News Column's fun things to do

June 25, 2014

The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Tenn.


Broadway Avenue in Maryville will shut down to all but pedestrian traffic on Friday and Saturday, June 27 and 28, as the inaugural Summer on Broadway event draws folks downtown for the Big BBQ Bash, Last Friday ArtWalk, and the Maryville Farmers Market.

The eighth annual Big BBQ Bash, to benefit the Helen Ross McNabb Foundation, is for the first time a Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned event.

The festivities begin at 5 p.m. on June 27 with the Last Friday ArtWalk. On June 28 from 9 a.m. to noon, the Maryville Farmers Market will be open in Founders Square parking area. From noon to 2 p.m., BBQ teams will be judged in five categories: chicken, ribs, brisket, pulled pork and the "Anything But ..." category.


The University of Tennessee's, McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will host a lecture about early 20th-century artists in Knoxville at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 26.

The talk is in connection with the special exhibit "The Collector's Eye: American and European Art from the McClung Museum."

Knoxville Museum of Art Curator Stephen Wicks will present the lecture, "Grand Ambitions: Branson, Krutch, and Early 20th Century Knoxville Painters." The lecture will be held in the McClung Museum auditorium. It is free and open to the public. The McClung Museum is located at 1327 Circle Park Drive. Museum admission is free. Info:


"Fire in the Sky" is a family-friendly evening to benefit Childhelp of East Tennessee, New Hope Blount County Child Advocacy Center and Kids First Child Advocacy Center. The event is 7 p.m. Friday, July 4, at Club LeConte, 800 S. Gay St.

Fun and food are planned, plus music by Donald Brown and a skyscraper view of the city's fireworks display. Childcare will be provided and includes arts, crafts, games, movies and dinner.

These nonprofits are dedicated to healing victims of physical and sexual child abuse. Their common goals include intervention and prevention of the crimes through education of the public with programs such as "Darkness to Light," which teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

Tickets are $75 for adults and $25 for children age 12 and under. Info: Kristi Long, 865-637-1753 or email


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