Take Offs & Landings is a roundup of some of the interesting events throughout the region. This calendar of events is not an exhaustive look at everything available in the upcoming week. However, it is a look at some of the happenings that have caught my eye for the week. The entries within are sometimes right in your backyard but oftentimes take you into the surrounding communities to explore new areas. So, read on for adventures to take off for and destinations to land upon.
Take Offs & Landings is a roundup of some of the interesting events throughout the region. This calendar of events is not an exhaustive look at everything available in the upcoming week. However, it is a look at some of the happenings that have caught my eye for the week. The entries within are sometimes right in your backyard but oftentimes take you into surrounding communities to explore new areas. So, read on for adventures to take off for and destinations to land upon.
• Trail of Tears Educational Symposium
April 13, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The symposium is an educational symposium to commemorate the 180th anniversary of the Trail of Tears and the 50th anniversary of the National Park Service National Historic Trails system. The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 9 a.m. Informational displays will be provided by related organizations. The speakers will be Brett Riggs, Sequoyah Distinguished Professor in Cherokee Studies at Western Carolina University; Joe Guy, McMinn County Sheriff and County Historian; and Troy Wayne Poteete, National Director of the Trail of Tears Association. This event will be held in the George R. Johnson Cultural Heritage Center Auditorium.
Cleveland State Community College
3535 Adkisson Drive N.W., Cleveland TN 37312
• Paint the Night Away
April 13, 6 p.m.
This is a fundraiser event for The Learning Center at People Helping People on Friday, April 13, from 6-8 p.m. at the People Helping People location. There are 25 spots available and it is $20 per person. Please RSVP to Becky Wilcoxon-Godfrey at 423-299-9063 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Refreshments will be served.
People Helping People
184 Mull Road, Benton TN 37307
• Radio Bristol Presents ‘Farm and Fun Time’
April 12, 7 p.m.
Radio Bristol presents the "Farm and Fun Time" variety show; live from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum at 7 p.m., featuring performances by Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys and David Davis & the Warrior River Boys.
The Birthplace of Country Music Museum
520 Birthplace of Country Music Way, Bristol VA 24201
• BaCON Festival
April 14, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The BaCON Festival is a community event for the whole family, featuring our area's most delicious foods focused on bacon-related dishes. Local crafting vendors and talented entertainment will also be in attendance. Admission is free. See the BaCON Festival Facebook page for more details.
3300 Keith St., Cleveland TN 37312
• Hearts Take Flight
April 14, 9 a.m.
Hearts Take Flight is an event that pits teams of five people in a tug-of-war against a King Air 350 plane. The event will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 14, at Hollingshead Aviation on the campus of the Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport and will conclude when every team has pulled the plane. Proceeds will benefit The Arc Tennessee.
The Arc Tennessee is a grassroots, nonprofit, statewide advocacy organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Founded in 1952, The Arc Tennessee is affiliated with The Arc United States and works collaboratively with local chapters across the state.
Hollingshead Aviation at Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport
278 Doug Warpoole Road, Smyrna TN 37167
• Chatsworth Depot Model Train Expo
April 14, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Chatsworth Depot in downtown Chatsworth, Georgia, will host the annual ‘Model Train Expo’ April 14, from noon until 5 p.m. Model trains of various scales will be operating inside and outside of the depot. The Georgia Garden Railway Society will feature ‘Thomas & Friends’ showcasing operating outdoor trains featured in the popular TV series. The Depot, Wright Hotel, and Section Foreman’s House will all be open for guided tours.
Chatsworth Georgia Train Depot
100 First Ave., Chatsworth GA 30705
• 6th Annual MGHC “Master Your Garden” Garden Expo
April 14 – 15, 10 a.m.
The Master Gardeners of Hamilton County, in association with University of Tennessee Extension, present their sixth annual “Master Your Garden” Garden Expo on Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, April 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Camp Jordan Arena, in East Ridge. Admission is $10 (cash or check only) and is good for both days. Children under 12 are free. Free parking is available. Proceeds from the sixth annual expo will go toward funding MGHC scholarships for Agricultural and Horticultural students in Tennessee.
Camp Jordan Arena
323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge TN 37412
• The Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus of Tennessee Concert
April 14, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
This concert features a newly commissioned overture by Logan Fox, Franz Shubert’s Mass in G Major, D167 and Symphony No. 5 Op. 107 “Reformation” by Felix Mendelssohn. The event is free and open to the public. The concert will take place at Cleveland State Community College’s George R. Johnson Cultural Heritage Center.
George R. Johnson Cultural Heritage Center
3535 Adkisson Drive, Cleveland TN 37312
Second Saturday of each month (excluding December) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Enjoy a variety of visual arts, theater, and music activities each month. Athens Area Council for the Arts employs a variety of arts, music, and theater instructors who have experience in working with children, as well as interns from Tennessee Wesleyan University who are excited to share their love of the arts with kids. Family arts activity starts at the top of each hour. The last activity starts at 1 p.m. Please RSVP for each date. There is a $5 recommended donation at the door; AACA Members participate for free.
Athens Area Council for the Arts
320 North White St., Athens TN 37371
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