Take Offs & Landings: MAY

Posted 5/16/18

Take Offs & Landings is a roundup of some of the interesting events throughout the region. This calendar of events is by no means an exhaustive look at everything that is available in upcoming weeks. …

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Take Offs & Landings: MAY


Take Offs & Landings is a roundup of some of the interesting events throughout the region. This calendar of events is by no means an exhaustive look at everything that is available in upcoming weeks. It is, however a look at some of the happenings that have caught my eye for the week. These entries are sometimes right in your backyard but oftentimes take you into the surrounding communities to explore new adventures.

• Relay for Life of Bradley County — 25th Anniversary

Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

You are invited to the 25th annual Relay For Life of Bradley County! There will be delicious food, amazing local entertainment, exciting games and ceremonies you’ll never forget, all on Saturday, May 19! Are you a cancer survivor? A caregiver? Family member? Participant? Everyone is invited!

Help raise funds for the mission of the American Cancer Society. Save lives, celebrate lives and lead the fight for a world without cancer! Celebrate together and fight back against ALL cancers for ALL ages! This is a free event.

Cleveland High School

850 Raider Drive N.W., Cleveland TN 37312

• History Happy Hour: Prohibition

Thursday, 6-8 p.m.

Check out the next History Happy Hour on Thursday, May 17, at 6 p.m. at the Museum Center! The guest speaker, Jay Bailey from Stack Southern Bistro, will be speaking about Prohibition. The sponsors, Mash & Hops and Dry Valley Brewing, will provide a great beer selection, along with food by Impressions Catering. Nathan Mell and the Bistro Boys are set to provide live entertainment. There will also be a few Prohibition-themed libations served.

Museum Center at Five Points

200 Inman St., Cleveland TN 37311


• Grand Tasting – Nine Lakes Wine Festival

Saturday, 3-8 p.m.

The second annual Nine Lakes Wine Festival is 30 minutes from Knoxville, in beautiful Melton Lake Park, Oak Ridge. Taste dozens of award-winning Tennessee wines and hard cider, enjoy great food, live music, chef demonstrations, artisan vendors and more. You will receive a complimentary tasting glass and six-compartment wine tote at the gate, and have the chance to sample from 15 Tennessee wineries. Purchase bottles of wine directly from the winemakers, and enjoy it in the shade along the beautiful shores of Melton Lake Park. A large seating tent and picnic tables are available, but feel free to bring a lawn chair and enjoy the evening! Food vendors are conveniently on-site (for an extra charge), as are artisan crafts and other vendors. Festival parking is free, and they will have a complimentary “Wine Corral,” so you can store your purchases while you enjoy the festival. Don’t miss Nine Lakes Wine Festival: A Taste of Tennessee Wines! Tickets are $30 online and $35 at the gate. There is a $10 non-tasting ticket available also.

Melton Lake Drive, Oak Ridge TN 37830

• 2018 Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games

Saturday and Sunday 

Take your whole clan (family) for a weekend of authentic Scottish Highland festivities right in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. Kids under 16 get in free, and there is no charge for parking. Enjoy athletics, Highland dancing, Celtic food, pipes & drum bands, clan tents, beer tents, caber toss, a kilted run, kid tug-o-war and many other attractions.

Maryville College

502 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville TN 37804


• 19th Annual Highway 52 Yard Sale

Friday and Saturday

People visit from each coast to see what this sale has to offer. The event originated in Lafayette, Tennessee, and has grown into an event that stretches from Sumner County to Clay County — over 95 miles. Come on out and dive into the offerings. You never know what treasures you’re going to find.

• Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass

Friday,  5-10 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sevierville’s annual Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass festival is a family oriented event celebrating the beauty of spring, championship barbecue and world class bluegrass music. This event takes place in historic downtown Sevierville, and the BBQ Cook-Off is an official barbecue  championship of the state of Tennessee.

• “One-Eyed Jacks” and “A Fistful of Pistols” at The Backlot 61

Monday, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Marlon Brando is coming to The Backlot on Monday, May 21. In cooperation with The Film Foundation, the screening of the film will be the new 4K restoration of Brando’s directorial debut – “One Eyed Jacks.” In this 1961 Western, Brando plays Rio, one half of a pair of bank robbers set on vengeance after his partner, Dad Longworth (Karl Malden) takes the loot and abandons him to be captured. Recently restored to its original grandeur with the assistance of directors Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese and presented in 4K resolution, the film will be preceded by the Chattanooga Film Festival short selection “A Fistful of Pistols” by local filmmaker Joe Heath. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. for snacking and ‘meet & greet’ time (business cards and/or headshots recommended) with the welcome and presentation at 7p.m. Admission to the feature is free with potluck food/drink item (the evening’s potluck will be Tex-Mex, of course!)

Heritage House Arts & Civic Center

1428 Jenkins Road; Chattanooga, TN 37421

• Garden Mural Project

Wednesday and Saturday (sign-up required)

Children and teens are invited to help paint the Cleveland Bradley County Public Library Garden Mural with local artist D. Ryan Snyder. The four time slots available are Wednesday, May 16, at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 19, at 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sign-up is required. Please call or stop by the Children’s Library. There are only 10 spots available for each time slot. Ages 4-17 are welcome. Come on out and leave your mark on the Cleveland Bradley County Public Library and Community at large. The official unveiling of the mural will be at the Summer Reading Kick-Off Party, June 2 at 2 p.m.

Cleveland Bradley County Public Library

795 Church St. N.E., Cleveland TN 37311

• Jfest

Saturday, 9:30 a.m.

Jfest is an award-winning, Best of the Best “Local Event/Special Event” Christian/family music festival  in Chattanooga. This is its 20th year, making it the longest running and largest (10,000 people) such festival in the Tennessee Valley region. This year’s line-up includes favorites such as Tori Parris, The Young Escape, Unspoken, The Color, Mallary Hope, Finding Favour, Calling Glory and Tenth Avenue North. Tickets are $20.

Camp Jordan

323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge TN 37412



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