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pronounce the words before being called on in class. School I could mostly prepare for, however it was at church where I would have terrible anxiety. I would not volunteer to read scripture aloud and was scared to death when asked. I would try to politely decline, at least until someone started and I could look up the next verse.

Like many of you I had heard the word, but wasn’t completely sure what it meant. So lets start with the definition::

After being asked by my professor, I took a test and found out I was indeed dyslexic. The form of my dyslexia is called Surface Dyslexia, which is sometimes referred to as visual dyslexia because individuals with this condition have difficulty recognizing words by sight. It’s important to keep in mind, though, that dyslexia doesn’t usually involve a problem with vision or eyesight — it’s caused by a difference in the way a person’s brain recognizes letters, numbers, and words. It’s important to note that dyslexia can mimic problems with vision. Which is the reason I was not diagnosed in high school. I was told I had vision problems even after an eye test, because I would mix the letters. Lucky I would not ware the proscribed glasses which would have alter my vision.

Dyslexia is a condition that affects as many as 15 percent to 20 percent of the population, according to the International Dyslexia Association. (1) It’s a language-based learning disability that involves many different symptoms. While it can’t be cured, it can certainly be treated, and the type of treatment an individual receives depends on the kind of dyslexia they’re experiencing. That didn’t help me much either. I knew from my own experience it was a learning disability, what I didn’t know is there are different types of dyslexia. It was my senior year in college when I was asked by one of my vocal coaches if I was dyslexic. I told him I had no idea, but it sure would explain a lot. While I didn’t have trouble with numbers and was actually very proficient in math reading and spelling were always a struggle. I would spell word phonetically which would have been fine if there was “spell check” while I was attending school. Instead I had to memorize everything. I would read passages over and over to make sure I could

So why all this on dyslexia? It is still one of the most undiagnosed disabilities and now has the month of October dedicated to bring awareness. Hence the reason for the fall issue having the 2 Easter eggs. So if you have always had difficulty reading or mixing letters or words, or if you have children with this issue. Please don’t wait to be tested. The earlier you are diagnosed the quicker you can be treated.


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I N S T A N T LY F E E L B E T T E R 2019 is here, the resolutions are flowing, and we’re all ready to make this year our best, right?! Well I’m pretty excited about it, too, but sometimes you just need some instant gratification to keep ya going! So today’s post is 5 things you can start doing today to instantly feel better in 2019! If you’re consistent with these, I promise you’ll be feeling better in no time and ready to tackle those to-do lists and dreams! From the right probiotics to getting a little exercise in each day, little things can add up to BIG success! 5 EASY WAYS TO FEEL BETTER IN 2019 *Taking my Renew Life® Ultimate Flora™ Extra Care Probiotic 30 Billion each day – I’ve felt better, more energized, and lighter after taking the Renew Life Extra Care probiotic. It helps to restore digestive balance and supports immune health. Both of which are so important to me in my journey to a healthier lifestyle! These have 30 billion live probiotic cultures and are free of gluten, dairy and soy. These are great because they can also be picked up at Walmart or ordered online at Walmart. com and very easily fit into your everyday routine. *Drinking half your body weight in ounces of water each day – While I’m not the best at doing it every day, I do notice a HUGE difference when I make my water consumption a priority! When I get busy and on the go, a lot of times I’ll forget to drink anything. When I pack my water bottle to drink and fill up throughout the day, I’m way more productive and definitely feel my best! *Packing snacks – Speaking of packing my water bottle, I also know that the hanger is real. Since I’m on the go a lot, a lot of times I end up going wayyy too long without eating. It’s important to keep some snacks on me to keep my energy up so I can keep gettin’ it done *Getting in at least 30 minutes of exercise in each day – I majorly fell off the exercise wagon through the holidays, but I know that when I start my mornings with a little “me time” exercise—even if that’s 30 minutes of stretching and yoga—I instantly feel more productive and ready to take on the day than when I just get up and get out the door! It doesn’t have to be in the morning, if the morning isn’t the best time for you, but the mornings work best for me! *Taking time to do at least one little thing that makes you happy each day – I try to make sure I’m not just doing things for other people and work all day, every day. I try to make sure that I intentionally take time to do one thing that makes me happy each day. Somedays that’s just stopping for a coffee, sometimes that’s a little retail therapy, other times it’s just taking time to read, watch a show or catch up on my favorite blogs for 20 minutes. It changes each day but if I’m intentional in doing one thing for me, it instantly lifts my mood!

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Post Extraction – Try a CBD-infused toner or serum post-extraction to provide toning, antibacterial properties.

This makes everything just right – CBD can be a real power-house ingredient. It is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and acts as an antibacterial, antitumoral and antimicrobial. Studies have shown it to regulate sebum production and melanogenesis while simultaneously regulating cell proliferation and differentiation. Currently, there are no known contraindications in using CBD-infused skin care. By adding CBD into your regimen, you will notice an emerging complexion that is clear, even and youthful.

Massage – Facial massage may seem like an obvious place to add CBD-infused products, but the analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects CBD provides will only work to enhance massage efficiency, thus increasing the experience.

Here is an example of a complete CBD facial: Cleanse – A cleanser infused with CBD excites the ECS and prepares it to receive messages from following product applications. Use an ultrasonic spatula to remove cleanser to get a head start in the following exfoliation process. Exfoliator – Whether mechanical or enzymatic, using a CBD-infused exfoliator provides an even removal of skin cells, while providing an antiinflammatory property ensuring the skin stays calm and uncompromised.

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In 2018, we saw the resurgence of boxing, an explosion of high-intensity interval training (otherwise known as HIIT) gyms popping up around neighborhoods and advanced wearable technology hitting the market. As the year was ending, we turned our attention to 2019 and look forward to new workout trends.

TREND#1 30-MINUTE WORKOUTS

For those short on time, 2019 will work in your favor. Following the path of the popular cycling and HIIT gyms offering compact 50–60-minute classes, you should expect abbreviated versions of these to breeze into strip malls. “I think the days of 1-hour workout classes are dwindling, and short 30-minute sessions, classes and programs will definitely continue to grow as people learn you can get a lot done if you do it the right way, with a lot of intensity and short breaks,” says Ashley Pitt, NASM certified personal trainer.

TREND #2 STREAMING CARDIO

“With new fitness streaming options coming to market each week and each offering 15–30-day free trials, I predict that people will experiment with a multitude of streaming fitness services before they find the right match,” concurs Frank Benedetto, DPT and board certified in sports and orthopedics. He expects fitness enthusiasts to perform long-time testing and potentially have one cheap, local brick-and-mortar gym membership.

TREND #3 NINJA WARRIOR GYMS

With the colossal success of the television show “American Ninja Warrior,” look for more local gyms to open following the same format.Ninja Warrior gyms feature an array of physical challenges including the famous warped wall, a vertical ramp that you have to run up and scale to the top.

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TREND #4 MULTIFUNCTION EQUIPMENT

Rather than run on a treadmill and then lift weights, look for machines to come to market “offering people the chance to do resistance and cardio work using one contraption,” says Pitt. This saves time, space and money.

TREND #5 MOBILE-FRIENDLY FITNESS STUDIOS AND PERSONAL TRAINERS

It would behoove anyone working in the fitness industry, whether you are a personal trainer or boutique studio, to have an app. “I see studios that offer an app to book spots, make payments and cancel classes do really well,” says Alysa Boan, NASM certified personal trainer at FitnessTrainer.com and RealFitnessMaven.

TREND 6 MEN IN BARRE

“Barre will start trending for all ages, genders and fitness levels,” says Monica LamFeist, ACE certified personal trainer and fitness lead at AlgaeCal. Although popular for a number of years, Lam-Feist foresees barre becoming a less-exclusive workout as people discover its benefits in helping gain flexibility.

TREND #7 MINDFULNESS APPS

“Although this has been up and coming for a while now, the idea of being mindful is ever-prevalent in our never-stopping lives,” says Caleb Backe, certified personal trainer and health and wellness expert for Maple Holistics. You should anticipate mindfulness and meditation to remain a hot topic and new, quality apps to download that promote this idea of slowing down and living in the present. These seven trends are only the beginning. What are you most looking forward to seeing? shop | style | fit | active | home | travel | outdoors | drive | eat | art | events


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opt for the latter so bills and bank statements don’t pile up on your desk or throughout your home office. If you still want to keep important bills and bank statements, download them to your computer and keep them in a designated folder on your desktop. • Adopt an “out with the old, in with the new” mantra. Resolve to discard old items after purchasing new ones or receiving birthday or holiday gifts. Hanging on to old items because they can still function and serve some utility is a recipe for a cluttered home. Anytime you or a family member brings a new item into your home, make sure the item it’s replacing finds its way out the door. Clearing clutter is a goal for many people at the dawn of a new year. As intimidating as clutter can seem, discarding it is easier than it may appear.


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istening to Erick share his struggles and his personal accomplishments, just reiterates that we all share and aspire to more meaningful relationships and if we are intentional, we can achieve them ourselves. “The biggest struggle we all have is that battle for balance. It’s daily work to maintain balance & health in your relationships. Not just with the Entertainment industry, but even those men and women who travel for their job, those overseas defending our country and are gone a year at a time. So it’s something most of us are going through- still today, the hardest thing is pulling out of the driveway.” “It’s so perfect that it’s January [for this article], because the theme of the record; beginning of a new day, a new dawn, new opportunity, to make the most of the day. Time is always a theme that runs through my music. The title track of the album is kind of the foundation of the whole record- it’s called “Morning Light” and it goes:

So lets light the night on fire Burn it to the ground Lets love tonight Like we’ll never see morning light


It’s about making the most of right now. I feel like that’s what we’re all striving to do, I mean that idea is nothing new, but even just with my personal situations and my last record, basically saying Hey! I need to change, I need to change right now! Then with Mandy leaving her position as a NICU nurse [to be apart of the band], it’s a new dawn for her- but we can’t wait till tomorrow. She’s learning something new- plus being an introvert and being around strangers a lot, it’s been a season of growth for sure, self discovery, self reflection, maturity... some what, and reconnection. Reconnection has been a big thing; as a family, with our friends, our church, so going into 2019 as a family, we’re the best we’ve ever been. When the morning comes hopefully we can look back on yesterday and know we didn’t waste it. It’s about being present with intention. You have to be intentional with your time, even something as fundamental as your breath. I did yoga this morning, it’s all about being intentional, that’s the thing that brings you in to the moment.”

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ooking ahead to the Knoxville show, I am exciting to see what Erick has in store. If you haven’t seen his live video of the song “My Two Left Feet”, go check it out! It’s an incredible collaboration I was hoping to catch in person at this show, unfortunately there won’t be a repeat, but he has assured me I will be pleasantly surprised. Tickets are still available! “With the Bijou shows, I always try to do something new, unique. Each time is a different experience. This show will be a celebration. I’ll be celebrating the last 10 years of making music, well ten years since I released my first record. It will be new music and favorites and a few special guest appearance to forward to.”

Keep up with Erick Baker’s music, his family adventures and more on Facebook, Instagram or his website:

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If you can’t get enough of Erick, don’t forget to check out his new season on Tennessee Valley Uncharted, premiering on PBS. “[My experience] with Tennessee Valley Uncharted, this new season, number 5, some of the highlights for me, was one going up to Boling Green, NC to the National Corvette Museum where I got to drive a Corvette on the racetrack, getting it up to 118mph almost 120mph! We also went to Linville Gorge, NC to do a version of slack lining, called high lining, where they use drones to fly the line between 2 points. [And the pros couldn’t believe he tried it himself!] We also got to go to the Mississippi Delta, which as a musician, for me, when you trace the roots of music, all roads lead to the Mississippi Delta. So it was so much fun experiencing that Juke Joint, Blues, history. I originally grew up in Memphis, TN, so blues is a big part of me. I’ve never had voice lessons, so I basically learned from feeling it. The passion, that to me, that’s what makes a great singer. It’s not about hitting the notes, I mean you definitely want to hit the notes and everything but it’s that I don’t want to just hear you, I want to feel you. So what I lack in technical ability, emotion is definitely the driving force of all my music. It’s really cool how the TV show parallels being in a band so closely but then in terms of the experience and everything we’re doing [in the show], it just parallels my life so perfectly well.”


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Tennessee Valley Uncharted, the television show, highlights unique locations, techniques and traditions across the seven state region known as the Tennessee Valley. Watch as hosts Erick Baker and Aerial Nicole lead the way through breathtaking beauty, deep-rooted culture and heart-pounding adventure, mined from the outdoors of the Tennessee Valley. Season Five kicks off in a few weeks and you can travel with Erick, Aerial and the Uncharted crew as they capture firsthand experiences. Along the way, you’ll meet fascinating folks, encounter wildlife, and explore the region’s many waterways. Follow them on Instagram and Facebook to find out where they go to next! #tnvalleyuncharted Tennessee Valley Uncharted is produced by Designsensory and PopFizz and can be seen on the Tennessee Valley Uncharted YouTube channel and weekly on PBS stations across the Tennessee Valley.

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ERICK BAKER After touring in the name of music for years, Tennessee is calling him back where he belongs. He’s getting the opportunity to rediscover how great his home state is, one adventure at a time. With roots in West Tennessee and a home in East Tennessee, Erick believes our lives are full of uncharted places, and this show is about getting out and exploring those places because you never know where they may lead you. There is always something new to be learned or gained, and every day he uncovers a little more about himself.

AERIAL NICOLE Active and athletic, Aerial is now ready to try her hand at adventure. She has called the Midwest home for most of her life but over the last couple years, the Southeast has left its mark. She is excited to explore the Tennessee Valley, embark on new adventures and take you on this journey with her. She believes that being adventurous keeps life riveting. Aerial joined longtime host Erick Baker in season 4 as Tennessee Valley Uncharted pushes to discover what’s just beyond the borders of the state of Tennessee.


New King on the Mountain EPICENTER: WHY KNOXVILLE IS THE SOUTH’S NEW MTB KING In a state better known for the Grand Ole Opry and Graceland, Knoxville’s riding is becoming a hit too. Located just west of the spine of the Appalachian Mountains, Knoxville is blessed with never ending ridges and valleys–AKA really good geography for trails. Thanks to the blood, sweat, and tears of some exceedingly motivated mountain bikers, this East Tennessee city of 200,000 is laced with some seriously epic riding. At its core is the Urban Wilderness, a 60mile network of trails that interconnects a number parks and green spaces on the city’s south side. The town firmly planted its flag on the “best places to mountain bike” map this past spring with the opening of the Devil’s Racetrack, a high-flying, big-hit gravity trail that rivals anything in the U.S. While the trail is certainly noteworthy, it’s just the latest awesome thing Knoxville has done on its path to becoming one of the premier mountain bike destinations east of the Mississippi. Perhaps one of the best ways to experience all the goodness Knoxville has to offer is to attend during the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club’s legendary and ridiculously fun Fall Fest. To put things in perspective, the event’s organizers are liable to roll up in a stretch limo that’s capable of carrying as many mountain bikes as humans. Get the idea? If you haven’t started making plans for a visit, you probably will when you factor in Knoxville’s mild climate, good eats, and southern hospitality to boot.

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WHERE TO EAT When you roll back into town after a solid day of riding, find an outside table at Balter Beerworks and sit down for a meal of street tacos, sliders and $4 craft beers (the special price for those who pedal there). What’s more? Balter’s caters to local cyclists and are strong supporters of the outdoor recreation scene. Their Legacy Parks “Beer of the Week” helps support the trails all around Knoxville. Post-ride on the south side? Trailhead Beer Market is the perfect option near the near the Urban Wilderness trails. This unique taproom features Alliance Brewery on draught and a plethora of other beers for sale in the market. If you happen to be there on Thursday night, you’ll have a chance to play trivia with the local trail nerds from AMBC. Not only are they really good at building and maintaining trails, they’re the reigning weekly trivia champions. WHERE TO BUY SPARE PARTS Knoxville has a handful of great bike shops and you can’t go wrong with any of them. Tennessee Valley Bicycles, a full-service shop on Magnolia Avenue, is a convenient place to launch a ride to the Sharp’s Ridge trails. Even more convenient is the neighborhood watering hole located right next door for post-ride recovery.

If you liked the idea behind Balter Beerworks’ Legacy Parks Beer of the Month, you’ll feel good about stopping by REI Knoxville, too. A major AMBC supporting partner, this shop has funded and helped organize some crucial trail projects in the region, including a $10,000 grant for a pedestrian overpass that forms a key link between the Urban Wilderness South Loop and Baker Creek Preserve. And–thank the organic produce gods–there’s a Whole Foods Market right next door! REST DAY Assuming you visit in the warm months, Knoxville’s climate is definitely on the lush side. In fact, it’s a little jungle-like in places. For an exciting rest day activity, find your way to the Ijams Nature Center for a canopy tour with Navitat. Satisfy both your inner science nerd and thrill-seeker personality as you zip-line through the treetops. They’ve got lights and are open late, in case you want to play into the night. GUEST AUTHOR LESLIE KEHMEIER Leslie Kehmeier is a Colorado-based outdoor adventure photographer and mountain bike nerd.

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5 GREAT RIDES

DEVIL’S RACETRACK Thanks to the votes of mountain bikers from around the country, Knoxville won 2015’s $100,000 Bell-Built Grant which funded this regionally ground-breaking project. Built by IMBA Trail Solutions, Devil’s Racetrack opened in May of 2016 as part of the Baker Creek Preserve, Knoxville’s newest network of trails. Don’t let the short distance fool you–this 0.6-mile gravity trail starts with a 40-foot-long by 10-foot-tall wall ride and never lets up. Choose your own adventure to the bottom: a succession of high-flying jumps or the world’s longest rock garden. Photo: Pro trail builder Tyson Swasey “flow checking” one of the big doubles on Devil’s Racetrack | Photo: Leslie Kehmeier

SHARP’S RIDGE Due to its unique topography, Sharp’s Ridge drains really well, making it a great option if it has rained recently. The eight miles of trail here are cut into the super steep side slope, which makes for some technically challenging climbs and descents. Link up Sharp Shin Trail’s narrow, challenging singletrack with a blast down Knight Fall’s jump line for a good taste of what Sharp’s has to offer.

URBAN WILDERNESS | SOUTH LOOP “The Urban Wilderness is a trail network nestled right into south Knoxville,” shares Bell Joyride Ambassador and long-time local Missy Petty. “The mountain biking community there–my family–has grown into an amazing and energetic group of people, and it’s all about hard work, good fun, and, at the end of the day, a great place to ride and live.”

BIG SOUTH FORK For a solid backcountry experience, check out the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area just 90 minutes north of downtown Knoxville. There are an advertised 100 miles of bikeable trails and roads in the park but you’ll probably want to stick to one of the featured rides unless you’re looking for a gravel grind or some bikepacking seclusion.

If you’ve never ridden in Knoxville, take Missy’s word for it and start here. This loop only scratches the surface–hitting just 12 of the over 30 miles of singletrack available–but there’s plenty of opportunity to ramp up the mileage. After you’ve sampled your fair share of blazing fast singletrack and rugged rock gardens, you’ll be happy to know that you’re never more than a few miles from downtown and its bounty of food and drink options. Photo: Randy Conner

The 33-mile IMBA Epic Ride combines two of the park’s three best rides: Grand Gap and Collier Ridge. If you only have one day to ride, this loop is well worth the effort. You’ll get the chance to revel over the park’s namesake river on the Grand Gap Loop and sample some of its fastest flowing singletrack on Collier Ridge Trail. Photo: Stunning vistas on the Grand Gap Loop | Photo: Leslie Kehmeier

CONCORD PARK While it’s not the reason you’d come to Knoxville for mountain biking, Concord Park is a local’s favorite. It’s definitely worth checking out as a second ride of the day or a shorter option if time is a constraint. There are some built wooden features, a couple log rides and fun berms to rail along the way. Photo: Wes Soward

CHECK OUT MORE GREAT ARTICLES AND ADVENTURES AT WWW.REI.COM/BLOG To get started on your next adventure, grab the tools you need at 6700 Papermill Dr NW, Knoxville, TN 37919. The REI store is a premier outdoor gear and sporting goods store serving outdoor enthusiasts in Knoxville. don’t forget to check out their upcoming classes and events online! WWW.REI.COM/EVENTS


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Morning Light OPEN-FACE EGG SANDWICHES WITH BACON, AVOCADO, & SRIRACHA AIOLI FOR THE AIOLI: 2 egg yolks, at room temperature 1 garlic clove, finely grated 1 cup canola oil, cold Juice of half a lemon 2 teaspoons Sriracha sauce (or more to taste) Salt and pepper, to taste

FOR THE SANDWICHES 2 thick slices of multigrain or sourdough bread (or your bread of choice) 4 slices of crisped bacon 1 avocado, sliced and tossed with a little lemon or lime juice 1 cup baby arugula 2 eggs, cooked to your liking Salt and pepper, to taste

FOR THE AIOLI: Place the egg yolks, grated garlic, and a splash of water in the bowl of a food processor. Turn on the machine and while its running, slowly stream in the cold canola oil. Run the machine until the mixture thickens and emulsifies. It should look like a slightly loose mayo. Add the lemon juice, Sriracha, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Run the machine again to incorporate and then transfer to an airtight container. Serve immediately or keep sealed in the fridge for up to a week.

FOR THE SANDWICHES: Toast the bread and slather with the Sriracha aioli while the bread is still warm. Top each slice of bread with two slices of bacon, followed by a handful of baby arugula and the sliced avocado. Top everything with the egg and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

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are often served as side dishes, many people tend to eat them only after they’ve eaten their main courses. That can contribute to overeating. Fiber fills you up, so by eating the high-fiber portions of your meal first, you’re less likely to overeat before your brain receives the signals that your stomach is full. Consider eating vegetables as an appetizer or, if the entire meal is served at once, clear your plate of vegetables before diving into the main course or other side dishes. • Drink water. Perhaps the best, and least expensive, way to control appetite and ensure you don’t overeat is to drink more water. A 2010 study funded by the Institute for Public Health and Water Research that included 48 adults between the ages of 55 and 75 found that people who drank two eight-ounce glasses of water right before a meal consumed 75 to 90 fewer calories during the ensuing meal than study participants who did not consume water prior to their meals. Over the course of 12 weeks, participants who drank water before meals three times per day lost roughly five pounds more than those who did not increase their water intake.

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Call for Artists for the 48th Annual Spring Tennessee Craft Fair Local and regional craft artisans are invited to submit their artwork for the 48th Annual Spring Tennessee Craft Fair in Nashville, TN, by February 15, 2019. This juried show presents around 200 of the region’s finest craft artists on the lawn in Centennial Park May 3, 4, and 5, 2019. The Tennessee Craft Spring Fair is open to artists 18 years of age or older who are Tennessee residents, residents from neighboring states (no guild affiliation required!), as well as artists studying at Tennessee institutions. Contiguous states include Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, and Virginia. Also, any exhibitor who participated in the 2018 Spring Tennessee Craft Fair who moves out of Tennessee or its contiguous region may exhibit for this one year only following the screening procedure. Tennessee Craft Fairs are the premier outdoor events for artists to showcase and sell their work by connecting to the community and demonstrating their craft knowledge. One of two signature fairs, held each spring and fall, the Tennessee Craft Spring Fair is the largest craft fair of its caliber in the region, serving approximately 45,000 visitors in Nashville’s high-traffic midtown park.

Through the fairs and a robust calendar of year-round programs, Tennessee Craft continues to inspire future generations of craft artists and collectors. The 48th Annual Spring Tennessee Craft Fair offers cash awards including Best of Show ($1000). Awards support Tennessee Craft’s mission of encouraging artists in their work, developing their craft and elevating their career. For more information, please visit: tennesseecraft.org The Tennessee Craft Fair offers many benefits to participants, including convenient load-in and out directly behind their booth (weather permitting), complimentary breakfast and parking, and 24-hour security, along with professional advertising and promotion. Additionally, each year brings a new panel of jurors. Apply By February 15th: http://bit.ly/2019SpringFair

We work to continue and create Tennessee’s Fine Craft Tradition by connecting emerging and experienced Makers and the Public with resources and opportunities to make their mark on Our State’s Handmade Legacy.

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Many Visions, Many Versions: February 1, 2019–May 19, 2019 Many Visions, Many Versions showcases works from four major indigenous artistic traditions in India: the Gond and Warli communities of central India, the Mithila region of Bihar, and the narrative scroll painters of West Bengal. The exhibition features 47 exceptional paintings and drawings, selected from private collections in the United States and Europe, by 24 significant indigenous artists including Jangarh Singh Shyam, Jivya Soma Mashe, Sita Devi, and Swarna Chitrakar.

Alive After Five

The Streamliners Swing Orchestra This swingin’ big band plays the classics of Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, and Peggy Lee, with a little Louis Jordan and Louis Prima mixed in for extra fun! Friday 1/18 6-8:30p Wallace Coleman Band (Soul-Blues) Friday 1/25 6-8:30p The Fine Colombians: A Steely Dan Tribute (Blend of jazz, traditional pop, and R&B with cryptic and ironic lyrics) Friday 2/1 6-8:30p Cheryl Renée & Wendel Werner Band (Blues & Soul) Friday 2/15 6-8:30p Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling (Blues) Friday 3/8 6-8:30p Kelle Jolly & The Women in Jazz Jam Festival (Jazz) Friday 3/15 6-8:30p

Encouraging people to venture out and enjoy great art and great company throughout all of Knoxville DOWNTOWN KNOX FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK First Friday Each Month 5-ish-til ‘late The Emporium Center (Always Free Admission) First Friday Each Month 5pm to 9pm The Art Market Gallery (Always Free Admission) First Friday Each Month 11am to 6pm WDVX and Visit Knoxville present First Friday Live (Free Admission) 7pm or listen live @ wdvx.com The UT Downtown Gallery (Free Admission) Many of our invited artists visit Knoxville and conduct lectures, talks and workshops that coincide with their downtown exhibit. First Friday Each Month 5pm to 9pm Dogwood Arts First Friday Dogwood Art’s First Friday events and exhibitions highlight our 15 unique programs and support the creativity of local and regional artists. 123 W. Jackson Ave in Knoxville’s Old City. The Historic Old City Kick off every First Friday in Knoxville’s Historic Old City! The Old City hosts free live concerts on the First Friday of every month (March – October) from 6-8pm.


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Written in the wake of a brain operation that nearly cost him his life, Andrew Leahey’s sophomore LP, Airwaves, is as carpe diem as they come, an urgent sonic love letter channeling the 1980s FM-radio anthems he cut his teeth on as a kid. In addition to being an acclaimed solo artist featured at Rolling Stone, Billboard and American Songwriter, the Nashville-based Leahey is also a sought-after guitarist who regularly tours with Elizabeth Cook, and has backed Rodney Crowell, Drew Holcomb, Will Hoge and more.

Fresh off her performance at Bijou Theatre, Awardwinning musician Jenn Grinels is bringing her dynamic songwriting and powerhouse vocals to Open Chord. The Nashville based singer/ songwriter has spent the last ten years playing nearly 1500 concerts all over the world headlining shows from Denver to Dublin and everywhere in between, as well as supporting artists like Marc Broussard, Edwin McCain and the 10,000 Maniacs, even prompting San Francisco Examiner reviewer Kenneth Fish to write, “Grinels steals the show. She is a rock and roll temptress conjuring musical spells that no one could resist.

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SWITCHFOOT with Colony House, Tyson Motsenbocker Mill & Mine Switchfoot live is a completely immersive 1990s-and-onward Christian music concert experience. Lights, action, fog, heavy music, and uplifting banter are all hallmarks of a Switchfoot concert. Jon Foreman pushes his vocals into a smoky territory as he moves through the set list and the other members keep an inspired tempo and Tim aids with vocals. Progressing from the hard and heavy to the longing, Switchfoot maintains their intensity and prance around the stage full of energy for their fans.

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2019 BASSMASTER CLASSIC Join us for the ultimate fishing competition and fan experience! This prestigious championship bass tournament which is widely known as the “Super Bowl of Bass Fishing” will be held March 15-17 in downtown Knoxville and on the University of Tennessee Campus. Watch as boats take off from Volunteer Landing on the Tennessee River. Cheer on your favorites at the Weigh-Ins at Thompson Boling Arena on the University of Tennessee campus. Experience the family fun all weekend long at Expo at the Knoxville Convention Center and World’s Fair Exhibition Hall.

Fri. & Sat. Feb. 15-16, 2019

Erick Baker is an Americana singer-songwriter and Emmy Award winning Writer and Host of the national PBS travel television series Tennessee Valley Uncharted. He’s a self-taught guitarist and vocalist, who interestingly enough, didn’t start playing music until after earning his degree in Public Relations from the University of Tennessee. Since then, he’s gone on to share the stage with artists like John Legend, Brandi Carlile, Gavin DeGraw, the Goo Goo Dolls, Grace Potter, and Heart, as well as tour Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, performing for our men and women in uniform stationed overseas. Bijou Theatre Photo by Joseph A. Spencer

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KNOXVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA; Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series: The New World January 17 & 18 @ 7:30pm All students grades K-12 can attend this concert FREE with purchase of one adult ticket as part of the Penny4Arts program. Must redeem prior to 1/17/19.

RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA February 1-3 @ Various Times Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA is the Tony Award – winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale.

SOMETHING ROTTEN March 1-3 @ Various Times SOMETHING ROTTEN! is “Broadway’s big, fat hit!” (New York Post). Set in 1595, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL with its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul!

TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND January 22 @ 7:00pm Embracing improvisation over convention, and rarely repeating a set list, the genre-defying collective have seemingly endless potential to explore any musical territory from their own catalog of Grammywinning originals to Sly & the Family Stone, Miles Davis, George Jones, Joe Cocker or Nina Simone. BLACK JACKET SYMPHONY January 25 @ 8:00pm The Black Jacket Symphony returns to the Tennessee Theatre to perform Queen’s A Night at the Opera album in it’s entirety! ELEVATION WORSHIP January 28 @7:00pm Top hits include “There Is A Cloud”, “Here As in Heaven”, featuring the song “O Come To The Altar”, They have toured with prominent bands such as Hillsong Worship, Kari Jobe, Jesus Culture, and Lauren Daigle.

YOUNG THE GIANT February 6 @ 7:30pm Los Angeles quintet Young the Giant expertly juxtapose their adventurous spirit with fearless grace on their new album Mirror Master. KNOXVILLE SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA WINTER CONCERT February 10 @ 3:00pm Performing: Preludium, Philharmonia, Sinfonia, Youth Chamber Orchestra. This concert is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. KNOXVILLE OPERA LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR February 22 @ 7:30pm February 24 @ 2:30pm Donizetti’s Gothic masterpiece, based on Sir Water Scott’s The Bride of Lammermoor, is filled with thrilling vocal fireworks, including the glorious Sextet and opera’s greatest Mad Scene, which has made sopranos into legends!

AMOS LEE March 11 @ 7:30pm ‘My New Moon’ has received some of the highest critical praise of Lee’s career, lauded as “music to help listeners heal” by Salon and for his “soulful voice and empathetic lyrics” by NPR Music. EXPERIENCE HENDRIX March 16 @ 7:00pm Hailed by critics and fans alike as the ‘Guitar Event Of The Year’. These special concert performances present legendary artists who join together to pay homage to Jimi Hendrix. BIG EARS 2019 March 21, 22, 23, 24 @ 7:00pm Big Ears Festival is to create, nurture, and support artistic expression and cultural education that transcends traditional boundaries, strengthens & builds relationships, and connects across communities through genre-defying music, film, arts programming, and interactive experiences presented in Knoxville.


COMING TO KNOXVILLE JANUARY 2019

The Stanford Eisenberg Knoxville Jewish Day School is honored to bring Violins of Hope: Strings of the Holocaust to Knoxville in January 2019. Violins of Hope is a collection of over 50 restored violins that were played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. These instruments have survived concentration camps, ghettos, pogroms and many long journeys to tell remarkable stories of injustice, suffering, resillence and survival. This life-changing program will educate tons of thousands of adults and students in our community through unique, inspirational, and interfaith multimedia events.

PERFORMANCES January 23 & 24, 2019 Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and Violins of Hope at the Tennessee Theatre

EXHIBITION January 4-27, 2019 University of Tennessee Downtown Gallery 106 South Gay Street Downtown Knoxville


Music often plays a powerful role in communicating history. This is evident with “Violins of Hope: Strings of the Holocaust,” a collection of over 50 restored violins that were played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. These extraordinary instruments that have survived concentration camps, ghettos and pogroms are making the trip from Israel to Knoxville in January 2019 to tell remarkable stories of injustice, suffering, resilience and survival. The Violins of Hope will sing again in two performances at the Historic Tennessee Theatre located at 604 South Gay Street with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra as commentary by Hallerin Hilton Hill and dramatic readings bring the stories of the violins alive. These life changing performances are set to be held on January 23 and 24, 2019. Stanford Eisenberg Knoxville Jewish Day School is honored to be spearheading the project in partnership with valuable community organizations like the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. “The Knoxville Symphony is proud to be a partner in bringing Violins of Hope to Knoxville,” said Jennifer Harrell, Director of Education and community partnerships for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. “There is a saying, ‘for the heights and depths no words can reach, God gave us music, the soul’s own speech.’ The stories of human suffering and ultimately hope will be expressed through each of these incredible instruments.” In addition, the “Violins of Hope, Strings of the Holocaust” exhibition will be on display at the University of Tennessee Downtown Gallery located at 106 South Gay Street from January 4 - 27, 2019. The exhibition is being designed by world-renowned architect and exhibition designer, Lou Gauci and will be part of the “January First Friday” art district event on January 4, 2019. The “Violins of Hope” exhibition invites visitors to view, learn and contemplate this singular collection of instruments which survived the Holocaust. This collection of violins was assembled and restored by Israeli master violin maker and restorer, Amnon Weinstein. Nearly 50 years ago, Amnon

heard an impactful story from a Holocaust survivor who brought him a violin for restoration. This man survived the Holocaust because his job was to play the violin while Nazi soldiers marched others to their deaths. When Amnon opened the violin’s case, he saw ashes. He thought of his own relatives who had perished and was overwhelmed. Amnon put out a call for violins from the Holocaust that he would restore in hopes that the instruments would sound again. Violins of Hope was born. An organizer of Knoxville’s “Violins of Hope” and Head of the Stanford Eisenberg Knoxville Jewish Day School, Miriam Esther Wilhelm, considers the program a monumental experience for the Greater Knoxville and East Tennessee community. “Violins of Hope is an extraordinarily meaningful program that inspires and educates people of all ages and walks of life,” said Wilhelm. “The Stanford Eisenberg Knoxville Jewish Day School is thrilled to have the opportunity to share these violins with the community as they tell the story of a tragic time in history and what we can learn from it in a unique and impactful way.” Throughout the month of January 2019, Avshi Weinstein, a Violins of Hope co-founder and educator, will tour East Tennessee middle and high schools as well as churches, synagogues, Sunday schools, businesses, recreation and senior centers with musicians and the Violins of Hope reaching tens of thousands of students and adults. “I think the most important part of this project is education, especially for schools and the younger generation,” said Amnon Weinstein. “When you are speaking through music, through these violins that have been in the camps and ghettos, it’s easier for the younger generation to open their ears and hopefully understand better. The message for all is simple. Never again, never again.” Tickets for the event are now available at violinsofhopeknox.com. For more information, please contact info@violinsofhopeknox.com or Rabbi Yossi at 865-300-8012 or Jenny Wood at 865242-0202.


LOCAL MUSIC SPOTLIGHT Written by:

Sweet Nothin’s is a vocal trio consisting of Lisa and Teresa McCarter (The McCarter Twins) and Chip Winter. The McCarters were a sister trio on Warner Bros records from 1987-92. Growing up in the Great Smoky Mountains of east TN they moved to Nashville and after signing with Warner Bros, they had 3 top-10 charted singles on Billboard country charts as well as 4 other charted singles. After a hiatus from music for 2 decades, the Twins decided it was time to make more music, and in so doing included Lisa’s husband Chip. Harmony is all they have ever known, so with a giant step of faith for each of them, they share lead vocal responsibilities leading to a whole new experience in 3 part harmonies. Our Story… A few years ago, a friend of ours suggested we record our own CD, just for ourselves, because we love to sing, and to see if we could do it all on our own. Initially, Chip was all for it, but only in the capacity of helping out. Lisa and Teresa said, “NO! We’re not going to do this unless you sing with us.” Well, we know how that ended up. We started thinking about songs from childhood memories, songs we grew up with, songs that inspired,and influenced our lives. Some, Chip had never heard before much less, knew how they went. As we gathered roughly 20 songs, we started rehearsing them, vocal and harmony arrangements of each song. That was quite interesting due to the fact that we never sang lead!

We started sharing some “dashboard video’s” on FB of us singing a capella and people really liked it. So, we started the initial recording process at our home with musician friends, their referrals, usually evenings and weekends as time allowed. About 4 songs into the project, we were contacted on FB by a photographer/ videographer from East Tennessee about doing a DVD/ CD project for the Smoky Mountains. After a few meetings with him, we put some of our songs on hold, and started on new ones. He wanted songs that could represent the Smoky Mountains, history, scenery, tourism and such. Those would include, bluegrass, gospel, traditional country and folk influences. He left the songs and audio production entirely up to us and he would provide the visual to correspond with each song. And so begins our new journey.

www.sweetnothinstrio.com

It was quite humorous when we’d blow the pitch pipe for the lead note, all of us automatically jumped to the harmony, hence no one was singing lead! Still funny, and we still do that to this day. The name, Sweet Nothin’s came about one morning when Lisa was humming and singing the Brenda Lee song Sweet Nothing’s. We feel the Lord lays songs on our hearts and minds for a reason. And, since we didn’t actually have a group name for our trio at that time, we all looked at each other and said “THAT’S IT!” And so it came to be and we feel the name represents us well. fall

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