Who doesn’t think that their pup is the cutest ever?
Well now you have a chance to prove that assumption to be true. To put your bite where bark is for once and take a bite out of the competition! Saturday, March 2nd, 2013 is the 6th Annual Mardi Growl Parade and Festival, hosted by Friends of Young-Williams Animal Center and the City of Knoxville (all proceeds benefit Young-Williams Animal Center). With a parade of pups downtown, costume contests, owner-pet look alike contests, there is just too much furry fun to bark about.
Early registration has passed but don’t growl about it, there is still plenty of time to get in the puppy mix!
Current registration fees and Day-of-Event Registration cost is $20 per pet
- Online Registration Form – click here to register and pay online
- Printed Registration Form – click here to download registration form to print and mail
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Day-of-Event Registration begins at 9 a.m.
Sixth Annual Costume Parade for Dogs
PARADE BEGINS at the PetSafe Downtown Dog Park on the corner of Summit Hill Drive & Central Ave., continues through the Old City to Jackson Ave., then to Gay St., then to Clinch Ave., then to Market St. and then to Union Ave. PARADE ENDS at Market Square.
12 NOON to 2 PM
Festivities on Market Square
- Parade Prizes for Best Costume, Best Naked Dog, Dog/Owner Look Alike, Best Vol Spirit, Most Congenial
- $10 Microchips and Rabies Vaccinations
Pet-Related Product Vendors
Parking is free in the City’s Market Square, State Street and Locust Street garages, and on meters, from 6 p.m. weekdays and all day on weekends – except for specific special events.
Click here to view downtown parking map in PDF format.
Personally, I think this fur baby will win it all but then I may be a little biased!
**Registration information and online forms courtesy of the City of Knoxville and Young-Williams’ websites.
By Shannon Foster-Boline
Thanksgiving Weekend Here We Come!
As soon as midnight hits on Thursday, November 22nd the Holidays will officially be here! If you are looking for something to do for Thanksgiving weekend (aside from eating lots of turkey of course), below I have found 22 activities you can choose from starting on November 22nd. There is a little something for everyone.
For the Physical Activity seekers:
- Hot to Trot 5K/10K/Fun Run- November 22nd in Turkey Creek.
- BlueCross Autumnfest 8k, 2 Mile Walk, and Little Gobbler Run- November 22nd, World’s Fair Park .
- WDVX Ho-Ho-Hoedown- November 23rd on Market Square in downtown Knoxville.
- Saturday Shop Ride– November 24th, at The Bike Zoo, Knoxville.
- Winter on the Wing- November 24th, at Ijams Nature Center, Knoxville.
- Knoxville Walking Tours: Gunslingers & History- November 23rd-25th, Knoxville
- Regal Celebration of Lights- November 23rd, Knoxville.
- Thanksgiving at the Titanic Museum- November 22nd-24th, at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge.
- Thanksgiving Train Rides- November 23rd-24th, Secret City Scenic Excursion Train in Oak Ridge.
- Knoxville’s Holidays on Ice- November 23rd-25th- January 6th on Market Square, Knoxville.
- Zen and the Art of Japan- November 22nd-December 31st, McClung Museum.
- UT Football: UT vs Kentucky- November 24th, Neyland Stadium, Knoxville.
- Candlelit Concert Series- November 22nd-29th at The Orangery, Knoxville.
- Jelani Eddington Organ Concert- November 25th, Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville.
Activities to get you in the mood for Christmas:
- Christmas Train Rides- November 23rd-24th, Three Rivers Rambler on Neyland Drive, Knoxville.
- 28th Annual Fantasy of Trees- November 21st-25th, Knoxville Convention Center.
- Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland- Open Nightly through January 6th at Tennessee Smokies Baseball Stadium, Kodak
- Santa’s Wonderland- November 23rd-25th and daily through December at Bass Pro Shops, Kodak.
- Handel’s Messiah by Crown College Choir- November 25th at the Temple Baptist Church Auditorium.
- Small Town Christmas- November 24th in Sweetwater.
- Glass Blowing Classes- November 23rd-December 31st, Marble City Glassworks, Knoxville.
- Toys for Tots- November 22nd-December 17th, Drop off site at Rita’s Italian Ice, Market Square Knoxville.
I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!
By Shannon Foster-Boline
If you enjoy any of the following: beautiful homes, historic gossip, stories or cake, then this is the event for you!
On Saturday, October 14th 2012, from 2-5pm the Mabry-Hazen House will be celebrating the incomparable Evelyn Hazen’s birthday, and you my friend, have the chance to WIN two FREE tickets! Read on…
A quick history
- The Mabry-Hazen House, built in 1858, is perched on the highest hill east of downtown Knoxville.
- Strategically placed with excellent views of the river and city, the home played a key role in the Civil War.
- The property was occupied by three generations of the same family for over 130 years.
- Upon Evelyn Hazen’s death she left it specifically to be used as a museum. The museum has one of the largest original family collections in America.
- Every year there are multiple celebrations and events that keep the history of this home, and Knoxville, alive and well.
For this year’s Evelyn Hazen Birthday party, renowned local author Jack Neely, will be the key note speaker. If you have ever had the pleasure of reading Mr. Neely’s column in the Metro Pulse, “Secret History” , or heard Mr. Neely speak at other events, then you will understand that his keynote talk will be time well spent (and full of more than a few good chuckles). He is sure to share some insights from his recently penned book, “Market Square: A History of the Most Democratic Place on Earth” which explores Knoxville’s well-known Market Square, along with the relationship of the Mabry’s role in its’ development.
Of course, the history of this home is not all Civil War stories and Market Square development, it is also full of the lovely Ms Evelyn Hazen’s own scandals and achievements. A 2010 blog post by Cynthia Moxley, aptly captures the details of one of Knoxville’s most prominent twentieth century scandals and paints a picture of what to expect at the celebration.
The old saying, “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,” could not apply more aptly to anyone than it does to Evelyn Hazen. Born into a wealthy Knoxville family in 1899, Hazen was the first woman to file suit against a former ...(read more)
Knoxvillians, have your cake and eat it too, when you win two FREE tickets to the event! Answer a few trivia questions below and you will be entered to WIN!
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Tickets can also be purchased online at the Mabry Hazen House website.Contest runs from October 8, 2012 to October 12, 2012. Winner to be randomly selected from entries on October 12 at 4:00pm at the CBWW West Town office location, and winner will be contacted via email. The winner’s name will be posted on the Facebook page for Shannon Foster Real Estate Professional. Tickets to the Evelyn Hazen Birthday Celebration are valued at $20. Winner doesn’t have to present to win. Post by Shannon Foster-Boline
I don’t know about you, but fall in East Tennessee is my absolute, hands down, favorite time of year! I seriously count down the days until Pumpkin Spice Lattes are served, I love watching the turn of fall leaves in the Smokies, and I celebrate my self made annual, “Eat Pie for Breakfast” day, to welcome my favorite time of year. Of course, there are so many activities to choose from during fall in Knoxville it is hard to get them all on the Knox & You in 52 October Calendar of Events. So, I try and mix it up a little each year, but there are always a few favorites that are staples.
Must Attend Events:
One of my favorite fall events is the HOLA Festival. Get a first hand view with this quick video from the HOLA celebration a few years ago. I promise it is a celebration not to be missed…PS go hungry!
BOO at the Zoo is just a must see especially for families with children. It is a night that is absolutely packed with costumes, candy, and animals (of course) that is all for a great cause and fun for everyone in a safe environment.
Maybe you did this in college, or maybe you never went, but the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the beautiful TN Theatre is just too much fun not to miss!! Don’t forget to dress up and bring some rain gear.
This year the City of Knoxville has put together a great list of different Halloween related activities with a short bit of information about each event, for example:
Frightworks (September 30-October 31)
Be ready for a scaretastic time at Frightworks Haunted House at its new location in Powell. Opening night is Friday, September 28. This haunted house has various dates and times and admission is $20. For more information visitwww.frightworks.com.
Life Down on the Farm Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch (October 4-31)
This corn maze and pumpkin patch has fun for all ages with hayrides, a critter corner, corn box, playground, cow train rides, jump pillows, bonfires and a pumpkin patch. Make your way through the corn maze and enjoy all the activities that the Life Down on the Farm location has to offer.
Admission is $11 age 3 and up. For more information visit www.lifedownonthefarm.com or call 865-229-MAZE (6293).
For MORE EVENTS on their website go HERE.
WARNING: Watch out this October because the ZOMBIES are invading downtown Knoxville again!!!
Post by Shannon Foster-Boline
One of my favorite things about Knoxville, aside from brisk fall mornings, is the Market Square Farmers Market. Back when I moved here in 1993 the idea of the Farmers Market was just a glimmer in someone’s eye.
Since the first Market House was built in 1816, the area has been central to Knoxville. Market Square is located smack in the middle of Downtown Knoxville on approximately one acre of land. “The Square” has retail shops on the east and west side, with the TVA towers to the north and Krutch Park to the south. Over the many decades of its existence the real estate on “The Square” has seen farmer’s vending their wares, movie theaters, musicians, saloons, City Hall and a large variety of retail stores. However, it wasn’t until the early 2000’s that the Market began to see a revitalization including a remodel of The Square, an influx of retail, the sale of condominiums, and a strong Market Square Association comprised of local businesses. For a great read about Market Square’s long and varied history check out Jack Neely’s MARKET SQUARE, A History of the Most Democratic Place on Earth.
The Market Square Association has done a fantastic job in bringing the bi-weekly Farmers Market to The Square. You will find I feature it often on my Knox & You in 52 Event Calendar since it has so much to offer. I have watched it grow substantially over the last five years from fifteen vendors to well over forty. The market runs May through November and is open every Wednesday from 11a.m. to 2p.m. & Saturday from 9a.m. to 2p.m. The booths range from gourmet dog food, clothing, jewelry, meat and vegetable vendors, dairy farms, & fruit vendors.
Some of my favorite places are A Place of the Heart for fresh vegetables, Riverside Farms for meat, Old City Java for a sip of coffee (or beans to go), Cruze Dairy Farm for milk (maybe a little ice cream) and be sure to grab a bite from the Sweet & Savory gourmet food truck!
Aside from the regular farmer’s market, the Market Square Association has utilized the space for events like the International Biscuit Festival, First Night (New Years Eve), and First Friday. For the winter season there is a Holiday Market for three Saturdays in December. Gift shopping is available from noon-7pm along Market Street and Union Avenue, and the farmers and a small farmers’ market with winter vegetables, meat, honey and more from noon-3pm. You will also find events like Shakespeare on the Square, Jazz on the Square, Pridefest, and the East TN History Festival among many others year round. I certainly hope that you will take the time to explore the farmer’s market, as well as the local brick and mortar businesses that call Market Square home.
Don’t forget, you can keep up with all the best local events in Knoxville every week of the year if you SUBSCRIBE to my Knox & You in 52 Event Calendar. Interested in living Downtown? Read more and search for properties in Downtown Knoxville HERE.
Hope to see you around real soon…
Post by Shannon Foster-Boline