Old-time music by Sparky and Rhonda Rucker will be heard in the mountains today. They perform at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. today at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park's Sugarlands Visitor Center theater. The musical program focuses on the Civil War and how it impacted the southern area of Appalachia. The Ruckers' performances include period music and stories. The Sugarlands Visitor Center is on U.S. Highway 441 two miles south of Gatlinburg. The program is free.
"Well, as giraffes say, you don't get no leaves unless you stick your neck out."
Sid Waddell, English sports commentator
FEED A GIRAFFE
Stand tall and feed a giraffe at the Knoxville Zoo. The Williams Family Giraffe Encounter is open 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Visitors walk out onto a two-story, covered platform built on one side of the natural habitat Grasslands Africa. There's no charge to stand and get a different look into the exhibit and its animals. But for $5 you can offer the zoo's three giraffes some food in the form of vegetable treats, while it lasts. The giraffes are learning to come over to the platform and reach their long tongues out to take the treats. The zoo is located off Interstate 40's Exit 392 and open 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends. Tickets are $19.95 for adults, $16.95 for children ages 2 to 12 or senior citizens age 65 and older. Parking is $5 a vehicle.
SHAKE A LEG
Head on down to Market Square, where he Tennessee Stage Company continues its Shakespeare in the Square performances. The shows this season are "As You Like It" and "Richard III." Here's the schedule. "As You Like It" plays at 7 p.m. July 21, July 25, July 27, Aug. 2, Aug. 4, Aug. 8 and Aug. 10 at downtown Knoxville's Market Square. "Richard III" plays at 7 p.m. today, July 26, July 28, Aug. 1, Aug. 3, Aug. 9 and Aug. 11 on the square. Admission to the outdoor shows is free but donations are accepted and appreciated. There is a suggested donation of $10 a person when the hat is passed after each show. In addition to the outdoor shows, "Richard III" gives an indoors performance at 2 p.m. today at the Square Room, 4 Market Square. A ticket to that air-conditioned show is $10 and available at the door.
Next week is the monthly live installment of the WDVX "Kidstuff" program hosted by Sean McCollough. The show airs at 10 a.m. each Saturday from the WDVX studios, and most weekends it's a mixture of recorded and live music. But on the last Saturday of the month, it's live music time. Special guests on July 27 are The Hominy Mamas. Children and their families are invited to the studio to listen and be part of the live audience next Saturday. The studio is in the Visit Knoxville offices at 301 S. Gay St.
By Amy McRary, firstname.lastname@example.org
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