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Don't Get Cabin Fever: Enjoy Knoxville Winter Activities

You can have as much fun during the winter in Knoxville as in the warmer seasons. Activities for all ages have been planned to make living in Knoxville more enjoyable.

Shows & Expos
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Paul Bedard, seen on Animal Planet's "Gator Boys" will appear at Knoxville RV Show

Knoxville RV Show - January 11-13, 2013
Sevierville Event Center
The 2013 Knoxville RV Show is not only featuring the latest and greatest RV's at the Sevierville Event Center this month, Paul Bedard, seen on Animal Planet's "Gator Boys", will make an appearance on Saturday, January 12 and Sunday, January 13.

This year's event will feature the best and biggest RV dealers in the state of Tennessee and claim the title as being Tennessee's largest RV show. The show has grown so large over the last 12 months, show officials had to expand into the Event Center lobby area to make way for over a mile of RV's.

Healthy Living Expo - January 11-12, 2013
Knoxville Convention Center
The area's largest event focused on health, fitness, nutrition and living green returns for the eighth year. The Healthy Living Expo offers interactive, educational exhibits, demonstrations and presentations. Each year, Expo producers work to find new ideas, products and information. Over 130 individual companies fill more than 250 exhibits.

Downtown Knoxville Boat Show - March 7-10, 2013
Knoxville Convention Center
Shop, compare and save on hundreds of new boats. Dozens of manufacturers and retailers on hand. New boats from bow riders, pontoons, wake board boats, fishing boats, house boats, yachts, and more. All things boating will be available for purchase.
Family Fun & Activities
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Penguin Discount Days - Now through February 28
It might be cold outside, but there is still plenty to see and zoo! Celebrate winter at Knoxville Zoo with Penguin Discount Days! Enjoy half-price admission everyday during the months of December, January, and February. You will be surprised at how many animals actually enjoy the colder temperatures. Plus, with several indoor viewing areas, many of the zoo's residents can be seen cuddling up inside.

East Tennessee Discovery Center
This is a place for children and adults to explore. You will find a large collection of insects from around the world, ten aquarium tanks filled with saltwater Caribbean species to freshwater African chiclids, and live anthropoids. Amphibians and reptiles as well as a live honey bee colony are among other interesting displays. There are also a number of physical science exhibits including one that shows how lightning is created. The Discovery Center is located in Chilhowee Park and is open to the general public, as well as groups and class field trips.

Winter Saturday Stories and Songs for families
Knox County Public Library is offering family programs at 10:30 a.m. every Saturday at Lawson McGhee Library, Cedar Bluff Branch Library, Fountain City Branch Library, and Powell Branch Library. Saturday Stories and Songs helps families develop literacy and pre-literacy skills in a fun environment. Stories, music, rhyming, finger play and engaging the imagination are all part of developing a love of reading and learning.
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Sports & Outdoors
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Winter hiking
Knoxville Ice Bears Games - Now through March 23, 2013
Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum

Lady VOLS Basketball - Now through March 10, 2013
The Lady VOLS play home games at Thompson-Boling Arena on the UT campus.

Tennessee Men's Basketball - Now through March 9, 2013
UT men's basketball games are at Thompson-Boling Arena on the UT campus.

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Knoxville Bicycle Tours
Take a 3 hour historic site, graveyard tour on a bike, tour Cades Cove Loop, or take a 13 mile descent on Foothills Parkway. The Cades Cove Loop tour is for advanced level riders. It includes an historic site tour and lots of photo opportunities and wildlife viewing. The tour take between 4 to 5 hours and goes along rivers, hills, and cove.

Envigorating winter hiking in the Smoky Mountains
Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers hiking opportunities for every level of experience -- short hikes, long hikes, moderately easy hikes up to strenuous hiking levels. Hiking in the Smokies enables hikers to experience nature in ways that driving in a vehicle over mountain roads does not provide. Cascading streams, wildflowers, the scent of evergreens and the sounds of birds are best seen and experienced away from roads.
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Candle Making Workshop Saturday - January 19
Marble Springs Historic Site will host a Candle Making Workshop Saturday, January 19 starting at 11 a.m. (A snow date of Saturday, January 26th has been set in case of inclement weather on the 19th). This hands-on workshop will teach visitors about lighting sources of the 18th and 19th-centuries. Visitors will learn how to make beeswax candles by the open hearth. Reservations are required and space is limited to twenty participants. Details are subject to change. Fee: $10 for cost of materials. All activities take place at the Marble Springs State Historic Site: 1220 West Governor John Sevier Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920.

Movies, Plays, & Special Performances
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Bethel University Renaissance presents Smokey Joe's Cafe
Now Playing At the Movies:
Les Miserables, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Lincoln, The Guilt Trip.

Bethel University Renaissance presents Smokey Joe's Cafe - February 2
Bijou Theatre
In an idealized '50's setting, the classic themes of love won, lost and imagined blend with intriguing staging, exceptional vocalist and slice-of-life emotions. Featuring nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded, SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE isn't just great pop music ' it's compelling musical theatre. Utilizing Leiber and Stoller's biggest hits, including "Stand By Me," "Hound Dog," "On Broadway" and "Poison Ivy,' Smokey Joe's Café uses a of group of men and women who tell their story of love, loss, and joy through Rock 'n' Roll classics.

KSO Chamber Classics present Hail Brittania - January 13
Bijou Theatre
Lucas Richman, Conductor Warlock: Capriol Suite Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings Britten: Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge Holst: St. Paul's Suite.

A Raisin in the Sun - January 31 - February 17, 2013
Clarence Brown Theatre

The first play to portray African American characters, themes, and conflicts in a natural and realistic manner on Broadway, A Raisin in the Sun received the New York Drama Critics' Circle. Award for Best Play of the Year. Hansberry was the youngest playwright, the fifth woman, and the first African American writer to win the award.

Recently widowed, Lena Younger receives a life insurance check and plans to buy a house, freeing her family from the cramped tenement she shares with her two children, daughter-in-law and grandson in Chicago's south side. Her son, Walter, has other ideas for the money. In the struggle that ensues one dream will be fulfilled, another deferred. Will the family collapse or will they seize this opportunity to create a better life?

Knoxville Jazz Orchestra presents Jazz is for Lovers with vocalist Dee Daniels - February 12
Bijou Theatre

Alive after Five
Aftah Party will be kicking off the winter series of Alive after Five at the Knoxville Museum of Art on Friday, January 11, from 6:00 to 8:30 pm.
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The Lovelies of John Alan Maxwell - February 23
Bijou Theatre
Knoxville filmmaker Douglas Stuart McDaniel premieres his debut feature film, The Lovelies of John Alan Maxwell. With a cast of more than 30 local actors and scenes shot in five states, don't miss this story of a young man discovering the bohemian world of 1930s Greenwich Village and the life of his eccentric great uncle, the illustrator John Alan Maxwell, an East Tennesseean who befriended the poet Kahlil Gibran at the famous Tenth Street studio and illustrated for Steinbeck, Hemingway, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In 1948, Esquire magazine compared Maxwell to William Faulkner and Thomas Wolfe as one of the many talents of the Modern South.
Music at the Bijou

• Guy Clark - Guy Clark has been writing songs of uncommon quality for nearly four decades, songs like 'L.A. Freeway,' 'Desperados Waiting For A Train,' 'The Randall Knife,' and 'Texas, 1947."

• Moon Taxi - one of those rare bands that unites musical ingenuity with thoughtful lyrics and still somehow manages to wildly entertain and thrill a crowd. Their new record, Cabaret, is a layered, multi-dimensional endeavor that displays the band's maturing sense of their own musical identity. A follow-up to their live album, Live Ride, Cabaret illustrates the challenges of defining yourself in a world that seems to be suffering from its own identity loss.

• WDVX World Class Bluegrass kicks off its 2013 concert series with an outstanding line up of world- renowned musicians and some of the hottest Bluegrass bands touring today. Headlining the inaugural installment will be Balsam Range, a group of five outstanding musicians and singers who adopted their name from the beautiful mountain range that surrounds their homes in North Carolina.

• Step Afrika - the first professional company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping. Founded in December 1994, the company is celebrated worldwide for its efforts to promote an appreciation for stepping and the dance tradition's use as an educational tool for young people. Step Afrika! reaches tens of thousands of Americans each year and has performed on many stages in North & South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.

• Moe - From modest beginnings in a Buffalo basement over two decades ago to today's multifaceted success, the members of Moe have never lost sight of the earnest, elemental goals that they aspired to from their very first show: to deliver honest, heartfelt music and to ensure the audience has a good time.

• Railroad Earth - Railroad Earth sings of our nation's changing landscape and social ills with a commitment reminiscent of Woody Guthrie, while interpolating instrumental timbres that could have been pulled from Celtic or Cajun culture.

• Patterson Hood with Jay Gonzalez & Brad Morgan (of Drive-By Truckers).

• Brad Blackwell - After selling out the Bijou in just his first time playing there back in June of 2012, Brad Blackwell is back only this time for the release of his brand new EP 'Combustible.'

• Pat Green - a Grammy-nominated hit maker with an outsider reputation, a Texas inspiration and a mainstream country artist who can rock arena and stadium stages with the likes of Keith Urban and Kenny Chesney.

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Farragut Folklife Museum
The Farragut Folklife Museum is a museum of artifacts and photographs which tell the history of the Farragut and Concord communities. One of the highlights of the museum is the Admiral David Glasgow Farragut collection. Admiral Farragut was born in this area on July 5, 1801.

Farragut was the first commissioned admiral of the United States Navy and is best known for his statement, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead." This nationally sought after collection houses artifacts that cannot be seen anywhere else such as Farragut's personal china, uniform ornamentation, family photographs, manuscripts, letters of interest, and a large collection of scrimshaw.

The museum also exhibits artifacts pertaining to the history of local schools, churches, the Farragut and Concord communities, and the Civil War. In addition to the permanent displays, the museum has a gallery dedicated to rotating special exhibits.
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Frank H. McClung Museum
The McClung Museum is a general museum with collections in anthropology, archaeology, decorative arts, local history, and natural history. The exhibits document ways of life, cultural trends, and technologies from prehistoric times to the present day, and showcase much of Tennessee's past — its geology, history, art, and culture.
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Exhibit: Splendid Treasures of the Turkomen Tribes of Central Asia
January 18 - May 12
Elaborate silver, gilt jewelry, carpets and textiles from the Turkomen tribes of Iran, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan are the focus of a new exhibit which opens Jan. 18 at the Frank H. McClung Museum at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The exhibit, "Splendid Treasures of the Turkomen Tribes from Central Asia," runs through May 12. It features more than 50 objects hand-crafted by the semi-nomadic Turkomen peoples, jewelry made of precious metals and semi-precious stones and woven rugs and colorful textiles created in the late-19th to mid-20th centuries. Today, Turkomen jewelry and textiles continue to be celebrated for their quality, distinctive colors, and decorative patterns. The museum is located at 1327 Circle Park Drive. Free two-hour museum parking passes are available from the parking information building at the entrance to Circle Park Drive. The museum's hours are 9 a.m. to 5 pm Monday to Saturday and 1pm to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
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Civil War Lecture Series: Could it be a National Treasure?: Seeking the Story of a Sword
The third annual Frank H. McClung Museum Civil War Lecture Series will begin on January 27, 2013. This once a month series will be held on Sundays at 2 pm in the museum auditorium. McClung Museum Civil War Curator, Dr. Joan Markel, will explore the places and people of the Civil War in Knoxville. This lecture, "Could it be a National Treasure?: Seeking the Story of a Sword," focuses on a Civil War sword in the McClung Museum's collections with a storied past. All lectures are free and open to the public--check our calendar for other lectures in this series. The museum is located at 1327 Circle Park Drive. On weekends, parking is available on Circle Park and adjacent parking lots. The museum's exhibits include archaeology, ancient Egypt, decorative arts, the battle of Fort Sanders, geology, and fossils. Admission is free.
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Books Sandwiched In
Join the conversation about important and trending books in Knox County Public Library's new program series called Books Sandwiched In, a monthly lunchtime discussion with a focus on books about current issues.
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Lecture: Digging the Divine? Female Figurines and the Archaeology of Israelite Religion - February 5; 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Frank H. McClung Museum Auditorium on University of Tennessee Campus Admission: Free and open to the public.
The East Tennessee Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and the McClung Museum present Dr. Erin Darby of the University of TN, Religious Studies department lecturing on, "Digging the Divine? Female Figurines and the Archaeology of Israelite Religion." Dr. Darby's research and teaching interests include topics in Biblical Studies, Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Archaeology, Anthropology, Art History, Judaic Studies, Ritual Studies, and Gender Studies. In her dissertation she focuses on small female figurines from southern Israel, using these various modes of inquiry to ascertain the function of the figurines and their role in Judean ritual life. Erin is also the co-director of the 'Ayn Gharandal Archaeological Project in southern Jordan, where she and her husband run an archaeological field school during the summer months. Upcoming projects include further work on figurines from Israel, Jordan, and Syria and the publication of the excavations at 'En Hatsevah, Israel. When she is not teaching in the States, Erin spends much of her time at archaeological sites in the Middle East, such as Cave 1 at Qumran, where the first Dead Scrolls were found.

Dinner Cruises
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Take in the sights and sounds of downtown Knoxville's breath-taking riverfront on two hour cruises. Join Volunteer Princess Cruises for a romantic sunset dinner cruise or a grand dinner buffet aboard the luxury yacht Volunteer Princess. Each meal is specially prepared onboard.

Location: Knoxville Waterfront


Published January 7, 2013

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