News Column's fun things to do

June 17, 2014

The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Tenn.


Smoky Mountain Field School will be hosting the Light Show in the Smokies on 7-11 p.m. today. Fee is $59. Visit the Elkmont area of the park in the evening in order to learn about the history of the area and the natural cycle of the synchronous fireflies. To register go to or call 865-974-0150.


More than 6,000 pounds of wings will be served on Saturday, June 21, at the Big Kahuna Wing Festival.

The event at Worlds Fair Park will be noon to 8 p.m. There will be live entertainment, children's activities, a silent auction and a wing eating and wing cooking contest.

VIP tickets are $100, which includes early entry and complimentary food and drink. Advance regular admission tickets, available at Food City Stores, are $8. Cost is $10 at the door with children under 8 admitted free.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Empty Stocking Fund and Knoxville'sRonald McDonald House. For more information visit


The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Drive on the University of Tennessee campus, hosts a free Family Fun Day 1-4 p.m. Saturday, June 21.

Crafts, tours and activities will focus on making portraits and on the museum's new exhibit "The Collector's Eye: American and European Art from the McClung Museum." Several portraits are part of that exhibit of art from the museum archives.


River Sports Outfitters, 2918 Sutherland Avenue, will hold a Climbing Technique class for anyone interested in practicing and perfecting their climbing skills at 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 18. Instructors will cover hold types, grips, friction, and body tension. Attendees must be belay certified by The Climbing Center prior to taking the class.

For more info or to register, email or call 865-523-0066.


Warriors' Path State Park in Kingsport is holding its fifth annual Dragonfly Day from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 21. Spend the day with noted biologists learning to study dragonflies in their habitats and how to record your observations with photos. Bring a sack lunch and dress for wet field conditions. Bring close-focusing binoculars and a camera if possible. Bring existing photos of dragonflies to have identified if time permits. This event is free, but preregistration is necessary by calling 423-239-6786 or emailing

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