A highly memorable event has been taking place in the Old City these past several years. Mark your calendar for the next one: the 5th Long Table Dinner to be held on Sunday October 6, 2019 from 5:00 pm-9:00 pm.
According to Molly King, owner of Molly Jo Events, and mastermind of this wonderful event, “The Long Table Dinner is an extraordinary collaboration of Chefs, Artisans, and Makers working together to raise money for local non-profits. Our ever-evolving collective of restaurants, bars, brewers, distillers, musicians, and artists produces one of Knoxville’s must-attend events in the heart of the Old City. This twice-yearly event is a fundraiser for a different non-profit on each occasion.”
The Knoxville History Project is honored to have been chosen to be the benefiting organization at this fall’s Long Table Dinner.
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Become a Sponsor: The Long Table Dinner affords a one-time opportunity to raise additional fund through sponsorship for KHP, in addition to proceeds from ticket sales. If you would like to become a sponsor of this event please contact Paul James, Development Director at 865-300-4559 or email at email@example.com.
Early Knoxville Explorers of the Great Smoky Mountains
Join KHP historian, Paul James, for a look at a cadre of early 19th Century Knoxvillians who were not only awed by the forbidding mountain wilderness beyond Knoxville, but also collectively shared a intense desire to fully explore those peaks, valleys, and streams, often blazing trails or writing and photographing them.
Among them familiar names including Harry Ijams, Paul J. Adams and his canine Cumberland Jack, Jim Thompson, Dutch Roth, and Carlos Campbell, as well as a few less familiar, Mary Pomeroy Graves, Brockway Crouch, and Harry Jennison, and others. The world was indeed often a small place back then as evidenced by many interconnected stories.
Paul is an historian with the Knoxville History Project and is author of Ijams Nature Center, an “Images of America” series visual history of the Ijams family, and a self-published book, Brockway Crouch: A Naturalist’s Life in Knoxville and the Smoky Mountains.
Free program. Food and beverages are available from the bar. 21+ as per event policy.
Maple Hall is located at 414 S. Gay Street, Knoxville TN 37902. Event held in the upstairs lounge which is also accessible from the Promenade Parking lot on State Street.
The event is at Southland Books & Cafe at 1505 E Broadway Ave, Maryville, TN 37804 (www.southlandbooksandcafe.com/)
Join acclaimed author Jack Neely for an engaging talk as he discusses his Historic Knoxville: The Curious Visitor’s Guide to Its Stories and Places, a comprehensive and engaging 200-page, full-color, guide to scores of sites and institutions relevant to the city’s endlessly fascinating, but often little known, history.
Jack will identify and discuss historic locations across the city that define Knoxville’s uniqueness as an Appalachian town deeply rooted in the past, as well as the remarkable individuals who left their mark on the “scruffy city”, making it quite possibly the most American of cities. A book signing will follow.
A well-known local author and historian, Neely is executive director of the Knoxville History Project and for many years authored the popular “Knoxville’s Secret History,” column in the Metro Pulse. Other publications include Market Square: A History of the Most Democratic Place on Earth, Knoxville: This Obscure Prismatic City, From the Shadow Side: And Other Stories Of Knoxville, Tennessee, and The Marble City: A Photographic Tour of Knoxville’s Graveyards.
Storyteller Laura Still helps you live the stories of pioneers, soldiers, outlaws, and even fictional characters who walked these streets before you. Learn more about Laura and her story on the KWT’s Page.
Knoxville has a rich history full of colorful characters and famous, and infamous, figures whose lives have been the inspiration for books, movies, and works of art. Take a stroll through history in beautiful downtown Knoxville while listening to true tales of the heroes, heels, and hardened criminals that are part of the hidden lore of this unique East Tennessee town. A portion of ticket proceeds are donated to KHP.
New! – Side Street Shadows Ghost Tour
Hear more tales of ghostly history as you follow storyteller Laura Still on the Side Street Shadows tour. Find out who haunts the Farragut, how a gunfight on Cumberland nearly started a war, and where you might meet the courteous spirit of a scholar or the grumpy ghost of a violent rebel. Details & Tickets
Shadow Side Ghost Tour
Brave souls who enjoy a chill can join us for a trip into Knoxville’s shadow side. The city’s history of blood-stained streets echoing with gunfire is full of restless spirits. Visit their haunts and hear local legends of ghostly apparitions. Details & Tickets
Shadow Side 2: Ghosts of the Old City
Red Summer, drunken brawls, hot lead, and blood on the tracks. Knoxville’s Old City used to be known as the bowery, where victims of murderous brawls, dealdly shoot-outs, and horrific train crashes haunt the old buildings and back alleys along with the ghost of a musician who hasn’t quite faded away. Details & Ticket
Walk the streets of a city torn in two by divided loyalties and then get an overview of the fighting from the observation deck of the Sunsphere. Spies, bridge burners, miracle shots, betrayal, and battle. Details & Tickets
Family feuds and wanted outlaws. You’ll relive the days when Knoxville was the wild west and Gay Street was the OK Corral. Details & Tickets
Step back over two centuries and visit Knoxville’s founders as you listen to the stories of the settlement of White’s Fort and establishment of the capital of the Southwest Territory at the headwaters of the Tennessee. Details & Tickets
The Knoxville story has always been set to music, from the time when the poetic rhythms of the native Cherokee tribes still echoed in the hills and the ballads of the Scots-Irish settlers were sung around campfires on the riverbanks. Immigrants from all over the world brought new instruments and tunes to enliven the song and make Knoxville home to musicians of every genre. Details & Tickets
Home of Cormac McCarthy, Nikki Giovanni, James Agee, and more. You’ll visit the scenes that inspired them and walk in the footsteps of their characters. Details & Tickets