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Weekend Watch: Fourth of July celebrations, First Friday events and more

July 2, 2014

The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Tenn.


-The City of Knoxville's annual free Festival on the Fourth is 4-10 p.m. Friday at World's Fair Park. Events include a children's play area, paddleboat races and train rides around the park on the "Freedom Express." The Knoxville Police and Knoxville Fire departments compete in a 5:45 p.m. tug-of-war contest. Music starts at 4 p.m. with The Coveralls followed by Brad Blackwell at 6:15. The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra's 30th annual Free Pilot Flying J Independence Day Concert is 8 p.m. The free, family-friendly concert's selections include "America the Beautiful," "Star Spangled Banner," "1812 Overture" and "Rocky Top." Baritone soloist Christopher Sanders will perform. KSO Concertmaster Gabriel Lefkowitz will play the fourth movement of Mozart's Haffner Serenade No. 7 on the violin. The concert ends with 9:35 p.m. fireworks.

-The Knoxville Zoo hosts a Salute to Service weekend with free admission to military and civilian service members and veterans Friday-Sunday, July 6.

Active service personnel eligible for free admission includes active duty military and members of the National Guard, as well as police, fire, emergency medical technicians and paramedics. Military and civilian service veterans also get free admission. Valid identification that a person is an active military or service member or veteran will be required for entry.

-The Museum of Appalachia near Norris celebrates Friday with a pioneer-themed Independence Day. The museum follows a tradition of colonial blacksmiths who shot off iron anvils to celebrate events like America's independence, Christmas and Davy Crockett's election to the U.S. Congress.

The museum will fire its 175-pound anvil in the sky at 11 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. The celebration includes a flag-waving procession, stories, music and history-themed events. Participation in the national 2 p.m. patriotic bell-ringing ceremony will be led by the Anderson County Chapter of the Sons of the Revolution. A Liberty Pole will be raised at 2:15 p.m. to remember a colonial practice that symbolized dissatisfaction with the English government. The event includes demonstrations of spinning, weaving, woodcarving, sassafras tea brewing and cedar rail splitting. "Betsy Ross" will sew the nation's first flag. The special events are 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; the museum is open 9-6 p.m. Museum admission is $18 for adults, $15 for senior citizens age 65 and older, $10 for ages 13-18, $6 for ages 5-12, free for children younger than 5.

-Lenoir City's 4th of July Parade is 11 a.m. Friday on Broadway in the city's historic downtown area. Before the parade the event will start with the annual half-mile "Firecracker Run" for children ages 5-12.

-Rockin' the Docks in Lenoir City Park is Saturday, July 5, with free music and fireworks. Music starts at 5 p.m. Musicians include Pop Rox, RMS Band and Super Dave 5; the fireworks start at 10 p.m.

-The Town of Farragut's 27th annual Independence Day Parade starts at 9:30 a.m. Friday. The parade goes from Kingston Pike at Lendon Welch Way, which is the entrance to Farragut High School, to Boring Road. Kingston Pike will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to noon from Concord Road to Boring Road.


-The Arts & Culture Alliance presents "Then & Now" Friday at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St. The exhibit marks the 10-year anniversary of the July 2004 reopening of the renovated Emporium, Work by 24 regional artists will be shown. An opening reception is 5-9 p.m. Friday.

-Dragons created from driftwood and "ancestor" masks created by artist Stephen R. Hicks are on display at the Casa Hola offices in July. The exhibit opens with a 5-8 p.m. Friday reception, Room 109 of the Emporium at 100 S. Gay St. The exhibit mixes East Tennessee and Hispanic cultures.

-The Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St., shows the work of painter Kathy Holland as well as a group of wood artists in July. The exhibits open with a 5:30-9 p.m. Friday reception. The works will be shown through July 27. In addition to Holland's art, creations by wood artists Gordon Fowler, Stan Fronczek and Janis Proffitt, all of Knoxville, and Nelson Ziegler of Sevierville, will be shown.

-Bliss Home, 29 Market Square, will show works by printmaker Callie Farmer through July. An opening reception is 6-9 p.m. Friday. Farmer uses printmaking and gouache techniques in her work.

-Bootleg Betty, a new consignment store featuring wedding gowns, partywear and cowboy boots at 122 S Gay Street, will feature Faith Road Designs' handcrafted jewelry and Knock on Wood Knoxville rustic wood home decor. Open till 9 p.m. for First Friday.


"Shrek the Musical" plays through Aug. 31 at the Cumberland County Playhouse in Crossville.

The musical about a green ogre, a princess and a smart-mouthed donkey is based on the Disney animated film and it rated "G" for general audiences. Tickets to the playhouse production are $27 for adults, $26 for senior citizens and $14 for students. For a schedule or to order tickets see


It's hot outside and the birds have gotten quiet. So the birding program at Ijams Nature Center is indoors at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 5. Senior naturalist Stephen Lyn Bales will take a humorous look at territory, pair bonding, parenthood and even bird divorce. Breakfast is also available. Fee: $5 for members, $10 non-members. Please register at 865-577-4717, ext. 110


Also at Ijams Saturday, July 5, join Ijams Nature Center's senior naturalist Peg Beute for a 2 p.m. workshop in landscaping with native plants. Create a wildlife habitat in your own backyard. Free. Register at 865-577-4717, ext. 110.


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