dynamic experience. This system has a wide range of torque distribution variability, tuned for conditions such as straight-line acceleration, medium- and high-speed cornering, and hill starts. For those customers who like to tow their weekend gear with them, the 2.5L 4-cylinder is rated at 3,500 lbs. for towing and the 2.5L Turbo AWD model boasts a generous 5,000 lbs. of towing capability.


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Memories Lake are made at the

“Cultivating relationships through life on the water”


s you walk down the dock at Concord Marina to visit Nautical Boat Club’s crew and owners, Scott & Becca Payne, you can only feel a little envious as you take in the beautiful scenery, they get to enjoy at work every day. They have cutest nautical cottage-office right on the dock overlooking the serene Tennessee River. In fact, the Tennessee River is one of the state’s most notable features. Its natural beauty and lush scenery provide many opportunities for fishing, boating, water sports, and other recreational activities. So, it’s no wonder you’d find Nautical Boat Club at Knoxville’s Concord Marina outfitted with water toys and boats and ready for fun. It’s Knoxville’s premier boating country club. From sports boats to double deckers with slides, and even competition wake boats, this family-owned club provides fun and affordable ways for families to get out on the river to enjoy the water life, making those life-long memories you will cherish for years to come.

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Eat,Play&Relax Join us for a casual lunch, dinner, special occasion or happy hour. Our specialty is hand-cut, aged Grand Champion Angus steaks and fresh seafood, grilled to perfection over hardwood coals.


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THE DOCK SHOP Refreshments, Ice, Beer, Snacks, Apparel, Propane fuel canisters, and so much more.

PARTY BARGE 16 passenger capacity - Bathroom - Gas Grill - Slide

THE CLUBHOUSE Our Clubhouse is cozy, functional and great for weddings, parties, cook-outs, and family gatherings. See our harbormaster for rental information.

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LUXURY PONTOON 11 passenger capacity -Stereo System -Captain’s Chair

to 200 members. And they are still growing! This summer they opened a new club location at Tellico Marina. But like most businesses it was not all that easy to open. Scott and Becca had their fair share of obstacles to overcome. They made a tough decision coming to Knoxville, and the move was hard. For one, Texas was the only home Scott and Becca had ever known. Leaving behind the lake, the cabin, friends, and especially other family must have felt strange. It must have been scary, and maybe even overwhelming. When they arrived in Knoxville, they realized they suddenly had no history. They had no relationships. Becca says, “Most people don’t realize how valuable business relationships are until you don’t have them anymore.” She is right about that too. Thankfully, they had Chris and Brandie to make it a little easier. Even though they had the support of their friends, there was one more obstacle they had to face. And it was a big one - something most people would not even think to consider. The franchise provided

just about everything they needed to open and become successful. Systems, software, marketing... those were all in place. But the boats? Scott and Becca had to buy the boats! And that meant they needed a bank. Well, they were new in town, they had no business relationships, and they had a tough job ahead of them. In the end they got through it, and Scott says the move to Knoxville was so good for his family, and it continues to be good. Why is it so good? Becca says it is the outdoors and all there is to do. She is excited about the mountains and the lakes. She notes there are 8 lakes within 50 miles of Knoxville, and that is a lot of water sports. For her, Knoxville is home. It is Paradise. She says, “Living here I always feel like I’m on vacation.”

For Scott it is the same, but he adds that his favorite part of being in Knoxville and owning the club is the members. He gets to go out on the boats and spend time with them. Through training and coaching he gets to help them experience and enjoy life on the water. Whether it’s teaching you to wake board, pull a tube or just learn to drive the boat, the fun and memories his members are creating is what makes it all worth it. Mostly, though, it is the relationships. They are strong and deep. Especially with their crew that works hard along side them every day. They also feel blessed to raise their two children, Cutler and Charley, here in Knoxville where people are friendly, and the culture is rich. What is next for these two? They have got some surprises in the works. Maybe a new line of lake wear or…we will just have to wait and see. For now, they are working hard to get people on the water, having fun, making new friends and creating lasting memories. Like the slogan says, “Cultivating relationships through life on the water.”


Virgin Falls

- State Natural Area


OSPREY PACKS Raven 10 $140



9 miles

Location Virgin Falls State Natural Area Sparta, TN 38583

River Sports Main Store 2918 Sutherland Avenue Hours: Monday – Friday: 10:00am-7:00pm Saturday: 9:00am-6:00pm Sunday: 12:00pm-6:00pm Phone: (865) 523-0066

Gorge Overlook

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Twin Arches Trail

- Fall Creek Falls

Difficulty Distance



2.9 miles

Location Fall Creek Falls State Park 10821 Park Rd Spencer, TN 38585

* Distance


is measured in round trip.


Moderate 1.4 miles

Location Big South Fork National Park Twin Arches Oneida, TN 37841

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- Big South Fork

photo courtesy Bob Carr

the local parks to make sure they are open for hiking.

Chimney Tops Trail




3.3 miles

MERRELL Men's Moab 2 Waterproof $120

Location Chimney Tops Trail Great Smoky Mountains Gatlinburg, TN 37738

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River Sports Main Store 2918 Sutherland Avenue Hours: Monday – Friday: 10:00am-7:00pm Saturday: 9:00am-6:00pm Sunday: 12:00pm-6:00pm Phone: (865) 523-0066


WHITEWATER Action For The Entire Family Now available at a special rate of $45 when combined with any Wahoo’s River Adventure, your group can go spelunking! Climb down into the depths of a subterranean world, and explore the very bowels of the Blue Ridge. Our expert guides will lead you through narrow passages and crawl you through tight squeezes. This trip is custom-built to your group’s age and skill level and is available to the youngest of children. So for those seeking an easier adventure to experienced thrill-seekers, an amazing caving adventure is waiting for you! So let’s go down under!

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Located just off the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway in Spruce Pine, North Carolina the Rio Dòce Gem Mine is an amazing adventure for all ages!

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Lover’s Leap Loop Trail Hot Springs NC The Lover’s Leap Trail offers a dramatic view of the French Broad River and the town of Hot Springs. It ascends onto a rocky bluff overlooking the French Broad directly across from town. It highlights not only the rugged beauty of the valley, but also the biological diversity that the area is well known for. The trail is a short walk from downtown, so the best parking can be found right in town. As you cross the resort, then the French Broad and then ascend onto the rocky promontory, you can see most of the major features the area is known for. This hike is easily accessible. Park in any of the convenient public parking areas in downtown Hot Springs, walk to Bridge Street and turn towards the railroad tracks. The A.T. follows Bridge Street through town as you walk past the famous naturally warm mineral waters of Hot Springs Resort and Spa. Lover’s Leap Trail offers a dramatic view of the town and French Broad River. As it ascends onto a rocky bluff, you can view the rugged beauty of the valley and the biological diversity for which the area is well known. Look for Canada Geese on the lawn, and hawks and even eagles soaring overhead. Cardinals, Song Sparrows, Chipping Sparrows, Robins, Orchard Orioles, House Finches, House Sparrows, Starlings, Pigeons, Chimney Swifts and Rough-winged Swallows also abound.

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For the leave-Fridayafternoon camping trip, the frantic Thursday night search for sleeping bags (in the garage?) and the camp stove (didn’t we have fuel for this?). To make order out of this chaos, we compiled our top pretrip tips (see below). We also drew up our ultimate list of camping supplies. The absolute must brings:




Tent, group cloth, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, flashlight, knapsack.

Cooler and ice, stove and fuel, butane lighter or matches, can opener, cutting board, chef ’s knife, cast-iron skillet, saucepans, wooden spoon, heatproof cups, plates, silverware.

Coffee, coca mix, milk, butter, eggs, oatmeal or granola, bacon, bread, fruit (fresh and dried), oil, salt and pepper.



TIP 1 Don’t wait to pack your camping gear until the night before you leave. Two nights before is good. The weekend before, even better.

CAMP PILLOWS Therm-a-Rest Air Head Pillow $42.95-$47.95; TENTS REI Kingdom 6 $499; The North Face Wawona 6 $449.95; Coleman WeatherMaster $255.99;

SLEEPING PACKS / BAGS Galactic 30 $139.95; CAMP CHAIRS Rtic Classic Folding Chair $54.99; GCI Outdoor Kickback Rocker $49.99;

TIP 2 Designate one corner of your garage as the camping corner.

LANTERNS Galileo 1000 $59.99; Goal Zero Crush Light Lantern $19.95;

TIP 3 Newbie? Don’t let our list scare you. The big-ticket items (tents, sleeping bags) can be rented in some areas.

STOVE GSI Outdoors Selkirk 540 2-Burner Camp Stove $124.95;

TIP 4 Bring two sets of car keys. And have them carried by two people. Because spending hours looking for your keys somewhere on the Bluebird Trail where you think you dropped them is no fun. Nor is realizing that your car is locked with the keys inside, along with the s’mores ingredients. And the bourbon.


CAMPING COTS Cabela’s Lounge Cot $199;

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That’s where Danielle Rowland and Roland Mott; Subaru’s Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, come in. They teach minimum-impact outdoors skills across the country. They have a lot of useful tips (see above). But their first advice is a little surprising: to pick up your campsite. It seems obsessive, cleaning up before you even start putting up tents. But the practice helps maintain a clean campsite for the rest of the trip. And that’s especially important in ecologically sensitive campsites like Big Basin. “Microtrash is all the tiny flyaways that people sometimes miss; crumbs, bits of wrapper, twist ties from bread,” Mott says. “It’s little, but over time, it builds up- and could hurt a raccoon or bird if they tried to eat it.”


PITCH YOUR TENT ON LEVEL GROUND Anybody who has ever spent a restless night slowly sliding headfirst out of a sleeping bag or rolling from one side to the other knows why this is important. SEPARATE EATING AND SLEEPING AREAS Picnic tables and campfire circles inevitably morph into party central. Even in a small campsite, create psychological space by grouping tents a few yards away from the action. ACCESSORIZE Car camping lets you bring more gear than if you were hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Camp chairs make a convivial campsite; lanterns make it cheery at night (and help you not trip on your way to the bathroom). Touches like environmentally friendly cloth napkins and matching tinware can make your picnic table Michelin-starworthy.

“That camping cot is a lifesaver. When I was young, we took flimsy pool floats for under my sleeping bag that would loose all their air by the morning” -Cajun Graham

TOP CAMPING SITES IN OUR AREA BIG HILL POND STATE PARK Big Hill Pond State Park is located just north of the Tennessee/Mississippi border along TN-57 between Ramer and Pocahontas. BLEDSOE CREEK STATE PARK Bledsoe Creek State Park features 57 standard campsites with hookups and recently upgraded amenities, including grills and picnic tables. Eight primitive campsites are situated along the waterfront and offer scenic views of the lake. BOOKER T. WASHINGTON STATE PARK Situated on the shores of scenic Chickamauga Lake, not far from the city of Chattanooga, is the 353-acre Booker T. Washington State Park. Many visitors enjoy the phenomenal scenery through the challenging, yet rewarding, six-mile mountain biking trail. CHICKASAW STATE PARK The park is situated on some of the highest terrain in west Tennessee. Three campgrounds are located within Chickasaw State Park (RV, Tent, Wrangler) each with picnic tables, grills and playground for the little ones, including more than four miles of easy to moderate hiking trails and bicycle friendly roads. DAVID CROCKETT BIRTHPLACE STATE PARK This historic park includes a limestone marker and replica cabin, as well as visitor center exhibits. Nearby is the Cherokee National Forest and his father’s Crockett Tavern Museum in Morristown. In addition, it offers a paved bike trail, with more than six miles of hiking trails of Shoal Creek and Crockett Falls, limestone bluffs, abundant wildlife and serene forest.

FALL CREEK FALLS STATE PARK 200 campsites located throughout five different areas. The park also offers 16 backcountry sites for the more adventurous campers. The park also manages Virgin Falls State Natural Area which has 14 campsites divided into four areas. INDIAN MOUNTAIN STATE PARK Indian Mountain State Park offers 47 campsites with paved pads to serve both RV and tent campers. With picnic tables and grills provided for each site, a night stay within the park is sure to be a memorable one. It serves as a living demonstration of how good environmental practices can reclaim wasteland and convert it to beneficial use. NORRIS DAM STATE PARK Located on the shores of Norris Lake, with more than 800 miles of shoreline, Norris Dam State Park offers recreational boating, skiing and fishing. The park offers a fully equipped marina with boat ramp available to the general public. REELFOOT LAKE STATE PARK Reelfoot Lake State Park is located in the northwest corner of Tennessee and is noted for its fishing, boating and wildlife viewing. The 15,000-acre lake was created by a series of violent earthquakes in 18111812 that caused the Mississippi River to flow backwards for a short period of time, creating Reelfoot Lake. WARRIORS PATH STATE PARK The park is home to premier boating and fishing activity, hiking trails, an internationally-renowned mountain bike trail system (which is a designated National Recreational Trail), an award-winning nature and education program and a nationally recognized golf course.





Every camper’s nemesis: wildlife Here are our hardlearned lessons. 1

Do not think you are faster or smarter.




Do not leave food out in your campsite, then walk away“for just a minute”, thinking that they won’t get it. (See lesson 1) 3

Do not leave food in the backseat of your car and then forget to roll up the windows. Do not leave food in your tent either. They will get it. 4

Bear-resistant food boxes are also all wildlife-resistant food boxes and are your friend. Use them.

This is the key to a good campfire. Apply the laws of fire physics, stacking the wood to provide good airflow and ensuring the smaller pieces of kindling, once lit, would warm the bigger logs. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect- you’re not building a pyre at Burning Man or anything. See tips to the right.


PACK From home, bring a butane lighter or matches, kindling and logs of different sizes, grilling tongs and thick grilling gloves. BUILD Our favorite design combines a log cabinstyle arrangement on the outside (4 large logs set in a box shape) with a Tipi of smaller wood in the middle to help it catch. Use enough fuel to cover the grill area. BURN It takes 30 to 45 minutes for a fire to burn down to low flames plus embers, the ideal stage for cooking. This is your golden time for happy hour and dinner prep.



For camping trips, s’mores are essential. We advise a Do-It-Yourself s’mores tray that makes it easy to customize the treats. Put the kids s’mores on one side and the adult s’mores will be on the other side. -So an adult side? Like with whiskey? Sadly no whiskey. Still, it’s easy to offer adults more sophisticated ingredients, like coffee flavored marshmallows and bittersweet chocolate. (The kids? They’ll be fine with classic chocolate bars and puffy, white supermarket marshmallows.) The biggest s’mores innovation is a technical one: s’more roasting sticks, telescoping forks that let you roast your gooey creation from your camp chair and keep the hair on your face and arms.

Is there camping without coffee? No. Although you may remember with dread the days when camp coffee was powdery instant mixed with cakey creamer, it’s now entirely possible to brew a cupeven a wilderness latte- that would do credit to Honeybee or Awaken in Knoxville.




Campfire Fork, $9; crateand BBQ Dragon Marshmallow Roasting Sticks, $25;

Did you really want whiskey? try Bourbon Marshmallows by Wondermade; Max Mallow Low Carb Keto Marshmallows;

Campers’ S’Mores Truffle Bar, $4.75; Seattlechocolate. com Cashew Butter +Pure Vanilla Bean Dark Chocolate, $7.25;





BEGIN WITH THE BASICS Heat water in a pot and pour into a #4 plastic filter cone (and #6 coffee filters to avoid spilling) atop a GSI Outdoor Enamelware Coffee Pot (REI; $25) MEMORIZE THIS FORMULA 1 cup of coffee grounds + 6 cups of water = 5 potently strong cups of Joe. BE GENTLE Don’t bring the water to a full, rolling boilbubbling is all you’re after. Any hotter, and it’ll bring out the bitter acidity in the coffee when you pour it over the grounds. INVEST IN A MILK FROTHER (Produkt, $2.50; They’re small, lightweight and create great foam. Heat milk in a separate pan, stirring often. You don’t want it to scorch. Once it starts steaming, remove from heat and froth away. FILL MUGS with your preferred proportion of coffee to deliciously foamy milk.

Delicious. Handmade. Coffee. I had the idea for Pedal Java while daydreaming over a coffee break at my web development job. I had graduated from college and written code for the power company, the university, the hospital, and the non-profit. By all signs, I was in an upwardly mobile industry with tons of opportunities ahead of me. I got a job with a media agency who had scored projects with big name celebrities like Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Def Leppard, The Grammys and more. I was happy, successful and making good money, but I was always worried. I worried about those fancy contracts. I worried about my sales team who overpromised and under-charged. I worried about losing my job to a younger, smarter talent. And I wasn't alone. Most of my friends hated their jobs and dreaded the trip into work every day.

For me personally, I had discovered that I counted down the minutes and hours until my next break.

the coffeebike to large offices in town through the week and local events on weekends. Within the first year, my wife started working part-time during large events. Our love for coffee fueled the energy and passion of the business.

Pedal Java was born in a break room with small coffee gadgets and a desire for a better life. Within 2 months of starting the company, I transitioned from parttime to full-time. My business was Today, my wife and I both are growing, and I was overwhelmed living the coffee break lifestyle full with appreciation. I began taking time. You can find us at a variety of

large office buildings in Knoxville, events in East Tennessee and beyond, or catering a great event or beautiful wedding. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to find our daily locations! If you are interested in franchising Pedal Java in your town, contact us at

e m i T e e ff o C Hey Y’all I t ’s Local Knoxville Handmade Brew

eat Huli Huli Chicken

HAWAII not in the cards this summer? Bring a taste of Hawaii straight to your home with this recipe that will become your go-to for any cook out or to just liven up the work week. What is Huli Huli Chicken? Authentic huli huli chicken is usually made with a whole chicken or larger chicken portions and is cooked on a grill filled with mesquite wood, and it is cooked on splits. It’s rotated while cooking and basted in a sweet, teriyaki-like, huli huli sauce. It was first created over 70 years ago and has been a popular Hawaiian favorite ever since! Did you know the word “huli” means “turn” in Hawaiian?

INGREDIENTS 1/3 cup ketchup (preferably use one without corn syrup 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar (or use a half brown sugar, half honey blend) 2 Tbsp rice vinegar (you can sub with apple cider vinegar) 1 Tbsp sriracha (optional) 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce


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1 tsp sesame oil, or more to taste (try Toasted Sesame from Abingdon Olive Oil Company) 1 1/2 Tbsp minced garlic 1 1/2 Tbsp peeled and minced fresh ginger 3 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of visible fat (about 9 pieces) Vegetable oil (or olive oil) for brushing grill grates

HOW TO MAKE HULI HULI CHICKEN AND MARINADE Mix marinade ingredients: In a medium mixing bowl whisk together ketchup, soy sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, sriracha, Worcestershire, sesame oil, garlic and ginger. Remove 1/4 cup of the marinade to a bowl and refrigerate. Pour marinade over chicken: Place chicken in a medium bowl or gallon size resealable bag. Pour remaining marinade over chicken then toss to coat then press down into marinade. Seal bag if using a bag. Rest in refrigerator and let marinate at least 2 hours and up to 8 hours. When it’s time to prepare your grill, here is a tip. For grill grates it’s actually not safe to just grease with cooking spray or drizzle with oil, instead: Preheat a gas grill over medium heat. Soak a ball of paper towels with some vegetable oil (just enough to saturate lightly). Hold the balled up paper towel using long tongs and rub over cleaned grill grates. Once that is done, place chicken pieces on grill leaving space around each. Cover with lid. Cook through, basting occasionally: Turning and basting with reserved 1/4 cup marinade occasionally, until it reaches 165 degrees in center, approximately 15 minutes. Note: If chicken isn’t browning enough you can increase heat near the end of grilling. Serve warm garnished with green onions, or for extra kick, some fresh jalapenos if desired. Optionally serve with coconut rice, fresh pineapple and grilled mini peppers. Don’t want the hassle of grilling? Here are the instructions to use for your oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place marinated chicken on an oven

safe, greased cooling rack set over a foil lined 18 by 13-inch baking sheet. Cook chicken thighs until they reach 165 degrees in center (about 30 – 35 minutes), basting with the reserved 1/4 cup marinade during last 10 minutes. Note: If needed tent chicken with foil to reduce excess browning or prevent from drying out. If not browned to your liking you can broil briefly near the end of cook time. Nutrition Facts Amount Per Serving: Calories 243, Calories from Fat 63, Fat 7g, Saturated Fat 2g, Cholesterol 144mg, Sodium 426mg, Potassium 441mg, Carbohydrates 8g, Fiber 1g, Sugar 5g, Protein 30g

TOASTED SESAME GOURMET OILS | $24.99, Nutrient-rich Japanese sesame seeds are roasted slowly and on low heat, then pressed in small batches. Our Dark Toasted Sesame Oil is one of the most flavorful, fragrant oils in the world. Used in many East Asian cuisines because it is able to withstand high heats.

Notes 2 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar and 2 1/2 Tbsp honey can be used if preferred. This same recipe will work great for 2 lbs of chicken thighs (6 thighs) if you only need 6 servings. Smaller chicken breasts will work great here too. Just be sure to monitor the temp for doneness (they cook a bit faster). You want to cook just right to 165 degrees in center, otherwise they’ll start to dry out.

eat Rosemary Pineapple Margarita


Now I don’t know about you but I love, love, love- a good margarita…..hence the name of my site. I love them on the rocks, frozen, with salt or sugar! And I’m always trying to create new recipes to cure my margarita cravings. Another thing I love is incorporating fresh fruit into my drinks as much as possible. On my blog I created a fresh fruit cocktail series and made cocktails that featured fresh fruit instead of the heavy sugary mixes you buy at the grocery store if you would like to check them out. A few years ago I was brunching in D.C. and I had a drink that was infused with thyme…..I took one sip and thought this is absolutely delicious! I have never been able to forget that experience and so I started infusing herbs into my drinks a couple years ago and never looked back. So in case you are thinking this drink may not be as good as it sounds trust me IT IS! Try it and I think you will love it. The recipe is super easy and takes no time at all. If you have a juicer that is great but for those who don’t- feel free to use my blender and strainer method; it works just as good. Also I like to serve my cocktails in short “rocks” glasses so if you need to double the recipe for a larger Margarita glass go ahead and do so. This recipe is fun, trendy, and fabulous! If you make this drink your friends will be impressed and totally pleased!


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Rosemary Pineapple Margarita 2 Oz Silver Tequila 1 Oz Grand Marnier (or Cointreau, triple sec) 2 Oz Pineapple Juice 1 Oz Rosemary Simple Syrup Sugar for rimming Rosemary Simple Syrup 1/2 Cup Water 1/2 Cup Sugar 1 Rosemary Sprig Instructions


In a small saucepan add water and sugar; bring to a boil and reduce heat. Stir occasionally until the sugar dissolves. Remove saucepan from heat and set aside for 1-2 minutes before adding the rosemary sprig. Add the rosemary sprig and allow to steep for 15-20 minutes to assist with the infusing process. Allow simple syrup to completely cool before adding it to your drink. Blend or juice pineapple until smooth or juiced. If you choose the blender method, make sure to strain the juice to separate the pulp. (You have the option of using store bought pineapple juice if your not in the mood to juice). Use the pineapple rind to rim the glasses and add salt or sugar. In a cocktail shake, add ice, tequila, pineapple juice, Grand Marnier, and simple syrup; shake vigorously for about 10 seconds. Pour over ice. Add some finely chopped rosemary to the top of the drink for garnish; along with a perfectly cut pineapple rind.

If you're reading this you just found your new favorite blogger. I'm a wife, step mom, and cocktail lover who cooks basic but delicious meals for my family. I create recipes for the at home cook. Visit my website at www. for more recipes and good times. You can follow me on Facebook too! To watch me make my Strawberry Basil Margarita live, visit my Nom channel! post/64084. Make sure to subscribe to catch my weekly cooking show!

Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center has been a valuable addition to the Knoxville Parks & Recreation Department's programs for over thirty years. The program has grown to serve thousands of Knoxvillians and citizens in surrounding counties. For more information on specific classes please call 865-523-1401 and we'll send you a copy of our current schedule, or register online. Follow us on Facebook for other classes and events. SUMMER CAMP SCHEDULE Handbuilt Pottery Camp | Ages: 8-12 6/7-6/11 | 9AM-12PM From functional to sculptural pottery, kids will create ceramic pieces using a range of handbuilding techniques and processes, including some glazing. Sea to Shining Sea | Ages: 8-12 6/14-6/18 | 9AM-12PM Campers will start the day with a reading of an American folktale and a pictorial essay of the stories: The stories will be based on Paul Bunyan, Davy Crockett, Betsy Ross, Mark Twain and the lyrics of America the Beautiful. The campers will also do projects in clay, painting, sculpture and more based on the stories they listen to in class. Visions from the Great Masters | Ages: 8-12 6/14-6/18 | 1PM-4PM In this week-long camp, students will learn to draw natural objects and animals through the eyes and styles of the masters. From Van Gogh to Picasso, each day campers will focus on a different master’s style and create a picture using acrylics or pastels. Hogwarts School of Arts & Crafts | Ages 8-12 Using a wide range of art materials and techniques from printmaking & sculpting to STEAM activities & stitching, you sure won’t be bored in this wizarding school!! Carnival Art Extravaganza| Ages: 8-12 6/21-6/25 | 1PM-4PM In this summer camp join Kelly under the “Big Top” and on the fairgrounds to explore all things circus through art. We will be using the painting, printmaking and mixed media processes to make some fun, exciting and colorful projects!


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Stop Motion Animation Ages: 8-12 6/28-7/2 9AM-12PM Students will use clay, paper, found objects and more to bring their ideas to life. Through short screenings and demos the class will draw inspiration from the history of animation and contemporary stop-motion artists. Students will learn the full creative process from start to finish, including camera set up and shooting, character and story creation, set building and much more! Under the Sea | Ages: 8-12 6/28-7/2 | 1PM-4PM From tiny seahorses to gigantic whales, we’ll create creatures from the deep with printmaking, weaving, clay, mixed media and much more! Steam Camp Ages: 8-12 7/19-7/23 | 9AM-12PM Join us to dive into the world of STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art, and math! Kids will work both in teams as well as independently to use their creative problemsolving skills and complete projects that light up, grow, move, and maybe even explode! Guaranteed to be an engaging, hands-on, and fun educational week. Paper & Book Arts Camp | Ages: 8-12 7/19-7/23 | 1PM-4PM Campers will learn all of the things you can do with paper! We will learn one of the ways paper is made, learn some printmaking processes, as well as several bookmaking processes. We’ll even make a birdhouse out of recycled materials!

The Art of the Game | Ages: 8-12 7/26-7/30 | 9AM-12PM Game design is an art, and as in any other art, there are skills and knowledge that make it possible to make great games. In the Art of the Game, students will explore these skills, learning how games work and what qualities make a game that people want to play again and again. Over the course of the week students will create their own board game, complete with game board, cards and game pieces! Making Comics | Ages: 8-12 7/26-7/30 | 1PM-4PM Comics are a fun and engaging way to tell a story. This class explores this dynamic art medium. Exploring character design, page layout and storytelling, students will learn how to bring their comic creations to life. Teen Art Camp | Ages: 12-18 8/2-8/6 | 9AM-12PM Calling all creative teens- we have a camp designed specifically for you! With a new focus each day, you’ll get to dip your toes into the worlds of pottery, textiles, painting, printmaking and more! Come learn new skills, create masterpieces, and make new friends!


SUMMER CAMP SCHEDULE Summer Term at KCT’s Creative Dramatics Academy consists of 5 days of intensive sessions. Most classes will culminate in a showcase presentation for family and friends at the end of the term. The cost for the week varies by class. To reserve a spot in any class, or for more information use the online submission form at AGES 4 – 5 Tiny Thespians Presents the Crayon Book of Numbers June 16-18 | 8AM–10AM Students will learn about the various dramatic elements of a play including plot, setting, and character and be introduced to a technical element of theatre, such as costume or scenic design. This class includes lots of fun exercises and games and will culminate in a showcase performance for friends and family on the final day of class. No experience required. AGES 6 – 7 Under the Sea | June 21-25 | 8:30AM-12:30PM Through high-energy theatre games, exercises, songs, a daily craft, and the introduction of technical elements (set, costumes, props, and sound), students will receive an introduction to the process of taking a play from page (the first read-thru) to the stage (final performance). Some experience and/or reading ability recommended. How to Catch a Dinosaur | July 12-16 | 9AM–12PM This class draws on the high-energy and creativity of this age group to introduce our youngest thespians to the basic concepts of theatre. Each day students will focus on an element through show and tell, a craft, group story time, and beginning theatre games. The class will culminate in a group retelling of this story. Monster Academy | July 19-23 | 9AM–12PM From “ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggety beasties/ And things that go bump in the night,” KCT’s Monster Academy puts ogres, dragons, werewolves, goblins and other scarers right under the stage lights where they belong! The class uses fun, familiar and inventive characterizations to help students learn to focus and flesh out their imaginations! Students will learn the basics of character acting and how to build mythical and non-human characters. AGES 8 – 10 Introduction to Acting, Ages 8 & 9 | June 14-18 | 8AM-12PM In this class students learn how to create distinctive characters through physical action and place those characters in improv situations that require quick thinking and a great imagination! The class includes skill building games, scenes, and exercises that help students learn to build better characters from the feet up! Introduction to Acting: Life in Narnia, Ages 8 to 10 | July 12-16 | 9AM–12PM This class will focus on scenes and characters from the work of C.S. Lewis with an emphasis on the practical aspects of creating character and story for the stage in a fast-paced production environment. Memorization is required. Introduction to Acting, Wonderful World of Dahl, Ages 8 to 10 | July 26-30 | 8:30AM-12:30PM In this class we’ll explore the exciting world of characters from the works of Roald Dahl. KCT staff members have designed this class to channel the incredible energy of this age group into different characters and theatrical creations. Each class will begin with an introductory concept or skill of the theatre and acting for the stage. Students will practice through group acting games, performance activities, and beginning scene study and character development. This class is designed for students with little to no theatre experience who are interested in exploring the art of acting.

AGES 10 & 11 Intro to Acting, MYTH-I am Hermes! Ages 10 & 11 | June 14-18 | 1PM-4PM One of the great cradles of theatre was ancient Greece-it’s also the birthplace of an epic mythology that continues to capture both the heart and imagination of people everywhere. In this class, actors will work from the graphic novel I am Hermes! Mischief-making Messenger of the Gods to study the magical art of acting and dive into the world of re-creating the characters that instilled awe and wonder in the hearts of the ancients. Intro to Acting | Ages 10 & 11 | June 21-25 | 1PM-4PM Each class will begin with an introductory concept or skill of the theatre and acting for the stage. Students will practice through group acting games, performance activities, and beginning scene study and character development. This class is designed for students with little to no theatre experience who are interested in exploring the art of acting. Intro to Improv Ages 8 & 9 | June 21-25 | 8AM-12PM Ages 10 & 11 | July 12-16 | 1PM-4PM Ages 12 & Up | July 26-30 | 1PM-4PM This is for students with an innate imagination and love of storytelling. It’s known to build confidence, public speaking skills, and quick thinking. The goal of this course is to develop a strong sense of character choices, emotional needs, status within a scene, physicality, and creating the elements of a strong story. The class will focus on a combination of improvised games and scene work and will culminate in an improvised showcase. All you need to bring is your imagination! Introduction to Acting, Into the Wardrobe Ages 10 & 11 | July 26-30 | 1PM–5PM Ages 12 & Up | July 12-16 | 12:45PM-4:45PM In this fantasy-based class, students will learn the basics of character acting and how to build mythical and non-human characters, as they are often called upon to do at KCT. The class will feature exercises, theatre games, an introduction to technical elements, and the opportunity to do scene work from the C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia. AGES 12 & UP Intro to Acting | Ages 12 & Up | June 21-25 | 1PM-4PM This class is designed to develop the confidence and creativity of the actor. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of acting both physical and imaginative, including correct vocal projection, stage movement, character development, and objective based character. The class begins with group exercises and includes opportunities for individual development and partner work as students apply their skills to a script. The class concludes with a brief showcase of scene work. Musical Theatre: Move, Sing, Act! 12 & Up | July 19-23 | 1PM-4:30PM Musical Theatre is the marriage of three distinct performance skills into one powerful theatre moment. In this class students will learn to develop and combine those skill sets through music, movement, and a strong connection to character. Through appropriate selections from the Broadway repertoire, students focus on developing expressive communication and building performance skills through voice and choreography.

TECHNICAL CLASSES AVAILABLE: Costume Design for Animal Characters | June 14-18 | 1PM-4PM Join us as we learn how to turn actors into beasts – real and imaginary- with costumes that stand up to the rigors of active storytelling. Whether students have a specific interest in costuming or simply want to dig deeper into their overall storytelling skills, this class offers something for a variety of students. Advanced Audition – Self Taping and Online Auditions | June 28-30 David Brian Alley will lead this class that focuses on advanced audition preparation. The class will address not only the selection and preparation of audition material but will also include instruction in the specifics of online auditions, and self-taping with a special focus on using phone cameras to successfully capture an audition. The class begins with an online session. Lighting for the Stage | June 28-30 | 9AM-2PM Lighting designer Jordan Vera (Clarence Brown Theatre, North Carolina Stage Company) introduces students to practical lighting design from its very beginnings in script analysis and research to the creation of specific looks for individual scenes. Students will work with both fundamental ideas of lighting while working with the very real work of turning theory, mood, and theme into light. Beyond Tie-Dye | July 7- 9 | 1PM to 4PM Get your design and craft groove on in this intensive experience students explore the world of dye techniques! We’ll consider a variety of skills, things like ice dyeing, simple shibori, rust dyeing, dyeing wool roving (and learning how to use that wool to needle felt).

events KNOXVILLE’S CARIBBEAN JERK FESTIVAL May 30th | 12:00pm-8:00pm WORLDS FAIR PARK 525 HENLEY ST. KNOXVILLE, TN 37902 Come and join us in shaking the COVID-19 blues, enjoying an epic day of wonderful culinary experiences, music that will keep you rocking and of course fun for adults and children alike. There are too many activities to name but here are a few: Be sure and enter the spades tourney, and if you are the ultimate bone collector, we dare you to enter the dominoes tourney.

BIKE BOAT BREW & BARK June 5th KNOXVILLE ADVENTURE COLLECTIVE 900 VOLUNTEER LANDING LANE KNOXVILLE, TN 37902 Bike Boat Brew & Bark celebrates the outdoor adventurer, the dog lover, the craft beer enthusiast, the local and the tourist looking to discover a secret in Knoxville’s urban wilderness. It’s a place where you can ride your bike, bring your dog and explore Knoxville in a new way on this special day! Then live it, experience it, and continue to explore it all year long! We’ll show you how at the Knoxville Adventure Collective on the Tennessee River! Contact us for more info: (865) 523-7263

NATURE NUGGETS: FLOWER FUN May 20th, 10:00am-11:00am Children ages 2-4 and their caregivers have fun with flowers! IJAMS NIGHT HIKE: SUPERMOON May 26th 8:30pm-10:30pm Come explore the night under a Super Moon.

MARKET SQUARE FARMERS’ MARKET Now-November 17th | 10:00am-1:00pm MARKET SQUARE, 18 MARKET SQUARE KNOXVILLE, TN 37902 Everything at the MSFM is grown or made by the vendor in the East Tennessee region. Products vary by the seasons and include produce, eggs, honey, herbs, pasture-raised meat, bread, baked goods, salsas, coffee, artisan crafts, and more.

DOLLYWOOD’S FLOWER & FOOD FESTIVAL Now-June 7th DOLLYWOOD For Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival is the first new festival experience at Dollywood since 2006. Guests will be immersed in the splendor of spring flowers through creative artistic displays, delicious spring food flavors, and Smoky Mountain cuisine selections. ZOO KNOXVILLE: ZOO CAMP June 2-August 4th 3500 KNOXVILLE ZOO DRIVE KNOXVILLE, TN 37914 Summer Zoo Camp Summer fun at the zoo for kids ages 4-13! The new 2021 summer schedule is here!


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EMILY ANN ROBERTS LIVE June 6th | 6:00pm COTTON EYED JOE, 11220 OUTLET DR KNOXVILLE, TN 37932 The JOE is proud to welcome Emily Ann Roberts Live with special guest Marlee Hart! Ticket on sale now! FREE FAMILY FISHING DAY TOURNAMENT June 12th | 10:00am-2:00pm RIVERSIDE PARK, 899 MAIN ST. LOUDON, TN 37774 Enjoy a day with your family on the one day out of the year you don’t need a fishing license. All ages welcome. Register for the tournament at the Riverside Shelter FREE. (Ages 1-100) We will have PRIZES!! SUMMER ON BROADWAY June 25th-26th | 5:00pm 612 E. DEPOT AVE., KNOXVILLE, TN 37917 Join us for Blount County’s premier summer festival. Live music, Dock Dogs, craft and food vendors, BBQ competition, Muscle cars and kids area. Fun for the whole family. Located in Downtown Maryville. FESTIVAL ON THE FOURTH July 4th | 5:00pm WORLDS FAIR PARK 525 HENLEY ST. KNOXVILLE, TN 37902 Traditional 4th celebration with food, all types of bands with live entertainment, the Knoxville Symphony and fireworks cap off in the evening. Parking is available in lots around the World’s Fair Park. Events information is accurate as of press time. Due to the pandemic, there may be changes or cancellations outside of our control. Please check with each events’ website for more information. To submit an event for future publications, contact us at

IJAMS NIGHT HIKE June 4th 10:00pm Join an Ijams naturalist as we use our senses to explore the night at Ijams. IJAMS HIKING CLUB June 5th | July 3rd, 8:30am-12:30pm Hiking Club meets the first Saturday of each month, and club membership is required to join the hikes. Contact for more information. SPECIAL EVENT: EAST TENNESSEE BLUEGRASS ASSOCIATION MONTHLY JAM June 20th 3:00pm-6:00pm Jam out with the East Tennessee Bluegrass Association every third Sunday from 3-6 pm, through October, at Ijams’ Mead’s Quarry! SHAKESPEARE OFF THE SQUARE July 8th-August 8th 7:30pm-10:00pm Love triangles, practical jokes, and mistaken identities run rampant in Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, Twelfth Night & Betrayal and romance swirl in the storm that is Shakespeare’s The Tempest! Check our schedule to see what’s happening each day. TN NATURALIST - ARTHROPODS (ADULT PROGRAM) July 19th 9:00am-1:00pm The Ijams TN Naturalist program is a year-long subscription and registration is full for 2021. Contact for information

FOR MORE INFO & EVENTS VISIT: Ijams Nature Center 2915 Island Home Ave. Knoxville, TN 37920




SOUTH KNOX FUN RUN EVERY MONDAY 6:30pm-8:30pm ALLIANCE BREWING CO 1130 SEVIER AVE. KNOXVILLE, TN 37920 Bring a friend or come make new ones at this Monday night fun run at Alliance Brewing Co. in South Knoxville. We meet every Monday at 6:30pm! Come back and enjoy $1 off beers. Keep updated online at

SOAKY MOUNTAIN WATERPARK OPENS May 15th SOAKY MOUNTAIN WATERPARK 175 GISTS CREEK RD, SEVIERVILLE, TN 37876 Who’s ready for season two at Soaky Mountain Waterpark? Our neighbors across the street are getting ready for the upcoming season and will be opening May 15th. Check out their new website to purchase tickets:

2021 TENNESSEE MOTORCYCLES AND MUSIC REVIVAL May 20th - 23th 10:00am-6:00pm LORETTA LYNN’S RANCH 8000 HWY 13 HURRICANE MILLS, TN 37078 The four day event will feature live music, hand crafted custom bikes, demo rides, stunt show, bike shows, racing, revival rides, camping, vendors, specialty food trucks, and more.

NEXT LEVEL GROUP RUN EVERY WEDNESDAY 6:00pm-7:30pm NEXT LEVEL BREWING 700 N. BROADWAY KNOXVILLE, TN 37917 Wednesday night run: 2, 3, 5 & 7 mile routes for walkers and runners of all paces, rain or shine. Afterwards enjoy $1 off brews at Next Level Brewing. Join the Facebook Group page for updates.

KOWS WEEKLY SWIM EVERY THURSDAY 6:00pm-7:30pm SUTTREE LANDING PARK 901 LANGFORD AVE KNOXVILLE, TN 37920 Join Knoxville Open Water Swimmers every Thursday evening from April – October for an hour long swim. Swim is an upstream 30-45 minutes then return to the dock. Water temps in April- mid 50s and typically increase 2° a week until mid 70s in late September. Wetsuits are allowed. Must be able to swim at least 2000m in open water and be comfortable with river conditions. Free. Meets at Suttree Landing Park but check Facebook for any location changes. Swimmers must be covered under USMS membership to join KOWS swims. NO EXCEPTIONS. Join or Renew online.

YOGI HIKING DAY LAST SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH 11:00am-2:00pm WINDHORSE YOGA 106A SCOTT STREET TELLICO PLAINS, TN 37385 After the 10:00am class on the last Saturday of every month, join us for a hike on one of our many regional trails. Bring your own lunch/snacks or grab something at Tellico Grains Bakery before heading out. Hikes will be mostly moderate. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, appropriate clothing, and bring plenty of water. We’ll leave from the yoga studio around 11:30am and car pool as much as possible. This is a free event, although donations are always welcome. Pre-registration is not required. WOMEN’S SMOKY MOUNTAIN HIKING & GLAMPING July 8th - July 11th GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK EVENT BY EXPLORER CHICK ADVENTURE CO. It’s a wonderfully wild weekend with a small group of women hiking the Appalachian Trail and exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Of course, what’s a trip to Tennessee without whiskey? You’ll spend a few hours on an exclusive, private tour with our local guide visiting distilleries on the Tennessee Whiskey Trail. Each night, put your feet up in total Pinterest-worthy digs at our adorable glamping site minutes from Gatlinburg. Over the course of the long weekend, you’ll quickly grow close with your posse of Explorer Chicks as you hike the trails and share memories of summits. Join us on our 4 Day, small-group women’s weekend hiking trip to experience it yourself!

FLOAT DOWN LITTLE RIVER OPEN NOW SMOKEY MOUNTAIN RIVER RAT TUBING WWW.SMOKYMTNRIVERRAT.COM If you don’t mind making a drive, head about 45 minutes south and check out Smokey Mountain River Rat Tubing in Townsend. River Rat rents their yellow inner tubes to anyone over 2-yearsold. A float down the river is a great way to relax and enjoy the Tennessee sunshine without overheating. Prices at River Rat are reasonable, and if you book online or come with a large group of people you’ll get a discount! You’re more than welcome to pack a cooler with a bag lunch…but if you want to pack light, bring cash for their outdoors café, Toobers. The BBQ nachos and slushies are favorites here. NAUTICAL BOAT CLUB OPEN NOW 10903 S NORTHSHORE DR., KNOXVILLE, TN 37922 If you want to enjoy the lake life to the fullest, your membership includes free access to wake boards, tubes, knee boards, even kayaks and more! Make this Summer one to remember with a membership to this Premier Boat Club.

IRREVERENT WARRIORS SILKIES HIKE May 22nd 7:00am-5:00pm SUTTREE LANDING PARK 1001 WATERFRONT DR SE, KNOXVILLE, TN 37920 Approximately a 10 mile hike throughout the downtown area of Knoxville to promote suicide prevention with active duty military and veterans. Participants use sidewalks and abide by local traffic laws in regards to crosswalks. PANTHER CREEK PROWL June 3rd 6:00pm-7:00pm - Register Online PANTHER CREEK STATE PARK 2010 PANTHER CREEK PARK ROAD MORRISTOWN, TN 37814 This mountain bikers event winds through the State Park, participants will encounter plenty of rocks, roots, and climbing to test their grit. The Wildcat Mountain Bike Race will take participants through the landscape and rugged hills of East Tennessee while exploring one of our favorite parks. MOVIES IN THE PARK June - September 8:00pm-10:00pm LENOIR CITY PARKS AND RECREATION 6707 CITY PARK DR. LENOIR CITY, TN 37772 Our Movies in the Park series offers a free, outdoor movie night each month. This season’s movie themes include family, children and comedies. Pack some snacks, grab a blanket or chair, and come watch a movie with us! All movie ratings are posted with the title. Movies begin at dusk. 2021 KNOXVILLE BREWFEST June 22nd 4:00pm-8:00pm WORLD’S FAIR PARK 525 HENLEY ST, KNOXVILLE, TN 37902 Brewfest will be returning to the iconic World’s Fair Park where there is lots of space for seating and a lovely ambiance, placed near the Sunsphere and Tennessee Amphitheatre. Stroll by the water taking in the warm breeze, and take your pick from 300 carefully selected beers that are top of the line when it comes to distinctive flavor profiles, colors, and styles.

Jake Shimabukuro “The Jimi Hendrix of the Ukulele”

“I just wanted to play the ukulele my way,

which turns out to be very different from what everybody else has done,” says Shimabukuro, who started playing the instrument at the age of four and learned the basics from his mother, Carol. “Most people just strummed the ukulele, but I started playing melodies, and a new world opened up – I was singing through the ukulele.” As soon as music fans got a listen to Shimabukuro’s virtuosic approach to the ukulele, they were hooked. Albums such as Gently Weeps, Peace Love Ukulele and Grand Ukulele topped the Billboard World Music Charts, and as a live performer he became one of the hottest tickets around, headlining the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center and the Sydney Opera House (he even performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II) while making frequent appearances on media outlets like The Today Show, Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Late Night with


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Conan O’Brien. In 2016, Shimabukuro recorded the all-original Nashville Sessions at Music City’s famed Ronnie’s Place studio with producer R.S. Field (Steve Earle, Webb Wilder) and the ace rhythm section of bassist Nolan Verner and drummer Evan Hutchings. And now he’s returned to the same city and studio – and with the same gang, too (augmented by guitarist Dave Preston) – for his newest record, The Greatest Day, which will be released on August 31, 2018.

material from The Greatest Day live, and he’ll soon work more songs into his set. In mid-July, he embarks on an extensive tour of the U.S. and a fall tour of Japan. “I’m really excited to play the new songs in my shows,” he says. “Making this record was one of the highlights I’ve had in the studio. I couldn’t be happier with the sounds and arrangements. But most of all, we had a ton of fun making it.”

“On the last record, it was pretty much the sound of a live trio, which sounded fresh, raw and organic,” says Shimabukuro. “Now we’ve expanded to a quartet, which has added more colors and variety to the overall production. Once we recorded the live takes, we experimented with overdubs, and added horns, strings and keys, and other funky sounds. There are even some vocals on a few cuts.” The 12 studio tracks that comprise The Greatest Day feature some of Shimabukuro’s most imaginative and adventuresome playing yet. Half of the album is devoted to originals, on which the instrumentalist reaches new heights of compositional distinction. And on the covers, Shimabukuro’s prodigious skills allow him to transcend his material – no mean feat considering some of the classics and standards he’s tackling. Shimabukuro has already been performing some of the


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Finally we get to enjoy the sounds of live music once again! Here are some up and coming bands playing for your enjoyment in Knoxville and the surrounding area. Be sure to check the venues for attendance etiquette.

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