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Celebrate the City of Knoxville’s 225th Anniversary


The Arts & Culture Alliance, the City of Knoxville, and Visit Knoxville invite the public to celebrate the City of Knoxville’s 225th Anniversary, October 1-3, 2016, at three distinct events.

On Saturday, October 1, from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, the public may enjoy free performances by Ensemble Knox, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s String Quartet, Knoxville Opera, and Marble City Opera. There will also be 20 booths for local arts and culture organizations to host children’s activities and promote their events, and local artists will sell their handcrafted wares including pottery, glass, and painting. Visit Knoxville is providing free cupcakes at this celebration in the Krutch Park extension. At 10:30 AM and 12:00 PM in the Museum of East Tennessee History, the Archives of Moving Image and Sound are showing a one-hour film containing archival footage of downtown Knoxville throughout the 20th century, rare films of the UT Vols at the 1940 Rose Bowl and 1941 Sugar Bowl, historic events, home movies, local musicians and more.

On Sunday, October 2, the public is invited to a magical, once-in-a-lifetime dining experience on the Gay Street Bridge beginning at 5:30 PM. 100% of the net proceeds benefit the Arts & Heritage Fund, Knoxville’s united arts fund. The Dinner on the Bridge is catered by All Occasion Catering and features remarks by Mayor Madeline Rogero, the Inaugural Poem by R.B. Morris, City of Knoxville’s First Poet Laureate, entertainment by Carol Zinavage Shane, a silent auction, and more. Tickets for Dinner on the Bridge are $225 per person and may be purchased online at or by phone at 865-523-7543.

On Monday, October 3, the Historic Homes of Knoxville invite the public to a luncheon at 11:30 AM at The Foundry to celebrate the founding of the City of Knoxville 225 years ago. Bill Landry, host of WBIR’s The Heartland Series, will be the featured speaker. WBIR’s John Becker will perform the duties of Master of Ceremonies and Jack Neely will give additional remarks about the history of Knoxville. Knoxville’s key leaders will come together to celebrate and promote the city and its most precious properties, including Blount Mansion, Crescent Bend House & Gardens, Historic Ramsey House, James White’s Fort, Mabry-Hazen House, Marble Springs State Historic Site, and Historic Westwood. Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the Historic Homes. Purchase tickets through or by calling 865-523-7543 by September 26.

Sponsors include: AC Entertainment, All Occasion Catering, All Occasions Party Rentals, Ann & Steve Bailey, Cherokee Distributing Company, City of Knoxville – Madeline Rogero Mayor, Cornerstone Foundation, First Tennessee Bank, Knoxville News Sentinel, Pugh & Company, Robin Easter Design, Visit Knoxville, and WBIR-TV.

Published September 21, 2016

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