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Knoxville

Getting to Know Knoxville

© Becky Linhardt 2010

Knoxville is full of surprises.  Considered by many to be the gateway to the Smoky Mountains, it is known for its sports teams and is gaining acclaim as an arts center. There’s plenty of Southern comfort food in this region, as well as many choices available for more sophisticated palates.

What’s Special

Market Square

Many events occur on or near Market Square, an expansive and inviting public space that has become the focus for gatherings and events in downtown Knoxville. Rimmed by cafes, galleries, and shops, it has come to be a center for outdoor events, the place to meet friends, or take the kids on a sunny day to splash in the water fountain/feature.

Fare Free Trolley

Walking in downtown Knoxville is a great way to see the city – it’s not too big and it’s comfortably pedestrian.  You can always take a break by claiming a sidewalk seat on Market Square or catch one of the Free Fare Trolleys that circulate throughout downtown and connect to the University of Tennessee campus.

Music

You will find scheduled musical performances range from symphony and opera to traditional regional Appalachian.  Free summer outdoor concerts -Thursday evenings at Market Square.

Join the studio audience

For a special treat, enjoy WDVX live broadcasts weekdays at noon, Monday-Thursdays at the Knoxville Visitors Center. Blue Plate Special programs on Friday usually involve more major performers appear that are booked in during their tours so on Friday WDVX broadcasts from The Square Room on Market Square where we can fit in more people.  This is live radio so you hear it all – the music, the announcer, the commercials; and you see it too.

Visual Arts

First Friday gallery openings are a regular part of Knoxville’s arts calendar.  Permanent and traveling exhibitions are presented at the Knoxville Museum of Art and the Frank H. McClung Museum at the University of Tennessee.  And, on Gay Street, near Market Square both the Art Market Gallery and the Emporium Center for Arts & Culture present frequently changing exhibitions to highlight the talents of East Tennessee fine/craft artisans.

Comfort Food

Some restaurants have a history with the locals, so much so that they become a part of the ritual returns of former residents and are recommended to visitors as REAL food.  Such is the history and menu at Litton’s.  There are BIG burgers, Blue Plate Lunches, and home-made pies and cakes that are ……indescribably wonderful!

Art in Public Places

Starting as part of the Dogwood Arts Festival each year public art sculptures can be seen on busy Market Square and in shady pocket parks nearby as well as throughout  the beautifully landscaped World’s Fair Park a few blocks west of Market Square between the Knoxville Convention Center and the Knoxville Museum of Art through October 31st.

The Dogwood Arts Festival – APRIL

The festival has a renewed primary focus on the performing and visual arts, supporting and showcasing the arts of the east Tennessee region.  About 95% of the Dogwood Arts Festival activities are free.  See Dogwood Arts Festival 

The Dogwood Trees

To see the best of the Dogwood Trails and Gardens, there are free driving tour maps for the various areas.  Those maps can be picked up at the Knoxville Visitors Center or they can be downloaded from the web site.  Peak blossom time is mid-April.

James White’s Fort

Set on a hilltop within walking distance of downtown is the preserved first house, built in1786 by Governor James White.  Stockade walls and out buildings at the site hint at the rough and ready life on the frontier.

Civil War History

The East Tennessee History Center has a wealth of information about all phases of Tennessee’s history but is especially known for Calvin M. McClung Collection.

Historic Homes

Visit the charming Blount Mansion downtown or head downriver to the beautiful Cresent Bend House and Gardens that overlooks the Tennessee River

River Cruise

Leaving from and returning to the downtown dock, enjoy a public cruise on the beautiful new Volunteer Princess.  Dinner and brunch cruises offer unique views of downtown and the quiet stretches along the Tennessee River where rock outcroppings and farms edge the river.

Outdoor Adventures

Maybe it’s the proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains or the adrenaline in the veins of the students at the University of Tennessee, River Sports Outfitters has a brisk business with the cycling crowd and those who want a leisurely kayaking adventure on the Tennessee River.  It also has an indoor rock climbing wall.

Area Information: 800-727-8045 cq or www.knoxville.org

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