Archive for April, 2017

Penny4Arts: Mary Queen of Scots, Around the World in 80 Days

There are some amazing deals coming up for performances by the Clarence Brown Theatre and the Knoxville Opera! I highly recommend the Penny4Arts performances. For my family, one adult and two children attended the last show at the Clarence Brown Theatre for $14 total! Here are details:

See Around the World in 80 Days at the CBT for a huge discount!

WednesdayFriday, April 26-28 and May 3-5, 7:30 PM
Clarence Brown Theatre: Around the World in 80 Days
Clarence Brown Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996
Bursting with imagination, this exuberant whistle-stop tour through Verne is a trip worth making. The intrepid Phileas Fogg with his loyal valet, Passepartout, voyage from Victorian London through the Indian subcontinent, to Asia and across the Pacific to America on a wager that he will return in precisely 80 days. Literally, a theatrical tour-de-force.
The production runs April 19 – May 7, and performances offering the Penny4Arts discount are: WednesdayFriday, April 26-28 and May 3-5 (show at 7:30 PM).
Advance reservations required? YES – call the box office M-F 12-5 with 24 hours notice
Contact: Clarence Brown Theatre Box Office,

See Mary Queen of Scots FREE at the student dress rehearsal tomorrow!

Wednesday, April 26 (doors at 5:30 PM, rehearsal at 6:30 PM)
Knoxville Opera: Mary Queen of Scots Final Dress Rehearsal
Historic Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902
Live, full-length opera performed in Italian with projected English translations. The Tennessee Premiere of Donizetti’s 1835 masterpiece! Two Rival Queens… A Thirst for Power… The Scandal of a Century! Elizabeth I, fearing her rival in love and politics, has imprisoned her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots, for 18 years. What happens when Elizabeth and Mary finally meet face to face? A riveting, explosive showdown featuring unspeakable insults and vocal fireworks! Fighting for her crown and survival, Elizabeth sends Mary to the executioner’s scaffold.
Admission to the final dress rehearsal is free to students of all ages (with accompanying adults paying $5 at the door) and to Mary Queen of Scots ticket holders. Adults without tickets to the Friday or Sunday performance MUST accompany a student for admittance (be prepared to show student ID if an adult); adults may not attend without a student. Please note, concessions are closed. Seating is open and attendees may come and go as they wish.
Advance reservations required? NO

If you can’t make the student dress rehearsal, here’s  another discount:

Friday, April 28, 7:30 PM & Sunday, April 30, 2:30 PM
Knoxville Opera: Mary Queen of Scots
Historic Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902
Compliments of the Aslan Foundation, Knoxville Opera is offering a limited number of free student tickets to their main stage production of Mary Queen of Scots on Friday, April 28 (7:30 PM) and Sunday, April 30 (2:30 PM). This is an excellent opportunity for students (intermediate school through college) to experience the magic of a complete opera with spectacular music, sets, costumes and thrilling performers. Information about the cast and synopsis is available at
Please view the attached flyer (PDF) for details on how to reserve the free student tickets. There are no free tickets for teachers/faculty. Students should only make a reservation only if they are 100% committed to attending!
Advance reservations required? YES

Add comment April 25, 2017

$5 audiobook sale: Up to 77% off Christian Heroes Then & Now and Heroes of History

Christian Audio is offering its best-selling biography series Christian Heroes Then & Now and Heroes of History for just $5 each, which is up to 77% off original prices! I have read a number of these biographies to my children, and we’ve loved them. I haven’t tried the audiobooks yet, but I’ve heard it’s really easy to load them to the ChristianAudio app. Now I just have to decide which ones I’ll purchase!

Christian Heroes: Then & Now chronicles the exciting, challenging, and deeply touching true stories of ordinary men and women whose trust in God accomplished extraordinary exploits for His kingdom and glory.

Heroes of History is a unique biography series that brings the shaping of history to life with the remarkable true stories of fascinating men and women who changed the course of history.

Go here to take advantage of this great sale!

Details: buy or gift any title on sale before 11:59pm PT on April 28th to ensure you receive the discounted price. No coupon code required, just add title choice(s) to your cart and proceed with checkout.

Thanks, Saralyn!


Add comment April 12, 2017

Earth Day special at Vienna: FREE coffee!

The Vienna Coffeehouse is giving  a gift to you on Earth Day! On April 22, bring in your own mug or travel cup and you will receive a FREE cup of coffee!

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Giveaway: Win early-entry passes to the Children’s Consignment Sale at East Maryville Baptist April 7-8

East Maryville Baptist Church is having its Spring Children’s Consignment Sale April 7-8, and I have two sets of early-entry passes to give away for the presale April 6!

Regular sale hours are Friday April 7 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. PLUS 5 -8 p.m. and then Saturday April 8 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. On Saturday all items without a red dot are half price. They accept credit/debit cards and cash only. The church is located at 1150 Brown School Road in Maryville.

For more information about the sale, check out the EMBC Children’s Consignment Sale Facebook page or the event page.

BUT, if you’d like to shop before the general public, I have two sets of passes that will allow you and a friend to shop on Thursday night, April 6, from 6-9 p.m. To enter, head to the Thrifty Christy Facebook page and look for the giveaway post – all the details are there!
I’ll announce the winners on FB on Wednesday morning. If you’d like to receive more information about the EMBC sale, you can email embc.consignmentsale @

Add comment April 1, 2017

Easter 2017: egg hunts and other activities in Blount County

Here is a list of Easter egg hunts and other fun activities in Blount County this 2017 Easter season. Please comment below if you have one to add!

April 1

Faith Encounter will be hosting its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 1st. There will be free food, inflatables for the kids to play on, and of course, an Easter egg hunt!  The fun begins at 4pm. More info here.

April 8

First United Methodist Alcoa’s Family Fun Day begins with a 9 a.m. pancake breakfast followed by craft time and pictures with the Easter Bunny (bring your camera). There will be a very special telling of the Resurrection of Jesus, plus a huge Egg Hunt and prizes. More info here.

April 9

First Baptist Church of Maryville will have an Easter Egg Hunt for toddlers through 3rd grade in the Greenbelt Park (across the street from the church). There will be crafts, games, food trucks and more for all ages! Feel free to bring chairs, blankets, egg baskets, bicycles, and any other family games! More info here.

April 14

Fairview United Methodist will have its annual Easter egg hunt at 2:30 p.m. Event includes a cookout, music, egg hunt, inflatables, and fun! More info here.

RIO Revolution Church will host its 3rd Annual Light the Night from 6 – 8 p.m. This event will feature a glow-in-the-dark egg hunt. More info here.

April 15

Blount Community Church will have an Easter celebration at 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. They will have an egg hunt, snacks, crafts, games, and prizes. More info here.

The Jaycees’ Easter Festival will be on Saturday, April 15th at Springbrook Park. The free egg hunt begins at noon. “Age Groups are 3 and under, 4 to 7, and 8 to 12. Easter Games from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm (nominal charge – tickets are 50 cents each). Inflatable Playland 10:00 am to 2:00 pm (Arm bands includes 6 tickets for $10). Pap Paw’s Blue Barrel Train Express around the park from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm (Arm band gets you one ride or you can use 4 tickets to ride it). Concessions: Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Chips and Drinks (Maybe Italian Ice or Hawaiian Shaved Ice).” More info here.

Thanks to all of you who sent me events! I really appreciate it!

Add comment April 1, 2017

Opening day for the 2017 Maryville Farmers’ Market is April 22nd!

Opening day for our local Maryville Farmers’ Market is April 22nd! This is a fun, social farmers’ market with special events such as children’s activities and live music as well as beautiful vegetables, fruits, cheeses, plants, honey, herbs, coffee, and baked goods. For more info visit the Maryville Farmers’ Market FB page here.

Add comment April 1, 2017

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